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Republicans scramble with excuses for why they lost Romney to pro-witnesses vote

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Republicans are scrambling after former national security adviser John Bolton’s book provided evidence supporting the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump. Not only has Bolton made clear that President Donald Trump was caught trying to bribe Ukraine, but he has also turned Republicans toward wanting witnesses.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), in particular, has drawn the ire of his own party for revealing more Republican senators now want to hear from Bolton under oath.

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Appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) tweeted that Romney isn’t serious about calling Bolton, he is merely trying to appeal to liberals.

“After 2 weeks, it’s clear that Democrats have no case for impeachment,” she tweeted. “Sadly, my colleague @SenatorRomney wants to appease the left by calling witnesses who will slander the @realDonaldTrump during their 15 minutes of fame. The circus is over. It’s time to move on! #gapol”

Romney isn’t up for reelection until 2024, and his conservative state voted to support him by 62.6 percent, surpassing Trump’s mere 45.5 percent.

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Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde similarly tried to say that Romney would lose his safe seat.

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Fox News host and Trump ally Mark Levin tried the excuse that Romney has wanted witnesses all along, ignoring Romney’s vote against witnesses last week.

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Republicans also complained that nothing Democrats presented was “new,” after voting multiple times to block new information from being admitted.

“We’ve just come out listening to, what, six hours of testimony, and I didn’t hear anything new,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “It still seems to me that this was an effort by the Democrats, in a very partisan way, to bring a case against President Trump because they didn’t like the outcome of the 2016 election.”

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Once Bolton’s information became known, Barrasso changed his story, Politico reported.

“I think there’s going to be something new coming out every day,” Barrasso told reporters Monday. “New information, old information told in a different way, to inflame emotions and influence the outcome.”

It was just a few hours later that Barrasso decided nothing was new.

“To me, the facts of the case remain the same. There is nothing new here to what the House managers have been saying,” he said in the GOP press conference.

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Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have similarly come to understand there is more that needs to be heard. Republicans are not attacking them on Twitter, however.


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Trump spent 45 minutes talking with cast of right-wing play dramatizing ‘Deep State’ conspiracy theories: report

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The coronavirus emergency has given President Donald Trump one of the most daunting tests of his administration, with less than a year to go before he stands for re-election.

And yet in the midst of all the chaos, one thing the president found time to do on Thursday was meet with the cast of a bizarre right-wing play dramatizing the supposed "deep state" plot at the FBI to frame Trump in the Russia investigation.

According to The Daily Beast, Trump spent 45 minutes talking with the people behind "FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers," which focuses on the affair between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The leading roles of Strzok and Page were played by Dean Cain, the former Superman actor, and Kristy Swanson, who played the starring role in the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.

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All US Navy ships in the Pacific near countries with coronavirus ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days

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‘Most wicked to ever represent Cleveland’: Jim Jordan ripped by hometown paper for covering up sex scandal

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President Trump likes to call his enemies 'sleaze bags" and Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan a "warrior," but according to Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin, Trump has it backward.

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