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‘Massive lie to the American people’: Congressman says Trump enlisted Hope Hicks to cover up hush payments

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On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) discussed ex-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks’ testimony before the House Judiciary Committee regarding President Donald Trump — particularly her claim that she did not know whether the denial Trump directed her to give about the hush payments to women during the 2016 campaign was true.

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“I don’t believe her, because that was such a huge fact that she was repeating on behalf of Donald Trump, and it turned out to be a massive lie,” Lieu told anchor Erin Burnett. “When she realized that it was a lie, she was not able to talk about that, because she got that information while she was at the White House, and [the lawyers] objected to everything about her tenure at the White House, but she did confirm that essentially Donald Trump directed her to make this massive lie to American people.”

“155 different times your committee says Hope Hicks did not answer questions yesterday,” said Burnett. “And this went on and on … objection, objection, objection, you were getting no answers.”

“That is correct,” said Lieu. “And I want to say that the unprecedented obstruction by the Trump Administration isn’t just to the Mueller report, it’s to everything. So for example, we want to find out why is the Trump Administration suing to eliminate health care coverage for Americans with preexisting conditions, can’t get that. We want to know answers about the census questions, can’t get that. And at Hope Hicks’ testimony, they came up with this absurd claim of absolute immunity, which does not exist — no courts have ever found it. And just today the GOP’s own star witness at a Judiciary hearing said that this absolute immunity does not exist.”

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‘It’s not a both sides thing’: CNN host battles Trump aide over hydroxychloroquine misinformation

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CNN host Jim Sciutto took on White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday about his evangelism of the drug hydroxychloroquine.

During an interview with Navarro, Sciutto noted that Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Brett Giroir had recently said that there is no benefit in taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19.

"Given your past public support for it," Sciutto said, "is it time for the administration to focus on proven treatments for COVID rather than one that has not been proven?"

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Oklahoma teacher threatened by COVID-19 regrets vote for Trump — and blasts his ‘failure of leadership’

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On Monday, CNN spoke with Nancy Shively, an Oklahoma special education teacher who wrote for USA TODAY that she regrets her 2016 vote for President Donald Trump.

"You spoke strongly and with feeling in this editorial," said anchor Jim Sciutto. "You said you fear now with the pandemic, you may have 'signed your own death warrant.' That's a remarkable thought to express."

"Well, just watching the failure of leadership in our country, beginning with the president, over the course of this pandemic, it's not just my death warrant I might have signed, but there's 150,000 Americans who are dead because of this," said Shively. "I have to take responsibility for my personal vote that enabled that."

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‘It was pure BS’: CNN busts Trump for fabricating a health care plan ‘out of thin air’

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CNN's John Avlon and John Berman on Monday busted President Donald Trump for promising that he would sign a mysterious new health care plan that still has never come to fruition.

In his latest "Reality Check" segment, Avlon noted that Trump has been promising to replace the Affordable Care Act with a "great" health care plan for the last four years, but that he still hasn't come up with anything.

In fact, as Avlon documented, Trump has only sought to undermine the law in court with his push to have the Supreme Court strike it down entirely.

"This is the old arsonist-as-a-firefighter routine, with possibly your life on the line," he commented.

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