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‘The evidence is piling up faster than their excuses’: Dem adviser says House has enough on Trump without Bolton testifying

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On MSNBC’s “Up,” former Clinton adviser Philippe Reines walked through how Republicans might treat the testimony of former National Security Adviser John Bolton if he speaks to the impeachment investigators — and how it might not matter.

“One of the big problems the White House having is that they’re trying to sully people who are wearing uniforms, who are career public officials, who, I mean look at their faces when they walk into the hearings. I mean it’s the last place they want to be,” said Reines. “They might feel a lot more comfortable with John Bolton no matter how critical he is. And it’s going to be sour grapes. He’s upset. And the Republicans are going to feel, you know, John Bolton, he’s just upset he didn’t get his way. He’s upset he didn’t get a war Iran and he’s upset he was fired. John Bolton won’t be part of the resistance. He may have said, yes, this is a drug deal. You’ve been after him for two years. So he’s a wild card.”

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“I think it could be good to know what he knows, and perfect example of why you have private hearings — so they can go on longer and be more thoughtful so there is no grandstanding,” continued Reines. “Look, if he says no, if he refuses, the evidence is piling up faster than their excuses.”

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Jared Kushner’s ties to Saudis could be fair game if Trump keeps going after Hunter Biden: Dem lawmaker

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On MSNBC's "AM Joy," Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) laid out the case for impeaching President Donald Trump — and warned of the consequences for Trump's own family at the hands of future presidents if he is allowed to get away with it.

"He abused his power by trying to trade government resources for a political favor, to knock out a political rival in Joe Biden, the guy that he thought would emerge as nominee for 2020," said Castro. "We can't set a precedent where Congress says it's okay for a president to do that, because if we do that then a few things will happen. Number one, it opens the door for Donald Trump to do it again or a future president to do it again. To ask a country to interfere in our elections and knock out a political rival by digging up dirt."

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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