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Doug Collins trash-talked by ex-Ted Cruz aide for being the ‘whiniest’ lawmaker he’s ever seen

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Appearing on MSNBC on Friday afternoon, after the House Judiciary Committee sent articles of impeachment to the full House for a vote next week, a former aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) ridiculed Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) for his petulance during the committee hearings.

Speaking with host Andrea Mitchell, GOP strategist Rick Tyler smirked after watching a clip of the exasperated GOP lawmaker having a meltdown after committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) shut down Thursday’s hearing after 14-hours and moved the official vote to Friday morning.

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“I wanted to show some of the anger by Doug Collins after they had delayed the votes on articles of impeachment for 14 hours, throwing everything they could to gum up the works,” host Mitchell said before she rolled the clips. ” They were furious with what they viewed as a sneak attack, with no warning Jerry Nadler said we’re not going to vote this at midnight so you can say we had a midnight secret vote.”

Echoing Collins’ words when he exclaimed, “This is why people don’t like us. Crap like this is why people are having such a terrible opinion of Congress,” a smiling Mitchell added, “I’m not sure that that crap is why people don’t like Congress.”

A laughing Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden added, “Can I just say, having people work on a Friday? I think most Americans think that’s your job, is to actually have a full workweek.”

That set up Tyler to mock Collins’ over-the-top reaction to having a 14-hour hearing ended.

“I remember with Republicans, one of the major talking points about Democrats was how whiney they are, right?” he began with a sly smile. “And that is about the whiniest of members that I’ve ever seen.”

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“And, you know, Nadler didn’t want to give them a vote at midnight and so he didn’t,” he said before needling the minority House GOP members with, “It’s one of the privileges of being in the majority.”

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Lev Parnas is afraid of Bill Barr — and he should be

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Lev Parnas recently told Rachel Maddow that he’s more afraid of Attorney General Bill Barr than he is of the mobbed-up foreign oligarchs he has betrayed. Barr, after all, can weaponize our prisons to punish Parnas.

“Am I scared?” he said. “Yes, because I think I’m more scared of our own Justice Department than these criminals right now.”

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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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