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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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Mike Pence’s office blocks top health officials from CNN as punishment

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Vice President Mike Pence has kept the nation's top health officials from appearing on CNN since the network stopped carrying the daily coronavirus briefings in their entirety.

The vice president's office, which is responsible for booking those officials to deliver pandemic information, told CNN that Dr. Deborah Birx or Dr. Anthony Fauci would not be permitted to appear on the network until it carries the briefings, including Pence's remarks, in full.

"When you guys cover the briefings with the health officials then you can expect them back on your air," a Pence spokesperson told CNN.

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‘Well-spoken cultist’: Bill Barr trashed for praising ‘statesmanlike’ Trump and urging an end to COVID-19 lockdowns

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During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham Wednesday night, Attorney General Bill Barr praised President Trump's "statesman-like" effort at the "beginning" of the coronavirus epidemic where he "tried to bring people together" while "working with all the governors" -- a characterization that did not go over well with many of the President's critics on Twitter.

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The Supreme Court is poised to extend gun rights at the worst possible time

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” —Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

As the deadly COVID-19 contagion sweeps across the country, gun sales are surging, spurred in many regions by panic buying and purchases by first-time firearm owners. Fearful and insecure Americans are taking advantage of weak and ineffective gun-control laws and stocking up, as President Trump might say, “like never before.”

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