GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says ‘Trump is winning’ fight for direction of the party, urges colleagues to speak up

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

  • Rep. Kinzinger on Saturday said that “Trump is winning” because so many GOP members “stay silent.”
  • Kinzinger spoke of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who is retiring next year after voting to impeach Trump.
  • “If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them,” Kinzinger said to GOP colleagues.
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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Saturday said that former President Donald Trump is “winning” the battle over the direction of the party because so many Republicans have chosen to quietly “watch from the sidelines.”

In a video statement that appeared on Twitter, the congressman discussed Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, the Ohio GOP lawmaker who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol and last week announced that he would not stand for reelection in his staunchly conservative district.

“A couple days ago, my friend Anthony Gonzales announced he won’t run again, and now the pundits and politicos are discussing whether this means that Trump won,” Kinzinger said. “So, let me answer this question. Yes, as of now, Trump is winning. Not because Anthony decided not to run, but because so many in the Republican Party decided to stay silent.”

He added: “Ten of us voted to impeach the former guy, fulfilling our Constitutional duty, yet so many GOP colleagues watch from the sidelines lacking courage to speak out while privately hoping for change.”

The congressman made it clear that Republicans who choose to remain silent are complicit in condoning Trump’s behavior.

“The future of power and politics in this country doesn’t rest on the ten of us,” he said. “It rests on the courage on the 180 others who have been silent so far. My GOP colleagues – the time is now to speak up.”

He added: “If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them. If you think he doesn’t lead our party, you must publicly say that. The time for hiding is over.”

Trump has doubled down in seeking retribution against Republicans who voted for his impeachment; during a June rally in Ohio, the former president targeted Gonzalez and called him “a disgrace.”

Last week, when Gonzalez announced his retirement, he cited the “toxic” state of politics as one of the reasons why he is choosing to leave the House.

“While my desire to build a fuller family life is at the heart of my decision, it is also true that the current state of our politics, especially many of the toxic dynamics inside our party, is a significant factor in my decision,” Gonzalez said in a statement.

Kinzinger, who was one of only ten Republicans to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection,” has been a thorn on the former president’s side for months by calling for accountability for the Jan. 6 riot when many in his party have chosen to move on from the incident.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Kinzinger are the only two Republicans serving on the select committee to investigate the insurrection.

During an interview on ABC’s “This Week” last month, the congressman said that he would be open to using subpoenas to compel people to testify in front of the committee about Jan. 6.

“I think this is … the shot we have as a country to get answers to what led up to it, what really happened and what happened in the aftermath,” he said. “I would expect to see a significant number of subpoenas for a lot of people. But I think the bigger thing is just what is the message that’s going to come out this, is that the American people deserve the truth.”

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Trump pushed back when Lindsey Graham asked him to ‘repair the damage’ with Pence after January 6 riot: book

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Then-Vice President Mike Pence and then-President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden on March 29, 2020.

  • Lindsey Graham expressed to Trump that he needed to “repair the damage” with Pence, a new book says.
  • The senator articulated to Trump that the former president’s attacks on Pence were “unfair.”
  • In advance of the 2022 midterms, Graham told Trump he could provide a boost for GOP incumbents.
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After President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial in February and his subsequent acquittal for “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Sen. Lindsey Graham had a conversation with Trump about the future.

The South Carolina Republican, who became a close confidant of Trump during his presidency, wanted him to boost Republicans who are up for reelection in 2022, but the former president was still fixated on going after GOP lawmakers like Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming who had voted to impeach him.

However, as Graham tried to steer Trump in the direction of providing political aid to conservative lawmakers, he also told the president he needed to resolve any lingering issues with Vice President Mike Pence, according to a new book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

Pence, Trump’s loyal No. 2 for four years, had drawn Trump’s ire for certifying the 2020 presidential election results that affirmed now-President Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College victory.

Graham’s appeals to Trump regarding Pence were met with a cool reception, which Woodward and Costa detailed in “Peril.”

“Mr. President, for us to be successful in 2022, we’ve got to put our best team in the field,” Graham said during a phone call, according to the book. In the call, Graham spoke of GOP incumbents including Sens. John Boozman of Arkansas and John Hoeven of North Dakota who might benefit from a “Trump bump.”

