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Here’s how Trump’s attempt to distance himself from Giuliani could blow up his last remaining legal shield

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On CNN Wednesday, national security analyst Susan Hennessey discussed how President Donald Trump’s apparent new attempts to throw his attorney Rudy Giuliani under the bus could end very badly for him.

“It isn’t plausible here at all that the president wasn’t directing or aware of what Giuliani was doing,” said Hennessey. “We know that because Giuliani’s name came up multiple times in that phone call between Trump and Selensky. Now, that said, it does appear that Rudy Giuliani was also pursuing his own financial interest. This is a pattern we see in less developed democracies in which you have corrupt governments, individuals both carrying out the abuse of conduct of leaders and also trying to make a buck on the side.”

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“Now, I do think it’s significant to see the president sort of trying to distance himself, in part because Giuliani — to the extent his media interviews are to be believed — his strategy here is to say that his legal defense is he is doing what the president of the United States told him to do. If the president is now saying, I didn’t tell Giuliani what to do, that might one, increase the legal exposure or potential legal exposure for Giuliani, and incentivize Giuliani … to reveal communications with the president.”

“One of the reasons you could claim attorney-client privilege is you could say, I was representing my client, right?” agreed correspondent Evan Perez. “And one of the excuses you could use for not providing any information on that. But if you’re now — if the president is now saying, look, I don’t know what he was doing, he wasn’t just representing me, then I think that opens certainly a little bit of — cracks open the door for prosecutors or someone to want to know, so who were you doing this for? This doesn’t wash anymore.”

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Mike Pompeo’s meltdown during interview over Ukraine questions was ‘not the first time’: report

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo screamed at NPR “All Things Considered” co-host Mary Louise Kelly for asking questions about Ukraine during an interview.

Pompeo has been implicated in the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress scandal for which Trump is being impeached.

The Trump administration cabinet official reportedly "cursed at her, dropping f-bombs, made her point to Ukraine on an unmarked map (she did)," according to NPR host Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

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Republican Martha McSally absolutely destroyed by GOP consultant for her defense of Trump

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Interim-Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) was shut down on Twitter on Friday by a top Republican as she tried to defend President Donald Trump on Twitter.

House impeachment managers have argued that America cannot wait until the 2020 election to pass judgment on Trump, as the first article of impeachment was passed because the House of Representatives concluded he was attempting to cheat in the election.

"The president's misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box. For we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) charged on Friday.

McSally said Schiff was wrong and judgment on Trump should be decided by the voters, even if Trump was caught cheating.

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Mike Pompeo screamed at reporter she couldn’t find Ukraine on a map — she did and the interview was shut down

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went off on an NPR reporter during an interview, according to a transcript of the full interview and the report from Kelly on air.

"All Things Considered" co-host Mary Louise Kelly has reported on national security and foreign policy for decades. Ahead of her interview with Pompeo, she cleared with the State Department that they could discuss Ukraine and Iran as part of their interview. It was approved. Yet, when the moment came, Pompeo lost his cool.

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