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:
Cops fire bean bag rounds into crowd as police response to Atlanta protests escalates
Protesters in cities across America took to the streets on Friday to protest police brutality following the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.
In Atlanta, protesters defaced CNN's logo and broke windows at the company's headquarters.
Things escalated further as police began firing bean bag rounds from atop armored vehicles.
Here are other scenes from the protest:
Man threatened to kill Ohio House Democratic leader’s father unless she resigned: report
On Friday, the Ohio Capital Journal reported that House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes received a call from an unidentified man threatening to kill her father unless she resigned from the legislature.
"The suspect claimed he had her father, Democratic state Senator Vernon Sykes, captive. He told her not to contact the police," reported Jake Zuckerman. "He repeatedly told her to step aside, telling her to resign or else she would kill him. Emilia Sykes hung up the phone and called the number belonging to her father. Her father then answered the phone."
WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons
Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.
The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.
Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.