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.
Watch the video below.