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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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WATCH: Maddow hilariously recaps Trump’s ‘shenanigans in the Oval Office’ with the Russian foreign minister

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday examined President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov -- on the same day that the House of Representatives unveiled articles of impeachment against the commander-in-chief.

Following the meeting, Lavrov trolled Trump on the issues of foreign election interference and Trump's habit of revealing classified intelligence.

"Given that, given the way the president is being impeached for having done all those things to Ukraine in and way that undermined our alliance with them and specifically their fight against Russian aggression -- which has, you know, led to a five-year-long war in Ukraine -- I mean given the fact he's being impeached for undermining Ukraine in its war against Russia, this is heck of a day to choose to have the Russian foreign minister sitting on your lap in the Oval Office," Maddow said.

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Trump propaganda network tried to get visa for arrested Ukrainian official to give them Biden dirt: report

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that One America News Network, a pro-Trump TV channel that competes with Fox News, tried to secure a U.S. visa for Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a former Ukrainian lawmaker who was arrested last week by German authorities on corruption charges.

OAN reportedly was interested in transporting Onyschenko to America to help uncover dirt on Burisma, the energy company linked to former Vice President Joe Biden's son, and the focus of President Donald Trump's attempts to coerce the Ukrainian government to interfere with U.S. elections. They are reportedly also seeking visas for "several other" Ukrainian officials.

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Who tried to pay Rick Gates to keep him from testifying? And will AG Bill Barr prosecute them?

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The Department of Justice came out Tuesday with a sentencing recommendation for former Paul Manafort deputy, Rick Gates.

Gates testified for over 500 hours with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators, his lawyers explained in a filing this week. But included in the reports of Gates' was the fact that he got multiple offers of money not to cooperate with investigators.

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