In 2020 battleground state, looming Mueller report could hold dangers for Democrats

Donald Trump predicts he'll be re-elected in 2020 with increased majority

Now that President Donald Trump is heading into a new period of intensified scrutiny from congressional Democrats, even as the special counsel's investigation approaches its climax, Trump's political health - and, possibly, his survival as well - depend more than ever on the massive propaganda apparatus that is busily toiling away on his behalf.

"We believe in the American dream, not in the socialist nightmare", he said to boisterous applause from hundreds of supporters at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) near Washington.

"You put the wrong people in a couple of positions and they leave people for a long time that shouldn't be there, and all of a sudden, they're trying to take you out with b******t, OK", he added.

The Democratic efforts increased this past week after Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, appeared before two House committees and a Senate committee. On Friday, Cummings demanded that the White House turn over documents by Monday related to security clearances after the New York Times reported that the president ordered officials to grant his son-in-law Jared Kushner's clearance over the objections of security officials.

"I said to the first lady, I said, "but you know the good news, the good news is that this is going to be so bipartisan, everyone's going to love it" - so we fired Comey".

The judiciary chairman said he would initiate investigations into Trump for abuse of power, corruption, and obstruction of justice. "This includes, but is not limited to, any documents relating to the reimbursement of Cohen, Essential Consultants LLC, or AMI for any such payments, and any documents relating to the omission or inclusion of information about liabilities associated with such payments on Donald Trump's Public Financial Disclosure Reports (OGE Form 278e) filed in 2017 and 2018". We're going to go into his finances.

He specifically pointed to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Trump was implicated by Cohen in numerous crimes as the president's former fixer gave evidence to the House Oversight Committee Wednesday, accusing his old boss of being "a racist", "conman" and "cheat".

He said Trump had over the years misrepresented his assets, raising the prospect his family's business could come under scrutiny for bank or insurance fraud.

House Democrats are undertaking several broad new investigations that reach far beyond Mr Mueller's focus on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign.

Mueller also is looking into whether Trump engaged in obstruction of justice by trying to impede or shut down the Russian Federation investigation, first when it was conducted by the FBI and later after the special counsel was appointed in May 2017. Attorney General William Barr has indicated that he's likely to send his own summary of the findings to Congress, rather than Mueller's report.

"It makes me wish the president had built his company in Columbus rather than NY", said Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign aide. "I think they have to be careful to lay out a persuasive case of why they're taking-undertaking each one of these investigations", he told Cabrera. It's our job to protect the rule of law.

Those criminal probes and others could carry on for months if not years after Mueller completes his Russian Federation investigation, potentially casting an even longer shadow over Trump's time in the Oval Office.

"The president looked at the concerns and the president says those weren't concerns", McCarthy said.

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