On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported that some aides to President Donald Trump are warning him to prepare for actual articles of impeachment to be passed against him as House Democrats advance their investigation of the Ukraine scandal.
“President Trump suggested to reporters the White House is trying to discover the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint launched the Ukraine investigation, and the president is on the attack, warning the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee could be arrested for treason, and that the country could be drawn into a civil war if he’s impeached,” Acosta told anchor Brianna Keilar. “I’m told aides to the president have cautioned him in the last few days that he faces the real likelihood of impeachment.”
“White House aides have grown frustrated with him clinging to a bogus conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine and not Russia that meddled in the 2016 election — a false claim former counterterrorism adviser Tom Bossert says he’s tried to ask the president to abandon.”
“At this point I’m deeply frustrated with what he and the legal team is doing and in repeating that debunked theory to the president,” said Bossert in a clip. “It sticks in his mind when he hears it over and over again and for clarity here … let me just again repeat that it has no validity.”
“Sources familiar with deliberations involving Mr. Trump and top advisers about his call with Ukraine leaders say aides to the president have warned him he faces the likelihood of being impeached,” continued Acosta, “but a source said aides are divided over the subject, as some are reassuring the president that Nancy Pelosi is placating Democrats and won’t drive the process toward an impeachment vote.”
“Now as for the subject of impeachment … a new CNN poll shows the public is becoming more open to the idea, with 47 percent saying they support impeaching and removing the president from office,” added Acosta.
‘The president is afraid’: Historian tells CNN that Trump’s attempt to block Bolton’s book is an epic blunder
Historian Timothy Naftali, a clinical associate professor of public service at New York University, told a CNN panel on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's attempt to block former national security adviser John Bolton from publishing his book would be a massive political blunder.
While discussing the news that the Trump White House sent a formal threat to Bolton warning him against publishing his book, Naftali predicted that the move would backfire and make it more likely that vulnerable Republican senators would call for Bolton to testify.
Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows tutoring GOP senators on what to ask in Q&A phase of impeachment trial: report
Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC), members of President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team, are reportedly coaching Republican senators ahead of the next portion of the Senate trial.
On Wednesday, the trial is expected to head into the question and answer phase. According CNN's Lauren Fox, Jordan and Meadows are helping to craft the questions that Republican senators will ask.
"Conservatives are starting to have a role in how conservative senators ask their questions," Fox explained. "There have been a couple of meetings between Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, who are on the president's defense team, telling senators essentially, this is how you should go about the Q&A period."
‘Getting the truth is irrelevant!’ Rick Santorum goes down in flames trying to defend Trump on CNN
Trump defender Rick Santorum went down in flames during a CNN debate on Wednesday that culminated in him admitting that the truth about President Donald Trump's attempt to extort the Ukrainian government really doesn't matter.
During a feisty debate with Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Santorum said that it would be a waste of time to call witnesses such as former national security adviser John Bolton because it would not change the fact that Trump is getting acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.