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Chuck Schumer taunts Trump’s plea to end investigations: ‘He’s scared — he’s got something to hide!’

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Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday mocked President Donald Trump’s pleas during his State of the Union address to end investigations into his administration as a precondition for bipartisan cooperation.

During an interview on CNN, host John Berman read Schumer a quote from Trump’s speech stating that “we can’t have legislation while at the same time having investigations.”

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Schumer literally laughed out loud at the president’s quote.

“You know what I think it shows, John?” Schumer said in response. “He’s scared — he’s got something to hide! Because if he had nothing to hide, he’d just shrug his shoulders and let these investigations go forward.”

Earlier in the interview, Schumer also laughed off reports that Trump called him a “nasty son of a b*tch” at a meeting on Tuesday.

“So much for inclusiveness, so much for working together,” he joked. “I criticize the president. That’s part of my job as leader and part of my job as an American… Instead of answering it on the merits, he uses an epithet. That’s like a ten-year-old at a school yard!”

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‘Barr is a toady’: Jeffrey Toobin says talk of attorney general resigning is ‘just a big show’

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says he doesn't believe Attorney General William Barr when he claims he considered resigning from the Trump administration.

Sources close to Barr told ABC News that the attorney general had contemplated quitting because President Donald Trump's tweets make it difficult for him to do his job.

"Barr is a toady," Toobin explained during an appearance on CNN. "Barr is doing what he's told. He had this one statement, 'Oh, whoa is me, it's hard for me to do my job when the president tweets.'"

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‘That’s how authoritarian countries work’: CNN’s Toobin warns Trump is acting like a dictator

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On CNN Wednesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's decision to pardon several high-powered friends accused of political corruption and tax crimes.

"There is no doubt, under the Constitution, the president has the power to do this," said Toobin. "This is not legally a — an open question. And there is a history of controversial pardons, whether it's President Clinton pardoning Marc Rich, a fugitive financier, or George Herbert Walker Bush pardoning the Iran-Contra people on his way out of the office."

"So what makes this so troubling is in the middle of his term, here he is assigning friends, basically friends and friends of friends, to get pardons and clemency, which is how authoritarians behave, which is playing favorites with your personal friends at a time when you are playing with the opposite of favorites with prosecutorial decisions," said Toobin. "I want these people prosecuted, these people freed — that's how authoritarian countries work. Countries where there is the rule of law, there are systems in place for who gets prosecuted, who gets clemency. This is a very individually-focused way to run a presidency."

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GOP’s portrayal of Trump as a corruption fighter torn to shreds as ‘complete nonsense’

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Republicans who defended President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings insisted that he wasn't trying to shake down the Ukrainian government to investigate his political foes, but was instead sincerely concerned about fighting corruption abroad.

CNN's John Avlon, however, argued on Wednesday that Trump showed these claims were "complete nonsense" after he unleashed a slew of pardons and commutations for corrupt former public officials, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who both were sent to prison after being found guilty of abusing their offices for personal gain.

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