On CNN Monday, former House impeachment counsel Norm Eisen laid out why former President Donald Trump has no grounds to sue to block the release of White House records to the January 6 House committee.
"I do not think that this lawsuit that was filed today is going to result in the withholding of these documents," Eisen told anchor Chris Cuomo. "The president is essentially making two arguments, Chris. He's saying, first, this is an overbroad subpoena, the committee is asking for too much. And second, that even if it's not overbroad, these documents are protected by executive privilege, the confidentiality that the law enshrines for presidential communications."
Eisen argued, however, that it is well within Congress's right to investigate an attack on itself, which is exactly what happened on January 6th.
"So clearly this is not overbroad," he said. "They're doing their job. And then on executive privilege, the complaint talks again and again about the president. But Donald Trump is not the president. Joe Biden is the president. Joe Biden is the one who decides whether to apply these confidentiality rules. And he said no as to the initial set of documents. So I don't think it will work. And as you point out, it's a delay game."
Eisen then pointed to the unique nature of the Trump complaints.
"Nobody has had the chutzpah to make these arguments before," added Eisen. "And Donald Trump is hoping to tie up the courts in the aspiration that Congress flips and he gets out of his subpoenas."
Norm Eisen on Trump's lawsuit to block release of White House records to Jan 6 committee www.youtube.com
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared on CBS's "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" this week when the topic of the recent interview with Christopher Steele came up.
In an interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos, Steele claimed that he stands by everything in his now-infamous dossier, but then acknowledged that there are inaccuracies.
When it came to an alleged videotape in which former President Donald Trump may have been with prostitutes that urinated on a bed that President Barack Obama once slept in, Steele maintains that the story is likely true.
That was the topic that interested Colbert the most when he spoke to Schiff, who served on the impeachment team for both the Ukraine scandal impeachment and the Jan. 6 scandal impeachment.
Colbert recalled a trip he took to Moscow to do his own investigative report on Trump and the alleged pee-tape. He told Schiff about being in the hotel room and jumping on the bed, a critical part of his investigation. Schiff, who seemed not to believe Colbert at first, chuckled throughout the interview, but Colbert made it clear that he did talk to some people who gave information about what they observed.
According to Colbert, an oligarch said that Trump was in the suite because there was a party being held even though it wasn't his room. The prostitutes that were there also weren't Trump's, they were attending the party and jumping on the bed when Trump suggested that they urinate on it. They did.
"And he sat there and watched it happen," said Colbert. "That makes a lot more sense, doesn't it?"
All Schiff could do is laugh uncomfortably.
"Doesn't that have a ring of truth?" asked Colbert. "Take no position. But if you think I'm right, just breathe and blink."
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"Daily Show" correspondent Jordan Klepper has released a fresh set of interviews with supporters of former President Donald Trump who attended a rally in Iowa a few weekends ago.
What Klepper found in Iowa is a large contingent of Trump supporters who firmly believe that he won the 2020 election, the fact that he definitively lost.
Klepper began by approaching a man wearing an American flag shirt, pants, jacket and fanny pack, who said that he was "trying to be civil today," otherwise he would have a lot to say about former Vice President Mike Pence.
"And even though Trump won, they're hoping he runs again," Klepper noted, referring to the confusing logic about Trump being elected president three times. "Are we ready for this? I mean, the last guy hasn't even conceded yet."
One couple that Klepper spoke also went after Pence, who has indicated he may be ready to run for president in 2024.
"Do you think Mike Pence will show up here today or does he not want to hang?" Klepper joked, referring to the Jan. 6 chants to "hang Mike Pence."
"I think he would be afraid to show up here today," said one woman. "Because he was a coward and he didn't do the right thing, that's why!"
"Or because these people tried to kill him," said Klepper.
The couple laughed at the comment as if it was absurd. "Nah, I don't think they would. That's — I don't think they would try to kill him."
He went on to show the waving Confederate flags flying proudly next to ones with Trump riding a velociraptor while holding a machine gun.
A group of women wearing American flag overalls over Trump Women t-shirts and MAGA hats said that people claim they're in a "cult." She explained that she feels like the word "cult" is such a negative word.
"We are a group of Americans that love our country!" she said.
Klepper asked if there were any particular "hits" that they hoped to hear from Trump in his speech.
"Oh, gosh, I feel like whatever he spews out of his mouth I just love it," she confessed.
When Klepper approached other Trump supporters about the issues that matter most to them, some said that the border crisis is being brushed under the rug.
"And you're from Iowa?" asked Klepper, pointing to the fact that they don't share a border with Mexico. "So, you're worried about people coming from Minnesota?"
"Oooo, ummmm," the man said, pondering.
He then talked to a man wearing a t-shirt showing Trump with two middle fingers up reading "one for Biden, one for Harris." He complained about Biden trying to pit Americans against each other and divide the country.
"It's like this administration is giving the middle finger to half the country," Klepper said.
"Yes!" the man replied, saying that it felt like it was to the whole country.
"And that's wrong," said Klepper. "We shouldn't be giving the middle finger to half the country."
The couple laughed agreeing, not fully realizing that Klepper was mocking them.
Another man said that he believes Trump is actually still the president, "150,000 percent" certain.
"Really?" asked Klepper. "Does he hold the power of the presidency?"
"Well, he's been flying around the world on Air Force One. So, that's something," said the man.
"I thought Joe Biden's technically on Air Force One," said Klepper.
"No," the man replied. He eplained that biden is faking it and that it isn't a real presidency.
Watch the full video below:
Jordan Klepper vs. Iowans Who Think Trump Won | The Daily Show www.youtube.com
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