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The Morning Briefing: 'Air Claire' McCaskill, Sarah Huckabee Sanders Out? And Much, Much More

Good Thursday Morning!

Especially good if you're flying "Air Claire."

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is in hot water once again after using a private plane to fly to campaign stops on an RV tour. The Washington Free Beacon's Brent Scher broke the story Tuesday, citing plane records that demonstrate McCaskill taking to the skies during a "Veterans for Claire" tour. The campaign kept a live blog of its three-day RV trip, but neglected to mention the senator's flights.

In comments to POLITICO, McCaskill attacked the Free Beacon's report as "not accurate," but she confirmed the substance of the complaint: she had indeed used her private plane during the RV tour.

"I added some stops with the use of the plane, but I was on the RV so much that the broken drawer drove me crazy," McCaskill admitted, adding that "I even lost an iPad around a corner on the RV."

She disputed the notion that the use of the plane allowed her to "pretend" that she was using an RV rather than the multi-million-dollar plane, reportedly purchased by her husband's company in 2013.

"I spent two-plus days on the RV," McCaskill said, and the plane "picked me up at the end of one day, after I spent all day on the RV" before being used to add "some stops." The RV wasn't used during that added portion of the tour, she said.

The senator's Republican challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, told POLITICO McCaskill had "completely lost touch with reality." While she has "no inkling" of life in her state, Hawley said he "loves our way of life" in Missouri"and isn't complaining about it," a reference to the broken drawer complaint.

"It must be good to be rich and liberal," Hawley tweeted, sharing the Free Beacon report.

“Claire McCaskill is desperate to put on a folksy act when she’s back in Missouri, but she’s too much of an elitist to even stick to a three-day RV tour without hopping on her private plane," National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Bob Salera told POLITICO.

President Donald Trump weighed in on Wednesday afternoon, declaring, "Senator Claire McCaskill of the GREAT State of Missouri flew around in a luxurious private jet during her RV tour of the state. RV’s are not for her. People are really upset, so phony! Josh Hawley should win big, and has my full endorsement."