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‘It’s embarrassing’: Lifelong GOP voter tells CNN he’s humiliated by Republicans’ defenses of Trump

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A lifelong Republican voter from Arizona this week told CNN that he’s felt humiliated watching the GOP defend President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings this week.

In an interview with CNN, registered Republican Boyce O’Brien said that he’s been “so disappointed” watching the way GOP lawmakers have bent over backwards to make excuses for the president’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

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“It’s embarrassing to me to be affiliated with it at this point,” said O’Brien, who acknowledges that he couldn’t stomach voting for Trump in 2016 despite backing past nominees George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney. “My hope they’ll finally develop a backbone and stand up for what’s right.”

In the same segment, Arizona resident Carly Rebuck told CNN that while she was once a Republican due in part to her admiration for the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), she has since switched to being a Democrat.

“I don’t recognize the Republican Party as it is right now!” she said while watching impeachment hearings unfold.

Watch the video below.

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Carl Bernstein: There are 7-9 ‘wobbly’ Republicans who want witnesses but Mitch McConnell is trying to block them

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In a CNN panel discussion Wednesday, notorious Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein revealed that there are seven to nine Republican senators who are wavering after the compelling argument that the House has provided for the impeachment. The problem, however, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to allow any break from the party line.

"I think this is a hugely damaging narrative that was laid out today, and that Mitch McConnell understands, and has understood for a while that this hugely damaging narrative was going to affect his members," said Bernstein. "And that his strategy -- I've talked to some Republicans about this -- #MidnightMitch is to wear out his own members so that they don't vote for more witnesses because there are six, seven, eight, nine wobbly Republicans."

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Conservative says Republicans won’t want to stop confirming right-wing judges just to hear witnesses in impeachment

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Conservative CNN commentator Scott Jennings was asked about Sen. John Kennedy's (R-LA) comments that most senators were hearing the facts of the trial for the first time Wednesday night.

“I’ve learned a lot. Everybody has. Senators didn’t know the case,” Kennedy admitted. “They really didn’t.”

He claimed that nine out of ten senators learned something new and the tenth is lying.

Jennings dismissed the information, saying that whatever happens in the trial, senators won't want to "shut down the Senate" just to hear witnesses. He claimed that President Donald Trump's legal team would make that argument to the senators.

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Jason Crow lays out the human cost of Trump’s Ukraine scheme — citing his military experience

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On the second day of the impeachment trial, Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), a veteran and one of the House impeachment managers, clearly laid out the risk that President Donald Trump's Ukraine scheme posed to human life — and drew from his own experience in the military.

"I know something about counter-battery radar," said Crow. "In 2005 I was an Army Ranger serving in a special operations task force in Afghanistan. We were at a remote operating base along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. And frequently, the insurgents that we were fighting would launch rockets and missiles onto our small base. But luckily we were provided with counter-battery radar. The 20, 30, 40 seconds before those rockets and mortars rained down on us, an alarm would sound, and we would run out from our tents and jump into our concrete bunkers and wait for the attack to end. This is not a theoretical exercise, and the Ukrainians know it."

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