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MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter on impeachment: ‘We don’t need a smoking gun… we have a smoking artillery range’

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Columnist Jonathan Alter argued on Sunday that House Democrats should go ahead with a vote to open an impeachment inquiry because there is already more than enough evidence against President Donald Trump.

“I think there’s an argument they should move forward with a vote to open an inquiry,” he told MSNBC host Alex Witt.

With regards to impeaching the president, Alter said that Democrats did not need a new “smoking gun.”

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“We don’t need a smoking gun. We have a smoking artillery range at this point,” he explained. “There’s a tremendous amount of evidence that this president has committed impeachable offenses but you want to bring the country along so the timing for that vote to actually impeach him is this winter. It’s a little ways off.”

Alter suggested that the impeachment vote would come by January.

Watch the video below from MSNBC.

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Trump’s latest and most ludicrous con job

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Donald Trump is con artist in chief of the United States. His many apparent and impeachable crimes, such as the Ukraine scandal, collusion with Russia and violations of the Emoluments Clause, flow from that fact. Of course, Trump’s long con involves millions and perhaps even billions of dollars. But Trump’s big score, his ultimate goal, is permanent control of the presidency of the United States and the power for him and his family and allies to engage in legal theft indefinitely.

This article first appeared on Salon.

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I was an impeachment skeptic. Here’s why I’m now convinced Trump must be removed

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Despite all the uncertainty surrounding impeachment, we can capture the current moment succinctly: President Trump’s fate hinges on whether Republican senators are more fearful of losing in a primary or in the general election. Now that the live impeachment hearings are about to fuel nationwide prime-time programming, those senators’ fears are likely to intensify.

While that dynamic will determine whether Trump will be removed from office, it doesn’t tell us whether he should be.  I am generally an impeachment skeptic. My recent book—Impeaching the President: Past, Present, Future—argues that impeachment should be regarded as a last resort that, as a general proposition, is inappropriate in a president’s first term.  The American people are capable of rendering judgment and should be given the first crack.

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Nicolle Wallace tells Colbert why she cursed at Fox News host Laura Ingraham — and that she left the GOP

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace appeared on Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" Wednesday after spending hours analyzing the impeachment hearings that began that morning.

One of the first things Colbert asked about was the recent smackdown from Wallace about Fox News host Laura Ingraham and her guests going after Col. Alexander Vindman. Ingraham proposed that because Vindman was born in Ukraine that he was somehow a traitor to the United States for coming forward about President Donald Trump's admitted crimes.

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