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Trump’s legal team is ‘taking cues’ from Freedom Caucus extremist Jim Jordan to fight Democratic oversight: report

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Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio has been an influential figure on the far right. The Ohio Republican is popular with the Tea Party, he was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, and his influence on the far right is so strong that, according to a report by Melanie Zanona and Andrew Desiderio for Politico, President Donald Trump’s legal team is “taking cues from Jordan, adopting many of his arguments and even asking a federal judge to obtain documents from Jordan in order to build their legal case against Democrats’ myriad investigations targeting the president.”

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The 55-year-old congressman, in an interview with Politico, emphasized that he isn’t actually coordinating with the White House. Yet as Zanona and Desiderio point out, he is having a strong impact on Trump’s legal strategy.

Jordan has encouraged Donald Trump, Jr. to defy a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Zanona and Desiderio note that Trump’s legal team — including William Consovoy — has been “picking up on the same lines of attack” encouraged by Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows, who “have teamed up to highlight what they say is a coordinated Democratic effort to politically damage the president ahead of his reelection bid.”

In 2019, Zanona and Desiderio observe, Trump’s legal team is promoting “a restrictive view of Congress’ oversight authority” and doing so with Jordan’s encouragement. Jordan, they write, is a textbook example of Republican politicians “broadly resisting Democrats’ attempts to investigate alleged crimes committed by the president”—with Consovoy “parroting many of Jordan’s talking points.”

Zanona and Desiderio conclude their article by noting that during a recent Fox News interview, Jordan had some advice for Donald Trump, Jr. regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena: ignore it and don’t show up.

 

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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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Ken Starr says ‘it’s over’ for Trump: Democrats know ‘the president in fact committed the crime of bribery’

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Former independent prosecutor Ken Starr suggested on Wednesday that President Donald Trump impeachment could now be a sure thing.

Following the testimony of European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland, Fox News host Bret Baier called the witness "very damning" for Trump -- and Starr agreed.

"We've gotten close to the president," Starr said of Sondland's testimony. "The president may have covered himself by saying no quid pro quo, the record is muddled. So we have Gordon Sondland's understanding. It doesn't look good for the president substantively."

Starr compared the current process to the articles of impeachment that were drafted against President Richard Nixon.

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‘Emergency neurological symptoms?’ Internet explodes in laughter over Trump’s bizarre ‘I WANT NOTHING’ notes

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President Donald Trump read handwritten talking points as he departed the White House on Wednesday.

His notes were written in Sharpie marker on a notepad.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's remarks.

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

https://twitter.com/Lawrence/status/1197207906455822340

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