A CNN panel on Thursday was left stunned by President Donald Trump’s angry public rant against his former “fixer” Michael Cohen.
Shortly after Trump finished talking with reporters, CNN’s Jim Sciutto asked legal analyst Paul Callan if he thought the president was on solid legal ground when he claimed that there would have been nothing wrong with him building a Trump Tower in Moscow at the same time he was running to be president of the United States.
Callan responded negatively.
“No, I think it’s a problematic defense,” Callan said. “I’m betting his attorneys are pulling what’s left of their hair out as they listen to him make these statements.”
Callan went on to say how shocked he was that Trump would continue pursuing the project even after he had wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination, especially given that it may have influenced a Russia-friendly change to the Republican Party platform in 2016.
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, meanwhile, slammed Trump for trying to claim that he’d been supposedly transparent about his dealings with Moscow while he was running for president.
“He was not saying during the campaign, ‘Oh, I’m negotiating with, essentially, the Russian government for a business deal in Moscow at the same time I am trying to be solicitous and saying wonderful things about Vladimir Putin,'” he said.
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