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WATCH LIVE: White House press briefing with Sarah Sanders (10/16/17)

Press briefing set for 1:30 p.m.

Sara Sanders holds a White House press briefing on Sept. 25, 2017.
Sara Sanders holds a White House press briefing on Sept. 25, 2017.

WASHINGTONYou can watch Monday's White House press briefing at 1:30 p.m. live here on ClickOnDetroit.com.

Trump allies worry that losing House means impeachment

Top White House aides, lawmakers, donors and political consultants are privately asking whether President Donald Trump realizes that losing the House next year could put his presidency in peril.

In more than a dozen interviews, Republicans inside and outside the White House said conversations are ramping up behind the scenes about whether Trump fully grasps that his feuds with members of his own party and a shortage of legislative achievements could soon put the fate of his presidency at risk.

Donors who trekked to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in support of House Speaker Paul Ryan were treated to a slideshow late this summer to fundraise off those very fears, according to multiple attendees. Among the slides: An overview of the Democrats who would be tapped to lead key committees if the GOP loses control, including Rep. Elijah Cummings as the head of the House Oversight Committee.

To some attendees, the subtext was clear. If Republicans forfeit the House, Democrats will almost certainly create a spectacle that will derail conservatives' agenda and the remainder of Trump's first term -- a spectacle complete with a raft of new subpoenas, a spotlight on the Russia investigation and, many are convinced, impeachment proceedings.

Trump, McConnell set for power lunch

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is scheduled to have lunch Monday afternoon with President Donald Trump after a tumultuous several months in which Trump has attacked the Senate's Republican leader by name and the President's former adviser Steven Bannon has threatened all-out war on rank-and-file Republicans up for re-election.

The meeting comes as pressure on the Senate intensifies to pass tax cuts and give Trump at least one major legislative victory before the end of the year. The Senate will move this week to pass a budget, the first step in its effort to overhaul the tax code.