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Fusion GPS founder bluntly destroys GOP myth the Steele report was part of a Democratic plot against Trump

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Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch swiftly put to rest the Republican myth that the notorious “Steele dossier” was initiated by Democrats to destroy President Donald Trump.

Speaking with Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist and MSNBC regular Ken Dilanian, they got right to the point while promoting their book, “Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump.”

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“Glenn, Fusion GPS, the Steele dossier have become these buzz terms for the last three or four years,” Geist began. “We heard them come up in the impeachment hearing in the open hearings. I want to go back to the beginning of who hired you during the campaign to look into then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015?”

“Right,” Simpson swiftly replied. “Originally we were retained by a conservative newspaper during the Republican primaries. and it was an intra-Republican competition.”

“We worked for about seven months looking into Donald Trump during the Republican primaries and that’s important to remember and is detailed in length in the book because the Republican talking points now is that this is some kind of Democratic hoax or conspiracy,” he continued. “That doesn’t make logical sense because the Republicans paid for half of the investigation.”

“So we’re talking about September of 2015, the Washington Free Beacon conservative outlet comes to you at the time, like many Republicans opposed to Donald Trump and was looking for dirt,” Geist prompted. “When did they stop their association with you and who picked it up from there?”

“First of all, let’s correct this a little bit,” Simpson replied. “We weren’t looking for dirt so much as an understanding of who this individual was, his business record, you know. This is the first time a real estate executive has run for president.”

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“And, you know,” he continued, “We actually amassed a lot of evidence of a — I would call it sort of an ecosystem of compromise around Donald Trump and people affiliated with the former Soviet Union. People like Felix Sater who was a convicted criminal and once stabbed someone in the face with a margarita glass, and went to prison for it.”

“Then we saw a poker ring being run by the Russian mob out of Trump Tower, you know, which hosted the likes of famous people,” he continued. “When you stack a lot of that up, we got to the point where we felt like we needed to know a little bit more because public records laws aren’t so great in Russia.”

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GOP governors are refusing to do Trump’s bidding and ducking him on the campaign trail: report

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On Saturday, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times profiled how President Donald Trump is having less luck whipping Republican governors into line than Republican senators, including governors who arguably owe their election to his support.

"In Florida, Mr. Trump’s aides helped save the flailing candidacy of Ron DeSantis in the 2018 Republican primary, and then the general election," wrote Haberman. "Also last year, in Georgia, Mr. Trump helped pull Brian Kemp over the finish line in both the primary and the general election. In both cases, Mr. Trump’s advisers implored him to stay out of the primaries, and he agreed to — only to surprise his aides by jumping in to support Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Kemp."

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Courts have avoided refereeing between Congress and the president — Trump may change all that

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President Donald Trump’s refusal to hand over records to Congress and allow executive branch employees to provide information and testimony to Congress during the impeachment battle is the strongest test yet of legal principles that over the past 200 years have not yet been fully defined by U.S. courts.

It’s not the first test: Struggles over power among the political branches predate our Constitution. The framers chose not to, and probably could not, fully resolve them.

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Trump declares himself the ‘greatest of all presidents’ in manic tweetstorm attacking Pelosi and Democrats

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Donald Trump broke out of his Twitter hibernation on Saturday afternoon just before flying off to Florida for a pair of fundraisers, and used the opportunity to declare himself the "greatest of all presidents."

Attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for not passing his signature trade bill, Trump then went after Democrats for trying to impeach him -- saying they were making a big mistake.

On Twitter, the president wrote: ""Hard to believe, but if Nancy Pelosi had put our great Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada, USMCA, up for a vote long ago, our economy would be even better. If she doesn’t move quickly, it will collapse!"

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