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Kellyanne Conway ‘raised the bar’ by saying Trump must be ‘completely and totally exonerated’ in the Senate: MSNBC reporter

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Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway spoke to reporters Friday saying that if the U.S. Senate votes on impeachment that they must “completely and totally exonerate” President Donald Trump.

MSNBC White House correspondent Hans Nichols began by explaining that it’s evident that the president is in panic mode because the volume and acceleration of his Twitter account is considerable. Host Ali Velshi explained that if it was his account, there would be a lot of questions about what was going on with him.

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“Here is the latest news just from Kellyanne Conway, who’s talked to some reporters in the briefing room on this debate on whether or not the White House wants a short or long trial, she claims everyone’s agnostic,” Nichols continued. “But Kellyanne Conway’s just done something interesting because she says the Senate has to do complete exoneration of President Trump, not just not convict him. So, it’s unclear to me what complete exoneration is.”

On the issue of the short or long trial, Conway said the only thing that mattered was a “fair trial.”

“She seemed to be leaning towards a shorter trial, not a longer one,” Nichols went on. “But the idea that the Senate would give complete and total exoneration gives you an indication of the legal challenges that they are going to have to have. Now, Pat Cipollone is likely going to be part of that team. Another name for you: Alan Dershowitz. So, I don’t think that the legal team has fully gelled, and when it does, I think it will preview how long and robust the actual strategy will be.”

Watch the full briefing in the video below:

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John Roberts caused a ‘crisis of democratic legitimacy’ — it’s ‘entirely fitting’ he has to preside over his mess: columnist

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Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was blasted in The Washington Post on Thursday for his culpability in creating the dynamics that resulted in President Donald Trump -- and his impeachment.

"There is justice in John Roberts being forced to preside silently over the impeachment trial of President Trump, hour after hour, day after tedious day," Dana Milbank wrote. "Roberts’s captivity is entirely fitting: He is forced to witness, with his own eyes, the mess he and his colleagues on the Supreme Court have made of the U.S. political system. As representatives of all three branches of government attend this unhappy family reunion, the living consequences of the Roberts Court’s decisions, and their corrosive effect on democracy, are plain to see."

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Democrats have a powerful case against Trump — but they keep making a key mistake

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On the floor of the Senate, House impeachment managers have delivered a thorough, factual and compelling case for removing President Donald Trump from office. He abused his power by using his office to induce Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into launching investigations of his political enemies, and then he obstructed Congress in its efforts to uncover the details of this scheme.

The managers’ ability to present the evidence for these charges for hours on end has been impressive, and they’re earning plaudits for their furtive efforts, even though removal of the president remains supremely unlikely.

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Internet cheers as Val Demings lays out President Donald Trump’s wrongdoing in powerful speech

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On the third night of the impeachment trial, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) stood up and forcefully laid out President Donald Trump's misconduct in Ukraine on the floor of the Senate.

Demings, a former police chief and a longtime voice for the president's removal, was roundly cheered on by commenters on Twitter:

I had never heard of Rep. Val Demings of Florida, until now on @NPR, but man, #valdemings for President. She was fantastic. Excellent speech. @RepValDemings #impeachment

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