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GOP senators weren’t blindsided by Bolton — but their impeachment coverup got interrupted: columnist

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John Bolton’s explosive claims about President Donald Trump’s quid pro quo scheme against Ukraine weren’t surprising to anyone paying attention during the impeachment inquiry.

That’s why Republican senators self-incriminated themselves by complaining they’d been blindsided by a leaked manuscript of the former national security adviser’s upcoming book, reported the Washington Post.

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“It’s deeply revealing about the true nature of the GOP coverup,” wrote the Post’s Greg Sargent.

“The real story here is that Senate Republicans knew for months that such explosive revelations from Bolton were a very likely possibility,” he added, “and that this is precisely why they have resisted hearing Bolton’s testimony so aggressively.”

The New York Times reported in November that Bolton privately urged Trump to release the aid in August, which was corroborated by former National Security Council official Tim Morrison’s impeachment testimony.

That’s why Democrats wanted to hear from Bolton, who refused to appear before the impeachment inquiry, and that’s why the White House has been blocking witnesses and documents from the inquiry and trial.

“A key defense of Trump is that no one who has testified heard him directly link the aid with the investigations,” Sargent wrote, “and Trump will not allow testimony from the very people who discussed this matter personally with him.”

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Senate Republicans knew that, even if they didn’t know exactly what Bolton would say, and even if they were unaware that Bolton had given a manuscript of his book to the White House before the impeachment trial.

“What actually blindsided Senate Republicans was that the details of Bolton’s account leaked before they could carry out their preordained vote to acquit,” Sargent wrote. “They were blindsided by this terribly inconvenient timing, which upended their coverup.”

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HBO’s Maher scorches Trump for calling coronavirus a ‘hoax’: ‘Not something he can lie his way out of’

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During the "Overtime" segment of HBO's "Real Time," host Bill Maher launched into a broadside against Donald Trump for telling South Carolina rallygoers that the coronavirus outbreak is a "hoax" being pushed by the media Democrats.

In a furious back and forth with conservative guest Buck Sexton, Maher said this was one instance where the president "could not lie his way out of it."

According to Sexton, the crisis is serious but then he tried to deflect from the issue by accusing Democrats of "trying to score political points," when they point out the Trump administration's bumbling response.

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Trump directing his coronavirus task force to launch attacks on Democrats to avoid blame: report

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According to a report from the Daily Beast, Donald Trump is directing members of his coronavirus task force to make sure they hammer at the Democrats when discussing progress the administration is making to combat the spread on the growing pandemic.

On Friday night, at a rally in South Carolina, Trump set the tone by pointedly blaming the Democrats and telling rallygoers, "The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. They're politicizing it. They don't have any clue," while also tying the growing health crisis to building his wall, by stating, "Border security is also health security.”

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Jared Kushner vows there will be ‘no drama’ in Trump’s second term: ‘It’s high-competence’

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Jared Kushner vowed on Friday that a second term from his father-in-law, President Donald Trump,  would be both efficient and drama-free.

The senior White House adviser claimed that Trump's re-election campaign was running smoothly, much as the president's second term supposedly would, while speaking with organizer Matt Schlapp at the Conservative Political Actions Conference (CPAC).

"The way that you see the campaign being run, there's no leaks. There's no drama. I would say it's high-competence, low-drama," Kushner said. "Everything is very efficiently run, and I think that's exemplary of how President Trump would run his second term in office."

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