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Senator Jeff Flake announced on Tuesday that he will not be seeking reelection, and this article, from Politico, says that could be good for the Republican party. Flake is a loud critic of President Donald Trump, and that hasn’t not won him friends in the electorate: he hasn’t gained Independent or Democratic votes, and has alienated Republicans in the process.

So, what does this mean for impeachment? It goes back to yesterday’s discussion of Trump’s relationship with the Senate. If Trump’s dissenters are pushed out of Congress, then impeachment chances suffer. It may be that the President will have to do something particularly egregious to make enough enemies in Congress for impeachment to become an actuality.

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