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Republicans frantic impeachment is inevitable if Trump doesn’t offer more than ‘reckless’ obstruction: report

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President Donald Trump is basically winging his impeachment strategy, and Republicans gloomily predict the Senate will eventually decide his fate.

Trump allies readily admit the president’s strategy has no legal philosophy, but they don’t believe he can win his fight against the Democratic-led House and will force Senate Republicans to vote on his impeachment and removal, reported Politico.

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“What legal strategy?” said a Republican close to the White House. “It’s a delay strategy to force the Democrats to impeach on procedural grounds of obstructing the investigation. There won’t be a court battle because the Democrats have no need to go to court, they will impeach for failing to provide documents.”

The White House sent a letter Tuesday evening to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warning the administration will not cooperate with the Democrats’ investigation, which Trump lawyers insist is invalid, but legal experts say those claims are highly unlikely to survive a challenge.

“There is no discernible legal strategy coming out of the White House,” said Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor with experience on past impeachment procedures. “Many of the latest positions laid out in the letter undermine the White House’s best legal arguments.”

Turley said those arguments are intended to impress the president, and not a judge.

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“The lawyers are dealing with a client who wants to see this type of aggressive and, frankly, reckless public banter,” Turley told Politico. “There has never been any evidence of the legal team being the driving force behind the White House’s public statement or strategy. At some point, they will have to mount a legal defense.”

Former Rep. Trey Gowdy is joining the president’s legal team, but he’s expected to serve as a TV surrogate more rather than working alongside White House counsel Pat Cipollone or Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow.

“The counsel’s office wants to concentrate the flow of information as much as possible,” said another Republican close to the White House. “They keep a narrow circle on this. Lawyers do not like others meddling.”

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Kellyanne Conway accused of violating Hatch Act at least 50 times this year — on Twitter alone

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According to a report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway has "surpassed 50 violations of the Hatch Act on Twitter alone this past year."

Explaining the numbers, the report states, "CREW’s report on Conway’s continued violations outlines five categories of tweets that violate the Hatch Act: attacking or mocking Democratic presidential candidates, attacking the Democratic Party, promoting President Trump's re-election, promoting the Republican Party, and attacking President Trump's political adversaries. Conway has multiple violations in each category," before noting that Twitter's Terms of Service indicates one of Trump's closest aides is in violation and should have her account suspended.

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GOP giving up trying to reclaim House seats as 2020 wipeout looms: report

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Faced with a ticket likely headed by an unpopular president and watching the Democrats rake in campaign cash ahead of the 2020 election, the Republican Party is conceding they will not win back the House by reclaiming seats they lost in the so-called 2018 "blue wave" election.

According to a report from Politico, Democratic candidates have been stockpiling massive amounts of cash to wage war in what is expected to be a high turnout election with Donald Trump as the face of the Republican Party and seats that the GOP thought they might have a shot at now appearing unattainable.

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Trump supporters cry bitter tears after bus company they never bothered paying leaves them stranded

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Hundreds of Trump supporters this week were left stranded by bus company U.S. Coachways after the organizers for a "March for Trump" rally in Washington D.C. failed to pay them.

The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reports that the Trump supporters had expected U.S. Coachways to pick them up and bring them to D.C. where they were set to rally against House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. After the buses never showed up, however, Trump supporters claimed that the bus company was part of a "deep state" conspiracy aimed at silencing their voices.

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