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Barr won’t let Trump supporters give up ‘deep state’ conspiracy theories: MSNBC anchor

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MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell says the Justice Department inspector general’s testimony doesn’t matter, because the attorney general had already undercut his credibility.

Michael Horowitz, the department’s inspector general, told the Senate Judiciary Committee about the findings in his report on the origins of the Russia probe, but Mitchell said Attorney General William Barr made that testimony unnecessary.

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“At this stage, everybody is locked into their positions,” Mitchell said. “You’re never going to persuade the partisans who support the president’s conspiracy theories. You see them at the rallies and out on the campaign trail.”

Horowitz found no evidence that the FBI was motivated by partisan interests to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, which contradicted the president’s claims, but Barr has said he disagrees.

“You’re never going to persuade them that Mr. Horowitz was correct and there was no poisonous, deep state conspiracy here,” Mitchell said, “especially when you have attorney general fueling it with the continuing investigation by the assistant U.S. Attorney from Connecticut, (John) Durham.”

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‘She will lose my vote’: Maine voters tell MSNBC they’re ready to kick Susan Collins out of office

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MSNBC traveled to Maine this week to get a sense of how voters there feel about Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) -- and it looks like the moderate Republican is making a lot of people unhappy.

In interviews, both supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump's impeachment said they were upset with how Collins is sitting on the fence and wringing her hands about whether to call witnesses at the president's Senate impeachment trial.

"She will lose my vote when she runs again," pro-impeachment Maine voter Stevie Colburn tells MSNBC, although she also held out hope that Collins would agree to call witnesses and subpoena documents in the president's trial.

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Former ambassador Bill Taylor slams Mike Pompeo in withering op-ed: ‘Ukraine’s importance to US security is undeniable’

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In an op-ed for The New York Times this Sunday, the former top US diplomat in Ukraine said that the Ukraine is vital to America's security interests, despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's suggestion to an NPR reporter that Americans shouldn't care about questions surrounding President Trump's alleged pressure campaign against the country.

"Ukraine is defending itself and the West against Russian attack. If Ukraine succeeds, we succeed," writes former US ambassador to Ukraine, William B. Taylor. "The relationship between the United States and Ukraine is key to our national security, and Americans should care about Ukraine."

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Sanders says his campaign is ‘worst nightmare’ of Trump and billionaire class

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"We got Wall Street nervous. We got the insurance companies nervous. We got the drug companies nervous. We got the fossil fuel industry nervous. We got the military-industrial complex nervous."

"We are their worst nightmare," Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday of the corporate and establishment forces allied against his presidential campaign—and the diverse grassroots movement fueling it—as a new Iowa poll showed the Vermont senator leading the 2020 Democratic field by nine points just a week ahead of the state's Feb. 3 caucuses.

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