Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) on Wednesday brushed off the fact that President Donald Trump had been implicated in felonies by his own former attorney.
During a CNN interview, host Alisyn Camerota grilled Kennedy about former “fixer” Michael Cohen admitting to committing a felony campaign finance offense at the direction of the president himself.
Kennedy tried dodging her question by noting that Trump has insisted that his hush money payments to former mistresses were “a private business transaction.”
“Do you believe that?” a skeptical Camerota asked him.
“I have no way of assessing that,” Kennedy replied.
Camerota then asked him if the American public should have been able to learn that Trump was sleeping around with adult film stars and Playboy models while his wife was taking care of a newborn child before casting their ballots in 2016.
“If you’re asking me, ‘Did the American people understand that President Trump was a flamboyant player in politics?’ [They] knew that he was,” Kennedy replied. “I don’t think folks in Washington give the American people enough credit. Folks in Washington think they’re the only smart ones in America… The American people figured all this out early, they knew what they were getting with President Trump.”
Watch the video below.
SEN KENNEDY: The president has already said the payments to women were a private business transaction.
CNN: Do you believe that?ADVERTISEMENT
KENNEDY: I don't know.
CNN: Would that have been relevant info for voters?
KENNEDY: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ People understood Trump is a flamboyant player. pic.twitter.com/IPHclnhz9r
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 12, 2018
Mueller agrees to testify in public about Russia investigation after House Democrats issue subpoena: report
On Tuesday evening, CNN reported that former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify in public about the Russia investigation, following subpoenas from House Democrats.
"The House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee announced ... the special counsel has agreed to appear in public on July 17th in an open session to testify about what he found as a part of his two-year investigation into Russian interference, as well as potential obstruction of justice in the White House," said CNN reported Manu Raju. "Now, they say in this letter, both the chairmen of these committees, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, that they have subpoenaed Bob Mueller and he's agreed to testify under subpoena."
Prosecutors offered indicted GOP congressman a deal to keep his multiple taxpayer-funded trysts quiet — but he refused
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), facing indictment for stealing campaign funds and falsifying spending reports, was offered a deal by to keep secret the incidents in which he used taxpayer money to finance affairs with lobbyists — but he refused.
"Prosecutors told a judge they tried to cut a deal with Hunter to avoid revealing the alleged tryst, but his attorneys refused," reported CNN's Tom Foreman.
The affairs were made public shortly after it was revealed that Hunter's wife Margaret, an alleged co-conspirator in the scheme, was cooperating with prosecutors. Hunter had previously tried to blame the entire scheme on his wife — a claim that looks increasingly dubious.
Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’
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.
Watch the video below from CNN.