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This Trump story proves just how insecure he is: CNN editor

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A short anecdote from a recent New York Times report reveals just how insecure President Donald really is, one CNN editor noted Wednesday.

In a Times report published earlier in the day about Rupert Murdoch’s influence empire, CNN’s Chris Cillizza noted, is a story about the president getting into a small tiff with a Fox contributor while on the campaign trail in 2016.

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“After the Fox contributor and Weekly Standard editor Stephen F. Hayes called Trump ‘a clown,’ Trump faxed [Fox News anchor Bret] Baier a copy of his résumé, with a note scrawled across it in black marker: ‘Tell Hayes no clown could have done all this!'” Times reporters Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg wrote.

Cillizza noted that he and most political reporters he knows have “been on the receiving end of one of Trump’s faxed missives.”

“Now, it’s important to remember that Trump is legendary for having articles he likes (or doesn’t) printed out,” the CNN editor-at-large noted, “scrawling a note of praise or contempt on them and then having the article faxed to its author.”

But even for Trump, Cillizza argued, this was beyond the pale.

“Sending your resume to someone who criticizes you is right up there with comparing SAT scores or high school athletic accolades,” he wrote. “It’s just not done. Not by grown adults at least.”

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Trump was 70-years-old, a billionaire, and a celebrity for nearly four decades when he sent his resume to Baier.

“And yet, he could not let a slight from what he assumed was his home cable TV network roll off his back,” Cillizza wrote. “He had to show Steve Hayes that he was no clown. He was Donald Trump! Rich, powerful, accomplished and well-educated.”

“Rich people who are secure in their wealth don’t spend a lot of time telling you how rich they are. Smart people who are secure in their intellect don’t need to tell you how smart they are. Accomplished people who are secure don’t need to send their resume to every person who attacks them,” the editor noted.

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“You get the idea,” Cillizza concluded. “Donald Trump, well, doesn’t.”

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Lindsey Graham’s past words about the Clinton trial used to contradict key GOP Trump defense

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., one of the legislators chosen by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to be an impeachment manager, cited a 1999 speech delivered by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to make the case that "high crimes" warranting impeachment are not limited to violations of criminal code — a key Republican talking point.This article first appeared on Salon.Speaking to the Senate on Thursday about whether Trump had committed an impeachable offense, Nadler showed a clip of Graham asking, "What's a high crime? How about if an important person hurt somebody of low means? It's not very scholarly, but I think it's the truth. I think that's what they meant by high crimes."
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Trump accused of ‘jury tampering’ after allegedly threatening GOP senators

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President Donald Trump was accused of "jury tampering" after he reportedly threatened Republican senators not to vote to remove him from office in his impeachment trial.

This article first appeared in Salon.

A Trump confidant told CBS News that Republican senators were warned: "Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike."

Trump, who has been repeatedly accused of witness tampering in the impeachment probe, former special counsel Bob Mueller's investigation and more, was also accused of trying to "bribe" vulnerable Republican senators with big-money fundraising appeals ahead of the trial.

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‘They don’t like Trump’: Ex-ambassador reveals to Bill Maher that GOP lawmakers trash president behind his back

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Appearing on HBO's "Real Time,' former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul told host Bill Maher that Republican lawmakers can't stand Donald Trump and talk trash about him behind his back

During the "Overtime" segment, McFaul was asked about Russian involvement with GOP lawmakers before turning back to Trump.

"What really bothers me about folks like this," he began while speaking to the host who has just ripped into the president, "They don't like Trump. They talk like you. I mean, they all talk like you."

"The Republicans?" host Maher asked.

"All those guys," McFaul shot back. "When they're talking in the family, that's what they say among the family. And yet when they come out in the public, then they care about taxes and other issues and maybe power, but they just forget about all this other stuff -- and that is what I can't respect."

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