In a live CNN interview that ran over 30 minutes without commercials, host Chris Cuomo relentlessly challenged Donald Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani, often leaving the former New York mayor stuttering while trying to explain comments made by the Republican nominee.
Cuomo began by challenging Trump’s recent assertion that President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “founded ISIS.”
Giuliani called the false claim “legitimate political commentary.”
“But it’s not true,” Cuomo said, comparing the comments to Trump’s recent sloppily-worded statement that “Second Amendment people” could stop Clinton.
“It’s part of a pattern,” the CNN host charged. “I don’t control what comes out of his mouth. The man has blacklisted me, won’t come on this show because he doesn’t like answering questions about what he says.”
“It’s a pattern of the press exaggerating what he says,” Giuliani insisted.
“He’s saying my coverage is rigged,” Cuomo observed. “Do you think my coverage is rigged?”
“I think a lot of coverage is rigged,” Giuliani replied.
“How is it rigged?” Cuomo shot back. “This comes out of his mouth and you have to apologize for it.”
“I’m telling you he didn’t say words of violence!” Giuliani said. “You say things in a lot of ways.”
“This is what the man does,” Cuomo remarked. “He says things that are either casual or hyperbolic to impress the crowd. And then they go too far and he refuses to apologize and blames the media. It’s happened at least 10 times that I can name right off the top of my head.”
For another 30 minutes, Cuomo held Giuliani’s feet to the fire. Watch the epic interview in four parts below.
Note: Part 3 will be added when it becomes available.
Rod Rosenstein secretly crippled the Mueller investigation: report
According to a report from the New York Times, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a hand in limiting the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians by secretly curtailing an FBI counterintelligence probe.
The report from Michael Schmidt of the Times begins by stating, "The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials," before adding, "But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them."
‘Meanest and most disrespectful’ senator: Trump lashes out at Kamala Harris in latest presser
At Tuesday's White House press conference, President Donald Trump spent a considerable portion of the time attacking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was just announced to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.
Harris, complained Trump, was the "meanest and most disrespectful person in the U.S. Senate." He particularly dwelled on her sharp interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court hearings.
Trump also added that she "lied" about a number of issues, claimed repeatedly she wants to raise taxes, said she is for "open borders and sanctuary cities ... which is also protecting a large number of criminals," and that she would destroy the Second Amendment.
California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’
"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."
In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.