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Mike Pompeo ‘looks impotent’ after testimony reveals he ‘kowtowed to Trump’: AP reporter

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears “impotent” as testimony reveals his subservience to President Donald Trump.

MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire.

“You know, and Jonathan Lemire, another sort of plotline that keeps re-upping itself is Pompeo’s either impotence or what would appear to be the only other explanation, his been coerced by Trump and Rudy [Giuliani] as part of the conspiracy to extort the Ukrainians for dirt on the Bidens. What is the sense from inside Pompeo-world for which path he’s on?” Wallace asked.

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“At the very least Pompeo did nothing to — no objection whatsoever,” Lemire replied.

“I keep going back to [Bill] Taylor’s opening testimony which was released a few weeks ago where he spoke about how this would undo all the progress that has been made in Ukraine which should be a bulwark against Russian aggression,” he explained.

“He described — he looked over that bridge. He was in the Ukraine and he looked over and saw those Russian-backed militia forces over there and sort of put a real human face on this and said this is the toll here. It’s not just about politics, lives could be lost if this military aid is not delivered,” he explained.

“In terms of Pompeo, he looks, if nothing else, he looks impotent,” Lemire said. “He’s kowtowed to Trump.”

“He’s yet another guardrail that has fallen away in allowing the president and in this case Rudy Giuliani and this other cast of characters to run rough shot over American foreign policy — and frankly American interests,” he added.

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.

Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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