Democrats seem to have chosen “the perfect day” to drag President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in for public testimony before the House Oversight Committee, perfectly timed to coincide with diplomatic trip to Vietnam. So said CNN justice correspondent Evan Pérez on Thursday.
Host John King expected that the hearings would make “remarkable theater” given the evidence Cohen has, including tapes of his conversations with then-candidate Trump lining up hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, when Pérez broke in to “note one small thing.”
“This is going to be happening while the president is conducting foreign relations in Vietnam, right?” he said with a chuckle. “It’s almost like the Democrats took a look at the calendar and saw the perfect day to do this.”
“It’s going to be extremely embarrassing to the president, that’s one thing we know,” agreed White House correspondent Abby Phillip. “Michael Cohen, whether or not these things are necessarily illegal or putting the president in any kind of legal jeopardy, they’re going to be embarrassing to him, and Michael Cohen has absolutely no reason to protect President Trump anymore.”
Cohen is “going to talk about his conversations with the president and talk about everything that’s been going on in the Trump Organization that he might have been a part of,” Phillip predicted. And the president, she added, would not be pleased.
“Certainly at a time when President Trump is traveling overseas, he’s already spoken about how embarrassing these kinds of probes are to him, how he believes they diminish him on the world stage,” Phillip said. “This is going to be yet another example of something like that, that’s going to be right there for the world to see.”
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Trump’s failed Federal Reserve nominee doesn’t even know what the interest rate was 10 years ago
On Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo invited on Stephen Moore, supply-side economist and President Donald Trump's failed pick for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to discuss the state of the administration — and Moore made a hilariously wrong remark about interest rates that suggests the country was better off without him.
"There's no greatest economy ever," said Cuomo. "You know these things ... he's doing well. He's not doing better than we've ever seen before, and you guys got the benefits of juicing the economy with this tax cut. Fair point?"
"Let me say this, I think it's a pretty darn good economy," said Moore. "I'll cite a few statistics. It's a pretty darn good one. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years ... and for blacks and Hispanics and women."
WATCH: Spike Lee tears into Trump for empowering white supremacy
On Tuesday, director Spike Lee talked with CNN's Anderson Cooper about race, slavery, and President Donald Trump — and pulled no punches on any of it.
"I think that most woke historians would say that this country, the United States of America, was built upon the genocide of people and slavery. I mean, that's a fact," said Lee. "And I think that if we Americans came to study how this country started, we wouldn't be talking about kick immigrants out, you know, because if it wasn't — I mean, Native Americans, people brought here as slaves, everyone was immigrants. I woke up this morning and went on Instagram and felt my ancestors, not the only one saying this but I think it's a very important date today in American history."
Former Defense Secretary warns: ISIS is back, and Trump can’t ‘pretend it’s not there’
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Defense Secretary and CIA head Leon Panetta warned that ISIS is gaining strength in the Middle East again — and that after all of President Donald Trump's boasts that he had utterly defeated the terrorist organization, now it is time for him to get serious.
"Roughly estimated 15,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria now," said host Kate Bolduan. "Secretary Pompeo saying the terror group is, in some ways, stronger than it was three or four years ago. How big of a concern should the news be for Americans?"
"It should be a very serious concern for the president of the United States and for our country," said Panetta. "Because his first responsibility is to protect our country. And we learned from 9/11, the fact that these terrorists have one fundamental aim, which is to attack the United States and attack countries in the West. And now what we're hearing is that ISIS is clearly re-mobilizing to the tune of almost is 15,000-18,000, that are mobilizing into secret cells, mobilizing into attack teams, conducting not only attacks but kidnappings and assassinations and bombings, as we saw in Afghanistan. So this is, in the end, a national security threat that the United States cannot simply stand back and pretend it's not there."