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‘That’s not true’: Santorum gets pounded on CNN for saying Trump can’t obstruct justice without an ‘underlying crime’

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CNN conservative analyst Rick Santorum on Sunday insisted that President Donald Trump could not be charged with obstructing justice in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation because the president was accused of no underlying crimes.

During a panel segment on CNN, host Jake Tapper noted that Republican Rep. Justin Amash (MI) said last week that Trump committed impeachable acts by obstructing justice in the Mueller investigation.

“First of all, Robert Mueller didn’t find obstruction of justice,” Santorum insisted incorrectly. “He didn’t find collusion and the fact that Justin Amash did, great.”

“He didn’t not find [obstruction of justice],” Tapper told Santorum. “He basically laid out a case for Congress to decide.”

“Again, he didn’t make the conclusion that it was,” Santorum argued. “The reality is that it’s very hard to obstruct justice when there was no underlying crime to obstruct.”

“That’s not true,” CNN contributor Bakari Sellers chimed in.

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“Well, I think it is true,” Santorum snapped back.

“It does happen,” Tapper said, agreeing with Sellers.

“It’s always under the president’s purview as the leader of the country to do the things that he did,” Santorum insisted. “He can hire people, he can fire people. He doesn’t have to have an excuse that fits your excuse to do so.”

“So the reality is,” the former GOP senator continued, “in my opinion and I think most Americans, there was no obstruction of justice here. And the fact that Amash is doing this, look, we see this in the Senate all the time when [Kentucky Republican] Rand Paul joins the Democrats. That doesn’t make it bipartisan. You have a libertarian who is very much outside the scope of where the Republican Party is. And he’s joined the Democrats. This is not unusual.”

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Santorum concluded by calling impeachment hearings a “bonus for Donald Trump.”

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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"

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9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’

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Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.

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‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission

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On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.

"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."

"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."

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