With President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani coming under further scrutiny as two of his associates are arrested for campaign finance fraud, the Ukraine scandal — and the subsequent impeachment investigation — are snowballing even further.
On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), a member of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees, told anchor Wolf Blitzer that the scandal fits a “pattern” of behavior that has characterized Trump’s entire political career.
“What does it tell you that these two associates of Rudy Giuliani are now charged by the federal government with conspiracy to buy political influence?” asked Blitzer.
“We have a clear pattern here,” said Lieu. “In 2016, Russia interfered in our elections and helped Donald Trump. In 2018, we now know that these two associates of Rudy Giuliani helped funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to funnel money to a pro-Trump super PAC. Last month we learned the president of the United States solicited Ukraine to target his political opponent. We’re all Americans and we cannot have the American president continue to receive or solicit illegal assistance from foreign powers.”
“How will this indictment, congressman, impact your ability to get documents, to get testimony from these two men?” asked Blitzer.
“We’ve sent out subpoenas to those two associates of Rudy Giuliani’s,” said Lieu. “We also have issued a subpoena to [Energy Secretary] Rick Perry. We have subpoenaed numerous other witnesses. Why are there so many subpoenas? Because we’re seeing epic corruption, corruption at an unprecedented level among senior White House staff going up potentially to the president.”
CNN’s Avlon demolishes Trump’s three biggest Syria lies that are getting the Kurds killed
On Tuesday, CNN's John Avlon laid into President Donald Trump for his lies about Syria — lies which, he noted, have a terrible human cost.
"War and peace. Life and death," said Avlon. "And that’s the power of the presidency. And that’s what we’re seeing in Syria right now. Where President Trump’s impulsive order to remove U.S. troops after a call with Turkey’s autocrat is causing chaos and slaughter. And it’s given an anticipated victory to four American adversaries, Russia, Iran, the Syrian government and Islamic State."
"Who could have seen this coming? Basically anyone who was paying attention, except, apparently, President Trump," continued Avlon. "And so, faced with the real-time consequences of his actions, he’s defaulting to his comfort zone: A pattern of disinformation."
CNN panel stunned after Bakari Sellers calls Tulsi Gabbard ‘a puppet for the Russian government’
Bakari Sellers shocked his fellow CNN panelists on Tuesday when he called Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) a puppet for the Russian government.
During a discussion of Tuesday's upcoming Democratic primary debate, Sellers accused Gabbard of being fundamentally different from all the other candidates on the stage, and he darkly hinted that she has loyalties in places other than the United States.
"There is a chance that Tulsi is not just working for the United States of America, but I digress," he said.
"Wait a minute, what?" a shocked April Ryan asked.
Sellers then went on to elaborate his accusations.
Giuliani could get locked up for violating lobbying laws: Former FBI deputy director
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discussed a potentially serious source of criminal liability for President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani: Failure to register as a foreign agent.
"Forget about impeachment. Let's say it goes nowhere, doesn't go anywhere," said Cuomo. "If you're running this case, [Southern District of New York], and you're looking for potential criminality, what are the potential crimes involved with what we know about Rudy so far and where questions might lead."
"We don't know," said McCabe. "The Southern District has many, many more facts than we have at this points but from the few facts we have, I think one of the things you would have to consider with respect to Mr. Giuliani is a possible FARA, Foreign Agents Registration Act, that requires any person acting as an agent of a foreign principal to file a very detailed registration for the Department of Justice."