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    President Donald Trump said he did not put any pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats – the issue at the heart of the impeachment probe. The President spoke at a rally in Sunrise, Florida. (Nov.Payeer    AP

********** (WASHINGTON – President) ******************** Donald Trump will head to Pennsylvaniaon Tuesday to make a pitch to one of the most critical states on his itinerary hours after Democrats formally make their case against him with Articles of impeachment.

Returning to a battleground after months of campaigning this fall for other candidates in Republican strongholds, the president will take the stage in a deeply conservative corner of the Keystone State, where polls show Democrats enjoy a thin advantage overall.

Noting that polls have been largely frozen for weeks as Democrats probed Trump’s interactions with Ukraine, political analysts said Trump is likely to use the latest development to fire up supporters and frame impeachment as overzealous partisanship.

“Trump is going to use this politically far more than the Democrats,” predicted Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, who said the timing of the rally creates an opportunity for him.