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Trump’s conspiracy to ‘undermine the electoral system’ is ‘the definition of a high crime’: Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein

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On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Watergate veteran reporter Carl Bernstein laid into President Donald Trump for the Ukraine scandal during a discussion about the testimony of Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent to House impeachment investigators.

“Carl, the president, quote, ‘wanted nothing less than [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky to go to microphone and basically say, investigations, Biden and Clinton,” said Cooper. “That’s what George Kent testified to. That’s pretty clear.”

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“It’s not only clear, what this is about is a conspiracy driven by the president of the United States with his lawyer to undermine the American electoral system through the intervention of a foreign power in our elections. It is the definition of a high crime,” said Bernstein. “This is — it’s exactly the same thing that Nixon was impeached for, and was one of the articles of impeachment, trying to undermine the electoral process through sabotage and political espionage. We’ve got it all over again, except in this incidence, it may be a lot worse because of the interest of a foreign power.”

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Mike Pence distances himself from his own top adviser after she refuses to lie for Trump

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Vice President Mike Pence's top adviser, Jennifer Williams, seems to be enduring retaliation from her employers after cooperating with subpoenas from the House impeachment inquiry this week. Williams spoke to the committee behind closed doors, and her testimony has was released Saturday.

President Donald Trump attacked her as a "Never Trumper" on Twitter Sunday, despite her work for the Trump adminsitration.

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GOP lawmaker goes on extended rant about Schiff to duck Tapper questions about Trump intimidating witnesses

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On Sunday morning House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) attempted to blow off questions by CNN's Jake Tapper over whether President Donald Trump was trying to intimidate former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch with a tweet during her testimony, choosing instead to attack committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for wanting to impeach the president.

Following a long interview where the State of the Union host had to correct the Ohio Republican's assertions multiple times -- with Tapper once flatly stating "That's not true" -- the CNN host asked about Trump's tweets that were immediately characterized as witness intimidation.

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WATCH: Pete Buttigieg surges to first place in ‘gold standard’ poll of Iowa caucuses

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg surged in a poll of Iowa released Saturday night.

The poll, by Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom, showed major movement in the race.

"Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor," the newspaper reported.

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