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White House is furious over ‘parade’ of officials testifying to impeachment panel: report

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On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” reported Kaitlan Collins revealed that officials in President Donald Trump’s White House are enraged that — despite their best efforts to assert privilege and block various witnesses from testifying — current and former officials are testifying in the impeachment proceedings anyway.

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“Today you saw the president in the Rose Garden dismissing this, saying he’s not worried about impeachment,” said Collins. “But we’re being told by sources that behind the scenes there is this growing frustration inside of the White House over this parade of administration officials making their way to Capitol Hill to give depositions, testimony, sometimes by request and sometimes because of a subpoena.”

“And essentially … you saw George Kent today and — saw Fiona Hill there and sitting for large chunks of hours, like Fiona Hill who was there for ten hours yesterday, but the White House is unable to figure out what the officials current and former are divulging to the investigations, because they don’t have a White House lawyer in the room and not given any kind of a transcript or substantive readout when the officials leave the room and, of course, mostly finding out what officials like Fiona Hill are saying from press reports about what they’ve said to the Republicans and to the Democrats who were in the room with their staff.”

“Now, the White House, you remember, sent the eight-page letter telling Democrats they were not going to comply with the impeachment inquiry because they don’t see it as legitimate,” said Collins. “They decried the fact they have no rights here, i.e. meaning they don’t have anyone in the room representing the White House point of view in all of this. But so far … they’ve been unable to stop officials current and former from being able to go up on Capitol Hill and comply with the requests.”

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‘It’s all distractions’: CNN panel obliterates GOP for totally refusing to discuss Trump’s conduct

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A CNN panel on Thursday obliterated House Republicans for once again completely ignoring the substance of allegations against President Donald Trump and instead throwing out numerous distractions intended to deflect attention from the president's actions.

"It's been distractions about the Bidens, it's been distractions about conspiracy theories about Ukraine's involvement in the election," said CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero. "Yesterday, it was distractions about FISA and FISA so-called abuse. It was distractions from Congressman Gohmert reading calls from 1943! It's been all distractions and they won't wrestle with the actual conduct."

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CNN’s Jake Tapper does line-by-line fact check of Jim Jordan’s nonstop misleading statements during impeachment hearing

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Host Jake Tapper did a special web fact-check for CNN.com where he looked line-by-line into Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) claims about the impeachment proceedings.

He had four specific talking points that were disingenuous and outright false.

1. Jordan: "There was no quid pro quo in the transcript"

There absolutely was evidence in the summary of the transcript. Tapper began by explaining that Americans still haven't seen the full transcript or a recording of the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"If you read the summary of the transcript it clearly shows that after a discussion of U.S. military support for Ukraine, President Trump said the relationship is not 'reciprocal' and he asks Zelensky for 'a favor,'" Tapper said. "The favor? To investigate a conspiracy theory into the 2016 election and later in the call he says, 'one other thing,' he wants Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter."

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‘I am not yielding!’ Rep. Pramila Jayapal shuts down Jim Jordan’s attempt to hijack impeachment hearing

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stood her ground at an impeachment hearing on Thursday after Republicans tried to derail her arguments in favor of removing President Donald Trump.

Jayapal began her remarks by pointing out that Florida Republican Matt Gaetz was wrong to suggest that President Donald Trump was invested in Ukraine's fight against Russia.

"Why then did he decide he was so concerned about 'corruption' that he was not going to release military aid?" Jayapal said, prompting Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to demand that she yield the floor.

"I am not yielding!" Jayapal exclaimed. "I am not yielding. I am not yielding."

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