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Nationals And Astros Tied 2-2 In Game 2 Of The 2019 World Series

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The Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman hits a two-run home run during the first inning of Game 2 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals in Houston.

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The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros are tied 2-2 after three innings in Game 2 of the 2019 World Series in Houston.

The Nationals opened the game by scoring two runs with a walk and a single, followed by a double by third baseman Anthony Rendon off of Astros ace Justin Verlander.

The Astros came back in the bottom of the first frame with two runs off of Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg on a home run by third baseman Alex Bregman after left fielder Michael Brantley had singled.

The Nationals won the first game of the best-of-seven series.

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LeBron James accused of ‘disrespecting’ National Anthem by pumping up the crowd

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NBA superstar LeBron James is facing fierce backlash for what critics are insisting was “disrespecting” the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Tuesday amid the fallout of his China comments.

In a clip shared by NBA on ESPN, James was seen pumping up the crowd toward the tail end of the National Anthem ahead of the Lakers game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

“Let’s go!” James shouted as the music played.

James faced backlash on social media, with many accusing him of “disrespecting” the Anthem.

“If this was the Chinese anthem @KingJames would have showed the proper respect,” Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy reacted.

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Others defended James, including sports blogger Dominique Clare, calling the complaint a “reach” since he was “getting hyped at the end of the song.”

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Earlier this month, James was criticized for his response to the NBA-China conflict after he knocked Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for expressing his support for the Hong Kong protestors.

“Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself,” James told reporters. “I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke, and so many people could have been harmed not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually.”

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Republicans Grind Impeachment Inquiry to Halt as Evidence Mounts Against Trump

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans ground the impeachment inquiry to a halt for hours on Wednesday, staging an attention-grabbing protest at the Capitol that sowed chaos and delayed a crucial deposition as they sought to insulate President Trump against mounting evidence of misconduct.

The day after the most damning testimony yet about Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign to enlist Ukraine to smear his political rivals, House Republicans stormed into the secure office suite where impeachment investigators have been conducting private interviews that have painted a damaging picture of the president’s behavior — and refused to leave.

Chanting “Let us in! Let us in!” about two dozen Republican lawmakers — most of whom are not on the committees conducting the inquiry and are therefore not entitled to attend their hearings — pushed past Capitol Police officers to enter the secure rooms of the House Intelligence Committee, which is leading the investigation. Republicans who are on the committees have been in on the hearings from the start and have had the chance to hear from all the witnesses.

After several contentious hours marked by shouting matches between Republican and Democratic lawmakers and an appearance by the sergeant-at-arms, the top law enforcement official in the Capitol, Wednesday’s witness began testifying. Laura K. Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, answered questions for more than three hours before the panel wrapped up its work for the day.

Across the Capitol, leading Republican senators who have become resigned to the prospect of serving as jurors in the impeachment trial of their own party’s president were struggling to cope with the revelations about Mr. Trump.

“The picture coming out of it, based on the reporting that we’ve seen, I would say is not a good one,” Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 2 Republican, told CNN. “But I would say also that until we have a process that allows for everybody to see this in full transparency, it’s pretty hard to draw any hard and fast conclusions.”

His comments came a day after Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, denied a claim by Mr. Trump that the senator had told the president that a telephone call he had with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, which has become a crucial focus of the inquiry, was “perfect” and “innocent.” Mr. McConnell said he could recall no such conversation.

In the House, Republicans were rushing to Mr. Trump’s defense as the president has publicly demanded, as they protested the inquiry and insisted on access.

“This is a Soviet-style process,” declared Representative Steve Scalise, the second-ranking House Republican. “It should not be allowed in the United States of America. Every member of Congress ought to be allowed in that room. The press ought to be allowed in that room.”

Some of the Republicans brought their cellphones into the secure room, which is not permitted and considered a security breach. The sergeant-at-arms, the top law enforcement officer in the Capitol, was called in to handle the situation as Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, attempted to intervene.

The standoff stretched into the afternoon as protesting Republicans ordered pizza and fast food for the throng of reporters assembled to witness their spectacle. It came the day after the explosive testimony of William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, who effectively confirmed Democrats’ main accusation against Mr. Trump: that the president withheld military aid from Ukraine in a quid pro quo effort to pressure that country’s leader to incriminate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and smear other Democrats.

