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Some inside government ‘hell-bent on destroying this president,’ Hogan Gidley says

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Some figures inside the federal government are determined to undermine President Trump and remove him from office, according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley.

The fierce opposition to Trump holding office came long before he was even sworn in, Gidley said Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“The fact is, Donald Trump has done nothing wrong and the Democrats know it — and also, he deserves due process just like any American citizen would,” he said.

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“The Democrats can’t void that simply because they hate him so much or because they want to overturn the election of 2016.”

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Gidley pointed to protests against then-candidate Trump and said the current outcry against the president is nothing new.

“They wanted him out before he was actually sworn in,” he said.

“It’s very clear that there are people inside the government hell-bent on destroying this president and taking him down — they try it every single day.”

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Gidley also said the Democrats appear to have suddenly pivoted from the most important topic being gun control or immigration to the impeachment inquiry.

“All they can see is hatred for this president — blood red, trying to attack him.”

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Rudy Giuliani slams Barack Obama, saying ex-president could have stopped any potential Biden-Ukraine ‘conflict’

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Rudy Giuliani said former President Barack Obama had an opportunity to stop or prevent potential conflicts involving then-Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and Ukraine.

Giuliani claimed Friday on “The Story” that Obama should have reacted in a more effective way to a 2015 New York Times story highlighting the Bidens’ interactions in Ukraine.

He also claimed that recently revealed text messages by Trump-era officials regarding Ukraine paint a different picture than what Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Democrats seeking an impeachment inquiry are claiming.

“It doesn’t say, ‘President Trump wants you to interfere in the 2020 election.'” he said.

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“It says, ‘President Trump wants you to investigate substantial allegations of federal crimes partially committed in Ukraine by high-level American officials’ — exactly what an honest president should do, and exactly what Obama didn’t do five years ago that could’ve stopped the whole thing.”

Giuliani — Trump’s personal attorney — underlined his work as a prosecutor in New York, where he pursued cases against mobsters and corrupt politicos, suggesting he “has a nose for corruption.”

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“The big question that has to be asked is, in 2015 when The New York Times first exposed the enormous conflict that [Joe] Biden had in Ukraine and criticized him — how could you have your son taking money from a corrupt oligarch? Why didn’t Obama stop it? Any honest president would’ve stopped it.”

At the time, Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company called Burisma Holdings.

Giuliani added he believed that a more subjectively responsible investigation into the Bidens and Ukraine will reveal the Obama White House to be marked with infamy in the history books.

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“Is it possible if we break this open we’re going to find out the Obama administration might be one of the more corrupt administrations in a very long time?” he asked.

“Is it possible that Democrats would cover that up and fight for their lives and have Schiff going out violating laws in order to frame the president of the United States?”

In that regard, Giuliani claimed powerful attorneys are considering whether to sue individuals like the California Democrat.

“Not a joke, not a threat … and, thank you, Schiff, because you keep lying every day,” Giuliani remarked.

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CNN’s Van Jones says Dems face ‘lose-lose situation’ with impeachment

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CNN commentator and host Van Jones suggested on Thursday that Democrats are in a “lose-lose situation” as they proceed with their impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

Weighing in on how voters feel about impeachment, Jones described it as a “tricky thing,” noting that “for some Republicans, it makes them want to rally around the flag.”

The former Obama advisor then recalled his own emotions during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the 90s.

“I remember when I was anti-Bill Clinton from the left in the ’90s. And then they tried to impeach him and all of a sudden, Clinton was my best friend,” Jones told CNN anchor Erin Burnett. “So I think you get crosscurrents in this thing. At the same time, the Democrats are in a lose-lose situation.”

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“If they don’t do something, their own base is going to feel disappointed and you feel like, maybe, Trump gets away with too much. If you go through with the impeachment, though, you could divide the country further, you can take the oxygen away from your candidates and you still don’t solve the problem of foreign interference.

“Just because you impeach the president, that doesn’t mean you still don’t have the foreign interference. So it’s a big mess.”

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The CNN host went on to call impeachment a “nuclear bomb,” saying there’s a “pretty high bar” for getting Trump voters to support the president’s ouster.

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Ex-envoy testified Ukraine never raised quid pro quo concerns with him: source

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Former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker told lawmakers during closed-door testimony Thursday that the Ukrainians never indicated concerns to him about President Trump pursuing a quid pro quo — linking military aid to an investigation of Joe Biden — a source familiar with Volker’s transcribed interview told Fox News.

