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Ex-Justice Department lawyer dismantles Trump team’s claim Democrats can’t call witnesses because it’s too late

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In an MSNBC panel discussion, former Justice Department Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann called President Donald Trump’s argument for why there shouldn’t be witnesses questionable.

After hearing Trump’s private lawyer Jay Sekulow and the White House counsel Pat Cipollone lie about the facts of the case, Weissmann specifically pointed to the argument against bringing in anyone to testify for or against the president.

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“You saw basically a detailed closing argument on one side that went through the facts,” he said. “On the other side, you saw a procedural argument and said, ‘It’s too late to call any witnesses. You should have done it before. We’re not going to do it now.’ Which is a, sort of, unique way to consider a trial. I mean, I–”

The panel broke into laughter.

“You’re so diplomatic,” co-host Nicolle Wallace laughed. “Put another way? Baloney?”

“We’re sitting here, whether you are on the Democratic side or the Republican side, we are sitting here with an impeachment, where we are actually having a debate about whether the American public should hear all the evidence,” said Weissmann. “I mean, it’s remarkable to me that that’s where we’ve come to.”

Former Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele noted that Trump’s lawyers were so bad at their opening statements that they looked like Laurel and Hardy.

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Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) was floored by the way that the president’s lawyers were willing to stand before the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and openly lie about the facts of the case. She noted that it likely didn’t make them look good.

Watch the full segment below:

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At Joe Biden’s eleventh-hour rally in Nevada, many union members remain uncommitted

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On the eve of the Nevada caucuses, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has referred to himself as "middle-class Joe," had a last-minute chance to connect with middle-class Nevada voters before Saturday's caucuses. At a barbecue with burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream sandwiches, attendees that included firefighters and iron workers gathered for what was advertised as a precinct captain training — or to simply hear Biden's pitch. Indeed, many attendees of the barbecue were still undecided a mere day before caucusing.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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WATCH LIVE: New Hampshire Democratic primary election results

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The first-in-the-nation primary finally arrived Tuesday as New Hampshire voters went to the polls.

Going into election night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was expected to win as a neighbor to the Granite State.

New Hampshire isn't the best at predicting the ultimate Democratic winner. In 1992, Bill Clinton came in second, as did Barack Obama in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. All went on to become the party's nominee.

CNN is expected to release exit polling at 5 p.m. EST and polls close at either 7 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on the municipality.

Unlike the Iowa Caucus, New Hampshire does a simple ballot vote, and results are expected to come in like a normal election.

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Greece elects first woman president

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Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

A cross-party majority of 261 MPs voted in favour of 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, parliament chief Costas Tassoulas said.

"Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has been elected president of the republic," Tassoulas said.

The new president, until now the head of Greece's top administrative court, the Council of State, will take her oath of office on March 13, he added.

The daughter of a Supreme Court judge, Sakellaropoulou completed postgraduate studies at Paris's Sorbonne university.

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