Tonight would be the perfect time for President Donald Trump to actually release his taxes, CNN’s Chris Cuomo suggested in his final commentary Tuesday. The revelation outed by the New York Times this week disclosed that the man who claimed to be a genius businessman is actually a fraud. He managed to lose almost $1.2 billion in 10 years, more than any other person in America. What saved him wasn’t a smart investment or a big real estate deal, it was CNN head Jeff Zucker.
Cuomo recalled investigating Trump’s finances in 2005 when he worked for ABC News. He said that he understands why Trump is refusing to turn over his information.
“Remember, you kept yelling at us,” Cuomo recalled with a smile. “You insisted you were worth billions but you wouldn’t give us real proof and we could only find proof of debt? Remember your lawyer that sounded a lot like [he was] damning [us] back to the womb for getting your worth wrong? It was right then, even more right now.”
“The second reason is you and I share a more common history,” the host continued. “We were both given huge breaks by Jeff Zucker, chairman of Warner media news and sports and president of CNN worldwide.”
Cuomo recalled that Zucker was working in programming for NBC when he approached Trump about the idea of “The Apprentice.” Up until the show, Trump was bleeding money. After Zucker made Trump famous, things looked up.
“I’m sure you don’t like this narrative, but the only way is to show your returns,” Cuomo said. “The truth will come out on your own terms. There’s something to respect in that. At the end of the day, isn’t that why you inflated your assets? But if you man up and say this has gone too far and it’s not fair, here is the information, here are the taxes. And along with it, push for a law that makes it a federal requirement for all to show taxes in a run for the White House, and then a swath of tax fixes to close the gaping hole that you exploited in grotesque fashion.”
Watch Cuomo’s full commentary below:
Rick Santorum smacked down for claiming Sondland testimony helped Trump
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland actually helped President Donald Trump — and was promptly challenged.
"I think the Democrats had a good morning. I don't think they had a good afternoon," said Santorum. "I think what when the Republicans actually started questioning Sondland about the details, I think it fell apart a little bit."
"How so?" asked Chris Cuomo.
"He said the president never said any of these things to him," said Santorum. "In fact, what the president said, he quoted what the president said is, no, there's no quid pro quo. What he says is, well, I'm surmising, this is what I'm just sort of gathering. Did anything come from the president? No, it came from Rudy Giuliani."
Dem lawmaker demolishes GOP defense that Trump still did more for Ukraine than Obama
During the impeachment testimony of State Department officials Laura Cooper and David Hale, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) used his time to dismantle a growing defense of President Donald Trump's apparent use of Ukrainian foreign aid for an extortion scheme: that Obama didn't give Ukraine aid either, so Trump didn't even have to.
"Now as to the justification," said Swalwell. "The justification is that the Obama administration only provided blankets, so the Ukrainians should be grateful, even after being shaken down, that the Trump administration provided more, but the truth, Ms. Cooper, is that under the Obama administration and the European Reassurance Initiative, $175 million were provided from U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Ukrainians, is that right?"
Trumper Scott Jennings slams Devin Nunes for ‘being caught totally flat-footed’
It's clear the morning testimony didn't go as well as Republicans had wanted. The concern was evident on the face of House Minority Leader Devin Nunes (R-CA), who exchanged glances with the GOP counsel.
Republican Scott Jennings is quick to defend the White House and the GOP, but Wednesday even he was forced to concede his party wasn't prepared for what EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified.
CNN host John King noted that the Republican counsel brought up Rudy Giuliani and his business relationships in Ukraine, outside of his work for President Donald Trump.