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Mike Pompeo ‘Looks Impotent’ After Testimony Reveals He ‘Kowtowed to Trump’: AP Reporter



Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears “impotent” as testimony reveals his subservience to President Donald Trump.

MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire.

“You know, and Jonathan Lemire, another sort of plotline that keeps re-upping itself is Pompeo’s either impotence or what would appear to be the only other explanation, his been coerced by Trump and Rudy [Giuliani] as part of the conspiracy to extort the Ukrainians for dirt on the Bidens. What is the sense from inside Pompeo-world for which path he’s on?” Wallace asked.

“At the very least Pompeo did nothing to — no objection whatsoever,” Lemire replied.

“I keep going back to [Bill] Taylor’s opening testimony which was released a few weeks ago where he spoke about how this would undo all the progress that has been made in Ukraine which should be a bulwark against Russian aggression,” he explained.

“He described — he looked over that bridge. He was in the Ukraine and he looked over and saw those Russian-backed militia forces over there and sort of put a real human face on this and said this is the toll here. It’s not just about politics, lives could be lost if this military aid is not delivered,” he explained.

“In terms of Pompeo, he looks, if nothing else, he looks impotent,” Lemire said. “He’s kowtowed to Trump.”

“He’s yet another guardrail that has fallen away in allowing the president and in this case Rudy Giuliani and this other cast of characters to run rough shot over American foreign policy — and frankly American interests,” he added.

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Grand Jury Announces Charges Against Only One Louisville Police Officer in Killing of Breonna Taylor



A grand jury has announced criminal charges against a single Louisville, Kentucky police officer in the March 13 killing of Breonna Taylor. The charges are against former officer Brett Hankison and include wanton endangerment.

No homicide charges were announced.

The charges are being described as insufficient by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton.

“It feels to me like these charges entirely delete the murder” of Breonna Taylor, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid commented on the network after the charges were announced. “This was a Black Lives Don’t Matter ruling.”

“They can just shoot you,” she lamented.

“There’s nothing in this charge that mentions Breonna Taylor,” she continued. “There’s no charge that says you need to at least care” about the lives of others, Reid said.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal weighs in:

Live video:

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Romney’s ‘Pathetically Weasel-Worded’ Defense of His Vow to Vote for Trump SCOTUS Pick Mocked and Destroyed



U.S. Senator Mitt Romney is being highly criticized Tuesday, after he announced he will vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, even before the candidate has been named.

CNN’s take is that Senator Romney’s “backing of Supreme Court vote paves way for election-year confirmation.”

Romney said he would vote for any nominee who is qualified, although he struggled to define what the term meant to him.

Many are attacking the Utah Republican Senator for green lighting Trump’s unnamed SCOTUS nominee despite voting to impeach the president.

Former Dept. of Defense communications official:

Sen. Romney also made several remarks, both to reporters (video below) and in a statement, that are provably false.

“The historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own,” Romney said in a statement.

Journalist Joan McCarter points out that’s false.

Civil rights attorney Sasha Samberg-Champion blasts Romney for cloaking a purely political decision in the rule of law.

Historian Kevin Kruse:

Reporter and analyst for Inside Elections, Jacob Rubashkin, notes just how false Romney’s claim is that America is a “center-right” nation – and embarrasses him in the process:

As does journalist Jay Willis:

Romney’s false claims that the Supreme Court has been liberal for years is also easily debunked as “utter nonsense” – by Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at a conservative think tank:

And by this HuffPost journalist:


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Romney: I Will Vote to Confirm Trump SCOTUS Nominee if Qualified



U.S. Senator Mitt Romney says he will vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to hold the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if that candidate is qualified.

The Republican from Utah says a “liberal court” is “not written in the stars,” and implied his decision to buck fairness and Republican precedent is based on helping to mold a “center-right” Supreme Court – which it already is.

He also falsely claims the nation is “center-right.”

Two Republicans have said they will not vote before the election. Democrats need four Republicans to not vote before the inauguration.


This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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