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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE has invited Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to a gathering at the White House on Friday. The gesture comes after the GOP members missed an exclusive holiday party amid the panel's Thursday marathon markup of articles of impeachment, multiple GOP sources tell The Hill.
The sources said Republican committee members were invited to join a private reception, though the sources offered varying opinions as to whether they will have their own gathering or whether they would be joining Friday's White House staff party. Some members also won't be able to attend as they are leaving town for the weekend.
One Republican member said they believed Trump "felt bad" they had to miss the White House Congressional ball after they spent 14 hours fighting against charges that Trump should be impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the two articles of impeachment Democrats have introduced.
"The Republicans House members were fantastic yesterday," Trump tweeted. "It always helps to have a much better case, in fact the Dems have no case at all, but the unity & sheer brilliance of these Republican warriors, all of them, was a beautiful sight to see. Dems had no answers and wanted out!"
Democrats on the panel passed the two articles in a party-line vote on Friday morning, with 23 Democrats voting for the articles to proceed to a full House vote sometime next week and 17 Republicans voting against them.
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