Former Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers told CNN on Tuesday that pardoning Roger Stone would hurt President Donald Trump’s chances for re-election.
Host Jim Sciutto recapped Monday’s White House press conference, during which press secretary Sarah Sanders refused to answer whether the president planned to pardon his longtime associate, and asked Rogers if it would be “politically palatable” to do so, and whether Trump would even “care about the politics?”
“Well, I think it depended on if he want to run for president again,” replied Rogers wryly. “I don’t think it is politically palatable to do that and then seek re-election for office. I think if you read the original indictment of Roger Stone that they even indicated in there, the prosecution indicated, there is likely charges to be filed subsequent to this.”
“There is more to this story than we’re seeing in the original indictment,” Rogers continued, noting that Stone is still under investigation. “I think it gets harder, not easier, for the president to even offer that pardon.”
Rogers added that he expected Stone to flip.
“I know everybody said he’s not going to testify against the president,” Rogers said. “He left it open by saying they won’t make me lie about the president. There is a lot of truth in there that may or may not get people in trouble.”
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"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."
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With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.
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On CNN Thursday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman deconstructed President Donald Trump's unwillingness to address the national crises in America.
"According to three people familiar with his comments, Trump has brushed off efforts to address historic racial inequality, as something 'his people' won't care about," said anchor Jim Sciutto. "Maggie, you have covered this president and the White House. Clearly, he wants to leave the outbreak behind him, even as the numbers rise. Is there anyone in that building who is telling him honestly, directly, that he can't do that?"
"There are many people who are telling him that honestly, Jim," said Haberman. "What has become clear to people, or should have by now, this president wants to run his re-election effort a certain way, and that does not relate to talking about the coronavirus unless it's about describing his administration's response in glowing terms that just don't comport with reality. Certainly for the first many weeks as the pandemic was growing."