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‘The words of a stable genius’: CNN panel laughs at Trump because he can’t keep his stories straight on Moscow project

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President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has caused problems for his client in the last several days by putting together a complicated timeline around the Trump Tower Moscow deal. What Trump knew, when he knew it, and who was in charge of what are all questions Giuliani has clarified and then been forced to readjust.

While CNN spent segments Monday afternoon ridiculing the former “American Mayor,” an Erin Burnett panel discussion explored how forgetful and confused the president seems to be.

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National security analyst Juliette Kayyem disputed the president’s framing that Trump Tower Moscow as a “minor matter” and inconsequential to the overall investigation into a possible conspiracy with Russia.

“It definitely was not a minor matter,” she said. “And when it comes to collusion or corruption … either the Trump team and the Trump children, who are implicated in this one, were negotiating to make a good deal for Trump — and remember, Trump is assuming he’s going to lose so on the other side of this. He’s richer and consistently lied about it. Whether it’s January, June or November, they have lied about it the whole time.”

When it came from the bizarre claim that Giuliani had a “hypothetical conversation” with Trump, Kayyem called it nonsense.

“Like, I have hypothetical conversations with like Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney but I’m not their lawyer, right?” she said. “This is his lawyer. You don’t have hypothetical conversations with your lawyer. I believe Giuliani spoke the truth and they are trying to clean it up now because they have been lying about this deal since day one.”

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Burnett agreed it’s evident “there has been lying” because the inconsistencies are stacking up. What she found to be the most hilarious component to Trump’s argument is that he suddenly says he doesn’t recall. She ran a supercut of all of the times Trump said he’s “like, a really smart person” and has a “good” or “great” memory.

“People know me for my memory,” Trump said at one point.

“The words of a stable genius, right?” joked New York Times‘ Frank Bruni. “I honestly think when it comes to Russia and these different narratives that Giuliani and Trump lose track of what they said because I think, this sounds cynical, they are lying or spending so much time in so many different directions I don’t think they can keep an accurate and complete account of what they have said and what they are now contra incompetent — contradicting.”

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Former CIA operative explains why there’s ‘probably’ a recording of Trump’s call to Ukraine

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Former CIA operative Robert Baer warned during a CNN interview that President Donald Trump is going to do whatever he can to hide the transcript of his call with Ukraine from ever being released. He even went so far as to speculate that there's likely a recording of the call.

In a panel discussion Sunday, MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin asked if there was a tape of the call.

"I think there probably is one," said Baer. "The whistleblower wouldn’t come forward without good evidence. When you bring a charge against the president of the United States, you better be well-equipped to back that up. Now, I don’t know whether this was an intercepted phone call of the president of Ukraine or it’s a White House transcript itself. But I would imagine this has got so much attention, there’s got to be a transcript out there."

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Entire CNN panel beats down Santorum for Ukraine misinformation: ‘You don’t get to decide what the facts are’

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Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum was called out on Sunday after he seemed to be uneducated about President Donald Trump's attempt to have Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and his son.

During a panel discussion on CNN, Republican contributor Mia Love said that Trump's communication with Ukraine was not "appropriate" if he was looking for campaign help.

"There is no equivalence between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden and what this president has allegedly done," Democratic consultant Karen Finney noted. "The things that were investigated against the Bidens [were] shelved, totally debunked."

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Tapper smacks Mnuchin with Trump kids’ international business deals after attack on Biden son

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In a fairly contentious interview with Steve Mnuchin, CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out how Donald Trump's children -- Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- have been using their father's name to swing international deals after the Treasury secretary accused former Vice President Joe Biden's son of doing the same.

Mnuchin first dismissed reporting by the Washington Post and the conservative Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was withholding Ukraine funding in an effort to get dirt on Biden and his son -- saying neither newspaper could be trusted -- he then complained to the CNN host about having to spend seven and a half minutes talking about Trump's Ukraine scandal.

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