“The sooner that you can come out and support them, the better,” Graham stressed, before pivoting to the Pence dilemma.

While Trump selected Pence to be his running mate in 2016 with the former Indiana governor’s strength among social conservatives as a strong selling point, Trump, by himself, had a firm grip over the party.

Trump demanded allegiance – and Graham knew Pence defying the former president’s wishes to overturn the 2020 election results was still on his mind – especially since the former president has continued to baselessly insist the election was stolen from him.

“The main thing you’ve got to do is repair the damage with Mike Pence,” Graham said, according to the book. “I think there’s universal belief that Mike Pence was incredibly loyal to you and you treated him poorly.”

The former president reportedly responded: “No way.”

Graham continued: “You got caught up in losing the election you thought you won. I get that. But you asked more of Mike Pence than he could deliver, and you said things about him that were unfair. And I think the best thing for you, Mr. President, is to fix that if you can.”

The characteristically animated Trump was reportedly silent at the senator’s suggestion.

According to CNN, Pence reportedly had “no ill will” toward the former president over the deadly January 6 riot. As he was attempting to certify the election, the former vice president was rushed to a secure location within the Capitol complex as insurrectionists invaded the main building.

Marc Short, who served as chief of staff to Pence, said earlier this year that Pence and Trump “departed amicably” from the White House.

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Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says Trump is ‘a vile man’ who did ‘more damage to the United States than any other leader’ in recent history

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Ret. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

  • Ret. Lt. Col. Alex Vindman called Trump a “vile man” who hurt the US more than any other leader in recent history.
  • He told the Washington Post that Trump “attempted to launch an insurrection.”
  • “In fact, he was the one that was trying to steal the election from President Biden, who was lawfully elected,” Vindman said.
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A former lieutenant colonel in the Army who testified in then-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment inquiry said this week that Trump is a “vile man” who did more “damage to the United States than any other leader in recent US history.”

Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman made the comment in an interview with the Washington Post Live, where he said Trump still poses “an enormous threat” to the US and democracy as a whole.

Vindman previously served as the top Ukraine expert on Trump’s National Security Council. He made headlines in 2019 when he recounted in minute detail his firsthand knowledge of Trump’s efforts to strongarm the Ukrainian government into launching bogus political investigations targeting Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

During Congress’ impeachment inquiry, Vindman testified at length about a July 25, 2019 phone call between Trump and Zelensky that was the linchpin of Trump’s first impeachment. Vindman said he was “concerned” by what he heard and that it was “inappropriate” and “improper” for Trump to demand that a foreign government investigate his political opponent, and that Trump’s efforts undermined US national security.

Vindman and his twin brother, Yevgeny, privately raised concerns about Trump’s actions through the proper NSC channels, and both men were sacked from the White House days after Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Vindman, who served in combat in Iraq, retired after in the face of what his lawyer called a White House “campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation” that could have affected his Army career.

In his interview with the Post on Thursday, Vindman said that he was “a reluctant actor on the political stage” and that he was “drawn in kicking and screaming.”

He said that he didn’t want to participate in “purely partisan engagements, but at the same time, I can make cold, hard calculations about the threat” Trump poses.

“He continues to pose a key threat based on propagating this lie that the election was stolen,” when “in fact he was the one that was trying to steal the election from President Biden, who was lawfully elected,” Vindman said. “He attempted to launch an insurrection,” he “continues to drive a wedge between the American public, on the left and right, and demonizes the Democratic Party, or anybody that’s not a supporter of his.”

Vindman added: “He’s a vile man that has done more damage to the United States than any other leader in recent US history.”

Trump, for his part, continues insisting the election was “rigged” and stolen from him. In the final months of his presidency, Trump engaged in a prolonged effort to get the Justice Department to announce that the election was plagued with widespread voter fraud, even though the attorney general publicly said there was no evidence to support the claim. In fact, nonpartisan election and cybersecurity experts have said the election was the safest and most secure in US history.

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Rep. Eric Swalwell says that Trump ‘achieved brilliant success’ in getting smart people ‘to overthink how to handle him’

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Representative Eric Swalwell of California.

