“Tonight, we want to introduce you to a White House figure as elusive as the ghost of Dolley Madison: We’re talking about the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham,” said Cooper. “Now you haven’t seen much of her, even though she’s been on the job since July and is being paid by you taxpayers. She hasn’t been hiding in a bush like Sean Spicer, she just has never actually held a formal briefing. Miss Grisham, however, did just give an interview with the White House press department main office, otherwise known as Fox & Friends.”
Cooper played a clip of “Fox & Friends” hosts cheerfully noting that Grisham will never have an embarrassing moment for the White House because she never holds press conferences like Spicer or Sarah Huckabee Sanders did.
“Let me just point out, the anchor isn’t even pretending not to be independent of the White House PR machine,” said Cooper. “No longer are we doing that, right? The briefings. We’re not doing that anymore, not you, not the administration, not the White House … I guess at least she’s owning it.”
He played a clip of Grisham adding that she will hold press briefings again “If it’s something the president decides we should do,” but “right now he’s doing just fine” and reporters were only attending those briefings to “get famous.”
“Oh my god! Friggen reporters,” said Cooper sarcastically. “Couple things to unpack there … notice how quickly the Fox & Friends hosts were scrambling to agree with Grisham before she could finish her sentence?”
“Grisham’s very concerned that reporters were doing the briefings so they could write books, get famous off the president, horrific,” continued Cooper. “It’s outrageous. I mean, it’s not like anyone at Fox would write a book about a president and make money off said book.” He put up a display of books about the president written by Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Jeanine Pirro, Dan Bongino, Greg Jarrett, and Jason Chaffetz.
“And it’s not like anyone in the administration would seek to profit off their time in the White House,” added Cooper. “I mean, just ask Sarah Sanders, who’s now a contributor on Fox. That’s different. I mean, it’s not like she’s writing a book about her time in the White House, right? I mean … oh. She’s writing a book.”
“Oh, but Sean Spicer did parlay his lies on those SNL sketches into a gig at ‘Extra’ … and now he’s doing the old herky-jerky-twerky in the name of Jesus over at Dancing With the Stars,” said Cooper. “Come to think of it, maybe Stephanie Grisham is wise to keep a low profile. I mean, she may actually be able to get a job after she’s ultimately ousted and/or resigns. No one would ever know she worked for the White House, because no one actually knows who she is or what she does or what she looks like.”
CNN panel pounds Rick Santorum for claiming Democrats went ‘too far’ in calling Trump an existential threat
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue Democrats were overreaching in the impeachment hearings — only to be smacked down by his co-panelists.
"The thing that bothered me from the hearing was this whole thing that the president is an existential threat to the republic," said Santorum. "You know, I've always said this about my friends on the left. They always go one step too far that just — that makes people sort of scratch their head and say, well, I may not like what he did, but to call this an existential threat to the republic is just a little bit too far ... I understand why they're doing it. They're trying to stoke it up. I get why they're doing it. I just don't think it's very effective. It's too much."
Ivanka revelations about Christopher Steele don’t matter to Trump because it doesn’t fit his lie: FBI lawyer Jim Baker
In an interview with CNN Monday, former FBI general counsel Jim Baker said that it doesn't fit in President Donald Trump's narrative that Ivanka knew and met with Christopher Steele at Trump Tower years ago, so he simply ignored it.
It was revealed Monday that Steele was favorably disposed to Trump and his family due to his relationship with Ivanka. But the facts didn't follow the story that Trump had crafted to attack the notorious dossier. The FBI's inspector general report found that Steele was not biased against Trump when he began working on an opposition research document based on his contacts in Russia, where he served as MI6’s top intelligence officer.
GOP strategist reveals 4 key reasons Trump’s impeachment defense is ‘absurd’
Longtime Republican strategist Steve Schmidt blasted the defense of President Donald Trump offered by GOP members of Congress.
Schmidt mentioned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) during a Monday evening interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes.
The conservative commentator identified four areas of Trump's history that undermined his defense.
"When we look at the foundation of the defense that we saw here -- which is outside of the facts that I'll get to in a minute -- so the foundation is that the president was mightily concerned about corruption Ukraine," Schmidt noted. "Forgetting that this is a person who ran a fake university, ran a fraudulent charity, bilked all of his contractors out of the wages they had earned and has a record of fraud that lights the night sky."