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Mike Pence flinches and refuses to call impeachment witnesses ‘liars’ in tense CBS interview

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Vice President Mike Pence tapdanced his away out of calling multiple career U.S. diplomats “liars” at the prompting of Face the Nation host Magaret Brennan on Sunday morning.

Asked about credible testimony from multiple State Department officials and ambassadors that Donald Trump tried to offer foreign aid to Ukraine for dirt on political opponents, Pence seemed to want to have nothing to do with the line of questioning.

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“We have had at least four U.S. officials under oath say that they had knowledge of a deal being offered that made military aid and a meeting with the president contingent on opening an investigation that relates to the company Joe Biden’s son served on the board of,” Brennan began. “Are they all lying?”

Saying the president did “nothing wrong,” Pence grimaced before attempting to change the focus of the question.

“What I can tell you is all of my interaction on this issue with the President of the United States and President Zelensky focused entirely on three things,” he recited. “Number one, the United States of America’s support for Ukraine following the Russian invasion of Crimea and the war that Russia has been fomenting there. Number two, President Zelensky was elected in a historic landslide… on an agenda to end corruption in Ukraine. And we very much wanted to understand the progress on that. And thirdly, President Trump believed that it was time for the European community to step up.”

“Are you saying you did not ever hear of such a deal? Is that what I understand you’re describing?” Brennan pressed as the vice president talked over her.

Pence again insisted it was not a part of his “interactions” with Trump.

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Authoritarian responses to the coronavirus pandemic will have lasting and far-reaching harms

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In his belated response to the spread of the novel coronavirus in the U.S., President Trump has often employed war metaphors to address the public health crisis.

This article was originally published at Salon

"I view it as — in a sense — of wartime president," Trump said as the cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, quickly spread to all 50 states. "I mean, that's what we're fighting. I mean, it's a very tough situation here."

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President wants to replace sacked IGs with pro-Trump partisans you’d see on Fox News: report

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President Donald Trump has privately mused about replacing meddlesome government watchdogs with slavishly loyal partisans.

Trump removed two inspectors general in four days and attacked a third on Twitter, and he reportedly has discussed replacing those government oversight officials with someone like Tom Fitton, a right-wing legal activist who frequently appears on Fox News to defend the president, reported The Daily Beast.

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French hospital halts trials of Trump-promoted COVID-19 drug due to worries about heart failure

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President Donald Trump's promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 has drawn criticism from medical experts who say much more work needs to be done before anyone can say it's effective at stopping the disease.

And now one hospital in France has stopped its testing of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients over worries that the drug poses a "toxic risk" to people's hearts when taken in combination with other drugs.

French newspaper Nice Matin reports that Nice University Hospital "immediately stopped" its use of hydroxychloroquine in patients who exhibit "major risks" of suffering heart failure due to the drug.

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