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Yes, Stephen Colbert puts it succinctly when he says that GordonSondland, the European Union ambassador, “spilled the T” on his boss DonaldTrump. Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Sondland offeredwhat Colbert calls the “historically heroic” excuse: We were just followingorders, imposing a quid pro quo on military assistance and White Housesupport for Ukraine.

Colbert performs a journalistic service by juxtaposing Trump’s absurd claim that he “wanted nothing” from Ukraine with the headlines showing that the whistleblower complaint was filed that same day. No wonder Sondland said the president – usually so sunny – was in a bad mood!

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Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

President Donald Trump's recent musings about staging his Republican National Convention speech at the White House drew criticism from government ethics watchdogs and even one Republican senator, John Thune of South Dakota.

The suggestion wasn't an isolated blending of official presidential duties and the campaign. It was part of a yearslong pattern of disregarding such boundaries in the Trump White House. There is a law, called the Hatch Act, that prohibits most government officials from engaging in politicking in the course of their official work.

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