‘NOTHING WE CAN DO TO STOP IT’: PASTOR SAYS CONGRESSMAN TOLD HIM OF PLOT TO ‘TAKE OUT’ TRUMP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An evangelical pastor has come forward with claims that a high ranking Republican official told him of plans to “take out” president Donald Trump.

Rodney Howard-Browne claims he is going public with the information in an effort to prevent Trump from becoming “the next JFK”.

During an appearance on Revival Ministries International (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY8y8RzUnoM), Howard-Browne said he spent “from 9:30 in the evening until 12:30am with one of the senior ranking members of Congress” who told him of the plot and advised him that “there’s nothing we can do to stop it.”

“He said ‘there is a plot on Capitol Hill to take the president out’, I said ‘you mean by impeachment or by indictment’ – he said ‘no, to take him out, he will be removed suddenly from office’,” said Howard-Browne, before adding, “you can read between the lines”.

Howard-Browne refused to identify the Congressman who allegedly told him of the plot to kill the president but said he “had been in office since 1996”.

Howard-Browne claims that he shared the warning during an interview on the CBN Network but that network executives ordered that portion of the interview be cut out.
He says he has decided “to go public with this because we have to.”

The pastor claims the congressman informed him of the plan by the “deep state” to stop Trump because of his agenda to redirect America back toward Conservative values and that they were trying to “set the president up in every way”.

With non-lethal plans to stop him apparently failing, says Howard-Browne, the Congressman advised him that it’s now time to move on to “Plan-B”.

As a result of the meeting with the congressman, Howard-Browne has called for people around the world to “pray around the clock for the protection of the president” and asked a group of pastors who had gathered with him in the Oval Office to lay hands on Trump and pray for his safety. A photo of Howard-Browne leading his fellow pastors in prayer over the 45th president quickly went viral when it was released by the South African pastor on social media.

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TRUMP TO TRANSGENDERS: ‘YOU’RE OUT’; PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETURN TO BAN ON TRANSGENDERS IN MILITARY

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a stunning announcement, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced an immediate reversal on former president Barack Obama’s policy which allowed transgendered persons to serve in the U.S. military.

In a series of tweets posted to his official Twitter account, the president wrote:

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming..victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

The announcement quickly caused a wave of backlash from members of the LGBTQ community who called the announcement an offense to transgendered individuals.

“This is worse than don’t ask don’t tell, this is don’t serve, don’t serve,” The National Center for Transgender Equality said in a written statement. “This is an appalling attack on our service members; it is about bigotry rather than military readiness, reason or science. It is indefensible and cannot stand.”

However, the announcement was met with high praise from pro-family and pro-military groups who felt the Obama era policy was harmful to active military members and promoted the wrong priorities.

“I applaud President Trump for keeping his promise to return to military priorities – and not continue the social experimentation of the Obama era that has crippled our nation’s military,” FRC President Tony Perkins said in a statement. “The military can now focus its efforts on preparing to fight and win wars rather than being used to advance the Obama social agenda.”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) was also quick to praise the president’s decision.

“Pleased to hear that @realDonaldTrump shares my readiness and cost concerns, & will be changing this costly and damaging policy #readiness,” Hartzler wrote on Twitter upon hearing the news.

Many believe the decision to reverse the controversial policy was fueled by tough talking Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who last month delayed the review of the Obama mandate that allowed transgender people to join the military.

In a statement in June, Mattis approved a recommendation to defer the decision to allow transgender individuals to join the military, a policy known more commonly as accession. “The services will review their accession plans and provide input on the impact to the readiness and lethality of our forces,” the statement read.

Mattis was asked during his confirmation hearing in January whether he would move to ban openly gay and transgendered from service on the basis that their presence somehow makes the military seem less lethal.

“Frankly, senator, I’ve never cared much about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with,” Mattis responded, but refused to comment as to whether or not he felt their presence eroded the military’s image.

In a statement from The Pentagon, Capt. Jeff Davis refused to comment on the president’s announcement of reversal and deferred all questions on the new policy to The White House.

