WH sets up rapid response team for impeachment battle

ABC News’ Jon Karl reports new details about how the White House is preparing for this critical moment for Donald Trump’s presidency.
1:33 | 11/13/19

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Transcript for WH sets up rapid response team for impeachment battle
We're also learning new details this morning about how the white house is preparing for this critical moment for the president setting up a rapid response team. Our chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl has the latest for us. Good morning, Jon. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Early in this process the white house insisted there was no need to set up a war room to respond to the impeachment inquiry because the president had done nothing wrong and there really was no threat. Well, those days are over. White house officials say they have set up a procedure to respond to today's process and the entire hearing, entire impeachment inquiry that resembles the kind of rapid response operation thaw see during a presidential debate. White house lawyers will be watching today's hearings. I'm told the president himself will be watching at least part of today's hearings live and he is especially keyed in, robin, on the Republican members of congress over the past couple of weeks, the president or white house officials have posted more than 100 Republicans members of the house here at the white house or at camp David and even today, the president will be meeting with Republican senators here at the white house. George. And, Jon, what is he doing to twist their arms behind closed doors? We've seen him try a number of different public arguments. Where are they landing? Reporter: First of all it is keeping them very close. He has been in total touch with Republican members throughout this process and, George, the argument is this is an entirely partisan operation and look at that vote. The vote to start the inquiry. The public inquiry was entirely partisan. Not a single Republican voted yes. Okay, Jon Karl, thanks very much.

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