Having failed to clear the president through their intelligence committee investigation, House Republicans are asking for a second special counsel to try to target the enemies of Donald Trump.
CNN’s Jake Tapper hosted Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida on Tuesday to discuss the push for a second independent counsel.
“What crime are you suggesting might have taken place here?” Tapper asked.
“Well, here we see the potential collection of intelligence on the Trump campaign and we also see the misrepresentation of information before the FISA court which would violate Woods Procedures and something that we would absolutely want to get to the bottom of it and we’ve seen a number of personnel changes at the FBI and the Department of Justice that seem to indicate something is not right,” Gaetz said.
Gaetz and Tapper then tangled over when the investigation of Trump was started. Gaetz made a number of statements that Tapper said the congressman could not reliably make without being on the intelligence committee.
“I have talked to people at the Justice Department who say you keep saying this and you don’t know what you are talking about,” Tapper said.
Gaetz then went after Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein.
“I think Mr. Rod Rosenstein is deeply conflicted and that in many cases he is playing Jeff Sessions and I think Jeff Sessions is functionally set off into a corner at the Justice Department on these critical issues or a legal or factual basis for his recusal and I think it has hurt the country,” Gaetz claimed.
Watch Jill Stein go off the rails when CNN host asks her about Moscow dinner with Putin
On Saturday, center-right CNN host Michael Smerconish invited 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein on air to discuss Hillary Clinton's characterization of her as a Russian asset. But under the slightest pushback, Stein derailed the conversation with a stream of false equivalence and dodges.
"Do you think that she's trying to draw a nefarious inference from that photograph we've an seen so many times of the dinner that you attended at which President Putin was present?" asked Smerconish. "I think that Gen. Flynn was somebody else at the table. Is that what's driving her, as far as you know?"
CNN contributor goes to bat for Hillary Clinton in battle with Tulsi Gabbard
On CNN Saturday, commentator and Spectrum News reporter Errol Louis suggested that former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had a point in her criticism of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
"Errol, this general narrative about Congresswoman Gabbard is not new, right?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell. "She hit back against her critics at the debate this week, those who said that she's used Russian talking points, criticized her for meeting with Assad a couple of years ago. The question I have is, why? Why would Secretary Clinton go as far as she did to suggest that the Russians are grooming her? That suggests some interactivity here."
GOP lawmaker hammers Trump for Ukraine server conspiracy theory: ‘Are we trying to exculpate Russia?’
Rep. Francis Rooney (R-OK) on Friday signaled that he was taking House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump far more seriously than many of his Republican colleagues.
During an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Rooney said he was very disturbed at the president's efforts to prove a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine purportedly being behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, despite the fact that all evidence that has been uncovered points directly to Russia as the true culprit.
Harlow then asked him what he made about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) comment that "all roads" in the Ukraine scandal lead back to Russian President Vladimir Putin.