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Trump taps Mike Pompeo lieutenant as new national security adviser

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President Donald Trump has announced a new national security adviser.

The president abruptly fired John Bolton last week via tweet, and he tweeted out the announcement Wednesday morning of Robert O’Brien as a replacement.

“I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor,” the president tweeted. “I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!”

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O’Brien has worked alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had been considered for a dual role leading the national security council.

He also led an unsuccessful effort to free rapper ASAP Rocky from jail after he was arrested in Sweden on assault charges.

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Viewers astonished as Fiona Hill rips apart the falsehoods spread by ‘bloody nitwit’ Devin Nunes on live TV

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Fiona Hill knocked down conspiracy theories about Ukraine spread by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and other Republican lawmakers, and impeachment viewers were astonished by her thorough debunking.

The former National Security Council adviser testified that claims pinning blame on Ukraine for 2016 election interference absolves Russia and serves its president Vladimir Putin's interests, and undermines U.S. national security.

“The impact of the successful 2016 Russian campaign remains evident today,” Hill testified in her opening statement. “Our nation is being torn apart. Truth is questioned. Our highly professional and expert career Foreign Service is being undermined.”

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Gordon Sondland revealed something huge that hardly anyone noticed: CNN commentator

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During his testimony Wednesday, EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland told the world that the "quid pro quo" is exactly what President Donald Trump intended. Further, he told Americans that everyone was "in the loop" on the bribery effort to get Ukraine to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his family. It was only once that promise was made and the whistleblower came forward that the Ukraine military assistance was released to Ukraine.

While those revelations dominated the news, CNN's Chris Cillizza wrote that there was one key piece of evidence that seemed to go unnoticed.

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Sondland told Trump to let rapper A$AP Rocky go to jail then ‘play the racism card’ to make himself look good: Diplomat

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At Thursday's impeachment hearing, diplomat David Holmes discussed the details of President Donald Trump's phone call with E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. And in addition to confirming many details from other witnesses about the conversation, Holmes revealed the way Sondland urged Trump to play politics with the overseas arrest of rapper A$AP Rocky.

"The conversation then shifted to Ambassador Sondland's efforts on behalf of the president to assist a rapper who was jailed in Sweden," said Holmes. "I could only hear Ambassador Sondland's side of the conversation. Ambassador Sondland told the president that the rapper was 'kind of f'd' there and should have pled guilty. He recommended that the president, quote, 'Wait until after the sentencing, or it will only make it worse,' and he added that the president should 'let him get sentenced, play the racism card, give him a ticker tape when he comes home.' Ambassador Sondland further told the president that Sweden, quote, 'should have released him on your word, but you can tell the Kardashians you tried.'"

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