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Rep. Pramila Jayapal corrects MSNBC host: ‘Donald Trump is the smoking gun’

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) explained in a Sunday interview on MSNBC that President Donald Trump is the only “smoking gun” that Democrats need to begin an impeachment inquiry.

Jayapal told MSNBC host Alex Witt that Trump and his henchman are trying to smear the reputation of a whistleblower who outed the president’s attempts to get Ukraine to manufacture dirt on Joe Biden.

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“We protect whistleblowers,” she said. “For Stephen Miller and Donald Trump to somehow imply that this whistleblower is a spy and deserves the same treatment as somebody who has committed treason — by the way, it used to be execution — and it is just outrageous.”

Witt noted that opponents of impeachment claim that the whistleblower’s complaint is “based on hearsay.”

“I would point out,” Jayapal replied. “We should not be trying to find a secret smoking gun. Donald Trump is the smoking gun. He admitted exactly what he did, and everything that is described in the call record in the whistleblower complaint backs up what he said.”

Watch the interview below from MSNBC.

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‘Quiet!’ Trump erupts as reporters question him about witness intimidation — and demands ‘freedom of speech’

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President Donald Trump on Friday got into a testy exchange with reporters after they asked him whether his angry tweet at former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch constituted witness intimidation.

While talking with reporters, Trump falsely claimed that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee had been prevented from asking questions during Yovanovitch's testimony.

"We have the right to speak!" the president fumed. "I have freedom of speech just as other people do but they have taken away the Republicans rights. I watched today as certain very talented people, who wanted to ask questions, and they weren’t even allowed to ask questions, Republicans. They weren’t allowed to ask questions."

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Laughter breaks out inside hearing room as Dem mocks GOP’s attempts to downplay smear campaign against Yovanovitch

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During the second public House impeachment hearing this Friday, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) took a dig at President Trump in light of testimony from former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who recounted how she became the target of a smear campaign orchestrated by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, along with the help of the right-wing news media. After her ouster from her position, Yovanovitch returned to Washington and took up a role as a senior State Department fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

"It's like a Hallmark movie -- you ended up at Georgetown. This is all okay," Quigley said sarcastically, prompting laughter from the room.

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Dozens of groups urge California Gov. Gavin Newsom to ‘facilitate a public takeover of PG&E’

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"PG&E would be in prison, if it were a citizen, given how many people have died at its hands."

As the West Coast's wildfire season continues, dozens of progressive organizations sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday urging the first-term Democrat to "facilitate a public takeover of PG&E to protect ratepayers, California communities, and our climate."

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