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Trump reinforced one article of impeachment charge with his ugly attack on Dingell’s widow

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President Donald Trump proved one element of his impeachment by attacking Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) after the vote by suggesting her late husband had gone to hell.

The president slurred the longtime lawmaker John Dingell, who died earlier this year at 92, because his wife, who succeeded him in the seat he’d held for 59 years, had voted in favor of impeachment.

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“Debbie Dingell, that’s a real beauty,” Trump told rally goers in Battle Creek, Michigan.

He complained that she’d voted to impeach despite his ordering flags lowered to half mast after the Democratic lawmaker’s death and offering the Capitol Rotunda for memorial services.

“I gave her A-plus treatment, not the B treatment or the C treatment,” Trump said.

Dingell did not lie in state before his funeral in Washington and burial at Arlington National Cemetery, and the Rotunda belongs to Congress, not the president.

“She called me up and said it was the nicest thing and John would have been so pleased,” Trump said.

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“I gave him everything, I don’t want anything, I don’t need anything for anything,” Trump said. “She calls me up: ‘It’s the nicest thing that’s ever happened. Thank you so much. John would be so thrilled. He’s looking down. He’d be so thrilled. Thank you so much, sir.’ I said, ‘That’s OK, don’t worry about it.'”

“Maybe he’s looking up, I don’t know,” Trump added, to laughs and groans. “I don’t know. Maybe, but let’s assume he’s looking down.”

Trump’s suggestion that Dingell should have voted against impeachment because he’d offered official acts as president lines up with evidence provided by multiple witnesses in impeachment testimony.

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Multiple current and former administration officials told impeachment investigators that Trump expected Ukraine’s president to announce an investigation of rival Joe Biden in exchange for the release of congressionally approved military aid.

Trump’s remarks about the late Dingell and his widow offer another example of his quid pro quo mindset, which formed the basis of the first article of impeachment accusing him of abuse of office.

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Chris Wallace battles GOP chairwoman over laptop smear: ‘Do you have any proof Joe Biden took one penny?’

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Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel on Sunday refused to say if she had any proof of allegations of corruption against Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter.

Fox News host Chris Wallace grilled McDaniel about the Trump campaign's smear against the Biden family on Fox News Sunday.

"Do you have any proof -- because he's denied it -- do you have any proof that Joe Biden every took one penny from either a foreign country or a foreign company?" Wallace asked.

"I think that's incumbent upon the press to start investigating," McDaniel replied. "I think what's frightening is we should have a free and fair press that should be looking at a laptop that has not been disputed by the Biden campaign to be authentic. These emails are deeply troubling as it looks like Hunter Biden is negotiating with a Chinese energy company to profit, not just for himself, but for his father."

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‘Terrified little boy’ Trump is going to ‘burn it all down’ because he can’t face losing the election: Mary Trump

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In an interview with the Guardian, Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump said there is no telling what will happen in the final days of the 2020 presidential and then its aftermath, but she is worried that the president will "burn it all down" as he is faced with losing the election and then facing criminal charges in the aftermath.

Relying on her background as a psychologist, the president's niece issued a dire warning that if the president goes down, he will try to take everything around him down with him.

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‘Dark moment for the Senate’: Republicans block consideration of COVID relief to speed up Barrett confirmation

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Republicans on Saturday blocked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's attempt during a rare weekend session to force consideration of a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill as the GOP rushed ahead with its effort to confirm right-wing judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court just before the November election.

After a speech decrying the Barrett confirmation process as "a very dark moment for the Senate," Schumer requested unanimous consent for the chamber to take up a revised version of the HEROES Act that the Democrat-controlled House passed earlier this month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused to allow a Senate vote on the bill despite growing suffering across the nation and warnings that failure to approve additional spending could cause lasting damage to the economy.

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