Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Wednesday drew a stunning conclusion after he read former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen’s prepared testimony.
Speaking with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Clapper said that Cohen’s revelations about what Trump allegedly knew about Russia’s efforts to help him throughout the 2016 campaign put his initial denials that Russia worked to get him elected in a whole new light.
“This devastating, stunning testimony that Michael Cohen is going to render… helps to explain the president’s reaction to our our briefing that we gave to President-elect Trump on the 6th of January 2017,” he said. “And his refusal to accept what we were telling him about the Russian meddling… He just refused to get his head around anything that would cast doubt on… the legitimacy of his election.”
Clapper now suspects, however, that Trump understood that Russia had worked to help him win.
“Now we have this evidence that he knew all along what was going on,” Clapper said.
Clapper then speculated that there may have been coordination on messaging when it came to attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, such as the assertions made by both Russian operatives and Trump campaign officials that she was seriously ill.
“There’s striking parallels and similarities thematically,” Clapper said. “This, to me, is the pieces falling into place.”
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John Dean says the Republican Party clearly doesn’t know what they’re doing
Former White House counsel John Dean couldn't help but notice that the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives seem to be in a mess of trouble.
The morning began with the GOP's key witness, Ambassador Gordon Sondland not only didn't give Republicans what they needed, he threw the president, vice president and Secretary of State under the bus, along with the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
Dean explained that when he was dealing with former President Richard Nixon's impeachment, the GOP was far more organized.
CNN's Jake Tapper asked Dean about his observations during the Watergate era and if the White House kept claiming that everything was awesome.
Adam Schiff buries one of the GOP’s remaining anti-impeachment talking points
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Wednesday took a hammer to one of the Republican Party's few remaining talking points aimed at undermining the House impeachment inquiry.
Throughout the testimony of European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland, Republicans kept saying that there couldn't be any kind of extortion scheme on President Donald Trump's part because Ukraine got its military aid without publicly announcing investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.
Schiff, however, showed why this argument simply doesn't hold up.
"My colleagues seem to be under the impression that unless the president spoke the words, 'Ambassador Sondland, I am bribing the Ukrainian president,' that there's no evidence of bribery!" he said.
John Dean says Gordon Sondland just had his ‘John Dean moment’ by flipping on Trump: ‘The truth has come out’
Former White House aide John Dean on Wednesday compared his testimony against President Richard Nixon to the testimony of European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
"This has been called by some commentators a John Dean moment," CNN host Jake Tapper noted during a break in the testimony. "And there is no person I can think of who is better qualified to weigh in on that than John Dean."
"Is he the John Dean of this impeachment inquiry?" Tapper wondered.
"His statement certainly caught the Republicans off guard," Dean replied. "They didn't pick away -- just a few little picky points."