The question has become a pertinent one as House Democrats move forward with an impeachment inquiry into whether Trump abused his authority by asking Ukraine’s president to investigate Biden, the former vice president and a leading Democratic presidential primary candidate for the 2020 election.

Democrats, though, seized on text messages Volker released to Congress that show a top official involved in Ukraine matters later expressing concern that Trump was withholding military assistance — as well as a meeting with the country’s president — to encourage Ukraine to “launch politically motivated investigations.”

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“This is not normal or acceptable,” the committee chairmen — Reps. Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee, Elijah Cummings of the Oversight Committee and Eliot Engel of the Foreign Affairs Committee – wrote in a letter to colleagues Thursday. “It is unethical, unpatriotic, and wrong. American Presidents should never press foreign powers to target their domestic political rivals.”

The text messages released by Volker to Congress show U.S. officials involved with Ukraine arguing internally last month over whether Trump was engaged in a quid pro quo. “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Bill Taylor said in one text exchange in a chain with Volker and U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland.

But Sondland pushed back. “Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.”

Volker, who was Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine, abruptly resigned his post as U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations last week. He voluntarily gave a deposition on Thursday before a House committee as part of the House Democratic impeachment inquiry.

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Volker resigned last week after his name surfaced in a whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump sought to pressure Ukraine’s president to investigate Hunter Biden, his father and the company Burisma. Biden’s son was a Burisma board director until departing before Joe Biden announced his campaign for the presidency in April.

Fox News on Friday also obtained Volker’s prepared testimony to lawmakers on the Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees. In it, he details his interactions with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was probing whether Burisma had sought to garner influence with Biden by paying high fees to his son. He also said he didn’t find then-Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, who he said was fueling those accusations about the Bidens, “credible.”

“In May, 2019, I learned that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani planned to travel to Ukraine to look into these accusations,” Volker said. “I reached out to brief him before his visit – specifically, to tell him that Lutsenko is not credible and will be replaced once a new government takes office.”

In his testimony, Volker sought to distance himself from any investigation, saying, “at no time was I aware of or took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden.” He also defended Biden’s integrity, saying, “I have known former Vice President Biden for 24 years, and the suggestion that he would be influenced in his duties as vice president by money for his son simply has no credibility to me.”

Still, the source familiar with Volker’s transcribed interview said the diplomat told lawmakers he didn’t believe a Ukrainian-led investigation related to Burisma or 2016 election interference, as Trump has also pressed for, would be improper. Volker also said he believes Trump’s concerns about Ukrainian corruption were valid, the source said.

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker told lawmakers he was worried about former prosecutor’s reliability, sources say

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Republican lawmakers who were present at ex-Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker’s closed-door marathon interview before three House committees on Thursday seemed confident it disproved any allegations of a “quid pro quo” in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, as sources told Fox News that Volker was worried about the reliability of the Ukrainian prosecutor informing Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Volker abruptly resigned last week after a whistleblower complaint claimed he traveled to Kiev to help Ukrainian officials navigate Trump’s alleged request to investigate 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden, his son Hunter and their business dealings in Ukraine. The complaint also claimed that the envoy connected Giuliani with Ukrainian officials.

Sources familiar with the nine-and-a-half hour interview before the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees told Fox News it was a “clean” and “powerful” interview.

Volker did not think Victor Shokin, the prosecutor investigating Ukrainian firm Burisma — on which Hunter Biden held a board seat — was reliable when he told Giuliani that he was told to back off of the investigation at then-Vice President Joe Biden’s behest, which is why he worried what Giuliani might try to do with Shokin’s claims, according to sources familiar with the testimony.

Text messages obtained by Fox News showed Volker and other U.S. officials battling internally over whether Trump was engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine as he pressed the country to look into the Biden family, reportedly using $400 million in military aid as leverage during a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to induce him to have officials investigate the Bidens.

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Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Thursday’s interview with Volker “undercut” the Democratic narrative that Trump tried to interfere with an election.

House Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry into Trump, prompted by the whistleblower complaint, after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., made a formal request on Sept. 10 to transmit the complaint to Congress.

“The facts we learned today undercut the salacious narrative that Adam Schiff is using to sell his impeachment ambitions,” Jordan and Nunes said in a joint statement. “We hope the American people get to read the transcript of today’s testimony and see the truth.”

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., was also present at the interview and asserted Thursday on Fox News’ “The Story” that Volker’s testimony disproved the idea of a quid pro quo.

