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Trump donors are being given access to top government secrets — and even some Republicans are concerned

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President Donald Trump has created a secretive intelligence panel that includes top Republican donors and “has access to some of America’s most closely held secrets and a line to the Oval Office,” according to a report from ABC News.

According to ABC News, the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) is now being staffed by a mix of national security experts and Republican donors who have little background in intelligence.

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Former PIAB chairman and ex-Republican senator Chuck Hagel tells ABC News that he is concerned about the president loading up the board with top donors, although he says that past administrations have followed similar practices.

“From that standpoint it does bother me,” said Hagel, who presided over former President Barack Obama’s PIAB from 2009 through 2013. “But it’s been done for many years, I mean both administrations. No one is really very pure in that.”

One such board member is Dallas businessman Ray Washburne, who served as vice chairman of the Trump Victory Committee and who admits he does not have a background in national security. Washburne did say, however, that his work in the private sector made him qualified to access America’s top intelligence secrets.

“I was in a [secure facility] every day reading intelligence briefings on countries and leaders and businesspeople throughout the world, because we do business in every far, dark corner of the world,” he told ABC.

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Chris Wallace shreds Ken Starr: Trump’s scandal ‘a much bigger issue than whether Bill Clinton lied about sex’

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Fox News host Chris Wallace argued that the deeds President Donald Trump is accused of are more serious to the country than President Bill Clinton's actions, who was impeached for lying about sex.

During a break in impeachment hearings on Monday, Wallace called out Ken Starr's "characterization of this process and what we heard today... he said that the presentation against the president is narrow, prosecutors look through the world through dirty windows, it's slanted."

"And you know, it just seems to me -- and Ken, I see you there on the screen so I'll be talking directly to you -- when you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether the president had lied under oath about sex," Wallace continued. "I'm not talking about whether this story is true or not."

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Estranged Republican horrified her former party thinks Trump is better than Lincoln

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Estranged former Republican Ashley Pratte found herself aghast by a recent poll showing a majority of GOP voters now rate President Donald Trump more favorably than Abraham Lincoln.

Writing for NBC News, Pratte argued that Lincoln, widely considered by historians to be one of America's greatest presidents, was the polar opposite of Trump.

"Trump’s years in office have been full of nepotism, scandal, profiting from his position as president and now he is about to become the third-ever president to be impeached," she argued. "So how can those same Republicans now honestly believe that Trump has, in any way, been a good president, let alone one of the best?"

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‘Castor lies’: GOP counsel busted for peddling Ukraine falsehood in impeachment testimony

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Republican counsel Stephen Castor lied during his impeachment defense of President Donald Trump.

The GOP attorney testified that Ukrainian officials "did not learn (military aid) was paused until the pause was reported publicly in the U.S. media on Aug. 28," but Just Security editor-in-chief Ryan Goodman said that claim was false.

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Castor: Ukraine officials "did not learn it was paused until the pause was reported publicly in the US media on August 28"

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