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CNN panel busts Trump for ‘grotesque’ lynching comment in effort to create chaos before key impeachment hearing

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Moments after Donald Trump fired off a tweet calling his impending impeachment a “lynching” a CNN panel hammered the president for making the horrific comparison — but also pointed out that the president’s use of the word was timed for a very specific reason.

Admitting a reluctance to read Trump’s tweets on the air, “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota nonetheless, recited the president’s tweet, reading, “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” Trump tweeted. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!” with obvious disgust.

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Asked for comment, CNN contributor Jeffrey Toobin was clearly appalled.

“People ought to go to Montgomery, Alabama, where there is a new, national memorial to the victims of lynching and it’s an extraordinary thing,” Toobin lectured. “And lynching is an actual thing that happened in this country. There are thousands of people, virtually all African-Americans, who were lynched. That is, killed without any sort of due process and it’s a tremendous stain on the history of this country. There are people alive who have memories of seeing lynchings back in the ’20s and ’30s, and it’s just grotesque that the president in his self-absorption and ignorance would invoke lynching there.”

“It’s also a pattern,” CNN contributor Abby Phillip added. “Using the most inflammatory possible language to make a point about how things are being unfair to him, but in doing so really trying to get into the country’s deep racial wounds. This is often what he does in an attempt to get people’s attention, to be controversial, to be inflammatory.”

Host John Berman jumped in to explain the specific timing of the tweet which he said was calculated as a distraction from a pivotal impeachment hearing scheduled on Tuesday.

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“The why and the when of this tweet to me seem relatively obvious which is that we’re like 40 minutes away from hearing from Ambassador Bill Taylor, the senior diplomat in Ukraine,” Berman explained before noting that Taylor’s texts are key to proving that Donald Trump was holding up foreign aid in an attempt to get dirt on political opponents.

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John Bolton lawyer tells judge his interests do not align with WH chief of staff Mick Mulvaney

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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton told a federal judge on Monday that his interests do not align with those of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

"A long-simmering feud within the White House broke into the open on Monday as a lawyer for John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, filed a motion trying to keep Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, from joining a lawsuit over impeachment testimony," New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker reported Monday.

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Trump’s lie about ‘doctored’ impeachment transcripts debunked by impeachment witnesses’ lawyers

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Trump-appointed judge delivers major blow to president’s efforts to keep his taxes secret

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President Donald Trump on Monday suffered yet another legal defeat in his quest to keep his tax returns a secret -- and it came at the hands of one of the president's own appointees.

CNN reports that Trump-appointed Judge Carl Nichols the of United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that the president cannot sue the state of New York in his court to prevent the release of his taxes.

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