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Republican sheriff resigns from jail after arrest for sexually abusing a minor: report

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The Republican Sheriff of Lincoln County, Idaho resigned his position on Monday — while being held in jail.

“Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez officially resigned and has officially vacated that office as of Monday,” KMVT-TV reports. “In the afternoon, Rodriguez was arraigned via video conference on multiple rape and lewd conduct with minor charges in a Blaine County courtroom.”

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The charges cover a nine-year timeframe.

“The court read five charges for lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16, one per year, from August 2005 through August 2010, and two rape charges between August 2011 and August 2013,” KMVT-TV added.

As Rodriguez is a Republican, the Lincoln Party Republican Central Committee has 15 days to give a list of three possible replacements to county commissioners, who then have an additional 15 days to make a selection.

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‘Worse than the Dems!’ Trump takes veiled shot at Pompeo as he rages against Bill Taylor’s Republican lawyer

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President Donald Trump blasted a Republican attorney for representing Ambassador Bill Taylor.

The president attacked John B. Bellinger III, who worked for the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration.

"Never Trumper Republican John Bellinger, represents Never Trumper Diplomat Bill Taylor (who I don’t know), in testimony before Congress!" Trump said. "Worse than the Dems!"

During the 2016 campaign, Bellinger signed a letter by Republican former national security officials warning against voting for Trump. Taylor did not sign the letter.

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Lindsey Graham says he is keeping an open mind on the existence of a quid pro quo: ‘We’ll see what happens’

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While some of the most right-wing Republican congressmen have taken over a secure hearing room to prevent testimony against President Donald Trump, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he was keeping an open mind on the impeachment inquiry.

"New development on Capitol Hill this very hour in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump," MSNBC Stephanie Ruhle reported. "Sen. Lindsey Graham, just moments ago, commented on the GOP delay of Laura Cooper’s testimony and Bill Taylor’s explosive, 10-hour deposition just 24 hours ago."

"The House is to bring forth some credible evidence. Are you willing to keep an open mind on impeachment?" Graham was asked.

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Trump conspired with House Republicans to obstruct impeachment hearings by storming secure room: report

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President Donald Trump was reportedly aware that House Republicans were going to obstruct impeachment hearings by storming a secure conference room.

Republicans led by Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida on Wednesday morning barged in to the secure room -- known as a SCIF -- while Democrats were scheduled to question Pentagon official Laura Cooper. But the hearing had to be halted because of the interruption.

Bloomberg later reported that Trump was aware of the stunt ahead of time.

Trump had advance knowledge and supported a protest by Republicans who told him they planned to barge into a secure hearing room on Capitol Hill where Democrats are holding impeachment testimonies, according to four people familiar with the matter.

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