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Trump Jr. event so ‘sparsely attended’ that people were asked to leave seats and huddle around stage: reporter

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Attendance at a campaign rally for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin that featured Donald Trump Jr. was so poor on Thursday afternoon that the few people there were asked to leave their seats and crowd around the stage.

Ryland Barton, the statehouse reporter for Kentucky Public Radio, posted a photo on his Twitter account showing the tiny crowd at the event.

“Organizers have asked the audience to move out of the seats and closer to the stage ahead of Trump Jr/ Gov. Bevin event in Pikeville,” he wrote. “I think it’s fair to say this is sparsely attended.”

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According to local news station WYMT, Trump Jr. traveled to Eastern Kentucky this week in the hopes of helping Bevin’s reelection campaign.

Bevin, a Tea Party favorite and an ally of President Donald Trump, holds the dubious distinction of being America’s least popular governor. According to the latest polling from Morning Consult, Bevin’s approval in the deep-red state stands at just 32 percent, while his disapproval rating is 56 percent.

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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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