Senate Republicans try to excite GOP base with hearings on Portland riots and FBI investigation of Trump

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Less than three months out from Election Day, Senate Republicans are scheduling hearings on high-profile issues such as civil unrest, protests, and the FBI’s Russia investigation, which have the potential to juice GOP voter enthusiasm.

Senate Republicans aim to emphasize themes to the GOP base as they stave off Democrats’ efforts to win a majority in the chamber. Senate Republicans currently hold a 53-47 edge, with several races considered toss-ups.

Republicans held a hearing on Tuesday with several witnesses who testified about anarchist violence at riots in Portland, which have erupted in cities nationwide beyond Oregon.

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