Former Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart reached a stunning conclusion after summarizing the latest revelations about President Donald Trump.
While appearing on CNN, Lockhart said that everything we’ve learned about Russian interference in the 2016 election and the president’s actions to cover up past affairs with mistresses at the very end of the campaign suggest that the president’s legitimacy should be in doubt.
“A case has been built this week that the president was not legitimately elected,” he said. “If you look at the Russia stuff and the campaign finance stuff, and the fact that 40,000 votes going the other way over three states [would have swung the election]… we don’t know. And that’s why this is important.”
Lockhart’s conclusion that Trump may not have been legitimately elected came after he watched a clip of former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen saying that the president knew that he was doing something wrong when he authorized Cohen to make hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
After watching the clip, CNN host John Berman commented that Cohen seemed to doing everything in his power to implicate the president in a felony.
“That is literally a checklist for how a campaign finance violation becomes criminal,” he said.
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WATCH: Pete Buttigieg surges to first place in ‘gold standard’ poll of Iowa caucuses
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg surged in a poll of Iowa released Saturday night.
The poll, by Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom, showed major movement in the race.
"Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor," the newspaper reported.
Holmes’ testimony shows Trump lied about his relationship with embattled Ambassador Sondland: ex-FBI agent
On CNN Saturday, former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa noted that State Department aide David Holmes' testimony does not just make a liar of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland for claiming he wasn't aware of any plot to extort Ukraine with military aid, it also makes a liar out of President Donald Trump for suggesting he had barely even interacted with Sondland in the first place.
"What does all of this mean when we look ahead to the space that Sondland, Ambassador Sondland is in, and what he's going to say on Wednesday?" asked anchor Christi Paul.
"Yeah, so Holmes is really important because he has firsthand knowledge of this call," said Rangappa. "He was sitting there and he heard — he overheard this conversation. I just want to emphasize that, because one of the big objections that the Republicans have had is that everything has been hearsay. So we are getting closer to getting firsthand corroboration and information."
Sondland is in ‘a world of trouble’ after Holmes revelations: Ex-White House adviser
On CNN Saturday, David Guy, the former special impeachment adviser to President Bill Clinton, told anchor Christi Paul that President Donald Trump's angry tweet against Marie Yovanovitch, and State Department aide David Holmes' new testimony that he overheard President Donald Trump talking to EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland about military aide, are huge problems for both the president and Sondland.
"I'm wondering, did you see that tweet as she was testifying, the tweet from the president, as President Trump kind of sabotaging himself?" asked Paul.