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.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper exposes Trump’s lies on COVID deaths: He ‘doesn’t want you to know the whole story’
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper laid into President Donald Trump for his false narratives about the coronavirus pandemic.
"New modeling from the University of Washington today forecasts 208,000 people in this country may be dead of COVID-19 by Election Day," said Cooper. "Which the president still does not seem to think is all that bad. Because he is still repeating the same falsehoods as ever about testing and mortality, which fell for a while, but is once again sadly, sickeningly, ticking up."
"We have more cases because we're doing more testing," said Trump in the clip. "We have more cases. If we did half the testing, we'd have far fewer cases but people don't view it that way. What they have to view, though, is if you look at the chart, and maybe Mike has it, but we looked at it before, if you look at the chart of deaths, deaths are way down. What we want to do is get our schools open. We want to get them open quickly, beautifully in the fall."
Trump’s record as one of the ‘dumbest students’ in college makes cheating story credible: Trump biographer
On Tuesday, Trump biographer David Cay Johnston discussed the allegation from Mary Trump's book that the president paid for someone to take his SAT — an accusation he denies vehemently.
"He claims he was a top student, best of the best. What do you make of this, David?" asked host Erin Burnett.
"The story makes perfect sense," said Johnston. "First of all, back in the 1960s, it was easy to have someone go and take your test for you. There weren't IDs and the checks we have today because of the kind of cheating. The idea that a rich boy paid someone else to take the test, to people of my generation, is no surprise. Trump claims he was a great student, yet one of his former professor described him as the 'blank blank dumbest student he's ever had,' but thinks he knows everything. There were no honors for Trump at Fordham or Penn."
Trump’s fans had a choice: They could reject his toxic nonsense or completely lose it. They chose B
The problem with Kanye or other political hobbyists running for president is that it further erodes the already threadbare integrity of our presidential politics, making it increasingly acceptable for other famous-for-being-famous nincompoops to run, and perhaps win. The last four years have illustrated how profoundly dangerous that can be.