On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” fact-checker Daniel Dale told host Chris Cuomo that not only is President Donald Trump’s claim that Google threw over 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton a lie, the professor he’s citing, Robert Epstein, has repudiated Trump’s interpretation of it.
“It’s not true at all,” said Dale. “I spoke to the author of this study … There are various questions about the quality of the study, but even the study’s author says that the president didn’t describe the study correctly. What the study’s author says is he has no evidence that anything was manipulated, search results or votes themselves. What he says, and this is disputed, is that Google’s search results showed bias during the 2016 election.”
“Meaning what?” Cuomo pressed him.
“What he says is he got a bunch of people, basically random Americans, to Google various election-related things, and he says that the first page of the Google results were more pro-Clinton on Google than other websites,” said Dale, adding, “There are a lot of questions about the methodology I can get into.”
“Here’s what is interesting to me, is that the president is now ascribing credibility to an infection that he ignores about Russia,” said Cuomo. “You messed with the type of stuff that’s out there, you colored the perception of different things. He’s charging Google with that, but he and his puppets will never acknowledge that Russia doing the same thing would have been a problem.”
“Right,” said Dale. “I think we’ve seen over and over, Chris, the president has no regard for consistency. There are charges that he refuses to accept against himself that he will make about others, when the time is right for him. He will reject allegations against him and accept them about others in other cases. He does what he feels will help him in any even moment.”
Trump’s Senate trial will be ‘riddled by hypocrisy’ with Ken Starr defending him: CNN legal analyst
President Donald Trump's decision to tap former Whitewater special prosecutor Ken Starr for his impeachment defense team drew a sharp rebuke from former federal prosecutor Elie Honig on Friday.
"Whatever they do will be riddled by hypocrisy," Honig said of Trump's impeachment defense team during an appearance on CNN. "Ken Starr, the guy who spent years trying to throw a president out of office for lying about sex in a civil deposition, is now defending a president who has been impeached for trying to shake down a foreign country to interfere with an election. I don't know how you square that."
Rick Santorum flattened by CNN’s Berman after calling Parnas bombshell revelations ‘extraneous’ to impeachment
Rick Santorum and CNN's John Berman got into a frantic back-and-forth on Friday morning after the former Republican senator attempted to dismiss the revelations by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas as something that should not be submitted as evidence in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
Discussing the Senate trial expected to start next week, Santorum said the only testimony and witnesses that should be allowed are ones that came up in the earlier House hearings.
"The House's responsibility to bring to us a case," Santorum stated. "They're the one who is said these are offenses that are worthy of the president being removed from office; here is the record, here are the charges. The Senate didn't impeach, the House did, so we are going to look at the record the House presented us. We're going to look at the witnesses and say are there are questions that we have for the people that brought this case forward and relied on these witnesses and look at their testimony."
Here’s why some Americans don’t appreciate ‘extraordinary’ accusations from Lev Parnas
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down a key reason why indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas hasn't quite gotten across the severity of his accusations against President Donald Trump to the American people.
"Jeff, what do you think of Parnas as a witness?" asked Cooper.
"He has a distinctive style. He's very deadpan, very low-key," said Toobin. "You somehow don't realize how extraordinary story he is telling. The proprietor of a company called Fraud Guarantee, and he is going to the leadership of the government of Ukraine and saying, unless you announce an investigation of the Biden family, you are not getting the money that Congress has authorized. you are not getting the visit from the president and you are not getting an Oval Office visit. And it's true. None of it happened."