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Ted Cruz: Dems need Senate impeachment witnesses because they failed to prove their case

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After key swing-vote Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., came out against additional witnesses ahead of the impeachment trial vote, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Friday said that now the possibility of additional witnesses has “plummeted” and President Trump will soon be acquitted.

“Democrats are gonna vote for additional witnesses. And then the reason they are is that the House managers, I think, haven’t proven their case. And so what they want to do is just keep it open as long as possible,” Cruz told, “Fox News at Night,” predicting what would come after Alexander’s announcement.

SWING-VOTE GOP SEN. ALEXANDER COMES OUT AGAINST WITNESSES, PAVING WAY FOR IMMINENT TRUMP ACQUITTAL

“They want to engage in a fishing expedition and just keep extending it,” Cruz said.

Alexander announced late Thursday night that he would not support additional witnesses in Trump’s “shallow, hurried and wholly partisan” Senate impeachment trial, seemingly ending Democrats’ hopes of hearing testimony from former National Security Adviser John Bolton and paving the way for the president’s imminent acquittal as soon as Friday night.

“If this shallow, hurried and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it would rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the fire of cultural divisions that already exist,” Alexander said. “It would create the weapon of perpetual impeachment to be used against future presidents whenever the House of Representatives is of a different political party.”

Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the chamber and can afford up to three defections when the Senate considers whether to call additional witnesses Friday — a question that is considered by a simple majority vote.

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Cruz said that there has been more than enough testimony and the House managers have not proven their case.

“The simple fact that resolves this case is that a president has the authority and in fact, the responsibility, to investigate credible allegations of corruption,” Cruz said.

“The Senate’s going to follow the law, we’ve given both sides a fair trial, the House didn’t have a fair proceeding, it had a one-sided partisan proceeding, we let both sides present their case, we’re going to apply the law. I think by the end of the weekend, the president is going to be acquitted,” he added.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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John Delaney, first candidate in 2020 presidential race, drops out before Iowa caucuses

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John Delaney, the former Maryland congressman who was the first Democrat to announce a run for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, withdrew from the race on Friday, citing a lack of support for his candidacy.

Delaney gave up a relatively safe congressional seat in Maryland to run a years-long presidential campaign that began in July 2017, only to exit the race before the first ballots were cast after barely registering in the polls.

“This decision is informed by internal analyses indicating John’s support is not sufficient to meet the 15% viability in a material number of caucus precincts, but sufficient enough to cause other moderate candidates to not to make the viability threshold, especially in rural areas where John has campaigned harder than anyone,” his campaign said in an announcement Friday morning.

PELOSI ARGUES TRUMP ‘CANNOT BE ACQUITTED,’ SUGGESTS DEFENSE TEAM SHOULD BE DISBARRED

The statement emphasized that while Delaney wants to see Democrats tackle progressive issues, they must do so with “pragmatic, fact-based, bipartisan solutions.”

A former businessman who was once the youngest CEO on the New York Stock Exchange, Delaney pushed back on far-left policies boosted by some of the top contenders in the primary, including “Medicare-for-all.”

“On health care, all of the candidates on the stage are wrong,” Delaney tweeted during the January Democratic debate. “Universal health care is the right answer but making private insurance illegal is dumb. The other candidates are too incremental on health care. My plan, BetterCare, provides universal coverage & allows private insurance.”

The former congressman also panned the Green New Deal proposed by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., as unrealistic.

SWING-VOTE GOP SEN. ALEXANDER COMES OUT AGAINST WITNESSES, PAVING WAY FOR IMMINENT TRUMP ACQUITTAL

“The Green New Deal as it has been proposed is about as realistic as Trump saying that Mexico is going to pay for the wall,” he tweeted shortly after it was proposed last year. “Let’s focus on what’s possible, not what’s impossible.”

Delaney served three terms representing Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, beating former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., Fox News contributor Dan Bongino and former Reagan administration Deputy Under Secretary of the Army Amie Hoeber in successive elections. When he began his presidential bid in 2017, he also announced that he would not run for reelection to a seat which had become reliably blue as a result of gerrymandering after the 2010 census by former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

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Delaney told Fox News earlier this month that he’d be “staying through the early states” in the presidential election and then make a call.

Asked which candidate he might support in the event he dropped out, he said at the time, “I would want to support a candidate who’s running on these real solutions.”

Now that he’s out, Delaney did not say what his next move will be, but he made an appeal against pessimism amid bitterly partisan times.

