CNN’s Brooke Baldwin noted on Friday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has now joined the ranks of the many cabinet members President Donald Trump has thrown under the bus.
“Here we go again, when a member of the president’s own cabinet says X and the president says Y,” said Baldwin, cutting to a clip of Trump disowning DeVos’s proposal to zero out funding for the Special Olympics. “This isn’t the first time President Trump has countermanded his own members of the cabinet. Here’s a quick look at some other examples.”
“Just last night, he said his administration will protect Americans with pre-existing conditions,” she said, “even though his own Justice Department is arguing for eliminating those very protections right now in court.”
“He also said his Fed chair didn’t know what he was doing when it came to interest rates saying he didn’t have a quote/unquote, feel for the markets,” Baldwin went on. “He criticized then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for engaging with North Korea, calling it a waste of time — before engaging with North Korea months later.”
Trump fought “Secretary of Defense Mattis when he unilaterally decided to pull troops from Syria,” Baldwin added. “And let’s not forget the very public shaming of his then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his crucial role in the whole Russia investigation where President Trump said he should never have appointed him in the first place.”
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CNN panel pounds Rick Santorum for claiming Democrats went ‘too far’ in calling Trump an existential threat
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue Democrats were overreaching in the impeachment hearings — only to be smacked down by his co-panelists.
"The thing that bothered me from the hearing was this whole thing that the president is an existential threat to the republic," said Santorum. "You know, I've always said this about my friends on the left. They always go one step too far that just — that makes people sort of scratch their head and say, well, I may not like what he did, but to call this an existential threat to the republic is just a little bit too far ... I understand why they're doing it. They're trying to stoke it up. I get why they're doing it. I just don't think it's very effective. It's too much."
Ivanka revelations about Christopher Steele don’t matter to Trump because it doesn’t fit his lie: FBI lawyer Jim Baker
In an interview with CNN Monday, former FBI general counsel Jim Baker said that it doesn't fit in President Donald Trump's narrative that Ivanka knew and met with Christopher Steele at Trump Tower years ago, so he simply ignored it.
It was revealed Monday that Steele was favorably disposed to Trump and his family due to his relationship with Ivanka. But the facts didn't follow the story that Trump had crafted to attack the notorious dossier. The FBI's inspector general report found that Steele was not biased against Trump when he began working on an opposition research document based on his contacts in Russia, where he served as MI6’s top intelligence officer.
‘Rudolph Giuliani is a walking argument for this impeachment’: Constitutional law professor
A constitutional law professor available on CNN in the wake of Monday's House Judiciary Committee hearings explained that the biggest argument for impeachment is former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
In a panel discussion, Brown University Professor Corey Lang Brettschneider explained that the president's lawyer would ultimately sink him.
"Look, Rudoph Giuliani is a walking argument for this impeachment," he said. "If you don't stop the president now, you don't bring these articles of impeachment about obstruction of justice, abuse of power; he will keep doing it. And Giuliani is showing that. He continues to go to the Ukraine and continues to lie about these fake conspiracy theories, and it's sort of walking argument for what happens when you leave power unchecked."