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Here is why Ambassador Bill Taylor is the ‘perfect’ first public impeachment witness against Donald Trump

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On Thursday morning, former prosecutor Elie Honig broke down what to expect from witnesses when the House impeachment inquiry is televised beginning next week, and said that Democrats likely hit a home run by inviting ambassador Bill Taylor to be the first face Americans see.

According to the legal analyst, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine is the “perfect witness,” and has a surfeit of credibility.

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As Honig explained to “New Day” host John Berman, “We’ll be hearing from Bill Taylor next week. by the way, I think that’s by tactical design — he is the perfect leadoff witness, he is credible, and his testimony goes right to the heart of the matter and he’s backed up.”

Describing Taylor’s earlier testimony as being very detailed about so-called “backchannel” diplomacy being conducted at the White House’s insistence that indicates a quid pro quo offer involving foreign aid for political dirt on Trump’s opponents, Honig said the ambassador has the “receipts” backing up his claims.

“One of the great things about Taylor as a witness is he has it backed up, he has the receipts,” the prosecutor elaborated. “He testified over and over that he took detailed handwritten notes as this was all happening. That’s so important in assessing a witness. Also remember, Taylor sent these texts at the time this was all going down — he texted, ‘Are we now saying that security assistance are conditioned on investigations?’ We talk about quid pro quo, conditioned is a keyword there. ”

“So he is very strongly backed up, yesterday this was the most important piece of testimony we saw from Taylor, that was my clear understanding,” Honig continued. “Security assistance money would not come until the president of Ukraine committed to pursue the investigation. That is what prosecutors call a headshot — it is right on point.”

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Rod Rosenstein’s legal defense in lawsuits from Strzok and Page won’t hold up under oath: legal experts

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Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein claimed responsibility for the release of text messages between then-FBI attorney Lisa Page and then-FBI official Peter Strzok.

Emails released in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) revealed the highly unusual release by Sarah Isgur Flores, who at the time was the spokesperson for Trump's Department of Justice (she is now overseeing CNN's 2020 election coverage).

Flores instructed reporters to not cite the release of the documents to the Depart of Justice.

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Neo-Nazi arrested by FBI in terror plot before his comrades tried to kill him for being ‘stupid’ and ‘incompetent’: report

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On Saturday, CBC News reported that several members of a white supremacist group called The Base have been arrested in Georgia and Wisconsin. This comes one day after another set of raids in Maryland and Delaware that caught Patrik Mathews, a former reservist from Manitoba who crossed into the United States illegally and has been missing for five months after being accused of recruiting for the extremist group.

One new key detail came out about Mathews in an affidavit used to secure the arrest warrants for Mathews' alleged compatriots, according to the CBC: "Although the document suggests the group member believed to be Mathews stayed with a Georgia cell member for months, he is later reportedly characterized as 'incompetent' and 'stupid' and is seen as a liability to the local group. In fact, he eventually becomes a new potential murder target."

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WATCH: Trump lawyer Pam Bondi brushes off her meeting with Lev Parnas during NBC grilling

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During an interview with NBC News' "Today" on Saturday, Pam Bondi, the former attorney general of Florida and one of the lawyers representing President Donald Trump in impeachment matters, dismissed the photograph released by House Democrats that shows her with indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

"Clearly, Lev Parnas liked to take pictures with a lot of people," said Bondi unconcernedly. "He showed up at events pretty much everywhere where Republicans were."

Asked about Trump's relationship with Parnas, she added, "I don't know what that matters, what they're planning on doing with it. We're going to stick to the facts and stick to the law in this case."

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