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Aaron Zebley testifying will ‘establish the precedence’ Congress can interview all Mueller investigators: Democrat

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The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will swear in deputy special counsel Aaron Zebley along with special counsel Robert Mueller, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell followed up on Maddow’s reporting while interviewing Rep. Peter Welch, who sits on the Intelligence Committee.

“In your committee tomorrow, Aaron Zebley’s going to be a sworn witness at this stage. Do you expect committee members to solicit testimony from him as well as Robert Mueller? As much as Robert Mueller?” O’Donnell asked.

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“Our focus is going to definitely be on Mueller,” Welch replied. “And our goal is to let Mueller speak because if he just describes what is in the report, that’s very, very damaging to the president.”

“Also, we’re establishing the precedent that we’ve been fighting for, that some of these investigators, we have a right to call them, to inquire what’s going on,” Welch explained. “Mueller is at the top, but a lot of the people doing the details, where they know what the negotiations were, they know what happened, they’re relevant to get the story out to the American people.”

“We’re glad that he’s going to be there and we are glad that he’s going to be sworn in,” he added.

Former Richard Nixon White House counsel John Dean has also said he thinks Zebley’s testimony will be key.

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Trump’s latest and most ludicrous con job

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Donald Trump is con artist in chief of the United States. His many apparent and impeachable crimes, such as the Ukraine scandal, collusion with Russia and violations of the Emoluments Clause, flow from that fact. Of course, Trump’s long con involves millions and perhaps even billions of dollars. But Trump’s big score, his ultimate goal, is permanent control of the presidency of the United States and the power for him and his family and allies to engage in legal theft indefinitely.

This article first appeared on Salon.

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I was an impeachment skeptic. Here’s why I’m now convinced Trump must be removed

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Despite all the uncertainty surrounding impeachment, we can capture the current moment succinctly: President Trump’s fate hinges on whether Republican senators are more fearful of losing in a primary or in the general election. Now that the live impeachment hearings are about to fuel nationwide prime-time programming, those senators’ fears are likely to intensify.

While that dynamic will determine whether Trump will be removed from office, it doesn’t tell us whether he should be.  I am generally an impeachment skeptic. My recent book—Impeaching the President: Past, Present, Future—argues that impeachment should be regarded as a last resort that, as a general proposition, is inappropriate in a president’s first term.  The American people are capable of rendering judgment and should be given the first crack.

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Nicolle Wallace tells Colbert why she cursed at Fox News host Laura Ingraham — and that she left the GOP

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace appeared on Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" Wednesday after spending hours analyzing the impeachment hearings that began that morning.

One of the first things Colbert asked about was the recent smackdown from Wallace about Fox News host Laura Ingraham and her guests going after Col. Alexander Vindman. Ingraham proposed that because Vindman was born in Ukraine that he was somehow a traitor to the United States for coming forward about President Donald Trump's admitted crimes.

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