Democrats said the timing was no coincidence, and characterized the Republican disruption — “sit-in, stand-in, call it whatever you want,” said Representative Harley Rouda, Democrat of California — as a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the damaging testimony.

At the White House, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to assail Mr. Taylor and his lawyer John Bellinger — and to offer encouragement to Republican protesters.

“Never Trumper Republican John Bellinger, represents Never Trumper Diplomat Bill Taylor (who I don’t know), in testimony before Congress!” the president wrote. “Do Nothing Democrats allow Republicans Zero Representation, Zero due process, and Zero Transparency.”

For weeks now, lawmakers on three House committees — Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs — have been conducting private question-and-answer sessions, which have produced a stream of compelling testimony from government witnesses, much of it confirming and expanding on the intelligence whistle-blower complaint that touched off the impeachment inquiry.

Those sessions are attended by both Democrats and Republicans, and both have an opportunity to question witnesses; more than 100 of the 435 members of the House are eligible to participate. Democrats have said that they plan to hold open hearings after the committees finish deposing witnesses, and that they intend to make public complete transcripts of witness testimony after they have been reviewed for classified material.

But amid a drip-drip-drip of news accounts from the closed sessions, Republicans have grown increasingly frustrated, complaining that Democrats are controlling the narrative.

On Wednesday morning, Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida led a parade of his colleagues to the bowels of the Capitol, where Ms. Cooper was to be deposed in the secure room, known as a SCIF, for Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.

Also on Wednesday, House impeachment investigators leveled new demands of the State Department, requesting access to a relatively narrow set of communications, notes and memorandums related to American policy toward Ukraine that could bolster damning witness testimony.

Among the documents in question are summaries of key executive branch meetings, diplomatic cables about Mr. Trump’s decision to freeze $391 million in security assistance for Ukraine, text and email messages among key figures in the inquiry, and other records created as Mr. Trump and his allies sought to pressure Ukraine into undertaking investigations into his political rivals.

“These documents include information central to the inquiry’s core area of investigation: the president’s efforts to press Ukraine to initiate investigations that would benefit his personal and political interests, and not the national interest,” wrote three Democratic committee leaders guiding the inquiry, Mr. Schiff; Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, the acting chairwoman of the Oversight and Reform Committee.

In keeping with confidentiality rules around the investigation, the three Democrats did not specifically identify the documents in question, but they appeared to match descriptions of records referenced in recent days by key witnesses.

On Tuesday, Mr. Taylor told the committees that he kept detailed notes of his time in Kiev that allowed him to recreate a damning portrait of events in his testimony. He referred to memos, including a June 30 account of his conversation with the Ukrainian president, that could provide new and potentially explosive avenues of investigation for Democrats if they get their hands on them. He also discussed a late-August cable he composed “describing the ‘folly’ I saw in withholding military aid to Ukraine at a time when hostilities were still active.”

A lawyer for Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, indicated before his deposition with investigators that the ambassador had produced communications and other records to the State Department that he hoped would be handed over to investigators. They were not.

And another former State Department official told investigators that one of his former colleagues, George P. Kent, had written a memo documenting an early October meeting with a State Department lawyer about how to respond to the impeachment inquiry that had alarmed him.

The Democrats did not put a due date on their request, and for now have chosen not to issue a subpoena. The State Department defied an earlier, broader subpoena for a swath of potential records related to the case. It may be considerably more difficult for the department to justify not handing over documents matching the latest request, though, given the political pressure created by the testimony from Mr. Taylor, Mr. Sondland and others.

Nicholas Fandos, Emily Cochrane and Michael D. Shear contributed reporting.

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Major League Baseball investigating umpire Rob Drake’s tweet calling for civil war if Trump is impeached

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Major League Baseball is looking into a now-deleted tweet from umpire Rob Drake warning of a civil war if president Donald Trump is impeached.

According to a copy of the tweet obtained by ESPN, Drake tweeted that he planned to buy an assault rifle “because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!! #MAGA2020″.”

MLB said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports that the league became aware of the tweet Wednesday and is now investigating the matter.

Drake has been an umpire in the majors since 1999 and was assigned to postseason games in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

The Twitter account was switched to private mode Wednesday night, but USA TODAY Sports reviewed other tweets from the account before the change was made.

Messages included a claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and a tweet to Hillary Clinton calling her an “(expletive) liar,” demanding the truth about “#benghazzi.”

