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Trump aides gearing up for ‘subpoena blizzard’ coming from Democratic-held House committees: report

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Following Donald Trump’s Tuesday night State of the Union address, aides to the president expect to be inundated with a flood of subpoenas from House committees now led by Democrats after the 2018 midterm election.

According to a report in the Washington Post, a Trump ally said the White House is bracing for “a subpoena blizzard.”

The report states that House Democrats are set to “launch their promised oversight investigations, which are expected to probe the president’s conduct and personal finances as well as alleged corruption in the administration.”

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The report goes on to say, “White House counsel Pat Cipollone and deputy counsel Michael Purpura have met with leaders of individual agencies to provide instructions about responding to oversight requests and examining their staffs.”

The White House attorneys have also been developing a game plan on how to handle the flood of inquiries and subpoenas, and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has reportedly been meeting with agency chiefs of staff to help them prepare.

At the same time, many of Trump’s top political positions in his administration are unfilled or staffed by “acting” officials, which the Post reports, “could prove especially problematic once the Democrat-led investigations begin.”

“Regardless of storm clouds, you have to have a team fully deployed in the field, not just inside the White House, but inside the departments and agencies,’’ Chase Untermeyer, who served as director of presidential personnel under former president George H.W. Bush explained.

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White House tells Corey Lewandowski to keep his mouth shut when appearing before Congress

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Corey Lewandowski is slated to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, but President Donald Trump's White House is telling the possible Senate hopeful to keep his mouth shut.

Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey tweeted about the instruction Monday, less than 24 hours before Lewandowski is scheduled to be sworn in.

"White House has instructed Corey Lewandowski not to testify about his conversations with POTUS or other White House officials that are not already delineated in Mueller report, per aide familiar with strategy. He testifies tomorrow," Dawsey tweeted.

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Trump’s California donors are freaking out about the social consequences of attending his fundraisers: report

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President Donald Trump has generated a huge amount of election campaign money from fundraisers in California — a state where he is underwater 30 points and an epicenter of legal and legislative opposition to his agenda.

Fundraisers in California are incredibly lucrative for the president, as the state is home to a number of tech and entertainment millionaires. But its heavily liberal lean has many of his donors scared of social consequences for their support — and according to Politico, that fear is leading the Trump campaign to cloak these events in secrecy.

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Damage control: Eugene Robinson explains why beating Trump won’t be the next president’s greatest challenge

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Democrats have spent months fighting over the tiniest details of each policy during the handful of Democratic debates and forums. While they may agree on 98 percent of the policies, it's the two percent that campaigns are zeroing-in on. The reality, however, is that few if any of the policies or campaign promises will ever come to fruition. As Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson explained in his latest column, the greatest challenge of any Democratic leader post-Trump will be fixing the things the president broke.

In his Monday column, Robinson demanded to know not just how Democrats plan to actually beat Trump, but how they'll repair the damage he'll leave. He doesn't doubt Democrats can accomplish the goal of kicking the president out of the White House, but the aftermath is another matter.

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