On Thursday, Buzzfeed News reported that President Donald Trump ordered his longtime personal attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the timeline of his plan to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Legal analyst Neal Katyal, a former acting Solicitor General, said that if the reports are true Trump is guilty of suborning perjury, a crime that is punishable by up to five years in prison.
“This is not just nefarious behavior in terms of deceiving the electorate in 2016, it is a federal crime to order someone to lie in their testimony to Congress,” Katyal said. “That’s what the BuzzFeed article says, and it says the Mueller corroborated that with e-mails and text messages and electronic information. Again, we don’t know that. If it is true, it is a blockbuster, Don. It suggests the president himself committed felonies, not just directed other people to commit felonies but he did it himself.”
Katyal said that this is obviously an impeachable offense, and that it may even come as a relief to Trump.
“I am not sure Donald Trump at this point has anything else. I think he almost wants to be impeached at this point of his behavior with the wall and such,” he said. “He has no domestic agenda left. His domestic agenda is literally Twitter plus the wall. That’s about it. Impeachment would actually allow him to do what he loves, which is be a snowflake and pretend he’s the victim and the Democrats are this and that. But, at the end of the day, the impeachment process, if these facts are corroborated in today’s report, I don’t see how Congress can do anything else but commence an investigation into impeachment.”
Lemon pointed out that the report said that attorneys close to Trump helped Cohen fabricate his story to Congress.
“Attorneys close to the administration helped Cohen with his statement to Congress,” said Lemon. “Are they in any trouble?”
“Sure, there is a crime-fraud exception, lawyers can’t be helping people commit crimes using their law license in that way,” Katyal said. “If it did happen, sure, lawyers will be implicated as well. Just because you are an attorney, does not mean you are shielded from criminal prosecution or just as you are the president that you are shielded from criminal prosecution.
‘There are some women who’d beg to differ’: Watch CNN anchor’s epic response to sexism in politics
On Saturday, CNN anchor S.E. Cupp gave a passionate lecture about the sexism female politicians face during political campaigns.
The host read a quote from a "top" advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I don't know of anybody who has taken as sustained and vitriolic a negative pounding as Biden ...really the most vicious press I think anyone's experienced,” the Biden advisor told Politico.
"Come again? What's that now?" Cupp asked in disbelief.
"I think there are some women who beg to differ," she noted.
‘What was he talking about?’ CNN’s Angela Rye baffled by Joe Biden’s ‘victim-blaming’ rant about black families
The former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus was baffled by an exchange during the third Democratic debate.
"I’ve seen a lot of criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden over this exchange," CNN's Jake Tapper said, playing a clip.
"What responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?" moderator Linsey Davis asked Biden on Thursday.
"We bring social workers into homes and parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It is not they don’t want to help. They don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio. Make sure the television — excuse me make sure that you have the record player on at night, the phone —" Biden said.
Pennsylvania Trump voter shreds president for breaking promises to Rust Belt: ‘He pulled a Houdini on us’
A Pennsylvania man who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 told CNN on Friday that he's bitterly disappointed in how he's seen no progress in manufacturing jobs returning to his community.
John Golomb, a retired steel worker who backed the president in 2016 because of his promises to bring back good paying jobs to the Rust Belt, explained to CNN that Trump gave his community false hope about an economic revival during his first presidential campaign.
"We had Donald Trump come here and profess about reviving American steel," he said. "That's just what all of us steelworkers wanted to hear!"