Mick Mulvaney is planning to help Trump begin a quiet charm offensive with congressional Republicans, hosting private dinners and meetings, gatherings at Camp David and other ways of expressing appreciation for their support, according to Trump aides. washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
Q: Were you ever aware... of the interest in the Bidens, the interest in investigating the Bidens was at least, in part, the reason the aid to Ukraine [was] being held up? Were you ever aware?
VP Pence: “I never discussed the issue of the Bidens with President Zelensky.”
Q to VP Pence today at gaggle in Iowa: Will you release those [Zelensky] transcripts so the American people can review them? Your own transcripts?
VP PENCE: “I’d have no objection to that and we’re discussing that with White House counsel as we speak..."
In an interview Wednesday, [Toomey] repeated his view that it was “inappropriate” for Trump to press foreign countries to investigate a political rival, Joe Biden, but said that doesn’t merit impeachment. inquirer.com/news/pat-toome…
NEW: Sen. Sanders tells @HarrySmith that he "misspoke" about scaling back his presidential rallies after his heart attack, and asserts that his campaign "acted appropriately" before disclosing that he had a heart attack. on.msnbc.com/2LYQwV0
White House has just released this @realDonaldTrump statement on #Turkey "This morning, Turkey, a NATO member, invaded Syria. The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea."
Back on the Pence beat today. Pool reporter for his day trip to Iowa for USMCA speech and Ernst fundraiser. AF2 about to take off from Andrews.
Trip comes as Ernst faces a tough race in 2020 and soon after she confronted voter frustrations about President Trump.
Per Sondland’s lawyer, “Ambassador Sondland hopes that the issues raised by the State Department that preclude his testimony will be resolved promptly. He stands ready to testify on short notice, whenever he is permitted to appear.”
NEW: Early this morning, Trump admin advised Gordon Sondland, top diplomat enmeshed in Ukraine scandal, NOT to testify at his scheduled House deposition today. Move will likely fuel Dems calls to also impeach on obstruction. firstname.lastname@example.org/2019/10/08/us/…
Today @BernieSanders emerged to take a walk with @janeosanders. It is the most we've seen him since he suffered a heart attack. While his recovery continues, his campaign plugs along.. including releasing a major policy on campaign finance.
We talked about it w/ @BrookeBCNN.
"Portman confirmed that Trump cited a lack of help from European nations as a reason for holding up aid authorized by Congress for Ukraine, the senator said he never heard that assertion until he spoke to the president personally Sept. 11." dispatch.com/news/20191007/…
BREAKING: As President Trump urged Ukraine’s leaders to investigate his political rival Joe Biden, associates of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were looking to profit from the country’s state-run natural gas company, AP sources say. apne.ws/cd75GGI
“The Republican party has got to get a grip on itself,” Former Secy. of State Colin Powell on the state of the current GOP. “Republican leaders and members of the Congress… are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen [to] any one of them if they speak out."
In 1973, McConnell called Watergate “totally repugnant” and denounced the conduct of Nixon and some of his aides, as documented by biographer John David Dyche.
In 2019, “The way that impeachment stops is a Senate majority with me as majority leader.”
"Out on a limb." Read my latest report w/ @PhilipRucker, going inside the Republican reckoning over Trump’s possible impeachment.
"There is no love for the president... But they know this is the president’s party and the bargain’s been made.”
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