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Twitter Users Break Out The Popcorn As Ocasio-Cortez Smokes Zuckerberg

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) had Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stumbling for words during a congressional hearing Wednesday afternoon, and people on Twitter were totally living for it.

The freshman congresswoman stumped the Facebook exec with a question about whether, hypothetically, if she wanted to run an ad on Facebook claiming (incorrectly) that Republican lawmakers supported the Green New Deal, Facebook would allow that:

The Silicon Valley billionaire was unable to answer the question, responding with, “Congresswoman, I don’t know that off the top of my head.”

“So you don’t know if I’d be able to do that,” Ocasio-Cortez shot back.

“I think probably,” said Zuckerberg.

The Facebook creator appeared before the House Financial Services Committee for questioning over Facebook’s proposed digital currency, Libra, but the hearing ended up being about a litany of the social media giant’s issues, including privacy, data, advertising and the spread of misinformation.

When asked by Ocasio-Cortez if he could see a problem with the complete lack of fact-checking for political advertising on the platform, Zuckerberg dodged the question. 

“I think lying is bad, and I think if you were to run an ad that had a lie in it, that would be bad,” he said, adding later that he believed people “should be able to see for themselves” what politicians are saying so that they can “judge their character for themselves.”

Twitter users applauded Ocasio-Cortez for her fiery line of questioning:

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15 additional fentanyl arrests, 49 indictments in Arkansas drug trafficking rings

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Investigators have dismantled three drug trafficking rings in Arkansas and arrested 15 additional people on Wednesday in the third major law enforcement operation in October. It was all part of an effort to disrupt the flow of the drug fentanyl, said Cody Hiland, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced.

The arrests were part of an ongoing sting operation that began in June 2018, in which officers from the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Little Rock field office went undercover in three major drug rings — dubbed Clifton Williams, Desmond Kelley and Monterrio Fuller Drug Trafficking Organizations — to take down the major distributors of the fatal opioid. Fentanyl contributed to over 70,000 deaths in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The three separate investigations — two which are being handled by the FBI and the third by the DEA — resulted in 49 indictments and dozens of federal charges of drug and firearm offenses.

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“Large amounts of high-quality, low-cost heroin and fentanyl are contributing to a record number of overdose deaths and life-threatening addictions nationwide,” Scott Reinhardt, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI Little Rock office, said at a press conference. “To address this, in the last few months, the Little Rock field office and the FBI, in collaboration with its partners, have arrested 45 individuals who were directly involved in the sale and distribution of opioids, including heroin and fentanyl.”

Reinhardt said officers seized a total of 1,600 grams of fentanyl — the equivalent of 25,000 doses of the drug— as well as 5,000 fentanyl pills,  21,000 grams of methamphetamine, 53,000 grams of cocaine and 28 firearms from the three groups.

A total of 23 defendants were indicted from the Clifton Williams Drug Trafficking Organization.

In addition, Williams employed associates who were part of the Piru Bloods gang and were operating out of west Little Rock, where they conducted drug transactions at “prominent retail locations,” although Hiland declined to specify the name of the store.

“We are faced with a real crisis as it relates to the potency of this drug,” Hiland said.

“I think that it’s important to note that this is being mixed with heroin and cocaine and methamphetamines and even being laced with marijuana. People that are using the other drugs have a real opportunity to face a fatal overdose and they’ve got no idea what’s coming,” he added.

Seventeen people are facing 37 charges having ties to the Desmond Kelly Drug Trafficking Organization. As of Wednesday afternoon, authorities said only one man, identified as Jamie Goff, was still on the loose.

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FBI officials will also charge nine people from the Monterrio Fuller Drug Trafficking Organization with 21 counts of drug and firearm-related offenses.

Justin King, assistant special agent of the DEA Little Rock office, said that the drugs were “mostly always coming out of China” and were being funneled to Arkansas “from Mexico coming across the border.”

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Matt Gaetz and his Coalition of the Stupid stormed impeachment proceedings to ‘demand transparency’ — except that’s not what it’s really about

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House Ethics Committee launches inquiry into Rep. Katie Hill after report of affair with staffer

The House Ethics Committee confirmed on Wednesday it was launching an inquiry into Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., after a report suggesting she was having an affair with her legislative director.

