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Trump Asks House Republicans to Release Their Own Versions of Impeachment Transcripts

Plus: Trump well-poised in battleground states in 2020, the return of "covfefe," and more...


Trump asks Republicans to submit counter-transcripts of impeachment proceedings. If Rep. Adam Schiff (D–Calif.) releases transcripts of closed-doors interviews conducted by House impeachment investigators last week, Republicans should release their own versions of interview transcripts, President Donald Trump suggested Sunday.

Republicans "should give their own transcripts of the interviews to contrast with Schiff's manipulated propaganda," tweeted Trump. "House Republicans must have nothing to do with Shifty's rendition of those interviews. He is a proven liar, leaker & freak who is really the one who should be impeached!"

The idea that Schiff-released transcripts would be doctored is silly. The hearings in question were open to almost as many Republican legislators (47) as there were Democrats (57), based on their participation on the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees.

Records of impeachment inquiry interviews were transcribed by an official and non-partisan congressional stenographer and reviewed by interviewees, who must attest to their accuracy.

Four White House officials were asked to testify before the House impeachment investigation team today but have said they won't show up, per White House orders.

Trump still keeps trying to insist the whistleblower "got it wrong," even though everything revealed has been backed up either by the summary of the call that the president himself released or by information offered in sworn testimony from members of the Trump administration.

Nonetheless, Trump's likelihood of winning a 2020 matchup with leading Democrats still aren't all that bad, according to a new poll from The New York Times and Siena College. The poll found Trump "highly competitive" in the the six closest battleground states won by Trump in 2016.

"The Times/Siena results and other data suggest that the president's advantage in the Electoral College relative to the nation as a whole remains intact or has even grown since 2016, raising the possibility that the Republicans could—for the third time in the past six elections—win the presidency while losing the popular vote," writes the Times' Nate Cohn (while cautioning that "there is a full year before Election Day, and a lot can change").

Unlike various national polls, this one shows "Trump holding up with white, working class voters" and coming close to 2016 margins in those states, Cohn tweeted. "The Trump voters who supported Democrats in the midterms say they'll back Trump by 2-1 margins," he adds, and "Trump leads all in Obama-Trump counties, precincts."


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And, fine, a counterpoint from Reason's Peter Suderman: