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Trump wants convicted war criminal to be a 2020 campaign surrogate following presidential pardon

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According to The Daily Beast, President Donald Trump is telling his allies that he wants Navy SEAL and convicted war criminal Eddie Gallagher to appear as a special guest with him at campaign events for his 2020 re-election.

Gallagher was court-martialed on several serious charges in 2018, including murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault of non-combatants, and obstruction of justice. He was accused by his fellow SEALs of stabbing a teenage prisoner to death with a hunting knife, randomly firing sniper rifles and rockets into areas with no enemy combatants, and threatening to kill fellow officers who testified against him. He was ultimately acquitted on most of these charges after blunders by the prosecution, but was convicted of desecrating the corpse of the teenage prisoner.

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Despite all of this, Gallagher became a right-wing cause célèbre, with Fox News commentators and Republican lawmakers urging he be let off.

After months of hinting he would do so, Trump pardoned Gallagher in mid-November, over the objections of many veterans’ groups and military officers who warned it would encourage other servicemembers to break the laws of war and disrespect their chain of command. He subsequently shut down a Navy review board into whether to strip Gallagher of his trident pin, and fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer for objecting.


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Will the GOP ‘stand for gaslighting or reality?’: George Conway thumps senate Republicans who refuse to consider Trump’s crimes

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," conservative attorney George Conway launched a broadside against Republican senators for their conduct in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, saying they are selling lies to the public.

Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Conway -- the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway -- painted a withering portrait of the GOP that is hellbent on acquitting the president of obvious impeachable crimes.

"I'm deeply saddened," Conway began. "It is very upsetting and this is a moment of reckoning not just for the country and the rule of law and the constitution, but it is a specific day of reckoning for the Republican senators who took this oath, and the republican party generally, are they going to stand for lies instead of truth?"

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Mitch McConnell is manipulating Trump to keep him from prolonging impeachment trial: NYT’s Haberman

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Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is stringing an anxious Donald Trump along and manipulating him to go along with his plan to wrap up the Senate impeachment trial.

Speaking with host John King, Haberman claimed that McConnell is speaking to Trump in such a way that the president may think that McConnell's ideas are his own.

"Do you think the president will -- e could do this over two more days but does he give up a day of TV time?" King asked about the impeachment trial

"McConnell has convinced him, it's taking him some time, back and forth," B Haberman explained. "The president had to be allowed to believe it's his idea or that he wasn't being led along but he's generally done what McConnell wanted. He [McConnell] wants this over quick."

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Scrambling Trump promises to ‘save’ social security after threatening to cut it — but it’s seniors who will pay for his recklessness

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It used to be said that cutting Social Security was politics’ third rail, a fatal taking of positions.

If that’s still true, you wouldn’t know it from the emerging attention that cutting Social Security is getting.

Indeed, look at Trump’s handling of Social Security, and you may find real flaws in the armor of a Best-of-All-Time economy cloak that Trump tries to wear.

Even as Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden mix it up over whether Biden did or did not say something supportive about a Republican plan in 2008 by then-Rep. Paul D. Ryan for spending reductions, here comes Donald Trump to promise that he is open to revamping entitlement programs towards the end of the year.

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