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Jake Tapper explains why Pence’s denial of 25th Amendment bombshell isn’t much of a denial

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According to Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson, a claim in an upcoming tell-all book that says he was potentially open to using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office is “fake news.”

Excerpts from The Warning, written by an anonymous Trump administration official, say top White House aides believed Pence would support using the 25th Amendment if a majority of the Cabinet agreed to it. But CNN’s Jake Tapper says that Pence isn’t actually rebutting what’s in the excerpt.

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“It doesn’t say that Vice President Pence discussed the 25th Amendment,” Tapper said this Thursday. “What I was told by a source close to the publishing of this book is that [the Huffington Post reporter] who first broke the story last night, is that his reporting is accurate. That reporting says, according to Anonymous, did a back of the envelope tally of which cabinet officials might sign off on the 25th Amendment to get rid of President Trump.”

“Now, we should point out that these discussions were never formalized, the cabinet was never polled on this issue in any formal way, and it never came to Vice President Pence, so when he says he never discussed it, that’s entirely possible but not at all inconsistent with this excerpt.”

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Democratic senator says she gets more ‘disheartened’ every day hearing GOP deny evidence and witnesses

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Day after day, Republicans senators find new excuses to dismiss the evidence they hear that in any courtroom would convict an ordinary American citizen. It was enough to make normally happy Sen. Debbie Stabenow (R-MI) feel "disheartened" by the whole process.

"As somebody from Michigan, we believe in commonsense, and you can't look at all this and say, 'is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?'" said Stabenow. "And you can't look at this and say, 'Is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?' All of this coming out over and over again. I'll never forget Adam Schiff on the floor saying to all of us, 'Nobody's saying, well, gosh, Donald Trump would never do that.' The truth is it's all about will he get away with it? It's all about, are they going to be successful in hiding it and so on?"

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Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera attacks former White House press secretary on Twitter as ‘old douche’

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In a bizarre moment, Sunday evening politics turned into a war of wards in President Donald Trump's Twitter comments.

Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera responded to former press secretary Joe Lockhart, who had replied to one of the tweets Trump retweeted from Rivera.

"Gloom settling on Democrats as they realize they’ve taken their best kill shot & missed. Dems in despair. Republicans United. @realDonaldTrump survives & #Impeachment all over but the shouting," said Rivera, hopefully not literally saying that Democrats wanted to shoot or kill the president.

Lockhart responded to the comment by mocking the Fox News host, saying that he was only making the comment to help get his contract renewed.

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Cartoon Chief Justice tells Susan Collins to just quit and ‘go become a lobbyist’ already

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Cartoon Chief Justice John Roberts began the latest season of Stephen Colbert's animated show, which began its new season Sunday.

Facing the U.S. Senate, Roberts observed Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) dressed as a mouse.

"Oh no! Mouse in the chamber! Everybody forget this vote and run!" the cartoon senator said.

"Senator Collins, just go be a lobbyist," cartoon Roberts said.

As Roberts explained the rules to the chamber, Collins was then spotted spilling gasoline on the floor.

"Everyone, please remember, this is the United States Senate," Roberts said. "We must not degrade the sacred institution home to Strom Thurmond. Let us comport ourselves with dignity, prudence, and Senator Collins, what are you doing?"

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