RNC says it ‘wholeheartedly’ backs Trump in impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee says it wholeheartedly supports President Donald Trump as he confronts House Democrats’ impeachment probe.

The national party’s governing body passed a resolution Friday expressing solidarity Trump in condemning what it calls a partisan impeachment investigation.

The party’s executive committee passed the resolution in an extraordinary telephone vote. It echoes a frequent Trump complaint that Democrats are conducting the impeachment proceedings behind closed doors.

The resolution comes as the White House has grown worried about GOP defections on Capitol Hill.

Trump has sought to cast his entire party as victims of the impeachment probe as he tries to keep GOP lawmakers by his side. He told reporters Friday: “This isn’t a takedown of the president. It’s a takedown of the Republicans.”

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