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‘Completely idiotic — the dumbest insider trading crime I’ve ever seen’: CNN analyst examines allegations against Chris Collins

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The details of the alleged crimes of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), a Trump-loving lawmaker from western New York state who stands accused of insider trading, are so “idiotic” that analysts on CNN could hardly believe them.

According to prosecutors, Collins was at the White House when he learned that a drug trial from a firm he invested heavily in had failed, and so he called his son seven times trying to alert him. The son sold his stock the next day.

“It’s completely idiotic,” said CNN legal analyst Paul Callan. “It’s the dumbest insider trading crime I’ve ever seen.”

Given an unencrypted cell phone was apparently used from the grounds of the White House, the details almost defy believability, said CNN’s Dana Bash.

“If you saw this on House of Cards—so the president is going to be there and have the congressman over for a picnic,” said Bash. “He’s going to get the call from this CEO and call his son. You’d be like, ‘really?’ This would never happen. Nobody would do that.”

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CNN’s Santorum humiliated by laughing panel after claiming Russians would never offer election help

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CNN analyst Rick Santorum stepped in it on Sunday morning after he tried to dismiss Donald Trump's comments about accepting foreign help, with the former GOP senator claiming it never happens.

That made the entire "State of the Union" panel bust out laughing while shouting over each other to remind him of Donald Trump Jr's meeting with Russian operatives at Trump Tower in 2016.

Asked about the Trump comments, the former Republican senator rolled his eyes at the notion of Russians making overtures to presidential candidates.

"That is not how it would come," Santorum asserted. "No foreign government could come to your campaign and say 'I'm the Russian government --'" he began before the entire panel exploded.

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Pete Buttigieg opens the door for prosecuting Trump if he’s elected: ‘The rule of law will catch up to this president’

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In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- who has jumped to the forefront of potential Democratic presidential nominees -- did not rule out seeing President Donald Trump prosecuted after he leaves office.

During his appearance on "State of the Union," the Democrat discussed his drive for the nomination and was asked by the host about comments made by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) that, if she is elected president, her Justice Department would have no choice but to go forward with obstruction of justice charges against President Trump.

"Would the Justice Department under President Buttigieg feel the same way -- do the same thing?" Tapper asked.

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Trump just gave Don McGahn a reason to testify to Congress — ‘’and it won’t be good for the president’: CNN analyst

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During a panel discussion on Donald Trump's latest attacks on former White House counsel Don McGahn -- accusing him of lying to special counsel Robert Mueller to make himself look good -- a CNN analyst suggested the president may come to regret his comments.

Speaking with CNN fill-in host Alex Marquardt, every member of the panel said there was no way that McGahn would lie while under oath when he spoke with Justice Department officials.

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