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Jim Jordan shot himself in the foot with his key argument for Trump’s innocence: Ex-Mueller prosecutor

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Former prosecutor Andrew Weissmann explained why Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)jo is stuck making terrible arguments without any of the facts on his side.

His example was Jordan and the GOP hammering home the idea that none of the people appearing before Congress were people who had first-hand information about the inner workings of the presidents of the U.S. and Ukraine.

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The problem with the argument is that those with first-hand information have been barred by Trump from appearing.

“I think that a lot of good defense lawyers, you do what you can with — if you don’t really have great facts,” Weissmann explained. “That sounds good, and it is really not a great argument when you have blocked the people with first-hand information from coming in and testifying, and you’ve blocked documents from coming in to say, ‘Gee, you only have secondhand information.’ And it also leaves aside that the president is actually on a call, and that is first-hand information. That is known as an admission.”

At the same time, a bombshell from Wednesday’s hearings is that the day after the July 25th call, on the 26th, Trump was still thinking about his proposal made the day before.

Ambassador Bill Taylor revealed in his testimony under oath that someone is appearing behind closed doors Friday who has first-hand knowledge of a conversation with Trump about Ukraine on the 26th.

“It also means that you’re going to hear what it is that the president was thinking about. In other words, if he was just thinking this was just a favor, but I didn’t really mean it; presumably, you’re going to hear that,” said Weissmann. “I also — the reports are the president today has said that he does not recall that conversation. That is going to make it pretty important because you’re going to have [Ambassador Gordon] Sondland presumably testifying about it. You’re going to have the staffer testifying about it, and you have the president on record saying I don’t recall it. So how is he going to deny it if the evidence comes out that is actually damning?”

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Jordan was also humiliated by a fellow member saying he would love President Donald Trump to testify.

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Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’

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Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.

It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.

Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.

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Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman posted a fascinating update about a photo of impeachment figure Lev Parnas.

The photo shows Igor Fruman -- who, like Parnas, is under federal indictment -- sitting closely next to Rudy Giuliani and Parnas.

Haber said a source informed her that in the picture, Parnas can be seen wearing a "Presidential Service Badge," linking to the Wikipedia entry on the pin.

"The Presidential Service Badge (PSB) is an identification badge of the United States Armed Forces which is awarded to members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as well as other members of the Uniformed Services, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States," Wikipedia explained.

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Trump’s big-money Florida fundraiser expected to bring in $10 million — from only 100 people

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President Donald Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago on Friday after receiving a formal summons from the U.S. Senate informing him of his impeachment trial.

The president will be attending a Friday evening campaign fundraiser.

The recipient of the money is Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.

“Tonight’s Trump Victory fundraiser is expected to raise $10 million with approximately 100 people in attendance," the campaign told the White House pool reporter.

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