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‘I am not yielding!’ Rep. Pramila Jayapal shuts down Jim Jordan’s attempt to hijack impeachment hearing

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Pramila Jayapal appears with Jim Jordan at House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment (CNN/screen grab)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stood her ground at an impeachment hearing on Thursday after Republicans tried to derail her arguments in favor of removing President Donald Trump.

Jayapal began her remarks by pointing out that Florida Republican Matt Gaetz was wrong to suggest that President Donald Trump was invested in Ukraine’s fight against Russia.

“Why then did he decide he was so concerned about ‘corruption’ that he was not going to release military aid?” Jayapal said, prompting Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to demand that she yield the floor.

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“I am not yielding!” Jayapal exclaimed. “I am not yielding. I am not yielding.”

“They got a new president!” Jordan shouted, referring to Ukraine.

“The gentlelady has the time!” Chairman Jerry Nadler said, bringing down the gavel. “People will not interrupt.”

“That argument has no weight whatsoever!” Jayapal fired back at Jordan. “No where between the time that Donald Trump withheld aid and the time that he released that aid was there an additional assessment [on Ukraine corruption] required or done.”

“Forget about President Trump,” she said. “Will any one of my colleagues on the other side say that it is an abuse of power to condition aid on official acts?”

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“Not a single one of you has said that so far,” Jayapal noted.

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WATCH: Conservative analyst scrambles after calling Ginsburg death a ‘gift’ to Trump and McConnell

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Conservative political analyst Margaret Hoover had an awkward moment on Saturday after she described the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a "gift" to Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quickly catching herself and asserting it was a "political gift" instead.

Speaking with host Anderson Cooper and former White House counsel John Dean, Hoover first stated that Republican voters won't care that GOP lawmakers once stated they would not agree to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in an election year, before admitting the Republicans would take full advantage of the opportunity with the passing of Ginsburg.

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GOP facing nightmare Ginsburg replacement hearings with Kamala Harris grilling Trump nominee: Dem strategist

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It is not yet clear whether Republicans have locked down the votes to force through a Supreme Court confirmation in the remaining time before the 2020 election, or the lame duck session afterward, although President Donald Trump and GOP leaders have signaled their intent to try to do so.

However, on CNN Saturday, former Hillary Clinton strategist Jess McIntosh outlined one obstacle for Republicans: vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

"Kamala Harris sits on the Judiciary Committee," said anchor Anderson Cooper. "Potentially she could be questioning a nominee as a vice presidential pick?"

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Democrats will stop at nothing to ‘pay Republicans back’ if they force vote on Ginsburg replacement: Election forecaster

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On CNN Saturday, Center for Politics director Larry Sabato said that Democrats would be "hopping mad" over the Supreme Court issue — and would exact revenge on Republicans if they fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat by expanding the size of the Supreme Court.

"Are you saying that, should the Republicans be successful in getting a nominee approved, and perhaps then Joe Biden is elected president, you think there would be a serious effort to expand the court, so as to offset that which just took place?" asked CNN host Michael Smerconish.

"Yeah, as long as the Democrats also control the Senate and House," said Sabato. "It's just an act of Congress. So, yes, that will happen. And Democrats are already saying they want an extra one for what was done to Merrick Garland. And they want one now for what's being done to the Ginsburg seat. And they want one for a spare. They want a spare. They want three."

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