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‘Risk averse’ big donors may shy away from RNC if Trump’s problems keep getting worse: ex-Mitt Romney spokesperson

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Appearing with CNN host S.E. Cupp on Saturday, the former spokesperson for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign said the Republican National Committee may face resistance from large donors if President Donald Trump’s legal problems continue to grow.

Asked about the possible impact on political donations with Trump possibly facing impeachment, Kevin Madden said the good news was that the RNC was doing a good job of pulling in small donations from Trump’s avid followers.

“Should the RNC be worried that this would affect 2020 fundraising, for example? “host Cupp asked.

“It’s no doubt it’s going to have an impact but I think one of the things that the RNC has done with the support of Trump is really build and mine a much broader, deeper small donor base,” Madden replied.

“So from Trump supporters out across the country, that are sending their $10 or $25 a month to support the RNC and the president, I think they’re likely to support this president to the very end,” he added.

“Bigger donors though, they are much more risk averse,” Madden stated before quizzically adding. “As a lot of these problems continue to mount and the investigations continue to take center stage, they’re very likely to open up big wallet donations.”

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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"

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9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’

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Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.

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‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission

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On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.

"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."

"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."

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