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Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo. Photos by Drew Angerer, Anthony Devlin, Siavosh Hosseini/NurPhoto, and Paul Morigi via Getty Images
Amid near-daily revelations of Rudy Giuliani’s “shadow” foreign policy, senior administration officials are worried that more information could surface connecting official Trump administration policy to Giuliani's personal financial gain.
The big picture: Several people close to the president are infuriated that Giuliani exerts what they see as unwarranted influence over Trump and U.S. foreign policy, with some going so far as to blame him outright for the Ukraine mess.
On Capitol Hill, those investigating Trump tell me they are still committed to keeping their investigation tightly focused on Ukraine in order to wrap up their impeachment inquiry as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Meanwhile, some Trump officials say the only person who can rein in Giuliani is the president himself.
This morning on "ABC This Week," George Stephanopoulos asked Pompeo whether he gave Giuliani his blessing to act on behalf of the State Department.
Rudy Giuliani stands with President-elect Donald Trump, Nov. 20, 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
These concerns with Giuliani aren't new.
In June, Axios broke a story about leaked vetting documents that the Trump transition team and the Republican National Committee compiled in the fall of 2016. While vetting Giuliani, they found so many red flags that he was ultimately prevented from serving at the State Department.
Lindsey Graham. Photo: "Axios on HBO"
In an interview with "Axios on HBO," Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Trump's most vital allies on Capitol Hill, opened the door to changing his mind on impeachment if there turns out to be what he considers a quid pro quo.
"If you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing," Graham said.
But Trump's Ukraine call isn't impeachable on its own, Graham said: "I've read the transcript of the Ukrainian phone call. That's not a quid pro quo to me."
The big picture: Trump's loosening hold on Graham reflects the mess the president has created for himself in the past two weeks.
Graham said he's changed his view of Trump's character since opposing him during the 2016 primaries:
Graham, a Trump golfing companion, said he continues to support Trump's presidency because he's "a Republican. I like his domestic policies. So you play the ball as it lies."
House and Senate Leaders, including Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy. Photo: by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images
Mitch McConnell is prepping Senate Republicans for an impeachment trial to begin as early as Thanksgiving, but he has yet to even talk about impeachment with Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer, McConnell's spokesperson David Popp tells me. "Right now it’s way too early," he said.
What we're hearing: If the House does vote to impeach, Senate leadership is hopeful McConnell and Schumer will strike some type of agreement on a definitive timeline for how long the trial will last, similar to how Sens. Trent Lott and Tom Daschle coordinated on Senate trial rules after Bill Clinton was impeached.
Behind the scenes: Personally, no one wants to remain in Washington for an impeachment battle over the holidays. Members and staffers from both parties griped to me about this potential scenario this week.
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
These officials are scheduled to appear for depositions before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees this week in relation to the House impeachment inquiry, though it's unclear whether each official will show up:
The House Financial Services Committee will hear from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday.
The Senate will vote on the following this week, per a Republican leadership aide:
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will also hold a hearing on Turkey and Syria on Tuesday.
President Trump's schedule, per a White House official:
What we're watching: Congress has until Nov. 21 to pass a spending bill or risk a government shutdown.
Lanny Davis. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call
Lanny Davis, the face of Bill Clinton's war room during the impeachment battle of 1998–99, looks back on the way their team handled the saga.
Clinton's team had a "very defined," three-part strategy, Davis tells me:
Their motto: Davis said every time he went on TV, Rahm Emanuel would call him on his way over and remind him of their guiding message: “Keep it simple, stupid.”
Davis says one of the biggest differences between the Clinton and Trump strategies is the Trump administration's refusal to cooperate with Congress.