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‘Moscow Mitch’ is terrified of losing the Senate over Trump’s foreign election interference scandal

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is worried that President Donald Trump’s foreign election interference scandal could cost Republicans control of the United States Senate in 2020.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) are facing tough re-elections contests. As is McConnell, who has been nicknamed “Moscow Mitch” in Kentucky for his dealings with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

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With the elections heating up, vulnerable Republicans are avoiding television interviews so they don’t have to answer questions about the impeachment inquiry.

“Silence, that’s what you heard from most congressional Republicans this week as the investigation into President Trump and the Ukraine controversy ramped up. But as Republicans try to put their best spin on the whistleblower report and the Ukrainian phone call transcript, they face one tough obstacle, facts,” CNN’s Ana Cabrera reported Saturday.

“What you mostly hear from congressional Republicans on impeachment, is the sound of silence. GOP sources tell CNN they have a good reason for that, fear. They have no idea what else House Democrats investigating will uncover,” CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash reported.

“His rambling, shoot from the hip comments, his stream of consciousness Tweets not exactly an anti-impeachment road map for his fellow Republicans,” she explained. “In fact, a source involved in Senate GOP discussions tells CNN, ‘He is taking it upon himself to tweet about every shiny object. That is not helpful right now.'”

Bash said the ‘GOP spin on behalf of Trump is not aging well, especially confronted with facts about the call.”

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Control of the Senate may be at stake.

“Senate GOP sources say they’re bracing for more shoes to drop, a politically dicey waiting game for more than a handful of Senate Republicans on the ballot and potentially vulnerable in 2020. Cory Gardner in Colorado to Martha McSally in Arizona to Joni Ernst in Iowa, Susan Collins in Maine, to Tom Tillis in North Carolina. It’s not just their own political future at stake, but control of the Senate, which Republicans could lose with three or four seats, something Mcconnell is well aware of,” Bash reported.

CNN graphic of vulnerable Republican senators (screengrab)

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“Several congressional Republicans we talked to complained that they’re getting very little guidance from the White House. They decided at the White House not to set up a war room, despite an initial flirtation with that. Instead, the emails and tweets and ads are coming out of the campaign, but people on the Hill we talk to say that that’s all well and good but with something this dire, it needs to come from the White House,” she added.

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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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