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MSNBC host tears into lawmakers’ pathetic excuses to avoid impeachment proceedings against Trump

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Congressional Republicans and even many Democrats appear steadfastly opposed to impeaching President Donald Trump, despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report laying out compelling evidence that he obstructed justice in the course of the Russia investigation on numerous occasions.

But as MSNBC’s Ari Melber argued Monday night, there are few compelling reasons to accept this position. Mueller’s investigation uncovered and analyzed numerous acts by the president that appear to meet all the elements of obstruction of justice, and it also made clear that only Congress can hold a president to account.

“What would it say if, after all of this, Congress takes that evidence and announces: ‘Well, we can’t even begin proceedings to assess these facts because the politics might be bad for us’?” said Melber “I’m going to tell you something. If that is how this all ends — a whimper topped with a blatant confession that it’s all based on self-interest — then the responsibility will lie not only with the president who is saddled with criminal evidence against him, but with those who had a chance to act here and now and instead said: ‘Well, we won’t use our power to stand up to this. We’re afraid of the politics.'”

He continued: “Aren’t Democrats in Congress the ones who spent two years asking: When would Republicans stand up to Donald Trump regardless of their politics?”

Melber noted that he wasn’t calling for a particular outcome and said it wasn’t clear what impeachment proceedings would uncover. But he said that, given Mueller’s report, it’s clear the ball is now in Congress’s court — as we always knew it would be.

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Mitch McConnell: AOC started Trump’s racist tweets by calling detention centers ‘concentration camps’

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday refused to condemn the President of the United States for sending racist tweets in which he told four non-white congresswomen to "go back" to their countries of origin.

McConnell spoke on the matter at a press conference, but he did not explicitly rebuke President Donald Trump.

"There's been a lot of discussion about the events of the last couple days, I'd like to address it myself," McConnell volunteered. "I think there's been a consensus that political rhetoric has really gotten way way overheated all across the political spectrum."

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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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WATCH: Civil rights icon John Lewis drops the hammer on Trump — and has no qualms about calling his remarks racist

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On Tuesday, the fallout continued from remarks President Trump made telling four freshman congresswomen -- and women of color -- that they should go back to their own countries.

While some prominent Republicans criticized the president, they stopped short of calling his comments racist.

MSNBC reported Tuesday that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) -- a civil rights icon -- deemed Trump's remarks racist.

"This is not any, any way for the president of the United States of America to be attacking to be saying what he's saying about these young women," Lewis said.

"It's just dead wrong. We must use everything in a nonviolent way to say that it's wrong."

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