“You really couldn’t have a more professional and more credible witness — and more knowledgable about Ukraine,” Perry said. “I would call Ambassador Volker the star witness in the so-called whistleblower’s report. Everything he said unsubstantiated this claim of a quid pro quo.”

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Democrats did not have the same takeaway from Volker’s interview.

“We saw further evidence that there was a shadow shakedown going on and that the lead […] deputy for the president was Rudy Giuliani. You had an experienced diplomat working for free — special envoy Mr. Volker — who, in many ways, was a front for work that was being done on the side parallel to his efforts by Rudy Giuliani,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., as NBC News reported.

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum and Chad Pergram contributed to this report. 

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Rep. Joaquin Castro: Trump is ‘on the verge’ of ‘bringing harm’ to Ukraine call whistleblower

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Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, slammed President Trump on Tuesday over his repeated calls to identify the whistleblower who filed the report about his phone call with the Ukrainian leader, suggesting the hostile rhetoric towards the anonymous intelligence community worker may be “bringing harm” towards the individual.

“The president at this point has been very abusive of the Whistleblower Protection Act and really is basically on the verge of not only revealing the identity or getting somebody else to reveal the identity of the whistleblower, but also bringing harm to that person,” Castro said on CNN.

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“It’s getting quite scary, the president’s behavior and his words and what that could conjure up.”

Castro, a member of the House Intelligence Committee and brother of 2020 presidential candidate, Julián Castro, speculated whether someone from within the White House who knows the identity of the whistleblower would “leak” it, but expressed confidence in the protection Congress has given to the informant.

“If you look at the whistleblower’s complaint and the transcript of that phone call, it’s starting to become clear that there was an attempted coverup by the White House of a president abusing his power, betraying his oath of office,” Castro continued.

“And this investigation — every day it seems like there is a new, basically, a path to follow, a new trail to follow and we’re going to do that.”

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Earlier in the day, Castro’s congressional colleague, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., insisted that Trump should be placed in “solitary confinement.”

“I’m calling on the GOP to stop Trump’s filthy talk of whistleblowers being spies & using mob language implying they should be killed,” Waters tweeted. “Impeachment is not good enough for Trump. He needs to be imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement. But for now, impeachment is the imperative.”

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Rep. Joaquin Castro: Trump is ‘on the verge’ of ‘bringing harm’ to Ukraine call whistleblower

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Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, slammed President Trump on Tuesday over his repeated calls to identify the whistleblower who filed the report about his phone call with the Ukrainian leader, suggesting the hostile rhetoric towards the anonymous intelligence community worker may be “bringing harm” towards the individual.

“The president at this point has been very abusive of the Whistleblower Protection Act and really is basically on the verge of not only revealing the identity or getting somebody else to reveal the identity of the whistleblower, but also bringing harm to that person,” Castro said on CNN.

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“It’s getting quite scary, the president’s behavior and his words and what that could conjure up.”

Castro, a member of the House Intelligence Committee and brother of 2020 presidential candidate, Julián Castro, speculated whether someone from within the White House who knows the identity of the whistleblower would “leak” it, but expressed confidence in the protection Congress has given to the informant.

“If you look at the whistleblower’s complaint and the transcript of that phone call, it’s starting to become clear that there was an attempted coverup by the White House of a president abusing his power, betraying his oath of office,” Castro continued.

“And this investigation — every day it seems like there is a new, basically, a path to follow, a new trail to follow and we’re going to do that.”

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Earlier in the day, Castro’s congressional colleague, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., insisted that Trump should be placed in “solitary confinement.”

“I’m calling on the GOP to stop Trump’s filthy talk of whistleblowers being spies & using mob language implying they should be killed,” Waters tweeted. “Impeachment is not good enough for Trump. He needs to be imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement. But for now, impeachment is the imperative.”

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Hillary Clinton, Democrats ‘infuriating’ in their efforts to ‘cast doubt on legitimacy of President Trump,’ Lisa Boothe says

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It is Democrats, not President Trump, who are threatening American institutions and the electoral process, according to Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe.

Boothe rejected new remarks about the current president from Hillary Clinton, in an interview Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Speaking with CBS News, Clinton referred to Trump as a “corrupt human tornado” and said the New York Republican inherently knows he is an “illegitimate” president.

“He knows that there were a bunch of different reasons that the election turned out the way it did,” Clinton said.

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Boothe ripped Clinton’s remarks both there and in a 2016 tweet, in which the former secretary of state wrote, “Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. By doing that he’s threatening our democracy.”

