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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 pounds Rick Santorum for claiming Democrats went ‘too far’ in calling Trump an existential threat

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue Democrats were overreaching in the impeachment hearings — only to be smacked down by his co-panelists.

"The thing that bothered me from the hearing was this whole thing that the president is an existential threat to the republic," said Santorum. "You know, I've always said this about my friends on the left. They always go one step too far that just — that makes people sort of scratch their head and say, well, I may not like what he did, but to call this an existential threat to the republic is just a little bit too far ... I understand why they're doing it. They're trying to stoke it up. I get why they're doing it. I just don't think it's very effective. It's too much."

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Ivanka revelations about Christopher Steele don’t matter to Trump because it doesn’t fit his lie: FBI lawyer Jim Baker

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In an interview with CNN Monday, former FBI general counsel Jim Baker said that it doesn't fit in President Donald Trump's narrative that Ivanka knew and met with Christopher Steele at Trump Tower years ago, so he simply ignored it.

It was revealed Monday that Steele was favorably disposed to Trump and his family due to his relationship with Ivanka. But the facts didn't follow the story that Trump had crafted to attack the notorious dossier. The FBI's inspector general report found that Steele was not biased against Trump when he began working on an opposition research document based on his contacts in Russia, where he served as MI6’s top intelligence officer.

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‘Rudolph Giuliani is a walking argument for this impeachment’: Constitutional law professor

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A constitutional law professor available on CNN in the wake of Monday's House Judiciary Committee hearings explained that the biggest argument for impeachment is former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

In a panel discussion, Brown University Professor Corey Lang Brettschneider explained that the president's lawyer would ultimately sink him.

"Look, Rudoph Giuliani is a walking argument for this impeachment," he said. "If you don't stop the president now, you don't bring these articles of impeachment about obstruction of justice, abuse of power; he will keep doing it. And Giuliani is showing that. He continues to go to the Ukraine and continues to lie about these fake conspiracy theories, and it's sort of walking argument for what happens when you leave power unchecked."

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