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Though Republican officials usually fall in lockstep with President Donald Trump, there have been some occasions that even they couldn't feasibly defend the President, like when he took up for Nazis marching in Charlottesville or when he publicly sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence officials.

Most recently, they now appear to be breaking from Trump's opinion on the brutal murder of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi—a murder the Central Intelligence Agency concludes was performed under orders from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, whom Khashoggi reported on unfavorably.

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With the departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from the administration of President Donald Trump, concerns regarding the protection of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference have never been more urgent. The President has sought to hinder the investigation at every turn and detested Sessions when he recused himself from overseeing the investigation - a move Trump saw as a betrayal.

Since Sessions' departure, Trump has appointed the former Attorney General's Chief of Staff Matthew Whitaker as acting AG. Like Trump, Whitaker is starkly against the Russia investigation, and many believe that allowing him to oversee it would bring the investigation to a halt.

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Senator Jeff Flake and President Donald Trump (Photos by National Archives and Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump unveiled a new Republican campaign ad that many accuse of being blatantly racist fearmongering. The President posted the ad to his Twitter account.

Despite statistical evidence that undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes and fewer violent crimes than natural born citizens in the United States, Trump continued to portray Latin American immigrants as violent threats to the US and blamed Democrats for any violence by immigrants.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) answers questions from reporters on allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill September 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Collins said it is important to get both sides of the story,, but indicated if Kavanaugh is found to have been untruthful it would be grounds for disqualifying his nomination. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a crucial vote in the effort to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, said on Thursday that she is satisfied with the FBI's expanded background check into allegations of sexual assault that have dominated the judge's nomination process.

Collins told CNN's Jeremy Herb that the FBI report detailing its probe into the accusations “appears to be a very thorough investigation."

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Republican Senator Jeff Flake speaks at The Atlantic Festival in Washington DC on October 2, 2018. (CSPAN video/CSPAN)

During an appearance at The Atlantic Festival in Washington DC, Senate Judiciary Committee members Jeff Flake and Chris Coons answered questions regarding the recent confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh.

Democratic Senator Coons of Delaware finished a "what if Kavanaugh is given a lifetime placement on the Supreme Court" question and the host addressed Republican Senator Flake of Arizona for a response.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 28: Sen. Jeff Flake (C) (R-AZ) speaks during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee September 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. Flake was crucial in getting the committee to agree to an additional week of investigations into accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh before the full Senate votes. A day earlier the committee heard from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

There was quite a bit of drama in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday when Senator Jeff Flake announced that he was only voting to pass Brett Kavanaugh out of committee to a full Senate vote on the condition that the FBI re-opened their background check into Kavanaugh to look into the various sexual assault allegations against him.

Once Senator Lisa Murkowski backed Flake up in this demand, Republican Senate leadership -- and ultimately Donald Trump -- had no choice but to relent and request that the FBI do just that.

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Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley and Senator Orrin Hatch wait during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. - Kavanaugh's contentious Supreme Court nomination will be put to an initial vote Friday, the day after a dramatic Senate hearing saw the judge furiously fight back against sexual assault allegations recounted in harrowing detail by his accuser. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The drama of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation reached its mid-season finale today when Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) called for an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh before the confirmation vote in the senate. Though Flake still voted for Kavanaugh to proceed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the demands for an investigation were something Democrats and even some Republicans had been championing, and now the President has relented and requested such an investigation.

Now, a viral photo is showing just how Committee chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and committee member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), as well as a mystery aide, reacted the moment Flake announced to the committee that his vote was conditional.

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