The bombshell BuzzFeed report about President Donald Trump instructing former “fixer” Michael Cohen to lie to Congress sent shockwaves through Washington, D.C. on Friday morning, and a CNN panel said there was no doubt that Trump had committed an impeachable offense if the report is true.
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota started off the panel discussion by arguing that instructing someone to lie under oath is a clear-cut case of illegality that the president will have a hard time escaping.
“Suborning perjury is not ambiguous,” she said. “That’s a crime, it’s impeachable.”
Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa agreed with Camerota’s legal analysis and said the case to impeach Trump on this charge would be “pretty cut and dry.”
“Just to be clear on why this… is especially egregious is, this is directing someone to lie to Congress,” she said. “This is the president, in his office as the president, actually impeding the functions, the legitimate oversight functions of a coequal branch which is looking into activity.”
CNN’s John Berman then noted that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani responded to BuzzFeed’s report by trashing Michael Cohen’s credibility — without actually denying the substance of the report itself.
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‘It’s not a both sides thing’: CNN host battles Trump aide over hydroxychloroquine misinformation
CNN host Jim Sciutto took on White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday about his evangelism of the drug hydroxychloroquine.
During an interview with Navarro, Sciutto noted that Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Brett Giroir had recently said that there is no benefit in taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19.
"Given your past public support for it," Sciutto said, "is it time for the administration to focus on proven treatments for COVID rather than one that has not been proven?"
Oklahoma teacher threatened by COVID-19 regrets vote for Trump — and blasts his ‘failure of leadership’
On Monday, CNN spoke with Nancy Shively, an Oklahoma special education teacher who wrote for USA TODAY that she regrets her 2016 vote for President Donald Trump.
"You spoke strongly and with feeling in this editorial," said anchor Jim Sciutto. "You said you fear now with the pandemic, you may have 'signed your own death warrant.' That's a remarkable thought to express."
"Well, just watching the failure of leadership in our country, beginning with the president, over the course of this pandemic, it's not just my death warrant I might have signed, but there's 150,000 Americans who are dead because of this," said Shively. "I have to take responsibility for my personal vote that enabled that."
‘It was pure BS’: CNN busts Trump for fabricating a health care plan ‘out of thin air’
CNN's John Avlon and John Berman on Monday busted President Donald Trump for promising that he would sign a mysterious new health care plan that still has never come to fruition.
In his latest "Reality Check" segment, Avlon noted that Trump has been promising to replace the Affordable Care Act with a "great" health care plan for the last four years, but that he still hasn't come up with anything.
In fact, as Avlon documented, Trump has only sought to undermine the law in court with his push to have the Supreme Court strike it down entirely.
"This is the old arsonist-as-a-firefighter routine, with possibly your life on the line," he commented.