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Susan Collins denies CBS report that a Trump friend threatened Republicans’ heads ‘will be on a pike’

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CBS News reported this week that a friend of the president’s threatened U.S. senators if they were thinking of voting in support of witnesses.

“Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike,” the Trump confidant said.

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According to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), however, it was a lie and no one ever said it.

CNN’s Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Collins audibly disputed Schiff’s quote of the story during the trial.

“She shook her head and said, ‘No they didn’t. No, that’s not true,'” Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Jim Risch (R-ID) also denied it was said.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso (R-WY) also said that the report was false.

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“He was doing fine with moral courage until he got to the head on the pike. That’s where he lost me,” Murkowski said, per CNN’s Jeff Zeleny. “He’s a good orator you got to give him that … He was moving right along …and then he got to a couple places and it was just unnecessary.”

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It’s unclear if these Republicans haven’t seen the report, or they are questioning whether CBS News is falsifying reporting.

See Raju’s report below:

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Trump is shelling out big time for a law firm that threatens to sue everyone

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President Donald Trump's campaign is spending the greatest portion of its money not on advertising or even defense attorneys, but on a law firm that is threatening to sue the media.

A CNN report Friday explained that Charles Harder's Beverly Hills firm, Harder LLP, is the highest-paid legal bill on the publicly available Trump books. The firm, however, is known for "sending letters to newsrooms alleging defamation and for a lawsuit that gutted the website Gawker."

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‘Prepare for the worst’: CNN’s Avlon skeptical Mike Pence up to coronavirus job

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During his "Reality Check" segment on CNN's "New Day," contributor John Avlon cast a jaundiced eye the appointment of Vice President Mike Pence by Donald Trump to be the administration's point man combating the coronavirus pandemic -- pointing out the veep's history when it comes to health matters is highly suspect.

With the president reportedly admitting that he selected Pence to head the task force because he "doesn't have anything else to do," Avlon began with the age-old advice: "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst."

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CDC employees ‘demoralized’ over Trump interference as they grapple with coronavirus crisis: CNN

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Following a report from CNN Dr. Sanjay Guputa that the U.S. is woefully unprepared to handle a massive outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, "New Day" host John Berman relayed that staffers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have become "demoralized" by the White House response that won't allow them to do their jobs.

The concerned Gupta began by describing problems that will soon become apparent by pointing out, "One is that we may not have enough personal protective gear for our health care workers, and then if they're potentially exposed, they're out of the system. they really can't take care of patients for a while. Who's going to backstop that? Two is this idea of surge capacity. You know, look, we've got about a million hospital beds in the united states. We don't run a hospital system in the United States that is built on redundancy, we have a lot of extra redundancy built into it -- so what happens to these patients?"

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