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‘Pretty damning already’: Ex-DNI Clapper says diplomat Taylor has already damaged Trump without saying a word

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN’s Poppy Harlow on Tuesday that veteran diplomat Bill Taylor had already done significant damage to President Donald Trump’s case against impeachment before he even said a word under oath to congressional investigators.

When asked by Harlow for his opinion of what Taylor will tell the House Intelligence Committee, Clapper responded that he can’t imagine it will be helpful to the president.

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“I think it’s pretty damning already, just based on the revelation of the text exchanges that Ambassador Taylor was part of,” Clapper said, referring to messages in which Taylor said it was “crazy” for the Trump administration to hold back military aid to Ukraine for political purposes. “So, I don’t know how he can walk those back.”

Clapper then said that he would be surprised if Taylor at all contradicted any of the other damning testimony about Trump’s machinations with Ukraine that have been given by other witnesses.

“I think what he will say is corroborative, in other words, supportive of previous testimonies and what we already know from the whistleblower complaint itself, as well as the memo of the conversation published by the White House of the actual phone call between the president and President Zelensky of Ukraine,” he explained.

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‘Gaslighting on a massive scale’: Doctor warns Trump is lying us into a COVID disaster

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On CNN Friday, Dr. Celine Grounder tore into President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic.

"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."

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‘We’ve got to get a new guy’: Florida Trump voters lash out at the president as they flee the GOP

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In interviews with CNN's Jeff Zeleny, longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 admitted they have no intention of helping him stay in office when they vote in November.

With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.

According to retired banker John Dudley, 77, he voted for Trump last election and the president promptly "blew it."

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Trump wants ‘white grievance’ fight — while ignoring coronavirus: Pulitzer Prize-winner Maggie Haberman

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On CNN Thursday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman deconstructed President Donald Trump's unwillingness to address the national crises in America.

"According to three people familiar with his comments, Trump has brushed off efforts to address historic racial inequality, as something 'his people' won't care about," said anchor Jim Sciutto. "Maggie, you have covered this president and the White House. Clearly, he wants to leave the outbreak behind him, even as the numbers rise. Is there anyone in that building who is telling him honestly, directly, that he can't do that?"

"There are many people who are telling him that honestly, Jim," said Haberman. "What has become clear to people, or should have by now, this president wants to run his re-election effort a certain way, and that does not relate to talking about the coronavirus unless it's about describing his administration's response in glowing terms that just don't comport with reality. Certainly for the first many weeks as the pandemic was growing."

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