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Two Trump Cabinet officials were open to Rosenstein’s plan to remove him from office: Ex-FBI official

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Former FBI general counsel James Baker told Congress last year that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein believed at one point that he had two members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet lined up to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office.

Axios reports that Baker heard the remarks second hand from former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

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“To the best of my recollection [McCabe] told me that the deputy attorney general said that he had at least two members of the cabinet who were ready to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Baker revealed.

Baker did not know which Cabinet officials were open to removing Trump via the 25th Amendment, but he said that Rosenstein was genuinely concerned about the president being a grave risk to national security and the rule of law.

“This was not a joking sort of time,” he said. “This was pretty dark.”

Read more of Baker’s testimony at this link.

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Lindsey Graham backs up Trump’s widely condemned impeachment tirade: ‘A lynching in every sense’

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President Donald Trump's widely condemned comparison of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a "lynching" has the support of at least one Republican senator.

As reported by The Hill's Alex Bolton, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday agreed that with the president's characterization of the House Democrats' efforts to hold him accountable.

"This is a lynching in every sense," Graham said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) similarly agreed with Graham that House Democrats' efforts to impeach the president amount to a "lynching," as reported by Politico's Burgess Everett.

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Donald Trump is mirroring the career path of Vladimir Putin: Scientology doc maker Alex Gibney

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According to the director of the "Going Clear," the definitive documentary on Scientology, the rise of both Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin neatly mirror each other in the way that they have propelled themselves into office by using media manipulation as their most potent weapon.

As part of a discussion with the Daily Beast about his latest work, Citizen K, a look at the life of Russian dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Alex Gibney said Putin's career trajectory became a major part of his story -- and he noticed extraordinary parallels with Trump.

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Princeton historian delivers the definitive smackdown of Trump’s ‘insulting’ lynching tweet

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Princeton University History Professor Kevin Kruse on Tuesday delivered a thorough takedown of President Donald Trump's claim that House Democrats' impeachment inquiry represents a "lynching."

In calling the tweet "twelve different kinds of bullsh*t," Kruse began by discussing the constitutional mechanics of the impeachment process in the House that only require a bare majority of lawmakers to favor in order to advance. Concerns about due process in impeachment only come into play in the Senate, where the president is ensured a fair trial and where two-thirds of lawmakers are needed to convict the president and remove him from office.

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