David Gergen, a former Republican aide to several presidents, observed that President Donald Trump seems to be feeling the walls closing in around him.
During a Sunday CNN panel, Gergen agreed that the president had a stressful week as former “fixer” Michael Cohen’s testimony implicated the president in several crimes and there was no denuclearization deal from North Korea. When it came time for Trump to return to the United States, he relished the attention of the far-right at the CPAC event.
“I think it’s the man seeing the walls close in,” Gergen said. “But I think underlying that is a view that on his part that maybe he will get through the [Robert] Mueller investigation with a reasonably clean bill of health. Nobody knows for sure yet.”
Gergen turned the conversation back to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and the Judiciary Committee, which will seek documents and information from at least 60 people tied to Trump. It was a committee chair that ultimately found that there was wiretapping going on. From there, the taps led to tapes, and that eventually brought down President Richard Nixon.
“These committees have a long history,” Gergen said. “I think for the Democrats, the challenge is not to overplay their hands. You know, there are a lot of people in this country that say, listen, if Mueller didn’t find anything, why the hell are we going to have more and more investigations? Aren’t you just trying to — isn’t this just a fishing expedition? I think they have to be careful to lay out a persuasive case of why they’re taking — undertaking each one of these investigations.”
Watch the full panel discussion below:
Progressives hilariously ridicule Donald Trump Jr.’s new book with their own Trump triggers #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr
President Donald Trump's eldest child and namesake has published a book about liberals he says are "triggered" by conservatives. Ironically, it seems Donald Trump Jr. is the one who seems to be triggered by the reception he's getting from some on his book tour.
The hashtag, #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr has nothing to do with Jr's new book, rather it's progressives using his book title to mock the Trump child. Internet users were torn between mocking the young Trump for desperately trying to get his father's attention, scrambling to seem relevant, trying to launch his own political career, trying to make his own money and so much more.
‘The mess right in front of us’: Impeachment hearings reveal as much about dishonest congressional GOPers as Trump
If the point of Wednesday's public testimony opening impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump were meant to show off credible accounts from straight-laced, super-patriotic, service-oriented diplomats, they were bulls-eyes.
If the point of Republican questionings was to make a mockery of the proceedings, they may have boomeranged—the Republicans are the ones who come across as partisan nitpickers intentionally trying to misdirect the point, underlying meaning and urgency of these proceedings.
If the overall tone, as Democratic leaders insist, was supposed to reflect somber, serious, sober consideration, well, they did that and more. Indeed, they made it downright scary to learn that Donald Trump and his team are running around in ways that show little respect for other nations, no understanding of diplomacy and no ability to actually handle appropriate communications within his team.
‘A real ugly turning point’: Ex-DOJ official predicts Republicans will ‘try to blow it all up’ after their defense strategy tanked
MSNBC’s Matthew Miller, a former Justice Department spokesperson, offered an ominous prediction on Wednesday about Republicans’ strategy going forward after the first day of the public impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump.
Speaking on “Deadline: White House,” he observed that the day had been a bad one for the GOP.
“This is in a lot of ways, the day that all of the Republican defenses died,” Miller said.
He continued: “Today will mark a real ugly turning point in how the Republicans approach this going forward. They’re gonna realize they can’t have another day like today. They can’t have a hearing Friday that goes like today’s, they can’t have hearings next week that go like today’s. The president gets television very much — he’s going to know how bad this went today. And I suspect at the next hearing, we will see some increasingly desperate and very ugly tactics from Nunes and the rest of them. Maybe naming the whistleblower. Increased, stepped-up attacks on the civil servants who are coming forward.”