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‘Jail time’: Top Dem explains how they will deal with Trump officials involved in a ‘cover-up’

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The Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday that imprisonment was a possibility for members of Donald Trump’s administration engaged in a “cover-up.”

Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) explained how House Democrats intend to proceed in the face of obstruction by Trump loyalists.

“The White House is ordering people to ignore subpoenas from your committee, not just in terms of documents, but also in terms of appearing,” Maddow noted. “How does this resolve?”

“I mean, this is completely unprecedented, right?” Hill replied. “We don’t have examples of this where we have attempt after attempt after attempt to obstruct every kind of oversight into this administration. It’s really embarrassing and not just embarrassing, it’s dangerous.”

“I know yesterday the committee seemed to indicate that you’re moving toward holding this one White House official — on the security clearances issue — you’re moving toward holding him in contempt. What kind of penalties does that open him up to?” Maddow asked. “What sort of leverage does that give you over him to compel his testimony?”

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“So there’s — when you told somebody in contempt, there are a few different things that can happen,” Hill replied. “That could mean jail time — where we have a conundrum right now is the Department of Justice is — we’ve got [Attorney General Bill Barr] who is acing more as Trump’s personal attorney and so I think where we have to figure out what exactly the path that we go down is going to depend on whether we can count on the Department of Justice to really uphold the Constitution and uphold the power of Congress as an independent branch.”

“And if that’s not the case, we have to look at different options here and again, I think it’s important for us to get back into session next week, to meet with the different chairmen, to meet with leadership and figure out exactly where this leaves us,” she explained.

She added, “it should be undeniable to the American people that this administration is doing everything that it can to cover up so many facets of what it has done … both before and since he became president.”

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Longtime Trump loyalist warns the president that his racist tweets are about to permanently stain his image

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On Tuesday, former Trump administration official Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Trump for telling four freshman congresswomen to go back to their own countries. All four are American citizens.

Scaramucci accused the president of playing to his base, in a way that has dangerous manifestations: for the president and the country.

“He’s blowing very hard on a dog-whistle that every ethnic group that’s landed in the United States has had to hear,” Scaramucci told the BBC.

“I don’t think the president is a racist, but here’s the thing: if you continue to say and act in that manner, then we all have to look at him and say, ‘OK, well, maybe you weren’t a racist, but now you’re turning into one.'”

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Ted Cruz defends Trump by comparing him to Twitter trolls who tell him to go back to Canada

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday issued an unusual defense of President Donald Trump's racist remarks against four Democratic congresswomen by comparing the president to an internet troll.

According to Politico reporter Burgess Everett, Cruz deflected criticism of Trump's racist tweets against Reps. Rashiba Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) by arguing that "lefties on Twitter every day" tell him to "go back" to Canada, where he was born in 1970.

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Former Trump communications aide admits to hiring prostitutes

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President Donald Trump's former communications aide Jason Miller admitted to hiring prostitutes in 2015 and 2017, an exclusive report revealed Tuesday.

Mediaite broke the news that Miller had hired "multiple" prostitutes for sexual acts at massage parlors. The comments were part of a videotaped deposition, and Miller confessed that he was using the sexual services as recently as "a few months ago" from the deposition he gave on May 30.

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