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>>SENATOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH, MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. COMMITTEE. THANKS FOR MAKING TIME. THANKS FOR MAKING TIME. REALLY AHERB PROOIATE IT. REALLY AHERB PROOIATE IT.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>I WILL SAY THAT HAVING A VERY>>I WILL SAY THAT HAVING A VERY SKILLED EXPERIENCED LAYPERSON’S SKILLED EXPERIENCED LAYPERSON’S TAKE ON THE DERSHOWITZ ARGUMENT TAKE ON THE DERSHOWITZ ARGUMENT TO ME IS IN SOME WAYS MORE TO ME IS IN SOME WAYS MORE HELPFUL THAN HEARING LAWYERS HELPFUL THAN HEARING LAWYERS TALK ABOUT IT. TALK ABOUT IT. IT’S A REALITY CHECK, YEAH, IT’S A REALITY CHECK, YEAH, THAT’S AS NUTS AS YOU THINK IT THAT’S AS NUTS AS YOU THINK IT IS. IS. THERE MIGHT BE LAWYER SPEAK THAT THERE MIGHT BE LAWYER SPEAK THAT MAKES IT NORMAL. MAKES IT NORMAL. BUT THAT IS KRA KRACRAY-CRAY. BUT THAT IS KRA KRACRAY-CRAY. THAT’S JUST NUT BALL. THAT’S JUST NUT BALL.>>IT’S BEEN A LITTLE BIT — TO>>IT’S BEEN A LITTLE BIT — TO ME IT’S BEEN A THEME IN THE ME IT’S BEEN A THEME IN THE ARGUMENTS THEY HAVE MADE ON THE ARGUMENTS THEY HAVE MADE ON THE PRESIDENT’S BEHALF WHICH IS THEY PRESIDENT’S BEHALF WHICH IS THEY PROVE TOO MUCH WHICH IS TO SAY PROVE TOO MUCH WHICH IS TO SAY THIS CONDUCT IS ACCEPTABLE AND THIS CONDUCT IS ACCEPTABLE AND AN ENTIRE OTHER SET OF THINGS AN ENTIRE OTHER SET OF THINGS YOU CAN IMAGINE ARE ALSO YOU CAN IMAGINE ARE ALSO ACCEPTABLE. ACCEPTABLE. WE SHOULDN’T SKIP OVER THE FACT WE SHOULDN’T SKIP OVER THE FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT’S LAWYER JUST THAT THE PRESIDENT’S LAWYER JUST BEFORE WE TOOK THE BREAK GOT ON BEFORE WE TOOK THE BREAK GOT ON THE SENATE AND SAID IT’S FINE THE SENATE AND SAID IT’S FINE FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SOLICIT AND FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SOLICIT AND ACCEPT FOREIGN INFORMATION IN ACCEPT FOREIGN INFORMATION IN ELECTION AND DOUBLE DOWN ON THAT ELECTION AND DOUBLE DOWN ON THAT SORT OF INFAMOUS MOMENT WITH SORT OF INFAMOUS MOMENT WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS ARGUING GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS ARGUING THAT YEAH, THAT’S FINE. THAT YEAH, THAT’S FINE. YEAH, MAYBE THE CHINESE ARE — YEAH, MAYBE THE CHINESE ARE — THEIR SECURITY AGENCY IS UP ON THEIR SECURITY AGENCY IS UP ON HIS OPPONENT AND THEY COME TO HIS OPPONENT AND THEY COME TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND SAY LOOK AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND SAY LOOK AT THIS FUN TRANSCRIPT WE HAVE. THIS FUN TRANSCRIPT WE HAVE. IF IT’S CREDIBLE, THEN THAT’S IF IT’S CREDIBLE, THEN THAT’S FINE FOR THE PRESIDENT TO DO IT. FINE FOR THE PRESIDENT TO DO IT. THEY HAVE TO ALLOW — THEY HAVE TO ALLOW –>>EXCHANGE 5G FOR IT?>>EXCHANGE 5G FOR IT?>>EXACTLY.>>EXACTLY.>>SO, THIS IS REALLY SERIOUS.