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Jim Jordan’s insertion into impeachment hearings reveals GOP’s ‘fear and weakness’: Ex-prosecutor

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is widely expected to throw up a smokescreen for President Donald Trump during public impeachment hearings, and former prosecutor Barbara McQuade explained how that betrayed what a bad hand Republicans were playing.

Barbara McQuade, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Marie Yovanovitch, the former Ukraine ambassador, and two other witnesses this week will deliver devastating testimony against the president and his administration.

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“What they have to say is incredibly damaging to President Trump,” McQuade said. “They talk about the fact that it is crystal clear that this was an exchange and a leverage of military aid in exchange for political favor for President Trump, that Marie Yovanovitch, who was a dedicated career public servant, was removed because she was perceived as an obstacle to a corrupt scheme.”

“When those are seen on TV and social media, it becomes harder to ignore than just the printed word,” she added. “If it permeates the national consciousness, it should be a real wakeup call to the American public.”

That’s why House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is temporarily moving Jordan to the House Intelligence Committee, she said, so he can disrupt the public hearings.

“Jim Jordan is the attack dog,” McQuade said. “I had a chance to testify in the summer about the obstruction of justice issue. I saw him ask questions, he is just full-on attack mode. He wants to steal the cameras and the spotlight in hopes of distracting the public from the facts here by undermining the quest for the truth.”

It remains to be seen whether that will work, but McQuade said the strategy isn’t a good sign for the president.

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“I think it does suggest fear and weakness on the part of the Republicans,” she said. “You know, when you don’t have the facts on your side, you instead seek to undermine the messenger, and I think that’s what Jim Jordan’s role is going to be here.”

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Trump defender Kingston shamed into silence by MSNBC’s Joy Reid after blizzard of lies on impeachment

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MSNBC host Joy Reid showed no patience with former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) on Sunday morning as the advocate for the re-election of Donald Trump repeatedly was called out for lying about the facts of the Ukraine corruption case against Donald Trump as well as the House impeachment trial.

Sitting on a panel with the Intercept's Mehdi Hasan, Kingston was given the first crack at addressing the defense case put forth by Trump's lawyers on the Senate floor on Saturday, only to be pulled up short by the MSNBC host after stating a falsehood, for which he received an admonishment.

With Kingston claiming Democratic members of the Senate who are currently running for their party's presidential nomination did not attend the Saturday hearing, Reid quickly cut him off.

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Trump accused of inciting violence against Adam Schiff with ‘not paid the price yet’ Twitter threat

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A Sunday morning tweet by Donald Trump attacking Rep. Adam Schiff  has drawn intense scrutiny on Twitter and elsewhere with many suggesting the president is inciting violence or some sort of retribution against the California Democrat whith the phrase Schiff "not paid the price yet."

According to the president, "“The Impeachment Hoax is a massive election interference the likes of which has never been seen before. In just two hours the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats have seen their phony case absolutely shredded. Shifty is now exposed for illegally making up my phone call, & more!” before adding, “Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”

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Fox News poll delivers devastating news to Trump on impeachment

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According to a new Fox News poll released on Sunday morning, a clear majority of respondents -- beyond the margin of error -- believe Donald Trump should be convicted by the U.S. Senate for impeachable crimes and removed from office.

According to the poll, "On impeachment, by a 50-44 percent margin, voters think the Senate should vote to convict Trump and remove him from office. Most Democrats say remove (81 percent) and most Republicans disagree (84 percent). Among independents, more say Trump should be removed by a 19-point margin (53-34 percent)."

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