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Ugly new revelations about Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher will ‘come back to bite Trump’: CNN panel

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A CNN panel discussing New York Times’ interviews with Navy SEALs who served with Eddie Gallagher — with one calling him “freaking evil” — turned to Donald Trump’s championing the former military member accused of war crimes.

In the interviews, Special Operator First Class Corey Scott, a medic in the platoon, told investigators, “You could tell he was perfectly okay with killing anybody that was moving,” while Special Operator First Class Joshua Vriens claimed, ‘The guy was toxic.”

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Addressing the president’s intervention in Gallagher’s case, CNN host John Avlon started the conversation off by questioning former GOP lawmaker Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), “Here’s members of his own platoon saying the guy is freaking evil. The medic saying he was perfectly okay with killing anybody that was moving.”

“Charlie Dent, my question to you is, there’s a tension here with Republicans supporting the military but also being a party of law and order and honor and this seems to have strayed from one well into undercutting credibility on the other,” he added.

“Look, if you are the president of the United States, you have a lot of power in terms of pardons and commutations and before one intervenes, he should get the facts, and he should listen to expert testimony,” Dent explained. “That’s one of the problems with this president. He operates on his gut and by intervening the way he did, he undermines the military and their processes and procedures.”

“Where they made some recommendations here, and the president simply ignored them,” he added. “He just simply knew better than those who spend a lot of time studying, considering all the facts of this case. and I think this is going to come back to bite the president.”

Co-host Alisyn Camerota jumped in to add, “He [Gallagher] was perfectly okay with killing civilians. He’s a psychopath. and, you know, I think that it does raise some questions about President Trump’s judgment.”

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Trump tapping social media ‘clown’ Grenell to lead intelligence agencies even has Trump allies concerned: MSNBC’s Morning Joe

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough walloped President Donald Trump's pick for acting director of national intelligence.

The president tapped controversial German ambassador Richard Grenell to oversee the all 17 intelligence agencies, despite having no experience in intelligence or running a large bureaucracy -- among other disqualifying characteristics.

"People that know Grenell do say that he lacks intelligence, he lacks discretion, he lacks knowledge of the subject," Scarborough said. "He especially lacks judgment."

"His role as ambassador in Germany was disastrous by all accounts," Scarborough added, "and the largest German newspaper said this of him: 'Grenell is vain, narcissistic, he dishes out aggressively but can barely handle criticism. His brash demeanor hides a deep insecurity. Grenell knows little about Germany and Europe, and that his knowledge of the subject matter is superficial.'"

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Minnesota pastor leads campaign to try to shift evangelical vote away from Trump

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Rev. Doug Pagitt jumped on stage at his former Minneapolis church with a message that he and his entourage are repeating across the country: Evangelical voters, you can stay true to your Christian faith but not vote for President Donald Trump.Their “Vote Common Good” campaign, conducted from a bright orange bus making stops at every Democratic state primary, represents the small cracks in the evangelical base that helped propel Trump into office. More than 80% of white evangelical Christians voted for Trump in 2016, and continue to support him in his bid for reelection.Pagitt... (more…)

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GOP’s Susan Collins faces tough re-election fight as support plummets following vote to acquit Trump

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, appears to be facing the toughest election of her career, with her support plummeting in a new poll.

Collins is in a virtual tie with Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, one of four Democrats running to face the GOP incumbent, according to a new Colby College poll first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Gideon leads the Democratic field in the poll by more than 50% and is the overwhelming favorite to face the Republican in November.

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