Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D) announced the launch of an official impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

One day later, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Trump’s campaign reported they raised $5 million from small dollar donations.

Trump’s campaign chairman Brad Parscale and RNC chief of staff Richard Walters boasted the numbers on Twitter:

Pelosi caved and agreed to the inquiry over a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky. A whistleblower accused Trump of threatening to withhold aid from Ukraine if the new prosecutor did not investigate Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump’s administration released the phone call transcript, which did not show any threats and a mere suggestion Zelensky investigate Biden. Zelensky stated the issue is also important to him.

Zelensky also said that no one pressured him during the phone call.

The whistleblower report came out on Thursday. It’s full of hearsay since he/she only received the information from secondhand sources and reading articles.

This news comes a week after the RNC revealed it raised $23 million in August. The committee also has $53.8 million in cash on hand. From Fox News:

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News that Democrats actually helped boost the fundraising totals.

“Thanks to boycotts from Hollywood liberals and the Castro brothers doxxing private citizens who support President Trump, the RNC’s fundraising hit record levels in August,” McDaniel said.

That was a reference to last month’s decision by Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, to name and shame Trump donors publicly in San Antonio — a move backed by his brother, presidential candidate Julián Castro. It later emerged that some of the individuals also had donated to the White House hopeful.

McDaniel added: “The more Democrats demonize President Trump and his supporters, the more boots we can put on the ground to re-elect him. Between the President’s accomplishments and our grassroots infrastructure, Republicans are going to be unstoppable in 2020!”

The RNC will funnel the money into swing states and campaigns in districts it needs to flip to retake the House and keep the Senate.

The Republicans already won two close special elections in North Carolina:

The RNC had been active on the ground in North Carolina working on the special elections since June. The party brought on nearly two dozen full-time staffers and invested over $1.5 million in the state, while also making nearly a half-million voter contacts through phone-bank work and door-to-door canvassing.

On the eve of the special elections, Trump held a rally in the eastern portion of the more closely contested district – Fayetteville, a city in Cumberland County, which has leaned toward the Democrats. RNC data indicated that, for North Carolina GOP state Sen. Dan Bishop to win, he would need to win over some Democratic-leaning Trump supporters in that district.

A lot of it will go into a strategy to keep Wisconsin and Michigan red. Both states voted for Trump in 2016 over failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump also wants to target Nevada, New Hampshire, and Minnesota.


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