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Jeff Flake appears to be getting ready to primary Trump in 2020 — here’s why

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Will an unpopular Donald Trump face a challenger for the Republican presidential nomination?

Jeff Flake thinks so.

“I do think the president will have a challenge from the Republican Party. I think there should be,” he recently said.

Flake pointedly refused to endorse Trump in 2016, and faced a challenge from extremist “Chemtrail Kelli” Ward as a result. Ward was leading Flake in polls when he decided to give up his seat. Disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now also running for the seat.

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At the same time Flake is predicting that there will be a challenger, and saying there definitely should be a challenger, the outgoing Arizona Republican senator is doing all the things that people typically do before making such a challenge. Specifically, he’s written a political memoir that torches Trump and reaching across the aisle by writing a check to Doug Jones.

Now, Phoenix New Times has noted that Flake is going to New Hampshire this month.

“It’s well established that there are only two reasons to go to northern New England in March,” the paper notes. One is skiing. The other is preparing to run for president.

“Flake would be running to make a statement, not because he necessarily thought he could win,” they say.

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Phoenix’s daily came to the same conclusion.

Now, the question of whether Flake is going to run even popped up on TMZ, where a paparazzi asked him about it outside the Washington. D.C. airport.

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‘He’s cooked’: Sam Donaldson warns Trump the Senate may vote to convict him after impeachment trial

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Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson on Monday evening told CNN viewers not to assume that Senate Republicans would refuse to remove President Donald Trump from office during an impeachment vote.

"Breaking news," CNN Don Lemon alerted. "A CNN source saying that the effort to pressure Ukraine for political help alarmed John Bolton so much that the told an aide to alert White House lawyers that Giuliani was a hand grenade who will blow everyone up. And a source familiar with Fiona Hill’s testimony says the former Russia adviser told lawmakers she was she saw wrongdoing in the Ukraine policy and reported it."

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Fraud Guarantee’ paid him $500,000 to work for indicted associate

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Rudy Giuliani admitted being paid a half a million dollars by an associate currently being held in federal custody, Reuters reported Monday.

"President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination," Reuters reported.

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John Bolton ripped Rudy Giuliani as a drug dealer and ‘hand grenade’: report

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Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly shocked by the shadow foreign policy being conducted by Rudy Giuliani, a top former National Security Council official testified to Congress on Monday, The New York Times reports.

"The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday," the newspaper reported. "Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators."

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