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Combat veteran GOP senator ducks criticizing Trump plan to pardon accused military war criminals

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Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Republican Senator and combat veteran Joni Ernst (R-IA) chose her words very carefully when asked what she thought about President Donald Trump’s floating the possibility of a pardon for a former Navy SEAL accused of war crimes.

Pressed by fill-in host Dana Bash, Ernst tried to deflect away from Trump’s defense of multiple military vets awaiting trial for war crimes, by saying everyone should be supporting the military.

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Ernst also professed to not know the details surrounding the case of Nany SEAL Eddie Gallagher who is awaiting court-martial on charges he shot unarmed civilians and stabbed a defenseless teenager while deployed to help Iraqi forces fight ISIS in 2017.

Asked about Trump interfering with case, the military vet would only say, “If our soldiers, sailors, army and marines, if they are found guilty of war crimes, we need to be careful in that, because it is not okay to perpetrate war crimes.”

Pressed further by Bash, Ernst once again pleaded ignorance about the “legalities” involved in the military cases that have been well-documented by both the Pentagon and the press.

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WATCH: Town hall crowd explodes into applause as New Jersey lawmaker announces he will vote for Trump impeachment

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On Sunday morning CNN aired a clip of Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) announcing before a town hall crowd on Saturday that he will vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump -- causing some of the audience members to explode into applause over his decision.

In the clip, the lawmaker explains, "Based on the evidence I have seen in the depositions, the hearings and the documents I've seen, I believe on the two counts of impeachment that the vote that has been put before us, that the vote should be yes, and I will be voting yes."

With that, the crowd burst into cheers with some leaping from their seats.

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Fox News lying to defend Trump makes it a threat to US national security: CNN contributor

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Fox News a threat to American democracy and national security, a CNN contributor explained on Saturday.

Garrett Graff was interviewed by CNN's Ana Cabrera about a new piece he wrote for Wired titled, "Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security."

"Monday’s split-screen drama, as the House Judiciary Committee weighed impeachment charges against President Trump and as the Justice Department’s inspector general released a 476-page report on the FBI’s handling of its 2016 investigation into Trump’s campaign, made one truth of the modern world inescapable: The lies and obfuscations forwarded ad infinitum on Fox News pose a dangerous threat to the national security of the United States," he wrote.

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Lindsey Graham admits nothing will change his mind on Trump impeachment: ‘I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror’

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In an interview with CNN International's Becky Anderson at the Doha Forum in Qatar, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) admitted he has no plans to look at the evidence compiled against Donald Trump from the House impeachment inquiry when it is referred to the Senate.

The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee explained that he wants the trial to be quick and that expects nothing to come of it, with the GOP solidly behind fighting impeachment of the president.

During the interview Graham stated, "This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly."

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