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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CNN’s Santorum gets his butt handed to him by fellow conservative over defense of Trump’s ‘disgusting’ racism
CNN contributor Rick Santorum ran into some fierce resistance on Sunday morning when he attempted to defend the explicit racism in Donald Trump's tweets at Democratic lawmakers -- with the only other conservative on the panel blowing up on him.
Speaking with fill-in host Dana Bash, the former GOP Senator from Pennsylvania was right away on the defensive when asked about the president's tweets and the resulting "send her back" chant at a rally in North Carolina.
"He says things to bring attention to these issues and I know it's hair on fire time for everyone on the left," Santorum offered in Trump's defense, which brought a sharp comeback from fellow conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp.
Trump busted for doubling down on his racist rants before Mueller speaks: ‘He’s scared’
Appearing on CNN's "New Day," a former adviser to Bill Clinton said that he expects ex-special counsel Robert Mueller to make a some blunt statements about President Donald Trump in his upcoming appearance before a Congressional committee that will cause voters to turn on the president.
According to Guy Smith, who advised former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment ordeal, Mueller's own words will carry tremendous weight with voters who have no idea what is in his report on the president.
"Well, what we're going to see is people who have never read the report, which is most everybody, and they have only heard President Trump and the attorney general say he's been exonerated. It does not," he told host Christi Paul. "So, what's going to happen is that they're going to be hearing Robert Mueller in his own words say that the president obstructed justice. The American people have not read this thing."
CNN went to the heartland — and found voters who love AOC and The Squad: ‘The best thing ever’
CNN's Van Jones traveled this week to speak with a panel of Pennsylvania voters about the 2020 presidential campaign.
Jones also asked the panel about the schism in the Democratic Party between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the members known as The Squad, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
"You have Democrats fighting each other in the primary. Democrats fighting each other in the House. What do you think about the AOC versus Pelosi dynamic?" Jones asked. "How do you read that? How do you read that?"