President Donald Trump is reportedly very angry at his former “fixer” for implicating him for allegedly ordering him to make illegal campaign contributions.
During a Wednesday morning broadcast, CNN’s Erica Hill said that sources told her network that “the president was fuming over the news of Cohen’s plea deal” and has been “referring to his one-time fixer as ‘the rat.'”
She then brought on reporter Ryan Nobles, who said that Trump and his team have been plotting out a strategy that will help them beat back any allegations that Cohen might level against his former boss.
“It is clear they have a strategy in the works, and that is to discredit the president’s former lawyer, a person who worked for Donald Trump for a very long time,” he said. “They believe that Cohen is not a strong character witness on behalf of anybody accusing Donald Trump of doing anything, and that he’s already lied to authorities, so there is no reason to believe him when it comes to anything else having to do with this investigation.”
Nobles stressed, however, that the Trump White House is still dealing with the aftershocks of Tuesday’s bombshell events, which included not only Cohen’s guilty plea but the conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on tax fraud charges.
“Sources that we talked to behind the scenes said that the results of those legal proceedings yesterday sounded terrible for the president, and that it was a bad day for the home team,” he said.
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CNN’s Jim Acosta busts Trump’s whistleblower lies: ‘Just not answering questions in a straightforward fashion’
CNN's Jim Acosta busted several falsehoods in President Donald Trump's remarks from the Oval Office about a whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official.
The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."
Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.
Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.
"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."
WATCH: Trump’s long history of spilling America’s secrets to foreign leaders catalogued by CNN’s Avlon
President Donald Trump this week claimed that would never be stupid enough to say something inappropriate to foreign officials when he knew that all of his calls were being monitored.
However, CNN's John Avlon on Friday went down the president's long history of making inappropriate comments to foreign leaders, including times when he spilled important intelligence secrets.
Avlon began by noting that Trump has repeatedly cast aspersions on the intelligence community, including when he infamously said that he didn't believe Russia tried to help him win the 2016 election despite multiple intelligence assessments showing just that.