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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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‘Disaster and disgrace’: Regretful Trump voter disgusted by his handling of COVID-19 and race relations

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Joe Biden has opened a four-point lead over President Donald Trump in Ohio, which the Republican won by twice that margin four years ago.

A survey conducted by Your Voice Ohio found the Democratic candidate leading Trump by 46-42, and Biden seems to be peeling off some of the president's past supporters in the state, reported the Columbus Dispatch.

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White House suddenly orders ‘mandatory’ COVID-19 testing for presidential staff

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White House employees will now be subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19, an official said on Monday.

In a statement to CNN's Jim Acosta, the unnamed White House official said that staffers working near President Donald Trump would be forced to undergo randomized testing.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the entire White House Complex, randomized testing of Executive Office of the President staff, which has been ongoing for several months, will become mandatory rather than voluntary," the official said.

White House employees reportedly received an email Monday morning with a stern warning.

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‘Drinking the Kool-Aid’: Famous anti-cult attorney explains what Trump has in common with notorious People’s Temple leader

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Los Angeles-based attorney/journalist Paul Morantz is famous for his work against cults — most notably, Synanon, which tried to kill him in 1978 by placing a rattlesnake in his mailbox. And in a scathing op-ed for his website, Morantz compares President Donald Trump to the infamous cult leader Jim Jones, arguing that Trump, in effect, committed “mass murder” by downplaying the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and encouraging large gatherings despite the dangers.

In 1978, the same year in which Morantz survived a rattlesnake bite, Jones was responsible for a mass killing in a remote area of Guyana — where the leader of the People’s Temple ordered his followers to drink Kool-Aid that was laced with cyanide. More than 900 cult members died at the Jonestown settlement on November 18, 1978, and in 2020, the slang expression “drinking the Kool-Aid” is still used to criticize people who blindly accept bad information.

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