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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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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.

The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.

"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.

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Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

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President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.

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Bloomberg and Biden attack Sanders supporters’ ‘Trump-like’ tactics

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On Monday, The New York Times analyzed the state of the Democratic presidential primaries heading into the Nevada caucuses. One of the key new developments is a fresh volley of attacks on the behavior of supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which is being characterized as "Trump-like" by former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, which has largely focused its attacks on President Trump, on Monday mounted a frontal offensive against one of his Democratic rivals for the first time, comparing Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign tactics with those employed by the president," wrote Thomas Kaplan, Kate Conger, and Reid Epstein.

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