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Ex-Trump campaign aide grilled on CNN over election ‘conspiracy theories’ debunked by IG report

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On Saturday, CNN’s Michael Smerconish confronted former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page — who has long cast himself as a victim of a sinister FBI plot — with the upcoming results of the Justice Department inspector general report finding there was no deliberate bias against the president in the FBI’s investigation of Russia.

“Look, I’m looking at the front page of today’s New York Times,” said Smerconish. “‘Report is said to clear FBI of bias claims, but sloppiness is cited in Russian inquiry’ … what I, as a citizen, am most interested in, with no disrespect to your personal interests, was the probe born of bias? And the answer to that is, no.”

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“Well, Michael, I think you — the key word that you just said is ‘sloppiness,’ right? And unfortunately, the way that this inspector general report has been assembled and completed over the last couple of years, and particularly over the last few months, is completely sloppy,” said Page. “It’s only one side’s perspective. we’ll see whether what The New York Times reported is the complete story, but by all accounts, you know, all I know is [IG Michael] Horowitz, in September, had said that they’ve interviewed 100 people. And most of these people were involved in this coup, cabal, from the very beginning. So it’s been very sloppy all along.”

“I was most interested to learn what, apparently, this report is going to say about this mystery man from Malta, Joseph Mifsud,” said Smerconish. “For those who know the underlying facts, he tells [ex-Trump aide George] Papadopoulos that the Russians have dirt on Hillary, and the allegation has been that he was really an FBI person. Apparently, Horowitz will say that is not the case, that he was not an FBI informant. Again, I’m focused on how it all began. It doesn’t seem it began of bias.”

“Again, if you have bad facts, then the law, you can do whatever you want with it, basically,” insisted Page. “There’s massive questions. I think maybe we’ll get a few initial facts here in this preliminary report on December 9, but you know, there’s obviously so much more to be done on this.”

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Trump biographer explains how president uses fear to scare Republicans away from witnesses

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Michael D'Antonio, one of President Donald Trump's biographers, explained Sunday that the president knows very well how to use fear to intimidate people. That's what he's doing in the case of impeachment to help score an acquittal.

Citing Bob Woodward's book Fear, D'Antonio explained that Trump uses fear to his benefit.

"He called it fear because Donald Trump knows how to use fear, he knows how to intimidate people, and he'll go further than almost anyone else will go," said D'Antonio. "And he's proven that he can adjust the calculus for everyone in the united states senate. So, they're all thinking, 'Do I cross this man? Will I have a primary challenge? What is the real endpoint for me if I decide to vote my conscience instead of being loyal?' The president has surpassed all of our expectations."

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Will the GOP ‘stand for gaslighting or reality?’: George Conway thumps senate Republicans who refuse to consider Trump’s crimes

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," conservative attorney George Conway launched a broadside against Republican senators for their conduct in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, saying they are selling lies to the public.

Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Conway -- the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway -- painted a withering portrait of the GOP that is hellbent on acquitting the president of obvious impeachable crimes.

"I'm deeply saddened," Conway began. "It is very upsetting and this is a moment of reckoning not just for the country and the rule of law and the constitution, but it is a specific day of reckoning for the Republican senators who took this oath, and the republican party generally, are they going to stand for lies instead of truth?"

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Mitch McConnell is manipulating Trump to keep him from prolonging impeachment trial: NYT’s Haberman

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Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is stringing an anxious Donald Trump along and manipulating him to go along with his plan to wrap up the Senate impeachment trial.

Speaking with host John King, Haberman claimed that McConnell is speaking to Trump in such a way that the president may think that McConnell's ideas are his own.

"Do you think the president will -- e could do this over two more days but does he give up a day of TV time?" King asked about the impeachment trial

"McConnell has convinced him, it's taking him some time, back and forth," B Haberman explained. "The president had to be allowed to believe it's his idea or that he wasn't being led along but he's generally done what McConnell wanted. He [McConnell] wants this over quick."

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