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The Daily BeastJan 26, 2020
Adam Schiff: Trump Saying I Should Pay a Price Is 'Intended to Be' a Threat
Moments after President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday morning that lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't "paid the price yet" for his role in impeachment, Schiff said that the president's post was "intended to be" a threat.

Towards the end of his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Schiff was asked by host Chuck Todd about the pushback he's received from GOP senators for closing out his arguments on Friday by referencing a CBS News report that the White House had warned Republicans their heads would be on "pikes" if they crossed him and voted for additional witnesses.

"What do you make of the criticism that some Republican senators who you might want to see vote for witnesses didn't like your ‘head on a pike' comment," Todd wondered. "[Lisa] Murkowski, [Susan] Collins and [Joni] Ernst, all three Republican senators who might be open to witnesses thought you got too personal."

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The Daily BeastJan 26, 2020
Trump's Got Some Big Election Concerns. Ukraine's Not One.
Saul Loeb/GettyPresident Trump has some big election concerns. And Ukraine is not one of them.

As the president finds himself embroiled in impeachment, several of the biggest vulnerabilities for his 2020 re-election campaign are popping up elsewhere. Earlier this month, Trump made an abrupt claim that he was a defender of protections for pre-existing conditions, in direct contrast to the legal and legislative actions his administration has taken. Then, reports surfaced showing him blowing up at his own cabinet secretary over the administration's inability to get prescription drug prices under control. Most recently, he appeared to declare that entitlements were on the chopping block in his second term, before quickly moving to try and clean up the political mess he'd created.

Collectively, the moves underscore how different issues than those dominating the news cycle seem to be worrying the president heading into the election. While Trump continues to publicly lash out at Democrats over impeachment, he appears keenly aware of vulnerabilities elsewhere on the domestic policy front. 

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The Daily BeastJan 26, 2020
The Impeachment Manager With Street Cop Smarts Who's Been Taking on Bullies Since She Was 10
Al Drago/Bloomberg via GettyWatch impeachment proceedings with the eyes of a good cop.

Impeachment manager Val Demings does. She was an Orlando police officer for a sterling 27 years, rising to chief before retiring and running for Congress. 

"I've heard a lot about testimony and witnesses and evidence and investigations,"  the 62-year-old told The Daily Beast on Friday of her new role, presenting the House's case in the Senate. "That's exactly what I did as a cop... I feel like I'm in the same line of work."  

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The Daily BeastJan 26, 2020
Why Bernie Walked Away From Biden's ‘Big Corruption Problem'—and Why Joe Should Fight Them Now
Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily BeastMost elections are defined by moments of confrontation: a debate stage swipe, a hard-hitting attack ad, or a scathing quote from a surrogate in the bowels of a spin room. 

Last week, however, the biggest moment in the Democratic presidential primary—one with potentially major ramifications for the general—involved a form of strategic détente. And the question now confronting each side involved is whether it was wise.  

On Monday, Bernie Sanders apologized to Joe Biden for an op-ed that one of his supporters wrote in which she accused the ex-VP of having a "big corruption problem" that needed to be addressed. The piece, which had been written by law professor Zephyr Teachout and spread by Sanders' campaign, had come on the eve of the Senate impeachment trial centered on President Trump's efforts to dig up dirt on Biden under the shaky guise of rooting out "corruption" in Ukraine. 

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The Daily BeastJan 25, 2020
Team Trump Hits Back at Democrats, Says Impeachment is Election ‘Interference'
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesThe White House's team of lawyers opened their case to acquit President Trump by relying on one phrase: Adam Schiff didn't tell you that. 

Though Trump's defense team only spoke for about two hours on Saturday morning, they invoked that phrase over and over again.

The Democrats' lead impeachment prosecutor, they argued, took 24 hours to make his side's case but failed to mention that in Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, the president simply reminded his counterpart that the U.S. was unfairly doing more than Europeans for Ukraine's security. "We do a lot for Ukraine," said Trump, "We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time."

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Yahoo PoliticsJan 25, 2020
As defense opens, Trump attorneys accuse Democrats of 'blind drive' to impeachment
Attorneys for President Trump opened their defense in his Senate impeachment trial Saturday morning by charging that the case presented by House Democrats was full of "bluster and innuendo," and that "devastating evidence" would lead to the inevitable conclusion that the two articles of impeachment now being considered have no merit.

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