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Trey Gowdy sides with House Democrats ‘100 percent’ over former GOP colleagues on holding secret hearings

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Appearing on Face the Nation former GOP lawmaker Trey Gowdy (R-SC) defied some of his former House colleagues and gave the Democrats his whole-hearted endorsement to hold their impeachment inquiries behind closed doors.

Speaking with host Margaret Brennan, the former high-ranking Republican was asked about his 2018 comments where he called public hearings “a circus” in light of attempts of a horde of GOP House members who stormed a hearing on Wednesday complaining about secrecy.

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“Do you still believe that?” the CBS host asked.

“100 percent,” Gowdy said without pause.

“So you think these hearings, these depositions should remain private,” she pressed.

“You can pick and choose which aspects of due process you’re going to use,” he explained. “It’s not just the privacy. I mean the reason we respect executive branch investigations isn’t because they’re behind closed doors — it’s because there’s no leaks.”

After making some complaints about Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Gowdy admitted, “I do understand the Republican frustration with the current investigation. my bias has always been towards investigation that wait until the end before they share their conclusion, it’s not fair to do it on an hour by hour basis.”

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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