The final speeches of the House Intelligence Committee came as the clock approached 8 p.m. EST.
Ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) made a passionate speech comparing the impeachment inquiry to the Spanish Inquisition but claimed that people who were murdered were actually treated better because they know their accuser. According to History.com, however, “those accused of heresy were forced to testify. If the heretic did not confess, torture and execution were inescapable. Heretics weren’t allowed to face accusers, received no counsel, and were often victims of false accusations.”
At the end of the 11 hours, Nunes accused Democrats of pounding the table and shouting, something Republicans have actually been shown to do throughout the hearing. Nunes again attacked the whistleblower, saying that Democrats are hiding him, an interesting twist because RealClearInvestigations and Donald Trump Jr. outed the whistleblower online.
Nunes then begged Americans watching at home to “turn off the TV” or “put the kids to bed,” perhaps to avoid hearing the final remarks from the chairman.
Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) replied simply, “I thank the gentleman as always for his remarks.” It was unclear if it was an attempt at sarcasm or Schiff’s signature restraint which prompted the audience to burst into laughter.
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MSNBC host reveals stunning new evidence that blows a hole in Republicans’ defense of Trump
During the House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, Republicans have frequently pushed the talking point that there couldn’t have been any real “quid pro quo” between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Despite a multi-month delay, they claim, the funds allocated for military aid to Ukraine were eventually released without Zelensky ever investigating former Vice President Joe Biden or his son, Hunter Biden, as Trump wanted. No harm, no foul, these Republicans argue.
Many have explained why this argument does hold up for a variety of reasons. But MSNBC’s Ari Melber, on his Thursday show, outlined a new reason why that talking point is bogus: 14% of the money allocated for military aid to Ukraine remains unreleased, according to the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report.
Former ‘America First’ Senate candidate arrested for domestic violence for a second time
A Maine man who was gearing up to challenge Susan Collins (R-ME) for her Senate seat has been charged with domestic violence -- for the second time, CentralMaine.com reports.
On Sunday, 45-year-old Derek Levasseur was arrested and booked at the Fairfield Police Station on a domestic violence assault charge. He was later released on bail.
Levasseur announced his Senate bid earlier this year touting an “America First” platform, making him the first Republican to challenge Collins since she was elected in 1996. He later quit the race, blaming pressure from "party elites." According to the police report, he was involved in a “domestic situation” inside a residence when he was arrested.
Ex-GOP lawmaker drops the mic on Lindsey Graham: ‘A political opportunist who will flop with the winds’
Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told Vox.com's Sean Illing this week that he hasn't seen that much change between the Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that we saw before President Donald Trump's election and the Lindsey Graham we see today.
Over the course of a lengthy interview, Illing asked Jolly how anyone could compare the statements that Graham made about Trump in 2016 with the fierce defenses he's recently been making of the president and not conclude that the South Carolina senator is a blatant fraud.