“Never bet against the United States of America,” he said. “And please don’t listen to the cynics, the naysayers and the dividers … the world gets better every year and the United States of America has driven much of this progress.”

“Onward and upward and God Bless America.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report. 

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In pictures: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira at Super Bowl Halftime’s news conference

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Loretta Lynn declares country music is ‘dead’: ‘I’m getting mad about it’

Country music legend Loretta Lynn is ready to declare that her music genre of choice is “dead.”

The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer didn’t hold back when she was interviewed by fellow country artist Martina McBride on her podcast, “Vocal Point.”

“They’ve already let it [die],” Lynn, 87, told McBride, per People. “I think it’s dead. I think it’s a shame. I think it’s a shame to let a type of music die. I don’t care what any kind of music it is. Rock, country, whatever. I think it’s a shame to let it die, and I’m here to start feeding it.”

LORETTA LYNN DENIES TABLOIDS’ DEATHBED RUMORS: ‘I’M AN INCH FROM TAKING ‘EM TO FIST CITY’

McBride, 53, pointed out that Lynn seemed “mad” at the state of country music today to which Lynn responded: “Yeah. I’m getting mad about it. I am. Because it’s ridiculous.”

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Loretta Lynn, center, Tanya Tucker, left, and Crystal Gayle perform at Loretta Lynn’s 87th Birthday Tribute at Bridgestone Arena on Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP)

She pined: “I’m not happy at all. I think that they’re completely losing it. And I think that’s a sad situation because we should never let country music die. I think that every type of music should be saved, and country is one of the greatest. It’s been around, as far as I’m concerned, longer than any of it.”

‘I think that’s a sad situation because we should never let country music die.’

— Loretta Lynn

Lynn, who has been battling some health issues in recent years, scoffed at rumors she was on her “deathbed” in June.

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The singer shared a video of herself scrolling through a tabloid report on her iPad.

“Hey, this says I’m in a nursing home and I’m on my deathbed. You’re kidding me! I’m not dead and neither is Willie [Nelson]! Both of us are coming back to life and we’re gonna raise hell,” she said at the time.

Lynn was hospitalized for an unspecified illness in October 2018 and fractured a hip a month later.

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She canceled her tour dates in 2017 after suffering a stroke.

Lynn made her first public appearance since her stroke in April, when she celebrated her 87th birthday with a star-studded tribute concert.

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‘Madden 20’ predicts close Kansas City Chiefs victory over 49ers

If “Madden NFL 20” is any indication, the Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl, beating the San Francisco 49ers in close fashion.

A simulation was run on “Madden 20,” named after the legendary coach and broadcaster, and predicted that the Chiefs would triumph over the 49ers 35-31. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was predicted to win the MVP, throwing for 392 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, according to Forbes.

The video game, which has become a staple of NFL culture as much as the actual games themselves, also predicted that Chiefs TE Travis Kelce would catch 10 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown.

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Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill during the first half of the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mpnt. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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EA, which makes the game, posted a video to YouTube explaining the outcome.

In defeat, 49ers QB Jimmy Garropolo is predicted to throw for 254 yards and two touchdowns, Forbes added.

Since 2004, EA Sports has run a simulation of the game using “Madden,” with mixed success. Of the past 16 games, 10 have been accurately predicted by the simulation, but it has gotten three of the last four games incorrect.

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In 2015, the video game got the winner and the final score right, predicting the Patriots would outlast the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. But in 2016, the game forecast the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos, which did not happen.

For 2017, “Madden” again correctly predicted the Patriots would beat the Atlanta Falcons, but in 2018, it forecast a Patriots win over the Philadelphia Eagles, which proved incorrect. In 2019, it predicted the Los Angeles Rams would topple the New England Patriots 30-27.

The Patriots won the game by a score of 13-3.

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‘Madden 20’ predicts close Kansas City Chiefs victory over 49ers

If “Madden NFL 20” is any indication, the Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl, beating the San Francisco 49ers in close fashion.

A simulation was run on “Madden 20,” named after the legendary coach and broadcaster, and predicted that the Chiefs would triumph over the 49ers 35-31. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was predicted to win the MVP, throwing for 392 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, according to Forbes.

The video game, which has become a staple of NFL culture as much as the actual games themselves, also predicted that Chiefs TE Travis Kelce would catch 10 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown.

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Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill during the first half of the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mpnt. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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EA, which makes the game, posted a video to YouTube explaining the outcome.

In defeat, 49ers QB Jimmy Garropolo is predicted to throw for 254 yards and two touchdowns, Forbes added.

