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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.

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“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.

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

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“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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CNN panel pounds Rick Santorum for claiming Democrats went ‘too far’ in calling Trump an existential threat

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue Democrats were overreaching in the impeachment hearings — only to be smacked down by his co-panelists.

"The thing that bothered me from the hearing was this whole thing that the president is an existential threat to the republic," said Santorum. "You know, I've always said this about my friends on the left. They always go one step too far that just — that makes people sort of scratch their head and say, well, I may not like what he did, but to call this an existential threat to the republic is just a little bit too far ... I understand why they're doing it. They're trying to stoke it up. I get why they're doing it. I just don't think it's very effective. It's too much."

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Ivanka revelations about Christopher Steele don’t matter to Trump because it doesn’t fit his lie: FBI lawyer Jim Baker

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In an interview with CNN Monday, former FBI general counsel Jim Baker said that it doesn't fit in President Donald Trump's narrative that Ivanka knew and met with Christopher Steele at Trump Tower years ago, so he simply ignored it.

It was revealed Monday that Steele was favorably disposed to Trump and his family due to his relationship with Ivanka. But the facts didn't follow the story that Trump had crafted to attack the notorious dossier. The FBI's inspector general report found that Steele was not biased against Trump when he began working on an opposition research document based on his contacts in Russia, where he served as MI6’s top intelligence officer.

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‘Rudolph Giuliani is a walking argument for this impeachment’: Constitutional law professor

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A constitutional law professor available on CNN in the wake of Monday's House Judiciary Committee hearings explained that the biggest argument for impeachment is former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

In a panel discussion, Brown University Professor Corey Lang Brettschneider explained that the president's lawyer would ultimately sink him.

"Look, Rudoph Giuliani is a walking argument for this impeachment," he said. "If you don't stop the president now, you don't bring these articles of impeachment about obstruction of justice, abuse of power; he will keep doing it. And Giuliani is showing that. He continues to go to the Ukraine and continues to lie about these fake conspiracy theories, and it's sort of walking argument for what happens when you leave power unchecked."

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