Paul Rosenzweig, former senior counsel to Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr, told CNN on Monday that President Donald Trump’s request to Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to put U.S. attorney and presidential ally Geoffrey Berman in charge of the Southern District of New York’s criminal investigation into the Trump Organization was an echo of Nixon, and rose to a “potentially impeachable” offense.
“It’s really hard to come up with an innocent explanation for asking somebody to un-recuse from a recusal that seems wholly appropriate,” said Rosenzweig, predicting that the story would spur new investigations by both the SDNY and Congress.
“This sort of abuse of power, this sort of violation of the independence of the Department of justice in a case involving his very own conduct is precisely the sort of authoritarian activity that the impeachment process was intended to stand as a bullwark against,” he added.
“It’s of a piece with the activity that led to the impeachment proceedings against Nixon and led to the impeachment proceedings against Clinton,” Rosenzweig went on after a deep pause, saying the evidence wasn’t in yet. “If the facts prove out? This is potentially impeachable.”
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Republicans are terrified of having to think for themselves once Trump is gone: S.E. Cupp
On CNN Monday, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp argued that GOP lawmakers are not just scared of retribution for not standing with outgoing President Donald Trump; they are also scared of having to define what they stand for as a party without him telling them what to believe.
"For the past four years, we, especially in the media, have heard Republicans in private are XYZ — disgusted, disturbed, troubled — but publicly, very silent, except in these moments where it really doesn't count, where everyone is doing it," said Cupp. "I think, in fact, if I write another book, I will call it 'In private: the great cowardice of Trump's GOP.'"
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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe argued that President Donald Trump's legal case to overturn the presidential election results was doomed to fail — even if he had had more knowledgeable and skilled legal counsel.
"Let me ask you about the breaking news from the GSA," said anchor Erin Burnett. "Emily Murphy, Trump appointee, said she was not pressured to do anything. Trump obviously seems to be clearly taking credit, I recommended she do this, I am the one calling the shots. You have been very clear that this withholding of a transition from the GSA and Emily Murphy, as the chief, could have been in violation of federal law. Do you believe any laws were broken in this delay?"
Trump becomes ‘hermit-in-chief’ as he hides from reporters amid election court losses: CNN’s Acosta
On CNN Monday, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down how President Donald Trump's loss is starting to sink in for the president, his advisers, and his party.
"Becoming something of a hermit-in-chief, President Trump steered clear of the cameras yet again and was even unusually silent on social media much of the day, as more top Republicans slam President Trump's legal team for serving up nothingburgers in his quest to upend the 2020 election," said Acosta. "Even though some of the president's advisers urged him to dump attorney Sidney Powell from his legal team, it's unclear whether that will satisfy close allies like former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who are losing patience with Mr. Trump's efforts to cling to power."