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‘Karma’s a b*tch’: Republicans don’t feel a bit sorry for ‘battered spouse’ Reince Priebus’ humiliation

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Reince Priebus resigned last week as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, and his fellow Republicans say he deserved the humiliation he endured during his six-month tenure in the White House.

As chairman of the Republican National Committee, he tried to play it both ways as Trump campaigned toward his nomination and surprise win — privately urging Trump to drop out over the “Access Hollywood” tape but publicly playing the good soldier, reported The Atlantic.

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“He empowered Trump again and again,” conservative Trump opponent David French tweeted. “Reince was tireless in defending, excusing, empowering, and enabling Trump.”

Trump never forgave Priebus for calling on him to drop out weeks ahead of the election, and he never quite trusted his chief of staff but felt he was needed as a link to congressional Republicans.

“I see him as kind of a tragic figure,” said Charlie Sykes, a conservative MSNBC commentator who’s known Priebus for years. “What began as a matter of duty on his part—the decision to go all-in on Trump—ended with this scorchingly obscene humiliation. It’s sad, but it’s the result of choices he made — it’s not like he wasn’t warned.”

Trump undermined his chief of staff throughout their six months together, calling him “Reince-y” and mocking him in front of colleagues — like the time the president made fun of Priebus for expressing excitement at spotting his Wisconsin house on the ground from Air Force One.

“He acts like a battered spouse,” GOP consultant Rick Wilson told The Atlantic.

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Michael Steele, who Priebus unseated as RNC chief in 2011, said he didn’t feel any sympathy toward his former staffer.

“This is the bed Reince has been making for himself since he was my general counsel,” Steele told me. “He’s a guy who’s always positioning himself for the next thing. Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it?”

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Legal battles sparked by Trump’s behavior could affect how the US government works for generations — long after his impeachment trial is over

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After the last Senate staffer turns out the lights, major questions remain to be decided outside of the Capitol about the limits of presidential power, the willingness of courts to decide political questions and the ability of Congress to exercise effective oversight and hold a president accountable.

Here are three of those questions.

What are the limits of presidential power?

First, the aggressive exercise of executive power by Trump has put this power under court scrutiny.

Trump’s vow to “fight all the subpoenas” breaks from the traditional process – negotiation and accommodation – that previous presidents have used to resolve disputes between branches of the government.

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Secret recording features Trump falsely claiming that weed makes people ‘lose IQ points’

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President Donald Trump falsely claimed that marijuana makes people "lose IQ points" in a secret recording released by indicted former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

Parnas released the recording, which captured more than one hour of conversation at a private donor dinner with Trump in 2018, to show that the president told him that he would fire then-Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. But the recording, which was apparently captured by Parnas' indicted associate Igor Fruman, also featured Trump discussing Kim Jong Un's golf game, the European Union trying to "screw the United States," the 2016 election . . . and his views on marijuana.

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Experts explain how Trump team’s defense against the Bolton bombshell is blowing up in the president’s face

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Should former National Security Adviser John Bolton testify in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial? This question has loomed over the entire proceedings, given Bolton's key role in the events in question, but it garnered heightened urgency when a report broke recently in the New York Times revealing that the ex-Trump aide would likely confirm the core of the Democrats' case against the president.

It still seems Republicans may succeed in quashing any demands for witnesses like Bolton. But as Trump and his attorney responded to the release of Bolton bombshell, they actually strengthened the case for having him testify rather than weakening it. Even if the GOP successfully brings the trial to a swift close, their having accidentally strengthened the case for witnesses may hurt the legitimacy of the Senate's proceedings and undermined Trump's inevitable claims of exoneration.

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