“We refer all questions about the President’s statements to the White House,” a statement from Davis read. “We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military. We will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future.”

A 2016 study by Rand Corp. estimated that approximately 6,630 transgender individuals were actively serving in the U.S. military. The total force is about 1.3 million. Under the Obama mandate, any transgendered person who chose to have gender reassignment surgery would be provided treatment and said surgery on the tax payer’s dime.

Prior to the Obama mandate, the Pentagon banned transgender troops from openly serving in the military. Any transgendered person who intentionally revealed their transgender service would be discharged or denied reenlistment.

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SUBPOENAED: TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER PAUL MANAFORT CALLED TO TESTIFY IN RUSSIA PROBE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been subpoenaed to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, scheduled for Wednesday.

The unexpected legal maneuver came after officials say members of the committee could not coerce Manafort into a private Q&A with investigators.

“While we were willing to accommodate Mr. Manafort’s request to cooperate with the committee’s investigation without appearing at Wednesday’s hearing, we were unable to reach an agreement for a voluntary transcribed interview with the Judiciary Committee,” Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a joint statement released on Tuesday.

The Judiciary Committee initially said it would not subpoena Mr Manafort, as he had agreed to negotiate a private meeting. But negotiations quickly broke down when Manafort pulled back and agreed only to a single, transcribed interview to Congress that would not be made available to the Judiciary Committee.

“We need answers. That’s why the Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for Paul Manafort,” Ms Feinstein tweeted on Tuesday.

The subpoena comes after both Manafort and the president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., were called to give testimony on what, if any, information they have in regard to Russian efforts to sway the outcome of the 2016 election.

Likely a topic of great interest to lawmakers will be the attendance by the pair at a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and her associates, who reports say offered to help provide “dirt” on then political rival Hillary Clinton. Manafort attended the meeting along with Trump Jr. and Trump, Sr.’s son in law, Jared Kushner, who said he left in the middle of the meeting. The threesome admit to attending the meeting but say it was counterproductive and that no useful information was obtained.

According to Manafort’s attorney, Jason Maloni, Manafort spoke to investigators for the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday morning to avoid another subpoena, but the subpoena issued by the Judiciary Committee still stands.

“Paul Manafort met this morning, by previous agreement, with the bipartisan staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and answered their questions fully,” Maloni said.

For his part, the president took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to call the probe into his staff a “witch hunt”.

“Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians,” Trump wrote on Twitter in regard to Kushner’s testimony before the investigative panel. “Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!”

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SESSIONS OUT; GIULIANI IN? AG MAY BE NEXT PUSHED THROUGH WHITE HOUSE REVOLVING DOOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave credence to recent rumors that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be next to face the axe within the Trump administration.

In a tweet sent out early Tuesday morning, the president blasted the current AG for his handling of Hillary Clinton’s bevy of “crimes”.

“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – ‘quietly working to boost Clinton.’ So where is the investigation A.G.?” the outspoken 45th president wrote on Twitter. Moments later, Trump followed his first critique of Sessions up with another. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”

The president’s comments follow weeks of speculation that he may be preparing to replace Sessions with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, with whom Trump has had a long standing friendship.

Questions surrounding the impending political shake up were addressed during a Tuesday morning Fox & Friends appearance by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who would neither confirm nor deny rumors that the president was considering firing Sessions and replacing him with Giuliani.

Sanders said that although she had not been privy to any “of any conversations discussing any potential replacements,” but did verify that Trump is “frustrated and disappointed” in the Attorney General’s decision to recuse himself from ongoing probe into potential Russian interference during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“That frustration certainly hasn’t gone away, and I don’t think it will,” Sanders said.
When pressed for clarification on Sessions’ fate, Sanders replied, “That’s a decision that if the president wants to make, he certainly will.”

In regard to Giuliani, Sanders remained coy. “Right now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the attorney general,” she replied when asked if Giuliani had been talked to by the president about replacing Sessions.

As for Sessions, the 70 year old conservative seems unphased by the controversy and says his job, for now, is to work on the tasks at hand.

“I’m totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way,” Sessions said last week in response to rumors of his pending political doom. “(This job) goes beyond anything that I would have ever imagined for myself.”

