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Trump’s stonewalling ‘no longer seems to be working’: Maddow expects Mike Pompeo to leave the administration

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow observed on Monday that Trump’s stonewalling of Congress is no longer holding — and why she thinks Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not last long in the administration.

“A key part of this scheme these guys were trying to pull off with President Trump involved ousting the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. She was pulled out of the embassy — apparently with the consent of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — in the spring of this year,” Maddow reported.

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“Ambassador Yovanovitch testified on Friday that she was told to get out of Ukraine, ‘on the next plane.’ In her opening statement before her nine-hour deposition on Friday, she spelled out how the number two official in the State Department told her it was on the president’s orders that she was being recalled from her ambassadorship, even though she was told she had done nothing wrong,” she continued.

“It is hard to imagine that Mike Pompeo gets to stay on as Secretary of State in these circumstances,” Maddow said.

“Well, tonight you can add plus one to that, because just before getting on the air tonight, we learned that that recently resigned senior adviser to Mike Pompeo, Michael McKinley — the one who reportedly stepped down in protest of Pompeo’s behavior — Michael McKinley is now scheduled to testify in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump,” she reported. “His deposition is scheduled for the day after tomorrow.”

Maddow listed additional hearings that are already scheduled.

“And we know that the White House has been trying to stop all sorts of different people from giving testimony as part of these impeachment proceedings, both current officials and former officials. But whatever they’re trying to stop people from testifying no longer seems to be working,” Maddow concluded.

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I was an impeachment skeptic. Here’s why I’m now convinced Trump must be removed

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Despite all the uncertainty surrounding impeachment, we can capture the current moment succinctly: President Trump’s fate hinges on whether Republican senators are more fearful of losing in a primary or in the general election. Now that the live impeachment hearings are about to fuel nationwide prime-time programming, those senators’ fears are likely to intensify.

While that dynamic will determine whether Trump will be removed from office, it doesn’t tell us whether he should be.  I am generally an impeachment skeptic. My recent book—Impeaching the President: Past, Present, Future—argues that impeachment should be regarded as a last resort that, as a general proposition, is inappropriate in a president’s first term.  The American people are capable of rendering judgment and should be given the first crack.

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House Republicans have 3 key defenses of Trump’s Ukraine extortion campaign — and they’re all terrible

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To any halfway objective observer, the first day of public hearings in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, which are ongoing as of this writing, have not gone well for Trump’s defenders.

Bill Taylor, the top US ambassador in Kyiv, and veteran State Department official George Kent came off as principled and non-partisan as they delivered damning testimony about the Trump regime’s multifaceted campaign to coerce the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into fringe right-wing conspiracy theories designed to deflect blame for interfering in the 2016 election from Russia and onto Ukraine.

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Progressives hilariously ridicule Donald Trump Jr.’s new book with their own Trump triggers #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr

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President Donald Trump's eldest child and namesake has published a book about liberals he says are "triggered" by conservatives. Ironically, it seems Donald Trump Jr. is the one who seems to be triggered by the reception he's getting from some on his book tour.

The hashtag, #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr has nothing to do with Jr's new book, rather it's progressives using his book title to mock the Trump child. Internet users were torn between mocking the young Trump for desperately trying to get his father's attention, scrambling to seem relevant, trying to launch his own political career, trying to make his own money and so much more.

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