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‘Corrupt, illegal, authoritarian’: Ocasio-Cortez shames Susan Collins for enabling Trump’s NY quid-pro-quo threat

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Thursday expressed outrage at President Donald Trump for tying the blocking of New York residents’ access to Global Entry with the state’s lawsuits against him and his businesses.

In a tweet posted earlier in the day, Trump listed demands he would make of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get the Global Entry hold lifted, including having the state “stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits and harrassment (sic).”

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Ocasio-Cortez responded by accusing the president of shaking down her state for something that would once again benefit him personally.

“Trump is publicly admitting that he is holding Global Entry for New Yorkers hostage in exchange for dropping lawsuits against him and his family’s lawbreaking behavior,” she wrote. “This is corrupt, illegal, and authoritarian.”

The New York congresswoman then threw in a shot at centrist Republican senators who voted to acquit the president of abuse of power charges for trying to shake down the Ukrainian government to get it to investigate his political opponents.

“Hope Collins and Murkowski are proud of their vote,” she wrote.

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Trump says he’s considering Georgia Republican running for Senate as next Director of National Intelligence

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Devin Nunes denies Russia is intervening in the 2020 election to support Trump’s reelection

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The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee denied reports that Russia was intervening in the 2020 presidential campaign to support Donald Trump's reelection.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was interviewed by Laura Ingraham on Fox News about the breaking news on Russia.

"A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments," The Washington Post reported Thursday. "Trump learned about Pierson’s remarks from Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the committee’s ranking Republican and a staunch Trump ally, said one person familiar with the matter."

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WATCH: Martin Sheen interrupts Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC show with Trump/Putin 2020 bumper sticker

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MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday joked about Donald Trump and his running mate, Vladimir Putin, after the bombshell report that Russia was actively intervening in the 2020 presidential election in an effort to reelect the president.

The host returned from a commercial break to share an image "Janet and Martin Sheen texted me."

The image was of a bumper sticker a friend of the Sheen's had made with the Trump/Putin 2020 theme.

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