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Ex-FBI chief: Mueller testimony must ‘wake up’ Republicans to the danger in the White House

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Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appeared on MSNBC’s “Deadline with Nicolle Wallace” to detail what he thinks will happen in the closed-door testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller.

In a Wednesday interview, McCabe said he hopes that Mueller will “wake up” Republicans who seem uninterested  in acting to protect the United States from electoral intrusion from Russia.

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Because President Donald Trump denied Russian meddling for so long, Congress never did anything meaningful to protect Americans from further intrusion or additional interference from other countries. McCabe said that Mueller would be able to convey details behind closed doors to reinforce why it is essential someone act in American interest in absence of the president.

“I think you only have to look back as far as the very limited nine-minute statement Director Mueller gave just a few weeks ago, [and how it] completely changed the conversation around the report, around the investigative findings and the impact that the report has had on people in Congress and I think on the general public,” McCabe told Wallace.

“So if you extrapolate out from that very brief statement, to think about Director Mueller sitting behind the witness stand answering questions from both sides, I do agree with your panelist he will likely stay within the four corners of his report but there’s incredible ground to cover there, and I think there are revelations that many, many people have not heard before, have not read in the report,” McCabe continued. “So I think you can’t underestimate the significance of the director’s upcoming testimony.”

Wallace agreed, noting that people must hear from Mueller about what his team uncovered and how those concerns are being addressed at the White House and in Congress.

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McCabe noted that the report cites over 140 different interactions between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russians or individuals associated with Russian intelligence.

“That is a feast for counterintelligence investigators to feed upon, to investigate, to peel back the cover on for years and years to come,” McCabe said.

He went on to say that many counterintelligence professionals must grapple with whether or not to share the information with Congress and in public. In Muller’s case, McCabe said that he’s “obligated to share” his work with Congress to keep intelligence communities abreast of the developments, problems and failures.

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“There are many things Mueller did that he didn’t want to do,” McCabe said. “But he did it because his country needed him. He is an American Hero.”

Trump and Fox News have already gone on the attack against Mueller.

Watch the full interview below:

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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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