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CNN’s Tapper uses Manafort to slap down GOP senator’s wild ranting about Democrats colluding with Russians

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CNN host Jake Tapper used the legal troubles of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to shut down the wild ravings of a Republican senator accusing the Democratic Party of colluding with the Russians.

The State of the Union host asked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) about reports that President Donald Trump was investigated by the FBI for possibly being a Kremlin agent, only to have the senator launch a diatribe attacking Democrats and the FBI.

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“I’ve not seen any evidence of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia,” Johnson exclaimed. “I have seen evidence of collusion between Democrats and Russia with the Steele dossier. We still don’t have the information on that, so there are a host of questions outstanding on all sides of the issue.”

“What evidence?” Tapper attempted as Johnson spoke over him.

“The American people,” Johnson shot back. “We need the information on this so we can get past the innuendo and deal with facts because we have serious issues facing this nation and it’s not good we have this cloud hanging over any administration whether it’s this one or previous administrations or next administrations.”

“We know for a fact that Paul Manafort provided campaign data to Konstantin Kilimnik who has ties to Russian military intelligence — so there’s that,” Tapper interjected. “In terms of the collusion between the Democrats and —”

“We also know for a fact, we also know Democrats paid for the Steele dossier,” Johnson interrupted once again before proceeding to rant about corruption at the FBI as the CNN host looked on in puzzlement.

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CNN panel cracks up laughing at Trump lawyers trying to make Rudy Giuliani into ‘the coffee boy’

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President Donald Trump's legal team fought Monday to try and claim that Rudy Giuliani had nothing to do with the president's efforts in Ukraine.

It's a claim that flies in the face of the documents, testimony, text messages and more that have been revealed throughout the course of the investigation that hangs the albatross around Giuliani's neck.

In fact, Giuliani crafted his own letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that he was authorized to speak on behalf of President Donald Trump as a "private attorney." If the president cared so much about corruption in Ukraine, why would he be doing a shadow foreign policy using Giuliani instead of through Congress, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United Nations, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund or a slew of other international groups interested in the issue.

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Legal analyst mocks Alan Dershowitz for admitting he has a ‘minority view’: It’s ‘because he’s wrong’

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Following former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's defense of President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial on Monday, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had harsh criticism.

"Alan Dershowitz, to his credit, said that his own view was very much a minority view of what the impeachment provision means," said Toobin. "To his discredit, the reason why it's a minority view is because he's wrong."

"The idea that you can only impeach a president because he committed an actual crime or, as he says, a criminal-like behavior, which I don't even know what that means," said Toobin. "Abuse of power, obstruction of Congress, are impeachable offenses, and that's why we're here. Because these are legitimately impeachable."

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Trump lawyer cites former GOP senator to discredit impeachment — but leaves out he supports convicting the president

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During the Senate impeachment trial on Monday, White House lawyer Robert Ray attempted to contrast the impeachment of President Donald Trump with that of President Richard Nixon, by arguing that unlike in the former case, Republicans came together with Democrats to call for removing Nixon. As part of the comparison, he brought up then-Rep. William Cohen, who went on to become a U.S. senator from Maine and Secretary of Defense for President Bill Clinton.

"Together these six Republicans made history," said Ray. "They did so with no sense of triumph and no fist bumps."

What Ray chose not to mention, however, is that Cohen has specifically weighed in on the Trump case, and said that he should be impeached and removed over the Ukraine scheme.

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