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Ex-Republican rails against GOP-led Congress inaction on Trump ‘betraying his oath of office’ by ‘not protecting the country’

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In wake of The New York Times report that President Donald Trump had raw data that Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian attack, conservatives on the CNN panel were stumped.

Former Republican Max Boot and former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) joined CNN’s Don Lemon and Dan Bash in being stunned with the latest development in the Russia scandal.

“Don, there have been so many crazy, offensive things that have occurred in the Trump administration,” Began Boot after listening to Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ press briefing Wednesday. Sanders revealed that Trump was entertaining the idea that he would hand over former Ambassador Michael McFoul to the Russians for interrogation.

Boot went on to call it maybe the “craziest and most offensive” thing they have done in office yet.

“It boggles the mind that Vladimir Putin makes this absurd request to basically allow his agents to harass and persecute a former U.S. Ambassador to Russia who has served this country honestly and instead of saying, ‘Go jump in a lake,’ Donald Trump apparently says, ‘we’ll consider this request.’ Seriously? This is yet more evidence that he is not doing his duty as commander in chief. He’s betraying his oath of office, not protecting his country. This is so crazy, I can’t even begin to say how crazy this is.”

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Bash agreed, noting, “there are not enough synonyms of ‘crazy’ to explain how crazy this is.”

Former Rep. Dent said that there was strong push-back in wake of the joint press conference with Putin on Monday, but Republicans in Congress have since gone limp.

“We saw all these walk-backs or all these people going on mop duty to try to clean it up, only making things worse,” Dent continued. “I can’t explain it. I think it’s a time like this that Republicans need to stand up and defend western values, defend NATO, defend the international order, and certainly push back on Vladimir Putin who is trying to undermine American power and influence anywhere he can around the world. What’s so hard about this?”

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CNN host forced to explain to Republican Rick Santorum why Trump’s attack on Democratic lawmakers was racist

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During an appearance on CNN's "New Day" -- along with fellow Republican Charlie Dent (PA) -- ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) received a lecture from host John Berman on why Donald Trump's tweets and attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were racist.

While Dent revealed that down-ticket Republicans running for re-election in 2020 are "terrified" that Trump's descent into overt racism as a campaign strategy may kill their chances of holding their seats, Santorum said he was disgusted with the whole spectacle while saying he didn't see the attacks as racist.

Asked about the president's attacks, Santorum tried to brush them away and blame the recipients of Trump's ire.

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A CNN panel convened to discuss new evidence that shows Donald Trump was heavily involved in the plot to keep his affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels secret before the 2016 election concluded that it is one more impeachable offense.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, CNN commentator Errol Louis said that the newly revealed texts messages and phone-calls between former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and Trump aide Hope Hicks prove that the then-candidate was in the thick of it before the election.

"He did know, Errol," host Berman explained. "All the evidence is he knew. There's all these phone calls, there are the checks. There's Michael Cohen's testimony. The evidence says the president was lying to the American people."

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Trump’s ‘aberrant’ Omar excuse is the same ‘two-step’ he did when former Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard endorsed him: CNN contributor

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," contributor Ron Brownstein reacted with outrage to President Donald Trump's attempts to disown his supporters' racist chants of "Send Her Back!" regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina.

"Let me read a tweet that generated a lot of reaction, a tweet that you posted," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "It goes like this. 'If 20 high school students chanted this at a classmate how many would be expelled? If 20 employees yelled this at a colleague how many would be fired? If 20 Army soldiers aimed this at a platoon mate how many would be discharged? How much of US will accept this as a new standard?' You got a lot of reaction from that."

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