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GOP senator fears his party has become a ‘cult-like’ organization dedicated to Trump

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Outgoing Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) told reporters on Wednesday that he’s afraid that the Republican Party is simply becoming a personality cult for President Donald Trump.

“We are in a strange place,” Corker said, according to MSNBC’s Garrett Haake. “It’s almost, it’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? It’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of, purportedly, of the same party.”

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Corker was particularly annoyed at Republican leadership for squashing his proposal to reel in Trump’s powers to slap tariffs on key U.S. allies on national security grounds.

“We have an administration that wakes up everyday, on an hoc basis, just making stuff up with no coherency to it,” he told reporters.

Corker on Tuesday railed against Republicans for being too afraid to contradict the president — even as they complained about his actions privately.

“I heard the senator from Texas, the senior senator from Texas, saying the other day, ‘Well, gosh, we might upset the president,’” Corker said on the Senate floor, referencing Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “We might upset the president of the United States before the midterms. So, gosh, we can’t vote on the Corker Amendment because we’re taking, rightly so, the responsibilities that we have to deal with tariffs and revenues.”

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Columnist drops the hammer on ‘Stalinist’ GOP’ for running a bogus ‘show trial’ to exonerate Trump

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In a brutal column for the Daily Beast, longtime political observer Michael Tomasky went all-in on an attack on Republican senators for turning the impeachment trial of Donald Trump into a "Stalinist show trial" where the outcome is known before it even starts.

Reflecting on the impassioned case laid out by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) over the past three days, Tomasky wondered what it would take to get through to Republicans who seem uninterested in fulfilling their constitutional duties.

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‘Take her out!’ Leaked audio purportedly catches Trump demanding firing of Marie Yovanovitch

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An audio recording that has been reviewed by ABC News purportedly catches President Donald Trump demanding the firing of former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

According to ABC News, the recording was made in April 2018, which was more than a year before Yovanovitch was finally ousted from her position. Additionally, ABC News reports that the recording was made by Igor Fruman, the now-indicted henchman of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who captured the president's voice during a private dinner where he also met with Fruman's co-conspirator, Lev Parnas.

Trump's tirade against Yovanovitch came after both Fruman and Parnas had informed the president that the ambassador was known to say nasty things about it, which prompted Trump to demand her dismissal.

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Trump may win his impeachment trial battle and end up in even bigger trouble afterward: columnist

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In a column for Politico, senior media editor Jack Shafer claimed that President Donald Trump appears to be winning his Senate impeachment trial battle but that he is setting himself to lose the war in the long run.

According to the columnist, the president is likely responsible for directly coming up with his impeachment defense but also notes that he hasn't looked past the trial and what awaits him if he gets his wish and Senate Republicans dismiss the charges against him.

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