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Kobe Bryant fans gather outside Staples Center before Lakers’ first home game since copter crash

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LOS ANGELES — A large crowd of fans continued to gather outside Staples Center to express their grief over the death of Kobe Bryant before the Lakers’ game Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

It was the Lakers’ first game since Bryant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash Sunday.

Daniel Torres of Long Beach did not have a ticket to the game, but decided to come down to the arena to view the makeshift memorials and thoughts that fans wrote about the Lakers legend.

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“I grew up with Kobe. I’m not a very emotional person but I’ve been crying all week,” said Torres, who was wearing a Bryant jersey from Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania. “I can’t believe the outpouring and how many people loved him.”

The Lakers will be wearing a “KB” patch on their jerseys while his retired No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys are emblazoned on the court. Fans on one side of the arena will be wearing shirts with Bryant’s No. 8 while the other side will be wearing No. 24.

The Lakers were asking fans who did not have a ticket to not linger around Staples Center and LA Live before and during the game. They also advised fans that the pregame ceremony would not be shown on the video screens outside the arena.

Chris Clayton of Los Angeles was selling purple T-shirts with an illustration of Kobe and Gigi Bryant that was designed by his father. He said that he had sold over 500 shirts since Wednesday.

”Everyone remains devastated and stunned. Tonight’s ceremony is going to be unbelievable,” he said.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings played Thursday night in the first NBA game at Staples since Bryant’s death. Clippers forward and Los Angeles native Paul George narrated a 2-minute video tribute to Bryant before the game where he said Bryant “was as synonymous with Southern California as the sunshine and touched every inch of it.”

“From this point on it is always going to be tough, especially being here in LA. I think every time we are in this arena and being reminded of him being in the rafters,” George said after the game.

Sacramento coach Luke Walton, a former Lakers player and coach, said he walked around LA Live shortly after the Kings arrived early Thursday morning. He added it was an emotional scene with people still outside mourning Bryant at 2 a.m.

“You think you’re doing fine and then you walk into Staples Center. It is still really hard and a lot of emotions that continue to come back,” said Walton, a teammate of Bryant’s on two Lakers championship teams. “I try to focus on what an inspiration he is to me and others, which helps.”

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the best way to honor Bryant’s memory the rest of the season is to compete the way he would.

“It was already our journey and then this happens,” Rivers said. “They understand if you really want to salute him, he made a lot of sacrifices to be a winner and we have to do the same.”

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CNN’s Brian Stelter, Jim Acosta join MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Jennifer Rubin in ‘Liberal Hack Tournament’ Final Four

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Smug Industries’ first annual “Liberal Hack Tournament” is down to the Final Four: CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and MSNBC contributor Jennifer Rubin.

Twitter user Comfortably Smug, the unverified founder of the tournament whose identity has remained a mystery, unveiled the four remaining contenders of the viral competition after a 24-hour round of voting from the general public.

The ongoing contest has been pitting many members of the mainstream media against each other in an NCAA-style format, with only one who will be crowned the champion “liberal hack.”

Stelter, a No. 1 seed, handily won the “Way Too Online Hacks” division of the tournament against Daily Beast editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast, earning 85.7 percent of the vote. He will face off in the Final Four against “Establishment Hack” division winner Rachel Maddow, who narrowly defeated CNN anchor Chris Cuomo with roughly 52 percent of the vote, which was seen as an upset, as Cuomo was a No. 3 seed while the MSNBC star was a No. 13 seed.

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Meanwhile, Acosta bested his colleague, CNN anchor Don Lemon, who received attention this week after his panel mocked Trump supporters as illiterate “credulous boomer rubes.” However, Acosta, also being a No. 1 seed, was able to maintain his status, earning nearly 62 percent of the vote and winning the “Fake News Hack” division.

Rubin, the No. 2 seed who is The Washington Post’s self-described “conservative blogger,” beat out self-described “Republican” CNN commentator Ana Navarro, clinching more than 75 percent of the vote in the “Liberal Activist Hack” division.

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In the upcoming Final Four, it is likely that Stelter has already secured a spot in the final contest and will easily knock out Maddow from the competition. If Acosta defeats Rubin and Stelter defeats Maddow, as expected, a CNN correspondent will be crowned champion in the first-ever “Liberal Hack Tournament.”

