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CNN analyst: GOP’s reluctance to speak out on Trump recalls the Soviet Union’s dictatorship

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On Tuesday, CNN analyst Brianna Golodryga noted the significance of the criticism of President Donald Trump by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).

During her analysis, she compared the Republican Party’s inability to stand up to President Donald Trump’s worst impulses with the fear that people felt criticizing the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union — noting that even though we enjoy numerous political freedoms that the Soviets lacked, Republicans are acting as if they don’t.

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“[Amash] clearly took his time in reading the Mueller report,” said Golodryga. “It’s not as if he came out with the day or two or a week after the report came out. It speaks volumes to where the country is right now when you get a standing ovation for speaking your mind in a free democratic country.”

“This isn’t Soviet Russia, the Soviet Union, where you have a dictatorship and people are afraid to speak out against their leader,” Golodryga continued. “Yet we find ourselves in a position where many people in the president’s party, at least, publicly, will not say what every reporter at this network can confirm hearing when they speak to many of them behind closed doors. That they disagree with the president on his rhetoric. They disagree with the president on certain policy issues.”

“They disagree with the president’s behavior as outlined in the Mueller report, yet, as divided as we are as a nation, it is very difficult for them or they feel to speak out publicly that way,” said Golodryga.

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GOP lawmaker goes on extended rant about Schiff to duck Tapper questions about Trump intimidating witnesses

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On Sunday morning House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) attempted to blow off questions by CNN's Jake Tapper over whether President Donald Trump was trying to intimidate former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch with a tweet during her testimony, choosing instead to attack committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for wanting to impeach the president.

Following a long interview where the State of the Union host had to correct the Ohio Republican's assertions multiple times -- with Tapper once flatly stating "That's not true" -- the CNN host asked about Trump's tweets that were immediately characterized as witness intimidation.

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WATCH: Pete Buttigieg surges to first place in ‘gold standard’ poll of Iowa caucuses

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg surged in a poll of Iowa released Saturday night.

The poll, by Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom, showed major movement in the race.

"Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor," the newspaper reported.

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Holmes’ testimony shows Trump lied about his relationship with embattled Ambassador Sondland: ex-FBI agent

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On CNN Saturday, former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa noted that State Department aide David Holmes' testimony does not just make a liar of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland for claiming he wasn't aware of any plot to extort Ukraine with military aid, it also makes a liar out of President Donald Trump for suggesting he had barely even interacted with Sondland in the first place.

"What does all of this mean when we look ahead to the space that Sondland, Ambassador Sondland is in, and what he's going to say on Wednesday?" asked anchor Christi Paul.

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