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Trial lawyer tells CNN that Giuliani’s bumbling cable news spots have put Trump in ‘significant legal peril’

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s bumbling cable news interviews aren’t just good fodder for late-night comedians — they also might be adding to President Donald Trump’s legal jeopardy.

During an appearance on CNN Monday, trial attorney Seth Berenzweig argued that Giuliani’s frequent cable news spots are harming Trump legally far more than they might be helping him politically.

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“I think Mr. Giuliani is putting his client in significant legal peril,” he said. “If you take a look at what’s going on right now, there are a lot of unforced errors. Just focus on the situation right now with Don McGahn — there could be arguments either way about whether the president wanted to waive privilege, whether he could or should, but at the end of the day, that’s not necessarily a bad strategy. What is utterly shocking is that, when you waive privilege, and then you find out that Don McGahn has been speaking with the special counsel’s office for 30 hours and you’re reading about it when you find out about it in the New York Times? That’s absolutely shocking.”

Berenzweig then went on to hammer the Trump administration for believing they could still claim executive privilege over McGahn’s testimony even though they’ve already made him available as a witness.

“Once waived, it’s waived permanently,” he said. “There’s a lot of misdirection going on and the president is in significant legal peril.”

Toward the end of the segment, the attorney took one more shot at Giuliani’s competence.

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“He doesn’t know the facts, he doesn’t know the case, he doesn’t know the law of his own case,” he said.

Watch the video below.

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‘They sense weakness’: Former senator says the world is ‘smirking’ as Trump flails away at latest China tariffs

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Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) appeared on CNN Friday to discuss how President Donald Trump has completely mishandled his long-running trade war with China.

While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.

"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."

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Trump aide Cuccinelli snaps after CNN’s Camerota shows him pictures of caged kids: ‘I’m not going to take that’

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A CNN interview with acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli took a contentious turn on Friday morning after host Alisyn Camerota showed him pictures of immigrant children being held in cages and asked him why he would want to hold them even longer based upon a recent policy change he instituted.

As the CNN host pressed the Trump administration official on plans to hold children indefinitely, she put pictures of the kids in cages up on the screen which angered Cuccinelli.

"On one level it protects children, but it also exposes children to the overcrowding. Here's some of the roll we've been playing for months," she began, only to have the White House official cut her off.

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Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.

"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."

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