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.”
Trump’s failed Federal Reserve nominee doesn’t even know what the interest rate was 10 years ago
On Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo invited on Stephen Moore, supply-side economist and President Donald Trump's failed pick for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to discuss the state of the administration — and Moore made a hilariously wrong remark about interest rates that suggests the country was better off without him.
"There's no greatest economy ever," said Cuomo. "You know these things ... he's doing well. He's not doing better than we've ever seen before, and you guys got the benefits of juicing the economy with this tax cut. Fair point?"
"Let me say this, I think it's a pretty darn good economy," said Moore. "I'll cite a few statistics. It's a pretty darn good one. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years ... and for blacks and Hispanics and women."
WATCH: Spike Lee tears into Trump for empowering white supremacy
On Tuesday, director Spike Lee talked with CNN's Anderson Cooper about race, slavery, and President Donald Trump — and pulled no punches on any of it.
"I think that most woke historians would say that this country, the United States of America, was built upon the genocide of people and slavery. I mean, that's a fact," said Lee. "And I think that if we Americans came to study how this country started, we wouldn't be talking about kick immigrants out, you know, because if it wasn't — I mean, Native Americans, people brought here as slaves, everyone was immigrants. I woke up this morning and went on Instagram and felt my ancestors, not the only one saying this but I think it's a very important date today in American history."
Former Defense Secretary warns: ISIS is back, and Trump can’t ‘pretend it’s not there’
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Defense Secretary and CIA head Leon Panetta warned that ISIS is gaining strength in the Middle East again — and that after all of President Donald Trump's boasts that he had utterly defeated the terrorist organization, now it is time for him to get serious.
"Roughly estimated 15,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria now," said host Kate Bolduan. "Secretary Pompeo saying the terror group is, in some ways, stronger than it was three or four years ago. How big of a concern should the news be for Americans?"
"It should be a very serious concern for the president of the United States and for our country," said Panetta. "Because his first responsibility is to protect our country. And we learned from 9/11, the fact that these terrorists have one fundamental aim, which is to attack the United States and attack countries in the West. And now what we're hearing is that ISIS is clearly re-mobilizing to the tune of almost is 15,000-18,000, that are mobilizing into secret cells, mobilizing into attack teams, conducting not only attacks but kidnappings and assassinations and bombings, as we saw in Afghanistan. So this is, in the end, a national security threat that the United States cannot simply stand back and pretend it's not there."