Tag Archives: GOP

Murkowski “Curious” On What Bolton Might Have To Say

The Hill reports: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says she is “curious” to know what former national security adviser John Bolton might have to say about President Trump’s relations with Ukraine but stopped short of saying if she would support calling him to testify in the impeachment trial. “Well I read it. I’ve said before I was curious what Ambassador Bolton …

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Romney Predicts Republicans Will Back Calling Bolton

“I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton. I think with the story that came out yesterday, it’s increasingly apparent it would be important to hear from John Bolton. “I, of course will make a final decision on witnesses after we’ve heard from not only the prosecution …

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GOP Fears Open “Floodgates” If John Bolton Testifies

Axios reports: There may be enough new pressure on Senate Republicans to allow witnesses at President Trump’s impeachment trial, after the leak from a forthcoming book by former national security adviser John Bolton that contradicts what the White House has been telling the country. Republican sources tell Axios that party leaders and the White House will still try to resist …

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GOP Eyes Quick Acquittal If Move For Witnesses Fails

Politico reports: Senate GOP leaders are strongly considering a move to quickly end President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial next week if a motion to call additional witnesses is defeated, according to three top Republican senators. The Republican strategy — which is still fluid — could mean senators have limited time between key procedural votes and the final vote on whether …

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GOP Senators Get Fidget Spinners To Aid “Boredom”

Roll Call reports: Sen. Richard M. Burr is trying to help out his antsy Senate colleagues. The North Carolina Republican is providing an assortment of fidget spinners and other gizmos to his GOP colleagues at this week’s Thursday lunch. Senators have been restless in the hours and hours they’re spending at their desks on the Senate floor during the impeachment …

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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For State Department Docs

NBC News reports: Sen. Chuck Schumer has introduced his second amendment, to subpoena State Department documents related to the charges against the president. They are reading the text of the amendment now. Why it’s important: The State Department is in possession of highly relevant records and communications involving officials in the Office of the Secretary as well as officials covering …

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Trump Announces House Impeachment Defense Team

Just in via press release from the White House: Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that the following Members of the House of Representatives will serve as part of his team working to combat this hyper-partisan and baseless impeachment. This initial list includes the following Members: Congressman Doug Collins Congressman Mike Johnson Congressman Jim Jordan Congresswoman Debbie Lesko Congressman Mark …

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Trump And GOP Plot To Block Bolton’s Testimony

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s legal defense team and Senate GOP allies are quietly gaming out contingency plans should Democrats win enough votes to force witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial, including an effort to keep former national security adviser John Bolton from the spotlight, according to multiple officials familiar with the discussions. While Republicans continue to express …

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GOP Coalition To Endorse Rep. Steve King’s Opponent

Axios reports: The Republican Main Street Partnership PAC — which is supporting a group of 53 moderately conservative members of Congress — will endorse Rep. Steve King’s GOP opponent Randy Feenstra for Iowa’s deeply conservative 4th district. The group, which advocates for a sizable, if shrinking part of the Republican caucus, is the first national GOP organization to publicly endorse …

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Fox News Host Confronts Graham On Trial Witnesses: You Demanded Them For Bill Clinton, Why Not Now?

Raw Story reports: Fox News host Chris Wallace called out Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for complaining that the House of Representatives had rushed the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Graham argued that the president’s executive privilege claim would prevent former National Security Adviser John Bolton and others from testifying. “If we call one witness, we’re going to call all the …

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C-SPAN Complains To GOP About Senate Trial Access

The New York Times reports: Journalists are up in arms about new restrictions on their movement inside the Capitol, which they say will prevent them from easily interviewing lawmakers about the proceedings. The rules, negotiated by Republican Senate leadership, have yet to be written down, causing confusion among reporters and the Capitol Police expected to enforce them. A few stationary …

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Virginia GOP: White Supremacists Are Unwelcome Here

The Hill reports: Virginia House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert is calling on hate groups that spread “white supremacist garbage” or violence to stay away from the State Capitol, as officials prepare for a gun rights rally that has prompted the governor to declare a temporary state of emergency. “Lobby Day is a time for people to peacefully assemble and petition …

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Oklahoma GOP Reps Float “MAGA” License Plate

Fox News reports: Two Republican state senators in Oklahoma have introduced a bill to create a “Make America Great Again” license plate. Senators Nathan Dahm [photo] and Marty Quinn filed the bill, which also includes a “Keep America Great” plate, on Tuesday. The bill calls on the Oklahoma Tax Commission to design the special license plates and issue them to …

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GOP Virginia Pol Wears AR-15 To City Council Meeting

The Virginian-Pilot reports: Two of Nathan Clark’s peers on the Portsmouth City Council criticized his decision to wear an AR-15 into a public meeting — without telling them ahead of time — to show his enthusiasm for the Second Amendment. One asked him to apologize. “It was a disgrace, disheartening and an embarrassment,” Vice Mayor Lucas-Burke wrote to the council …

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Martha McSally’s “Liberal Hack” Stunt Was Staged

Vox reports: McSally’s stunt received praise from the MAGA media, including Fox News staple Mark Levin (“Kudos to Martha McSally! Love this!”) and Breitbart, who wrote that McSally “slammed a CNN reporter to his face — and it was glorious.” McSally, for her part, leaned into the incident by posting video of it on her Twitter page. Within a couple …

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BREAKING: GOP Former Rep Sentenced To 26 Months

The Buffalo News reports: A judge Friday sentenced former Rep. Chris Collins to 26 months in federal prison for igniting an insider trading scheme that also prompted his son, Cameron, and his son’s future father-in-law to break the law. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick, according to a journalist tweeting from the courtroom, …

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Republicans Plot Speedy End To Trump’s Trial

Politico reports: As President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial kicks off in earnest, Senate Republicans are still wrestling with how to follow the precedent set by Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial while also giving Trump the swift acquittal he desires. Senate GOP leaders are weighing accelerating the pace of the trial, eyeing a schedule that would maintain the same overall number of …

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Meghan McCain: McSally Didn’t “Earn” My Dad’s Seat

The Daily Beast reports: The View’s Meghan McCain took some shots at Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Friday after the lawmaker personally insulted a CNN reporter, pointing out that McSally didn’t “earn” the Senate seat she was appointed to after McCain’s father passed away. View co-host Ana Navarro speculated that McSally likely lashed out at Raju because she’s on “thin …

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GOP Sen. Cory Gardner Dodges On Witnesses [VIDEO]

Denver’s CBS affiliate reports: Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who has dodged requests for scheduled interviews, flew from Washington D.C. to Denver on Thursday evening, ahead of the Senate’s long weekend. 9NEWS reporter Steve Staeger met the senator when his flight landed at Denver International Airport to ask once more. “We have a trial. That’s where we’re at right now,” Gardner …

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Collins Passes McConnell As “Most Disliked” Senator

USA Today reports: Republican Sen. Susan Collins has surpassed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the most unpopular U.S. Senator, according to a new tracking poll. The Maine Senator’s net approval rating has dropped 10 points since the end of September, leaving her with a 52 percent disapproval rating, a quarterly Morning Consult tracking poll found. The poll comes as …

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