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on Trump’s tweets Tuesday morning.

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‘WASTE OF OUR TIME’: A DEFIANT JARED KUSHNER DENIES COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA IN RESPONSE TO CONGRESSIONAL PROBE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jared Kushner on Monday denied colluding with Russian officials to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and called a congressional probe into his potential involvement in the matter a “waste of our time”.

President Trump’s son-in-law, who also serves as an advisor in the Trump administration, slammed allegations of wrongdoing in a statement released Monday morning as he met with congressional investigators.

“I am voluntarily providing this statement, submitting documents, and sitting for interviews in order to shed light on issues that have been raised about my role in the Trump for President Campaign and during the transition period,” the statement reads.

“I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government,” the statement continues. “I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 form [security clearance], above and beyond what is required. Hopefully, this puts these matters to rest.”

In his statement Kushner also provides specific details in regard to contacts he had with Russian officials during the course of the 2016 election and post-election transition:

“With respect to my contacts with Russia or Russian representatives during the campaign, there were hardly any. The first that I can recall was at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. in April 2016. This was when then candidate Trump was delivering a major foreign policy speech. Doing the event and speech had been my idea, and I oversaw its execution,” the statement reads.

“I arrived at the hotel early to make sure all logistics were in order. After that, I stopped into the reception to thank the host of the event, Dimitri Simes, the publisher of the bi-monthly foreign policy magazine, The National Interest, who had done a great job putting everything together. Mr. Simes and his group had created the guest list and extended the invitations for the event. He introduced me to several guests, among them four ambassadors, including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. With all the ambassadors, including Mr. Kislyak, we shook hands, exchanged brief pleasantries and I thanked them for attending the event and said I hoped they would like candidate Trump’s speech and his ideas for a fresh approach to America’s foreign policy,” the statement continues.

“The ambassadors also expressed interest in creating a positive relationship should we win the election. Each exchange lasted less than a minute; some gave me their business cards and invited me to lunch at their embassies. I never took them up on any of these invitations and that was the extent of the interactions. Reuters news service has reported that I had two calls with Ambassador Kislyak at some time between April and November of 2016. While I participated in thousands of calls during this period, I do not recall any such calls with the Russian Ambassador. We have reviewed the phone records available to us and have not been able to identify any calls to any number we know to be associated with Ambassador Kislyak and I am highly skeptical these calls took place. A comprehensive review of my land line and cell phone records from the time does not reveal those calls. I had no ongoing relationship with the Ambassador before the election, and had limited knowledge about him then.”

Kushner is being grilled on what, if any, involvement he had in regard to Russian intereferance in the 2016 election in a closed door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday. A second meeting is expected to occur on Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee.

His appearance before the committees marks a turning point in the investigations of Russian meddling, as he is the first of the president’s closest advisers to appear before them.

You can read Jared Kushner’s full statement by clicking on the link below:
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‘I’LL BE BACK’: CANCER STRICKEN MCCAIN VOWS TO RETURN TO SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arizona Senator John McCain, who was diagnosed this week with an aggressive form of brain cancer, says he’s faced tougher challenges in his life and doesn’t intend to let his diagnosis keep him for long off the senate floor.

“I’ve been through worse,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R)- SC says McCain told him during a telephone call Wednesday night.

“”God knows how this ends, not me,” Graham told reporters after speaking with McCain. “But what I do know is this disease has never had a more worthy opponent.”

McCain, who currently serves as chairman of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, after having a blood clot removed from above his left eye last Friday.

Graham says he called McCain, who is currently resting at his Arizona home, on Wednesday night to offer words of comfort and support but that McCain quickly turned the discussion toward healthcare and the National Defense Authorization Act.

“Literally, it went five minutes until we turned away from what I think most people have a hard time absorbing and focused on what he loves the best,” Graham said.

Graham, who has worked with the Vietnam war veteran for years and formed a deep friendship while working side by side on the Senate floor, added that it was McCain who wound up encouraging him to stay strong.

