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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

The Des Moines Register reports: A Kansas man has asked an Iowa court to grant his motion for trial by combat so he can meet his ex-wife and her attorney “on the field of battle where (he) will rend their souls from their corporal bodies.” David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, claims in court documents that his ex-wife, Bridgette Ostrom, …

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Graham: Trump Wants Trial Over By SOTU Address

CNN reports: Asked Sunday about Trump’s mood and expectations ahead of arguments that are set to begin Tuesday, Graham, a close ally of the President, said Trump is optimistic the trial will go in his favor. “His mood is to go to the State of the Union with this behind him and talk about what he wants to do for …

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GOP Senator: Lev Parnas Is Just A Grifting Hanger-On

Axios reports: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday dismissed new impeachment evidence obtained from Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, stating that there is “no question that there have been a series of grifters” who have associated themselves with the Trump campaign. Parnas has claimed that the campaign to pressure Ukraine to announce an …

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GOP Senator Shrugs Off Trump’s Extortion Of Ukraine As Just Mistaken Judgment: “The President Is Human”

ABC News reports: A brief filed Saturday, written by the seven House impeachment managers, asserts that President Donald Trump’s scheme to withhold $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine in order to seek the announcement of a probe to benefit him politically was “the Framers’ worst nightmare.” “I don’t know that has been actually proven,” Shelby told ABC News Chief …

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Junior Threatens GOP Senators On Trial Witnesses

Politico reports: “If the – let’s call it weaker Republicans – make a vote on it, if some of those guys don’t want to hear from the witnesses we’d want to hear from but will hear from the others, I want to know about it, because they don’t deserve to be in office,” Trump Jr. said Sunday on “Sunday Morning …

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Fox News Host Confronts Graham On Trial Witnesses: You Demanded Them For Bill Clinton, Why Not Now?

Raw Story reports: Fox News host Chris Wallace called out Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for complaining that the House of Representatives had rushed the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Graham argued that the president’s executive privilege claim would prevent former National Security Adviser John Bolton and others from testifying. “If we call one witness, we’re going to call all the …

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C-SPAN Complains To GOP About Senate Trial Access

The New York Times reports: Journalists are up in arms about new restrictions on their movement inside the Capitol, which they say will prevent them from easily interviewing lawmakers about the proceedings. The rules, negotiated by Republican Senate leadership, have yet to be written down, causing confusion among reporters and the Capitol Police expected to enforce them. A few stationary …

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Dershowitz: Abuse Of Power Isn’t Impeachable [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Attorney Alan Dershowitz said on Sunday the argument that a president cannot be impeached for abusing his power is a “strong one” that has been successful in the past. Dershowitz, who’s serving as legal counsel for President Trump’s defense team in the Senate impeachment trial, told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” that he is following in …

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Trump’s Legal Team: Impeachment Articles Are Invalid

CNN reports: Donald Trump’s legal team filed its formal response Saturday evening to the Senate summons of the President, offering the first glimpse into what will ultimately be the White House’s impeachment defense. The response — which calls the articles “constitutionally invalid” and says they are an attack on Americans — argued both substantively, against the charges in the articles, …

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Bondi: Impeachment Case Is “Basic Trash” [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has joined President Trump’s defense team, said Saturday that although House manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., could be called as a witness, they’re ready to move on from a “basic trash” impeachment. “If you and I were falsely accused we would want witnesses too, but now this thing has …

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