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For Sen. Susan Collins, a tough reelection got a lot tougher with Trump impeachment inquiry

For Sen. Susan Collins, a tough reelection got a lot tougher with Trump impeachment inquiryRepublican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine faces a dilemma with the Trump impeachment question. It looms larger over her reelection campaign in 2020.



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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson Loses It on ‘Meet the Press’: I Do Not Trust the FBI or CIA

GOP Sen. Ron Johnson Loses It on ‘Meet the Press’: I Do Not Trust the FBI or CIAIn an extremely contentious and heated interview with Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd on Sunday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) declared that he does not trust the CIA or FBI while launching into a series of conspiratorial attacks on Democrats and intelligence officials regarding the Ukraine scandal.Johnson—who last week said he was told about a quid pro quo involving Ukrainian investigation into the 2016 election and that President Trump blocked him from telling Ukraine military aid was coming—immediately began his interview on the defensive, complaining that Todd was biased and the president was being sabotaged.The Republican senator then proceeded to accuse former members of the FBI and CIA of conspiring to set up the president after his election, claiming this has “everything to do with Ukraine.”“Why a Fox News conspiracy propaganda stuff is popping up on here, I have no idea,” an exasperated Todd noted at one point.“It is not, that is exactly, because this is going over the line, exactly why President Trump is upset and why his supporters are upset with the news media,” Johnson shouted, to which Todd replied: “Can we please answer the question that I asked you instead of trying to make Donald Trump feel better here that you are not criticizing him?”Eventually, Johnson would tell Todd that the reason he “winced” when he heard about military aid being attached to Ukrainian investigations into the 2016 election is he didn’t want to see those two things connected, adding that Trump “adamantly denied” to him that was occurring. He would then go on to support a probe by Ukraine into the Democrats surrounding the last presidential election.“Ukrainian officials reportedly helped Clinton allies research Trump’s advisers,” he huffed. “There is potential interference in the 2016 campaign. That’s what Trump wants to get to the bottom of. But the press doesn’t want to.”Johnson added: “I’m being called a conspiracy theorist, John Solomon is, because the press is horribly biased and Trump and his supporters completely understand that.”Todd confronted Johnson on whether or not he believes former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort was framed and if the Russians interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Trump. After saying he doesn’t think Manafort was framed and the Russian “absolutely” meddled in the election, Johnson pivoted back to supposed Ukrainian involvement during the 2016 campaign.“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” the senator exclaimed. “Chuck, I just want the truth. The American people want the truth.”“So do you not trust the FBI? Do you not trust the CIA?” Todd wondered, causing Johnson to yell back: “No, no, I don’t. Absolutely not. After Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, after James Comey?!”After Johnson said he didn’t trust anyone from the Obama administration, Todd asked him if he trusted the organizations now.“No I didn’t trust them back then,” Johnson replied before listing off a series of former officials who have become favorite targets of the president's supporters.Todd, clearly out of patience with Johnson at the end, suggested Johnson was only interested in the truth that was “politically comfortable” for him before getting in one final parting shot.“I’m sorry that you chose to come on this way, senator.”Chuck Todd on NBC’s 2020 Debate Plans, Why He ‘Can’t Quit’ Rudy Giuliani and Won’t ‘Ban’ Kellyanne ConwayRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Sen. Graham: Congress will call for Turkey's NATO suspension and hit it with sanctions if it attacks Kurds

Sen. Graham: Congress will call for Turkey's NATO suspension and hit it with sanctions if it attacks KurdsRepublican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday warned Turkey a bipartisan group of lawmakers would introduce sanctions against it and “call for their suspension from NATO” if it attacks the Kurds in Syria.



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GOP Sen. Johnson says Trump blocked Ukraine aid

GOP Sen. Johnson says Trump blocked Ukraine aidA Republican senator said Friday he learned from a U.S. ambassador that President Donald Trump was tying military aid for Ukraine to an investigation of the 2016 election. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a leader of the Senate's Ukraine caucus, made several trips to the Eastern European ally this year after the election of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.



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GOP Sen. Johnson says Trump blocked Ukraine aid

GOP Sen. Johnson says Trump blocked Ukraine aidA Republican senator said Friday he learned from a U.S. ambassador that President Donald Trump was tying military aid for Ukraine to an investigation of the 2016 election. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a leader of the Senate's Ukraine caucus, made several trips to the Eastern European ally this year after the election of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.



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Staunch Trump ally Sen. Chuck Grassley pushes back against calls to out whistleblower

Staunch Trump ally Sen. Chuck Grassley pushes back against calls to out whistleblower"This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected," the senior senator from Iowa said.



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Sen. Lindsey Graham urges prime ministers to cooperate in attorney general Barr's review of Mueller inquiry

Sen. Lindsey Graham urges prime ministers to cooperate in attorney general Barr's review of Mueller inquiryThe unusual request comes after the White House and Justice Department acknowledged earlier this week that Trump had contacted other countries to help the attorney general.



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On Kavanaugh and the FBI, time to investigate the investigation: Sen. Whitehouse

On Kavanaugh and the FBI, time to investigate the investigation: Sen. WhitehouseWhy didn't the FBI pursue tip-line leads and interview witnesses? As a US attorney, I wouldn't have made charging decisions on such cursory work.



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Rep. Kevin McCarthy predicts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the 2020 Democratic nominee

Rep. Kevin McCarthy predicts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the 2020 Democratic nomineeHouse Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy weighs in on U.S.-Iran tensions, gives an update on the House GOP agenda, reacts to the third Democratic debate and discusses the IG alleged FISA abuse report.



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Sen. Johnny Isakson to resign at end of the year

Sen. Johnny Isakson to resign at end of the yearRepublicans now have to defend two Senate seats in Georgia in 2020.



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