On Monday, the Senate Intelligence Committee reached an agreement with Donald Trump Jr. over the subpoena for information about his former statements under oath to Congress, a move that was in many ways favorable to the president’s son.
Nonetheless, the deal does provide the Senate with a window to grill him over his prior claims to lawmakers, since contradicted by new evidence, that he was only marginally involved in the Trump Tower Moscow project. And as CBS national security correspondent Jim Sciutto told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Trump Jr. will be less insulated from legal threats than his father for a very big reason.
“What’s also significant is that this will be a verbal Q&A for between two to four hours, not simply written questions and written answers,” Blitzer pressed him. “That was one of the options that we were told yesterday could be on the table, as well. This is a significant development.”
“Absolutely. And of course, that is the way that the president answered questions from the special counsel,” said Sciutto. “The special counsel — and we learned this again, confirmed in the Mueller report — sought to have a face to face interview, but in effect gave up on that. Took those written answers, to which the president frequently answered, ‘I cannot recall.'”
“It is a qualitative difference to be able to sit face to face with the witness and challenge their answers in person on the spot,” said Sciutto.
‘White nationalists will never love you’: Hispanic Trump supporter goes down in flames during CNN debate
CNN's Anderson Cooper struggled to control a segment about President Donald Trump's racism while interviewing a former member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.
Cooper interviewed Steve Cortes about the president's racists outburts at the four young women of color in Congress that are known collectively as "The Squad."
The host read the dictionary definition of a demagogue.
"A leader that makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises to gain power," Merrian-Webster published.
"Is Donald Trump a demagogue? Isn’t this exactly what he is doing here?" Cooper asked.
Gold Star father blasts Trump for failure to govern while refusing to ‘defend and protect’ America
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Gold Star father Khizr Khan eviscerated President Donald Trump for his latest racist attack on congresswomen of color.
"To Donald Trump I say, sir, have you no sense of decency with this racism and division for political purposes?" Khan told anchor Anderson Cooper. "Donald Trump has nothing to offer. Therefore, he is going to create division and hate for political expedience. I am saddened but not surprised because, as you explained, he is a demagogue and will continue to use hate and division for his political expediency purpose."
"This is a man without any shame," agreed Cooper. "He doesn't have a health care policy. He doesn't have — he's not able to make progress on immigration in any sort of policy that actually solves the problem long term. And so he does these things and it is largely in times to distract, but it's not just distracting people, it's distracting people in the worst possible, bigoted, divisive way. It's distracting us by turning us against each other and viewing each other as other."
Racism drives Trump ‘like rocket fuel’ — but even for him, this is ‘shocking and disgraceful’: WaPo journalist
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post reporter David Swerdlick told anchor Wolf Blitzer that there's nothing truly new about President Donald Trump's racist social media assaults on Democratic congresswomen of color — but that there is something uniquely horrible about the latest episode.
"People are suggesting what the president has said in the past day or two represents a new low," said Blitzer. "But when you look at the president's history ... the president claiming Barack Obama wasn't born here in the United States, his comments about Charlottesville. This clearly isn't a one-off."