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CNN’s Rick Santorum squirms as Erin Burnett confronts him with video calling for Clinton’s impeachment

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On Wednesday, former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to tell CNN’s Erin Burnett that impeachment of President Donald Trump is not merited — and stumbled badly after Burnett played back a clip of him from 1998, when he was a congressman and supported impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

“So senator, back to you, you have a little bit of an inconsistency here to answer for,” said Burnett. “In 1998, you voted to impeach President Bill Clinton, and here is what you said at the time.”

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Removing a president during some of the more prosperous American times, and life is good here in America right now, and as someone who is seen as at least partly responsible for this, obviously is not going to be a particularly popular thing,” said Santorum in the 1998 clip. “But what we do here is going to set a standard for future presidents’ behavior, and future impeachment standards, and I think, as well as conviction standards.”

“Okay. How is that consistent with you saying now that there is no reason?” Burnett pressed him.

“I didn’t say there is no reason,” said Santorum. “There was a special counsel, and the special counsel found that the president perjured himself, something that was not found in the Mueller report … I think Nancy Pelosi has learned from that, that maybe even though he may deserve it, and I don’t believe the president does in this case, it’s not maybe the right thing to do.”

Burnett immediately pushed back. “You had this whole investigation, and there was nothing impeachable found except for that he lied about having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. So it was a totally separate thing. Yes, it was a lie, it was perjury. But I’m just making the point. In this case, you have more than 500 former members of the DOJ, prosecutors, saying that it’s clear the president obstructed justice and committed multiple felonies.”

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“The person responsible for that did not find that,” Santorum insisted.

“Well, we don’t know what he found, because he declined to tell us what he found!” said Burnett. “He did not find. He said, you guys decide.”

“The reality is, those 500 people, how many dealt with an obstruction case with the president?” Santorum retorted. “I would suspect not 500 of them or anything close to that. This is a very unusual case. And to go out and I think was highly irregular and not helpful for them to go out and make this claim when most of them don’t even know what they’re talking about. This is a very difficult case.”

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Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.

"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."

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‘It is all crazy’: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin goes off on people who try to insist Trump’s rants are just jokes

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin scorned the idea from President Donald Trump's defenders that rants like his recent anointment of himself as "the chosen one" are made in jest, for entertainment value.

"One of the strange things about President Trump is that nobody has ever seen him laugh, like a full laugh on camera," said Toobin. "Think about it. You never see it. And this notion of explaining crazy things he says as jokes is not — that is just not true. He does not joke. When he said 'Russia, you know, I want you to find Hillary Clinton's emails,' they tried to explain it as a joke. It wasn't. Russia went right to work trying to find Hillary's emails."

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‘It’s always dread with President Trump’: CNN analyst says G7 leaders are revolted they have to meet with Trump again

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," reporter Abby Phillip said that world leaders are feeling "dread" about the prospect of meeting with President Donald Trump after his latest round of erratic behavior on the world stage.

"There is a big test on foreign relations for President Trump this weekend," said host Brianna Keilar. "He's going to the G7. He, Abby, is headed there after insulting Denmark by pulling out of a state visit, keeping in mind that Denmark is a key intel and military ally of the U.S. What is the mood going into this forum?"

"Honestly, it's always dread with President Trump," said Phillip.

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