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The Daily BeastNov 21, 2019
Here's How Republicans Are Trying to Distance Trump From Rudy
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/ReutersHouse Republicans have a big, Rudy Giuliani-shaped problem. 

President Trump's personal attorney has spent the past few months repeating his various Ukraine conspiracy theories to anyone who'll listen, and witnesses say he was pressing Ukrainian officials for a quid pro quo. If you're in the business of defending the president from impeachment, that's a problem, and the only way to deal with it is to try to put some distance between Trump and his own lawyer. It's not an easy task, so how are Republicans going about it?

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Fox PoliticsNov 21, 2019
Holmes' claim that Sondland told Trump the Ukraine president 'loves your a--' sparks GOP lawmaker's rebuke
Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, blasted State Department official David Holmes, accusing him of embarrassing Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday by revealing that Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told President Trump that Zelensky "loves your a--."

The Daily BeastNov 21, 2019
Fox News Anchor Bret Baier: Rather Than Question ‘Powerful' Fiona Hill, GOP ‘Just Gave Speeches'
While Fox News' opinion hosts and commentators push the narrative that this week's dramatic impeachment hearings and its damning revelations are somehow good news for President Donald Trump, the network's news division continues to concede to Fox viewers that the testimony has been, in fact, quite damaging.

Following the conclusion of Thursday's hearing featuring diplomat David Holmes and former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill, Fox News anchor Bret Baier said Hill was such a compelling witness that many Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee simply avoided asking her questions altogether. 

"David Holmes was there to testify about his phone call, what he heard about Ambassador Sondland talking to President Trump," Baier noted. "He was very confident in what he says he heard and made sure his feelings were clear in a big opening statement. Hill was really a powerful witness for the Democrats."

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Democracy NowNov 21, 2019
Julián Castro: Gordon Sondland's Testimony Is "Nail in the Coffin" of Trump's Defense
During Wednesday's impeachment hearing, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told lawmakers that he was ordered by Trump to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Sondland also acknowledged there was a quid pro quo tying U.S. military aid to investigations, and said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence were aware of the Ukraine pressure campaign. Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro joins us to discuss these latest developments in the impeachment inquiry, which he describes as "blockbuster testimony" that could serve as "a nail in the coffin" of Trump's defense. Castro was excluded from the Democratic presidential debate Wednesday because his campaign did not meet polling thresholds recently established by the Democratic National Committee.
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