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CNN’s Berman calls BS on Kavanaugh backer’s complaints about unfair treatment: ‘Merrick Garland didn’t get a hearing’

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CNN’s John Berman on Monday called out conservative Matt Schlapp for his complaint that only conservative Supreme Court nominees get treated poorly.

Citing a tweet over the weekend that claimed only conservative Supreme Court nominees get “mauled,” Berman pointed out that Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to even meet with Merrick Garland, whom former President Obama had nominated to the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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“Merrick Garland didn’t even get a hearing,” Berman said. “Merrick Garland was accused of being appointed by a Democrat, and that was enough to not get him a hearing, whereas Brett Kavanaugh is accused now, by two women, of sexual assault.”

Schlapp angrily complained that Garland was the only nominee that Republicans had ever spiked, whereas Democrats in the past successfully killed the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork in the 1980s.

Berman, however, countered that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch sailed through his confirmation and received Democratic votes, despite the fact that he had been the nominee who took what would have been Garland’s seat on the court.

“He was not the fifth vote!” complained Schlapp, referring to the fact that Gorsuch simply replaced hardline conservative Scalia, whereas Kavanaugh will replace swing vote Anthony Kennedy.

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‘Mulvaney lied’: CNN panel breaks down ‘incredibly damning’ White House confession

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," a panel discussed how White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's press briefing was a disaster for President Donald Trump.

"Can I just point out why this matters?" said CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. "I mean, this is not just some gotcha thing because we all want to get something on the chief of staff. Here we have congressionally appropriated money. Congress says give this money to the Ukrainians. Taxpayer money. And what the White House has done and what they admitted today was, you only get the money if you help us win the election. Not because you help us [with] national security, international relations. The only thing we want from you is help to defeat Democrats. That is wrong. That’s why this matters."

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Sondland may have refused to be ‘the fall guy’ — but he’s still complicit: CNN security analyst

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," CNN security analyst and Lawfare editor Susan Hennessey pointed out that even though EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland turned against President Donald Trump in testimony, it should not be forgotten he was a willing participant in much of the Ukraine scheme.

"In his opening statement today, Sondland wrote he was 'disappointed by the president's direction that we involve Mr. Giuliani in the Ukraine policy,'" said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "In his actions, though, did Ambassador Sondland actually advance Giuliani's goals here?"

"Yes, and to the extent that he was disappointed in what the president asked of him, he took the ball and ran with it," said Hennessey. "He was trying to facilitate Giuliani's efforts, trying to introduce him to Ukrainian officials, and Sondland himself was carrying the same corrupt message, including they needed to be investigating the Bidens for the president's personal political interest. This is Sondland saying, I'm not going to be the fall guy. So I don't know how strong of a message it is that he was saying, I knew it was wrong, but that's the message that he's not willing."

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Trump’s lead counsel disavows Mulvaney’s admission the president engaged in Ukraine quid pro quo

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On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney stunned reporters by effectively admitting President Donald Trump demanded a quid pro quo from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for foreign aid appropriated by Congress.

According to CNN's Jim Acosta, Mulvaney's speech was so out of left field that the president's chief attorney immediately disavowed it.

"Mulvaney's performance blindsided the president's outside legal team, as the president's lead attorney, Jay Sekulow, said on the record to CNN, the legal team was not involved in the acting chief of staff's press briefing," said White House correspondent Jim Acosta. "That is pretty telling when the chief counselor to the president is saying, we did not have anything to do with this."

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