A spokesman for Smug Industries told Fox News: “Smug thanks every lib entrant remaining. We’re looking at real generational talents here. The final four hacks share a lot of key qualities: shamelessness, immunity to cognitive dissonance, paranoia, hypocrisy, and a loose relationship to facts. Victory will go to whoever wants it most. With 832,296 votes cast so far, one thing is clear: this is all coming down to turnout.”

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Female firefighter claims she was fired for posting racy workout photos to Instagram

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A female firefighter in Montana is suing her former department for allegedly firing her over photos posted on her Instagram account.

Presley Pritchard, a former firefighter paramedic with the Evergreen Fire Rescue, filed a wrongful termination claim.

In the complaint, the 27-year-old accused the department of singling her out and subsequently firing her because of her gender, the Daily Inter Lake reports.

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Pritchard, who promotes her fitness lifestyle on Instagram to her 113,000 followers, said she was asked by the fire department to take down certain posts that showed her in workout gear and her firefighter uniform.

On her page, Pritchard, who’s also a personal trainer, often shares videos of herself working out in the gym, snowboarding and shooting her gun.

The part-time firefighter was first approached by department leadership back in 2018 about her posts, which they found to be too racy.

A board member had received an email from a “concerned taxpayer” regarding Pritchard’s Instagram photos. Pritchard had to attend a July 2018 board meeting over the matter to defend herself.

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The board’s chairman concluded she did nothing wrong, but the board agreed that it would in the future create a social media policy. No such policy, however, was ever developed.

Pritchard said she continued to post her usual content on her Instagram page, which she also received money for paid sponsorships. Tensions with department leadership continued, however, after she began selling “Firefight Like a Girl” T-shirts on her fitness website.

The former firefighter said a supervisor gave her permission to do a photoshoot for the T-shirt at the department during her time off. His only request was that she not get the Evergreen Fire Rescue logo in any of the shots.

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She later received a disciplinary letter that claimed she violated two policies, which included engaging in conduct that disparages the department and using Evergreen facilities for personal gain.

Pritchard was told that she would be terminated in five days if she did not remove all department-related content from her personal social media. Her role was also demoted to part-time as needed.

She ultimately decided not to remove the posts after consulting a lawyer who told her that legally she didn’t have to, according to Vice. A “standard social media policy” for the department was never substantiated in writing or fully communicated to staff, the lawyer said.

When Pritchard returned to work on Aug. 15, 2009, after taking a five-week medical leave to undergo surgery, she was fired. In a legal complaint filed against the department, she’s now seeking compensation for lost wages, time and emotional stress that caused her to seek medical treatment.

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“Everybody knows that’s how the fire service is, and the military, and law enforcement, when you’re in it,” Pritchard said about the work culture for women. “I get messages every single day from girls who are like, ‘I’m harassed every single day, all the guys are always saying they don’t think I can do my job, they’re always making fun of me, they’re always making remarks about how my butt looks in my uniform.’”

In her complaint, Pritchard called out what she said is the fire department’s blatant double standard.

“Several male employees in the department have photos of themselves in uniforms and turnouts in front of fire trucks and at the department on their social media accounts,” Pritchard’s complaint said. “Importantly, Evergreen Fire Department does not have a social media policy and never has. I was directly targeted due to how I looked in my gym attire at a public gym.”

Chief Craig Williams responded to Pritchard’s complaint, stating that the department hired an independent investigator to look into her allegations. The investigation, he said, found no evidence of wrongdoing by the department.

Pritchard said she was contacted by an investigator who she referred to her lawyer. She was never interviewed by the investigator, she said.

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Pritchard is now waiting on the state to begin its own investigation, which could end up in court if either party is unhappy with the investigation’s outcome.

In the meantime, she’s now studying for her flight paramedic test and sharing her experience at Evergreen Fire Rescue so that other women going through similar experiences don’t feel like they’re alone.

“It’s really important that somebody stands up for it and speaks out, and I don’t really care,” Pritchard said. “I’m like, say whatever you want, I have thick skin. Others don’t.”

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Tucker Carlson blasts Nadler and Schiff: ‘These people are buffoons’

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Tucker Carlson criticized Democrats and the media for their behavior during the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump Friday, saying “the process continues on like a ghost ship.”

Carlson opened his program by playing clips of people fighting during a bridal sale and on Jerry Springer’s television show before playing a clip of Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., hustling past Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in order to speak at the end of Thursday night’s question-and-answer session.

