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‘Here’s the reality’: Fox’s Shep Smith goes off on Trump for obstructing House investigations

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Fox News host Shepard Smith on Wednesday started off his show by blasting President Donald Trump for trying to prevent his former White House counsel for testifying to Congress.

“President Trump told The Washington Post there’s no reason to go any further in allowing his aides to testify before congressional committees because it’s very partisan. But the House Judiciary chairman, Jerry Nadler of New York, says the president doesn’t have the power to stop [former White House official Don] McGahn from testifying in front of lawmakers,” Smith explained.

“Nadler said it would be one more act of obstruction from the White House. The way to stop the testimony would be for the president to exert executive privilege over the conversations. Under the law, though, he can’t. That ship sailed long ago. When the president allowed his lawyer to testify before Mueller’s team, that was a waive of executive privilege. He can’t unwaive it now.

“Legal analysts say the law is clear and tested. So why the fight? Well, here’s the reality. It’s one thing to have words somewhere in a 450-page document that the president told his lawyer to fire the special counsel and then directed him to lie about it.”

“It’s quite another to have McGahn say on national television in a live hearing, ‘The president directed me to fire the special counsel but I wouldn’t. Later the president directed me to lie about it to the American people, but I didn’t,'” Smith continued.

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“As a former television producer, that is likely not the president’s desired afternoon programing on 10 different TV channels at the same time. And there’s more. This battle could set up other legal showdowns as House Democrats step up their investigations into Trump after the Mueller report’s revelations.”

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Republicans are ‘too cowardly’ to stand up for the morals they claim to have: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post writer Max Boot called out Republicans for being more than willing to compromise their moral and "family" values for President Donald Trump.

In a Wednesday column, Boot said that GOP "scruples have eroded faster than the polar ice cap." There's the matter of the "Access Hollywood" tape, the race-baiting, xenophobia and now there's the matter of Jeffrey Epstein. But it was just four lone members who were willing to denounce Trump's order to four Congresswomen of color to go back to the country they came from.

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Trump thinks impeachment is over after House vote

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Following a vote by the Democratic House to table an effort by Rep. Al Green (D-TX) to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the president gloatingly told reporters "that's the end of it," and mocked the resolution as a "ridiculous project."

"The House of Representatives rejecting a bid to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump, and President Trump declaring victory," reported CNN's Erin Burnett. "Telling reporters seconds ago 'We've just received an overwhelming vote against impeachment, and that's the end of it.' He went on to call it the 'most ridiculous project.' Riding high now over how the whole saga over his racist tweets is playing out."

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This explains why Trump picked a fight with the four Congresswomen of color: analysis

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On one hand, President Donald Trump almost certainly chose to mark out Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) because of his own deep-seated racism.

But there is likely another reason he is doing it, wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post's "The Fix" on Wednesday: because his core voters hate them as much as he does.

Blake cited a new The Economist/YouGov poll of 2016 Trump voters' opinions on several politicians. "As you peruse it, it becomes clear that the conventional wisdom about why Trump picked these targets is right: They were ripe for motivating the GOP base ... All of them are better known among Republicans than Democrats, which suggests that a steady stream of coverage in conservative media has elevated them as potential Democratic bogeywomen. Trump is tilling fertile soil. And in fact, they might already be his most effective foils."

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