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GOP senator refuses to answer questions on impeachment witnesses when reporter corners him in airport

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) this week refused to directly answer questions about witnesses at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial after getting cornered at an airport by a local reporter.

Steve Staeger, a reporter with Colorado-based news station 9News, confronted Gardner at Dulles International Airport on Thursday night and asked him about whether he’d be open to allowing new witnesses at Trump’s Senate trial, which is due to start this coming Tuesday.

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Gardner, however, refused to answer the question.

“We have a trial,” the Republican senator said. “That’s where we’re at right now. I take my impartiality duty seriously.”

Gardner is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent Republicans in the Senate, as he comes from a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and will likely be running against former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has strong name recognition throughout the state.

As 9News notes, Gardner has been very difficult to track down recently and has “dodged requests for scheduled interviews.”

Watch the video of Gardner below.

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‘Didn’t Trump want the death penalty for drug offenses?’: White House mocked for claim Blagojevich was freed to combat ‘aggressive sentencing’

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During an appearance on Fox News this Wednesday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley addressed President Trump's recent pardons and commutations, specifically the commutation of Rod Blagojevich, suggesting it was done in an effort to clamp down on "aggressive sentencing" by prosecutors.

"The fact is, the president is clearly against excessive sentencing," Gidley said. "Whether it's Rod Blagojevich or Alice Johnson, he's focused on making sure people who serve time in prison, who have rehabilitated, who show regret and show remorse, don't have to rot away in a jail cell their whole life."

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Will Wednesday’s debate finally prove that Bloomberg is not Batman?

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After months of highly repetitive Democratic primary debates that, with pointless inevitability, turn into tedious squabbles over different health care plans that will never actually be passed in their proposed forms, there's finally going to be some real tension going into a debate again. That's because information billionaire and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is expected to show up tonight in Las Vegas, having purchased his way into the debate by infusing the airwaves and our very bloodstreams with a series of ads that are as inspiring as Bloomberg the man is not.

This article was originally published at Salon

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‘Don’t listen to them’: Insurance industry front group to run ads attacking Medicare for All during Democratic debate

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"We are winning, so the industry is attacking Medicare for All to protect their profits and help the politicians defending those profits."

The Partnership for America's Health Care Future, an insurance industry front group formed in 2018 to combat Medicare for All, announced Wednesday that it will run television and social media ads against healthcare reform during the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.

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