President Donald Trump calling his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen a liar doesn’t exactly have merit, according to CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
During his Friday commentary, Cooper said that it says something about the week, month and year (or three) that Americans have seen when the question being asked is: who do you believe?
The host noted that in his first year in office, Trump managed more than 3,000 lies that can be fact-checked.
“Sources tell us Michael Cohen is prepared to tell Russia special counsel Robert Mueller that candidate Trump had advanced knowledge of the new infamous June 2016 meeting between his son, son-in-law, campaign chairman and Russians promising Kremlin intelligence on Hillary Clinton,” Cooper said.
He explained that if Cohen is the one to believed it means that everything the president and his children have said is false. According to Cooper, Trump’s defense boils down to this: “Don’t believe him. He’s a liar.”
“Pot, meet kettle,” said the CNN host.
He then walked through the series of lies from the president, his son, his allies and a “heaping helping of word salad” from Rudy Giuliani.
“I mean, I obviously asked Jay [Sekulow] about this,” Giuliani said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. “I think he was informed at the time, just like I was when I came into the case. He was just in the case. This is a point that maybe wasn’t clarified in terms of recollection and his understanding of it. And what Jay did was he immediately corrected it. And even had been under oath, he would call that recanting. And it’s Jay, not the president. So that’s the wisdom of not having a president testify. It’s one thing to do it with a lawyer. It’s another thing to do it with your client.”
“Make sense now?” Cooper said, noting that Trump’s defenders can’t seem to keep their stories straight “about the bogus story the president concocted about the meeting that they were misleading about after concealing for a year.”
“On the other side, the president’s turncoat attorney who might or might not be telling truth about his serially less than an honest client,” he continued. “That’s where we are tonight.”
Watch his opening commentary below:
MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’
Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.
Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.
"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."
Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.
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CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday disagreed with the notion that President Donald Trump and Russians tried to "suppress" Democratic votes by engaging in what he called large-scale voter "discouragement."
During a panel discussion on CNN, Democratic analyst Jennifer Granholm slammed Trump's campaign for "voter suppression."
"The thing that concerns me about the launch, Jake, of this new — of his re-election [campaign], he has already raised $100 million," Granholm said of Trump. "His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who ran the digital campaign last time around, said that this time this campaign is going to be bigger, better and badder."
Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’
Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."
On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.
"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."
Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."