“The View” panelists speculated that President Donald Trump is worried his son will be forced to rat him out if he obeys a subpoena to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Host Whoopi Goldberg usually takes off Friday, and co-host Meghan McCain called in sick, so CNN political commentator Tara Setmayer joined the panel to discuss the president’s defense of his son.
“‘My son, my son’ he kept saying, as if he’s a real father,” joked fill-in host Joy Behar. “It was so touching.”
Setmayer wasn’t so sure, saying Trump’s praise for Donald Trump Jr. sounded a lot like his patter on “The Apprentice.”
“He talks about his employees that way — ‘he was a very good person’ — he usually says those things before they get the ax,” Setmayer said. “Right? I guess he stuck with Donald Trump Jr. the part about him being totally exonerated is not completely true. The funny thing about it is, if you read the Mueller report, it says that Donald Trump Jr. was too stupid to conspire with the Russians.”
Behar said the president seems awfully worried about what his son might say about him while under oath.
“Isn’t the point that he would go to, take the subpoena, acknowledge the subpoena and say, ‘Daddy told me to do it,'” Behar said. “Isn’t that what they’re scared of?”
Abby Huntsman, who begins maternity leave next week, said congressional investigators would be highly interested in what the president knew about his son’s business dealings in Russia and his meeting with a Russian attorney
“That’s still the question mark of what Donald Trump knew,” Huntsman said. “I think he (already) testified for, like, 11 hours. It is interesting that it’s Sen. (Richard) Burr working on this. He’s a well-respected Republican being criticized by Republicans for (issuing the subpoena). We still don’t know why he is.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin, a former federal prosecutor, said the evidence against Trump Jr. was already fairly damning.
“There’s sources saying he’s going to plead the Fifth (Amendment),” Hostin said. “In my experience as a prosecutor, when they plead the Fifth they’re as guilty as all-get-out. When you ignore my subpoena, a federal marshal shows up and you leave (in handcuffs).”
WATCH LIVE: CNN Democratic debate with 12 candidates on stage in Ohio
A massive field of 12 Democrats will take to the stage in Westerville, Ohio Tuesday for the fourth official Democratic Debate.
The debate will be the largest group of candidates on stage as the qualifications for the debate grow more stringent. The hellish Q&A will last an agonizing three hours, where viewers will wade through the minute details on which the candidates disagree.
One new candidate will appear, billionaire Tom Steyer, who has been spending millions in ads to promote the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The other candidates will include Former Vice President Joe Biden., Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN), entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
Trump’s Pentagon announces they are refusing to cooperate with impeachment inquiry ‘at this time’
President Donald Trump's Department of Defense announced on Tuesday that they would not be complying with a congressional subpoena.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Hood made the announcement in a letter Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who chairs the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who chairs the Oversight Committee.
The letter said the Pentagon would not comply because the House of Representatives has not taken a vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry.
The announcement was reported shortly after news broke that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would not immediately take a formal vote authorizing an impeachment inquiry.
‘The president needs a lawyer’: CNN’s Smerconish reveals how Trump is sabotaging himself on impeachment
On Tuesday, ahead of the Democratic debate in Westerville, Ohio, center-right CNN commentator Michael Smerconish discussed how President Donald Trump is becoming his own worst enemy in the impeachment investigation — by not getting himself proper legal counsel.
"The frustration was underscored when the president the other day, and was shocking to hear the president say of [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi that she hates — hates the United States of America," said anchor Wolf Blitzer.
"That is the way in which they've cast it. That this is all an unfounded witch hunt," said Smerconish. "I think the president needs a lawyer. The more the conversation is about Rudy Giuliani and whether he's going to honor a subpoena — therefore he's a witness and there needs to be a war room and a cogent response. And so far the president has been his own counsel, and not to his advantage."