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‘Distressed’ GOP aides are now panicking about Kavanaugh: ‘Avenatti brought the heat’

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is now in grave peril — and some Republicans are panicking to reporters.

CBS News’ Nancy Cordes says a GOP aide whom she described as “distressed” lamented that Kavanaugh is now in serious trouble in the wake of a new accusation that he was involved in gang rapes while he was a student at Georgetown Prep in the 1980s.

“Michael Avenatti brought the heat,” the aide said. “America should be sad.”

On the other side of the equation, an unnamed Republican described as “close” to the Kavanaugh confirmation process has told Politico’s Nancy Cook that they cannot possibly believe the allegations against the judge because of his successful judicial career.

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“You can’t be a rapist and alcoholic at the age of 17 and then years later, become a highly accomplished person,” the Republican told her.

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Conservatives are furious about Trump’s budget deal — and they’re whining to Fox News about it

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No sooner was the news announced that President Donald Trump had reached an agreement with bipartisan leaders in Congress to lift spending caps and the debt ceiling, than rumors began swirling that hardline deficit hawks on Capitol Hill were discontented.

Several Republican politicians and officials noted to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram the broad sense of dissatisfaction with the deal, which authorizes far more spending than Republicans ever let President Barack Obama get away with and grows domestic spending in parity with defense spending:

A) There is consternation among many Republicans about the debt limit/spending deal…if it can pass, the state of play on deficit reduction, and now, President Trump’s standing. Concerned that Trump may lose some of his base backing budget caps/debt limit pkg

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Maddow details breaking news of deputy special counsel Zebly being sworn-in to testify along with Mueller

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow reported on breaking news while previewing Wednesday's highly-anticipated televised testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Maddow reported that Aaron Zebley will be sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee.

Zebley was Mueller's chief-of-staff when Mueller was the director of the FBI. It was assumed that he had held a similar role during the special counsel's investigation, but Mueller's spokesperson is now describing him as "the deputy special counsel" who "had day-to-day oversight of the investigations conducted by the special counsel’s office."

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Ana Navarro warns ‘Trumpublicans’ to think before they go after ‘ninja warrior’ Mueller for draft-dodging Trump

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Republican communications strategist Ana Navarro owned her fellow GOP members on Twitter Tuesday evening, if they think that they're going to destroy special counsel Robert Mueller at the hearing Wednesday.

"Dear Trumpublicans," Navarro began. "If you’re planning on going Ninja Warrior on Robert Mueller, remember, Mueller served our country. He was awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a Navy Commendation Medal."

Mueller was deployed to Vietnam as a Marine infantry platoon commander in 1968. He was an "affluent Princeton grad," Task and Purpose wrote in a profile. He chose combat duty in Vietnam, instead of a state-side assignment for those with connections. He "proved himself under on a bloody tour during the Tet Offensive and its aftermath, earning a Bronze Star with V and a Purple Heart."

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