  • Rep. Swalwell said that Trump was great at getting smart people to “overthink how to handle him.”
  • In his new book, Swalwell says that Trump’s political acumen allowed him to distract the public.
  • “The Ukraine shakedown scheme pierced through the fog,” the congressman wrote.
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Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, who served as a House impeachment manager in former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, said that the former president was masterful in pushing “very smart people” to “overthink how to handle him.”

In his new book, “Endgame: Inside the Impeachments of Donald J. Trump,” Swalwell details how the Ukraine scandal was a key turning point in Trump’s seeming inability to move past most political controversies.

Before Trump was eventually impeached for the first time over his efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate political rival and now-President Joe Biden, Swalwell said that the former president’s litany of distractions “avoided letting the public focus on one clear outrage for long.”

“The Ukraine shakedown scheme pierced through the fog,” he wrote. “Finally, we’d cut to Gordian knot of endless overthinking on our side. The overthinkers, trying to jump four steps ahead in a game of chess, worried that impeaching Trump could give him fodder to enflame his base and be a net political win for him.”

He emphasized: “All that worry was paralyzing.”

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Swalwell continued with his analysis of Trump, articulating that the former president’s biggest critics often made decisions that helped him.

“Trump had achieved brilliant success in getting even very smart people to overthink how to handle him, to tie themselves up in confusion to the point where they made choices that ultimately benefited him,” he wrote. “Think back to the 2016 election. Trump kept insisting the election would be ‘rigged.’ He said this again and again and again, all the while knowing that the Russians were actually truing to rig the election in his favor.”

He added: “President Obama overthought the situation, loath to play into Trump’s hand and lend indirect support to his wild claims of election issues. The end result was that the Obama administration never came down hard on the Russians or even alerted the public to what was going on. Trump benefited.”

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Trump blasts GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who voted for impeachment, as ‘a grandstanding RINO’ and ‘a disgrace’ to Ohio

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio on June 26, 2021.

  • Trump blasted GOP. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez for his impeachment vote following the Jan. 6 riot.
  • The former president gave a speech in support of Max Miller, a former White House aide running against the congressman.
  • Trump derided Gonzalez as “the candidate of Liz Cheney.”
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When the House impeached former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, 10 Republicans crossed over to join Democrats in the highly consequential vote.

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, a two-term lawmaker who represents a conservative Midwestern district, was one of those Republicans.

Trump has not forgotten about the vote.

The former president, who held a rally in Wellington, Ohio, not far from Cleveland, has already backed former White House aide Max Miller in the GOP primary over Gonzalez in the state’s 16th Congressional district.

On Saturday, Trump made it clear that he was willing to go all-out for Miller as he seeks political vengeance against party members that he deems as “RINOs,” or Republicans in name only, a pejorative generally reserved for members of the party who aren’t considered to be true conservatives.

The former president laced into Gonzalez, a 36-year-old congressman and ally of Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, another Republican who backed Trump’s second impeachment and who was stripped of her leadership role for vocally fighting back against his false election claims.

Read more: We identified the 125 people and institutions most responsible for Donald Trump’s rise to power and his norm-busting behavior that tested the boundaries of the US government and its institutions

Trump called Gonzalez “a grandstanding RINO” who’s “not respected in DC” and rebuked the congressman’s vote for what he calls “the unhinged, unconstitutional illegal impeachment witch hunt.”

“I didn’t get to know him too well,” the former president said of Gonzalez, accusing the congressman of repeatedly asking to fly on Air Force One during his presidency.

“I put him on the plane [Air Force One]. The next time I heard his name, he was impeaching me!” Trump said. “He’s a sellout, he’s a fake Republican and a disgrace to your state. He’s not the candidate that you want representing the Republican Party. … Every single Republican needs to vote him out of office.”

Trump derided Gonzalez as “the candidate of Liz Cheney.”

Before Cheney was removed from her leadership post as Conference Chair, Gonzalez told The Hill in April that if House Republicans couldn’t accept her honesty, then she wasn’t the most suitable person for the role.

“If a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit,” he said at the time. “Liz isn’t going to lie to people. Liz is going to say what she believes. She’s going to stand on principle. And if that’s going to be distracting for folks, she’s not the best fit. I wish that weren’t the case.”

