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Trump rants that Russia probe is election ‘meddling’ by ‘Angry Democrats’

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Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again upped the ante in his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Writing on Twitter, the president said the entire investigation was part of a conspiracy against him and the Republican Party to hurt them in the 2018 midterm elections.

“The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls,” Trump wrote. “There was no Collusion, except by the Democrats!”

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As is often the case with Trump tweets, this one is filled with lies and false statements.

The special counsel, Robert Mueller, is a lifelong Republican who has worked under both Republican and Democratic presidents. His probe so far has resulted in more than a dozen indictments and has secured five separate guilty pleas from Trump campaign associates and others.

Additionally, no current poll shows Republicans with a lead in the generic ballot for the 2018 midterm elections. Although one Reuters poll from last week did give Republicans an edge in the generic ballot, that number has now swung dramatically back to the Democrats in this week’s poll, as they now have an eight-point lead.

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If the GOP thinks Trump is ushering in a crisis — why did they support him for the last year?: Bulwark editor

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Veteran newsman Carl Bernstein revealed that there are 21 Republicans too scared to reveal they think President Donald Trump should have reached the end of his options to fight the 2020 election. Still, most of them aren't speaking out publicly and they spent the past year enabling Trump, knowing full well that this is who he is.

Writing for the Bulwark on Monday, Jonathan V. Last cited editors of the National Review who are calling Trump's behavior “disgraceful” and “the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States.”

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‘You can’t vote no’: GOP canvasser gets schooled at Michigan certification meeting

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A Republican member of Michigan's Board of State Canvassers was confronted by a former state elections director over attempts to delay certification of the state's election results without a vote.

"I think, first of all, the answer is, of course, you can't vote 'no,'" Chris Thomas told Board member Norm Shinkle. "There is no 'no' in this circumstance. Each of you play a necessary role -- you're at the pinnacle of Michigan's democracy -- you're the endgame of the statewide elections for 2020."

Thomas went on to say that after 5.5 million people have exercised their right to vote, it's the Board's responsibility to make the results "which are already widely known, official."

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Power-hungry Republicans do not fear Trump — it’s worse than that

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There’s a presumption at work among members of the Washington press corps that needs rethinking. That presumption is this: the Republicans, especially those in the Senate, fear the wrath of voters who have balled up their identities with the rise and fall of Donald Trump. For this reason, all the Republicans, with rare exception, stand in silence while the president prosecutes what must be called an attempted coup d’etat.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

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