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:
Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’
President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.
McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.
"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.
McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."
"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."
CNN analyst demolishes White House’s latest attempt to stonewall Congress: ‘There is no provision for this immunity’
Ahead of former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks being called to Congress to testify about former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — during which she was, by all accounts, less than helpful — the Trump administration took the unprecedented step of advising Congress that Hicks was given "immunity" from talking to them by the president.
On CNN's "The Situation Room," national security analyst Shawn Turner demolished this legal strategy.
John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress
Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.
White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.
"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.