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Regretful Trump voters tell CNN why they’ve turned on ‘the dictator in White House’: ‘All he’s done is surround himself with crooks’

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A panel of former Trump voters on Monday told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that they deeply regret their decision — and now they’re going to back Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.

Independent voter Anthony Miles, who was attracted to President Donald Trump’s outsider status in the 2016 election, said he was hugely disappointed in the president getting caught up in one corruption scandal after another.

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“He said the system was rigged, and he said he was going to be a new sheriff in town,” Miles said. “And all he’s done is surrounded himself with crooks. How many people have been indicted who are in close cahoots with him?”

Miles also referred to Trump as “the dictator in the White House.”

Trump voter Rahul Blokhra similarly pointed out that the Trump administration’s Russia policy is wildly contradictory, as he noted it seems like Trump’s administration is leveling sanctions against the Kremlin despite Trump’s wishes.

“I’m not sure who is running the country right now!” he said.

And lifelong Republican Stephanie Martin said that she was “embarrassed” to have backed Trump after the way he’s behaved in the Oval Office.

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“I consider myself part of the religious right,” she said. “And now the values I see coming from the White House just don’t mesh up with what I believe.”

She said she was particularly disturbed by the way Trump has continued to be just as divisive as president as he was as a candidate.

“There does not seem to be any effort to unite the country,” she said. “It’s always us against someone, or these people against someone else.”

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‘Getting the truth is irrelevant!’ Rick Santorum goes down in flames trying to defend Trump on CNN

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Trump defender Rick Santorum went down in flames during a CNN debate on Wednesday that culminated in him admitting that the truth about President Donald Trump's attempt to extort the Ukrainian government really doesn't matter.

During a feisty debate with Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Santorum said that it would be a waste of time to call witnesses such as former national security adviser John Bolton because it would not change the fact that Trump is getting acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.

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White House lawyers’ defense of Trump was ‘grossly misleading and a violation of ethical duties’: Preet Bharara

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On CNN Tuesday, former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara pointed out that if White House lawyers had any advance knowledge of former National Security Adviser John Bolton's testimony, they had an ethical obligation not to hide it from the Senate.

"There is ... an ethical question," said Bharara. "They were asked today in a briefing, where they had a source, who was asked the question, did you review the manuscript, and they said no, we didn't review the manuscript. They were then asked where you briefed on the contents of the manuscript and they said, that's all we're going to say."

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‘You are wrong!’ CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin obliterates Alan Dershowitz for insisting presidents can abuse power

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin confronted former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz with more evidence against his assertions that presidents cannot be impeached for abuse of power.

"I mean, Alan, you are equating maladministration with the abuse of power," said Toobin. "You are the only scholar who does that."

"Again, you're wrong," said Dershowitz. "Let me give you a cite. Today's New York Times," Professor Nicholas Bowie says that almost exactly. He says that maladministration, abuse of office, abuse of power — read it in The New York Times."

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