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Defensive Mike Pompeo accuses reporter of working for Democrats after question about Ukraine texts

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In an interview clip shared by CNN’s Frederika Whitfield, a tense and defensive Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused multiple times to answer whether he was working with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani during a trip to Warsaw, before accusing the reporter of working for the Democrats.

In the clip, courtesy of WSMV in Nashville,  Pompeo gave very precise and terse answers to questions about his Warsaw trip, refusing to answer equally precise questions about his dealings with President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani who is now the subject of a federal criminal investigation.

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With reporter Nancy Amons asking, “Text messages show that diplomats under your authority told the Ukranians that a good relationship with President Trump was only possible if they investigated his political opponent and theories about what happened in 2016. Were you aware that this was happening?” Pompeo pushed back.

‘You know, again, you’ve got your facts wrong,” he parried before adding, “Sounds like you’re working at least in part for the Democratic National Committee when you phrase that predicate of a question in that way. ”

“It’s unfortunate and it does a disservice to the employees and team at the United States Department of State,” he continued as he deflected. “The team was incredibly focused, wanted a good relationship with Ukraine.”

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GOP’s ‘chaotic’ first day fighting impeachment revealed they’re overwhelmed by evidence against Trump: Ex-prosecutor

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The House Republican strategy for the first day of public impeachment hearings showed they knew Democrats were playing a strong hand, and they didn't.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, writing for Politico, explained how GOP lawmakers tried to confuse jurors -- in this case, the public and their counterparts in the Senate -- by talking about Hunter Biden or Javelin missiles because they wanted to distract from the strong evidence tying President Donald Trump to an extortion scheme.

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Trump’s latest and most ludicrous con job

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Donald Trump is con artist in chief of the United States. His many apparent and impeachable crimes, such as the Ukraine scandal, collusion with Russia and violations of the Emoluments Clause, flow from that fact. Of course, Trump’s long con involves millions and perhaps even billions of dollars. But Trump’s big score, his ultimate goal, is permanent control of the presidency of the United States and the power for him and his family and allies to engage in legal theft indefinitely.

This article first appeared on Salon.

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I was an impeachment skeptic. Here’s why I’m now convinced Trump must be removed

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Despite all the uncertainty surrounding impeachment, we can capture the current moment succinctly: President Trump’s fate hinges on whether Republican senators are more fearful of losing in a primary or in the general election. Now that the live impeachment hearings are about to fuel nationwide prime-time programming, those senators’ fears are likely to intensify.

While that dynamic will determine whether Trump will be removed from office, it doesn’t tell us whether he should be.  I am generally an impeachment skeptic. My recent book—Impeaching the President: Past, Present, Future—argues that impeachment should be regarded as a last resort that, as a general proposition, is inappropriate in a president’s first term.  The American people are capable of rendering judgment and should be given the first crack.

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