Ahead of former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks being called to Congress to testify about former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — during which she was, by all accounts, less than helpful — the Trump administration took the unprecedented step of advising Congress that Hicks was given “immunity” from talking to them by the president.
On CNN’s “The Situation Room,” national security analyst Shawn Turner demolished this legal strategy.
“I think, first of all, we have to point out this letter that the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, sent to Congress claiming that Hope Hicks would have immunity is somewhat peculiar,” said Turner. “To be clear, there is no concept of presidential immunity in the Constitution. He actually refers to this as constitutional immunity.”
“Now, that said, I do think it is the case that we want the president, we want the executive to certainly have access to advice and counsel from senior advisers, particularly as it relates to governance and policy issues,” continued Turner. “But if you look at what happened today on the Hill, you had Hope Hicks there refusing to answer questions about various mundane things, including whether or not she actually talked to Robert Mueller. So this isn’t about governance or policy issues, this is a case in which the White House is continuing to step in the way of Congress’ ability to exercise oversight.”
“So I think that for those who have said that this will be challenged in court and this is a somewhat absurd claim, I think that’s absolutely right,” said Turner. “There is no provision for this sort of immunity.”
WATCH: CNN displays the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause as Trump rambles about it being ‘phony’
Two days after intense pressure forced President Donald Trump to back down from his plan to host the 2020 G7 summit at his resort in Doral, Florida, the president dismissed the Constitution's anti-corruption clause—which his plan would have violated—as "phony."
"You people, with this phony Emoluments Clause," Trump told reporters at a White House press conference on Monday, responding to allegations that hosting the meeting of foreign leaders at his own property would be a conflict of interest.
Ex-GOP rep. says Republican buddies will flip on Trump: ‘They do believe he’s a moron’
Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh predicted this week that lawmakers from his own party will eventually support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
"I think he knows it’s coming," Walsh told CNN's Brianna Keilar following the president's remarks to reporters. "He sounded like a frightened baby right there."
According to Walsh, "even Republicans" are embarrassed by Trump's failed effort to hold the G7 summit at his Miami Doral resort.
"It’s really important to note, I need to say this, Republicans don’t like him," Walsh explained. "Republicans in Congress. They don’t like him, they don’t fear him, they don’t respect him. They do believe he’s incompetent, they do believe he’s a moron."
‘This is an ethical train wreck!’ Ex-GOP lawmaker gets demolished for defending Trump’s shameless corruption
Former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on Monday went down in flames after he tried to defend President Donald Trump's widely criticized gambit to host next year's G7 summit at his own golf course in Doral, Florida.
Even though Duffy acknowledged that the optics surrounding the president's decision to award his own business a government contract to host the G7 were poor, he said that he didn't believe there was anything ethically wrong with the initiative. He also tried to claim that Trump has somehow been victimized by getting elected to be the most powerful man in the world.
"Donald Trump doesn't take a salary," he said. "He gives his money away. His businesses have lost business, you know, Ivanka Trump has lost her line of shoes at Nordstrom. He's lost his line of clothing at Macy's!"