Kinzinger launching PAC to challenge GOP’s embrace of Trump (The Hill) – “This is no time for silence, not after the last month, not after the past few years. Someone needs to tell the truth. Someone needs to say what history needs to hear. So here I am. The Republican Party has lost its way,” Kinzinger said in a video posted on country1st.com, the website for his new PAC.
Trump’s impeachment defense team leaves less than two weeks before trial (CNN) – It was a dramatic development in the second impeachment trial for Trump, who has struggled to find lawyers willing to take his case. And now, with legal briefs due next week and a trial set to begin only days later, Trump is clinging to his election fraud charade and suddenly finds himself without legal representation.
Biden meeting with GOP senators Monday on coronavirus relief (The Hill) – “We appreciate the President’s quick response to our letter, and we are pleased to accept his invitation to the White House tomorrow afternoon to discuss the path forward for the sixth bipartisan Covid-19 relief package,” the GOP senators said in a joint statement. Utah’s Mitt Romney is one of the 10 GOP Senators pushing a compromise bill.
White House plans to bypass national media (Axios) – Biden officials plan to create more of their own content and revive a version of the “West Wing Week,” a behind-the-scenes video series produced by the Obama White House. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has already answered questions submitted by the public and was trailed by a crew from “The Circus,” a cable program popular with politicos. There are additional plans for outreach through Skype, YouTube and Twitter.