WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump heads to Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10, for his first campaign rally since House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry as yet another poll shows growing support for removing him from office.
Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks at a "Keep America Great" rally where he is expected to echo his contention in recent days that the inquiry sparked by a whistleblower's complaint is tainted by political bias.
Ahead of Trump's trip, news broke that two associates of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were arrested on charges that they schemed to funnel foreign money to U.S. politicians in a bid to affect U.S.-Ukraine relations. The two men helped Giuliani investigate former vice president Joe Biden, though the indictment does not mention Giuliani or suggest that he was part of the alleged crimes.
Meanwhile, a Fox News poll released Wednesday night shows 51% of voters would like to see Trump impeached and removed from office, an uptick since the House launched the inquiry focused on Trump's July call in which he pressed the leader of Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Amid what they call stonewalling from the White House, Democrats are hopeful that Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, will appear as planned for a deposition on Friday.
Ahead of his planned campaign rally in Minneapolis, Trump posted a video on Twitter on Wednesday night that features a montage of photos from past events with large crowds of enthusiastic supporters.
The two-minute video is set to the renowned Queen song, "We Will Rock You."
Thursday night's rally will be the first since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the impeachment inquiry against Trump on Sept. 24.
It marks a rare campaign appearance in a state that Trump did not carry in 2016. His campaign, however, is pouring significant resources into Minnesota in hopes of putting it into play next year.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., went on Twitter on Thursday morning to preempt an expected attack on her at Trump's Minneapolis rally and to remind voters that she has called for impeaching the president.
Trump will see his rally in my district today as an opportunity to attack me. But no smear will ever stop me from working toward what I’m in Congress to do:— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 10, 2019
Pass Medicare for All
Raise the minimum wage
Repeal the Muslim ban
Enact a Green New Deal
Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Somalia, has been in Trump's crosshairs for months and was the subject of a "send her back" chant at a Trump rally in North Carolina in July.
"Trump will see his rally in my district today as an opportunity to attack me," Omar tweeted Thursday morning, hours before Trump was scheduled to depart the White House. "But no smear will ever stop me from working toward what I'm in Congress to do."
She listed several of her priorities, ending with "Impeach Trump."
This article was written by John Wagner and Colby Itkowitz, reporters for Washington Post.