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As Arizona Republicans Defend Trump, Cindy McCain Calls Them Out

On Wednesday, the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump goes public.

The bipartisan committee leading the inquiry has conducted private hearings to this point. That has drawn criticism from some Republicans, including Arizona Congressional members.

"The Democrats are grasping for straws," said Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko, "I mean, first they were convinced it was Russia, er, collusion, then they were convinced it was obstruction of justice, and now they're turning to this."

Lesko joined fellow congressional Republicans Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar in condemning the impeachment proceedings.

"Somebody's innocent until they're proven guilty," said Rep. Gosar, "And, it is sad that we see a lack of allegiance to this country and to the office of the president."

Over the weekend, Cindy McCain wondered, on CNN's " The Axe Files," if the Republicans' will to speak freely died along with her husband, the late Senator John McCain.

"I think John provided a lot of cover for other members and when he would do it, then they could get behind him. And, I'm not seeing that ... rudder in the Senate right now," she reflected.

McCain added that it doesn't help when many Republicans are in a battle to get re-elected this coming year.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.