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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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Will the GOP ‘stand for gaslighting or reality?’: George Conway thumps senate Republicans who refuse to consider Trump’s crimes

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," conservative attorney George Conway launched a broadside against Republican senators for their conduct in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, saying they are selling lies to the public.

Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Conway -- the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway -- painted a withering portrait of the GOP that is hellbent on acquitting the president of obvious impeachable crimes.

"I'm deeply saddened," Conway began. "It is very upsetting and this is a moment of reckoning not just for the country and the rule of law and the constitution, but it is a specific day of reckoning for the Republican senators who took this oath, and the republican party generally, are they going to stand for lies instead of truth?"

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Mitch McConnell is manipulating Trump to keep him from prolonging impeachment trial: NYT’s Haberman

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Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is stringing an anxious Donald Trump along and manipulating him to go along with his plan to wrap up the Senate impeachment trial.

Speaking with host John King, Haberman claimed that McConnell is speaking to Trump in such a way that the president may think that McConnell's ideas are his own.

"Do you think the president will -- e could do this over two more days but does he give up a day of TV time?" King asked about the impeachment trial

"McConnell has convinced him, it's taking him some time, back and forth," B Haberman explained. "The president had to be allowed to believe it's his idea or that he wasn't being led along but he's generally done what McConnell wanted. He [McConnell] wants this over quick."

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Scrambling Trump promises to ‘save’ social security after threatening to cut it — but it’s seniors who will pay for his recklessness

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It used to be said that cutting Social Security was politics’ third rail, a fatal taking of positions.

If that’s still true, you wouldn’t know it from the emerging attention that cutting Social Security is getting.

Indeed, look at Trump’s handling of Social Security, and you may find real flaws in the armor of a Best-of-All-Time economy cloak that Trump tries to wear.

Even as Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden mix it up over whether Biden did or did not say something supportive about a Republican plan in 2008 by then-Rep. Paul D. Ryan for spending reductions, here comes Donald Trump to promise that he is open to revamping entitlement programs towards the end of the year.

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