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‘Disgusted’ lifelong GOP voter quits party after Republicans smear impeachment witnesses

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P. Ryan Hussey, a lifelong Republican voter from Kansas, quit his party over the weekend with a scathing letter sent to Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Jerry Moran (R-KS).

In his letter, Hussey said that he has long been disturbed by the party’s transformation under President Donald Trump, but that the party’s behavior during House impeachment hearings has been “too much to stomach.”

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“The straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back occurred during the past few weeks when Republican House Intelligence Committee members abandoned all semblance of sanity,” he wrote. “I was disgusted to hear members of my former party challenge the patriotism of a career military veteran and intelligence officer simply because his testimony did not subscribe to their shallow narrative.”

Hussey went on to shred the GOP for pushing bogus conspiracy theories about Ukraine hacking the Democratic National Committee that he called “textbook Russian disinformation.”

The bottom line, Hussey concluded, is that he “could no longer, in good faith, consider myself part of a party that subscribed to these absurd positions.”

Read the whole letter below.

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Anti-impeachment conservative admits John Bolton just ‘blew up’ Trump’s entire defense

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Conservative Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor who writes regularly for the National Review, has long been opposed to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

However, he admits in his latest column that new revelations from former Trump national security adviser John Bolton mean that the president's entire defense strategy against impeachment has now been effectively "blown up."

He starts off his column by chiding the president and his team for trying to dishonestly claim that there was never a quid-pro-quo agreement related to military aid to Ukraine, while also trying to make the case that the president "did nothing wrong."

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George Conway: GOP senators are right to fear John Bolton’s ‘devastating’ testimony

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President Donald Trump's lawyers made no mention of John Bolton in their opening statement -- but his testimony could blow up their impeachment defense.

Bolton submitted the manuscript for his new book to the White House last month for review, which likely means that at least some of the president's legal team were aware of the former national security adviser's claims, wrote attorney George Conway for the Washington Post.

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Legal experts: Donald Trump cannot use ‘executive privilege’ to block John Bolton testimony

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It remains to be seen whether or not Republicans in the U.S. Senate will vote to include testimony from witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton — who has said that he would testify if subpoenaed. Trump has asserted that he will invoke executive privilege if Bolton or any other national security officials are called to testify. But according to an article for Just Security written by six contributors (Harold Hongju Koh, Rosa Hayes, Annie Himes, Dana Khabbaz, Michael Loughlin and Mark Stevens), U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts “should reject any such executive privilege claim” and “require Bolton’s testimony.”

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