Where Things Stand: Inevitable Acquittal Doesn’t Mean Bolton’s Off The Hook
This is your TPM early-afternoon briefing.

President Trump will be acquitted today. We can’t talk around that fact.

But that doesn’t mean that the conduct that put him in this pinch in the first place will be swept under the rug. House Judiciary Committee Chair and impeachment manager Jerry Nadler (D-NY) reassured reporters this morning that it is “likely” his committee will issue that subpoena that former National Security Adviser John Bolton has been begging for for weeks.

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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 23: Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, is interviewed during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on February 23, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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The 5 Most Bonkers Team Trump Arguments
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives at Trump Tower, November 22, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Where Things Stand: It Gets Messy When Trump Allies Have To Turn On One Of Their Own
This is your TPM mid-morning briefing.

In the Trump world, it’s hard to keep up with who the President’s latest enemy is, even for his staunchest defenders. And the uprising against John Bolton this week has been no different.

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Expert On Call: Why Dershowitz’s Constitutional Case Fell Flat

President Trump’s impeachment defense team has been all over the place, deploying an at-times unhinged, but transparent string of defenses since they took over the Senate trial on Saturday.

Before the trial wrapped up for the evening on Monday, Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz took to the floor to lay out a constitutional case against impeaching the President, resurrecting the former President Andrew Johnson-era defense that an act has to be criminal to be impeachable. I spoke to one of our on-call experts about why this argument is dizzying.

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WASHINGTON D.C. -- FEBRUARY 12: President Bill Clinton emerges from the Oval Office to talk to the media after learning that the U.S. Senate voted to acquit him of the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice during his Impeachment Trial on Feb. 12, 1999. The charges stemmed from his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly)
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