“What I find infuriating about what she said there — Democrats are the ones who are threatening our democracy by casting doubt on the legitimacy of President Trump,” she said.

“They are the ones who are undermining our faith in institutions, particularly the electoral process.”

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Host Tucker Carlson agreed, remarking that Clinton appears to be “trapped in emotional amber” from Election Day 2016.

“Every day is November 8,” he said.

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In addition, Boothe said Democrats are eroding democratic norms through lawmakers who boycotted Trump’s 2017 inauguration and, “lied about the Russian collusion narrative.”

Clinton, who ran against Trump in 2016, added that she supports the House of Representatives’ newly launched impeachment inquiry.

“My view is that, given the latest revelation, which is such a blatant effort to use his presidential position to advance his personal and political interests, there should be an impeachment inquiry opened,” Clinton told CBS News. “And I think, sadly, there are a number of grounds. But this one is incredibly troubling.”

She was referring to the dust-up over a July call between Trump and his counterpart in Ukraine, in which he asked for an inquiry into onetime Vice President Joe Biden, Biden’s son Hunter, and their dealings there.

Fox News’ Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Reporter’s Notebook: Pelosi’s thinking in impeachment inquiry explained

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plays interdimensional chess. She must satisfy the demands of both liberal and conservative Democrats while taking on President Trump, anticipating political moves before they happen.

Queen to Rook 5. Knight to King 3. Maneuvering a knight deep into enemy territory, able to move in eight directions.

But, some lawmakers were taken aback at Pelosi’s move to fully back an impeachment inquiry.

“It is a colossal error,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said of the push by House Democrats to impeach Trump. “I’m kind of surprised that Speaker Pelosi, as shrewd as she is, would let it get to this point.”

Did Pelosi, D-Calif., misstep? Fail to read the tea leaves?

“We have to strike while the iron is hot,” she told a meeting of House Democrats last week.

Pelosi clearly was unwilling to move too precipitously or prejudge alleged transgressions by the president on a host of subjects for months. This came as liberals mounted a robust push to impeach Trump once Democrats secured control of the House in the 2018 midterms. But, it’s hard to believe Pelosi didn’t suspect where this may have gone. After all, she had not declared that impeachment was “off the table” like she did in 2006 with then-President George W. Bush.

If the House was going to impeach the president, Pelosi needed clarity, something succinct and comprehensible. All of the other “noise” about Trump’s conduct may have been reprehensible and beneath the dignity of the president in the eyes of the speaker, but sources familiar with her thinking said those potential misdeeds weren’t worthy of impeachment.

At a new conference this past May, Pelosi said the president “is almost self-impeaching.” There was a supposition that Pelosi suspected Trump – at least from her vantage point – may commit a misstep so egregious that impeachment would be inevitable. That’s why Pelosi never slammed the door to impeachment the way she did in 2006. Moreover, some people close to the speaker said she suspected House Democrats might come around to impeachment.

Typically, congressional leaders have held certain views which weren’t reflected by their rank-and-file members. Being a congressional leader means seeing around corners, anticipating where your own members may be, or subtly convincing those members to come around to your viewpoint, without them even realizing they’re been influenced. But, those close to Pelosi doubted she really wanted to impeach Trump. After all, this would hijack the Democrats’ message of health care, prescription drugs and background checks for guns.

It would have been toxic for Pelosi to push impeachment actively just a few months ago. More importantly, it would have been more perilous yet for Pelosi to put vulnerable, rank-and-file Democrats in an awkward position on impeachment. However, Pelosi clearly knew how her members could “educate” their constituents into supporting a given measure. She also knew that “events” sometimes would dictate outcomes.

So, Pelosi bided her time. Yes, impeachment could come with downfalls, but it was possible even moderate Democrats representing swing districts might eventually flip the impeachment switch.

The memo and the notes from the phone call on Ukraine provided that clarity to House Democrats and Pelosi.

“This movement was organic,” said one House Democrat about the sudden groundswell from some Democrats representing districts friendly to the president. “There was no collaboration.”

On the other hand, liberal Democrats already supported impeachment and were getting antsy for the leadership to do something. That posed a risk to Pelosi on the other side of the party spectrum.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., sounded almost desperate about the state of play on impeachment as she walked down the Capitol steps a week-and-a-half-ago.

“We need to do the work,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “My worry is that if we allow [Trump] to get away with it… by not impeaching, we are saying it is okay for future presidents to do this.”