Since 2004, EA Sports has run a simulation of the game using “Madden,” with mixed success. Of the past 16 games, 10 have been accurately predicted by the simulation, but it has gotten three of the last four games incorrect.

SUPER BOWL UPSET? XBOX BATTLE PREDICTS 49ERS WIN

In 2015, the video game got the winner and the final score right, predicting the Patriots would outlast the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. But in 2016, the game forecast the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos, which did not happen.

For 2017, “Madden” again correctly predicted the Patriots would beat the Atlanta Falcons, but in 2018, it forecast a Patriots win over the Philadelphia Eagles, which proved incorrect. In 2019, it predicted the Los Angeles Rams would topple the New England Patriots 30-27.

The Patriots won the game by a score of 13-3.

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The week in pictures, Jan. 25 – Jan. 31

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Brexit Day: Britain to leave EU, marking end to years-long fight to deliver on 2016 vote

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Britain on Friday will formally leave the European Union, ending an intense nearly four years of political fighting over Brexit since Brits voted to leave the bloc that has consumed British politics and saw the ouster of two prime ministers.

Britain will formally leave at 11 p.m. U.K. time (6 p.m. ET) and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to address the public about an hour before the departure time. Elsewhere throughout the country, the day will be marked by celebrations and some mourning from those opposed to the move. But in typically British fashion, the celebrations are expected to be muted.

EU BACKS TERMS OF BREXIT DEAL, UK SET TO LEAVE FRIDAY

Some of those celebrations have already occurred. MEP Nigel Farage and fellow members of the Brexit Party waved British flags on Wednesday in the E.U. Parliament chamber, while pro-Remain MEPs were seen mourning the coming departure.

The 2016 vote to leave the E.U. in a one-off referendum sent shockwaves throughout the globe and is frequently cited as a groundbreaking populist moment that previewed President Trump’s victory months later in the U.S. general election.

But while Trump took the White House at the beginning of 2017, “Leave” voters hoping to see their votes put into action were to be made to wait a lot longer for the result to be delivered.

On the morning after the historic vote, then-Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would step down. He was replaced by fellow Tory Theresa May. May struggled throughout 2017 and early 2018 as Brexit ate up the political oxygen for months and lawmakers mulled over what form Brexit should take.

The heart of the matter then became about how to leave. May’s team started negotiating a formal withdrawal agreement with E.U. leaders. But she was faced with pushback both from E.U. leaders, who wanted as “soft” a Brexit as possible, as well as members of her own party who wanted a harder Brexit, possibly by leaving with no deal at all.

She eventually hashed out a deal with E.U. leaders, but it was extremely unpopular at home, including with many in her own party.

BRITISH POLITICS IN 2019: THE YEAR BREXIT WAS WON

The key issue was the backstop — a mechanism designed to stop a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. While intended as a safety net in which the U.K. would remain in a customs union until a trade deal was secured, Brexiteers pointed to the lack of a unilateral exit mechanism as evidence that it could lead to Britain never leaving at all.

In addition, a growing coalition of moderate Tories and left-wing politicians began to increase their calls for a second referendum (which they said was not a do-over, but would be a vote on whatever deal came from Brussels). Many of them eventually said that their aim was to stop Brexit altogether. May’s woes were exacerbated by the 2017 general election that had seen her returned to 10 Downing Street, but with a narrower majority after she barely clung to power.

The consequence in 2018 and early 2019 was a parliamentary stalemate. May’s deal was shot down multiple times in the House of Commons as she kept trying to push it over the finish line as she repeatedly extended the Brexit deadline. But with a slim majority and a disunited party — there was no chance, even as she tried to repackage it.

The pressure mounted from both within and outside her party, and in the month of May, she announced her departure. She was in turn replaced by former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson — who had resigned a year before in protest of May’s deal, which he had branded a surrender to Brussels.

Johnson brought a harder line to Brexit, having been one of the main campaigners for Britain’s departure in 2016. (May had backed Remain.) Once in power, Johnson found he had similar troubles to May in the form of the now-evaporated majority in Parliament.

His first job was to renegotiate the deal, particularly the backstop. When he returned from Europe with those changes to the backstop in hand — which satisfied the Brexiteer wing of the party — he then turned his efforts to expanding his majority via a general election. But that was opposed by the opposition Labour Party until after a no-deal exit could be ruled out at the then-deadline of October.

