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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn’t engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can’t be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn’t have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn’t read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker’s claim was ridiculous.

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“His point is nonsensical,” Honig said. “Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing.”

“There are two different statutes,” he added. “One of them is witness tampering, that covers actions before or during witness testimony. The other is witness retaliation, that covers actions intended to intimidate a witness or retaliate after the fact, so it doesn’t really matter when she would have found out.”

Legal analyst Laura Coates agreed, saying Jordan’s argument was as “nonsensical” as saying your house wasn’t robbed because you weren’t home.

“That’s how you said nonsensical, how stupid his actual argument is,” Coates said. “(The idea that) if they hadn’t told her about it she wouldn’t have felt threatened. What happens afterwards? When the camera goes off on her she has to go back to live her life, the same people told by corrupt Ukrainians to watch out and now she has to watch out because people who may be sycophants or minions of the president or crazed in some way also takes issue with her testimony.”

Coates added that Schiff immediately addressed Trump’s tweets, because they could also be taken as a threat by other witnesses who have not yet testified.

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“The reason he had to is because he knows full well tomorrow there is a testimony from somebody and next week, there are people watching, figuring out,’Listen, do you have our back or is it just for the camera or the sake of the democracy? Will I be protected?'” she said.


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McConnell under pressure to wrap up Trump impeachment trial quickly without alienating wavering GOP senators

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According to a report from Politico, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is under pressure from the White House and some of his Republican colleagues to move quickly to acquit Donald Trump by speeding up his impeachment trial while not upsetting some wavering GOP lawmakers who are fearful for their reputations in an election year.

The report notes that a Trump acquittal is a foregone conclusion, with GOP lawmakers admitting as much.

“The question is going to come to ‘Have you heard enough to make a decision or do you want witnesses?’ If people say, ‘We’re ready to vote,’ we’re going to vote right then,” explained Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).

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Are Trump and his circle manipulating the markets for personal gain? Here’s the evidence

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Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstructing a congressional investigation into his attempt to blackmail a foreign country into aiding him in the 2020 presidential election. He is now the third president in American history to have earned that ignominious distinction.

Trump will not be convicted by the Republicans in the Senate for his crimes.

The public evidence is damning. There is no evidence that could possibly exonerate him. Trump is publicly bragging about committing crimes against the Constitution and the American people. The Republican Party and its propaganda news media have decided to ignore reality and fully immerse themselves in TrumpWorld. They have pledged total loyalty to him and no evidence will move them. The Republicans and their news media and public are authoritarian lemmings.

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SNL imagines Alan Dershowitz and Mitt Romney in hell during impeachment trial sketch

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The skit began with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about impeachment.

They were then joined by Alan Dershowitz (played by SNL alum Jon Lovitz), who spoke of his previous clients, Jeff Epstein (played by Adam Driver), O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bülow.

But Dershowitz suffered a heart attack and met the devil in hell, where he was reunited with Epstein.

“Yes, hello, everyone, it’s I, Alan Dershowitz,” he proclaimed. “It’s wonderful to be here. Because I’m not welcome anywhere else. There’s a lot of haters out there -- for no good reason. But like I said to my client and dear friend Jeffrey Epstein, haters gonna hate!”

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