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Secretary of State desperately tries to separate the White House from Iranian group Bolton and Giuliani advocated

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While President Donald Trump’s lawyer and National Security Advisor are speaking to a controversial Iranian resistance group in Iran, the State Department is trying desperately to separate itself.

According to Axios, Secretary Mike Pompeo met with around 15 Iranian-American community leaders in a Renaissance Dallas Hotel. He spent most of the time listening and answering questions for those fearful Trump could bomb Iran out of the blue.

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He confirmed the president is “not going to do a military exercise inside Iran.”

“If regime change does not occur internally what is the endgame?” one person asked, according to sources in the meeting.

“We’re careful not to use the language of regime change,” Pompeo replied. He repeated that Trump would never intervene militarily in the country.

“Has the idea of a coup been considered?” Another participant asked Pompeo.

“Even if we did, would I be telling you guys about it?” he joked.

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Pompeo complained about the green uprising in 2009, saying the Trump administration would have handled it differently, though he didn’t clarify how.

When probed about Giuliani and Bolton’s speeches to the controversial group, he said it was different because it isn’t the president himself.

“Let’s not beat around the bush,” Pompeo said. “Ambassador Bolton spoke at an MEK rally. President Trump and I have not.”

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The source explained Pompeo “acknowledged that John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani had connections or ties, whatever you want to call it … with the MEK, but he did say that he and the president did not.”

Read the full piece at Axios.

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Impeachment hearing explodes with applause as Jackie Speier highlights Trump’s daily lies

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Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway on Thursday argued that it was not illegal for Republicans to "out" the White House whistleblower.

Conway cited a Washington Post "fact-check" that gave "Three Pinocchios" to the claim that the whistleblower has a statutory right to anonymity.

Following his time, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was questioned by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA).

During Speier's questioning, she was interrupted by Conaway, who brought up The Post giving "Three Pinocchios."

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Conservative attorney dismantles GOP arguments against impeachment: ‘Trump’s abuse threatens your freedom’

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A conservative attorney knocked down Republican arguments against impeachment one by one in a viral tweet, and urged others to support the removal President Donald Trump.

Bryan Gividen, an appellate attorney from Dallas, touted his conservative bona fides by describing himself as a "pro-religious liberty, pro-life, would snort Cocaine Mitch’s judicial confirmations" if he could -- but still said he supports Trump's impeachment.

"At this point, there is no question that President Trump directed U.S. officials to withhold security funding to the Ukraine so Ukraine would investigate the Bidens," Gividen began. "That is the kind of abuse of the President’s authority we should not tolerate."

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Trump turns bizarre handwritten notes into all-caps Twitter rage spasm: ‘I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday wrote down his impeachment inquiry talking points in sharpie marker.

While leaving the White House for a visit to Texas, Trump read his notes to reporters, but refused to take questions.

During the flight, Trump then tweeted out his notes to his 66.9 million Twitter followers.

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1197200696044654593

....”I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO! TELL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING!” Later, Ambassador Sondland said that I told him, “Good, go tell the truth!” This Witch Hunt must end NOW. So bad for our Country!

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