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GOP rep who brings cardboard Trump cutouts to campaign events demands Mueller provide a ‘progress report’ or end the Russia probe

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A Republican member of the House of Representatives on Thursday introduced a resolution requesting special counsel Robert Mueller end his investigation into Russia collusion unless he can provide a “valid progress report” within the next 30 days.

As the Washington Examiner reports, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) blasted the Mueller investigation for “[dragging] on for nearly a year at a cost of tens of millions of dollars without producing a shred of evidence of collusion.”

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“I expect a valid progress report within the next 30 days or the investigation should be terminated,” Rokita demanded.

Rokita argued Mueller was operating “without accountability,” adding “for many Americans, this investigation looks more like an attempt by the Washington elite to destroy President Trump with innuendo, leaks, and baseless allegations than to provide justice.”

Rokita, who is running for Senate in Indiana, released an ad on Wednesday promising to end the Mueller probe if he’s elected.

“Mueller, Pelosi, Donnelly. They’re using fake news to destroy our president. Who’s tough enough to stop the witch hunt?” the ad, echoing Trump, asked. As the Daily Beast reports, the pro-Trump representative has even taken to brandishing his “Make America Great Again” hat and “bringing a cardboard cutout of the president to some campaign events.”

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Mitch McConnell may let Republicans write Senate impeachment rules without Democratic votes

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting to shut out Democrats on impeachment if a bipartisan compromise on rules for the trial can't be reached.

The Kentucky Republican said this week that he hopes to reach an agreement on rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he's also readying a "backup plan" in case he can't reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reported Vanity Fair.

“The first thing Sen. Schumer and I will do is see if there’s a possibility of agreement on a procedure,” McConnell said. “That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say, ‘Okay, can 51 of us agree how we’re going to handle this?’”

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Fresno Bee burns Nunes to the ground in scathing editorial

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The editorial board of the Fresno Bee has written a scathing takedown of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his extraordinary fealty to President Donald Trump, which the editors say is harming the country.

Specifically, the editorial accuses Nunes of forsaking his oath of office as a congressman to serve as Trump's most loyal toady on the House Intelligence Committee.

"As has been true for nearly all of Trump’s first term, Nunes has relinquished his proper role as an independent representative of Congress and has instead acted like a member of the Trump 2020 re-election team," the editorial states.

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Republicans blundered badly as their own impeachment expert witness wrecked their defenses of Trump: columnist

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pinned their hopes on George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, their sole expert witness on the panel at the hearing on Wednesday, to discredit the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.

But as anti-Trump conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote for the Washington Post, even Turley's testimony ended up damaging the GOP more than Democrats, because he undercut one of the GOP's most solid narratives in defense of the president: that trying to extort Ukraine with military aid would not be impeachable even if it was proven.

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