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Trump asked John Bolton to defend his policies on Sunday talk shows — and Bolton refused: CNN

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On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” special correspondent Jamie Gangel revealed that a few weeks before being fired, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton flatly told President Donald Trump that he wouldn’t go on TV to defend his administration’s policy because he didn’t agree with it — an episode that cannot have done much to stave off the bad blood between the two.

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“For anyone who missed it, Donald Trump never liked John Bolton’s mustache, but that was the least of their problems,” said Gangel. “Look, these two men not only clashed, but behind the scenes I — I am told by sources close to the situation John Bolton was not supporting the president.”

“A couple of weeks ago, in late August, he was supposed to go on the Sunday talk shows. He did not go on. And my source said that it was because he said he couldn’t support the president’s position,” said Gangel. “When Trump found out about it, that was yet another blow in the relationship. But I think overall all of these problems, friends of John Bolton will tell you, he’s a bull in a China shop. They were surprised he lasted as long as he did, Wolf.”

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Rick Santorum blasted by CNN’s Begala for blatant lie in effort to defend Trump

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Former GOP Senator Rick Santorum ran into some major pushback on CNN on Sunday morning as he tried to dismiss the Donald Trump articles of impeachment headed to a full House vote by saying there was a stronger case against former President Bill Clinton.

Sitting on a "State of the Union" panel with host Jake Tapper, the conservative CNN contributor addressed the charges against the president by saying, "There are two issues. The one I have the most problem with is the second article."

"Obstruction of Congress," Tapper helpfully added.

"If you don't comply you could be impeached and every president will be impeached if they say we'll not give you what you asked for," Santorum claimed. "And I think that is reckless on the part of Democrats and would be stunned if more Democrats don't vote against that than the first one."

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Tapper interview with Rand Paul goes off the rails after lawmaker cornered over Trump administration corruption

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A "State of the Union" interview with Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday morning turned into a struggle for CNN host Jake Tapper to get the combative senator to answer a simple question over whether Donald Trump truly cares about corruption since multiple aides to the president have been convicted of felonies while working for him.

Tapper pressed Paul about the president looking for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter in a phone call with Ukraine's president, asking, "So you're saying that you think that President Trump was actually doing this because he was combatting corruption?"

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WATCH: Town hall crowd explodes into applause as New Jersey lawmaker announces he will vote for Trump impeachment

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On Sunday morning CNN aired a clip of Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) announcing before a town hall crowd on Saturday that he will vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump -- causing some of the audience members to explode into applause over his decision.

In the clip, the lawmaker explains, "Based on the evidence I have seen in the depositions, the hearings and the documents I've seen, I believe on the two counts of impeachment that the vote that has been put before us, that the vote should be yes, and I will be voting yes."

With that, the crowd burst into cheers with some leaping from their seats.

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