JOHNSON’S CONSERVATIVES PICK UP MASSIVE MAJORITY, WREAK HAVOC IN LABOUR HEARTLANDS

Once that passed, and the deadline extended to Jan. 31, Labour agreed to an election, one that was summarized simply by U.K. media outlets as “The Brexit Election.” While other issues such as the country’s national health service were also on the ballot, Brexit dominated much of the conversation.

Johnson’s plea to the voters was simple: “Get Brexit done.”

It was a plea that worked. Johnson was returned with an overwhelming majority, way beyond what even optimistic members of his party had hoped for. It made his withdrawal agreement certain to pass, and therefore Brexit itself was then a certainty.

But as much as Brexit is over, there is still more Brexit left to figure out. British and European negotiators will now go into negotiations for the resultant trade deal. Johnson has promised to get that done by the end of 2020, but E.U. forces have suggested that that may not be possible.

Johnson, meanwhile, will also be looking to Washington for a U.S.-U.K. trade deal, one Trump has repeatedly promised and will be vital for a strong post-Brexit future for the U.K.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered his support for America’s ally across the pond after a visit Thursday.

“The U.K. is a critical ally, and we’ll stand with them all the way. #SideBySide,” he tweeted.

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There is also the question of what will happen to the E.U. Having lost one of its largest contributors, it will be closely watched as to how it handles the fallout of Brexit, and whether it engages in political reforms to prevent other nations from exiting.

So far there are no significant indications that other nations will depart the bloc, but if Britain’s departure leads to greater prosperity and independence there, it could quickly lead to anti-E.U. movements gaining momentum in other E.U. member nations.

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Leslie Marshall: Impeachment trial keeps 4 Biden rivals out of Iowa – but Republicans attack him on Ukraine

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Former Vice President Joe Biden served for 36 years in the U.S. Senate – but he must be glad he’s not there today, because it gives him a big advantage over four senators he is running against for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The four senators are Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and – trailing very far back in the polls – Michael Bennet of Colorado.

The senators are stuck in the Senate chamber for President Trump’s impeachment trial, while Biden – as well as former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the other Democratic presidential contenders – are free to campaign in Iowa for the caucuses that will take place there Monday, and in New Hampshire for the Feb. 11 primary there.

LESLIE MARSHALL: HOW WILL TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT AFFECT NOVEMBER ELECTIONS?

How long will the impeachment trial last? It depends on whether Democrats win their fight to be able to call witnesses. If the trial is opened to witnesses it could last weeks longer.

So why isn’t Biden surging in the polls in Iowa?

Here are a few reasons.

Demographics

Biden enjoys strong support among African-American voters. But 91 percent of Iowa’s population is white – as is 94 percent of New Hampshire’s.

Buttigieg polls poorly among black voters, but in the first two nominating contests they aren’t much of a factor, which will play to his advantage.

Caucuses are not like primaries

Voting in a primary is like voting in the general election. You show up at your polling place, cast a secret ballot, and then leave. Unless there’s a long line, the process is quick and easy.

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In caucuses, you show up at a designated site and discuss the candidates with your neighbors. There are 1,678 such sites in Iowa, including in schools, libraries and churches. Voters gather in groups in a big room to show support for individual candidates. Any candidates who fail to get at least 15 percent of the votes in the room are eliminated and their supporters have to pick one of the remaining candidates to support. The process can take as long as three hours.

As a result, voter turnout for the caucuses is typically low, and voters need to be strongly committed to devote a lot of time to the process. Some people can be persuaded to change their minds at the caucuses, and unlike primaries and elections, second-choice candidates matter.

Whoever wins the Iowa caucuses traditionally gets a boost in New Hampshire, which votes less than a week later.

Face time

Biden has been criticized for not spending enough time in Iowa, although he spent a lot of time there on his recent “No Malarkey” tour. His Senate rivals hit the campaign trail last Saturday after the impeachment trial adjourned until Monday. Sanders spent just under 32 hours in Iowa but made seven stops and covered more than 330 miles. Thousands of people turned out to see him.

Ukraine

President Trump is tweeting and tweeting and tweeting about Biden, trying to convince the public that the former vice president and his son Hunter were engaged in corrupt activities in Ukraine. This is a key part of Trump’s defense in his impeachment trial.

The president’s attorneys and his Republican defenders in Congress are also attacking the Bidens.

Will these attacks affect Democratic voters in Iowa? And if so, how?

Biden argues that the attacks show Trump is afraid of running against him, because the former vice president would be the strongest Democratic candidate. That argument could gain him more support in Iowa.

