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Trump cheers Republican ‘warriors,’ says Dems have ‘no case’ to impeach him

President Trump on Friday cheered Republican lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee for their efforts to defend him during a lengthy impeachment hearing Thursday, calling them “warriors” while asserting that Democrats have “no case at all” to impeach him.

Trump also claimed House Democrats “wanted out” of the hearing, apparently referring to Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) decision to abruptly end the hearing late Thursday night and postpone a vote on articles of impeachment against Trump until Friday morning.

“The Republicans House members were fantastic yesterday. It always helps to have a much better case, in fact the Dems have no case at all, but the unity & sheer brilliance of these Republican warriors, all of them, was a beautiful sight to see,” Trump tweeted early Friday. “Dems had no answers and wanted out!”

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Trump later branded Democrats the party of “lies and deception” and claimed polls have gone “through the roof in favor of No Impeachment, especially with Swing States and Independents in Swing States.” 

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Polling on impeachment has remained largely static amid Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, with the American public remaining largely divided over whether Trump should be impeached. Some polls unveiled in late November suggested impeachment was losing support among independents after House Democrats held public hearings with witnesses.  

Thursday’s Judiciary hearing, which lasted over 14 hours, was marked by partisan infighting over impeachment articles drafted by Democrats over Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate a political rival. House Democrats are seeking to charge Trump with abusing his office in his dealings with Ukraine and obstructing Congress.

Democrats say they have clear evidence Trump used a White House meeting and aid to Ukraine to pressure Kyiv to launch politically-motivated investigations, while Republicans have dismissed the allegations as not having the facts to back them up and accused Democrats of a partisan effort to impeach Trump. 

Democrats knocked down repeated efforts by Republican members to defang or alter the articles with their own amendments on Thursday. 

Nadler announced before just before midnight Thursday that the committee would postpone the vote on advancing the articles until 10 a.m. Friday, outraging Republicans who accused him of not notifying other members and seeking more time before television cameras.

The panel is widely expected to vote to approve the two articles in a vote along party lines on Friday morning.

Trump tweeted throughout Thursday’s hearing, often retweeting Republican accounts railing against the inquiry. Trump set a personal record for use his of Twitter on Thursday, tweeting over 120 tweets or retweets in a 24-hour span. 

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