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Republicans Weigh Self-Preservation in Latest Trump-Driven Crisis

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:34 AM

Congressional Republicans are in a pickle — just how much farther are they willing to go with President Donald Trump's brand of crisis before the consequences start catching up to them?

At risk is their political careers but also the fate of other Republicans in down ballot races in 2018, The Washington Examiner reported.

"The last couple weeks have left a mark," a GOP consultant told the Examiner. "The risks of going down the present path include diminished enthusiasm in the base, low fundraising and candidate recruitment problems in down ballot races."

Republicans will be pressured to take a stand on Trump's latest — and perhaps biggest — predicament: charges of obstruction of justice for allegedly leaning on former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

"This is concerning and alarming," GOP Rep. Charlie Dent told the Examiner. "We're going to have to confront these issues as a Congress."

"Given (Tuesday's) developments, I suspect that a lot of GOP members are going to develop a sudden allergy to the White House," GOP Strategist Mark McKinnon told The Hill.

And while the chorus of impeachment from Democrats and pundits has already begun, Trump's approval ratings continue to plummet.

With each crisis, Trump gives Democrats more ammo to fundraise and flip the 24 seats in the House needed to take back a majority.

But front and center is what Trump has done to congressional Republicans — he's backed them into a corner. 

"It is going to be politically unendurable for a lot of these guys," Florida-based GOP strategist Rick Wilson told The Hill. "Once we end up at that point, you are going to have a lot more willing to publicly distance themselves — but also doing things like not jump into the legislative agenda. They are not going to be part of defending something that is indefensible."

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Congressional Republicans are in a pickle - just how much farther are they willing to go with President Donald Trump's brand of crisis before the consequences start catching up to them?
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