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‘I’m appalled, I’m embarrassed’: Ana Navarro shreds Trump for aligning himself with Assange over CIA

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GOP consultant and CNN commentator Ana Navarro ripped into Donald Trump on CNN Wednesday afternoon for choosing to align himself with Julian Assange over CIA officials who put their lives on the line for the U.S. everyday.

Along the way she also questioned whether the Republican Party was losing its soul.

After CNN counterterrorism analyst and former CIA official Philip Mudd thoroughly eviscerated Trump for trying to “humiliate” U.S. intelligence officials with his tweets, Navarro was asked by Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer for her take on the cold war between Trump and intel officials.

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“They’ve long considered Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, to be an enemy of the United States for the information he’s disclosed undermining U.S. national security,” Blitzer asked. “Are you surprised to see some of these Republicans actually going out there and defending Wikileaks and Julian Assange?”

“I’m surprised, I’m saddened, I’m appalled and I’m embarrassed for them and for our party,” a seething Navarro replied. “I’m old enough to remember when Republicans knew that Putin is a thug, and when Republicans knew that Assange is a treasonous person who put national security at risk. I recommend that the president-elect go to the (CIA) headquarter in Langley and take a look at the wall that marks and commemorates every death. Many of them died defending our country anonymously.”

“There are stars there marking their deaths because their named can’t be revealed and this is just — you know, this is unacceptable,” she continued as she warmed up. “If you want to question the intelligence, he has every right, but do it behind closed doors. Do not do it in public. Do not have this spectacle. And to my Republican brethren and the elected officials, I say speak up because this is going to be on you – you cannot stay quiet. You can’t be a rubber stamp, you can’t look the other way. I’m thankful for Lindsey Graham, for John McCain and others on this issue. We have to go back to being the soul of the republican party and that we respect those people who put their lives on the line for the security of our country.”

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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