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Intel Democrat says Trump’s Russia adviser’s testimony was ‘incredibly helpful’ for impeachment

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told anchor Wolf Blitzer that President Donald Trump’s former Russia adviser Fiona Hill’s testimony was “incredibly helpful” for the impeachment investigation.

“You were in the room for Fiona Hill’s closed-door deposition today,” said Blitzer. “How helpful do you believe her testimony to your investigation will be?”

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“Incredibly helpful, Wolf,” said Swalwell, who serves on the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. “Also helpful that she showed up, and, like some others, has chosen to defy orders from the president and the State Department to not show up. And when witnesses actually just show up, it advances our investigation.”

“We’ll wait until she’s done, and I’m going to head back there before we characterize what she said,” continued Swalwell. “But the arrows continue to point in just one direction, which is that a crime was committed — extortion, bribery, soliciting campaign help,” said Swalwell. “It was confessed to by the president, and there’s an active coverup going on right now.”

“Let me just back up for a moment,” said Blitzer. “You’re saying the president of the United States actually committed a crime?”

“Yes,” said Swalwell. “Extorting your taxpayer dollars, $300 million — $390 that was supposed to go to [Ukraine], holding that over their heads unless they investigated his political opponent the Bidens, and went back and exonerated Russia for their role in the 2016 election. In exchange for that … Ukraine would get a presidential visit and Ukraine would get security assistance. The president has frankly admitted to that.”

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CNN’s Acosta breaks down history of Trump’s lies about voter fraud: ‘He has a problem accepting the truth’

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta walked through the history of President Donald Trump's false claims about voter fraud, leading up to the one that got him fact-checked by Twitter.

"The president was lashing out on Twitter just a few moments ago, saying he is not going to stand for Twitter, as he describes it, 'interfering in the 2020 election,'" said Acosta. "This has been going on for some time now. This is one of the president's oldest lies," said Acosta. "It goes all the way back to the 2016 campaign. He explained that the reason why he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton was because of undocumented immigrants voting in the 2016 election."

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‘Exonerated Five’ member warns of a ‘dangerous time’ after latest Central Park incident

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On CNN Tuesday, Yusef Salaam, one of the members of the Exonerated Five, warned about the implications of recent racist incidents to the state of civil rights in America.

"I want to ask you, in the course of the last couple of days we've covered this story, we've covered the story of a man who died after police put him in a hold with a knee to the neck. Yesterday I spoke with an African-American journalist who covered the Kentucky governor being hung in effigy, with people doing it who didn't seem to understand why that was problematic," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "And I just wonder what that says to you, after all of these decades, about where the country is."

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin slams Twitter’s ‘corporate gibberish’ explanation of why they won’t enforce their rules against Trump

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On CNN Tuesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid into Twitter for their refusal to take down tweets from President Donald Trump falsely accusing MSNBC host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough of murdering a staffer — despite pleas from the staffer's family to make him stop.

"Twitter says it's deeply sorry about the pain, that they're working on how to figure out how to handle situations like this," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "I wonder if there's any legal recourse that this man has."

"I think frankly it's unlikely that he has any ability to sue Twitter or even the president, but you know, Twitter is a private company," said Toobin. "They have rules. Like Greyhound buses have rules. You can't stay on a Greyhound bus if you break the rules. President Trump has broken the rules of Twitter over and over again, and Twitter has done nothing but put out statements of corporate gibberish like the one it did today."

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