Pelosi knew she faced increasing pressure from liberals to move. And, sources close to the speaker told Fox News that Pelosi was concerned about not doing the right thing. There would be political consequences for not acting, too. But, Fox News was told the whistleblower complaint was all the speaker needed.

A team of freshman House Democrats who served in the intelligence community and military – and who transferred districts from red to blue – penned an op-ed in the Washington Post. They called for an impeachment inquiry.

Some analysts said the dam broke. The tide rose. They crossed the Rubicon. Whatever the metaphor, dozens of Democrats then joined the call for a formal impeachment inquiry or to actually impeach Trump.

It was clear to Pelosi that she had the support to move ahead. Her announcement simply reflected the view of her caucus, and not just because Democrats wanted to impeach Trump because they didn’t like him. Rather, Pelosi viewed potential efforts to interfere with the 2020 presidential election as a bridge too far.

“I feel that I am being vindicated,” boasted Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who has tried multiple times to impeach Trump on the floor. “This is being driven by history now. I don’t think that we have control. I think that events have taken control.”

Pelosi’s announcement buoyed Ocasio-Cortez. When asked if it took too long to launch the impeachment inquest, the New York Democrat replied, “at this point, it doesn’t matter. We’re moving forward with it now.”

Ocasio-Cortez added “that the party is now much more unified” over impeachment since it was no longer a fight between wings of the House Democrats.

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But, not everyone was on board.

When asked if he backed the House’s new posture just minutes after Pelosi’s announcement, Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon, one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, replied: “I’m trying to figure that out. I don’t want the country torn apart.”

Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, a freshman Democrat, won his seat after former Rep. Frank LoBiondo, a Republican, retired. Trump had carried the district by five points.

Van Drew said he did not “support impeachment,” but he would not call the impeachment movement “a mistake.”

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., also claimed what had been a GOP district in the Garden State for decades. She was one of the freshmen with national security bona fides who wrote the Washington Post op-ed favoring impeachment. President Trump narrowly carried her district in 2016.

Could impeachment put Sherrill in electoral jeopardy?

“You know, it might,” replied Sherrill. “But, we really felt there was a line that had been crossed.”

Sherrill noted that the “Republicans I’ve spoken to in my district have been very supportive.”

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In a twist, Pelosi’s decision to move an impeachment probe could actually boost moderate Democrats including Schrader and Van Drew if they ultimately oppose impeachment. Pelosi’s maneuver would present them with a foil. Conservative Democrats could put distance between themselves, the speaker and progressives such as Green and Ocasio-Cortez. Those conservative Democrats could argue they opposed such an extreme tactic as impeachment – and maybe even vote against articles on the House floor.

This has been the interdimensional chess facing Pelosi in her caucus. Anyone who tells you where this is really going doesn’t truly know. It may, as Cornyn asserted, manifest itself as a “colossal error,” or it may be turn out to be quite an astute move. There are always risks for impeachment, but the first waters Pelosi had to successfully navigate were the dangerous shoals of her own caucus.

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Democrats hope Ukraine-based impeachment push is the ‘Cinderella slipper’ that will finally fit, Greg Gutfeld says

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Democrats supporting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump hope the Ukraine-related allegations are the “Cinderella slipper” that fits, according to Greg Gutfeld.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly told her caucus the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July is a simpler device to use to explain their actions to the American people, Gutfeld said Monday on “The Five.”

“Nancy Pelosi said why this phone call was important — it was because it was a simpler, clearer way to impeach Trump so that the public would understand it,” he said, seemingly referencing a report by The New York Times.

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“This has all been like a Cinderella slipper,” he said. “They’ve been searching for that one shoe that’s going to fit and they went through a warehouse of shoes before they got to this one. But if they don’t get this one, they’ll just find another.”

Earlier on “The Five,” the “Greg Gutfeld Show” host compared Democrats’ insistence on finding an impeachment narrative that sticks to a DJ trying to find the perfect remix.

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“They keep remixing the same horrible song hoping that it will be a hit,” he said.

“If you want to get rid of this guy because of his personality, just realize this is going to come back and haunt you because you’re going to have half of America that is going to go after your guy or girl.”

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Earlier Monday, the chairmen of three House committees subpoenaed Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Monday for key documents related to the Ukraine controversy as part of their formal impeachment inquiry against the president.

“Pursuant to the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, we are hereby transmitting a subpoena that compels you to produce the documents set forth in the accompanying schedule by Oct.15,” Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings wrote.

Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, played a key role in seeking information from Ukrainian officials on former Vice President Joe Biden’s dealings with the country, along with those of his son Hunter.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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