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Deputy press sec trips over his words after CNN’s Cooper presses him on Trump’s current relationship with Cohen

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In the wake of news that the president’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen also represents pro-Trump Fox News personality Sean Hannity, a White House spokesperson appeared to trip over his words as CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked him about the president’s relationship with his lawyer.

Noting that President Donald Trump seemed “very upset” last week when responding to news that Cohen had been raided by the FBI, Cooper asked White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley if the president views the raid as “more of a threat” than special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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“Look, I haven’t spoken to him directly about the raid,” Gidley responded, noting that Trump is concerned about “the direction that the Mueller investigation has turned” before referring Cooper to Cohen for further questions.

The host went on to note that when White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if Cohen is still representing the president, she “wasn’t really clear.”

“She answered it today, actually, on Air Force One,” Gidley said. “She said what we all know which is absolutely, the president still has a relationship with him. I don’t know the exact relationship.”

“The president has many attorneys,” the spokesman said.

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After Cooper pressed him, Gidley responded simply, “I can’t tell you.”

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‘Martyrdom for snowflakes’: CNN analyst knocks Republicans who desperately wanted to be arrested at protest

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CNN host Don Lemon reported Wednesday evening that many Republicans wanted to be arrested for storming the secure room where the House Intelligence Committee depositions were taking place.

Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted that he was told "there was never any chance [members] who barged into SCIF would be arrested by [capital police], but some members asked to be arrested. They wanted the optic of being frog-marched out of the SCIF in front of TV cameras. That would help w/GOP narrative of Dem process abuse."

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Commentator Wajahat Ali called it the perfect example of "martyrdom for snowflakes."

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WATCH: CNN’s Don Lemon bursts out laughing over Trump’s new wall in Colorado

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CNN's Don Lemon typically deals with difficult and intense topics at the top of his weekly show. Wednesday night, however, after a serious opener about Syria and ISIS, Lemon broke into hysterics over President Donald Trump's flub saying he would build a border wall on Colorado's border.

"You know why we're going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on our border. And they didn't have it," said Trump. "And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado. We're building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works — you can't get over, you can't get under. And we're building a wall in Texas. And we're not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible."

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CNN’s Cuomo obliterates GOP congressman who raided SCIF in impeachment hearing

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo brought on Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), one of the Republicans who participated in the raid on the secure room where the Intelligence Committee was conducting impeachment hearings. And Johnson's attempt to defend his behavior did not go well.

"Congressman, did you bring a phone in there?" asked Cuomo.

"We headed down that hallway to demand to be able to do our job. That's what we were there for," said Johnson. "There is no classified information being discussed in that room. It is a classified facility, if classified is being discussed, but there was no classified information being discussed there ... You know, a Republican speaker gave that due process and fairness to President Clinton. A Democrat speaker gave that fairness and due process to Richard Nixon. So what do they have to hide, Chris?"

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