DNC Readies 'War Room' to Launch 'Constant Campaign' Against Trump

Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington / AP
January 25, 2017

Two dozen Democratic National Committee operatives have set up a party "war room" tasked with battling President Donald Trump.

The 24-person team is set to wage a "constant campaign" against the president and his Cabinet members to place pressure on the new administration, the Hill reported Wednesday, citing former Hillary Clinton campaign rapid response director, Zac Petkanas.

The plans were first unveiled in January by DNC chair Donna Brazile, who said the party intends to incorporate opposition research compiled during the general election into the war room project.

"That's what it is going to take–a campaign mindset, a campaign effort, campaign operatives who are looking at this administration the same way they would be as if they were still running against him," Petkanas said.

"That is the mindset that is required right now … to be able to break through in a meaningful way."

The team's goals include publicizing potential conflicts of interest, investigating the administration's possible Russian ties, "vetting" the administration, and upholding former President Obama's legacy, according to the Hill.

All members of the project worked with the DNC either directly or as a member of the Clinton campaign.

David Brock, a leading Democratic operative who served as a top surrogate to Clinton, echoed a similar plan this past weekend during a donor retreat in Florida. Brock's American Bridge PAC has already launched its own war room using campaign opposition research.

Liberal groups Center for American Progress and Priorities USA have also announced plans to wage a relentless battle against Trump.

"What this is doing in this intermediary period is to fill an immediate emergency need as this admin is setting up to ensure that nothing gets left along the sidelines," Petkanas said.

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