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Nicolle Wallace’s panel makes the case that Mueller wants Congress to act: ‘It’s not rocket science here’

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MSNBC’s panel of legal and political experts gathered with host Nicolle Wallace to explain that it’s clear special counsel Robert Mueller wants Congress to act on the president’s obstruction of justice.

Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Mike Schmidt said that Mueller’s comments aren’t all that different from the report.

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“The interesting thing here is we saw the power of it being done by him live on television. And you can see where the Democrats, sort of galvanized at least some of the candidates running for president, saying they want to move forward with impeachment proceedings,” The New York Times reporter said. “You can see the Democrats on The Hill saying ‘there was an eight-minute statement by Mueller today, look at how far it sort of moved the ball.’ Imagine what we could do if we got him for an hour or so.”

He noted that the funny thing was that at the end of Mueller’s statement he told Congress not to call him because all he can say is what is in the report.

Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire recalled that they’ve been reporting for weeks that Trump was “terrified” of Mueller testifying.

“He is someone who knows that Robert Mueller hasn’t spoken publicly on camera in two years and America would want to tune in to watch and to hear him speak. And those words would carry a lot of weight,” he said.

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“Today it’s like [Mueller] took a sharpie to his ‘no collusion. No evidence of obstruction, no evidence of collusion'” comments, said Wallace.

MSNBC’s John Heilemann said that one of the big problems with Mueller is that he’s speaking in legal language.

“He’s a careful man and takes pains to not appear political,” Heilemann said. “Sometimes frustratingly so to those of us who wish he would speak in plain language because if he did, today he would have said, ‘anyone who read my report and says no collusion, no obstruction, anyone who says that is a big, fat liar.'”

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He went on to cite specific components of the Mueller report that confirms his point.

Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance explained that if Congress would examine volume two of the Mueller report it would look like obstruction of justice by the president.

“It’s just that simple,” she said. “There’s an effort to obstruct, it’s related to ongoing proceedings, and it’s done with a corrupt intent. The corrupt motive that prosecutors talk about to influence the outcome of those investigations. So it’s not exactly rocket science here.”

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CNN panel mocks the White House for promoting a photo of Trump looking ‘subservient’ to Pelosi

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The White House posted a series of photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Wednesday after their meeting, showing Pelosi being the only person in the room literally standing up to President Donald Trump. It was an image that baffled the mind of at least one CNN panelist as to why the Trump people would be promoting Pelosi.

According to reports from those who were in the room, the president flew off the handle after Pelosi quipped that it seems all roads lead back to Russia for this president. It was at that point that Trump called Pelosi a "third-grade politician," though presumably, he meant "third-rate," and the meeting broke apart.

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Max Boot calls BS on Republicans for trying to claim Syria is Nancy Pelosi’s fault because of impeachment

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President Donald Trump is conducting foreign policy like a 1980s television character, according to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot.

In a panel discussion about the letter Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Boot mocked Republicans for suddenly trying to claim that Trump's withdrawal from Syria was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fault because of impeachment. It is unclear if Republicans are confessing the president is too distracted by impeachment to be making foreign policy decisions or if they are blaming Pelosi for military decisions.

"I mean there's a lot of really lame Republican talking points out there, Don," Boot said to CNN host Don Lemon. "But to suggest, as Rep. Liz Cheney and others have done that somehow Trump's inexplicable decision to give the Turks the green light to invade Syria — that was somehow the fault of Nancy Pelosi because of the impeachment process? What?"

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US military had to bomb our own base in Syria because of Trump’s mistakes — and one Republican is furious

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President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw in Syria in less than 24 hours put American troops at risk as they were being fired on by Turkey. However, according to the Wall Street Journal , the military was also forced to bomb our own military base.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has been critical of Trump's decisions in the past months, pointed out the factoid in a tweet Wednesday evening, asking, "Is this the America you grew up believing in?"

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"On Wednesday, the U.S. military said two F-15E jet fighters carried out an airstrike to destroy an ammunition-storage facility, latrines, tents and other parts of the Syria headquarters of the American campaign to destroy Islamic State after pulling its forces from the base," reported The Journal.

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