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Mike Pence busted for using the ‘Sgt. Schultz defense’ to deny knowledge of Ukraine scandal

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Washington Post columnist Max Boot on Thursday shredded Vice President Mike Pence for denying any knowledge of President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden — and compared him to a notoriously incompetent “Hogan’s Heroes” character.

During a panel discussion about Pence’s role in the Ukraine scandal, Boot mapped out just how unlikely it is that the vice president has really been in the dark about what’s been happening.

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“I think Vice President Pence is trying the Sgt. [Schultz] defense — ‘I know nuh-theeng, I know nuh-theeng!” he said. “It’s pretty incredible that he would not know what was going on, because it was not exactly a secret that Rudy Giuliani was running around trying to pressure the Ukrainians to investigate Biden.”

He notes that Pence received a readout of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and was subsequently asked to meet with Ukrainian officials to press them on fighting “corruption” — which Boot interprets as a code for investigating Biden.

“I guess Pence has two choices here: He can admit that he was part of this nefarious scheme to betray the trust of the American people, or he can claim that he was clueless and had no idea what he was involved in,” Boot said. “And so he’s obviously going for the clueless defense.”

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CNN’s Avlon demolishes Trump’s three biggest Syria lies that are getting the Kurds killed

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On Tuesday, CNN's John Avlon laid into President Donald Trump for his lies about Syria — lies which, he noted, have a terrible human cost.

"War and peace. Life and death," said Avlon. "And that’s the power of the presidency. And that’s what we’re seeing in Syria right now. Where President Trump’s impulsive order to remove U.S. troops after a call with Turkey’s autocrat is causing chaos and slaughter. And it’s given an anticipated victory to four American adversaries, Russia, Iran, the Syrian government and Islamic State."

"Who could have seen this coming? Basically anyone who was paying attention, except, apparently, President Trump," continued Avlon. "And so, faced with the real-time consequences of his actions, he’s defaulting to his comfort zone: A pattern of disinformation."

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CNN panel stunned after Bakari Sellers calls Tulsi Gabbard ‘a puppet for the Russian government’

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Bakari Sellers shocked his fellow CNN panelists on Tuesday when he called Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) a puppet for the Russian government.

During a discussion of Tuesday's upcoming Democratic primary debate, Sellers accused Gabbard of being fundamentally different from all the other candidates on the stage, and he darkly hinted that she has loyalties in places other than the United States.

"There is a chance that Tulsi is not just working for the United States of America, but I digress," he said.

"Wait a minute, what?" a shocked April Ryan asked.

Sellers then went on to elaborate his accusations.

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Giuliani could get locked up for violating lobbying laws: Former FBI deputy director

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discussed a potentially serious source of criminal liability for President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani: Failure to register as a foreign agent.

"Forget about impeachment. Let's say it goes nowhere, doesn't go anywhere," said Cuomo. "If you're running this case, [Southern District of New York], and you're looking for potential criminality, what are the potential crimes involved with what we know about Rudy so far and where questions might lead."

"We don't know," said McCabe. "The Southern District has many, many more facts than we have at this points but from the few facts we have, I think one of the things you would have to consider with respect to Mr. Giuliani is a possible FARA, Foreign Agents Registration Act, that requires any person acting as an agent of a foreign principal to file a very detailed registration for the Department of Justice."

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