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Trump seems to pardon people for this very selfish reason: WaPo reporter

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A new analysis conducted by the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake has found that President Donald Trump has been very fond of pardoning convicted felons who also happen to double as ardent supporters of his presidency.

According to Blake’s analysis, Trump has now pardoned ten different individuals during his presidency — and eight of those pardons have “carried some political benefit for him.”

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The two most recent pardons were Conrad Black, a Trump-loving billionaire who was convicted on fraud charges back in 2007, and Patrick J. Nolan, a California Republican who pleaded guilty to racketeering in the 1990s and who has since grown close to the Trump family.

Other past pardons of Trump supporters include Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to felony campaign finance violations; former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was ruled to be in criminal contempt for a “willful” violation of an order to stop racial profiling within his department; and Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former Bush administration official who was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to federal investigators.

“The point isn’t that presidents don’t pardon their allies; they do,” Blake comments. “But they often do it sparingly, late in their terms, and they mix it in with other pardons that don’t so clearly and obviously benefit themselves. Trump seems to have very little regard for the perception this creates.”

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Conservative attorney dismantles GOP arguments against impeachment: ‘Trump’s abuse threatens your freedom’

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A conservative attorney knocked down Republican arguments against impeachment one by one in a viral tweet, and urged others to support the removal President Donald Trump.

Bryan Gividen, an appellate attorney from Dallas, touted his conservative bona fides by describing himself as a "pro-religious liberty, pro-life, would snort Cocaine Mitch’s judicial confirmations" if he could -- but still said he supports Trump's impeachment.

"At this point, there is no question that President Trump directed U.S. officials to withhold security funding to the Ukraine so Ukraine would investigate the Bidens," Gividen began. "That is the kind of abuse of the President’s authority we should not tolerate."

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Trump turns bizarre handwritten notes into all-caps Twitter rage spasm: ‘I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday wrote down his impeachment inquiry talking points in sharpie marker.

While leaving the White House for a visit to Texas, Trump read his notes to reporters, but refused to take questions.

During the flight, Trump then tweeted out his notes to his 66.9 million Twitter followers.

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1197200696044654593

....”I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO! TELL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING!” Later, Ambassador Sondland said that I told him, “Good, go tell the truth!” This Witch Hunt must end NOW. So bad for our Country!

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GOP senators lob out excuses to avoid watching impeachment hearings: ‘Took my kid to school’

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European ambassador Gordon Sondland's impeachment testimony sent shock waves through Washington D.C. on Wednesday -- but they seemingly weren't felt by Republican senators.

Per CNN's Michael Warren, multiple GOP senators said on Wednesday that they were not watching Sondland's testimony, which directly implicated President Donald Trump in a quid-pro-quo scheme with Ukraine.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), for example, said that he "took my kid to school" instead of watching Sondland, while Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he was busy "chairing my own hearing."

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