A CNN panel on Monday predicted that President Donald Trump would have a hard time finding a new Department of Homeland Security chief who could also get confirmed in the Senate.
While discussing the firing of former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni said that Trump has set an impossible standard for his DHS chiefs and expected them to work “magic” to make asylum seekers disappear.
“How do you work in this administration?” he asked. “It’s like an acid bath more than it is a job.”
He said that the treatment of Nielsen would make anyone else who took her place paranoid from the start.
“When they watched what happened to Kirstjen Nielsen, all of these people know that at any moment the ax can fall on them,” he said.
CNN’s John Avlon said that Trump flailing around on immigration policy is “one of the many signs why we should be concerned about the state of this government” under Trump’s leadership.
“There’s no such thing as someone who can be extreme enough to satisfy his demands,” he said. “This is a real sign of dysfunction at the highest levels of American government.”
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CNN panel cracks up laughing at Trump lawyers trying to make Rudy Giuliani into ‘the coffee boy’
President Donald Trump's legal team fought Monday to try and claim that Rudy Giuliani had nothing to do with the president's efforts in Ukraine.
It's a claim that flies in the face of the documents, testimony, text messages and more that have been revealed throughout the course of the investigation that hangs the albatross around Giuliani's neck.
In fact, Giuliani crafted his own letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that he was authorized to speak on behalf of President Donald Trump as a "private attorney." If the president cared so much about corruption in Ukraine, why would he be doing a shadow foreign policy using Giuliani instead of through Congress, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United Nations, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund or a slew of other international groups interested in the issue.
Legal analyst mocks Alan Dershowitz for admitting he has a ‘minority view’: It’s ‘because he’s wrong’
Following former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's defense of President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial on Monday, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had harsh criticism.
"Alan Dershowitz, to his credit, said that his own view was very much a minority view of what the impeachment provision means," said Toobin. "To his discredit, the reason why it's a minority view is because he's wrong."
"The idea that you can only impeach a president because he committed an actual crime or, as he says, a criminal-like behavior, which I don't even know what that means," said Toobin. "Abuse of power, obstruction of Congress, are impeachable offenses, and that's why we're here. Because these are legitimately impeachable."
Trump lawyer cites former GOP senator to discredit impeachment — but leaves out he supports convicting the president
During the Senate impeachment trial on Monday, White House lawyer Robert Ray attempted to contrast the impeachment of President Donald Trump with that of President Richard Nixon, by arguing that unlike in the former case, Republicans came together with Democrats to call for removing Nixon. As part of the comparison, he brought up then-Rep. William Cohen, who went on to become a U.S. senator from Maine and Secretary of Defense for President Bill Clinton.
"Together these six Republicans made history," said Ray. "They did so with no sense of triumph and no fist bumps."
What Ray chose not to mention, however, is that Cohen has specifically weighed in on the Trump case, and said that he should be impeached and removed over the Ukraine scheme.