“‘No more woe is me, Lindsey,’” Graham recalled McCain telling him after he began choking back tears during their conversation. “He’s yelling at me and to buck up. So I’m going to buck up.”

“He’s coming back,” Graham said. “I think they got it. He’s going to go through radiation and chemo. I’m not a doctor. It may come back and he’ll fight it again. But right now he’s in good spirits. It was a real tough operation. But John is ready to come back.

In a statement via Twitter, John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, who serves as a political commentator for Fox News spoke of her shock over her father’s diagnosis and her prayers for his swift recovery. “My love for my father is boundless and like any daughter I cannot and do not wish to be in a world without him. I have faith that those days remain far away,” she said.

McCain, 80, was held prisoner of war in North Vietnam war camp for five and a half years during his service in the military. He was released on March 14, 1973 and shortly thereafter began his political career. He has served in the House and Senate since 1982.

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OVERRULED: SUPREME COURT RULES GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN EXEMPT FROM TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump received another blow on Wednesday as the Supreme Court upheld with a Hawaii Court’s ruling that Grandparents and their grandchildren are exempt from being included in his embattled travel ban.

In its ruling the high court declared the Trump administration had failed to clearly define what constitutes “close family relationships” in regard to exceptions to the ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries — Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Syria and Yemen.

However, the court did rule in favor of the Trump administration by staying the portion of the Hawaii Federal district judge Derrick Watson’s ruling that would have expanded exemptions to its 120-day ban on all refugees.

Wednesday’s order is an addendum to the court’s ruling in June that the travel ban could not go into effect for those people with a “bona fide connection” to an individual
or charitable or religious entity already in the United States.

In the meantime approximately 24,000 refugees who already have been assigned to a charity or religious organization in the U.S. will not be able to utilize that connection to enter the country, a fact that has critics of the travel ban in an uproar.

“This ruling jeopardizes the safety of thousands of people across the world including vulnerable families fleeing war and violence,” said Naureen Shah, Amnesty International USA’s senior director of campaigns said in a released statement.

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said the high court’s Wednesday order “confirms we were right to say that the Trump administration over-reached in trying to unilaterally keep families apart from each other.”

In their ruling, conservative Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas stated that they would have blocked Watson’s order in its entirety. The same three justices said last month they would have allowed the Trump travel ban to take full effect.

The Supreme Court is expected to receive oral arguments both for and against the travel ban in early October.

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RICE UNDER FIRE: OBAMA’S FORMER NSA PREPARES TO BE GRILLED ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION UNMASKING

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor to the Obama administration, is expected to face tough questions as she testifies on Tuesday before the Republican-led House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Rice, who’s been accused of ordering the “unmasking” the names of Trump associates documented in intelligence reports, is expected to address the allegations against her as she testifies before the closed door hearing.

The hearing is just one of many underway as investigators seek to uncover what, if any, interference was caused by Democrats or Republicans in regard to the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Advocates for the Trump administration claim that Rice may have committed a crime by asking government analysts to disclose the names of his associates while surveilling the then Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

Rice, however, has hinted that she is being targeted based upon her gender and her race.

“Why me? Why not Jay Carney, for example, who was then our press secretary, who stood up more?” Rice said in an interview with Michael Tomasky for New York Magazine (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/06/susan-rice-on-trump.html). “I don’t know… I do not leap to the simple explanation that it’s only about race and gender. I’m trying to keep my theories to myself until I’m ready to come out with them. It’s not because I don’t have any.”

Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News his questions for Rice will be cut and dry: “Did you unmask the names and if so why?”

“The American people want to get the truth on all of these issues,” said Jordan (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/17/susan-rice-set-to-face-capitol-hill-questions-on-alleged-trump-team-unmasking.html) “…on what Susan Rice may or may not have done.”

“We know what James Comey did because he testified to it, and we know he he leaked a memo through a friend to the New York Times with the stated objective of getting momentum to get a special counsel,” Jordan added. “So I think all this needs to be looked at so the American public can get the truth,” Jordan concluded.