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“These people are buffoons,” Carlson declared. “That clip really was the whole impeachment from start to finish. Narcissistic, degrading, pointless. A nation as great as this one deserves more, but that would require impressive leaders at some point.

“Maybe next week we’ll look back on this whole chapter in shame. But for a few more days at least, the hysteria will continue,” Carlson said. “In fact, it will likely increase, believe it or not.”

The host also played a clip of TheRoot.com politics editor Jason Johnson laying out a bold scenario.

“Imagine Donald Trump deciding sometime in June, ‘Well, I heard this conspiracy theory that a whole lot of illegal immigrants voted in California,'” Johnson said on MSNBC. “‘So I’ve decided that during the presidential election, California has to go under, undergo extreme vetting because we can’t trust their votes. We’re going to shut down voting in a state.’ This is literally the kind of thing he will do now.”

“Got that? Trump is, ‘literally’ going to cancel the election in California, our biggest state,” Carlson said. “… The press and the Democratic Party allowed their fantasies to overstep reality, but they’re about to be shocked back to consciousness very soon.”

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Carlson also warned that the Democratic Party was facing a real problem with the emergence of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential polls.

“The Democratic Party is in trouble,” Carlson warned. “It’s about to collide with itself.”

“They wasted their energy on wild conspiracies about Russia and Ukraine,” Carlson added. “And while they were doing that, their unhappiest but most energetic activists forced their candidates to take lunatic positions on abortion, guns, race, gender, climate, you name it, positions that are way out of the mainstream, even among Democrats.”

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Suicide note found from Fotis Dulos, Connecticut man charged in wife’s murder: ‘Enough is enough’

Fotis Dulos, the Connecticut man who had been charged in his wife’s murder, declared his innocence in a handwritten suicide note and wrote that his co-defendants had nothing to with his Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.

“If you are reading this I am no more,” Fotis said in the neatly written letter, which was obtained by Fox News’ Laura Ingle. “I refuse to spend even an hour more in jail for something I had NOTHING to do with. Enough is enough. If it takes my head to end this, so be it.”

Dulos, 52, died Thursday after a suicide attempt. He had been in critical condition from carbon monoxide poisoning at Jacobi Medical Center in New York City. He was free on a $6 million bond at the time of his suicide. A bond hearing had been scheduled for that day, which could have sent him back to jail.

He faced murder and kidnapping charges in connection to his wife’s disappearance in May 2019. The couple had five children together ranging in age from 8 to 13 years old.

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In the note, Dulos goes on to say that his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and Kent Mawhinney, a local lawyer who represented him in a civil case, had nothing to do with the disappearance of his wife, Jennifer Dulos.

Troconis and Mawhinney are both charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

“I ask the state to let them free of any such accusations,” Fotis wrote.

Investigators alleged that Jennifer Dulos was killed at her home on May 24, 2019, after she dropped the children off at school. That same day, surveillance footage showed someone in a dark hoodie riding a bike that looked like Fotis Dulos’ from childhood toward Jennifer Dulos’ New Canaan home. Surveillance video also showed someone driving Dulos’ car, leaving her house at 10:25 a.m.

Investigators also said Fotis Dulos’ DNA was discovered on the doorknob of the mudroom in Jennifer Dulos’ home, as well as in a garbage bag police recovered from a trash can in Hartford, where investigators claimed Fotis Dulos dumped evidence of his crime.

In his letter, Fotis Dulos mentioned the couple’s children.

“Please let my children know that I love them, I would do anything to be with them, but unfortunately we all have our limits,” he wrote. “The State will not rest until I rot in jail.”

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His lawyer, Norm Pattis, told the Hartford Courant that he filed a motion to continue the case without his client or a body.

“Mr. Dulos insisted from day one that Ms. Troconis wasn’t involved and wanted a joint defense agreement with her. He always spoke of her with the utmost respect,” Pattis said in a statement to the newspaper.

In a court filing Thursday, Pattis said a note had been found in Fotis Dulos’ suburban home in which he “declared his innocence of the infamous and heinous crimes that the state has accused him of and claimed his lawyers have the evidence to prove it.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.

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Suicide note found from Fotis Dulos, Connecticut man charged in wife’s murder: ‘Enough is enough’

Fotis Dulos, the Connecticut man who had been charged in his wife’s murder, declared his innocence in a handwritten suicide note and wrote that his co-defendants had nothing to with his Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.

