The testimony from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, was released Monday, only to reveal that Donald Trump Jr. knew about the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations and mislead Congress. The information also revealed that Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow was well aware that he was asking Cohen to commit perjury and allegedly instructed him to do it.
But biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston predicted the president’s namesake will likely get away with it.
“Well, Michael Cohen says quite clearly that he gave false testimony and that Jay Sekulow, who is currently the president’s lawyer, knew about it and advised him to do it,” Johnston recounted. “His law license may be in jeopardy. It certainly says Congress needs to be asking more about what exactly went on with the Trump Tower deal and why they were so desperate to tell so many different stories in an effort to make it go away.”
Cuomo read directly from the transcript released by Congress:
The Chairman: So (Donald Trump Jr.) had more than a passing familiarity that you were working on the project?
Mr. Cohen: Yes, because we talked about if the project got going it would be a fun place for us to go.ADVERTISEMENT
“Nothing can be built on the exchange to implicate Don Jr.’s legal liability,” said Michael Zeldin.
When asked about the project, Trump Jr. said that he was “peripherally aware of it.”
“I didn’t dismiss it nor did Trump Jr.,” said legal analyst Harry Litman. “He thought he was going to be indicted over this and he has avoided testifying about it since. But Mueller already saw it and decided to pass and if Congress wants to go after Trump Jr. for this, they’re going to have to go through the Justice Department and likely they’re going to get a stone wall saying, ‘been there and done that. Move along.'”
Johnston went on to say that Sekulow was aware that what he was suggesting was illegal. Litman cut in to say that this could be a “crime/fraud exception” to the attorney-client privilege.
Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate
With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.
A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.
Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.
‘He clocked Beto’: Van Jones says ‘Castro came out of nowhere’ to dominate the first Democratic debate
CNN host Van Jones asserted on Wednesday that former Transporation Secretary Julián Castro was the breakout star of the first Democratic presidential debate.
"I was super proud to be a Democrat," Jones said following the debate. "I thought they all did better than Trump."
The CNN host went on to call Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) a "college professor" compared to the other candidates, who he said were more like "graduate students."
"She is able to go back and forth between policy and the human thing," Jones marveled before moving on to praise Castro.
"It was Castro that came out of nowhere!" Jones exclaimed. "Nobody was talking about Castro. He did the Texas takedown, turned around, clocked Beto [O'Rourke]. I mean, you never saw it coming."
CNN’s Toobin shuts down Rick Santorum for spinning about the Mueller report
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that there was no point to Democrats calling former special counsel Robert Mueller for a public hearing — but legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin quickly shut him down.
"The Democrats think it will spark some sort of outrage for impeachment," said Santorum. "I just think, and this is why the president is frustrated, it's because they won't let go. They won't accept the fact that the American public moved on and they haven't."
"Jeff? Has the American public moved on?" asked Cooper.