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Republican National Committee says it ‘wholeheartedly’ backs Trump in impeachment

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The Republican National Committee moved on Friday in an extraordinary vote to express that it “now more than ever wholeheartedly supports” President Donald Trump as he confronts House Democrats’ impeachment probe.

The national party’s governing body expressed solidarity with Trump in condemning what it calls a “nakedly partisan impeachment investigation” in a symbolic show of support.

The resolution comes as the White House has grown worried about GOP defections on Capitol Hill, and the President is increasingly focused on shoring up his support ahead of votes on impeachment.
Trump has sought to cast his entire party as victims of the probe as he tries to keep GOP lawmakers by his side, telling reporters on Friday, “This isn’t a takedown of the President. It’s a takedown of the Republicans.”

The RNC executive committee voted unanimously by phone to approve the resolution. It states that the committee “now more than ever wholeheartedly supports President Trump and his administration in making America great again”. Traditionally, the party approves resolutions at its twice-annual meetings.