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CNN’s Rick Santorum smacked down after claiming Christine Ford is ‘complicit’ in Democratic plot to tank Brett Kavanaugh

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Rick Santorum got an early-morning schooling Friday on CNN’s “New Day”, when he tried to claim Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser was “complicit” in a Democratic plot to destroy Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

In the wake of President Trump’s Thursday night swipes at Ford, Santorum suggested the president was responding to “the way Dianne Feinstein and the way the Democrats handled it.”

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“When you look at how it was handled and the complicity potentially of Ms. Blasey-Ford,” Santorum began when host John Berman cut him off.

“‘Complicity’? I’m sorry, ‘complicity’?” asked a stunned Berman as Santorum, suddenly aware he was cornered, began stammering.

“She first raised this when he was a candidate and not even the nominee,” Berman reminded Santorum. “She told her therapist six years ago that this happened. I’m not sure what her complicity is when once her name leaked she said ‘yes, this happened’. Complicity, what?”

Santorum responded by impugning Ms. Ford’s character saying, “she obviously came forward because she wanted to have an impact on the process.”

“She told the story anonymously earlier because she wanted the senators to know. She came forward publicly because she was getting calls to her house and they were coming by her door and her life was being turned upside down,” Berman reminded Santorum for a second time. “If you are a victim of sexual assault, which she says that she is, you have a right to come forward and tell your story.”

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Santorum said she had a right to tell her story, but insisted that she had no right to remain anonymous.

With Santorum frantically filibustering, a visibly unimpressed Berman reminded the conservative pundit for a third time, “you do know often sexual assault victims are scared for their safety and that’s why they don’t come forward, and they are embarrassed. There are myriad reasons.”

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GOP senator flops hard when CNN’s Tapper asks him to name one case where Trump cared about foreign corruption

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Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) on Friday furiously tried to deflect when CNN's Jake Tapper asked him to name one instance other than Ukraine where President Donald Trump held up foreign aid to a country because he was concerned it was not fighting corruption.

During an interview, Tapper asked Lankford if he agreed that Trump's primary concern in holding up military assistance to Ukraine was because he sincerely wanted to root out corruption in the country rather than urge it to investigate his political opponents.

"Yes, I do actually think he's concerned about corruption and the people of Ukraine," the senator replied.

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CNN’s Camerota baffled as GOP senator spins Chuck Schumer power-grab conspiracy theory

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CNN host Alisyn Camerota seemed visibly stunned on Friday morning as a Republican senator spun an elaborate conspiracy theory about Sen. Chuck Schumer by claiming the impeachment trial of Donald Trump is just a cover for the New York Democrat to make himself Senate majority leader.

Defending President  Trump, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) complained about having to watch videos of House impeachment hearing witnesses multiple times during the Senate impeachment trial, before turning his ire on Schumer.

"You know, Alisyn, what this is about -- and Chuck Schumer has been out front about it -- this isn't about removing the president. It's about Chuck Schumer trying to become the majority leader in the United States Senate," he accused. "He has targeted specific members of the Senate. He has attacked the Senate, the process, the senators [by] running commercials against them."

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Fox News scorched for hiding its top legal analyst during impeachment in scathing CNN segment

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Fox News' coverage of President Donald Trump's impeachment has failed to meet even the lowest of expectations, and CNN's John Avlon on Friday chided the network for not even meeting the bare minimum requirements for keeping its viewers informed.

Avlon started his segment by recounting how Fox News doesn't even show the impeachment trial unfiltered and instead has its right-wing hosts and guests talk over House Democrats while they present their case.

"None of which comes close to addressing the evidence," he said.

Avlon then hammered the network for the conspicuous absence of Andrew Napolitano, who has for years been its top legal analyst and who has become a fierce critic of the president.

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