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Jim Jordan was a big fan of the impeachment process before it was directed at Trump: reporter for Ohio news outlet

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GOP Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) is one of President Trump’s most vocal defenders when it comes to the Democrats’ impeachment efforts, but according to a news outlet in his home state, he’s been an enthusiastic supporter of the impeachment process in the past.

Twice in recent years, Jordan “vigorously sought to impeach a pair of public officials whom he accused of offenses that seem minor in comparison to the accusations against Trump,” Cleveland.com’s Sabrina Eaton writes.

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As Eaton points out, during those times, Jordan described impeachment as an “indispensable power that Congress has for holding government officials accountable.”

While Jordan characterizes attempts to hold Trump accountable as a “shameful partisan stunt,” in 2015 and 2016 he tried to oust IRS Commissioner John Koskinen from office for ignoring congressional subpoenas related to an investigation into the IRS’s targeting of Americans based on their political affiliation.

“And last year, Jordan led an effort to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, arguing that he intentionally withheld embarrassing documents and information from Congress, failed to comply with congressional subpoenas, and otherwise abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” Eaton writes.

Read her full piece over at Cleveland.com.

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‘Nobody can leave’: Trapped Wuhan residents stock up

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Police at a roadblock on the outskirts of Wuhan turned away cars trying to leave the virus-stricken city on Saturday, as other anxious residents trapped inside spent the Lunar New Year stocking up on masks and medical supplies.

Authorities have prevented anyone from leaving Wuhan, the city of 11 million people at the heart of the viral outbreak which has so far infected nearly 1,300 people and killed 41 others.

AFP saw a steady trickle of cars approaching the roadblocks around 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of the city centre on Saturday morning, only for police in fluorescent jackets wearing masks to tell them to turn around.

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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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