Americans for Prosperity, Impeachment

Grind for January 23rd
“But what is happiness except the simply harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
– Albert Camus


The Headline

White House announces legal team that will defend President Trump during impeachment trial

The Grind

The White House this week announced the team of experts responsible for defending Trump during the upcoming impeachment trial.

Trump will be represented by:

Ken Starr, a former circuit judge and US Solicitor General who investigated the Whitewater affair and authored the report that led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Starr represented financier Jeffrey Epstein during his 2008 abuse trial.

Robert Ray, a New York attorney who succeeded Starr as independent counsel; he issued the final reports on the Whitewater scandal, the White House travel office controversy, and the White House FBI files controversy.

Alan Dershowitz, a retired Harvard law professor and constitutional law expert with a long list of celebrity clients. Dershowitz participated in OJ Simpson’s murder trial as an appellate adviser and worked alongside Starr in the 2008 Epstein trial.

Dershowitz said he has “no position on the politics” of the trial, but is “very, very concerned” that the trial itself could “weaken the presidency and weaponize impeachment as a partisan tactic.”

The Details

The announcement of the legal team prompted criticism from Monica Lewinsky, whose affair with Bill Clinton in the 1990’s became public knowledge.

“This is definitely an ‘are you f—ing kidding me’ kinda day,” tweeted Lewinsky, who said the upcoming trial has turned her life into a “punchline” yet again.

Lewinsky has endured decades of harassment and bullying regarding her affair with Mr. Clinton. As she previously noted, her life could have been different if Starr’s report would have been redacted like Robert Mueller’s Russia report rather than released to the public in full.

He’s Back

The Headline

Koch network will target nearly 200 races this year

The Grind

Charles Koch’s political organization Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the will engage in nearly 200 federal and state elections this year, the group announced this week.

The group targeted 64 races in the 2018 midterms after raising nearly $97 million.

“We’ve made more progress in the past five years than I’ve made in the previous 50,” said Mr. Koch last year. “We’re just getting started because we have more opportunities in front of us than I ever imagined.”

The Details

Last year, the group announced it would be moving away from partisan issues to focus on the individual candidates it wants in office – including Democrats.

“The people who thought that we may have been backing down from politics are going to be surprised, because the reality is we’ve been strengthening our capabilities to go bigger than ever before,” said the group’s CEO, Amy Seidel.

So far, AFP has endorsed House Republicans Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA), Ted Budd (NC), Steve Chabot (OH), and Scotty Perry (PA), GOP Senators John Cornyn (TX), Steve Daines (MT), Cory Gardner (CO), David Perdue (GA), and Thom Tillis (NC), and Senator Tom Tiffany (R-WI), who seeks to fill the House seat that opened up when Rep. Sean Duffy resigned last August.

“We’re not looking for Democrats. We’re not looking for Republicans,” added Seidel. “We’re looking for people who are committed to driving on these policies that we believe will help improve the lives of all Americans.”

Mr. Koch and the AFP are not expected to endorse a candidate for the presidential election.

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