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GOP frets over Trump’s ‘bring it on’ taunt at Dems to start impeachment hearings: ‘You don’t know what’s going to come up’

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While President Donald Trump is openly daring Democrats to begin impeachment hearings against him — hoping to use the move to rally his base before the 2020 election — some Republicans are afraid the president is making a big mistake.

In a Politico piece on Trump’s plan to “weaponize” impeachment talk by turning it back on Democrats, some GOP lawmakers expressed the desire that both sides drop it because of the damage and chaos it could create.

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Noting that Trump and his re-election campaign aides plan “to bend the chatter around the [impeachment] issue to their advantage, knowing the topic will dominate the national conversation as the 2020 election ramps up,” one adviser said it’s not optimum, but it could be helpful.

“Nobody wants to be impeached, but if they do it will benefit the president,” explained Trump legal adviser Joseph diGenova. “They’ll be looked at as maniacs.”

According to a former senior Trump White House official, impeachment talk helps to create the drama the president craves.

“It plays into his rhetoric, but I don’t think they want to go through impeachment hell,” explained the official who asked to remain anonymous. “In his heart of hearts, he doesn’t want [to get impeached], but the specter of it creates that production value that’s so important to him.”

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“It goes back to the campaign,” the insider added. “That’s why he does those rallies. It is what motivates his base, it’s what motivates him.”

Some Republicans aren’t so sure it’s a great plan and for good reason.

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According to Politico, “Trump’s ‘bring it on’ mantra isn’t embraced everywhere. Some Republicans in the president’s orbit see impeachment as a recipe for more drip-drip coverage reminding voters of the Mueller probe, not to mention the prospect of unrelated surprise revelations. Already, Mueller’s probe uncovered details about hush-money payments Trump made during the campaign to women to cover up claims of extramarital affairs.”

“The problem with the impeachment proceeding is that once it opens, you don’t know what you’re going to find or what’s going to come up,” worried a Republican close to the White House, referring to the more than a dozen investigations of Trump that are still ongoing.”

According to Michael Feldman, a longtime Democratic strategist, Trump’s braggadocio about impeachment talk is a cover for actually wanting it to all go away.

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“They don’t welcome a detailed conversation about what’s in it, nor do they welcome any new lines of inquiry or investigation,” Feldman explained. “He realizes when it stays in the bounds of a 400-page [Mueller] document, it’s less dangerous than when people are exposed to what’s in it.”

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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‘He believes he’s a king and a dictator’: Ex-GOP congressman backs impeaching ‘unfit conman’ Trump

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President Donald Trump was blasted on MSNBC on Saturday by a former Republican congressman for being an "unfit conman."

Rev. Al Sharpton interviewed former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) about a recent New York Times op-ed he wrote calling for Trump to face a primary challenge from the right.

"There’s a strong case for President Trump to face a Republican primary challenger," Walsh wrote. "I know a thing or two about insurgencies. I entered Congress in 2011 as an insurgent Tea Party Republican."

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Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution

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CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.

"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."

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