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In this Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., finishes speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Washington.

Republican senators say that if the House passes articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, they will quickly quash them in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has broad authority to set the parameters of a trial, the Hill reports.

As the Hill writes, while McConnell is required to act on articles of impeachment, which require 67 votes — or a two-thirds majority — to convict the president, he and his Republican colleagues have the power to set the rules and ensure the briefest of trials. Senate Republicans say that an impeachment trial would be given the bare minimum amount of floor time, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told the Hill, “I think it would be disposed of very quickly.”

Biden’s fundraising tour: CNBC reports former Vice President Joe Biden is preparing for his first fundraising tour of the San Francisco Bay Area as a 2020 presidential candidate. Biden’s allies on the West Coast are aiming to host several money-making events starting in late June and carrying on throughout the rest of the year, according to the report. The fundraising tour is expected to stop in various locations across the region, including in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CNBC reported, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter.

Biden’s aim of making inroads into the surrounding San Francisco area comes after his rivals have already made their own visits and gobbled up donations for themselves, notes CNBC.

Private group building own border wall: CNN reports a group that raised millions of dollars in a GoFundMe campaign says it has broken ground on a project to build its own stretch of border wall on private property. We Build the Wall said in a series of social media posts on Monday that it had started construction on private property in New Mexico. The report says a half-mile stretch of wall on the site is nearly finished, costing an estimated $6 million to $8 million to build. The main contractor working at the site is Fisher Industries, a North Dakota-based company that Trump has been aggressively advocating should be awarded government contracts to build the border wall, the Washington Post reported last week.

Trump campaign ‘checking out’ alternative social network: Politico reports that Trump’s team is considering setting the president up with an account on Parler, a Twitter-like platform that has carved out a niche among right-wing influencers banned from Facebook

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A senior Trump campaign official said that there was no imminent plan to have the president join the platform, but that Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is scouting Parler. “It’s something he’s aware of and is checking out,” the official said of Parscale. “We don’t currently have a plan to make a big move to the platform.” As Politico writes, having Trump’s imprimatur would give the platform overnight cachet and satisfy calls from his social media-savvy supporters for the president to stick it to the Silicon Valley companies with which he maintains a strained relationship.

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2019-05-28