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‘Pence would be president by noon’: Morning Joe claims GOPers would dump Trump in a minute in a secret impeachment vote

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough believes the Senate would convict President Donald Trump by an overwhelming margin today if the vote were held in secret.

Former Sen. Jeff Flake said late last month that “at least 35” Republicans would vote to impeach Trump if the vote were secret, but the “Morning Joe” host and analyst Mike Barnicle agreed that number is much higher as public support grows for removing the president.

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“I find it very interesting, very interesting that senators are being a little more careful in not attacking Mitt Romney,” Scarborough said, referring to the Utah Republican who’s been increasingly critical of the president. “Senators aren’t rushing to Donald Trump’s side. They don’t know, for the first time, how this is going to play out. They’re not so sure, for the first time, that Donald Trump can shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.”

“In fact,” he added, “they’re thinking, ‘This guy may be going down, I’m going to protect my political career because Trump’s not going to make it.'”

Barnicle said lawmakers recently returned from a recess, where they spoke with their constituents back home, and found that voters are as sick of the president as they are.

“It’s a crazy, crazy presidency,” Barnicle said. “I think Republican senators are going to be a dominant force in this election process because more and more of them — listen, Joe, you know, we all know, that privately in the cloakroom they speak very disparagingly of him, and if there was a secret ballot in the United States Senate, I think Trump would lose 90-10, maybe.”

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Scarborough agreed.

“Mike, if there were a secret ballot in the Senate this morning, Mike Pence would be president by noon,” Scarborough said.

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Volker’s deputy told Congress Ukrainians found out Trump froze their military aid ‘very early on’ — before the public knew: report

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According to transcripts released on Monday by House investigators, Catherine Croft, a special adviser for Ukraine and deputy to Kurt Volker, testified that Ukrainian officials became aware of President Donald Trump's decision to freeze military aide appropriated by Congress "very early on" — and long before the public became aware of the delay.

Croft, according to the transcript, told the House that Ukrainian officials "approached me quietly and in confidence to ask me about an [Office of Management and Budget] hold on Ukraine security assistance," and that she was taken aback by how quickly they became aware of it.

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Mick Mulvaney needs to get a lawyer: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney needs to hire a lawyer separately from the White House counsel, following new reports that the attorney for former National Security Adviser John Bolton is rejecting a legal alliance with him.

"There are reports that Mulvaney was sort of on thin ice as a result of that disastrous press briefing that he gave a couple of weeks ago," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Why does he need a private attorney, why isn't he represented by the White House counsel?"

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Uber chief walks back comment about murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi

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Uber chief Dara Khosrowshahi apologized on Monday after he called the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in which Riyadh admitted responsibility, a "mistake."

"There's no forgiving or forgetting what happened to Jamal Khashoggi & I was wrong to call it a 'mistake,'" Khosrowshahi tweeted Monday morning as he walked back his remarks Sunday in an interview with Axios.

"I said something in the moment I don't believe. Our investors have long known my views here & I'm sorry I wasn’t as clear on Axios."

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was strangled and dismembered at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, prompting harsh criticism of the country and de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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