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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.

“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.”

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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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Trump blasted by former White House ethics chief for attacking his own FBI director

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump lashed out at FBI director Christopher Wray on Twitter for endorsing DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report debunking the Republican claim that the FBI "spied" on Trump's 2016 campaign. "The current director," tweeted Trump, will "never be able to fix" the "badly broken" FBI.

Trump's remark, and possible threat to Wray's job, drew outrage from former White House ethics official Walter Shaub:

The history books will note that he fired not only an FBI Director but also an Attorney General for allowing an investigation of his campaign. Now he's attacking another FBI Director for not being supporting of conspiracy theories about that investigation. https://t.co/6pqjShuP8k

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Fox News hosts blasted for ‘cherry-picking’ IG report to spin it as a win for Trump: ‘They owe us an apology’

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On Tuesday morning, CNN host Alisyn Camerota dropped the hammer on Fox News for spinning the Justice Department inspector general report that absolved the department of any conspiracy against Donald Trump, instead saying that it was an indictment of the department.

Joined by CNN contributor, ex-Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and CNN host Brian Stelter, Camerota shared Fox clips from Monday night featuring hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham and marveled at the obvious lies.

"Let's go back to reality-world instead of upside-down world right now," host Camerota smirked after rolling the clips, "which is what we just played a montage of. Charlie, when you hear, you know, the talking points from obviously the Trump cheerleaders as well as some of your former Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill, do they -- when Hannity says everything we've been reporting for years has been dead on accurate, we were right every step of the way, and the report completely negates that, do they believe that? Why are they saying that?"

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Did Trump just signal he may fire ‘current’ FBI director hours before meeting Russian foreign minister?

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President Donald Trump attacked his FBI director hours ahead of his White House meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and other social media users noticed a big coincidence.

The president turned on Christopher Wray in an early morning Twitter rant after the FBI director broke with Attorney General William Barr and agreed the Justice Department's inspector general had found no evidence of wrongdoing at the start of the Russia probe.

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