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‘The Statue of Liberty is weeping’: Madeleine Albright slams Trump official for rewriting patriotic poem

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On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright raged against President Donald Trump’s acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, for trying to rewrite the Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty to exclude poor immigrants

“When you heard the president’s immigration official say that the poem on the Statue of Liberty is only for ‘people who can stand on their own two feet,’ as someone who sailed into New York Harbor as a young immigrant, what went through your mind?” said Cooper.

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“I thought it was completely un-American,” said Albright. “And I can tell you, I’ve been a refugee twice, once from the Nazis and we were in England, and then we came to the United States when the Communists took over in Czechoslovakia, and I think it’s one of the most un-American things that I have ever heard, and I will always remember seeing the Statue of Liberty as we sailed by. And my father used to say that when we were in England people would say, we’re so sorry your country’s been taken over by a terrible dictator, you’re welcome here, and when are you going home? And people in the United States said, we’re so sorry your country’s been taken over by a terrible system, you’re welcome here, and when will you become a citizen? And my father said that’s what made America a different country. And now we are forgetting that great history of our country.”

“You know, Mr. Cuccinelli points to these laws as being a part of America’s heritage, going back 140 years, and while that may be true, it is not necessarily a good thing,” said Cooper. “Just because something is part of American heritage doesn’t make it right. If you’re having laws that single women could be deported or pregnant women could be deported, that’s not something I think anybody wants to have kids celebrating in schools.”

“For sure not,” said Albright. “And I also am not sure that one can say it’s part of the American heritage. There have been various periods where Americans have been very generous in our immigration policy, and I think this country has benefited by the diversity that has come through immigration. And so I find that one of the most un-American statements I’ve ever heard.”

“You pointed out that I have a Statue of Liberty pin on,” added Albright. “I think the Statue of Liberty is weeping.”

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WATCH: Town hall crowd explodes into applause as New Jersey lawmaker announces he will vote for Trump impeachment

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On Sunday morning CNN aired a clip of Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) announcing before a town hall crowd on Saturday that he will vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump -- causing some of the audience members to explode into applause over his decision.

In the clip, the lawmaker explains, "Based on the evidence I have seen in the depositions, the hearings and the documents I've seen, I believe on the two counts of impeachment that the vote that has been put before us, that the vote should be yes, and I will be voting yes."

With that, the crowd burst into cheers with some leaping from their seats.

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Fox News lying to defend Trump makes it a threat to US national security: CNN contributor

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Fox News a threat to American democracy and national security, a CNN contributor explained on Saturday.

Garrett Graff was interviewed by CNN's Ana Cabrera about a new piece he wrote for Wired titled, "Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security."

"Monday’s split-screen drama, as the House Judiciary Committee weighed impeachment charges against President Trump and as the Justice Department’s inspector general released a 476-page report on the FBI’s handling of its 2016 investigation into Trump’s campaign, made one truth of the modern world inescapable: The lies and obfuscations forwarded ad infinitum on Fox News pose a dangerous threat to the national security of the United States," he wrote.

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Lindsey Graham admits nothing will change his mind on Trump impeachment: ‘I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror’

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In an interview with CNN International's Becky Anderson at the Doha Forum in Qatar, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) admitted he has no plans to look at the evidence compiled against Donald Trump from the House impeachment inquiry when it is referred to the Senate.

The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee explained that he wants the trial to be quick and that expects nothing to come of it, with the GOP solidly behind fighting impeachment of the president.

During the interview Graham stated, "This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly."

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