On Tuesday, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), a proponent of opening an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, laid into the administration in conversation with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, criticizing the president for trying to use the cover of executive privilege to cover up misconduct under investigation by Congress.
“So if you go to court under the umbrella of an impeachment proceeding, does that give you extra power in front of judges in any way?” asked Cooper. “I basically just — I’m not a lawyer. I don’t understand why someone would be compelled to do something they’re not currently compelled to do under the law which they’re supposed to be doing.”
“They are currently compelled to do something under the law,” replied Scanlon. “The breadth of the assertion of privilege or immunity that the president has made here is — frankly it’s ridiculous. There’s no basis in the law. There may be specific issues, but he’s gone way over his skis there. But that goes to the fact that we now have a coverup in addition to the obstruction. And so it does raise the bar.”
“We saw, I think a lot of members saw a real shift in tone from their constituents over the past week, particularly the past weekend, with the president instructing witnesses not to come to testify before Congress when there’s a subpoena, and his continued obstruction, his stonewalling of the American people,” Scanlon added.
Entire CNN panel beats down Santorum for Ukraine misinformation: ‘You don’t get to decide what the facts are’
Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum was called out on Sunday after he seemed to be uneducated about President Donald Trump's attempt to have Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and his son.
During a panel discussion on CNN, Republican contributor Mia Love said that Trump's communication with Ukraine was not "appropriate" if he was looking for campaign help.
"There is no equivalence between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden and what this president has allegedly done," Democratic consultant Karen Finney noted. "The things that were investigated against the Bidens [were] shelved, totally debunked."
Tapper smacks Mnuchin with Trump kids’ international business deals after attack on Biden son
In a fairly contentious interview with Steve Mnuchin, CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out how Donald Trump's children -- Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- have been using their father's name to swing international deals after the Treasury secretary accused former Vice President Joe Biden's son of doing the same.
Mnuchin first dismissed reporting by the Washington Post and the conservative Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was withholding Ukraine funding in an effort to get dirt on Biden and his son -- saying neither newspaper could be trusted -- he then complained to the CNN host about having to spend seven and a half minutes talking about Trump's Ukraine scandal.
Trump felt free to ask for Ukraine election interference after Mueller let him off the hook: Wired reporter Garrett Graff
On CNN's "New Day Weekend," author and commentator Garrett Graff noted that President Donald Trump's attempt to push Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden came right after former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in 2016 ended — and suggested the two were related.
"You know, Garrett, there may be some people thinking 'Gosh, we just got out of the whole scenario with the Mueller report. Now we have this again,'" said anchor Christi Paul. "Do you get a sense that there are people looking at this saying 'I think I have confidence in the 2020 election?'"