On Thursday, a voicemail clip of President Donald Trump’s attorney John Dowd appearing to acknowledge the president’s obstruction of the Russia probe was released. Although this conduct was already known through former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, the audio recording is a damning piece of evidence against Trump that is now in the public eye.
CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson told Wolf Blitzer that the voicemail looks very bad for the president.
“Do you think this represents solid evidence of obstruction?” asked Blitzer.
“There’s no question in my mind, Wolf, that it does for the following reasons,” said Jackson.
“Number one, it appears as though the president is unnerved and certainly although his attorney is speaking in a calm voice that he’s unnerved as well, about the prospect of some cooperation having taken place which would implicate the president,” said Jackson. “Number two, based upon the cooperation that’s implicating the president, they’re fishing to confirm whether or not that cooperation exists. Number three, he’s offering a pardon. You know the feelings of the president and as a result of these feelings of the president, they still stand. And so call it what you will, spin it how you will, what is said is clear. And to me, that is evidence of obstruction.”
“And last point, Wolf, and that’s this,” added Jackson. “Whenever you’re look at obstruction or any evidence, you can’t look at it in isolation. Everything is a data point. You have to look at this aspect of the president’s conduct, his attorney on his behalf, and you have to look at every other aspect as prosecutors do when they build a case. So if you want to build a case for obstruction and match what the other 11 items Mueller said exist, boy do you have it.”
WATCH: Carl Bernstein reports GOP senators are plotting against Trump if he tries to stay in office after losing
In an interview Sunday afternoon with CNN's Ana Cabrera, investigative journalist and author Carl Bernstein reported that there are currently "6, 8, 10 Republicans in the Senate who are talking with each other about how to restrain what they regard as an out-of-control, almost madman... who is determined to do anything to hold on to office regardless of its legality."
Bernstein did not mention the names of the senators, but he did add that there was a power play being created behind-the-scenes if President Donald J. Trump used "provocative acts to undermine the Constitution."
Trump has stated repeatedly that he will not concede if the election results reveal a Joe Biden victory.
‘We are not going to control the pandemic’: Trump aide Meadows makes confession during CNN interview
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows waved the white flag on Sunday morning, admitting the administration has all but given up on trying to "contain" the coronavirus pandemic, saying they are directing their efforts to "vaccines and therapeutics."
With "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper pointing cases of COVID-19 are on the rise, Meadows attempted to attack CNN over their coverage of the pandemic, to which Tapper replied, "It's coming from all sorts of places because the pandemic is out of control.”
“So here’s what we have to do,” Meadows attempted. “We're not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation”
CNN’s Tapper fires back at White House’s Meadows for personal attack about mask-wearing
During a long and very contentious interview with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, CNN "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper snapped back at Donald Trump's righthand man for trying to mock him for not wearing a mask during the interview where Meadows was not in the studio.
After grilling Meadows for agreeing to designate Vice President Mike Pence as an "essential worker" so he can continue to campaign for Donald Trump after his office became a COVID-19 hotspot, the CNN host pressed Meadows why the president continues to refuse to wear a mask and doesn't demand it of his rallygoers.