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‘This is ridiculous’: ex-prosecutor rips Democrats for not even swearing-in Hope Hicks before her testimony

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The House Judiciary Committee failed in how they went about interviewing Hope Hicks, the longtime Trump advisor who rose to White House communications director.

On Thursday, the committee released a 273-page transcript of Hicks testimony behind closed doors.

For analysis, MSNBC “Hardball” anchor Chris Matthews interviewed former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne.

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Lawyers representing Hicks repeatedly objected to her answer questions.

“What is this thing, this word objection? This is loaded, all this wasted paper, a lot of this paper simply has the word objection on it,” Matthews said, holding up a 271-page printout of Hicks’ transcript.

“The good news about absolute immunity is, because it’s a constitutional question, it can be handled rather summarily by the courts. It can be done quickly,” Alksne explained. “The bad news is that after is after comes back, she’ll just claim executive privilege.”

“We’re going nowhere with this. She’s not going to give any more information,” she continued.

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“Even if you had her under subpoena?” Matthews asked.

“There are a lot of ‘I don’t remember,’ there’s a lot of ‘I don’t recall’ — it’s Trump’s spin,” she replied.

“Did you know that this woman — they didn’t even swear her in before she testified,” she noted.

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“This is a ridiculous waste,” she concluded.

“They were nice to her. They let her testify privately,” Alksne noted. “There’s no reason why they did that, especially if the goal is we’re going to try to bring this to life.”

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Here’s how Trump could unleash a horrifying ‘era of authoritarianism’ in his second term

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What happens if President Donald Trump not only survives impeachment, but goes on to win a second term? It's a prospect that chills Democrats to the bone — and for good reason.

On Monday, Politico mapped out a detailed, hypothetical scenario in which Trump wins re-election — similar to their 2016 scenario of what would happen if Trump was elected in the first place — and some of the things that people could expect in the coming years. The result would be, as former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean put it, "an era of authoritarianism."

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GOP lawmakers in revolt against Trump and are avoiding using White House ‘toxic talking points’: WSJ

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Adding to Donald Trump's impeachment worries are reports that Republicans are putting distance between themselves and the embattled president.

According to the Wall Street Journal, support for the president among GOP lawmakers is waning in light of his phone call with the president of Ukraine -- which set in motion the House beginning an impeachment inquiry -- and then his decision to hold next year's G7 conference at one of his golf resorts -- a decision he later abandoned.

According to the Journal, "Mr. Trump’s support within his party will face fresh tests this week, as key witnesses from the State Department and Pentagon are expected to testify in closed hearings before a trio of House committees on the president’s dealings with Ukraine."

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BUSTED: Trump wrote a personal note to Giuliani Ukraine henchman that he claimed not to know

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President Donald Trump has claimed that he doesn't know Lev Parnas, the political operative who served as one of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's henchmen in trying to get the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

However, an old Instagram post uncovered by the Wall Street Journal shows that Trump once actually wrote Parnas a personal note that lauded him for his friendship.

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