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Nicolle Wallace explains why ‘Donald Trump’s impeachment may have been turbocharged today’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace broke down how impeachment was “turbocharged” by explosive testimony from former Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor.

“Donald Trump’s impeachment may have been turbocharged today by the testimony of career diplomat Bill Taylor, who NBC News is reporting draws a direct line to President Trump demanding an investigation in exchange for military aid for Ukraine,” Wallace reported.

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The “Deadline: White House” host read a quote from The Washington Post.

“The senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine told lawmakers Tuesday that President Trump made the release of military aid contingent on public declarations from Ukraine that it would investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election, contradicting Trump’s denial that he used the money as leverage for political gain,” The Post reported.

“It was just the most damning testimony I’ve heard,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) told The Post.

Wallace also quoted from Politico.

“William Taylor prompted sighs and gasps when he read a lengthy 15-page opening statement, two of the sources said.” Politico reported. “Another person in the room said Taylor’s statement described ‘how pervasive the efforts were’ among Trump’s allies to convince Ukrainian officials to launch an investigation targeting former Vice President Joe Biden and another probe centering on a debunked conspiracy theory regarding the 2016 election.”

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Trump’s defense that there was no quid pro quo is not holding up.

“A source witnessing Taylor’s experiences dealing with the Trump Administration’s Ukraine policy tells NBC News today, “Everybody in Ukraine knew it was a quid pro quo. Everybody.” There’s no question Trump was holding the money and the White House meeting,” Wallace noted. And before Taylor even stepped foot on Capitol Hill for today’s deposition, his outrage was revealed through documents turned over to congressional investigators by other witnesses including this now-infamous text exchange with Trump appointee Gordon Sondland.”

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How corporate lawyers made it harder to punish companies that destroy electronic evidence

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In the early 2000s, a series of civil lawsuits against giant corporations illustrated the disastrous consequences that could ensue if a defendant failed to provide electronic evidence such as company emails or records. In one suit against tobacco giant Philip Morris in 2004, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler concluded that the company deliberately deleted troves of emails that contained incriminating information. She fined the company $2.7 million for the breach, levied $250,000 fines against each of the company supervisors found culpable and barred them from testifying at the trial.

Big corporations rallied for changes and got them. In 2006, the rules that govern federal litigation were changed to create a “safe harbor” that would protect companies from consequences for failing to save electronic evidence as long as they followed a consistent policy and, when put on notice of imminent litigation, preserved all relevant materials.

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John Bolton had concerns about Donald Trump’s favors to autocrats: report

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Former national security advisor John Bolton privately told the US attorney general last year about concerns that President Donald Trump was essentially granting favors to autocrats, The New York Times reported Monday.

It said the revelations, concerning the leaders of China and Turkey, come in an unpublished book manuscript by Bolton.

The same manuscript says Trump told Bolton that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security aid to Ukraine until officials there helped to investigate his political rivals, the Times previously reported.

Those allegations have roiled Trump's impeachment trial that is ongoing in the US Senate.

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Fox News host scolds Mike Pompeo for scuffle with reporter: ‘Don’t be such a baby!’

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Fox News host Steve Hilton scolded Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for being a "baby," a "bully" and an "embarrassment" after NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly reported that he berated and cursed at her for asking questions about the Ukraine scandal.

"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got into an ugly dustup with an NPR reporter this week, and I've got something I want to get off my chest," Fox's Steve Hilton told his viewers on Sunday.

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