In the end, Trump’s loyalists continue to run the House GOP apparatus, which continues to give the former president the upper hand within the party.

“After he voted for impeachment, the Ohio GOP censured Gonzalez and demanded that he resign and resign immediately,” the former president said on Saturday. “He’s still hanging in there. Every single Republican needs to vote him out of office.”

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Trump’s impeachment lawyer is representing an accused Capitol rioter after saying insurrectionists ‘wrought unprecedented havoc, mayhem, and death’

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Trump impeachment defense attorney Michael van der Veen.

  • One of Trump’s impeachment lawyers is now representing an accused insurrectionist, NPR reported.
  • It comes after he and Trump’s other lawyers called rioters’ actions “utterly inexcusable.”
  • They also demanded the “swift investigation and prosecution” of those who stormed the building.
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One of the lawyers who represented then President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial over the deadly Capitol riot is now representing an accused far-right extremist who was charged in the insurrection, NPR first reported.

During Trump’s trial, attorney Michael van der Veen argued that the responsibility for the deadly siege fell squarely on those who actually took part in the insurrection, and not on the president.

“On January 6, 2021, rioters entered the Capitol building and wrought unprecedented havoc, mayhem, and death,” Trump’s defense team said in an impeachment brief ahead of Trump’s trial.

“Counsel for the 45th President hereby stipulate that what happened at the Capitol by those criminals was horrible and horrific in every sense of those words,” the brief said, adding that the rioters’ “actions were utterly inexcusable and deserve robust and swift investigation and prosecution.”

Now, according to NPR, van der Veen is representing someone accused of participating in the siege.

Van der Veen represents 44-year-old Jason Dolan of Wellington, Florida, a Marine Corps veteran who was charged this month with conspiracy, obstruction, destruction of government property, and entering and remaining in a restricted building.

In a sweeping indictment that named Dolan and 14 other defendants, prosecutors said Dolan had communicated via Signal with members of the far-right militia-style group Oath Keepers ahead of the Capitol siege, and that they went over their plans to storm the Capitol. Dolan and the other defendants later joined the crowd storming the Capitol, the indictment said.

According to WPTV, NBC’s affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, van der Veen was Dolan’s lead defense attorney and appeared via Zoom at a court hearing last week where he said that although his client was part of the broader conspiracy to lay siege to the Capitol, he didn’t lead or organize others who were charged.

Bruce Castor, another one of Trump’s defense attorneys, is also representing two people who were charged in connection to the siege, NPR reported, but neither has been accused of breaching the building itself or engaging in violence.

Castor is representing Yevgeniya Malimon and her daughter Kristina Malimon, both of whom were arrested on the evening of January 6 outside the Capitol. The two Oregon women have been charged with two counts each of curfew violation and unlawful entry and accused of running afoul of Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s curfew of 6 p.m. that day.

Van der Veen and Castor did not respond to multiple requests for comment from NPR, and they didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Former Rep. Justin Amash says Liz Cheney could have spoken out against Trump sooner, rejects her being ‘some sort of hero’

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Former Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan.

  • Justin Amash warned against turning Liz Cheney into “some sort of hero” for her criticism of Trump.
  • Amash said that Cheney didn’t join him when he was criticizing Trump’s behavior before January 6.
  • “I also think we need to be careful, because you want to give people the room to learn and change,” he said.
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Former Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who became a contrarian within the GOP after former President Donald Trump’s 2016 election before eventually leaving the party, warned against calling Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming a “hero” for her criticism of the former president.

During an interview on “The Axe Files” podcast with CNN senior political commentator David Axelrod, Amash said that Cheney could have joined him in rebuking Trump years ago.

Amash, who served in the House from 2011 to 2021, was a member of the Republican Party until 2019, when he officially became an Independent. Last year, he became a Libertarian.

“For a long time, I was warning that the president’s approach could lead to things like violence, could lead to a lot of animosity and contempt, and all sorts of things that would be harmful to our country,” he said. “She didn’t stand up for that view.”

Amash has been a longtime critic of Trump and called for the former president’s impeachment based on the findings from the Russia investigation in February 2019, months before Trump’s eventual 2019 impeachment by the Democratic-led House.

