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‘That time has passed’: Republican commentator recalls ‘a time’ when the GOP ‘cared about the rule of law’

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On Wednesday, conservative commentator Amanda Carpenter slammed the GOP for abandoning the rule of law to follow and defend President Donald Trump.

She noted that the actions of the GOP will impact them come 2020.

“How will these events that are playing out now in Congress play out on the campaign trail?” Carpenter said. “Bill Barr’s idea that President Trump has been falsely accused sticks in my mind. It sort of plays into the idea that they are above reproach and that Donald Trump is above the law.”

She added, “When you see this pattern of the administration defying subpoenas, saying, ‘we’re not going to talk to you,’ and that these people are never held accountable for these actions, that’s something that can stick in the craw of voters. And if Democrats choose to use these events and make the 2020 election an accountability exercise, that could be powerful.”

“What did you think of Lindsey Graham ,as a fellow Republican, what did you think of Lindsey Graham saying, ‘I’m not going to call Mueller, I’m not going to call Don McGahn?'” CNN’s host Jake Tapper asked.

“There used to be a time when Republicans cared about the rule of law. Lindsey Graham was one of those people. And that time has passed,” she said.

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Four years ago this week: Trump’s escalator ride and the Charleston shooting. It’s not a coincidence

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It was four years ago (plus one day) when Donald Trump descended his golden elevator at Trump Tower and announced to the world that he was running for president to make America great again. It was a memorable day, although I don't think anyone believed at the time it would be more than a bizarre blip in presidential campaign history.

It was a patented Trumpian spectacle, ridiculous and over the top. Needless to say, the speech itself was offensive and absurd. He called Mexicans rapists and criminals, bragged about his allegedly enormous wealth and said that the U.S. had never beaten China and Japan at anything. He lied about the crowd size and insulted the press. In other words, it was the template for all the speeches that were to come, throughout his campaign and his presidency.

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‘They don’t trust him’: Ex-CIA operative says intel officials’ efforts to conceal information from Trump is ‘stunning’

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On Monday, former CIA officer Bob Baer told CNN's Erin Burnett that he had never heard of a situation before like the new reports that intelligence officials concealed information from President Donald Trump about efforts to plant malware in the Russian power grid.

"It is pretty stunning, the reporting here that they didn't tell him everything that they were doing because they were worried that he would tell the Russians themselves or make them stop doing it," said Burnett. "Could you imagine a scenario like this?"

"Never," said Baer. "In all my years in intelligence and around it and studying it and the rest, I have never heard of an operation intentionally kept away from the president. It just doesn't happen, ever. I know of no circumstances, and I'm talking 50, 60 years, that this has ever occurred."

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New Democrat backs impeachment as support grows among voters in conservative districts

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Supporters of opening an impeachment inquiry received a major boost of support on Monday when a Democratic Party rising star in a conservative district offered her support.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) defeated a Republican during the 2018 midterms in a seat that had never elected a Democrat during its 25 years of existence.

Porter, a tenured law professor, has received praise for her insightful questioning of administration officials.

The congresswoman explained her reasoning in a video and 9-page policy document posted to her website.

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