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‘Breathtaking’: Ex-White House counsel Jack Quinn describes how badly Trump ‘dropped the ball’ with McGahn

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In a panel interview featuring people on both sides of another presidential special investigation, Bill Clinton’s former White House counsel observed that Donald Trump’s legal team may have made a huge mistake when waiving executive privilege.

Responding to news that current White House counsel Don McGahn has spent 30 hours in cooperating interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller (a move that required Trump to waive his executive privilege), Clinton-era White House counsel Jack Quinn told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that he was stunned by the president’s move.

“It is breathtaking that while they were totally focused on what might unfold if the president sits for an interview,” Quinn said, “they completely took their eye off the ball and the ball just hit them in the nose.”

Earlier in the interview, Paul Rosenzweig, former senior counsel to Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Clinton during the Whitewater scandal, laughed at the idea that Trump’s legal team believes they can retroactively re-assert executive privilege now that the president has waived it.

“That’s highly unlikely to be successful,” Rosenzweig said.

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The lawyer described a “rare circumstance” that an “inadvertent waiver” can be claimed — “If I, for example, send you a privileged e-mail by accident because I typed the wrong name into the ‘to’ line, sometimes you can unring that bell.”

“In all other circumstances,” Rosenzweig explained, “it is almost uniformly the law that a waiver in one circumstance will redound all the way down the line to which the other uses to which the information might be put.”

“You can’t put the egg back in the yoke,” he joked. “You can’t unpeel the banana.”

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CNN’s Santorum gets his butt handed to him by fellow conservative over defense of Trump’s ‘disgusting’ racism

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CNN contributor Rick Santorum ran into some fierce resistance on Sunday morning when he attempted to defend the explicit racism in Donald Trump's tweets at Democratic lawmakers -- with the only other conservative on the panel blowing up on him.

Speaking with fill-in host Dana Bash, the former GOP Senator from Pennsylvania was right away on the defensive when asked about the president's tweets and the resulting "send her back" chant at a rally in North Carolina.

"He says things to bring attention to these issues and I know it's hair on fire time for everyone on the left," Santorum offered in Trump's defense, which brought a sharp comeback from fellow conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp.

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Trump busted for doubling down on his racist rants before Mueller speaks: ‘He’s scared’

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," a former adviser to Bill Clinton said that he expects ex-special counsel Robert Mueller to make a some blunt statements about President Donald Trump in his upcoming appearance before a Congressional committee that will cause voters to turn on the president.

According to Guy Smith, who advised former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment ordeal, Mueller's own words will carry tremendous weight with voters who have no idea what is in his report on the president.

"Well, what we're going to see is people who have never read the report, which is most everybody, and they have only heard President Trump and the attorney general say he's been exonerated. It does not," he told host Christi Paul. "So, what's going to happen is that they're going to be hearing Robert Mueller in his own words say that the president obstructed justice. The American people have not read this thing."

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CNN went to the heartland — and found voters who love AOC and The Squad: ‘The best thing ever’

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CNN's Van Jones traveled this week to speak with a panel of Pennsylvania voters about the 2020 presidential campaign.

Jones also asked the panel about the schism in the Democratic Party between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the members known as The Squad, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"You have Democrats fighting each other in the primary. Democrats fighting each other in the House. What do you think about the AOC versus Pelosi dynamic?" Jones asked. "How do you read that? How do you read that?"

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