On Tuesday, more details—including brazen financial scams and Rick Gates’ extramarital affair—emerged in the Manafort hearing.
In a CNN panel that afternoon, legal experts tried to suss out what the revelations might mean for President Donald Trump and his associates—and if the fraud and tax evasion on display could tie Trump or members of his campaign to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As Jen Psaki, former White House Communications Director under Obama, pointed out, Manafort’s shady connections to Russian oligarchs should not have been a big surprise to anyone. That led her to wonder if a single Trump advisor had bothered Googling Paul Manafort before giving him a job.
“The fact that he was hired by the Trump team despite these Russia ties is also something that should raise questions. You could Google it you didn’t even have to do a big investigation to know that,” Psaki joked.
CNN host Jake Tapper agreed.
“It was an odd pick,” he said.
Nevertheless, a panelist pointed out that it’s possible that all Donald Trump is guilty of is running “an unconventional” campaign. The panelists busted up laughing at the overly generous description of the Trump campaign as merely “unconventional.”
Federal Reserve chair defiant in face of Trump threats: ‘The law is clear — I have a four-year term’
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sounded a defiant note on Wednesday as he announced that there would be no further cuts to interest rates for the time being.
Even though President Donald Trump has been publicly calling for a rate cut to spur additional economic growth ahead of his reelection campaign, Powell kept interest rates at their current level and signaled that he did not foresee any interest rate cuts for the rest of the year.
Powell was asked by a reporter if he was concerned about being "demoted" by Trump in the wake of this announcement, the Federal Reserve Chairman said he wasn't worried.
John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress
Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.
White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.
"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.
GOP gangs up on AOC: Top Republican demands Ocasio-Cortez apologize to the entire world – she refuses
The Republican machine is in fifth gear right now, speeding to attack one of their top Democratic targets: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
At issue, a video the New York Democrat recorded in which she calls the migrant detention camps on the U.S. Southern border "concentration camps."