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‘Smart rats jump a sinking orange ship’: Columnist predicts more Republicans will flee Trump

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New York Times contributing columnist Wajahat Ali predicted that more Republicans would likely flee President Donald Trump in the coming weeks.

Already, Trump’s own officials, appointees, and staff are lining up to testify to the House committees, despite Trump saying they will not cooperate with any investigations.

“I believe smart rats jump a sinking orange ship, and if you don’t believe me, you haven’t paid attention to the last week,” Ali told CNN’s Don Lemon. In the past week, several of Trump’s appointees have lined up to give a deposition or testify. Even outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry revealed in a Wall Street Journal interview, that Rudy Giuliani was to be the point person on all things related to Ukraine.

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“Look, there are people still public servants who are defying the Trump administration obstruction and actually voluntarily coming to give testimony, right? You had Ambassador Mckinley and Fiona Hill, and you have Ambassador [Marie] Yovanovich, who came out and talked. You have [EU Ambassador Gordon] Sondland coming out tomorrow to hopefully save himself, but I think that will be — good luck, Sondland because that man seems like he’s in deep trouble and thoroughly incompetent.”

He noted that Wednesday’s vote to disavow the president’s Syria decision was 354-60.

“Are you kidding me? That is a stunning rebuke of Donald Trump,” Ali noted. “Even Lindsey Graham, who functions like Donald Trump’s boot hill for the past year has been very vocal, very publicly, called into the Fox & Friends and talked about what a decision it was to withdraw the troops that led to the massacre of Kurds and, by the way, gave a second lease of life to ISIS and it’s only helped our enemies. It’s helped Syria, Iran, ISIS, and wait for it, Russia.”

He went on to note that “Russia” was the buzzword that Pelosi allegedly said in the meeting Wednesday that set Trump off on a rage.

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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate

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The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.

The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.

During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.

Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege

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Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info

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Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.

Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.

Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.

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Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.

"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.

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