During the 2016 election, President Donald Trump regularly boasted that he only hired “the best people.”
Given that his former campaign chairman and his former longtime attorney are both headed to prison, CNN’s John Avlon decided to do a rundown of all of the most corrupt and inept people whom Trump has hired — and the results looked very bad for the president.
“Remember, this is not a complete list,” Avlon said before digging in. “We have Michael Cohen, the president’s former fixer, yesterday pleading guilty to tax evasion, lying to a bank and campaign finance violations, which included paying off two women to influence an election, directly implicating President Trump in both payments. Now, Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, yesterday found guilty of tax fraud, hiding foreign bank accounts and bank fraud.”
Avlon went on to point out that Trump’s poor judgement in hiring people extended well beyond these two latest criminal convictions, however.
“We’ve got Michael Flynn, former national security adviser, pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador,” he continued. “George Papadopoulos, former senior policy adviser to the campaign, pled guilty to lying to the FBI.”
Avlon still wasn’t finished.
“Folks, these are just the convicts, not the people who left the administration under a cloud,” he said. “The former EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, forced out in the wake of 14 ongoing investigations, from first-class travel to the $40,000 secure phone booth… Tom Price, the former HHS secretary, forced out after $300,000 in tax-provided charter flights.”
At the end of the segment, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota joked that there was still a way to spin this as a positive for the president.
“The best at what?” she asked rhetorically. “Pleading guilty.”
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Trump thinks impeachment is over after House vote
Following a vote by the Democratic House to table an effort by Rep. Al Green (D-TX) to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the president gloatingly told reporters "that's the end of it," and mocked the resolution as a "ridiculous project."
"The House of Representatives rejecting a bid to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump, and President Trump declaring victory," reported CNN's Erin Burnett. "Telling reporters seconds ago 'We've just received an overwhelming vote against impeachment, and that's the end of it.' He went on to call it the 'most ridiculous project.' Riding high now over how the whole saga over his racist tweets is playing out."
There are enough votes to impeach Trump if it comes to the floor: CNN’s April Ryan quotes congressman
On Wednesday, the House voted 332 to 95 to table articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump brought forth by Rep. Al Green (D-TX). Democrats were divided, with 137 members agreeing to table the resolution. All 194 Republicans and independent Justin Amash also voted to do so.
But despite the resounding defeat for Green's measure, one congressman told CNN commentator and American Urban Radio Network director April Ryan that while many Democrats want to continue with investigations for the time being, he believes there would be enough votes to pass it if it actually made it to the floor.
Pelosi slaps Trump with a backhanded compliment: ‘He’s a great distractor — that’s what this is about’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of making a racist attack on four U.S. congresswomen to distract from failures in his administration.
At a press conference, Pelosi told the reporters that lawmakers were "gentle" in condemning only Trump's tweets as "racist" in a recent vote.
"We weren't saying he is racist," she explained. "We were saying that the words that he used were racist."
"We all know the argument that could be made against us in terms of our philosophy, in terms of our priorities and the rest," Pelosi said. "And the president knows there are arguments that could be made against him and, therefore, he wants to distract from them."