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Multiple NSC officials are ‘rolling the dice’ and running to House investigators against Trump’s wishes: Politico reporter

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Speaking with MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart, Politico Legal Affairs correspondent Josh Gerstein said Donald Trump’s troubles may get worse this week as several National Security Council officials will be speaking with congressional investigators against the president’s wishes.

Gerstein’s reveal caught the MSNBC host by surprise.

“One thing to look forward to later in the week, a couple of NSC national security officials are to be interviewed this week as well,” Gerstein stated. “The NSC is the White House, it’s part of the White House, right there in the West Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office building. So I’ll be looking to see do those people also take that same approach and go in and give their testimony despite basically a direct marching order not to do that — that would be an amazing rebuke.”

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“I just want to make sure you said what you said,” the stunned Capehart said. “Members of the NSC, the National Security Council, are going to the Hill this week to testify in the impeachment inquiry? ”

“Well, they’re on the list,” Gerstein conceded, before adding, “With the Trump administration, I wouldn’t say anything will happen until it actually does happen.”

“They are definitely struggling with it,” he added. ” I’m sure many of them have personal counsel advising them. Normally in a situation like this folks are just advised — I mean, NSC people would be advised by White House Counsel’s office, the head of that office is the one who said there would be no cooperation.”

“The other question will be will any of these people face any kind of sanction for having gone against what the president or his counsel said to do here,” he elaborated. “I guess they are rolling the dice and saying at the end of the day they don’t think they really will, that there is no bite behind the president’s letters that he sends to Capitol Hill.”

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Fox News viewers freak out on Bret Baier for criticizing Trump and calling Yovanovitch ‘sympathetic’

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Fox News host Bret Baier -- and his colleague John Roberts -- infuriated Fox News viewers who follow their Twitter feeds for praising the performance of former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during her House impeachment testimony while they also condemned Donald Trump for attacking her as she spoke.

According to Roberts in his tweet, "Wow....this is really unprecedented. @realDonaldTrump and Amb Yovanovitch are talking to each other in real time through @Twitter and Television... Something I never thought I would ever see."

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Viewers baffled as GOP counsel appears to push anti-Trump talking points during Yovanovich cross-examination

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House Republican impeachment inquiry attorney Steve Castor on Friday baffled viewers with a line of questioning that appeared to be beneficial to House Democrats' case for impeaching President Donald Trump.

Among other things, Castor referred to ambassador Bill Taylor as a man of integrity and also didn't challenge former ambassador Marie Yovanovich's story that she had been the subject of a smear campaign launched by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

In fact, Castor's line of questioning was so friendly to House Democrats, that some Twitter users joked that he was a "deep state plant" who's secretly helping to impeach the president.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

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