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Justin Amash fires back at GOP critics — and makes a forceful case for impeaching Trump

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) is firing back at critics within his own party who slammed him for arguing over the weekend that President Donald Trump has committed “impeachable” offenses.

In a tweet storm posted on Monday afternoon, Amash issued a point-by-point takedown of all the arguments Republicans have made to shield Trump from impeachment.

“People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation — and therefore cannot be impeached — are resting their argument on several falsehoods,” Amash began. “In fact, there were many crimes revealed by the investigation, some of which were charged, and some of which were not but are nonetheless described in Mueller’s report.”

Amash then ripped apart the argument that you can only obstruct justice if you are implicated in an underlying crime — and he showed how the entire legal system could fall apart if suspects could get away with obstructing justice to thwart prosecutors from determining whether crimes had been committed.

“Prosecutors might not charge a crime precisely *because* obstruction of justice denied them timely access to evidence that could lead to a prosecution,” he wrote. “If an underlying crime were required, then prosecutors could charge obstruction of justice only if it were unsuccessful in completely obstructing the investigation. This would make no sense.”

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Conservatives are furious about Trump’s budget deal — and they’re whining to Fox News about it

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No sooner was the news announced that President Donald Trump had reached an agreement with bipartisan leaders in Congress to lift spending caps and the debt ceiling, than rumors began swirling that hardline deficit hawks on Capitol Hill were discontented.

Several Republican politicians and officials noted to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram the broad sense of dissatisfaction with the deal, which authorizes far more spending than Republicans ever let President Barack Obama get away with and grows domestic spending in parity with defense spending:

A) There is consternation among many Republicans about the debt limit/spending deal…if it can pass, the state of play on deficit reduction, and now, President Trump’s standing. Concerned that Trump may lose some of his base backing budget caps/debt limit pkg

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Maddow details breaking news of deputy special counsel Zebly being sworn-in to testify along with Mueller

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow reported on breaking news while previewing Wednesday's highly-anticipated televised testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Maddow reported that Aaron Zebley will be sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee.

Zebley was Mueller's chief-of-staff when Mueller was the director of the FBI. It was assumed that he had held a similar role during the special counsel's investigation, but Mueller's spokesperson is now describing him as "the deputy special counsel" who "had day-to-day oversight of the investigations conducted by the special counsel’s office."

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Ana Navarro warns ‘Trumpublicans’ to think before they go after ‘ninja warrior’ Mueller for draft-dodging Trump

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Republican communications strategist Ana Navarro owned her fellow GOP members on Twitter Tuesday evening, if they think that they're going to destroy special counsel Robert Mueller at the hearing Wednesday.

"Dear Trumpublicans," Navarro began. "If you’re planning on going Ninja Warrior on Robert Mueller, remember, Mueller served our country. He was awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a Navy Commendation Medal."

Mueller was deployed to Vietnam as a Marine infantry platoon commander in 1968. He was an "affluent Princeton grad," Task and Purpose wrote in a profile. He chose combat duty in Vietnam, instead of a state-side assignment for those with connections. He "proved himself under on a bloody tour during the Tet Offensive and its aftermath, earning a Bronze Star with V and a Purple Heart."

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