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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin unloads on GOP ‘cowards’ like Jeff Flake — who bash Trump but always vote for his agenda

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin slammed so-called “independent’ Republican senators Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, and Lisa Murkowski, calling them “cowards” who, when push comes to shove, would vote as the president wishes on embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault.

The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey described Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to secure votes in favor of Kavanaugh. “A number of the questionable votes, Collins, Murkowski, Flake, are all senators that have strained relationships with the president,” Dawsey said, adding that with McConnell facing “a razor thin majority” and no room for error, Trump’s public statements about Kavanaugh weren’t “particularly helpful”.

But Toobin smacked down the notion that any of those senators would stand up to the president. “It is worth remembering that this is not the Republican party anymore,” he said. “This is the Trump party.”

Toobin was unsparing in his disdain for “these senators who pretend that they are independent,” naming and shaming them publicly.

“Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, Ben Sasse, but they’re all cowards,” he said. “They all always wind up voting with Trump. They’ll wind up voting with him here.”

Slamming their rhetoric, Toobin added, “I think we need to look at what senators do as opposed to what they say. All this posturing and supposed independence from Trump all melts away when they have to vote.

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Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’

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President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.

McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.

"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.

McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."

"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."

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CNN analyst demolishes White House’s latest attempt to stonewall Congress: ‘There is no provision for this immunity’

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Ahead of former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks being called to Congress to testify about former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — during which she was, by all accounts, less than helpful — the Trump administration took the unprecedented step of advising Congress that Hicks was given "immunity" from talking to them by the president.

On CNN's "The Situation Room," national security analyst Shawn Turner demolished this legal strategy.

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John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress

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Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.

White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.

"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.

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