“If you are reading this I am no more,” Fotis said in the neatly written letter, which was obtained by Fox News’ Laura Ingle. “I refuse to spend even an hour more in jail for something I had NOTHING to do with. Enough is enough. If it takes my head to end this, so be it.”

Dulos, 52, died Thursday after a suicide attempt. He had been in critical condition from carbon monoxide poisoning at Jacobi Medical Center in New York City. He was free on a $6 million bond at the time of his suicide. A bond hearing had been scheduled for that day, which could have sent him back to jail.

He faced murder and kidnapping charges in connection to his wife’s disappearance in May 2019. The couple had five children together ranging in age from 8 to 13 years old.

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In the note, Dulos goes on to say that his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and Kent Mawhinney, a local lawyer who represented him in a civil case, had nothing to do with the disappearance of his wife, Jennifer Dulos.

Troconis and Mawhinney are both charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

“I ask the state to let them free of any such accusations,” Fotis wrote.

Investigators alleged that Jennifer Dulos was killed at her home on May 24, 2019, after she dropped the children off at school. That same day, surveillance footage showed someone in a dark hoodie riding a bike that looked like Fotis Dulos’ from childhood toward Jennifer Dulos’ New Canaan home. Surveillance video also showed someone driving Dulos’ car, leaving her house at 10:25 a.m.

Investigators also said Fotis Dulos’ DNA was discovered on the doorknob of the mudroom in Jennifer Dulos’ home, as well as in a garbage bag police recovered from a trash can in Hartford, where investigators claimed Fotis Dulos dumped evidence of his crime.

In his letter, Fotis Dulos mentioned the couple’s children.

“Please let my children know that I love them, I would do anything to be with them, but unfortunately we all have our limits,” he wrote. “The State will not rest until I rot in jail.”

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His lawyer, Norm Pattis, told the Hartford Courant that he filed a motion to continue the case without his client or a body.

“Mr. Dulos insisted from day one that Ms. Troconis wasn’t involved and wanted a joint defense agreement with her. He always spoke of her with the utmost respect,” Pattis said in a statement to the newspaper.

In a court filing Thursday, Pattis said a note had been found in Fotis Dulos’ suburban home in which he “declared his innocence of the infamous and heinous crimes that the state has accused him of and claimed his lawyers have the evidence to prove it.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.

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Chief Justice John Roberts tells Schumer he won’t break ties in impeachment trial

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts told Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Friday that he would not act as a tie-breaker if the Senate becomes deadlocked with a 50-50 split during President Trump‘s impeachment trial.

Schumer began by asking Roberts if he was aware that Chief Justice Samuel Chase cast tie-breaking votes during President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial in the 1860s.

“I have a parliamentary inquiry,” Schumer said. “Is the chief justice aware that in the impeachment trial of President Johnson, Chief Justice Chase, as presiding officer, cast tie-breaking votes on both March 31 and April 2, 1868?”

Roberts said he was aware of Chase’s actions but explained that the issues he sought to resolve were minor. He also said he did not believe Chase’s votes were enough to establish a firm precedent for him to act on.

“The one [vote] concerned a motion to adjourn. The other [vote] concerned a motion to close deliberations,” Roberts replied. “I do not regard those isolated episodes 150 years ago, as sufficient to support a general authority to break ties.”

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The George W. Bush appointee said the responsibility to resolve impeachment issues falls on the Senate because that’s what they were elected to do.

“If the members of this body, elected by the people and accountable to them, divide equally on a motion — the normal rule is that the motion fails,” he added.

“I think it would be inappropriate for me, an unelected official from a different branch of government, to assert the power to change that result so that the motion would succeed.”

The Senate voted 51-49 on Friday to reject a motion to call witnesses during the trial, moving Trump one step closer to an acquittal.

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The trial is expected to wrap up next week.

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Mike Lee on Senate vote against witnesses: We dealt with ‘articles of impeachment as they sent them to us’

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, appeared on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Friday to react to the Senate impeachment trial vote against hearing new witnesses and defend the decision by many Republicans to move the trial along.

“It’s not as if they’re going to go away one way or another as a result of this. Nor is it the case that they wouldn’t be able to bring official charges if they wanted to and then perhaps secure a 33-day delay after passing subsequent articles of impeachment,” Lee said of the Democrats. “We’ve got to deal, however, with the articles of impeachment as they sent them to us, in addition to having some inadequacies in and of themselves. There is no genuine issue of material fact as to the evidence in this case, there’s no reason to call additional witnesses.”

