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Former Republican senator goes scorched earth on ‘spineless’ GOPers and ‘impeachable’ Trump for inciting a civil war

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In an interview with the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, former Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) launched a fusillade of attacks at members of his party for sticking with Donald Trump despite a multitude of impeachable offenses.

Cohen, who crossed the aisle to serve as Defense Secretary under former President Bill Clinton, was unsparing in his criticism, saying the modern GOP is “spineless” and standing by while the president launches vicious attacks left and right at his enemies.

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According to the former lawmaker, Republicans subservience to the president is rooted in either “fear or complicity,” before adding “It’s predominantly fear he will target them.”

As Rubin writes, Cohen, “points to Trump’s public declaration that four congresswomen of color should ‘fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came’ and ‘go back’ home. Trump, in Cohen’s eyes, ‘put a target on their back.’ He also cites Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was told her safety was at risk when she was ordered back to the United States, and the recent conviction of a woman caught sending white powder to Cohen’s former staffer, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). Cohen, in other words, thinks there is more than the threat of an errant tweet. The prospect of actual physical harm cannot be ignored.”

Writing, “Cohen has no doubt that Trump has abused his power and committed impeachable acts. He starts with Trump’s public accusations and threats against lawmakers,” Rubin notes he told her, “Certainly that’s an abuse of power. There’s nothing like the president basically inciting [attacks].” 

“Trump does this, Cohen says, when he suggests a ‘civil war’ would occur if he were ousted. ‘Now we have people walking around with AR-15s and AK-47s. What are we doing here?'” Rubin relays.

Discussing Trump’s quid pro quo offer of foreign aid to Ukraine in return for dirt on political opponents, Cohen bluntly called it “perfectly corrupt.”

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Adding that he has no doubt Trump has committed impeachable offenses, the longtime GOP member worries his former colleagues will give the president a pass when it comes to a trial in the Senate.

“I think if you took a vote now in the Senate, all but one or two … virtually all would acquit,” he predicted. “But we are still a long way to go.”

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These 7 details from the damning Sharpiegate report show it was a dark omen of Trump’s destructive potential

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While it was dismissed by some as an overhyped media obsession, the presidential scandal that has come to be known as "Sharpiegate" was, in fact, an early warning sign of the truly catastrophic potential of Donald Trump.

The story arose out of Hurricane Dorian, which began its deliberate march up toward the East Coast of the United States in late August and early September of 2019. It ravaged the Bahamas, and officials feared the damage it could inflict stateside. But then came a Trump tweet on Sept. 1, and later comments to reporters, in which he warned that Alabama was in the storm's path. He said it was among the states "most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated."

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Florida governor finally releases the true numbers of people hospitalized with coronavirus

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally caved in to pressure to release the actual numbers of coronavirus cases in the state's hospitals.

Until Friday, DeSantis had refused to reveal the true numbers, leaving many in the state unaware of just how bad the cases were. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a whopping 7,000 Floridians are in hospitals hoping they survive the virus.

"The data, which for the first time breaks down the number of people in the hospital with coronavirus, was promised by the state two weeks ago," the report explained.

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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace asks why Bill Barr is trying to ‘erase Robert Mueller’s investigation’ before November

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace returned to television Friday night to address what she called outright corruption in the Trump White House after another example of the president trying to escape the consequences of the law.

Wallace began by calling Attorney General William Barr nothing more than Trump's "bouncer."

"He has been intellectually overestimated from day one. He is not a mastermind of anything," said Wallace. "He is Donald Trump's body man."

She cited "well-sourced spin" coming from the White House Friday evening, because there were people that she said were "enlisted" with trying to talk Trump out of commuting Roger Stone's sentence. She anticipated that Barr and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone may huff and puff about the act, but that they won't quit over it. "And we should remember their names forever. They are all accomplices in the greatest corruption of one of the most sacred powers."

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