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Another one bites the dust

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is resigning his position. Can’t say that I blame him. He’s current under congressional subpoena.

What if...

President Trump actually WANTS to be impeached because he believes that impeachment by the House and acquittal by the Senate will be the best political strategy to rally his base for the 2020 election?
Things that make me go...hmmmmmmm! 😁

Republicans For the Rule of Law coming out with new anti-Trump ad campaign

A conservative organization just launched a new ad campaign targeting vulnerable Republicans in the Senate and demanding that they speak out against President Donald Trump. 
The spot from Republicans for the Rule of Law features a quote from Vice President Mike Pence, who said during the 2016 campaign that “foreign governments cannot participate in the American political process.” 
But as the ad points out, Trump asked both Ukraine and China for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

So the Trump Administration just flip-flopped on quid pro quo?

A week ago they were outraged that anyone would even suggest such a thing.
October 17th (Trump Chief of Staff) “Mulvaney confirms there was a quid pro quo”

October 13th: “ Ambassador to testify no quid pro quo assurance was Trump’s”
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. ambassador is expected to tell Congress that his text message reassuring another envoy that there was no quid pro quo in their interactions with Ukraine was based solely on what President Donald Trump told him, according to a person familiar with his coming testimony in the impeachment probe.

Gordon Sondland, Trump’s hand-picked ambassador to the European Union, is among administration officials being subpoenaed to appear on Capitol Hill this week against the wishes of the White House. It’s the latest test between the legislative and executive branches of government, as the impeachment inquiry by House Democrats deepens.

Its been a very long time

Since 70% of the members of a president’s own party in either the House or Senate voted to condemn a president’s policy decision. Only 30% of House Republicans voted with the President on withdrawal from Syria.

Texas Republican Speaker: Trump is killing us.

“ Texas GOP speaker tape: Lawmaker 'vile,' Trump 'killing us'”

Texas' GOP House speaker sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020, called a female lawmaker "vile" and said President Donald Trump is "killing us" in pivotal races in a secretly recorded meeting with a conservative activist released Tuesday.

House Speaker Dennis Bonnen also profanely disparaged a Democratic House member in the hourlong tape, which also reveals other political scheming and has thrown the GOP-controlled Legislature into disarray at a fragile moment when their majority is at stake.

The tape has uncorked the biggest Texas political scandal in years. Democrats filed a lawsuit accusing Bonnen — the third-most powerful Republican in the Texas Capitol — of breaking campaign finance laws during the June meeting with the head of a conservative group called Empower Texans, which has spent lavishly in pursuit of pulling the Legislature far to the right on issues such as abortion and guns.

State investigators responsible for looking into allegations of corruption by public officials have also opened a case .
The meeting was secretly recorded and released by Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan, who said he surreptitiously recorded the meeting held at Bonnen's Capitol office to protect himself. Bonnen can be heard seeking Sullivan's help in targeting several Republican incumbents in primaries next year, while also suggesting that a news affiliate of Empower Texans could obtain media credentials that would provide access to the House floor where votes are taken. Bonnen sought to drive out moderate GOP members who he saw as standing in the way of his agenda.

"You need to hear what I want to do," Bonnen said. "We can make this work. I'll put your guys on the floor next session."

Republicans have controlled the Texas House for nearly two decades, but their dominance is eroding quickly. Since the GOP reached a peak of a 101-49 super-majority in 2011, Democrats have tapped into a growing Hispanic population and liberal shifts in suburban areas to shrink that gap. Heading into 2020, Democrats can grab a majority if they flip nine seats.

Both Republicans and Democrats vote to condemn Trump

For his handling of the Syrian-Kurd-Turkey scandal. The vote of condemnation in the House was 354-60.

“ House condemns Trump's Syria withdrawal”
The overwhelming bipartisan vote was a rare public rebuke of Trump from his own party.

The withdrawal last week drew scorn from both parties, who contend the U.S. is abandoning its Kurdish allies, undermining the fight against ISIS and spurring a humanitarian catastrophe.

"What kind of message does this send to the world? How can America be trusted to keep its word when we betray one of our close partners?" House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) asked on the House floor. "Congress must speak out against this disgrace."

The top Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, said he understood Trump's "legitimate concerns" about committing troops overseas, but said the president's Syria pullout had damaged U.S. interests in the region.

"I, too, want to wind down our overseas conflicts and bring our troops home," McCaul said. "But leaving Syria now does not resolve the problem that brought us there in the first place. It only creates more."

"We need a residual force in place," he added. "The consequences of this decision have already unfolded before our very eyes."

The resolution is non-binding and doesn't condemn Trump by name. It calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to halt Turkey's military campaign in Syria and urges humanitarian support to displaced Syrian Kurds and calls on the U.S. to ensure Turkey "acts with restraint and respects existing agreements related to Syria."

Democrat lead on generic ballot jumps by 6 points

Democrats have grown their lead over Republicans on a generic congressional ballot to 10 points, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The weekly Economist/YouGov poll found that a generic Democratic House candidate would be backed by 49 percent of voters, compared to 39 percent who would back a Republican. Nine percent remain unsure.

