Michael Cohen’s public testimony hasn’t yet occurred, but Democratic lawmakers are already making strong conclusions based just on his leaked opening statement.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) went on CNN Wednesday morning and didn’t mince any words about what she thought about some of the explosive allegations made by Cohen in his opening statement, including witnessing Trump and Roger Stone talking about future WikiLeaks email dumps in the summer of 2016.
“Donald Trump was aware, was informed, was engaged in this criminal conspiracy to rig the election on his behalf,” she said. “And he did so in conjunction with the Russians.”
CNN’s John Berman then pressed Speier about whether she could really say that Trump had conspired with Russia, and she didn’t back down.
“I think that what we will see is that the rigging took took place as a dance that went on between Russia, Donald Trump, his campaign, in terms of the use of the social media,” she said. “All of these pieces are now coming together that have heretofore not been to us.”
Speier went on to say that Cohen’s testimony offers new avenues for congressional investigators to discover just what Trump and his campaign officials have lied about in terms of their dealings with Russian operatives.
“I think what we will find out there was a conspiracy to lie by a number of people associated with Donald Trump and his campaign,” she said. “This is just the beginning of what I think is a very serious and probably impeachable offense.”
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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’
Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance
Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.
Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.
"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.
"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.
"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"
‘Why not cooperate?’ CNN’s Wolf Blitzer hammers Pence’s chief of staff over impeachment stonewalling
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," anchor Wolf Blitzer challenged Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short to justify the administration's stonewalling of the impeachment inquiry.
"Wolf, the reality is that the last three years, they've been trying to overturn the will of the American people. They're trying to take away the votes of the American people," said Short. "This whole impeachment has been a sham. What they've tried to prove there is no proof of ... I think it sets a dangerous precedent."
"Here's what I don't understand," said Blitzer. "If the president has nothing to hide, it was a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine, why not cooperate, provide the documents, why not let individuals go before the committees and testify?"
‘Help me’: CNN’s John King begs guests to say something after bonkers Giuliani interview leaves him speechless
CNN host John King on Thursday found himself at a loss for words while watching the latest escapade of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who is in Ukraine this week to apparently resume his quest to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
During a segment about Giuliani's latest Ukraine caper, King played an interview clip with former Fox News host Eric Bolling in which Giuliani refused to say what he was doing in the country.
"I'm not here -- I don't have to defend myself!" Giuliani said, when asked about his reasons for traveling to Kiev. "I didn't do anything wrong. I didn't do a darn thing wrong!"