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CNN’s Bakari Sellers torches Rudy Giuliani’s latest bone-headed legal defense: ‘The crime is conspiracy’

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani this week claimed that it wouldn’t be a big deal if President Donald Trump’s campaign were in direct contact with WikiLeaks to discuss the distribution of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign — but CNN’s Bakari Sellers on Friday quickly shot down that theory.

During an appearance on CNN, host John Berman asked Sellers if he believed that Giuliani was trying to not-so-subtly shift the public debate to get out in front of damaging upcoming revelations about the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.

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Sellers began by calling Giuliani a horrible attorney and saying that he will likely never be hired by anyone to defend them ever again.

“His foot is all the way down his throat every time he opens his mouth,” Sellers cracked.

On a more serious note, Sellers explained why it could very well have been a crime to coordinate with WikiLeaks in disseminating emails hacked by the Russian government in an effort to derail Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“Collusion’s not a crime, I think most people know that,” he said. “But what is a crime is conspiracy… you’re starting to see these elements of a conspiracy between Donald Trump’s campaign and some foreign actors to engage of a subversion of our democracy, to engage in an violation of our federal election laws, and on and on and on.”

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Dem lawmaker demolishes GOP defense that Trump still did more for Ukraine than Obama

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During the impeachment testimony of State Department officials Laura Cooper and David Hale, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) used his time to dismantle a growing defense of President Donald Trump's apparent use of Ukrainian foreign aid for an extortion scheme: that Obama didn't give Ukraine aid either, so Trump didn't even have to.

"Now as to the justification," said Swalwell. "The justification is that the Obama administration only provided blankets, so the Ukrainians should be grateful, even after being shaken down, that the Trump administration provided more, but the truth, Ms. Cooper, is that under the Obama administration and the European Reassurance Initiative, $175 million were provided from U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Ukrainians, is that right?"

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Trumper Scott Jennings slams Devin Nunes for ‘being caught totally flat-footed’

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It's clear the morning testimony didn't go as well as Republicans had wanted. The concern was evident on the face of House Minority Leader Devin Nunes (R-CA), who exchanged glances with the GOP counsel.

Republican Scott Jennings is quick to defend the White House and the GOP, but Wednesday even he was forced to concede his party wasn't prepared for what EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified.

CNN host John King noted that the Republican counsel brought up Rudy Giuliani and his business relationships in Ukraine, outside of his work for President Donald Trump.

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Trump is desperately cherry-picking portions of Sondland’s testimony to ignore the bombshells: CNN correspondent

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins noted how President Donald Trump is desperately trying to focus on the narrow portions of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony that put him in a good light — and ignoring the trove of damning new information against him.

"[Sondland] makes it clear, absolutely, totally discarding what the president and his allies are saying for weeks," said anchor Wolf Blitzer.

"What the White House [is] relying on, and what the president was reading from earlier, was the conversation where he had called the president to ask if there was a quid pro quo, and he said the president got angry and said there was not one and that he didn't want anything from Ukraine," said Collins. "What they are ignoring is what he started his testimony with today, that yes, in relation to the aid to the White House — to the White House call and the White House meeting, there was a quid pro quo. And we should note there has still been no White House meeting for the Ukrainian leader."

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