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‘They seem gleeful in their ignorance’: CNN’s Lemon panel tries to understand Republican lies on Ukraine scandal

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CNN’s Don Lemon and his Wednesday night panel were struck by the GOP resistance to hold a legitimate investigation into President Donald Trump’s actions.

“He has invited foreign election interference; he has misused his power for personal political gain,” Washington Post conservative columnist Max Boot said. “If any Democrat had done this, every single Republican would be calling not just for impeachment but for capital punishment, but they just have no principles when it comes to Trump. I’m prepared to be pleasantly surprised, and I would be if you see even a handful of Republican members in either chamber voting for impeachment. But I think the vast majority of Republicans are just utterly spineless in standing up for the rule of law. They’re just going to give Trump whatever he wants.”

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Lemon noted that it’s the main reason that Boot left the GOP.

“Right, because they have no principles,” Boot agreed.

Democratic strategist Kirsten Powers noted that this is an “open and shut case,” and Trump very obviously violated the law. Indeed, Trump admitted to the crime on television, saying that it doesn’t matter that he asked Ukraine to investigate a conspiracy theory about his political opponent. He then went on to ask another country to do the same.

“That’s why what you’re saying about Republicans is so accurate but also so concerning because it’s just something that there’s just no question that Trump did something absolutely outside the bounds of what a president should be doing,” said Powers. “And it’s absolutely an impeachable offense. There’s just no question.”

Boot noted that if Republicans aren’t willing to impeach Trump for this, or even for the obstruction of the inquiry, “what would they consider to be impeachable.”

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In the 1990s, the GOP found it abhorrent that a Democratic president had an extra-marital affair in the Oval Office and impeached him for lying about it.

“Well, I wanted to ask, as I see the apologists for the president, especially on conservative media, they seem gleeful in their ignorance,” Lemon noted. “What is so gleeful about being ignorant or about misleading the public?”

“Well, that’s — I mean, that’s the reason why they’re promulgating these crazy conspiracy theories and saying things that are flat-out untrue,” said Boot. “They’re repeating Trump’s claim that the transcript of the phone call refutes the whistle-blower’s account, which is false. It actually confirms the whistle-blower’s account in every point. They can’t argue on the facts because the facts are against them, and so they’re just making things up. They’re just making things up out of thin air just to say stuff, and basically, you know, trying these schoolyard taunts like, you’re not going to impeach me. I’m going to impeach you.”

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Fox News lying to defend Trump makes it a threat to US national security: CNN contributor

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Fox News a threat to American democracy and national security, a CNN contributor explained on Saturday.

Garrett Graff was interviewed by CNN's Ana Cabrera about a new piece he wrote for Wired titled, "Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security."

"Monday’s split-screen drama, as the House Judiciary Committee weighed impeachment charges against President Trump and as the Justice Department’s inspector general released a 476-page report on the FBI’s handling of its 2016 investigation into Trump’s campaign, made one truth of the modern world inescapable: The lies and obfuscations forwarded ad infinitum on Fox News pose a dangerous threat to the national security of the United States," he wrote.

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Lindsey Graham admits nothing will change his mind on Trump impeachment: ‘I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror’

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In an interview with CNN International's Becky Anderson at the Doha Forum in Qatar, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) admitted he has no plans to look at the evidence compiled against Donald Trump from the House impeachment inquiry when it is referred to the Senate.

The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee explained that he wants the trial to be quick and that expects nothing to come of it, with the GOP solidly behind fighting impeachment of the president.

During the interview Graham stated, "This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly."

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GOP strategist walloped for urging Dem lawmakers to leave Trump alone and worry about being re-elected instead

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On CNN Saturday, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and Republican strategist Doug Heye clashed after the latter suggested Democrats should value their re-election over holding President Donald Trump accountable for wrongdoing.

"We have to remember, this is not a trial as we think of trials in courtroom," said Heye. "This is a political process. It is designed to be a political process, and that's why this whole process is played out the way that it has so far. I would say to Maria, the Republicans aren't spending money to shore up Republicans per se. They're spending money to go after vulnerable Democrats who are going home and then coming back and telling Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership, I'm getting killed back home."

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