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Nikki Haley breaks with Trump on retaliation: ‘You have to protect the whistleblower’

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Nikki Haley broke with President Donald Trump on the question of outing the White House whistleblower during a Thursday appearance on CNN.

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and ambassador to the United Nations, was interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

” Do you agree with the president that the whistleblower should be named and identified?” Blitzer asked.

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“I believe in whistle-blower laws. I think you have to protect the whistle-blower and I think in turn they have to abide by those laws, the fact they don’t allow partisan leaking or anything like that to happen,” Haley replied. “We don’t know that’s happened either, but until then I do think we should always protect the whistleblower.”

“On this issue, you disagree with the president,” Blitzer noted.

“You can call it disagreeing, I think whistleblowers should be protected,” Haley replied.

“He wants the whistleblower to be named,” Blitzer noted. “In this area, you believe in the law, to protect the whistleblower?”

“I do,” Haley replied.

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Rep. Collins’ freak-out was a ‘tell’ for GOP panic: Rick Wilson

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Former Republican Rick Wilson speculated on Twitter that the outbursts by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are a "tell" for their panic.

During the hearings Monday, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) flew off the handle as he grilled Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman about why the impeachment report included Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) phone records.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) tried to allege someone gave political donations to be able to ask questions. There's no evidence to confirm the claim.

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‘A damn liar’: Bill Barr ripped for ‘playing clean up for Trump’ after release of IG report

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Attorney General William Barr massaged the findings of the Department of Justice investigation into the origins of the Russia probe -- and legal experts and other social media users were appalled.

The attorney general claimed this report, like special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, had cleared President Donald Trump of wrongdoing, and insisted the probe had found the FBI had conducted an improper investigation of his 2016 presidential campaign.

“The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken," Barr said in a statement. "It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.”

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Ex-GOP lawmaker: Trump is a ‘cult figure’ who has forced Republicans to abandon their principles

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Former GOP lawmaker William Cohen, who was among the congressional Republicans who turned on former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, tells NBC News that there is no way his party will ever turn on President Donald Trump.

Reflecting on the differences today between the GOP under Trump and Nixon, Cohen said that GOP officials in the 1970s felt far more free to challenge their own party's president than they do today.

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