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‘Impeachment barricade is crumbling’: Trump officials are ignoring his threats and cooperating with House Dems

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A source speaking to POLITICO was in the room for the closed-door testimony of President Trump’s former top Russia adviser, Fiona Hill, who is reportedly the first White House official to cooperate with the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. According to the source, Hill has “sketched for lawmakers a trail of alleged corruption that extends from Kiev to the West Wing” — all while implicating some of Trump’s top advisers as witnesses.

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Additional testimony from senior State Department official George Kent — despite administration officials’ attempts to block him — is the latest evidence that “the White House’s stonewalling against congressional requests for documents and testimony is crumbling,” according to POLITICO’s Kyle Cheney and Andrew Disiderio.

Hill’s testimony reportedly detailed “increasing alarm” among White House officials over Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to collect dirt on Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. When Hill took her concerns to then-National Security Adviser John Bolton, she says he encouraged her to report her concerns to a National Security Council lawyer, which she did.

As more administration officials are set to testify this week, it signals that Trump’s “once-impenetrable barrier to meaningful testimony in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry has been blown apart,” or as Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) put it, “The walls are closing in.”

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I can ‘do anything I want, I’m a police officer’: Indiana cop fired after racially profiling black men in mall parking lot

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A white police officer working for Lawrence Township in Indiana has been fired after he was filmed accosting two black men sitting in their car outside of a Nordstrom Rack and accusing them of being "suspicious."

According to WTHR, Lawrence Township Deputy Constable Daryl Jones approached cousins Aaron Blackwell and Durell Cunningham on the north side of Indianapolis but was filmed on a cellphone that eventually led to him losing his job.

The cousins stated that Jones racially profiled them and tried to run their car plates.

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GOP lawmaker goes on extended rant about Schiff to duck Tapper questions about Trump intimidating witnesses

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On Sunday morning House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Murphy (R-OH) attempted to blow off questions by CNN's Jake Tapper over whether President Donald Trump was trying to intimidate former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch with a tweet during her testimony, choosing instead to attack committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for wanting to impeach the president.

Following a long interview where the State of the Union host had to correct the Ohio Republican's assertions multiple times -- with Tapper once flatly stating "That's not true" -- the CNN host asked about Trump's tweets that were immediately characterized as witness intimidation.

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Chris Wallace crushes GOP Whip Steve Scalise’s twisted defense of Trump: ‘We’re not talking about the whistleblower’

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) struggled on Sunday to defend President Donald Trump's alleged attempt to bribe the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

During an interview on FOX News Sunday, Wallace grilled Scalise about reports that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland was overheard saying Trump only cared about things that benefit him like an investigation into Biden.

Wallace pointed out that Trump "never mentions the word corruption" in either of his telephone calls with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky but he did mention Joe Biden and his son.

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