That same report also said she was in a so-called “throuple” with her estranged husband and a female campaign staffer. However, it was the reported affair with her congressional staffer, Graham Kelly, that sparked the investigation, according to the panel.

“The committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Katie Hill may have engaged in a sexual relationship with an individual on her congressional staff, in violation of House Rule XXIII, Clause 18(a),” Committee Chairman Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Ranking Member Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, wrote. They added that the panel had launched “an investigation and will gather additional information regarding the allegations.”

The statement did not indicate the committee had empaneled an “investigative subcommittee,” the equivalent of a congressional indictment.

Last week, RedState reported that Hill, who is openly bisexual, had developed a “long-term sexual relationship” with the unnamed staffer from her congressional campaign, who ultimately entered into the “throuple” with Hill’s husband, Kenny Heslep — who later filed for divorce. The three of them, according to RedState’s confidential sources, had taken multiple vacations together.

The conservative blog obtained screenshots of several text messages between Hill and the staffer detailing the reported end of their three-person relationship earlier this year as well as intimate pictures including a nude photo of Hill. According to the alleged texts, Hill wanted to focus on her work and suggested that “political risk” was a factor.

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RedState also reported that Hill had an extramarital affair with Kelly, her legislative director and former campaign finance director, for at least a year. Heslep was said to have shared his own screenshot of a text exchange he had with a friend who had heard about the affair, which he later deleted from his Facebook account. According to RedState, the alleged affair was why Heslep filed for divorce.

Hill acknowledged to Fox News that she’s going through a divorce and claimed her “abusive husband” has been “determined to try to humiliate me.”

“Intimate photos of me and another individual were published by Republican operatives on the Internet without my consent,” Hill said in a statement to Fox News. “I have notified Capitol Hill police, who are investigating the situation and potential legal violations of those who posted and distributed the photos, and therefore will have no further comment on the digital materials.”

She did add this: “I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit such a private matter for political gain. This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and people close to me is despicable and will not succeed. I, like many women who have faced attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to be afraid.”

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Rep. Katie Hill, seen here in April, denied she was having an affair with her legislative director. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images, File)

The freshman congresswoman also flatly denied having an affair with Kelly, adding that her estranged husband made the “vindictive claims.”

“Allegations that I have been involved in a relationship with Mr. Kelly are absolutely false,” Hill told Fox News. “I am saddened that the deeply personal matter of my divorce has been brought into public view and the vindictive claims of my ex have now involved the lives and reputations of unrelated parties.”

“She continued: “This smear campaign will not get in the way of the work I am doing every day to move our district and our country forward. I am truly grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from colleagues and constituents alike, and I know we will get through this together.”

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Her statement did not address the claim that Hill was romantically involved with her husband and the female staffer.

Neither Heslep nor Kelly could be reached for comment.

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Twitter Users Tear Down Trump’s Proposed Colorado Border Wall

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When Donald Trump promised to build a wall along the border with Mexico, he apparently meant “New Mexico.”

On Wednesday, the president spoke at the Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, where he made a bizarre comment about how his administration is building a wall in Colorado.

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As you might expect, many Twitter users had a field day tearing down Trump’s “wall in Colorado” comment.

At least one Twitter user was willing to speculate about Trump’s reasoning, based on his past remarks.

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In Steve Bannon’s Basement, a Rogue ‘War Room’ to Fight Impeachment

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WASHINGTON — It’s been more than a year since any sort of war room has been run out of the basement of Stephen K. Bannon’s Capitol Hill townhouse. And it’s been even longer since Mr. Bannon, who was pushed out as White House chief strategist in August 2017, ran a war room for President Trump.

But everyday for the next two months — or “until the day after the acquittal of Donald J. Trump,” in Mr. Bannon’s words — a rogue, freelance messaging operation to fight impeachment is being broadcast there. The people involved in the radio show, all former Trump aides and supporters, say their intentions are clear: They want to nudge the White House, its allies and the president himself into taking a more focused and aggressive posture to undermine the inquiry currently underway in the House of Representatives.

On Wednesday, during the third episode of the show, which is called “War Room,” the hosts sat at a dining room table covered in a spaghetti salad of microphone wires, and dispensed an hour’s worth of unsolicited advice.

Stop calling the inquiry a “witch hunt” and a “deep state” conspiracy, they said by way of guidance to the president and his advisers, because it’s deluding too many Trump supporters into a sense of complacency.