>>SO, THIS IS REALLY SERIOUS. IF YOU ACTUALLYHINK WHAT’S IF YOU ACTUALLYHINK WHAT’S GOING ON, YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT GOING ON, YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HIS OF THE UNITED STATES AND HIS LAWYERS AND MAYBE SOON WITH A LAWYERS AND MAYBE SOON WITH A BLESSING FROM THE SENATE BLESSING FROM THE SENATE AGREEING THAT HE IS THE STATE AGREEING THAT HE IS THE STATE AND THAT AS LONG AS HE’S AND THAT AS LONG AS HE’S PERSONALLY DOING SOMETHING, IT PERSONALLY DOING SOMETHING, IT IS ALSO IN THE INTEREST OF THE IS ALSO IN THE INTEREST OF THE STATE. STATE. I MEAN, THAT IS — COMES FROM I MEAN, THAT IS — COMES FROM LOUIE XIV WHO IS THE SUN KING, LOUIE XIV WHO IS THE SUN KING, AN ABSOLUTE MONARCH FROM 17th AN ABSOLUTE MONARCH FROM 17th AND 18th CENTURY FRANCE. AND 18th CENTURY FRANCE. AND THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A AND THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DEMOCRACY. DEMOCRACY. THE PART OF WHAT HAPPENED AND THE PART OF WHAT HAPPENED AND THE REASON WE HAVE A THE REASON WE HAVE A CONSTITUTION, THE REASON WE CONSTITUTION, THE REASON WE BROKE AWAY FROM EUROPE WAS BROKE AWAY FROM EUROPE WAS PRECISELY TO GET AWAY FROM PRECISELY TO GET AWAY FROM ABSOLUTISM AND THAT YOU’RE ABSOLUTISM AND THAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE CHECKS AND SUPPOSED TO HAVE CHECKS AND BALANCES. BALANCES. YOU DO NOT HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO YOU DO NOT HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO GETS TO SAY I AM THE STATE. GETS TO SAY I AM THE STATE. THERE IS ALSO THE SENATE. THERE IS ALSO THE SENATE. THERE IS THE HOUSE. THERE IS THE HOUSE. THERE IS THE SUPREME COURT. THERE IS THE SUPREME COURT. THERE ARE ALL THESE OTHER BODIES THERE ARE ALL THESE OTHER BODIES THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A CHECKING FUNCTION. CHECKING FUNCTION.>>POLITICAL SCIENCE TEACHES US>>POLITICAL SCIENCE TEACHES US THAT IN THE CONTEXT OF A THAT IN THE CONTEXT OF A DEMOCRACY, AUTHORITARIANS, ALL DEMOCRACY, AUTHORITARIANS, ALL OTHER THINGS BEING EQUAL, SHOULD OTHER THINGS BEING EQUAL, SHOULD BE EXPECTED TO GET REELECTED BE EXPECTED TO GET REELECTED BECAUSE AUTHORITARIANS SHOULD BE BECAUSE AUTHORITARIANS SHOULD BE EXPECTED TO USE THE POWERS OF EXPECTED TO USE THE POWERS OF THE STATE TO GET REELECTED. THE STATE TO GET REELECTED. AND THAT GENERAL PRINCIPLE HAS AND THAT GENERAL PRINCIPLE HAS LOOMED, FOR ME, OVER THE LOOMED, FOR ME, OVER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT TRUMP LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT TRUMP THROUGHOUT HIS FIRST TERM IN THROUGHOUT HIS FIRST TERM IN OFFICE BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I OFFICE BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I HAVE BEEN EXCEPTING ABOUT HOW HE HAVE BEEN EXCEPTING ABOUT HOW HE WILL TRY TO SECURE A SECOND TERM WILL TRY TO SECURE A SECOND TERM IN OFFICE. IN OFFICE. I DID NOT EXPECT THAT TRUMP’S

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