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Does Mitch McConnell have the votes to block impeachment? Accounts vary

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A whopping 75 percent of Americans indicated they wanted witnesses to testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, a new Quinnipiac University poll revealed Tuesday. But Republicans have decided to ignore the overwhelming majority of Americans and block witnesses, according to NBC News reporter Geoff Bennett.

“Mitch McConnell currently appears to have the votes he needs to avoid calling trial witnesses,” Bennett tweeted Tuesday after the trial ended for the day. “Even as the GOP messaging on the witness question seems to be: We’ll make a determination after the Q&A period.'”

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The same poll also revealed an overwhelming loss of support for Republicans among independent voters.

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Other reporters have disputed the claim, saying that McConnell says he doesn’t have the votes.

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By contrast, the Wall Street Journal reported McConnell claimed earlier today that he didn’t think he had the votes.

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“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the vote total wasn’t where it needed to be on blocking witnesses or documents, these people said. He had a card with ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ and ‘maybes’ marked on it, apparently a whip count, but he didn’t show it to senators.”

After other accounts surfaced about where Republicans were, Bennett retracted his claim, saying that the situation is obviously fluid.

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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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