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.”
‘Exonerated Five’ member warns of a ‘dangerous time’ after latest Central Park incident
On CNN Tuesday, Yusef Salaam, one of the members of the Exonerated Five, warned about the implications of recent racist incidents to the state of civil rights in America.
"I want to ask you, in the course of the last couple of days we've covered this story, we've covered the story of a man who died after police put him in a hold with a knee to the neck. Yesterday I spoke with an African-American journalist who covered the Kentucky governor being hung in effigy, with people doing it who didn't seem to understand why that was problematic," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "And I just wonder what that says to you, after all of these decades, about where the country is."
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin slams Twitter’s ‘corporate gibberish’ explanation of why they won’t enforce their rules against Trump
On CNN Tuesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid into Twitter for their refusal to take down tweets from President Donald Trump falsely accusing MSNBC host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough of murdering a staffer — despite pleas from the staffer's family to make him stop.
"Twitter says it's deeply sorry about the pain, that they're working on how to figure out how to handle situations like this," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "I wonder if there's any legal recourse that this man has."
"I think frankly it's unlikely that he has any able to sue Twitter or even the president, but you know, Twitter is a private company," said Toobin. "They have rules. Like Greyhound buses have rules. You can't stay on a Greyhound bus if you break the rules. President Trump has broken the rules of Twitter over and over again, and Twitter has done nothing but put out statements of corporate gibberish like the one it did today."
CNN’s Camerota grills New Jersey pastor for defying state order and delivering sermon without a mask
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday morning, a New Jersey pastor who is defying state orders to stay closed, and plans to sue New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) if he doesn’t designate places of worship essential, was confronted by Alisyn Camerota for refusing to wear a mask during his Sunday sermon.
With Pastor Charles Clark II of the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Camden County saying the governor is infringing on his 1st Amendment rights by forbidding in-person services during the coronavirus pandemic, Camerota pressed him over whether he wore a mask during this past weekend's sermon.