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Frantic Rick Santorum cornered by CNN’s John Berman for giving Trump a blank check to break the law

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CNN’s John Berman on Thursday cornered Trump defender Rick Santorum, who tried to argue that President Donald Trump didn’t break the law when he ordered hush-money payments to his former mistresses.

During the interview, Berman pointed out to Santorum that both former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and National Enquirer parent company American Media, Inc. have now admitted to working in concert with Trump to break campaign finance laws in an attempt to swing the 2016 presidential election.

Santorum, however, said that Trump still says he didn’t break the law, which means others’ assertions to the contrary should be discounted.

“Just because AMI did it, that doesn’t mean that’s the sole reason Donald Trump did it,” Santorum said of the payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. “What you gave is AMI’s reasoning, not Donald Trump’s reasoning.”

Santorum then tried to argue that former President Barack Obama’s campaign was also hit with fees for violating campaign finance laws, but Berman didn’t let him get away with making a false comparison.

“That is so vastly different than paying $150,000 to silence somebody,” Berman said.

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Later in the segment, Berman shamed Santorum for being so deferential to the president when it comes to following the law.

“Is there any violation, is there any payment that the president could have made here that would bother you, that you would think would put him in legal jeopardy?” Berman asked. “I am trying to figure out if this is just a blanket acquiescence to the president’s claims here, or whether or not there’s some standard to which you would hold him accountable?”

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Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’

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President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.

During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.

"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."

Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.

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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"

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9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’

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Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.

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