That is up from a 4-point gap in the previous survey.

Democrats held sizable leads among all age groups in the poll, with the exception of voters over 65, who support Republican candidates by a 51 percent to 43 percent margin. The party also held solid advantages among black and Hispanic voters, while white voters were almost evenly split.

Democrats are likely to retain control of the House in 2020, but face an uphill battle for control of the Senate.

The poll was taken between Oct. 13-15, and surveyed 1,136 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Bad news for Trump from the latest Gallup Poll

Congress Approval, Support for Impeaching Trump Both Up
The Gallup Poll

“As Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives work through an impeachment inquiry regarding alleged abuses of office by President Donald Trump, approval of Congress is now at 25%. That is up from 18% in September, prior to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing the impeachment inquiry following news of possible wrongdoing by the president in communications with Ukraine.

The increase in approval of Congress over the past month is the result of a 15-percentage-point jump among Democrats (from 19% to 34%) as well as a smaller increase among independents (from 19% to 25%). Republicans' rating of Congress is stable, at 17%.

This update, from an Oct. 1-13 Gallup poll, also finds that Trump's approval rating remains flat, at 39%, compared with 40% in the late September update. It is on the low end of the 37% to 46% range recorded in 2019 so far, with the 37% readings coming in January during the government shutdown. Currently, 87% of Republicans, 34% of independents and 5% of Democrats approve of the job Trump is doing.

Slim Majority Now Supports Trump's Impeachment and Removal From Office
Public opinion on whether Trump should be impeached remains mixed, but Americans now lean slightly more in favor of impeachment and removal from office compared with where they stood in June.

Currently, 52% say Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 46% say he should not be. This is roughly the opposite of what Gallup found in June when asked in the context of special counselor Robert Mueller's investigation.

Since June, Democrats' and independents' support for impeachment has grown, while Republicans' views have not changed. The change among independents is enough that a majority of that group (55%) now favors Trump being impeached and removed from office. Support for impeachment was already high among Democrats, at 81%, but now approaches 90%. Just 6% of Republicans are in favor of Trump being impeached.

How Does Support for Trump's Impeachment Compare With Clinton and Nixon?
Gallup measured public support for impeachment and removal of Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton during their presidencies. Nixon resigned from office when it was clear the House would vote to impeach him, while Clinton was impeached by the House, but the Senate voted to keep him in office. The level of support for Trump being impeached and removed is well above where it was for Clinton, and higher than it was for Nixon in all but the final poll before he resigned.

Support for impeachment and removal of both former presidents was 19% in Gallup's initial reading for each.

Americans' support for Clinton's impeachment and removal did grow from there but never came close to majority level, maxing out at 35% in the months before the Republican-led House voted to impeach him.

By contrast, public support for Nixon's impeachment and removal from office swelled over the course of a year as revelations of his wrongdoings continued.

By the time the House was prepared to impeach Nixon, a majority of Americans favored impeachment and removal. The 58% Gallup found in late August 1974 was triple the initial level of support recorded in June 1973.

Support for Trump's impeachment is higher because of the near-universal support for impeaching him among Democrats, perhaps to some degree a reflection of today's hyper-partisan environment. More Democrats now favor Trump being removed from office than did for Nixon in July 1974 (71%). As many independents now favor Trump being impeached as did Nixon at the same time. But far fewer Republicans want Trump to be removed than wanted Nixon to be (31%).

Bottom Line
As support for Trump's impeachment and removal from office has grown, so too has approval of the legislative body tasked with the role of putting this process into motion. What information comes in the latest round of subpoenas issued by House committees could determine the direction of Americans' support for impeachment.

In myriad ways, the headwinds Trump faces are quite different from the ones faced by his embattled predecessors. But Gallup's trends do show that public opinion on the question of a president's fate can indeed move, and that low support for such actions can undermine efforts to successfully remove a president.

The starting point of public support for Trump's impeachment is higher than was seen for Nixon and Clinton, possibly a reflection of Trump serving in a much more politically polarized environment. Still, the needle has moved on the question as the focus has moved past the Mueller report and onto other things, with the slim majority of Americans, and a majority of independents, now in support of Trump's impeachment and removal.

FBI Arrests Fourth Man at JFK Airport in Probe of Rudy Giuliani Associates

“A Florida man wanted in a campaign finance case involving associates of Rudy Giuliani is in federal custody.
Spokespersons for the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and the FBI confirm that David Correia was arrested after flying Wednesday to JFK Airport in New York City to turn himself in.
Correia, 44, was named in an indictment with two Giuliani associates and another man arrested last week on charges they made illegal contributions to a congressman and a political action committee supporting President Donald Trump. The two associates were arrested last week. Andrey Kukushkin, a Ukrainian-born U.S. citizen, was also charged in the case. Kukushkin was arrested last week in San Francisco.
Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, says he had no knowledge of illegal donations.”
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