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Pastors like Joel Osteen ‘pervert’ the Gospel and get people to vote for ‘people Jesus wouldn’t vote for’: W. Kamau Bell

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During one of CNN’s promo-as-news segments, United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell on Friday told his CNN colleague Kate Bolduan that the new episode of the CNN documentary series will focus in part on megachurches, which he said “pervert” the Gospel to convince congregants to vote for someone Jesus would reject out of hand.

“Megachurches are sort of the face of Christianity right now but specifically a style of mega churches,” Bell said, name-checking Franklin Graham and Joel Osteen as two of the worst examples of the trend.

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It’s “personality-driven model of church”, Bell said. “The pastor says it feels more like a rock concert and a motivational speech.”

The message of Jesus gets muddled, and sometimes completely perverted,” Bell continued, “to tell people to do things and vote for people who Jesus would not vote for.”

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Giuliani could get locked up for violating lobbying laws: Former FBI deputy director

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discussed a potentially serious source of criminal liability for President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani: Failure to register as a foreign agent.

"Forget about impeachment. Let's say it goes nowhere, doesn't go anywhere," said Cuomo. "If you're running this case, [Southern District of New York], and you're looking for potential criminality, what are the potential crimes involved with what we know about Rudy so far and where questions might lead."

"We don't know," said McCabe. "The Southern District has many, many more facts than we have at this points but from the few facts we have, I think one of the things you would have to consider with respect to Mr. Giuliani is a possible FARA, Foreign Agents Registration Act, that requires any person acting as an agent of a foreign principal to file a very detailed registration for the Department of Justice."

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Ex-Watergate prosecutor: Trump’s complaints about impeachment are ‘constitutionally unsound’

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Watergate assistant counsel Philip Allen Lacovara told anchor Erin Burnett that President Donald Trump has no leg to stand on when he complains about the impeachment process.

"Look, it's the House. It's more of a grand jury investigation is how it's been described, right?" said Burnett. "This isn't about, you get to have a lawyer and counsel present and all of those things. But this is how they're going to play the game. They're going to say it's unconstitutional, a miscarriage of justice. Is there any truth to it?"

"No, there is no truth to it. It's a constitutionally unsound argument," said Lacovara. "One of the things I learned in law school is if you don't have the facts on your side, argue the law. If you don't have the law, argue the facts. If you don't have the facts or the law, you appeal to fairness or equity or something. That's basically where they are. They are complaining about process even though it's clear the House does not have any constitutional obligation to use any particular process."

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Intel Democrat says Trump’s Russia adviser’s testimony was ‘incredibly helpful’ for impeachment

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told anchor Wolf Blitzer that President Donald Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill's testimony was "incredibly helpful" for the impeachment investigation.

"You were in the room for Fiona Hill's closed-door deposition today," said Blitzer. "How helpful do you believe her testimony to your investigation will be?"

"Incredibly helpful, Wolf," said Swalwell, who serves on the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. "Also helpful that she showed up, and, like some others, has chosen to defy orders from the president and the State Department to not show up. And when witnesses actually just show up, it advances our investigation."

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