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‘Rudy was Patient Zero’: Nicolle Wallace says GOP ‘are being taken down by the fake news they’ve peddled’

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On Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” anchor Nicolle Wallace discussed the self-destruction of President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani with former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt.

“Who’s Rudy in all this?” asked Wallace.

“It’s just extraordinary to consider that Rudy Giuliani was a legitimate, certified national hero,” said Schmidt. “He was respected by nearly the entirety of the country for dazzling leadership in the days after 9/11, and to watch his fall, his devolution, is just tragic. I mean, you talk about the reality that we live in this era where trust has collapsed in public institutions. I mean, here is someone, one of the few people that was pretty broadly admired in the country, and just threw it all away in defense of God knows what.”

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“Well, we’ll talk about this I think over and over again, but they all are being taken down by the fake news they’ve pedaled,” said Wallace. “I mean Rudy was just Patient Zero.”

“Yeah. For sure,” said Schmidt. “And look, an abuse of power is exactly right. I mean, Nancy Pelosi is smart to understand that the Trump fog machine, the chaos, the speed of the lying, that she has to slow the game down. Has to make it slower. Understandable abuse of power. If you could do that to the Bidens, you could do that to anyone in this country and no one wants to live in that country.”

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‘I’m embarrassed for my friend’: Former GOP Rep. slams Jim Jordan’s badgering of David Holmes

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During his questioning of US diplomat David Holmes during today's impeachment inquiry hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was repeatedly gaveled down by House Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for his repeated interrupting of the witness.

It was an exchange that many observers saw as an attempt to stifle Holmes' testimony that was apparently damaging to President Trump -- an observation that was also made by former GOP Rep. and current longshot candidate for the Republican nomination for president, Joe Walsh.

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WATCH: Jim Jordan repeatedly tries to shut down David Holmes as he destroys GOP’s argument

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Holmes about his statement that he told several people about his concerns with President Donald Trump's call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Ambassador Bill Taylor did not testify that he spoke to Holmes about the call.

Jordan then went on to cite all conversations that Taylor mentioned, to illustrate that Taylor never mentioned Holmes and question whether Holmes was lying.

"My I answer the question?" Holmes asked.

"I'll get to you in a second," Jordan said, and the audience laughed.

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Nunes cuts off GOP lawyer when cross-examination flops as Fiona Hill outlines damning case against Trump

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was forced to cut off the House GOP's own attorney after he gave former National Security Council official Fiona Hill an opportunity to outline the damning case against President Donald Trump.

Nunes' interruption came while attorney Steve Castor was asking questions about Hill's past interactions with European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland, whom she admits she got upset with after learning that he was working on Ukraine policy despite the fact that Ukraine isn't even a member of the EU.

"What I was angry about was that he wasn't coordinating with us," Hill said, referring to the National Security Council. "And what I realized was, listening to his deposition, that he was absolutely right. He wasn't coordinating with us because we weren't doing the same thing that he was doing."

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