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‘Shameful’: Dem senator rips Bill Barr for ‘doing the political bidding of the president’

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On Wednesday, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said that Attorney General Bill Barr’s statements about spying where “shameful.”

During a hearing, Barr said that he thought Trump’s campaign was spied on.

“Do you think he ever landed on a clear explanation of what he was exactly saying?” CNN Jake Tapper asked Hollen.

“No, he did not, Jake. This was really a shameful moment for the attorney general, who was up before the committee and really not answering questions about why he was taking so long to provide the public with a report,” he said.

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“Really wouldn’t talk about why he exonerated the president on the obstruction of justice charges, even when Mueller did not exonerate the president. And while he wasn’t answering those questions, he floated this whole thing, this surprising statement, about spying, but then quickly said he didn’t have any evidence that he would provide to the committee,” he said.

Hollen added, “So it looks like he’s doing the political bidding of the president. This has been something the president has wanted for a long time, but the job of the attorney general is not to do the bidding of the president. The job of the attorney general is to pursue justice.”

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Trump impeachment trial: 4 stories from first day spell doom for Mitch McConnell

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If the score was kept for the first day of the impeachment trial, it would show hefty losses for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

As Former Special Counsel for the Department of Defense, Ryan Goodman, pointed out, four major headlines perfectly reflect the cracks in the strangle-hold McConnell has had on his party.

First, McConnell was forced to change the impeachment hearing rules. After a huge uprising by Americans demanding to be able to watch the impeachment trial during normal human hours, senators told McConnell he'd lost the votes to hold proceedings after midnight.

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‘Disease fanboy’: Internet slams NBC conservative for ‘rooting for pandemic’ to distract from Trump impeachment trial

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Hugh Hewitt is once again under fire, this time for almost appearing to be glad a deadly SARS-related virus has been diagnosed in a patient in Washington state – saying additional diagnoses will take the focus away from the Senate's historic impeachment trial. Hewitt is a conservative Washington Post columnist, radio host, MSNBC and NBC contributor, and law professor who went from being a "Never-Trumper" to all-in for President Donald Trump.

"People care much more for their health than theater," said Hewitt via Twitter, referring to Trump's impeachment trial. The SARS-related virus, known as the Wuhan coronavirus, is named for an area of China where it was first found. It "has infected more than 300 people and killed six in an outbreak that has struck China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and now the US," CNN reports.

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Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

A cross-party majority of 261 MPs voted in favour of 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, parliament chief Costas Tassoulas said.

"Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has been elected president of the republic," Tassoulas said.

The new president, until now the head of Greece's top administrative court, the Council of State, will take her oath of office on March 13, he added.

The daughter of a Supreme Court judge, Sakellaropoulou completed postgraduate studies at Paris's Sorbonne university.

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