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

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Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) on MSNBC (screengrab)

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 holds large rally in Georgia — one day after the Peach State set a new coronavirus record

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President Donald Trump departed the White House on Saturday for an evening campaign rally in Georgia -- despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump is ostensively making the trip to support Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and interim Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in the January runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. However, Republicans fear Trump will use his speech to continue bashing GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.

Trump's visit also comes against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Panicked Republicans ‘working frantically behind the scenes’ — but Trump just keeps attacking GOP Gov Brian Kemp

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Republicans are worried that President Donald Trump will pour gasoline on the intraparty inferno burning in Georgia.

Trump is officially traveling to the Peach State for a rally in support of the two Republican senators in January runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate.

Republicans worry Trump will continue to attack Republican Gov. Brian Kemp as he has on Twitter.

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"Trump is to headline a campaign rally for Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the state Saturday night — his first major political event since before the Nov. 3 election. GOP officials are working frantically behind the scenes to try to keep the president on script at the rally, worried that he will use the forum to attack Kemp and other state GOP officials who have resisted his pressure, according to a person familiar with the discussions," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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Trump ‘facing a rapid decline’ as he wallows in ‘rage and denial’ over election loss: report

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President Donald Trump's mental health since losing the 2020 presidential election was the focus of a new analysis by New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker that was published online Saturday.

"Over the past week, President Trump posted or reposted more than 130 messages on Twitter lashing out at the results of an election he lost. He mentioned the coronavirus pandemic now reaching its darkest hours four times — and even then just to assert that he was right about the outbreak and the experts were wrong," Baker reported under the headline, "Trump’s Final Days of Rage and Denial."

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