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GOP strategist flays Republican tax plan: ‘Anyone who thinks this will trickle down has staggering ignorance’

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Republican strategist Steve Schmidt on Thursday blasted his party for pushing a tax plan that he said will do little to help the working class while providing huge cuts for the wealthy and large corporations.

During a discussion about the GOP tax plan on MSNBC, host Stephanie Ruhle noted that the White House had promised for 168 days to give her an interview on tax reform.

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“There are corporations that are almost embarrassed about this, saying, ‘Man, we didn’t ask for a gift this big,'” Ruhle observed.

Schmidt pointed out that the GOP tax plan “has an approval rating in the mid-20s.”

“Generally speaking, when you are heading into an election, the things you pass, you want them to be popular,” he continued. “If you look at the battleground for control of the Congress, there are Republican seats in the state of New York, Republican seats in the state of California. This is going to make it more difficult for Republicans to hold those seats because, in those states, this is a tax increase, not a tax cut.”

Schmidt added: “The fundamental economic problem is a lack of real wage growth for middle-income workers. It’s such a problem that it’s destabilizing our poitics because it’s a problem that’s been building for a generation. This does nothing to deal with that. It doesn’t drive growth for that part of the population.”

“And anybody who thinks that this corporate tax cut is going to trickle down to lift wages has a staggering ignorance of how public companies function,” he concluded.

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Impeachment managers release trial memorandum detailing why Trump must be removed from office

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House impeachment managers released an in-depth trial memorandum laying out the case for convicting President Donald Trump during his Senate impeachment trial.

The memorandum was released by representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Val Demings (D-FL), Jason Crow (D-CO) and Sylvia Garcia (D-FL).

The document divides the argument by the House of Representatives into three points.

"The Senate should convict President Trump of abuse of power," is the first section.

"The Senate should convict President Trump of obstruction of Congress," is the second section.

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He ‘can’t understand why he is being impeached’: CNN reports Trump is asking ’why are they doing this to me?’

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President Donald Trump is reportedly "distracted" by impeachment while vacationing at Mar-a-Lago as the United States Senate trial begins.

"A source close to the White House who speaks to Donald Trump regularly said the President has appeared 'distracted' by the impeachment trial that begins on Tuesday, telling people around him Friday night at Mar-a-Lago that he 'can't understand why he is impeached,'" CNN's Jim Acosta reported Saturday. "'Why are they doing this to me,' the source quoted Trump as saying repeatedly."

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Rod Rosenstein’s legal defense in lawsuits from Strzok and Page won’t hold up under oath: legal experts

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Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein claimed responsibility for the release of text messages between then-FBI attorney Lisa Page and then-FBI official Peter Strzok.

Emails released in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) revealed the highly unusual release by Sarah Isgur Flores, who at the time was the spokesperson for Trump's Department of Justice (she is now overseeing CNN's 2020 election coverage).

Flores instructed reporters to not cite the release of the documents to the Depart of Justice.

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