On the other hand, if Democratic voters in Iowa believe the accusations against the Bidens have some validity and would weaken Joe Biden in a race against Trump, they might support other candidates.

Undecided voters

There are still a lot of undecided voters in Iowa. Most of the undecided voters are torn between Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg and Klobuchar.

Finally, keep in mind, a candidate doesn’t need to win in Iowa to win the Democratic or Republican presidential nomination. Candidate Trump lost the Iowa caucuses to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in 2016.

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Since 1972, caucus winners from both parties have become the nominee in the general election over half the time. But only three caucus winners went all the way to the White House.

If Biden wins Iowa or manages a strong showing he could still maintain his lead nationally. His strong support among minority voters could bring him multiple victories in South Carolina Feb. 29 and on Super Tuesday March 3, when 14 states – including delegate-rich California and Texas – hold nominating contests.

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But if Biden finishes third or fourth in Iowa he might drop out of the presidential race.

So the bottom line is that it’s anyone’s guess right now who will win not only Iowa, but the Democratic nomination. Stay tuned.

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Adriana Cohen: Trump Senate impeachment trial — It’s time to end the Schiff show

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It’s high time to end this impeachment farce once and for all.

For starters, the flimsy articles of impeachment that Democrats have brought forth aren’t crimes, much less the “high crimes” required to remove a sitting president. That alone is sufficient grounds to end this charade that’s chock full of presumptions and assumptions from partisans that the president may have done something wrong.

Now, add the fact that everyone in Washington knows that Democrats won’t obtain the two-thirds vote required from the Republican-controlled Senate to oust President Donald Trump. This is especially true given that the transcript of his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy shows no quid pro quo and no crimes committed.

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Moreover, a witness with firsthand knowledge of the phone call in question, Zelenskiy, has stated there was “no pressure” and Trump did nothing wrong. Other top Ukrainian government officials confirmed this. That’s what parties involved said. Now, let’s look at the actions that took place in the aftermath of the call. U.S. military aid was timely delivered to Ukraine and no investigations were opened into Joe Biden or Hunter Biden.

Case closed.

So why on earth are we still here? So documented liars and conspiracy theorists like House manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and his power-thirsty Democratic colleagues can continue this endless fishing expedition against the president on the taxpayers’ dime?

Or so Schiff — an unhinged Trump hater — can continue to lie and smear the president before the Senate and the American people? Talk about a colossal waste of time and taxpayer dollars.

On Wednesday, Schiff, who has previously lied about his contacts with the infamous whistleblower, earning him four Pinocchios from The Washington Post last year, lied again. This time, it was before Chief Justice Roberts and the Senate chamber. Schiff said he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is despite his Congressional staff being in contact with the whistleblower last summer, reportedly colluding with Schiff’s office to take down the president.

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Are the American people supposed to believe Schiff — who’s been persecuting the president for the past 3 1/2 years with one partisan-fueled investigation after another — had no knowledge of this? Only a fool’s fool would believe.

Schiff was also one of the lead architects and propagandists behind the debunked “Russian Collusion” hoax — perhaps the biggest disinformation campaign waged against a sitting president in history.

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This corrupt politician is still misleading the American people and now insisting that Senate Republicans allow former national security adviser John Bolton to be called as a witness in the impeachment trial based on dubious allegations in his soon-to-be-released book. Schiff will accept testimony from literally anyone who can damage the president and advance the Democratic political agenda — no matter whether the witness is credible.

Here’s the evidence: Fox News released two videos this week that every American should see. One is of John Bolton giving a TV interview in August 2019 discussing the president’s phone call with Zelenksy. Bolton appeared very relaxed and pleased with the call saying it was “warm and cordial.” He also said it was a “high priority” of the administration to combat corruption.

Now ask yourself this: If the president engaged in misconduct — or criminal acts warranting impeachment — why did Bolton speak so positively about the conversation? Could it be that after the president fired him, Bolton changed his tune to coincide with the release of his tell-all book?

Consider the other video making the rounds of Schiff giving a TV interview when the president named Bolton national security adviser. Schiff said Bolton lacked credibility. “This is someone who’s likely to exaggerate the dangerous impulses of the president toward belligerence, his proclivity to act without thinking and his love of conspiracy theories,” he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on March 22, 2018.

But now that Bolton has an ax to grind against the president and aims to juice sales for his book, Schiff wants us to believe a witness he says is not credible?

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You can’t be serious.

Senators must put an end to this travesty once and for all.

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