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Trump warned to stop attacking GOP critics because he’ll need every single vote to avoid impeachment: report

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According to a report in Politico, senior White House advisers have warned President Donald Trump to hold his tongue when a Republican lawmaker criticizes him or one of his policies because he will need every vote he can get as the House considers articles of impeachment against him.

The report notes that Trump, known for lashing out at hs is critics on an almost daily basis on his Twitter account, has been uncharacteristically silent as of late when it comes to Republicans who have expressed concern about his dealings with Ukraine.

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“The atypical approach by the president comes after some of his top Hill allies have been privately pleading with Trump not to attack Republicans as the impeachment probe enters its most high-profile phase yet, according to multiple GOP lawmakers and aides,” Politico reports. “These senior Republicans have argued that the strategy is more effective at keeping GOP members in line — especially when it comes to House Intelligence Committee Republicans, who are serving as Trump’s first line of defense on the Ukraine scandal.”

The report notes that the strategy appears to be working so far, based upon the efforts on Trump’s behalf by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) during Wednesday’s televised impeachment hearing.

Hurd, who is retiring is “a former CIA agent who sits on the panel, has openly expressed alarm over Trump seeking an investigation into Joe Biden in a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,” Politico points out, before adding, “But none of those concerns were on display at the hearing, with Hurd instead using his line of questioning to extract information from the witnesses about how the Trump administration has provided critical aid to Ukraine in previous years. Earlier in the week, Hurd even called for Hunter Biden to testify — an idea that has become popular with Trump and his most hardcore supporters.”

According to the report, that type of defense is the best Trump can hope for.

“It’s a time to unite — everybody understands that. And letting the facts come forward unites us,” explained one GOP lawmaker. “That’s what we tell Trump.”

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That is not to say that Trump is completely holding his fire on Republicans, he’s just not naming names when he tweets.

After retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) dubbed his Ukraine call “inappropriate” during a Sunday cable news interview, the president tweeted a generic, “Republicans, don’t be led into the fool’s trap of saying it was not perfect, but is not impeachable,” without mentioning the lawmaker.

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‘Not supposed to be that way!’ Bitter Trump whines about Senate possibly letting John Bolton testify

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President Donald Trump on Monday whined about the Senate potentially letting former national security adviser John Bolton testify during his impeachment trial.

"They didn’t want John Bolton and others in the House," the president wrote on Twitter. "They were in too much of a rush. Now they want them all in the Senate. Not supposed to be that way!"

In reality, the House impeachment investigators tried to get Bolton to testify during their inquiry, but he refused to appear unless he got legal clearance to do so. However, Bolton has now offered to testify before the Senate even though he did not comply with House requests to do the same.

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Ex-GOP impeachment manager ripped to shreds on CNN for ‘upside down’ defense of Trump’s conduct

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On CNN Monday, two veterans of the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton clashed over whether President Donald Trump was guilty of impeachable offenses.

"My view is that the phrase that the president's lawyers included in their six-page answer over the weekend is absolutely ironclad, perfectly correct," said Bob Barr, a former House impeachment manager against Clinton. "The language in the Constitution says very clearly that the only basis on which a president can be impeached and removed from office is treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. You have to have a crime. And no matter how much rhetoric you put around that to try and get around it, that is a fact, a legal fact, you have to have a crime."

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Donald Trump and Ben Carson are destroying one of MLK’s most enduring legacies

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act just days after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King -- and President Donald Trump's Housing secretary wants to undo that legacy.

The 1968 law hasn't been able to undo the harm from government-sanctioned housing segregation, which still feeds today's wealth and racial inequality, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to remove a protection for black owners who pay unfairly high property taxes, reported the New York Times.

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