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GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump whistleblower ‘ought to be heard out and protected’

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has called on the government to protect and “hear out” a whistleblower who alleged that President Donald Trump tried to get foreign governments to interfere in U.S. politics.

“This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected,” Grassley insisted in a statement released on Tuesday.

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“We should always work to respect whistleblower’s requests for confidentiality,” he continued. “No one should be making judgements or pronouncements without hearing from the whistleblower first and carefully following up on the facts.”

Grassley warned that “uninformed speculation” can be used as a “partisan weapon.”

The Iowa senator also took a shot at House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

“Folks ought to be responsible with their words,” he stated.

Read the statement below.

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Ex-Fox News executive caught running a disinformation and fake news farm — using writers from Macedonia

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A New York Times expose revealed that Fox News paid writers in Macedonia to create click-bait that prompt Americans to fight more about issues.

According to the piece, both the left and right websites created by an international content farm to inflame people enough to click and share content. Conservative Edition News and Liberal Edition News intentionally writes stories with the purpose to infuriate each side for the purpose of generating hate-clicks, response articles and more. Headlines like "Austin sex-ed curriculum teaches kids how to obtain an abortion" and "HuffPost writer considers Christianity 'dangerous'" give right-wing audiences fodder for anger to lash out at their counterparts.

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Pelosi claims enough evidence to impeach Trump — but suggests more witnesses may testify

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes congressional investigators have uncovered enough evidence to impeach President Donald Trump -- but she suggested their inquiry isn't finished.

The California Democrat told reporters Thursday that Trump had obviously abused his office by attempting to pressure Ukraine into investigating political rival Joe Biden.

"The evidence is clear that the president -- the president -- has used his office for his own personal gain," Pelosi said.

Pelosi lamented that "Republicans are in denial about the facts," saying "the sad tragedy of all of this is the behavior of the president and the defense of that behavior by the Republicans.”

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Former conservative insider reveals the terrifying right-wing media bubble protecting Trump from impeachment

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David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and a one-time insider in the conservative movement, explains in his latest column for The Atlantic how President Donald Trump is being saved from impeachment by a right-wing media ecosystem that doesn't allow its viewers to hear any contradictory facts.

In particular, Frum points to Rep. Devin Nunes's (R-CA) bizarre, conspiratorial rants during the impeachment inquiry to demonstrate the astonishing power that right-wing misinformation has on American political discourse.

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