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Trump ‘holding Republican party hostage’ says defeated GOP congressman

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President Donald Trump is “holding the Republican party hostage,” said former congressman Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC).

Sanford, who gave up his seat in Congress before the midterms, joined CNN’s Van Jones on a panel of former Republican officials who either quit or were defeated in the 2018 midterms.

Asked how he makes sense of Trumpism, Sanford said: “I don’t make sense of Donald Trump’s rhetoric, which is why I am where I am.”

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“I disagree with much of his rhetoric, I disagree with much of his tone,” Sanford said. “And on both fronts, it’s harmful to a lot of American themes, and it’s certainly harmful to the Republican party. I think in that regard the Republican party has been held hostage.”

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas willing to testify Devin Nunes met with former Ukrainian official to get dirt on Joe Biden

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has been tied to yet another questionable encounter with Rudy Giuliani's indicted associate.

It was revealed this week that Lev Parnas helped Nunes set up meetings in Europe in efforts to discredit the Russia investigation. It obviously failed, but Nunes closed his Intelligence Committee investigation nearly one year before Robert Mueller finalized his. Nunes missed several international connections, incidents of international donors funneling campaign cash into the U.S. and more.

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The Republican Party will be judged for many many years for what it does in this trial: Carl Bernstein

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Veteran newsman Carl Bernstein warned the Republican Party that they will be "judged" for decades based on their behavior in President Donald Trump's impeachment.

During a Friday CNN appearance, the Watergate reporter from The Washington Post explained that the GOP clearly doesn't care about truth, justice or the rule of law.

"There's very little interest in the truth by the president's Republican defenders," he told host Erin Burnett. "Which is a really terrible thing given the grievous nature of the president's corruption, his illegal acts that have now been demonstrably made apparent through the impeachment hearings. The Republican Party is really also on trial in the Senate. And we'll see if there's any breaking of ranks. And right now, it doesn't appear that there is going to be. But I think it will be many, many years that the Republican Party will be judged for what it does in this trial of Donald Trump."

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John Bolton ripped for refusing his ‘patriotic duty’ to testify: CNN legal analyst lectures him to ‘show up!’

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin didn't have any kind words for former national security adviser John Bolton, who was spotted coming into Washington, D.C. at Union Station Friday.

"Are you concerned they're trying to keep you from testifying?" a reporter asked Bolton.

"No. I won't," Bolton replied.

Bolton complained Friday that the White House had blocked him from accessing his Twitter account, which was the reason for his two-month silence on the social media site. The White House released a statement denying the account.

None of that mattered to Toobin, who quite simply blew up at Bolton.

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