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Impeachment ‘threatens to consume’ Trump’s presidency: Nicolle Wallace breaks down the ‘battle lines’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace updated viewers on the latest political dynamics in the impeachment inquiry that had the first public hearings on Wednesday.

Wallace said, “the impeachment proceedings into Donald Trump threaten to consume his presidency.”

“The public phase of that effort and the investigative aspect of the impeachment process are now speeding down two parallel tracks,” she explained. “The second public hearing is underway at 9:00 A.M. tomorrow morning — while the closed-door investigative track of the impeachment proceedings presses on gaining new steam with yesterday’s dramatic revelation from Ambassador Bill Taylor about a previously unknown phone conversation between Donald Trump and his ambassador to the E.U. in which Trump asks specifically about the investigations.”

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“So Taylor didn’t identify the aide who reported the call in that testimony. But two sources tell NBC News it’s was a State Department official named David Holmes. Holmes will talk to lawmakers behind closed doors tomorrow,” she continued.

“And just this afternoon we learned Holmes wasn’t the only one who overheard that call. The Associated Press was first to report there is a second official from the U.S. embassy in Kiev who also witnessed Sondland speaking to Trump over the phone in a restaurant in Ukraine,” she noted. “That’s according to an official familiar with the matter.”

“Also emerging today a clear picture of the battle lines that have been drawn. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying today she sees evidence of bribery,” Wallace noted.

For analysis, the “Deadline: White House” host interviewed Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire.

Wallace asked Lemire about the “weakness with the Republican posture.”

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“We saw that yesterday, how scattershot the Republican efforts at defense were. The minority ranking member, [Devin] Nunes (R-CA), yesterday delving into conspiracy theories born from the fever swamps of the extreme right,” Lemire noted.

“It’s only day one,” Lemire explained. “There are plenty more revelations to come. And this is a White House that from the beginning of this inquiry has been caught flat-footed, has not been able to sort of organize a coherent defense — and there is no war room. They are relying simply on the president and his Twitter account.”

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Fox News legal analyst makes stunning prediction: Trump will testify under oath in impeachment trial

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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano predicted that President Donald Trump would testify during his impeachment trial.

Napolitano told "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer on Thursday that he believed the president would testify on his own behalf once the House votes to impeach him and the Senate holds a trial, reported The Hill.

“If you go to a Senate trial, who testifies on behalf of the president?” Hemmer asked.

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Mitch McConnell may let Republicans write Senate impeachment rules without Democratic votes

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting to shut out Democrats on impeachment if a bipartisan compromise on rules for the trial can't be reached.

The Kentucky Republican said this week that he hopes to reach an agreement on rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he's also readying a "backup plan" in case he can't reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reported Vanity Fair.

“The first thing Sen. Schumer and I will do is see if there’s a possibility of agreement on a procedure,” McConnell said. “That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say, ‘Okay, can 51 of us agree how we’re going to handle this?’”

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Fresno Bee burns Nunes to the ground in scathing editorial

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The editorial board of the Fresno Bee has written a scathing takedown of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his extraordinary fealty to President Donald Trump, which the editors say is harming the country.

Specifically, the editorial accuses Nunes of forsaking his oath of office as a congressman to serve as Trump's most loyal toady on the House Intelligence Committee.

"As has been true for nearly all of Trump’s first term, Nunes has relinquished his proper role as an independent representative of Congress and has instead acted like a member of the Trump 2020 re-election team," the editorial states.

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