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Ted Cruz boasts about endorsement from anti-gay pastor and convicted stalker

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GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz considers it a boasting point that a convicted stalker religious fanatic has endorsed him, according to Right Wing Watch.

Cruz published a list of Christian leaders who endorse his bid for the White House, and among them is Philip “Flip” Benham, a man who likens Muslims, LGBT people and Unitarians to the devil. Benham was also convicted of stalking an abortion provider, handing out hundreds of “wanted” posters bearing the physician’s name and photograph.

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“I am excited to be surrounded by so many people of faith,” Cruz said in a statement on his website. “Believers are alarmed that their values are not being represented, nor their liberties respected, in Washington. This list reflects a wide range of denominations, ministries, geography, and church size.”

Benham heads Operation Save America, a radical anti-abortion group that “unashamedly takes up the cause of preborn children in the name of Jesus Christ. We employ only biblical principles. The Bible is our foundation; the Cross of Christ is our strategy; the repentance of the Church of Jesus Christ is our ultimate goal.”

According to RWW, Benham organized a campaign to harass the federal judge overseeing the case of anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. Benham also blamed the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado on Democrats and the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting on the separation between church and state.

Putting himself in the company of religious radicals and bigots is nothing new for Cruz, who earlier this month spoke at a religious conference organized by Kevin Swanson, a pastor who believes LGBT people should be executed.

 

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George Conway: GOP senators are right to fear John Bolton’s ‘devastating’ testimony

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President Donald Trump's lawyers made no mention of John Bolton in their opening statement -- but his testimony could blow up their impeachment defense.

Bolton submitted the manuscript for his new book to the White House last month for review, which likely means that at least some of the president's legal team were aware of the former national security adviser's claims, wrote attorney George Conway for the Washington Post.

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Legal experts: Donald Trump cannot use ‘executive privilege’ to block John Bolton testimony

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It remains to be seen whether or not Republicans in the U.S. Senate will vote to include testimony from witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton — who has said that he would testify if subpoenaed. Trump has asserted that he will invoke executive privilege if Bolton or any other national security officials are called to testify. But according to an article for Just Security written by six contributors (Harold Hongju Koh, Rosa Hayes, Annie Himes, Dana Khabbaz, Michael Loughlin and Mark Stevens), U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts “should reject any such executive privilege claim” and “require Bolton’s testimony.”

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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘My guess’ is John Bolton is telling truth about Trump and Ukraine

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who once personally lobbied President Donald Trump to release the hold on military aid to Ukraine, seemed to give former national security adviser John Bolton some credibility while talking with reports on Monday.

Politico's Kyle Cheney reports that Johnson said that "my guess is John Bolton tells the truth," although he said he still wanted to hear the Trump administration's full case and also questioned the "exquisite" timing of the leak about Bolton's upcoming book, in which he reportedly says Trump told him he was holding up military aid to Ukraine until it agreed to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

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