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Lawmaker flips on impeachment over Trump’s Ukraine scandal: ‘I don’t think we have much of a choice’

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Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) said on Monday that lawmakers don’t “have much of a choice” but to impeach President Donald Trump, who allegedly asked Ukraine’s president to fabricate dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“You have also been clear, sir, at least up until now that you are not supportive of impeachment against the president,” CNN host Poppy Harlow told Gonzalez. “You said just in June the best way to impeach Trump is to defeat him in 2020.”

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“But if The Wall Street Journal reporting bears out — and we have no reason to believe it won’t — that the president eight times demanded this investigation by Ukraine and if there was any quid pro quo for U.S. aid to Ukraine, do you then support impeachment of the president?” the CNN host asked.

“I don’t think we have a choice under the Constitution,” Gonzalez replied, “we must move forward with impeachment proceedings.”

“I don’t think we’ll have much of a choice,” he continued. “It seems like the president is really pushing us for impeachment proceedings. I don’t know if he’s baiting us, that he has a personal agenda that he thinks this is helpful for him.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

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‘He’s long ago left the fact-based world’: Ex-CIA operative takes down Trump’s lies about recapturing ISIS fighters

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former CIA operative Bob Baer destroyed President Donald Trump's claims that ISIS fighters in Syria have mostly been recaptured.

"Okay. So you heard him, right? They've been largely recaptured and there were only a few who got out," said anchor Erin Burnett. "Unfortunately, it's not true. His own special envoy for Syria and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS an hour before the president said that, said the exact opposite thing about the escaped ISIS fighters."

"We would say that the number is now over a hundred," said Ambassador James Jeffrey in the clip. "We do not know where they are."

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‘Ridiculous’ for Trump’s team to ‘feed people this line’ that Ukraine didn’t know about the frozen aid: CNN contributor

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President Donald Trump and his associates have recently tried a new defense for the Ukraine scandal, claiming that there couldn't have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians were supposedly unaware of the military aid freeze the Trump apparently ordered to force them to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post journalist David Swerdlick and his co-panelists smacked down that narrative.

"The New York Times reports that the Ukrainians learned in early August that aid was frozen and they were told to reach out to the acting White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney," said anchor Wolf Blitzer.

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Trump supported Matt Gaetz stunt to send a message to Senate GOPers and to ‘trivialize the process’: report

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Aides are reportedly advising President Donald Trump to accept that he is going to be impeached by the House of Representatives and to begin to "trivialize the process."

After Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) led a group of House Republicans to shut down an impeachment hearing on Wednesday, CNN and Bloomberg revealed that Trump had supported the plan.

CNN's Dana Bash reported that the demonstration has been on Republicans' calendars for a week.

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