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Politics Trump campaign says impeachment makes them 'bigger and stronger'

02:13  12 december  2019
02:13  12 december  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Trump says impeachment report is "a joke"

  Trump says impeachment report is Trump says impeachment report is "a joke"LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the Democrats' impeachment report was a joke with no merit and complained that a hearing had been scheduled while he was out of the country.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would begin formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump , ending months of caution by Meanwhile, his re-election campaign and House Republican leaders launched a vociferous defense, accusing Democrats of a partisan rush to judgment.

“This was a big deal,” Trump said . “ They ’re making it like, let’s do it every six months, they ’ve cheapened the process, these people are so bad.” Trump acknowledged that the impeachment process, like the Russia investigation, was very tough on his family, but he would keep fighting the

Just hours after House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, he held a massive rally in the crucial key battleground state of Pennsylvania Tuesday night, where his reelection campaign spoke confidently that inquiry is only boosting their 2020 prospects.

Scott Perry, Donald Trump standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump, at podium, speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa., Dec. 10, 2019.© Matt Rourke/AP President Donald Trump, at podium, speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa., Dec. 10, 2019.

"It has been a motivating factor for the president's supporters," Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign's communications director, told ABC News Political Director Rick Klein on the Powerhouse Politics podcast on Wednesday. "The engagement with our voters, the donations that come rolling in online ... every time something like this happens, you've seen the president's campaign gets bigger and stronger and we raise more money."

U.S. House Judiciary chair rejects Republicans' bid for impeachment witnesses

  U.S. House Judiciary chair rejects Republicans' bid for impeachment witnesses The Democratic head of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Monday rejected Republican lawmakers' request for eight witnesses to appear as part of the panel's impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. © Reuters/JONATHAN ERNST House Judiciary Committee holds evidenciary hearing on Trump impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill in Washington The requested witnesses fall "outside the parameters of the impeachment inquiry," Representative Jerrold Nadler said in a letter to the ranking Republican on the committee, Representative Doug Collins, as the committee heard evidence at a hearing on the

Image. Representatives Jerrold Nadler, left, Nancy Pelosi and Al Green.Credit Illustration by Nicholas Konrad; photographs by Doug Mills/The New York Times, Erin Schaff/The New York Times, Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times. This article is part of the Debatable newsletter.

President Trump ’s campaign hopes a strong economy will overshadow impeachment proceedings in the run-up to 2020.Credit Erin Schaff/The New York Times. “ Trump having a perfectly acceptable phone call with the president of Ukraine doesn’t affect anybody’s daily life,” said Brad Parscale, the

And in the 72 hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially made the impeachment inquiry announcement in September, the campaign said it raised $15 million in small-dollar donations, including 50,000 new donors.

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"In the end, no president wants to be impeached. Let's make that clear. Nobody, nobody wants to be impeached," Murtaugh told Klein. "But the end result will be it's going to rebound and be detrimental for the Democrats who are running."

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump, at podium, speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa., Dec. 10, 2019.© Matt Rourke/AP President Donald Trump, at podium, speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa., Dec. 10, 2019.

While the campaign touts fundraising numbers as proof the impeachment probe will be a win for the president in next year’s election, polling suggests months into House Democrats' inquiry that large swaths of the American people still believe he should be removed from office.

McConnell: Senate won't take up impeachment trial before Christmas

  McConnell: Senate won't take up impeachment trial before Christmas McConnell and Schumer have yet to negotiate an agreement on the trial.“What is not possible obviously would be to turn to an impeachment trial or to do [the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement] in the Senate before we break for Christmas,” McConnell told reporters, while outlining the Senate’s agenda for the rest of the year.

Mr. Giuliani made himself indispensable to the Trump campaign by doing dirty work that no one else wanted and trudging ahead even after the candidate lashed him Practically no name, other than Mr. Trump ’s, was mentioned more than Mr. Giuliani’s at the impeachment hearings and in a subsequent

President Trump , with Vice President Pence, attends a roundtable in the Cabinet Room at the White This isn’t to say that Republicans emerge as valiant crusaders for the moral good. But, for reasons as much psychological as political, Trump is going to survive impeachment — and he’ll be stronger for it.

In a new Monmouth University poll, 45% say that Trump should be impeached and compelled to leave office while 50% say he should not be impeached and compelled to leave office.

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And when asked how impeachment could impact the Trump campaign’s prospects of expanding their map in 2020, Murtaugh told Klein he’s confident not only will the president retain the 306 electoral college votes from 2016, but pick up new states along the way.

"We believe our floor is 306 electoral college votes," Murtaugh said, adding that the campaign sees Trump ahead in all the key states they monitor internally.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a curtain: President Donald Trump walks onstage to speak at a campaign rally, Dec. 10, 2019, in Hershey, Pa.© Patrick Semansky/AP President Donald Trump walks onstage to speak at a campaign rally, Dec. 10, 2019, in Hershey, Pa.

Murtaugh also told Klein that heading into next year, when Democrats start voting in primaries and there’s a potential Senate impeachment trial, the campaign will remain focused on capitalizing on the "lifeblood" of Trump’s reelection effort: rallies.

Lindsey Graham Says He Doesn't 'Need to Hear a Lot of Witnesses' Before Senate Impeachment Vote

  Lindsey Graham Says He Doesn't 'Need to Hear a Lot of Witnesses' Before Senate Impeachment Vote The South Carolina Republican told "Face the Nation" that President Trump should "get out of the way" when somebody was ready to acquit him.The South Carolina senator told CBS News' Face the Nation on Sunday there was a "general desire" among his colleagues "not to turn this thing into a circus" and said he was ready to vote on the articles of impeachment.

Trump campaign says Democrats motivated by 2020 election. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale contended Tuesday that Democrats are pushing for impeachment of Trump because they don’t have a candidate who can beat him at the ballot box in November. “For months, Nancy Pelosi

Turley criticized the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump as overly partisan, a concern that As the Mueller report showed, the Trump campaign welcomed Russian interference in 2016, expecting They say they ’re rushing through it because it can’t wait. They have a duty to explain not just why

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"We don't base our decisions on what we're going to do running the president's reelection campaign based on all the Democrats in Washington," Murtaugh said. "[The House Democrats'] articles of impeachment today and we have a rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania. That's their business."

He added, "We're running our own campaign."

Powerhouse Politics podcast is a weekly program that posts every Wednesday, and includes headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Powerhouse Politics podcast is hosted by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein.

Gabbard casts lone ‘present’ vote on President Trump’s impeachment .
awaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard voted “present” Wednesday in the impeachment vote of the president, the only member of the U.S. House to do so. © Charles Krupa Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, listens to a question during a campaign stop in Londonderry, N.H., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Gabbard, D-Hawaii, had previously raised concerns about the impeachment proceedings, and there was speculation the presidential candidate might actually miss the impeachment vote.

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