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Franklin Graham begs followers to ‘pray for the president’ to counter charges Trump is ‘unfit for office’

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Evangelical leader Franklin Graham on Wednesday asked his followers to pray for Donald Trump in response to charges that the president is unfit for office.

Graham is a supporter of the president, spoke at Trump’s inauguration, and has visited the Oval Office.

“Some are quoted in the media saying that [the president of the United States] is ‘unfit’ from office,” Graham noted. “Some have gone as far as to suggest he should be forcefully removed. Really?”

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“During the 2016 campaign, [Trump] soundly defeated all Republican candidates and the Democratic candidate he debated,” Graham claimed, despite the fact Trump lost the popular vote in the general election.

“Polls and predictions didn’t give [Trump] a chance of winning the election—but he did. And now he is keeping his word to the 62+ million people who voted for him,” Graham continued, despite the fact that Trump has failed to keep his word on his signature campaign promise, that Mexico would pay for his wall.

“I just wish the Democrats and the Republicans would work with him & stop trying to tear him down,” he begged.

“Nothing is gained by putting forth the lie that [Trump] is unfit,” Graham argued.

“I encourage people of faith to pray for the president & his family, VP Mike Pence & his family, and all those who serve in the Cabinet & the White House,” he urged.

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“They need our prayers,” he added.

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‘They’re crushing us’: GOP House leaders in panic over Democratic fundraising

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On Tuesday, Politico's Jake Sherman reported that House GOP leadership expressed serious alarm about their prospects for reclaiming the majority in a closed-door strategy meeting at the Capitol Hill Club, citing disastrous fundraising numbers at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

"They're kicking our ass," said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who noted that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has outraised them by $40 million, and several individual Democratic House challengers are outraising GOP incumbents — not only dimming their hopes of taking back the House, but raising the possibility they could lose even more seats.

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BUSTED: These 10 GOP senators said Ukraine quid pro quo was a red line before Bolton bombshell

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The Washington Post's Philip Bump has tracked down statements from ten different Republican senators who in the past indicated that impeachment charges against President Donald Trump would be far more serious if it could be proven there was a quid-pro-quo agreement that involved exchanging the release of foreign aid to Ukraine for the investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

All of the statements flagged by Bump came before this week's bombshell revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book will reportedly say the president directly linked Ukraine aid to the Biden investigation.

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Law professor slams Trump team’s ‘distortions of facts’ as they try to shoot down congressional subpoenas

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Writing for The Atlantic, University of Missouri Law professor Frank Bowman excoriated the White House legal team for their rationale against honoring congressional subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.

"On Saturday, Trump’s lawyer Pat Philbin tried to extinguish any flickers of enlightened self-interest among Republicans by arguing that Trump was entitled to stonewall the House because the House hadn’t properly authorized its own subpoenas," wrote Bowman. "Like so many contentions of the president’s defenders, this is malarkey thinly draped with plausible-sounding distortions of facts, rules, court opinions, and the Constitution itself."

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