CNN’s Chris Cuomo schooled former Donald Trump aide Michael Caputo during a Wednesday interview in which the conservative ally railed against “perjury traps.”
Caputo said that he’s been called on once again to give documents up related to his dealings with the Trump administration, and that House Democrats are trying to catch him in a lie.
“This is where it starts looking like they’re asking the same questions for a fourth time in a row, two years after the first time they asked it, and, you know, that’s what we call a perjury trap,” he said.
“No, no,” the former legal reporter cut in. “A perjury trap is when they bring you in with no legitimate investigative reason, and they’re trying to trip you up against somebody else’s testimony just to get you on perceived perjury.”
“I talked to several people,” Caputo said. “I know a lot of those 81 people [on the list] and we all agree that it feels like a perjury trap,” the former Trump aide continued. “We all agree it feels like they’re trying to set the stage for an impeachment of the president.”
“Those are two very different things,” Cuomo countered, adding “they can only do it if you lie,” regarding a perjury trap.
“I understand that, Chris, I believe I’m susceptible to this because I don’t trust the people who are inviting me there [to Congress],” Caputo said. “By the way, they haven’t invited me [formally] yet…they may not.”
The conservative, who deleted all his tweets prior to Tuesday, March 5th on Wednesday, then complained about the financial burden of hiring lawyers to help him with the new request from Congress.
“I understand, and it is unfair that you got caught up,” said Cuomo, before adding, “but remember where it started….all right?”
“Congress didn’t make this up,” Cuomo said. “This was given to them by a president, people around him, who lied too much about things that they shouldn’t have,” the CNN host added.
Watch the full discussion below:
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"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs," wrote senior national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman. "But according to the National Guard’s advocates and the U.S. governors’ association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE — think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform — to cover them."
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As it turned out, that test was flawed.
Relying on emails and interviews, the Post is reporting, "On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon be a test to detect a mysterious virus spreading from China. Stephen Lindstrom told them the threat was remote and they may not need the test his team was developing 'unless the scope gets much larger than we anticipate,' according to an email summarizing the call."
Lawmakers need to step up and stop Trump from ‘killing Americans’ with his ‘incompetence’: Ex-prosecutor
On Saturday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner excoriated President Donald Trump's mismanagement of the national health care system on Twitter — and called on elected leaders to "stop letting Trump kill Americans."
Trump’s mixture of incompetence and exploitation for political purposes of our national health emergency is costing lives. The most pressing question at this moment is: at what point do our elected politicians stop letting Trump kill Americans?
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 4, 2020