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.”
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Trump ‘facing a rapid decline’ as he wallows in ‘rage and denial’ over election loss: report
President Donald Trump's mental health since losing the 2020 presidential election was the focus of a new analysis by New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker that was published online Saturday.
"Over the past week, President Trump posted or reposted more than 130 messages on Twitter lashing out at the results of an election he lost. He mentioned the coronavirus pandemic now reaching its darkest hours four times — and even then just to assert that he was right about the outbreak and the experts were wrong," Baker reported under the headline, "Trump’s Final Days of Rage and Denial."
Will we ever know how much money Trump and his family squeezed out of his presidency?
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
Four years ago, a victorious Donald Trump insisted that he had only lost the popular vote due to widespread fraud while raising tens of millions of dollars for his inauguration. Now, as his baseless, often goofy lawsuits get laughed out of courtroom after courtroom, a defeated Trump and his allies are raising tens of millions of dollars from his easily-enraged MAGA base to "stop the steal." And the lion's share of the $207 million Trump has raised since the election hasn't been spent on his legal campaign, but will instead fund his new political slush fund, among other things.
Trump’s ‘stupid’ call to Kemp ‘bordered on criminality’: Ex-Senate leader Harry Reid
On CNN Saturday, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) tore into President Donald Trump for his phone call demanding the governor of Georgia convene the legislature to overturn the election.
"Trump is out of touch with reality," said Reid. "The Republican secretary of state in Georgia has been very strong. Georgia is a state that is not going to allow this foolishness to continue. They had an election. They've proved it. They certified it. And I think that Trump is wasting his time. Georgia is not going to have its reputation ruined by some stupid damn thing that Trump is trying to do that is outside the realm of reality."