The former congressman, who nixed his third-party presidential bid last year, said Cheney was nowhere to be found when he was the lone voice pressing for Trump’s ouster.

“We had four years where she could have stood up and said, ‘There’s a problem here. What Donald Trump is doing is wrong,'” he said. “I think this effort to turn her into some sort of hero is a bit misguided.”

Cheney, the scion of a prominent GOP family, was ousted as House Republican Conference Chair earlier this month after continuing to publicly blast Trump for his debunked election claims, despite her reliably conservative voting record.

The congresswoman said that she now regrets voting for the former president in the 2020 election.

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During the interview, Amash questioned what “changed” for Cheney to shift her tolerance for Trump.

“I say that not as someone who’s saying you can never change, you can never grow, you can never learn, but I’d like to see some real development when people learn,” he said. “Like, what is it that changed your mind? Liz Cheney, what is it that you saw that made it so different for you versus how Trump was behaving, say, before January 6th?”

He added: “I don’t think there was any radical difference there. It was the same, what, because the outcome was different? Because that was the one time they stormed the Capitol?”

Amash then expounded on political consistency and how people are often lionized for rejecting positions that they once supported.

“One of the biggest problems we have in politics is that when someone is inconsistent like that, where they’re doing the wrong thing for four years and then they flip on a dime, there’s a tendency to turn them into heroes,” he said. “I think that’s a huge problem because it lets people get away with things.”

He added: “With that said, I also think we need to be careful, because you want to give people the room to learn and change.”

In January, days after Amash left office, Cheney joined nine other House Republicans in voting to impeach Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.

Some of the more conservative elements of the House caucus slammed Cheney for her vote, but she survived a February leadership vote to keep her position.

However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California helped engineer her ouster this month, saying that she wasn’t staying on message ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Cheney was eventually replaced in leadership by Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, a Trump loyalist.

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Elon Musk’s brother Kimbal Musk, typically a Democrat donor, gave $2,800 to each GOP lawmaker who voted to impeach Trump

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Former President Donald Trump (left) and entrepreneur Kimbal Musk.

  • Kimbal Musk gave $2,800 to each of the 10 GOP lawmakers who backed Trump’s impeachment.
  • Musk had previously to Democratic lawmakers including President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.
  • His brother, Elon Musk, has donated to both Republicans and Democrats in the past.
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Restaurateur and philanthropist Kimbal Musk, the younger brother of tech billionaire Elon Musk, gave thousands of dollars to the Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Ten Republican House members voted to impeach Trump in January for inciting the January 6 Capitol siege.

New filings by the Federal Election Committee (FEC) show that Musk gave $2,800 to each of the 10 lawmakers on January 26, the day that the House transmitted the article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate.

Read more: These 10 high-profile Republicans who dumped Trump are mostly wary to back Biden’s re-election. At least for now.

The donations were filed in Boulder, Colorado, where Musk lives and owns a bistro.

Bloomberg first reported on the news.

Musk had previously donated heavily in favor of Democratic lawmakers, per FEC filings. This includes donations to the presidential campaigns of President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, and John Kerry.

Elon Musk has given to both Democrats and Republicans. He gave $990 to the Republican National Committee in January, but had previously donated to presidential campaigns of Clinton and Obama, FEC filings show.

The 10 GOP lawmakers who voted for Trump’s impeachment collectively received $6.4 million in donations in the first three months of 2021.

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The 10 GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump have already received $6.4 million in donations this year – far more than their 2022 midterm opponents

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Former President Donald Trump.

  • Donors are giving millions to the GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump.
  • Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, for example, received $1.54 million in the first three months of 2021.
  • They have received far more money than their prospective 2022 midterm opponents, who Trump has backed.
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Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump have received more than $6 million in political donations between them since January – far more than their prospective opponents in the 2022 midterms.

Donations to the 10 lawmakers in the first three months of 2021 totaled $6.4 million, per new filings from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), first reported by Bloomberg. The money has come from GOP donors, conservative PACs, and even some Democrat donors, such as entrepreneur Kimbal Musk, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s brother.

Three of the lawmakers – Kinzinger, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, and Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio – had their biggest-ever quarters for political contributions, Bloomberg reported.

