On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Richard Nixon’s former White House Counsel John Dean told host Erin Burnett that Donald Trump Jr. is potentially vulnerable to perjury charges ahead of his closed-door testimony on Wednesday — and President Donald Trump is worried about it.
“What do you think they need from him?” asked Burnett, noting that the Republican Intelligence chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), was the one who pushed the subpoena even as the president and his allies opposed it.
“Well it’s not clear. But there are a couple of very real possibilities” as to why he was summoned, said Dean. “One he refused when he was there last time to testify about a subject that they think he has exclusive knowledge on. And the more troublesome one is there is inconsistent testimony with other facts they’ve gained. And that could possibly put him in jeopardy.”
“Right, in jeopardy of perjury, right?” Burnett pressed him.
“How concerned do you think the president is about tomorrow, John?” asked Burnett later in the segment.
“It’s hard to believe he wouldn’t be somewhat concerned,” said Dean. “This is — this is in the — while it’s a negotiated return, it’s also a compulsory return. The subpoena had to be either settled some way or he was going to be compelled to come through the courts. And they obviously didn’t want the fight. They were going to lose it. The president is undoubtedly concerned. There is also a possibility, Erin, that he could go to that committee and plead the Fifth if he hasn’t waived it already, if they open up an area that he feels jeopardy.”
Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.
"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"
9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’
Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.
In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.
‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission
On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.
"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."
"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."