On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Cooper slammed President Donald Trump with a list of occasions on which the president shared sensitive intelligence information with foreign officials, in light of the growing whistleblower scandal centering partly on a phone call he had with a foreign leader.
“As for the president, he tweeted this: ‘Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem! Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call,'” said Cooper. “Whether the president is in his own words, ‘dumb enough,’ that’s unclear. But his larger denial would certainly be easier to swallow if it weren’t for some of what we know he has done when he’s not surrounded by witnesses.”
“We know that he did reveal classified information to Russia’s ambassador and foreign minister in a conversation we only learned about through Russian media,” said Cooper. “We know on other occasions the president had spoken to Vladimir Putin without note-takers in the room, something no modern president has done before. We also know, in a story broken by CNN’s Jim Sciutto, that the U.S. intelligence has extracted a top Kremlin asset, in part reportedly out of concern the president might blow his cover. So there is that.”
“There is also the broader question of whether you can take what the president says at face value. He tells so many obvious and checkable untruths, including this,” said Cooper, playing a clip of Trump boasting, “I was the most transparent and am transparent president in history.”
“Well, all that said, the Constitution gives any president, truthful or not, transparent or not, broad authority to conduct foreign policy,” added Cooper. “The law gives a president almost unlimited authority to declassify intelligence if he or she wants to.”
‘Ridiculous’ for Trump’s team to ‘feed people this line’ that Ukraine didn’t know about the frozen aid: CNN contributor
President Donald Trump and his associates have recently tried a new defense for the Ukraine scandal, claiming that there couldn't have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians were supposedly unaware of the military aid freeze the Trump apparently ordered to force them to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post journalist David Swerdlick and his co-panelists smacked down that narrative.
"The New York Times reports that the Ukrainians learned in early August that aid was frozen and they were told to reach out to the acting White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney," said anchor Wolf Blitzer.
Trump supported Matt Gaetz stunt to send a message to Senate GOPers and to ‘trivialize the process’: report
Aides are reportedly advising President Donald Trump to accept that he is going to be impeached by the House of Representatives and to begin to "trivialize the process."
After Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) led a group of House Republicans to shut down an impeachment hearing on Wednesday, CNN and Bloomberg revealed that Trump had supported the plan.
CNN's Dana Bash reported that the demonstration has been on Republicans' calendars for a week.
‘Fed up’ Republicans feel ‘growing unease’ that they can’t defend Trump from impeachment: CNN reporter
CNN reporter Jamie Gangel said on Wednesday that Republicans she's spoken with over the last day are getting "fed up" with having to defend President Donald Trump's outrageous behavior and are growing concerned that they won't be able to defend him from getting impeached.
During an interview with Brooke Baldwin, Gangel said that Republicans were suffering through a "week from hell" after ambassador Bill Taylor's "game-changer" testimony on Tuesday, in which he said that Trump directly tied military aid to Ukraine to the country's willingness to investigate his political opponents.
Because of all this, Gangel said, they've resorted to attacking the process by which House Democrats are conducting their impeachment inquiry.