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Meghan McCain’s hypocrisy claims against Chuck Schumer quickly flop on The View

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) patiently explained to Meghan McCain the differences between Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial and President Donald Trump’s.

The New York Democrat appeared Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” where McCain challenged him to reconcile comments he made in 1999 about Clinton’s impeachment trial and his call to hear witness testimony in Trump’s trial.

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“Nice to see you again, even via satellite, even though Democrats and Republicans aren’t supposed to be friends, but, you know, we go back a little,” McCain began. “You have criticized the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, after he described himself as not an impartial juror, but during the impeachment trial of Clinton, you made statements on CNN. You said, quote, ‘This is not a criminal trial, it’s not like a jury box. It’s susceptible to the whims of politics, and quite different from a jury.'”

“Do you find that hypocritical?” she added.

Schumer quickly said no, and then laid out the differences between the two trials.

“There are two differences, Meghan,” he began. “The first, personally, to me, I’m a historical footnote, because I was in the House in 1998, and so I was on the prosecution, on the voting for impeachment, and then I went over to the Senate. So I’m in sort of a unique position.”

“The witnesses that were being called on in trial in ’98, as you may remember, had already testified,” Schumer continued. “They had given grand jury testimony, everyone had looked at it. The American people knew what they said, so people wanted to bring them back again. The witnesses we are seeking have not been heard from, and they are the people with the greatest knowledge as to whether the president did what is alleged to, what he is alleged to have done, which is influence a foreign power, cut off their aid to get them to affect our election.”

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Then he explained the seriousness of the articles of impeachment approved against Trump.

“You know, it’s funny,” Schumer said. “When I was in high school, and maybe this happened to you, Meghan, we read that the founding fathers were most afraid of a foreign country interfering in our elections. I shrugged my shoulders and said, what’s that all about? Well, once again the founding fathers were a lot smarter than all of us.”

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Fox & Friends floats impeachment conspiracy theory about GAO findings of Trump crimes against Ukraine

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"Fox & Friends" assured viewers they could ignore a federal watchdog agency's findings that President Donald Trump broke the law by withholding Ukraine aid.

The nonpartisan the Government Accountability Office found the White House Office of Management and Budget violated the law by freezing $400 million in congressionally approved military aid, but the Fox News hosts suggested the agency was only trying to hurt the president.

"Do you think it's just a coincidence that that news would drop exactly the same day the (impeachment) trial started?" said co-host Steve Doocy.

Co-hosts Pete Hegseth and Ainsley Earhardt agreed, and accepted administration denials at face value.

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GOP senators are questioning allegiance to Trump as impeachment becomes a reality: Morning Joe panel

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According to members of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panel, Donald Trump may see more defections by previously supportive Republican senators now that the impeachment of the president has become a reality and their conduct will be scrutinized by voters back home.

Speaking with columnist David Ignatius, host Joe Scarborough noted that multiple Republican senators -- including several who are retiring -- are going soft on defending the president and may be inclined to allowing multiple witnesses who could damage the president.

"David Ignatius, you know, we've known Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) both of us, for a long time. and as they coming to the end of their careers," Scarborough began. "I would think [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell would be concerned that these gentlemen would vote their conscience and not just blindly follow Donald Trump and would vote to have a fair, open hearing and trial and get this new evidence that's coming in, that's come in since the House impeached."

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Iran’s supreme leader says Trump is a ‘clown’ who will betray Iranians

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Iran’s supreme leader said President Donald Trump is a “clown” who only pretends to support the Iranian people but will “push a poisonous dagger” into their backs, as he struck a defiant tone in his first Friday sermon in Tehran in eight years.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the mass funerals for Iran’s top general, who was killed in a US airstrike earlier this month, show that the Iranian people support the Islamic Republic despite its recent trials. He said the “cowardly” killing of Soleimani had taken out the most effective commander in the battle against the Islamic State group.

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