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George Conway perfectly destroys Jim Jordan’s pathetic attempt to blow off Trump’s criminality

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George Conway  — the husband of the senior adviser to the president and daily thorn in Donald Trump’s side — slapped aside two GOP lawmakers who smirked on national TV while trying to minimize the president’s criminal actions.

Replying to a clip of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) on CNN where the two Republican lawmakers glibly suggested that asking someone to commit an act of violence isn’t necessarily a crime, conservative attorney Conway proposed a scenario that might make them think twice.

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Or maybe not considering their defense of all things Trump-related.

“Suppose a POTUS directed SecDef and CJCS to surround the Capitol with tanks and to arrest all opposition members of Congress, and suppose they patriotically disobey that order. Wouldn’t that POTUS still have committed an impeachable offense?” Conway tweeted.

In lawyerly fashion, he followed up: “And so why shouldn’t the same principle—that unsuccessful misconduct matters—apply to repeated, wrongful, underhanded, conflicted, and self-interested efforts, in derogation of the national interest, to obstruct or impede a critical counterintelligence and criminal investigation?”

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Trump took out DNI head Dan Coats to install a new acting director in charge of whistleblowers: CIA veteran

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy," a longtime veteran CIA official said the whistleblower, who ran to the inspector general with a complaint about Donald Trump asking Ukraine's president for dirt on Joe Biden, should expect the president and his aides to come after them.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Jonna Mendez said she saw the first warnings signs that something was up in the U.S. intelligence community when the president forced DNI head Dan Coats and his top deputy out.

"Through the lens of someone who spent 27 years at the CIA, the thing that caught my eye instantly was Dan Coats' resignation follow by Sue Gordon," Mendez explained. "The fact that Dan Coats went into a meeting and said 'Sue, you've got to resign' and that she did, truncating a career that clearly hadn't reached its zenith."

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GOP’s cancellation of presidential primaries could blow up in Trump’s face — here’s why

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In recent weeks, Republican state party committees have been moving to cancel presidential primaries to prevent Never-Trump conservatives, like former Reps. Joe Walsh (R-IL) and Mark Sanford (R-SC) and former Gov. Bill Weld (R-MA), from challenging the president from the right. So far, Republicans in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Carolina have all announced they will scrap the voting process for 2020.

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Nancy Pelosi faces serious challenges — but she’s failed miserably in two key ways

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As I wrote earlier this week, with its muddled messaging on impeachment, the House Democratic leadership may have figured out a way of both demoralizing the Democratic base and firing up Trump's supporters. It's a mess.

But fairness requires us to acknowledge an important fact: Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't have the votes to launch an official impeachment process. And it's not close. At present, The Washington Post's tally finds 137 members of the House in favor of launching an impeachment inquiry, with 92 opposed and 6 others not taking a position. Leadership can twist arms on a close vote, but when you're close to 100 votes shy of a majority, it's impossible to whip a measure across the finish line--especially one of such consequence.

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