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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is unashamed of coordinating the details of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with… President Donald Trump.

Amid reports that McConnell could pursue a rapid trial that quickly lets Trump off the hook, the leader told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday that Senate Republicans will be working in “total coordination with the White House counsel.”

That drew quick criticism from Democrats like Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), who accused McConnell of sabotaging the trial.

Speaking to reporters Friday, McConnell was unapologetic.

“It was done during the Clinton impeachment as well,” he said. “Not surprisingly, President Clinton and the Democrats in the Senate were coordinated in strategy. We’re on the same side.”

McConnell said he’d read that Tom Daschle, the Democratic minority leader during Clinton’s trial, had coordinated with Clinton’s White House.

And while Daschle has acknowledged that his staff was in touch with the White House during the Clinton impeachment trial, McConnell glossed over some key differences between then and now — the Republicans controlled the Senate then, and the rules for the Senate impeachment procedure were approved unanimously, 100 votes to zero.

Such unanimity appears less likely this time. McConnell has not yet spoken with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about the parameters of the trial, the New York Times reported Friday.

Watch below via MSNBC:

H/t RawStory.

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Betsy DeVos overruled staff who wanted to erase defrauded students’ loans from for-profit colleges. It’s the latest in a series of damaging stories about DeVos and doomed for-profit endeavors like Corinthian Colleges, which made promises to students it didn’t keep, leaving them deep in debt and flapping in the wind. Recently, a federal judge scolded DeVos and the Education Department for continuing to collect loan payments from ex-Corinthian students despite an order not to. “I’m not sending anyone to jail yet but it’s good to know I have that ability,” the judge said.

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