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‘Trump people lie — we know that’: Ex-House GOP staffer shreds Democrats for letting Lewandowski off the hook

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski denounced President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as “rude” and “insolent” — but her fellow “Morning Joe” panelists ripped House Democrats for letting him off the hook with obstructing their investigation.

Lewandowski turned the House Judiciary Committee hearing into a “circus,” Brzezinski said, and panelists agreed he unlawfully claimed executive privilege, and a former Republican House staffer said he should have been charged with contempt of Congress.

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“He was a mini Trump,” Brzezinski said. “You can speak to Corey Lewandowski in real life, and often you can see someone who doesn’t seem like Trump. In front of the cameras, he was playing for an audience of one. He was rude, he was insolent, he was stonewalling and, ultimately, being revealed to be a liar after being shown that he went on a national TV show, Ari Melber, it’s not like a camera was shoved in his face, and he chose to lie to the American people.”

“That’s what we discovered yesterday,” she added. “It was a circus, but we learned something about Corey Lewandowski and his ability to lie to the American public for the president of the United States.”

Brzezinski asked Kurt Bardella, a former spokesman for three GOP lawmakers and two House committees, why the Democratic majority didn’t charge Lewandowski with contempt.

“This was what was so frustrating to me watching the hearing unfold yesterday, as someone who used to spend years of my life helping choreograph hearings like this,” said Bardella, who became a Democrat after Trump’s inauguration. “I can tell you back in the Republican (majority) days if we had had a witness who was this hostile, who was downright disrespectful, we would have held him in contempt of five minutes of that proceeding.”

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“I really don’t understand what House Democrats are doing at this point,” Bardella continued. “We’re nine months into this new majority, it seems to me they are caught off guard when they have a hostile witness from the Trump administration who’s unwilling to be cooperative to their investigation.”

Bardella said that makes no sense, because it should be understood that Trump associates will not be truthful and forthcoming.

“They’re sitting up there perplexed that the guy’s not answering their questions,” he said. “We know about the Trump people — they lie, whether you’re the White House press secretary, whether you’re Kellyanne Conway — they lie.”

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“So the idea that somehow the biggest revelation coming out of this hearing is that Corey Lewandowski went on MSNBC and lied, if that’s the biggest revelation this hearing was a complete failure,” Bardella added, “because their job was to try to get new information to bring to life the Mueller report, and they weren’t able to do that because they were unprepared for the level of hostility that they’re getting from Corey. I don’t know why they were unprepared for that.”


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‘Worse than Obama’: Lindsey Graham has full-blown freak out over Trump’s latest Syria statements

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday had a full-blown freak out after President Donald Trump publicly said that the Turkish slaughter of the Kurds in northern Syria was not America's problem.

Writing on Twitter, the senator had his harshest condemnation yet of the president's decision to abruptly pull American troops out of Syria while giving Turkey a green light to invade the area.

"I hope President Trump is right in his belief that Turkeys invasion of Syria is of no concern to us, abandoning the Kurds won’t come back to haunt us, ISIS won’t reemerge, and Iran will not fill the vacuum created by this decision," Graham wrote. "However, I firmly believe that if President Trump continues to make such statements this will be a disaster worse than President Obama’s decision to leave Iraq."

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Ex-GOP lawmaker will run for Senate in Kansas — as a Democrat

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A Kansas state lawmaker who left the Republican Party last year will run next year for the U.S. Senate -- as a Democrat.

State Sen. Barbara Bollier (D-Mission Hills) will run for the seat held since 1997 by the retiring Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), reported the Associated Press.

Republicans have not lost a U.S. Senate race in Kansas since 1932, but Democrats are feeling more confident with the victories last year of Gov. Laura Kelly and Rep. Sharice Davids.

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Trump waves off deaths in Syria: The Kurds are ‘no angels’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to leave Syria by saying the Kurds are "no angels."

Trump made the remarks during a White House meeting.

"They are no angels, by the way," he was quoted as saying about the Kurds.

Republicans have accused Trump of betraying a U.S. ally by abandoning the Kurds to be crushed by Turkish forces in Syria.

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