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More than 300 former national security and foreign policy officials, who served under both Democratic and Republican administrations, signed a statement warning that Trump’s actions represent a “profound national security concern.”

The statement reads, in part:

[A]ll of us recognize the imperative of formal impeachment proceedings to ascertain additional facts and weigh the consequences of what we have learned and what may yet still emerge. We applaud those Members of Congress, including Speaker Pelosi, who have now started us down that necessary path.

President Trump appears to have leveraged the authority and resources of the highest office in the land to invite additional foreign interference into our democratic processes. That would constitute an unconscionable abuse of power. It also would represent an effort to subordinate America’s national interests—and those of our closest allies and partners—to the President’s personal political interest. …

A small update from the Democratic presidential primary: Cory Booker’s campaign announced it has raised more than $1.2 million since sending out its weekend fundraising plea.

$1,269,551.59 if we are being precise here

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