As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation closes in on President Trump, his family and his associates, much of the focus has shifted to their potentially false testimony under oath.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on CNN Wednesday morning and told anchor Poppy Harlow that she believes Donald Trump Jr. lied to lawmakers.
Although Speier couldn’t reveal specifically how Trump Jr. misled lawmakers, she expressed surprise that he would so blatantly perjure himself.
“What’s interesting about the testimony we have received from so many of the persons in the Trump orbit, when I first listened to their interviews and they swore under oath, I presumed that they were at least going to be telling the truth. And then it became obvious to me that that is not necessarily a part of — ”
Harlow interrupted to press Speier on what she thought he lied about specifically, but the congresswoman replied that she didn’t want to say until a proper investigation had been completed.
Speier also noted that she believes a blocked call Trump Jr. made after his meeting with Russian agents was to his father. Investigators will likely be able to access those records.
“Donald Trump Jr. will have to answer about the blocked call that was made by his phone to a party who I believe was probably the president after that meeting he had with a number of Russian operatives.”
There are enough votes to impeach Trump if it comes to the floor: CNN’s April Ryan quotes congressman
On Wednesday, the House voted 332 to 95 to table articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump brought forth by Rep. Al Green (D-TX). Democrats were divided, with 137 members agreeing to table the resolution. All 194 Republicans and independent Justin Amash also voted to do so.
But despite the resounding defeat for Green's measure, one congressman told CNN commentator and American Urban Radio Network director April Ryan that while many Democrats want to continue with investigations for the time being, he believes there would be enough votes to pass it if it actually made it to the floor.
Pelosi slaps Trump with a backhanded compliment: ‘He’s a great distractor — that’s what this is about’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of making a racist attack on four U.S. congresswomen to distract from failures in his administration.
At a press conference, Pelosi told the reporters that lawmakers were "gentle" in condemning only Trump's tweets as "racist" in a recent vote.
"We weren't saying he is racist," she explained. "We were saying that the words that he used were racist."
"We all know the argument that could be made against us in terms of our philosophy, in terms of our priorities and the rest," Pelosi said. "And the president knows there are arguments that could be made against him and, therefore, he wants to distract from them."
‘You have to think about it?’ Kris Kobach goes down in epic flames when CNN’s Cuomo asks if he’d vote for a racist
Kris Kobach went down in flames going up against CNN host Chris Cuomo on Tuesday, as the Kansas Republican attempted to "explain" what President Donald Trump "really said" about the four congresswomen of color he attacked Sunday.
Cuomo read Trump's quotes aloud asking if they were racist.
"Now you're editorializing it," Kobach said. "The problem with Twitter, it's 140 characters and since it's so vague--"
As a point of fact, Trump used three tweets to say what he said about the women, not editing it down to 280 characters.
"He said the words," Cuomo fact-checked.