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‘Dramatic crescendo’: CNN panel describes ‘unprecedented campaign of obstruction’ by Trump detailed in report

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The House Intelligence Committee released their full report of the impeachment inquiry about President Donald Trump’s bribery of Ukraine. The report detailed a series of impeachable crimes including obstruction of justice and an abuse of his office.

As a CNN panel outlined, the first 140 pages outline the findings revealed by witnesses called by the committee. The second part of the report, the last 100 pages, detailed the obstructions of justice. The latter was not contested by the president or his Republican allies, as the president made it clear in public he would not allow anyone in the U.S. government to speak to Congress nor would he give documents subpoenaed by Congress.

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One substantial line was quoted by former House GOP Investigative Counsel Sophia Nelson.

“A line in it that struck me, here, very first page,” she began. “‘An unprecedented campaign of obstruction of this impeachment inquiry.’ Again, I see three articles in here: Obstruction of justice, abuse of power, abuse of office, however you want to say it, and then obstruction of Congress. Those you can jump out at. Whatever else they might come up with, they’re going to be I think at least three articles.”

CNN’s chief political analyst Gloria Borger explained that the report isn’t just about the July 25 call, but it goes into what happened both before and after.

“And that part that you read of this executive summary talked about a dramatic crescendo that was a month-long campaign driven by President Trump in which his own senior officials participated,” said Borger. “So, to those people who would say, ‘Well, Trump is just being Trump, and this is who he is and it was that phone call, which he calls perfect.’ They’re saying, stop.”

“They’re saying, essentially, it’s a conspiracy,” said host Brianna Keilar.

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‘It’s not a both sides thing’: CNN host battles Trump aide over hydroxychloroquine misinformation

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CNN host Jim Sciutto took on White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday about his evangelism of the drug hydroxychloroquine.

During an interview with Navarro, Sciutto noted that Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Brett Giroir had recently said that there is no benefit in taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19.

"Given your past public support for it," Sciutto said, "is it time for the administration to focus on proven treatments for COVID rather than one that has not been proven?"

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Oklahoma teacher threatened by COVID-19 regrets vote for Trump — and blasts his ‘failure of leadership’

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‘It was pure BS’: CNN busts Trump for fabricating a health care plan ‘out of thin air’

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CNN's John Avlon and John Berman on Monday busted President Donald Trump for promising that he would sign a mysterious new health care plan that still has never come to fruition.

In his latest "Reality Check" segment, Avlon noted that Trump has been promising to replace the Affordable Care Act with a "great" health care plan for the last four years, but that he still hasn't come up with anything.

In fact, as Avlon documented, Trump has only sought to undermine the law in court with his push to have the Supreme Court strike it down entirely.

"This is the old arsonist-as-a-firefighter routine, with possibly your life on the line," he commented.

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