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Trump revealed his impeachment strategy 21 years ago — when he defended Bill Clinton

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Digging back into the archives, Politico reveals that President Donald Trump appears to be re-purposing the advice he suggested to Bill Clinton when the embattled Democratic president faced impeachment 21 years ago.

According to the report, Trump made an appearance on NBC’s Hardball during the Clinton impeachment saga, where he told host Chris Matthews that Clinton needed to “go after his enemies,” which has, to date, been Trump’s main response to his own impeachment.

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Addressing Trump’s own impeachment travails, Politico notes how the president has responded to the current Democratic endeavors.

“The subsequent impeachment proceedings? A revenge-motivated ‘lynching’ that Republicans needed to treat as a war they needed to win. The Democrats investigating him? Trump called them peddlers of ‘ bullshit,’ who would lose in 2020 if they didn’t relent. (‘Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!’) And what if Trump does get removed from office? In September, the president tweeted a quote from Pastor Robert Jeffress, warning that if the Democrats removed him as president, ‘it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal,'” the report by Politico’s Tina Nguyen states.

That falls in line with what Trump told Chris Matthews.

“Go after your enemies. I mean, they’re after you. Go after your enemies,” he explained on Hardball in September 1998. “I think that Clinton probably is too nice a guy in a certain respect. I don’t think he’s going after people the way he should and I really believe his thing is to be liked and I don’t think that’s a very good position to be in right now.”

Nguyen adds, “In 1998 and 1999, Trump — then just another billionaire who had yet to launch The Apprentice — used repeated opportunities in the spotlight to share his views on impeachment and what he would do if he were in Clinton’s position. At the time, he was storming the airwaves to promote his book, ‘The Art of the Comeback,’ while talking up his first dance toward the presidency as a potential candidate for the Reform Party.”

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Trump’s Hardball appearance was not the only time he offered advice to Clinton. Appearing with Matt Lauer on The Today Show in October 1999, Trump addressed Clinton accuser Paul Jones’ deposition being used against him by his foes.

“He could have said, ‘Look, I don’t want to discuss it,’” Trump told Lauer. “I’ve seen politicians in New York that are scoundrels get away with that for years. ‘I don’t talk about my personal life…’ He should have done that. Instead, he had to lie.”

Mirroring Trump’s assault on foes like Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Trump also told Lauer, “I’m not even sure that he shouldn’t have just gone in and taken the Fifth Amendment and said, ‘Look, I don’t get along with this man Starr. He’s after me. He’s a Republican. He’s this, he’s that,’ and, you know, just taken the Fifth Amendment. It’s a terrible thing for a president to take the Fifth Amendment, but he probably should have done it.”

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GOP senators will ignore Bolton bombshell because they ‘just want this over’: ex-White House official

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," in the wake of the New York Times bombshell revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton book blows up the central impeachment defense put forward by Donald Trump's lawyers, former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said it may not be enough to persuade Senate Republicans to allow witnesses.

According to the Times, "President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid to investigations that he sought from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript of a book that John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, wrote about his time in the White House. The firsthand account of the link between the aid and investigations, which is based on meetings and conversations Mr. Bolton had with Mr. Trump, undercuts a key component of the president’s impeachment defense."

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Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera attacks former White House press secretary on Twitter as ‘old douche’

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In a bizarre moment, Sunday evening politics turned into a war of wards in President Donald Trump's Twitter comments.

Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera responded to former press secretary Joe Lockhart, who had replied to one of the tweets Trump retweeted from Rivera.

"Gloom settling on Democrats as they realize they’ve taken their best kill shot & missed. Dems in despair. Republicans United. @realDonaldTrump survives & #Impeachment all over but the shouting," said Rivera, hopefully not literally saying that Democrats wanted to shoot or kill the president.

Lockhart responded to the comment by mocking the Fox News host, saying that he was only making the comment to help get his contract renewed.

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‘Now we see why’ Trump blocked Bolton from testifying — and Republicans are barring witnesses: Adam Schiff

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is one of the handful of members of Congress who have served as managers for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. He has not only navigated the past week of the trial, but he conducted the first major hearing.

After the New York Times revealed key facts from former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book, Schiff said that it was clear the information Bolton has is why Trump blocked him from testifying.

“I think you have to for the sake of the office,” Trump told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham when she asked if he would block Bolton.

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