You can’t make it up. President Donald Trump on Friday night touted a statement from Russian President Vladimir Putin criticizing Trump’s impeachment. Trump did this amid continuing revelations that Putin helped sell him on the discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

The House impeached Trump on Wednesday night for abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Lawmakers concluded that Trump had betrayed his office by barring military aid to Ukraine and denying Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a White House meeting until Zelensky announced investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and Trump’s bizarre idea that Ukraine has a server from the Democratic National Committee that contains evidence related to who interfered in the 2016 election.

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