Stop insisting that polls showing majority public support for the impeachment inquiry are “fake news” — because they aren’t.

Stop dismissing everyone who testifies about the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine as a radical unelected bureaucrat.

And stop letting Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, go on Laura Ingraham’s and Sean Hannity’s prime time Fox News programs to defend the president.

“We can’t do the Rudy thing anymore,” said Mr. Bannon, who in his days as a Trump adviser — and proud provocateur — pushed the nationalist ideology that the president adopted. “Too many Ukrainian names, too many moving pieces.”

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Mostly nodding along in agreement were his co-hosts, Jason Miller, the former communications director of the Trump campaign in 2016, and Raheem Kassam, a former editor at Breitbart. Mr. Giuliani’s defense of the president — often a nonlinear timeline of events; a lengthy cast of characters involving the events in question in Ukraine; and a blanket insistence of “no quid pro quo” — is too confusing, they agreed.

“Here’s our fundamental problem: We don’t have an elevator pitch to easily describe this to the right,” Mr. Miller said. He likened the explanations from the White House and its surrogates to the way someone solves the game “Clue,” with its menagerie of possible culprits, weapons and crime scenes.

The show, which is airing on a half dozen stations in Virginia and Florida and streams on the website WarRoom.org, is a remarkably blunt attempt by former Trump aides to criticize and influence the work of current Trump administration officials. Even the show’s name is something of an affront to the White House — and to Mr. Trump himself. He has told aides that he does not want to create a war room, as crisis response operations are often nicknamed, because he is concerned that people would see it as an acknowledgment that he views the impeachment inquiry as legitimate.

Though many in the White House may be tempted to dismiss the show as a bootleg operation run by people cut off from Mr. Trump’s inner circle, Mr. Miller said in an interview that the president ultimately cares about one thing when it comes to managing a crisis of this magnitude: “Are there people defending me or not?”

Mr. Miller added that with the exception of a handful of Trump loyalists, “There is a serious lack of Trump allies jumping out there and defending the president.” Too few Republicans, he said, are questioning the process of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, which he said was being run in a clandestine fashion from “Schiff’s secret Capitol basement bunker.” It was a reference to the secure hearing room in the Capitol where Representative Adam Schiff of California, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, is presiding over witness interviews.

The idea for the new program came to Mr. Bannon after he appeared last week on the radio show of John Fredericks, a conservative whose daily broadcast airs across Virginia. He was floored by the backlash he got when he stated what he said he assumed was accepted as fact among Republicans and Democrats alike: Mr. Trump is likely to be impeached.

“We’re like, ‘What the hell are you talking about?’” Mr. Fredericks said in an interview.

Many in Mr. Trump’s base, fed a heavy diet of talking White House talking points that House Democrats are attempting a “coup” without any evidence of wrongdoing, have come to believe that impeachment is a farce.

Mr. Fredericks faulted the White House. “That’s what the White House communications department pushed out for a month,” he said. “It’s fake news, deep state, witch hunt. It’s never going to amount to anything at all.”

While the hosts offered little praise for the White House messaging effort, their praise of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was effusive.

In a broadcast earlier this week, Mr. Bannon warned Mr. Trump’s supporters not to be blinded by their animosity toward the speaker. “I don’t care if you hate Nancy Pelosi,” he said. “This is a master, and she is teaching a master class.”

“Tough as boot leather,” he added.

Mr. Miller said Wednesday that Ms. Pelosi is one of “the best communications directors on the planet,” who has been able to dominate news cycles by releasing key details from the closed-door testimony. That’s what Democrats did on Tuesday after William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, described how Mr. Trump held up $391 million in assistance for the purpose of forcing Ukraine to help Mr. Trump discredit his potential 2020 political rivals.

Ms. Pelosi, added Mr. Kassam, has figured out how to use the Congressional investigative process to the Democrats’ advantage. And Mr. Trump’s supporters can’t belittle that.

“There’s a very serious failure to take this whole process seriously from the Republican side,” he said.

As Mr. Trump railed about the saboteurs inside his administration on Wednesday, tweeting that the “Never Trumpers” like Mr. Taylor were out to get him, Mr. Bannon offered some feedback on the air. “All of these people,” he said, were “hired by Donald J. Trump or hired by people Donald J. Trump hired,” he said.

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