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 Toobin unleashes hell on Trump’s ‘outrageous’ attacks on Stone jury
On CNN Wednesday, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid into President Donald Trump for his ongoing public attacks on the jurors who convicted his former campaign strategist and friend Roger Stone. Trump and his allies have been arguing that the verdict is invalid because the jury forewoman had a Twitter account in which she criticized the president.
"To be honest, I don't know what Judge Jackson is going to do. I don't really know how significant these statements are. So I wouldn't make a prediction about what she's going to do about the new trial situation," said Toobin. "But as for what the president said, it is so outrageous to attack jurors. I mean, these are ultimately private figures. They didn't volunteer. The judges, you know, need jurors. The legal system needs jurors. And the idea that the president would single out jurors repeatedly for criticism..."
Internet shreds ‘incompetent buffoon’ Trump for attack on media covering coronavirus
After two days of massive stock market declines over fears of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, President Donald Trump lashed out at CNN and MSNBC on Wednesday morning for reporting on the worldwide health hazard -- and was immediately slapped down on Twitter.
According to the president, who also announced a press conference to address the concerns his administration is bungling the response to the crisis, set for Wednesday night: "Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus (sic) look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!"
Trump claim of coming coronavirus vaccine blown up by health expert
Appearing on CNN's " New Day," on Wednesday, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases claimed that Donald Trump's administration is running behind on containing the coronavirus -- and that the public shouldn't expect a viable vaccine for at least a year.
Speaking with host John Berman, Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed the efforts of the Trump administration attempting to get their arms around the rapidly growing health threat before cautioning viewers not to expect an immediate fix.
"I want to ask you one more question which is one of the things the president said yesterday," host Berman stated. "We're very close to a vaccine. Now, I know this is something you know a lot about -- this is your job. How close are we to a vaccine?"