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McConnell distances himself from Trump — and denies president’s claim that he called Ukraine call ‘perfect’

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday put some distance between himself and President Donald Trump as veteran diplomat Bill Taylor delivered damning testimony to the House Intelligence Committee about the president’s actions in holding up aid to Ukraine.

CBS News’ Nancy Cordes reports that McConnell denied the president’s claim that the Kentucky senator described Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as “perfect” and “innocent.” Cordes then asked McConnell if that meant Trump was lying about their interactions.

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“You’d have to ask him,” McConnell replied.

McConnell also dismissed any idea that he would bury an impeachment trial in the Senate if the House of Representatives votes to impeach the president.

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“If this were to come over from the House, I’m sure Senator Schumer and I would sit down and discuss coming to an agreement on a process,” he said. “On the implementation, the balls and strikes, if you will, are called by the Chief Justice.”

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Three judges suspended for drunken 3 AM fight at White Castle — that ended with two shot

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Three judges were suspended after engaging in a drunken shooting outside a White Castle.

"Three Indiana judges involved in a Downtown Indianapolis fight in May that ended with two of the judges shot have been suspended without pay after the Indiana Supreme Court determined they committed judicial misconduct," the Indianapolis Star reports. "In an opinion issued Tuesday, the court said judges Bradley Jacobs, Andrew Adams and Sabrina Bell 'engaged in judicial misconduct by appearing in public in an intoxicated state and behaving in an injudicious manner and by becoming involved in a verbal altercation.'"

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What Zelensky knew: The devastating and darkly ironic impact of Trump’s attempt to bribe Ukraine

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In their effort to exculpate President Donald Trump in the impeachment inquiry, Republicans put Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s denial that he ever felt pressure from the White House to open up investigations into Democrats at the center of their argument. A new GOP memo says that both leaders have acknowledged “there was no pressure” on the famous July 25 call that sparked the inquiry and thus argues that the allegations made by Democrats that Trump abused his power don’t hold.

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Greta Thunberg says ‘people must finally wake up’ to the fact Trump is ‘so extreme’ on climate change

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Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump's climate change denialism was "so extreme" that it had helped galvanize the movement to halt long term planetary warming.

She spoke in an interview with AFP on the eve of her departure from North America where she has spent almost three months.

"He's so extreme and he says so extreme things, so I think people wake up by that in a way," the 16-year-old said from on board a sailboat preparing to depart from the East Coast town of Hampton, Virginia for Europe early Wednesday.

"I thought when he got elected, now people will finally, now people must finally wake up," she continued.

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