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Leading Republican does not want to ‘infect the Senate trial’ with Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan

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With Speaker Nancy Pelosi poised transmit articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the United States Senate, all eyes are on who each side will choose as impeachment managers for the Senate trial.

The managers are akin to the lawyers sitting at the defense and prosecution tables during a criminal trial — they are the participants allowed to argue on behalf of the White House and the House of Representatives.

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Trump allies have considered selecting impeachment managers from among the combative members of the House Republican caucus who interrupted impeachment proceedings during the inquiry phase: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

But Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the former Republican Whip, urged against such a move, as reported by CNN congressional reporter Manu Raju.

“My advice to [Trump] would be: Let’s not infect the Senate trial with the circus-like atmosphere of the House,” Cornyn counseled.

“And I think there would be an increased risk of doing that if you start inviting House members to come over to the Senate and try the case,” he explained.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has struggled to keep Republicans in-line, as senators facing re-election in 2020 have been receiving pressure to conduct a fair impeachment trial.

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Sen. Cornyn is among the Republican senators up for re-election alongside Trump in 2020.

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DNC’s Tom Perez under fire for convention committee picks

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Progressives raised alarm this weekend after Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez released his picks for the 2020 Democratic National Convention committees.

The list of nominees, Sunrise Movement political director Evan Weber said Sunday, looks like "a who's-who of people explicitly opposed to the progressive agenda."

Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof, sparked a flurry of responses when he shared Perez's list on social media Saturday afternoon.

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As election season starts in earnest, all eyes turn to Iowa

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The rush is on for Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa, with a brief break in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump in Washington and the first vote in the party's nominating process a little more than a week away.

Iowans' first-in-the-country vote -- set for February 3 this year -- often plays an outsized role in shaping the presidential field. But in a year of extraordinary flux among Democratic front-runners, predictions are less sure.

A New York Times poll Saturday did show progressive Senator Bernie Sanders pulling into a timely lead in Iowa, with a sizable, seven-point lead over three candidates who sit in a statistical tie: former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, former US Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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