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Trump’s ‘divisive’ new hire will ‘inject chaos’ into the impeachment process: ex-White House official

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Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” to explain the next stage of the impeachment proceedings, the former White House press secretary under Bill Clinton claimed a new adviser to Donald Trump was likely hired to inject “chaos into the process.”

Speaking with CNN hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Avlon, Joe Lockhart was asked about the recent hiring of Mark Penn, a former Clinton pollster, who has reportedly been counseling the White House on political strategy.

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“Given the amount of information that came out just during the last inquiry, are you surprised that, according to CNN’s polling, that impeachment basically was steady at 50 percent from the previous month,” host Avlon asked. “And I’ve got to ask you this too, what do you make of Mark Penn, your former Clinton colleague going to the White House to give advice to President Trump?”

“I’m not completely surprised about there being no real movement because, remember, there was a big move between late spring until the Ukraine story happened,” Lockhart replied. “This is an unusual case where the confession came first, the transcript. with the president admitting he did it. And then we just built lots of evidence to prove yes he did it, even though he confessed.”

Turning to the hiring of Penn, Lockhart added, “I don’t expect — on Mark Penn — as a partisan Democrat, I’m glad he’s advising the president. He’s a very divisive guy, not well-liked among his peers and he will inject chaos into the process.”

“Oh, just what we need,” co-host Camerota laughed.

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Trump’s psychiatric disturbance could destroy democracy if he wins a second term: clinical psychologist

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I’m not being hyperbolic or melodramatic when I say that democracy itself is on the line on November 3. Donald Trump has been on a mission to subvert our democracy and to push it toward an autocracy. No president has ever disavowed democracy like Trump. No president has ever wanted to change our democratic way of life like Trump.

Trump has shown little interest or intent in following our Constitution. He is not abiding by the emoluments clause. He breaks norms and rules at will. He does not recognize that the three branches of government are co-equal. He operates as if the executive branch has total power. Our democracy is not based on the executive branch having absolute power. It requires that the three branches have separate powers in a check-and-balances system. Trump impugns democracy because it limits his power and requires him to be held accountable.

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WATCH: Sally Yates clashes with Lindsey Graham for claiming Flynn was investigated over a policy difference

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Former acting attorney general Sally Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, answering questions regarding former national security adviser, Michael Flynn and his being the subject of surveillance under a United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant, also known as a FISA warrant.

At one point, Yates went head-to-head with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who accused her of partaking in a conspiracy to prosecute Flynn over a policy difference.

"You weren't investigating a crime, were you?" Graham asked Yates.

"We were investigating a counter-intelligence threat," Yates responded.

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‘Sign of desperation’: Trump slammed for ‘anti-religious bigotry’ over new attack ad on Joe Biden

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A new anti-Biden attack ad from the Trump campaign is filled with falsehoods, and ends by mocking the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee praying in a church. Some on social media are slamming the President and his campaign for "anti-religious bigotry" and "demonizing prayer."

"Deep in the heart of Delaware Joe Biden sits in his basement, alone, hiding, diminished," the ad begins.

Many Americans are sitting in their basements – that's where Biden's office and TV studio are – and they're sitting alone, and hiding, and diminished, so to speak, as a New York Times opinion column notes. But they are doing so because of Trump's horrific handling of the pandemic – the worst management of the coronavirus crisis in the world.

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