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‘Get tough!’ Ex-federal prosecutor tells Dems to stop getting ‘strung along’ by Trump White House

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Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig on Monday urged Congressional Democrats to get tough and stop letting themselves get rolled over by a White House that has no intention of letting them conduct oversight.

While discussing the White House’s latest efforts to block both special counsel Robert Mueller and former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying before Congress, Honig said that Democrats need to wake up to stop the White House from simply running out the clock on their requests.

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“Time is of the essence,” he said. “I think Congress needs to get tough. They need to first of all stop getting strung along and slow played with all these protracted negotiations.”

Honig then argued that the White House so far has shown no willingness to even give an inch when it comes to congressional requests, which means that they have to go right to the Supreme Court to force the White House to comply with their requests.

“If I was an attorney for the Dems in congress, I would think about trying to use that route because otherwise this is going to drag out forever,” he said.

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‘The president’s lying — that should matter!’ CNN’s Berman unloads on GOP for blowing off Bolton revelations

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CNN's John Berman on Tuesday expressed frustration at the idea that Republican senators could still vote to acquit President Donald Trump even after leaked excerpts of former national security adviser John Bolton's book further implicated the president.

During a panel discussion about Bolton's book, which reportedly alleges that Trump directly linked releasing military aid to Ukraine with investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman warned that the book may not be the big game changer that many have been hoping to see.

"I'm somewhat more skeptical that this is going to necessarily lead to witnesses," she said. "It might. I just think that we really don't know, and I think the desire for Republicans to have this wrapped up fairly quickly remains strong."

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GOP’s Joni Ernst may have inadvertently boosted Joe Biden in Iowa: ex-White House official

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On CNN's "New Day," regular contributor and former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart almost rolled his eyes at a clip of Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst rushing to the cameras to gush about attacks on Joe Biden, saying she may have ended up helping the former vice president in her own state.

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CNN panel cracks up laughing at Trump lawyers trying to make Rudy Giuliani into ‘the coffee boy’

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President Donald Trump's legal team fought Monday to try and claim that Rudy Giuliani had nothing to do with the president's efforts in Ukraine.

It's a claim that flies in the face of the documents, testimony, text messages and more that have been revealed throughout the course of the investigation that hangs the albatross around Giuliani's neck.

In fact, Giuliani crafted his own letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that he was authorized to speak on behalf of President Donald Trump as a "private attorney." If the president cared so much about corruption in Ukraine, why would he be doing a shadow foreign policy using Giuliani instead of through Congress, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United Nations, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund or a slew of other international groups interested in the issue.

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