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Jeff Flake plays down Kavanaugh’s lies about drinking in exchange with CNN reporter: ‘Exaggerating your success or failures is something a lot of people do’

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake played down embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s demonstrable untruths about his drinking habits in an exchange with CNN reporter Manu Raju, saying no one is honest about their high school years.

“You said that if there are demonstrable falsehoods and lies, that would be disqualifying,” said Raju. “There have been instances where it appears [Kavanaugh] was not fully forthcoming with the Senate Judiciary Committee about his past, his antics during college. Does that bother you?” Numerous friends and former classmates have undermined Kavanaugh’s claims of sobriety, saying he was often out of control, incoherent and violent because of his drinking.

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“I don’t know specifically what you are talking about,” said Flake, trying to sidestep the question before diminishing it. “If everybody, you know, accurately portrayed their high school years, you know, I’d say I gained more yards than I really did in football, you know.”

“But he was under oath,” responded Raju, but Flake cut him off.

“Maybe so, but the drinking thing, I don’t know how to gauge that,” said Flake. “How many would admit to drinking in excess when they really haven’t? That is a different world from what I grew up in.”

“I’ve said all along, you know, if somebody lies under oath, that that’s not something that we can deal with,” Flake added. But he was careful to leave himself wiggle room, saying “exaggerating or diminishing your success or your failures, that is something that a lot of people are used to.”

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‘I told you this would happen’: CNN’s Cuomo tears into Trump for trying to ruin Dr Fauci

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On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump for his latest attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci.

"Fauci is not to blame for any of this. Trump is, period," said Cuomo. "And now that the reality is sinking in to blue and red, to left, right, and reasonable, Trump is doing what he always does: trying to shift blame to someone else. And we must reject efforts to shift stink onto the one man we can trust."

"Now, in these White House attacks, we see their principles on display as well, don't we?" said Cuomo. "Eat your own, lie about Fauci, deny your role, and defy the mandate of leadership that we gave you. And how about using an unnamed official to smear the only credible voice they have on this voice. Where are the worries about anonymous sources now, Mr. President? This is making America great again? You pardon a convicted liar and lie about a man with a conviction to fight a pandemic, which you apparently lack."

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CNN host buries Trump for promoting elderly game show host’s COVID conspiracy

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CNN's John Berman on Monday buried President Donald Trump for promoting the medical advice of a former game show host over the advice of doctors when it comes to the novel coronavirus.

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Damning CNN supercut shows how Trump has been ‘wrong about every aspect of the pandemic’

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President Donald Trump's allies have been circulating an opposition research file on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for getting some things wrong in the past when talking about the novel coronavirus.

However, the president has gotten vastly more wrong about the pandemic -- and CNN on Monday showed the receipts.

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