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Trump lawyer’s own words show why stonewalling is an abuse of power: Ex-Whitewater counsel

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On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Whitewater Associate Independent Counsel Kim Wehle pointed out the irony of former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) joining President Donald Trump’s anti-impeachment legal defense: His own words as a congressman make a clear case against Trump’s abuse of power.

“Trey Gowdy sided the with the president on getting rid of Jeff Sessions, and he led Benghazi, and … he’s been on Fox News a lot, as well, recently,” said anchor Erin Burnett. “But Trey Gowdy is not the kind of person who was always just a sycophant. Not at all. Here he is in 2012, they were talking about whether to hold A.G. Holder in contempt on Fast and Furious. The Justice Department refused to hand over some documents and here’s what Trey Gowdy said.”

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“The notion that you can withhold information and documents from Congress, no matter whether you’re the party in power or not in power, is wrong,” said Gowdy forcefully in the clip. “Respect for the rule of law must mean something, irrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles.”

“So, Kim, do you think he just doesn’t feel that way anymore?” asked Burnett.

“I think he made the case for why the White House’s letter attempting to stonewall Congress, not completely and not just to specific issues, is flat-out wrong constitutionally,” said Wehle. “It will be interesting to see if he ends up the Rudy Giuliani of the Ukraine situation, and that is, most lawyers in practice would be defending or attempting to defend this on the merits and that is on the facts … we don’t see that in the letter.”

“Given the kind of evidence that’s out there, out of the president’s own mouth, that could be difficult, and he could be coming onboard to act as the spin person that will put out the message that the entire thing is unconstitutional, even though it’s in the Constitution, given how things work with Mr. Trump, and the loyalty that he expects, and the message he expects, consistent with devotion to him and fidelity to him versus the rule of law and the Constitution,” said Wehle. “I don’t expect Mr. Gowdy to function as a traditional lawyer might.”

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GOP lawmaker hammers Trump for Ukraine server conspiracy theory: ‘Are we trying to exculpate Russia?’

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Rep. Francis Rooney (R-OK) on Friday signaled that he was taking House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump far more seriously than many of his Republican colleagues.

During an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Rooney said he was very disturbed at the president's efforts to prove a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine purportedly being behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, despite the fact that all evidence that has been uncovered points directly to Russia as the true culprit.

Harlow then asked him what he made about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) comment that "all roads" in the Ukraine scandal lead back to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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CNN's Jim Sciutto on Friday did not mince words when talking about President Donald Trump's decision to host next year's G7 summit at his own golf course in Doral, Florida.

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‘We’re ready to vote’: Oversight Committee Dem claims Congress has the goods for impeachment

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna (CA), who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said he and other Democrats have enough in hand to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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Pressed by host Berman whether lawmakers have enough to proceed with impeachment, the California Democrat didn't skip a beat and said yes.

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