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‘There are more text messages’: Here’s why Trump seems terrified by the impeachment hearings

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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace argued Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s move to block Ambassador Gordon Sondland — a key figure in the Ukraine scandal — from testifying before Congress suggested he may fear what could be revealed in such hearings.

Sondland was involved in a series of conversations revealed in texts provided by former U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, which detail a damning back-and-forth among the diplomats and Ukraine. At one point, one State Department official, Bill Taylor, objects to what they’re doing as a withholding “security assistance [from Ukraine] for help with a political campaign.” Sondland replied, after more than four hours, with a legalistic reply denying any wrongdoing and saying they shouldn’t text any further.

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But Wallace noted: “NBC News has confirmed today that Sondland spoke with the president before sending that awfully on-message reply and adds that there are more text messages between the officials that haven’t yet been released to the public. And if the substance of all those communications were something that White House lawyers felt so good about, seems to me Sondland would be up on Capitol Hill right now telling that story, and Donald Trump would be live-tweeting his own exoneration. But he’s not.”

Later, former Justice Department official Neal Katyal agreed.

“There’s something huge going on here,” he said. “Sondland is not just some person. He’s a guy who works for you and me, the taxpayers. He’s a public official. And they’re blocking him from testifying. They must be scared that he’s going to say something bad.”

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Clinton drops a stunning claim: Russia is grooming a 2020 Democrat to launch third-party presidential run

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Hillary Clinton just dropped a bombshell. The former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee who won the popular vote by close to 3 million more votes than the current president is accusing Russia of grooming a current 2020 Democrat, specifically a woman, to launch a third party run for the White House – to ensure Donald Trump wins re-election.

Russia knows they “they can’t win without a third-party candidate,” Clinton told David Plouffe on his podcast Campaign HQ, as Mediaite reports.

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Kellyanne Conway accused of violating Hatch Act at least 50 times this year — on Twitter alone

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According to a report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway has "surpassed 50 violations of the Hatch Act on Twitter alone this past year."

Explaining the numbers, the report states, "CREW’s report on Conway’s continued violations outlines five categories of tweets that violate the Hatch Act: attacking or mocking Democratic presidential candidates, attacking the Democratic Party, promoting President Trump's re-election, promoting the Republican Party, and attacking President Trump's political adversaries. Conway has multiple violations in each category," before noting that Twitter's Terms of Service indicates one of Trump's closest aides is in violation and should have her account suspended.

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Turkey’s foreign minister bursts out laughing as he mocks Trump’s erratic tweets

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Speaking to the BBC's HARDtalk this Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu scoffed at the Trump administration's threat of sanctions over his country's military operation in northeast Syria, saying that the threat is the result of erratic confused messaging that's not doing anything to help the situation.

Cavusoglu laughed and mocked Trump for his constant tweeting about various issues, including Turkey.

"Different voices, different positions are coming from the United States, because of the differences between the administration, the State Department, Pentagon, and this and that," he said.

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