A new report confirms that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein knew all along that President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey over the Russia investigation.
Rosenstein told former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe in May 2017 that the president had asked him to reference Russia in his memo recommending Comey’s firing, but he didn’t elaborate on what Trump wanted him to say, reported the New York Times.
McCabe was so concerned by the conversation that he wrote his own confidential memo afterward, which expressed concern that Rosenstein had helped the president cook up a cover story for Comey’s firing — and now special counsel Robert Mueller has the secret document.
Watergate figure John Dean, who agreed to testify in the case that brought down Richard Nixon, told CNN’s Kate Bolduan that he didn’t believe the evidence was damning against Rosenstein.
“I don’t think necessarily so,” Dean said. “What I see is, he’s clearly showing what Trump’s intent was to try to incorporate somehow justifying the firing. The summary of it suggest to me that another drop of water that shows us a little bit more of Trump’s steady intent as to why he fired Comey — and it was because of the Russia investigation, and that was very much on his mind.”
Dean, who pleaded guilty to one felony count in the Watergate case, said the latest bombshell reporting doesn’t prove an obstruction case against the president — who has publicly admitted he fired Comey over the Russia probe now overseen by Mueller.
“It’s no smoking gun, let’s say that,” Dean said. “I don’t think this is in itself evidence of obstruction, but we’ve just seen a broad pattern of behavior, and with this obstruction there’s two types. There’s one, what comes under the statute where even an endeavor to obstruct can be criminally charged, and then we have political obstruction, which is what the Congress will be considered as they did with Clinton, when he was addressed with a charge of obstruction as was Nixon, who had a very strong case against him.”
Don Lemon notes the GOP panic after their own witnesses gave testimony harming Trump: ‘Worried much?’
CNN anchor Don Lemon explained how witnesses called by Republicans in the impeachment inquiry destoryed the defenses employed by President Donald Trump and his allies.
"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.
"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."
"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."
NSC aide Morrison flounders as lawmaker asks why he reported Trump’s phone call if he didn’t think it was a big deal
At the impeachment hearings on Tuesday, National Security Council aide Tim Morrison stressed that he didn't believe there was anything inappropriate about the call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But when Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) asked him why he reported the call to government lawyers, he had no answer.
"You responded to a series of questions about the call and saw nothing wrong with it, yet you skipped your chain of command to go to legal counsel to find out — I guess to find out what to do, because you were concerned about the political fallout, not about anything being appropriate or wrong with the call, is that correct?" asked Demings.
CNN legal analyst flattens Rick Santorum for ridiculous impeachment defense of Trump
Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum was shut down on CNN for his latest defense of President Donald Trump.
Santorum was effectively arguing for people to ignore the words coming from Trump.
"Wait, this argument is insane," Carrie Cordero said. "You cannot argue that the president of the United States' words do not matter or that he's just sort of spouting off or he has his own views."
"The reality is we ignore 80 to 90% of what the president says," Santorum argued. "Look at the tweets, we ignore most of those things he tweets and say 'it's Trump being Trump.'"
Then CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin flattened Santorum.