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Rick Santorum squirms as CNN’s Erin Burnett asks if he agrees that a war hero is out to get Trump

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On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tied his tongue in knots after anchor Erin Burnett asked him if he agreed with President Donald Trump and his allies that decorated war heroes and longtime civil servants with bipartisan accolades are secretly plotting to destroy his presidency.

“Congressman Zeldin and Jordan have tried to suggest that Bill Taylor, the lead witness, top diplomat to Ukraine, three decades of public service, Bronze Star in Vietnam, 101st Airborne, many other things, someone who is lauded by both Democrats and Republicans — they’ve said he’s not credible, and they’ve said that he and others who have testified that have testified negatively about the president are Never Trumpers?” said Burnett.

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“I think this is an opportunity,” said Santorum. “I’ve been hearing this from many people, from the White House and other places, that the stories of some of these witnesses, under cross-examination, don’t hold up. And this is an opportunity for them to do — I think they’re going to be polite, but I think they’re going to be tough. They’re going to go after the holes in the stories and point out that a lot of this is not first-hand information.”

“So, are you saying — but what you’re saying is — maybe you’re not — are you saying that they’re Never Trumpers, they’re political, they’re lying?”

“No,” said Santorum quickly. “They’re telling their perspective on things—”

“But that’s different than what people are saying, they’re not credible and Never Trumpers, and that’s not the same thing,” Burnett pressed him.

“There is a whole realm on both sides as to where people are and how some assess this,” said Santorum. “Some are dismissing this out of hand while others are taking it seriously and trying to poke holes. I think what you will see here is a little mix of both and primarily it was said earlier and they’ll take it seriously. They’ll know it isn’t a moment, and I went through the impeachment, and it’s an incredibly weighty experience and unlike anything else that you go through as a member of Congress to know that, you know, this doesn’t happen very often and it’s a big deal, and you know this is your moment and you don’t want to blow it. So I don’t think you’ll see the histrionics that you’ve seen in the past.”

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‘It’s all distractions’: CNN panel obliterates GOP for totally refusing to discuss Trump’s conduct

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A CNN panel on Thursday obliterated House Republicans for once again completely ignoring the substance of allegations against President Donald Trump and instead throwing out numerous distractions intended to deflect attention from the president's actions.

"It's been distractions about the Bidens, it's been distractions about conspiracy theories about Ukraine's involvement in the election," said CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero. "Yesterday, it was distractions about FISA and FISA so-called abuse. It was distractions from Congressman Gohmert reading calls from 1943! It's been all distractions and they won't wrestle with the actual conduct."

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CNN’s Jake Tapper does line-by-line fact check of Jim Jordan’s nonstop misleading statements during impeachment hearing

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Host Jake Tapper did a special web fact-check for CNN.com where he looked line-by-line into Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) claims about the impeachment proceedings.

He had four specific talking points that were disingenuous and outright false.

1. Jordan: "There was no quid pro quo in the transcript"

There absolutely was evidence in the summary of the transcript. Tapper began by explaining that Americans still haven't seen the full transcript or a recording of the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"If you read the summary of the transcript it clearly shows that after a discussion of U.S. military support for Ukraine, President Trump said the relationship is not 'reciprocal' and he asks Zelensky for 'a favor,'" Tapper said. "The favor? To investigate a conspiracy theory into the 2016 election and later in the call he says, 'one other thing,' he wants Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter."

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‘I am not yielding!’ Rep. Pramila Jayapal shuts down Jim Jordan’s attempt to hijack impeachment hearing

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stood her ground at an impeachment hearing on Thursday after Republicans tried to derail her arguments in favor of removing President Donald Trump.

Jayapal began her remarks by pointing out that Florida Republican Matt Gaetz was wrong to suggest that President Donald Trump was invested in Ukraine's fight against Russia.

"Why then did he decide he was so concerned about 'corruption' that he was not going to release military aid?" Jayapal said, prompting Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to demand that she yield the floor.

"I am not yielding!" Jayapal exclaimed. "I am not yielding. I am not yielding."

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