MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos on Monday found himself appalled by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s latest botched defense of his client, which he said was particularly bad given that special counsel Robert Mueller had given him an easy out.
On Sunday, Giuliani admitted that former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen may have discussed his congressional testimony with the president, while also acknowledging that talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow may have continued right up until Trump got elected president.
Reacting to this, Cevallos was amazed that Giuliani didn’t just take the Friday night Mueller statement disputing a bombshell BuzzFeed report, which alleged the president instructed Cohen to lie under oath, and take a victory lap.
“Rudy: Stop talking,” he said bluntly. “You had such a win with the special counsel’s statement. He could have declared victory, he could have spiked the football… He could have moved with that, but instead he added to it.”
Cevallos was also stunned by Giuliani’s claim that it would have been “perfectly normal” for Trump to discuss Cohen’s testimony with him before he appeared before Congress.
“Rudy knows what he’s saying is not accurate… he’s a former decorated U.S. attorney,” he said. “Paul Manafort got in trouble for doing the exact same thing.”
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Angry Alan Dershowitz goes off on ‘two bullies’ Anderson Cooper and Jeff Toobin when confronted with his hypocrisy
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz went on the defensive as Cooper and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin confronted him with his prior statements that impeachment doesn't require a criminal act for President Bill Clinton — which he now says is required for President Donald Trump.
"Back then you said that it certainly doesn't have to be a crime if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president, who abuses trust, and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don't need a technical crime," said Cooper.
"Well, that's true. You don't need a technical crime. That's my position today," said Dershowitz. "I've said right from the beginning you need criminal-like behavior akin to bribery and treason."
‘It’s not persecution when someone disagrees with you’: Panel makes a fool out of Santorum for a second time in one night
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) had a second round of being shouted down on Monday night when he randomly went off about religious freedom during a CNN panel discussion about impeachment and losing female support.
A recent CNN poll showed that the president is quickly losing support from women, with few ways to ever get them back. Santorum argued he managed to pass some small stipend of paid family leave.
Mitch McConnell is ‘trying to filibuster the Senate trial’: Law professor blasts ‘the master of the dark arts’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday released his proposed resolution for the rules that will govern President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
Attorney Luppe Luppen, writing under his @nycsouthpaw account on Twitter, offered his analysis of the rules.
"If I’m reading this right, and I like to think I am, they’re going to have 24h of argument from each side, 16h of questioning, THEN a debate about witnesses, and ONLY AFTER THAT are they going to decide what documentary evidence is admissible in the trial," Luppen summarized.
His analysis was noted by Fordham Law Prof. Jed Shugerman, who has both a Juris Doctor and PhD in history from Yale, suggested the move was similar to a filibuster.