The GOP lawmakers have been ostracized by some members of the party since they voted to impeach Trump for inciting the January 6 Capitol riots, and Trump has urged other candidates to run against them in the 2022 midterms. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger was even accused of treason by members of his own GOP-supporting family.

So far, 15 challengers have announced primary bids against the incumbents in the 2022 midterms, though one incumbent, Rep. John Katko, is currently unopposed. The challengers have collectively raised $1.9 million this year, Bloomberg reported.

Here’s how much the GOP lawmakers raised between January 1 and March 31, per the FEC:

  1. Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyoming): $1.54 million
  2. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Illinois): $1.15 million
  3. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington): $744,750
  4. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio): $616,524
  5. Rep. Peter Meijer (Michigan): $519,741
  6. Rep. John Katko (New York): $436,291
  7. Rep. Tom Rice (South Carolina): $404,731
  8. Rep. Fred Upton (Michigan): $360,392
  9. Rep. David Valadao (California): $322,144
  10. Rep. Dan Newhouse (Washington): $289,493

Cheney topped the list with $1.54 million in funding between January 1 and March 31, the FEC filings show. This includes $10,000 from Mitt Romney’s Believe in America PAC, and $5,600 from her father, former Vice-President Dick Cheney.

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Rep. Liz Cheney has been an outspoken critic of Trump.

Cheney has said she would not support Trump if he were the 2024 GOP nominee, and has accused him of “embracing insurrection.”

The FEC data shows that some PACs and individual donors gave to each of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach, suggesting blanket support for lawmakers who stood up to Trump.

Read more: These 10 high-profile Republicans who dumped Trump are mostly wary to back Biden’s re-election. At least for now.

These included some major Democratic donors who crossed the party line. Both Baupost Group CEO Seth Klarman and Lone Pine Capital CEO Stephen Mandel gave $2,900 to each lawmaker, Bloomberg reported.

Restaurateur Kimbal Musk, typically a Democrat donor, gave $2,800 to each of them.

Some lawmakers loyal to Trump have also received a flood of donations. Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene raised $3.2 million in her first three months in Congress, the FEC’s records show. Greene has repeatedly spread Trump’s voter-fraud conspiracy theories, which have been thoroughly debunked.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene received $3.2 million in her first three months.

The size of Greene’s haul is almost unheard of for a first-term congresswoman, Insider’s Grace Panetta reported. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in comparison, brought in $726,000 in her first quarter in office in 2019.

Trump said on March 10 that he expected Republicans to regain control of the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections and win back the White House in 2024.

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Trump’s scathing letter attacking Mitch McConnell could have been nastier, according to a new report

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell listens to President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting Republican congressional leaders and members of Trump’s cabinet in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020, in Washington, DC.

Former President Donald Trump’s blistering letter attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could have been much worse, Politico and The New York Times reported Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Trump lashed out at McConnell in a scathing statement through his Save America PAC, calling him a “dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack” and urged GOP senators to find a new leader.

“The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” Trump said in the statement. “McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse.”

An earlier draft of the length statement could have been much more personal, according to both the Politico report and The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman. An individual familiar with the thought process behind the statement told Politico that Trump wanted to mock McConnell for having multiple chins, but advisors recommended against it.

“There was also a lot of repetitive stuff and definitely something about him having too many chins but not enough smarts,” the person told Politico.

The letter followed McConnell’s vote to acquit the former president in his second impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the Capitol riots. However, following the vote, McConnell blasted Trump and blamed him for the insurrection.

“These criminals were carrying his banners, hanging his flags, and screaming their loyalty to him,” McConnell said. TrumpĀ 

McConnell, a one-time ally of the former president, also did not side with Trump in his disputed claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Trump slammed McConnell for the latter, blaming him for doing “nothing” amid the “complete election disaster” in Georgia and other swing states.

“McConnell did nothing, and will never do what needs to be done in order to secure a fair and just electoral system into the future,” the former president said in the statement. “He doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will.”

Jason Miller, a Trump advisor who Politico reported had a hand in crafting the statement, denied in an email to Insider that the earlier draft mocking McConnell exists.

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