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‘Incredibly frustrating’: GOP strategist worries Republicans can’t go on TV because Trump is indefensible

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Republican elected officials are unable to go on television to make their case to the voters because they don’t want to answer questions about President Donald Trump solicitating foreign election interference from Ukraine, China, Australia and Italy.

Trump believes Republicans will stand by him during an impeachment vote, but so far few are interesting in going on television to defend their party’s leader.

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“The president has a lot of confidence in his Republican Senate to essentially bail him out,” MSNBC’s Chuck Todd reported on Friday.

The “Meet the Press Daily” host played a clip of Trump discussing his GOP support.

“We have a great relationship in the Senate. I have a 95% approval rating in the Republican Party. I believe the Senate — and I haven’t spoken to that many senators — but I believe the senators look at this as a hoax, it’s a witch hunt, it’s a disgrace. Should have never happened,” Trump argued. “Just like Russia collusion delusion should have never happened. That was a witch hunt. And just like that, should have never happened. So I think at the Senate, I think they feel that the Republican Party has been treated very, very badly.”

For analysis, Todd interviewed GOP strategist Michael Steel, who was a top advisor to former Speaker John Boehner and former Governor Jeb Bush.

“Look, he’s confident because the facts may not be on his side, but the math is,” Steel explained.

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“He can lose 19 Senate Republicans. He can lose [Susan] Collins (R-ME), he can lose [Cory] Gardner (R-CO), he can lose Sasse (R-NE) and [Mitt] Romney (R-UT) and he’s still fine,” he explained.

“It’s incredibly frustrating as a conservative right now, because we have the lowest unemployment since men were walking on the Moon and Republicans can’t go on television to talk about tax reform and economic success because they can’t answer these questions,” Steel concluded.

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RNC blew nearly $100,000 to help put Trump Jr’s book on the bestseller list

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A new Federal Elections Commission filing unearthed by New York Times reporter Nick Confessore shows that the Republican National Committee blew nearly $100,000 to help promote Donald Trump Jr.'s book "Triggered."

According to the filing, the RNC made a $94,800 payment to bookseller Books-a-Million on October 29th this year, which was just days before Trump Jr.'s "Triggered" was released on November 5th.

An RNC spokesman confirmed to Confessore that "the expenditure was connected to their promotion of Don Trump Jr.'s book."

The RNC had previously claimed that it didn't make a bulk purchase but had only been "ordering copies to keep up with demand" of the book. When asked by Confessore how they could claim they weren't making bulk purchases when they bought roughly $100,000 worth of books, the RNC simply replied, "We stand by our statement."

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David Holmes blows up one of Trump’s key defenses in Ukraine extortion scheme

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David Holmes blew up one of the central arguments in the impeachment defense of President Donald Trump.

The president's Republican allies have argued that Ukraine was not aware that congressionally approved aid had been held up by the White House as Trump demanded an investigation of Joe Biden, but Holmes explained why that's wrong, reported the Washington Post.

Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, told congressional investigators that Ukrainian officials seemed to have figured out that the pause, which had been reported in late August by Politico, was related to Trump's call for an investigation.

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The GOP wanted Sondland to be Trump’s Ukraine ‘fall guy’ — then it blew up in their faces: NYT columnist

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According to New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, Republican hopes that they could turn E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland into "fall guy" for Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal ended up being a disastrous miscalculation.

Following testimony given by the millionaire Trump appointee that was televised nationally where he clearly stated that the president was using foreign aid to get political dirt on possible 2020 presidential election foe Joe Biden, the NYT columnist claims the GOP now has a "Gordon problem."

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