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Trump ‘has no understanding of his role as president’ — and the GOP doesn’t care: Oversight Dem

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On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) laid into President Donald Trump for his assertion that he would happily use dirt from a foreign adversary again.

“If anyone is asleep, if anyone hasn’t been paying attention to a President of the United States that has no respect for our democracy, has no respect for the checks and balances, and clearly has no understanding of his role of President of the United States, this is clear,” she told anchor Erin Burnett. “He didn’t stutter. He said, the FBI probably wouldn’t understand it. And he made the allegation that members of Congress do this all the time.”

Lawrence immediately shot down the idea that taking intelligence from a foreign government is, in Trump’s words, opposition research.

“Opposition research is when you go on Google and read newspaper clips and find out where individuals you’re running from — where they stand,” said Lawrence. “We don’t go to outside countries and ask them to provide information … What this man is talking about — and he is the President of the United States — is how he can violate the rules and policies of our country.”

“It is — it is past sad,” she said. “It is past frustration. This is criminal. This is criminal.”

And yet, she noted, impeachment is likely to hit a roadblock because the Republican Party is willfully refusing to confront any of this.

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“This is — this issue, our country, the citizens, our democracy, is bigger than Donald Trump,” said Lawrence. “And we need to act — I mean, that should be scary. That should frighten people. And we need to do our job.”

“I sit on Oversight,” she continued, “And we went through six hours of hearings today where the other side … were obstructing and stalling, saying that a joint bipartisan request subpoena for documents that the president is now saying under executive order — executive privilege, you don’t have to give anything to Congress — and didn’t say to the Democrats. Because the Republicans signed on too. He said you do not have to give it to Congress. Wake up.

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Prosecutors offered indicted GOP congressman a deal to keep his multiple taxpayer-funded trysts quiet — but he refused

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On Tuesday, CNN reported that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), facing indictment for stealing campaign funds and falsifying spending reports, was offered a deal by to keep secret the incidents in which he used taxpayer money to finance affairs with lobbyists — but he refused.

"Prosecutors told a judge they tried to cut a deal with Hunter to avoid revealing the alleged tryst, but his attorneys refused," reported CNN's Tom Foreman.

The affairs were made public shortly after it was revealed that Hunter's wife Margaret, an alleged co-conspirator in the scheme, was cooperating with prosecutors. Hunter had previously tried to blame the entire scheme on his wife — a claim that looks increasingly dubious.

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Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’

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President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.

During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.

"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."

Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.

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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"

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