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Here’s Mitch McConnell’s ‘secret sauce’ for covering up Trump’s impeachable offenses: NYU Law professor

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Legal experts have been ripping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for breaking his pledge to use the same impeachment trial rules that were used for former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s — and New York University Law professor Ryan Goodman thinks it’s all part of a shameless coverup.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Goodman explains how the Trump legal team’s impeachment brief, which falsely claims that European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) “exonerated” Trump from charges that he shook down Ukraine by withholding its military aid, is a pretext for letting McConnell sweep everything under the rug.

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In particular, he notes that the memo rightly claims that Sondland and Johnson are the only two people who have gone “on the record” about Trump’s scheme to withhold Ukraine’s aid, but that’s only because the White House has blocked testimony from people who have more direct knowledge of the president’s motivations for withholding the aid.

“The brief reveals the secret sauce to the coverup — to try to keep others who directly communicated with the president from going on the record,” Goodman explained. “The brief carefully relies on these third-person accounts to claim what the president did or did not say. The irony is the Sondland call is actually one of the most incriminating parts of the record. When Sondland told other officials of this very call, it sent off alarm bells.”

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Trump-loving Florida pastor claims someone shot at his church after his arrest for defying coronavirus lockdown

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In the wake of his arrest for holding packed services at his church in Tampa, Florida, Pastor Rodney Howard-Brown says he's now the target of death threats.

During a Facebook Live broadcast, Howard-Brown blamed the threats on “religious bigotry and hatred" in the media, also claiming that someone fired gun shots at his church's sign.

"The media are stirring up every kind of religious bigotry and hatred right now," he said. "People firing shots last night at the church sign from the highway. We went this morning there was no bullet holes. We did report it but the police say unless you can show where the bullet landed, but I mean the guys, security were there. They could hear the gun going off and then the death threats, to the ministry and to the staff. It’s beyond the pale. So people have basically, literally lost their ever-loving minds."

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Rick Scott demands congressional investigation into the WHO for ‘helping Communist China cover up’

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Tuesday, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) called for an investigation into the World Health Organization because he thinks they are aiding in a "Communist China cover up."

Politico reported that the China hawk has long had issues with the WHO's relationship with Beijing. China stopped counting cases of coronavirus weeks ago and removed American reporters from their country.

“The mission of the WHO is to get public health information to the world so every country can make the best decisions to keep their citizens safe. When it comes to coronavirus, the WHO failed,” said the Florida senator, claiming the WHO is intentionally spreading misinformation. “We know Communist China is lying about how many cases and deaths they have, what they knew and when they knew it — and the WHO never bothered to investigate further. Their inaction cost lives.”

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‘I am scared and enraged’: Pandemic expert says CDC reaction under Trump ‘super different’ from Obama

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Pandemic expert Theresa MacPhail of the Stevens Institute of Technology said this week that she "couldn't have been more wrong" about the way the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) handled the novel coronavirus outbreak.

MacPhail told Vice that she expected the CDC to have a more "robust" response to the virus than China had.

"I just assumed that the U.S. system would be a little bit better, would be a little bit more robust and do more testing and containment than China was able to do, and I just couldn't have been more wrong," she lamented.

According to MacPhail, something changed at the CDC after President Barack Obama left office.

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