In response to an April 4, 2017 Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch which called for “any and all requests for information, analyses, summaries, assessments, transcripts, or similar records submitted to any intelligence community member agency or any official, employee, or representative thereof” relating to the matter, Judicial Watch reported (http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-obama-nsc-advisor-susan-rices-unmasking-material-obama-library) a response on May 23, 2017 by NSC Access Management Director John Powers which read:

“Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.”

When reached for comment, a spokesperson for former president Barack Obama, refused to comment on the ongoing controversy.

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MAKING AMERICA SECURE AGAIN: HOUSE APPROVES FUNDING FOR BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump is one step closer to fulfilling one of his most famous campaign promises…the building of a wall to separate the U.S. from Mexico.

The House Appropriations Committee this week approved $1.6 billion in funds to be allocated toward construction of the southern border wall.

“Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority. This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,” House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Carter said in a statement.

“Additionally, this bill will increase funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, support grants in cases of emergency and natural disaster, and provide critical resources to protect our cyber networks,” the statement continued.

The building of a wall to separate the United States from Mexico was an issue that proved central to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Since his inauguration in January, the Trump administration has cracked down on illegal immigration, calling it a matter of “justice and safety for the American people”.

“It will secure the border & save lives. Now the full House & Senate must act!” Trump said upon hearing the news that the funds had been approved.

In addition to securing the wall, Trump campaigned heavily on his promise to make Mexico pay for it. He made headlines last week while reiterating that pledge as he sat next to Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto while attending the G20 Summit.

“It’s great to be with my friend the president of Mexico, and we’re negotiating NAFTA and some other things with Mexico and we’ll see how it all turns out, but I think we’ve made really good progress so it’s great to be with you,” Trump said shaking hands with Nieto. When asked by a reporter, “Mr. Trump, do you still want Mexico to pay for the wall?”, Trump turned to the Mexican leader and replied, “Absolutely.”

Although Mexico has publicly refused to do any such thing, Trump says he will force the southern nation to do so by cutting off funding, which many economists say is vital for Mexico’s struggling economy.

“It’s an easy decision for Mexico,” Trump said of his plans, which he released earlier this year (https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/politics/memo-explains-how-donald-trump-plans-to-pay-for-border-wall/2007/?tid=a_inl).

According to estimates, (http://tmz.vo.llnwd.net/o28/newsdesk/tmz_documents/design-build-structure.pdf) the wall expected to stretch over one thousand miles across the U.S. southern border.

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DEMS FILE ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST TRUMP: ALLEGE INTERFERENCE; OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Brad Sherman, (D)-Calif., on Wednesday filed impeachment articles against President Donald Trump alleging the president interfered with the ongoing federal investigation into what, if any, role Russia may have played in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Sherman unveiled the bill, HR 438, on Wednesday alleging Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in an effort to thwart the federal investigation into Russian interference, and accusing the president of obstruction of justice.

“Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of people of the United States,” the bill reads. “Wherefore, Donald John Trump, by such conduct warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.”

The likelihood that Sherman’s bill will get anywhere is minute considering the only other representative to sign onto it is Rep. Al Green, (D)-Texas, who has also repeatedly called for Trump’s impeachment.

Most Democrats have scoffed at signing such bills due to the fact that Republicans control both the House and the Senate and consider arguing for such an act a waste of time. That said, House Democrats have no less waged war against the Trump administration, particularly in light of recent revelations that Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., has admitted to meeting with Russian insiders in the Spring of 2016 in an effort to obtain information on his father’s then political rival Hillary Clinton.

Asked about the impeachment bill during an off-camera moment at at White House briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called it “utterly ridiculous” and “a political game at its worst.”

In a statement, Sherman said he and Green will push the Judiciary Committee for hearings on the matter and added that he hopes introducing articles of impeachment would “inspire an ‘intervention’ in the White House.”

Sherman, acknowledging the fact that the Bill is likely to go nowhere, called his efforts “the first step on a very long road,” and said he believes Republicans will eventually join the effort “many, many months from now” if the president’s “incompetence” continues.

Only three presidents in history have been the subject of impeachment proceedings. Both Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton 1999 were acquitted but were permitted to remain in office. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 to avoid official impeachment.

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