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Rudy Giuliani bizarrely calls Lindsey Graham an ‘ex-senator’ in deranged Fox Business interview

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In an interview with Fox Business on Monday morning, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney once again defended his actions helping Trump push the Ukrainian government to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

But in one bizarre segment, Giuliani dismissed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) as an “ex-senator”:

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This would presumably come as a surprise to Graham, who is very much still a senator and chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee — although he is up for re-election in 2020 and has at least one Democratic challenger in former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison.

Graham, a close ally of the president, has dismissed the allegations Trump extorted the Ukrainian President as “hearsay” — even though it’s corroborated by White House transcripts and even though Graham himself impeached President Bill Clinton over hearsay allegations by Linda Tripp when he was a member of the House in 1998. He has also insisted there’s nothing wrong with Trump pursuing debunked conspiracy theories about Biden.

But despite Graham’s defenses of Trump, even he has criticized Giuliani’s behavior, suggesting that his scattershot appearances on cable news “every 15 minutes” are hurting the president more than helping.

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Mulvaney lawyer denies Mick was ‘so heavily involved’ — despite his White House briefing room confession

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was referenced multiple times during Dr. Fiona Hill's testimony Thursday, but Mulvaney's lawyer said he doesn't understand why.

"We have no idea why Ms. Hill believes Mr. Mulvaney was so heavily involved, especially in light of Ambassador Sondland’s contrary testimony," said Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, quoting a statement from Robert Driscoll.

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram/status/1197633921065930753

As former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance pointed out, Hill recalled during her testimony how angry she was about Sondland not briefing her. She said that after hearing his testimony Wednesday and learning he was briefing Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Mulvaney and President Donald Trump. She then decided he was correct-they had separate missions and Sondland was on a domestic political errand.

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Adam Schiff’s anger boils over at GOP’s hypocrisy on Russian meddling: ‘Of course they were silent!’

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During his closing statement today in the House impeachment inquiry, Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff forcefully condemned what he sees as Republican hypocrisy when it comes to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Schiff slammed the contention of some Republicans that the "whole idea that Russia got involved in the 2016 election was a hoax put out by the Democrats."

"And of course, they're not alone in pushing out this idea that is trumpeted by no one other than the President of the United States, who almost on a daily basis at times would comment, and tweet, and propagate the idea the Russia's interference in our election was a hoax," Schiff continued. "And of course, we all remember that debacle in Helsinki when the President stood next to Vladimir Putin and questioned his own intelligence agencies -- I wish I had heard just some of the righteous indignation we heard in the Committee today when the President questioned that fundamental conclusion of our intelligence agencies, but course, they were silent!"

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White House secretly meeting with Republicans to limit impeachment trial as president courts GOP senators

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The Trump White House is in secret  talks with top Senate Republicans to draft a strategy on how the impeachment trial will be conducted after the House passes what are expected to be damning articles of impeachment. The president has been focused the past few weeks on sitting down with Senate Republicans individually or in small groups to take the temperature of the caucus and to woo those who have occasionally suggested they might be uncomfortable with the actions he has taken that have led to the current impeachment inquiry.

"A group of Republican senators and senior White House officials met privately Thursday to map out a strategy for a potential impeachment trial of President Trump, including proceedings in the Senate that could be limited to about two weeks," The Washington Post reports late Thursday afternoon.

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