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Pompeo about to find himself in a ‘very untenable’ spot as Trump and his own department turn on him: Ex-State Dept official

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According to an exclusive report from NBC News Monday morning, the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry targeting President Trump has created the “first rift” between him and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The report alleges that “Trump has fumed for weeks that Pompeo is responsible for hiring State Department officials whose congressional testimony threatens to bring down his presidency,” adding that Trump “confronted Pompeo about the officials — and what he believed was a lackluster effort by the secretary of state to block their testimony.”

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Appearing on MSNBC this morning, former Obama State Department official Tara Sonenshine was asked by MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson about Trump’s recent accusations against his own administration for its alleged hiring of “never-Trumpers,” as well as his admission that Pompeo’s hiring of diplomat Bill Taylor was a “mistake.”

“Well first of all, Mike Pompoeo is in a box,” Sonenshine said, adding that he “has to walk into a State Department that [Ambassador Bill Taylor] last week said was a ‘hollowed-out State Department.'”

Sonenshine then cited reports that says there’s currently an environment in the State Department of “political intimidation and harassment.”

“People don’t feel that [Pompeo] has their back, that there’s cover,” she continued. “So it’s getting very cold for Mike Pompeo in the State Department. If it becomes very cold in the White House, it’s very untenable for him.”

Watch the full segment below:

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Ukraine’s ambassador to Austria shreds Trump allies for giving Putin their ‘enthusiastic help’

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Olexander Scherba, who currently serves as Ukraine's ambassador to Austria, sent out a scathing tweet on Friday excoriating allies of President Donald Trump who seem hellbent on helping Russian President Vladimir Putin reassert Russia's dominance over Eastern Europe.

In his tweet, Scherba explained the scope of Putin's ambitions, which he said went far beyond seizing Ukrainian territory.

"Putin isn’t just fighting Ukraine," he wrote. "He is fighting the whole world order, created by Reagan."

The ambassador then turned his attention to American supporters of President Donald Trump who have been cheering Putin's actions.

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Imperiling progressive change ‘for as long as we live,’ one in five federal judges now a Trump appointee

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"Without a meaningful plan for court reform any presidential attempts to make needed change will simply be blocked by the courts."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rammed through eight of President Donald Trump's lifetime judicial picks in just three days this week, accelerating the far-right court takeover that one commentator warned is "absolutely going to hamstring efforts to make the U.S. into a responsible, civilized country, for as long as we live."

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REVEALED: Giuliani hanging out at notorious den for Kremlin spies with alleged Russian intel operative

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Rudy Giuliani was photographed hanging out with an alleged Russian intelligence operative at a notorious haven for Kremlin spies while visiting Ukraine.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney flew to Kyiv and Budapest this week, as impeachment gathers around the White House, to take part in a production by conservative media outlet One America News and meet with Ukrainian politicians to discuss investigations around Joe Biden.

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