Over the weekend, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney seemingly admitted that Trump talked to Cohen about his congressional testimony, as BuzzFeed had reported last week.
Giuliani has since been trying to walk that back, possibly revealing the existence of taped evidence in the course of his PR tour.
On Tuesday, CNN host John Berman asked Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) about the developments.
“I want to talk to you about the Mueller investigation right now. Rudy Guiliani’s comments over the weekend. We’ve been talking a lot how confusing they are to an extent. If Guiliani’s argument is that maybe the president did talk about building a Trump Tower in Moscow all the way up until the election, legally, is there anything problematic with that?” asked Berman. “Did he break any law by having his people engage in negotiations to build a Trump Tower?”
Blumenthal said that this “smacks of illicit negotiations and dealings with an adversary,” and that Trump clearly lied to the American people.
“Is it illegal?” asked Berman.
At which point Blumenthal laid out a more damning picture.
“The fact is Putin had something on him, which may be the reason why he issued a statement about the Trump Tower meeting that was plainly false, why Trump Jr.’s testimony may well be false insofar as he is saying, didn’t tell my father. The important point here, which was raised just minutes ago, is we need to see [what] Mueller has,” said Blumenthal. “Lying to the American people may not be itself breaking the law but if it’s part of a conspiracy, part of aiding and abetting other illicit actions, we need to see the full special counsel report and all that he knows.”
Trump’s ‘aberrant’ Omar excuse is the same ‘two-step’ he did when former Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard endorsed him: CNN contributor
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," contributor Ron Brownstein reacted with outrage to President Donald Trump's attempts to disown his supporters' racist chants of "Send Her Back!" regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina.
"Let me read a tweet that generated a lot of reaction, a tweet that you posted," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "It goes like this. 'If 20 high school students chanted this at a classmate how many would be expelled? If 20 employees yelled this at a colleague how many would be fired? If 20 Army soldiers aimed this at a platoon mate how many would be discharged? How much of US will accept this as a new standard?' You got a lot of reaction from that."
CNN’s Jim Acosta on ‘Send Her Back’ chants: Trump is trying to ‘gaslight his way out of this mess’
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta gave Wolf Blitzer a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump's attempts to disown the chants of "Send Her Back!" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his rally in North Carolina the previous day.
"President Trump is now gaslighting his way out of the mess he started with his racist tweets," said Acosta. "Today, the president claimed he tried to put a stop to the 'Send Her Back!' chants coming from his crowd in North Carolina last night, but that's not true. Unlike the president, the video doesn't lie."
Former House Speaker John Boehner thinks his Republican Party has ‘changed’
In a Thursday panel discussion on CNN, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) lamented that it seems his political party has changed a lot since he left office just four years ago.
When asked about Trump's racist tweets that attacked four Congresswomen of color, he said there isn't room for this in America.
"People can describe them any way they want, I don’t think there’s room in America, society for these kinds of chants, this kind of conversation, it doesn’t belong in our politics," Boehner said. "It’s reflective of how divided America has become. I was brought up it doesn’t cost anything to be nice. You can disagree without being disagreeable."