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Dem lawmaker exposes her GOP colleagues’ trash-talk about Trump behind his back

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While House Democrats are still divided over impeachment, Republicans are broadly unified in circling the wagons around President Donald Trump, with only Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) calling for the president to be removed.

But as Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Thursday, many GOP lawmakers are privately fuming about Trump’s abuses of power — they just aren’t willing to say it out loud.

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“Democrats are taking this very seriously,” said McCollum. “And there’s a broad diversity of opinion, and that’s good. So when we come together and form unity it’ll be a thoughtful one. Whereas many of my colleagues on the Republican side of the aisle, what they say in the elevator and then I hear on shows such as yours are very different, you know, exact opposite. So we’re having thoughtful discussions and we need to do that.”

“So when you hear Justin Amash come out and say he’s for it, you’re saying other Republicans are basically telling you the same thing, in the elevator, in private,” said Burnett.

“Republicans are saying the president’s use of emergency powers is outrageous,” said McCollum. “They — you know, some of the things he’s done in the budget with zeroing things out, what he’s done with the border wall, and then saying you know, he can spend money however he chooses to. The Congress, which — I’m on the Appropriations Committee, we have the power of the purse. They’re outraged by some of these remarks, but I don’t hear them say it publicly.”

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Trump adviser admits president ‘will come out of this impeachment process unhinged’: report

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta learned from a top adviser to President Donald Trump that he will likely come out of the impeachment completely "unhinged."

"I think it's starting to sink in that he's about to be impeached," Acosta told CNN's John Berman Friday evening. "Impeachment is coming. He was asked about these issues earlier today. He was asked about the prospect of a Senate trial that comes after he's impeached in the House. There's been a debate going on back and forth between the White House and Republicans up on Capitol Hill about whether or not a Senate trial is a good idea. I will tell you, I talked to a source familiar with discussions going on inside the White House who said the president is starting to listen to the counsel coming from his attorneys saying a shorter trial would be better. It would obviously remove the possibility there would be unforeseen bombshells emerging and you heard the president sounding open to that idea."

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It’s hard to argue Trump was innocent when Rudy Giuliani is in Ukraine to keep it going: Former US Attorney

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Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara explained Friday that it's difficult for President Donald Trump to claim he is innocent of attempting to bribe Ukraine when his own lawyer just returned from trying to dig up more dirt on the son of his opponent.

"Isn't this what got the president in trouble in the first place?" CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Bharara.

"Yes, it actually is," Bharara said simply. "I don't know exactly what's going on here. I think Rudy Giuliani wants to be close to the president and help the president and argue on behalf of the president. There are a lot of implications that Rudy Giuliani is doing going on forays back to Ukraine, which some people would call the scene of the crime. It causes more scrutiny to be brought upon him. We've seen reported he's under investigation himself, and I think it raises eyebrows in the political sphere. But I think something important about it relates to impeachment."

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GOP shamed by a presidential historian for not taking impeachment seriously

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Following the House Judiciary Committee's historic vote, sending two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the House floor, presidential historian Tim Naftali broke down why this impeachment was both important and different from previous ones.

Sitting on the panel with host Wolf Blitzer and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, Naftali began, "Impeachment is the last best defense against those who would abuse their power. In our history, four times the Congress has turned to that tool to deal with a president that for one reason or another they felt was a challenge to the constitutional order."

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