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Republicans in the Senate secured enough votes Friday evening to reject Democratic efforts to extend the trial, paving the way for the widely expected acquittal of President Trump next week on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his dealings with Ukraine.

Later on Friday evening, Senate Republicans voted down four amendments offered by Democrats to call former National Security Adviser John Bolton and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, among others.

The final vote will come Wednesday, two days after the Iowa caucuses and the day after Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the House chamber.

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MacCallum asked Lee about the claim from the Trump administration that it had found classified information while reviewing the manuscript of Bolton’s forthcoming book, a claim denied by Bolton’s attorney.

“If there’s classified information in the book — which we have every reason to believe might well be the case because of the fact that it’s under review — and if they have disclosed that to a third party, there could be some very significant implications for whoever leaked it,” Lee said. “That would be a problem. Now, I don’t know whether that would be John Bolton himself, whether it would be somebody connected to his author. I really have no idea. But if there’s classified material in there, particularly if it’s classified at the top-secret level, that would be a problem.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and Tyler Olson contributed to this article.

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Amy Klobuchar reacts to vote against witnesses in Senate impeachment trial

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., appeared on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Friday to react to the 51-49 vote against calling witnesses during the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.

“I really thought we should have witnesses, and you could see [Sen.] Mitt Romney [R-Utah] has been outspoken about this for quite a while,” Klobuchar said. “I think the reason is this: the truth is going to come out and people could vote the way they want on impeachment.”

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“And I really believe with the [John] Bolton revelations that have come out, it’s not going to be five years from now that we know what happened in those rooms,” Klobuchar added. “It’s going to probably be five days from now or five weeks from now. And I think it is better to get testimony under oath and then people can make decisions.”

Hours after Klobuchar spoke to Fox News, the Senate voted to approve a framework laid out by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that set closing arguments in the case for Monday and a vote on the final verdict for Wednesday.

“I would like to do whatever… it takes to get a fair trial for the people of America,” Klobuchar said. “And we are just awaiting word on what we work out here.”

Baier asked Klobuchar whether she and the other senators running for president who have been stuck in Washington during the impeachment trial had the urge to rejoin the campaign trail, a question Klobuchar dismissed.

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“That just can’t be my motivating force, Bret. I’ve got to bet that the people in Iowa understand that I’m doing my job. I’m in the arena,” Klobuchar said. “You know, other people can say, I don’t want to look at what’s going on there. I’ve got to do my job and get to the truth.”

“I just don’t think that people are going to hold that against me,” Klobuchar added. “I think my experience passing over a hundred bills by working across the aisle more than anyone in the Senate running for president, I think that’s going to matter.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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CNN analyst raises eyebrows for urging Twitter followers to ‘help ensure Trump is defeated’ in November

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A CNN national security and legal analyst urged her Twitter followers to consider taking “concrete steps” to ensure President Trump‘s defeat in the 2020 election.

Lawfare executive editor Susan Hennessey took to social media on Friday ahead of the crucial Senate vote that derailed efforts to seek additional witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial.

“What is a concrete step you will take today to help ensure Trump is defeated in November?” Hennessey began.

Hennessey then guided her followers who “want to do something but aren’t sure what” to a website called “Swing Left,” which informs subscribers about important local and state elections, gerrymandering efforts and opportunities to volunteer for Democrats, as well as another group called “Indivisible,” another Democratic volunteering hub, and “We the Action,” which is geared towards liberal lawyers.

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“If you have time to give, give time. If you have money to give, give money. Gun safety, ballot access, individual candidates, voter registration; find whatever moves you. The only wrong answer is doing nothing or putting it off for another day,” Hennessey pleaded to her Twitter followers.

Her advocacy caught the attention of critics on social media.

“This person is NOT presented on CNN as a #LiberalHack,” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck reacted.

Others also stressed her titles as a CNN analyst and Lawfare executive editor.

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Hennessey also drew criticism when she claimed that “crossfire of reckless escalation” resulted in Iran firing a missile at an airplane, leading to the death of 176 people, in early January.

The Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s international airport Wednesday was shot down by mistake by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile, Pentagon officials told Fox News

Hennessey, however, appeared to spread the blame between the U.S. and the regime.

“176 completely innocent lives, killed in the crossfire of reckless escalation. Just an unbelievable tragedy,” Hennessey tweeted.

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