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GOP lawmaker goes on extended rant about Schiff to duck Tapper questions about Trump intimidating witnesses

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On Sunday morning House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) attempted to blow off questions by CNN’s Jake Tapper over whether President Donald Trump was trying to intimidate former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch with a tweet during her testimony, choosing instead to attack committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for wanting to impeach the president.

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Following a long interview where the State of the Union host had to correct the Ohio Republican’s assertions multiple times — with Tapper once flatly stating “That’s not true” — the CNN host asked about Trump’s tweets that were immediately characterized as witness intimidation.

“President Trump was attacking Ambassador Yovanavitch-apparently blaming her for what happened in Somalia and Ukraine and other places,” Tapper began. “Chairman Schiff read her the tweet during the hearing, I’m sure she would have read it during the break anyway. She said she found it intimidating. Does it concern you at all that a witness found what President Trump tweeted to be intimidating?”

“Well, I mean, Jake, I think along with most people, I find the president’s tweets generally unfortunate,” he replied. “But let’s state this: I think what’s important about this is that is that Adam Schiff has been on a three-year request to impeach the president. He replaced the staff — he changed the staff so it became an impeachment staff, for three years, he’s been pursuing it.”

“It’s kind of laughable that in the middle of the hearing, he reads a witness a tweet that she’s, up until that point, unaware of and said I have another reason to impeach the president — he’s had reasons for three years,” he added.

“I get you don’t like Congressman Schiff,” Tapper replied.

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With Turner asserting he didn’t see any intimidation at all, an incredulous Tapper broke in to ask, “If a witness says she’s intimidated, how is it not witness intimidation?”

“Well, there’s a difference between ‘I feel intimidated, I’m intimidated to testify’ which is what Schiff was saying,” Murphy bizarrely explained. “Clearly she testified completely and fully, hopefully you watched it. I was there. She was in no means intimidated and prevented from testimony.”

“Just like you’re not a mind reader, I’m not a mind reader,” Tapper offered back. “I have no idea whether it affected her testimony if she said she found it intimidating. Is it not possible she held back or shaded her answers because she didn’t want to upset the most powerful person in the universe any further? Is that not possible?”

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“Well, I think you overstate Donald Trump’s powers,” Turner replied.

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‘You don’t get to dictate terms’: Trump soundly mocked for demanding speedy resolution to impeachment

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President Donald Trump broke with his Republican defenders, who say impeachment is moving too fast, and demanded a quick resolution to the constitutional process.

House Democrats moved the impeachment process from the Intelligence Committee to the Judiciary Committee after nearly two weeks of testimony, and Trump called for a speedy end to the matter.

"The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House," Trump tweeted. "They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy."

"Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business," he added. "We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to 'Clean the Swamp,' and that’s what I am doing!"

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InfoWars made up lies about Islamic community to help Alex Jones generate more traffic: former writer

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On Thursday, The New York Times reported that Josh Owens, a former staffer at the fringe conspiracy theory site InfoWars, admitted that his team knowingly promoted fake stories about Islamberg, a rural religious community founded by mostly Black Muslims from New York City on the border between New York and Pennsylvania.

According to Owens, InfoWars initially conducted interviews with people near the community, hoping that they would tell horror stories about a group of militants hellbent on enslaving America under Sharia law. Instead, locals described the people of Islamberg as "kind, generous neighbors." This wasn't a story Alex Jones would have been able to sell to his far-right conspiracy theorist audience — so, Owens said, his team decided to just lie.

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Rudy Giuliani and Ukrainian lawmaker met this week to discuss Joe Biden conspiracy theories

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A Ukrainian lawmaker says he met in recent days with Rudy Giuliani to discuss a conspiracy theory involving Joe Biden.

Andriy Derkach, a member of Ukraine's parliament, said Thursday in a Facebook post that he met with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer to discuss the creation of an interparliamentary group to fight corruption and investigate the alleged misuse of U.S. taxpayer money by Ukraine's government, reported Reuters.

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