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Republicans grow increasingly anxious that Trump will not be able to survive

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As President Donald Trump prepares for a new congressional session — the first of his presidency in which Republicans won’t be in control of both chambers — his White House is bracing for a political battle for which many of the president’s allies fear he is underprepared.

This article was originally published at Salon

A source close to the president believes that Trump is concerned about impeachment being a “real possibility” although other aides are convinced that only the campaign finance violations have any real chance of sticking, according to CNN. The report also describes White House officials as convinced that special counsel Robert Mueller won’t find enough in terms of potential collusion with Russia to convict the president of a crime. Although they believe there might be enough in terms of campaign finance violations to constitute a crime, they don’t believe that issue alone will be enough to motivate both parties to forcibly remove him from office.

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Democrats, by contrast, are discussing not only impeaching Trump based on the alleged campaign finance violations and the Trump-Russia scandal but also indicting him after he leaves office if he is defeated in 2020. A separate CNN report detailed Trump’s concerns about the specifics of what will happen once the Democrats take over Congress:

Trump has become increasingly concerned in recent weeks about what his administration is facing come January, when newly empowered Democrats are expected to unleash the full force of their oversight powers on the Trump administration.

Those include compelling Cabinet secretaries to testify, requesting the President’s tax returns and scrutinizing some of his most controversial policy decisions. Trump often complained that Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, was not politically shrewd enough for the task.

Many of Trump’s Republican allies are also worried about his legal situation, with some expressing concern that he and his White House team aren’t sufficiently prepared for whatever Robert Mueller might put into his report, according to The Washington Post.  The paper, which based its reporting off of “interviews with 14 administration officials, presidential confidants and allies,” elaborated on the seeming inadequacies of how the Trump White House is planning for the future:

Rather than building a war room to manage the intersecting crises as past administrations have done, the Trump White House is understaffed, stuck in a bunker mentality and largely resigned to a plan to wing it. Political and communications operatives are mostly taking their cues from the president and letting him drive the message with his spontaneous broadsides.

“A war room? You serious?” one former White House official said when asked about internal preparations. “They’ve never had one, will never have one. They don’t know how to do one.”

 

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Trump is already making up conspiracy theories about voter fraud — and it’ll only get worse

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The election is eight months away, but President Donald Trump is already crying foul.

Bloomberg News wrote Sunday that Trump is already working to undermine the American electoral process by attacking the Democratic presidential primary.

"Indeed, his campaign, with the full support of the Republican Party, is already waging a vigorous crusade to destroy his opposition. No, it's not Joe Biden, who inspired Trump's shakedown of Ukraine. Trump's gunning for bigger game: democracy itself," wrote Francis Wilkinson for Bloomberg.

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READ IT: More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials tell Bill Barr to resign now

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More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday to step down after he intervened last week to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s longtime friend and political crony Roger J. Stone Jr.

“It is unheard of for the Department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the President, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case,” wrote the former Justice Department attorneys in their Sunday letter. “It is even more outrageous for the Attorney General to intervene as he did here — after the President publicly condemned the sentencing recommendation that line prosecutors had already filed in court.”

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Trump campaign forced to delete #Daytona500 Air Force One photo because it was from 15 years ago

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Air Force One in flight.

Another oops moment happened for President Donald Trump's campaign manager stole George W. Bush's photo from the Daytona 500 in 2004.

Tweeting Sunday, Brad Parscale proclaimed, "[email protected] won the #Daytona500 before the race even started."

Except, it wasn't him. As many people pointed out, the image was from 16 years ago by photographer Jonathan Ferrey, CNN reported. Parscale was forced to delete it and tweet it out again with an underwhelming photo.

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