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Ex-Watergate prosecutor: Trump’s complaints about impeachment are ‘constitutionally unsound’

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former Watergate assistant counsel Philip Allen Lacovara told anchor Erin Burnett that President Donald Trump has no leg to stand on when he complains about the impeachment process.

“Look, it’s the House. It’s more of a grand jury investigation is how it’s been described, right?” said Burnett. “This isn’t about, you get to have a lawyer and counsel present and all of those things. But this is how they’re going to play the game. They’re going to say it’s unconstitutional, a miscarriage of justice. Is there any truth to it?”

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“No, there is no truth to it. It’s a constitutionally unsound argument,” said Lacovara. “One of the things I learned in law school is if you don’t have the facts on your side, argue the law. If you don’t have the law, argue the facts. If you don’t have the facts or the law, you appeal to fairness or equity or something. That’s basically where they are. They are complaining about process even though it’s clear the House does not have any constitutional obligation to use any particular process.”

“The other point one might make is that there is plenty of process going on,” added Lacovara. “These are hearings where people are testifying under oath and as was said by the congressman in your prior segment, the minority party, the Republicans have equal time. So the president’s defenders are having ample opportunity to probe any of the evidence that’s being developed.”

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Sondland’s life ‘is on the block’ — and he could ‘give up the president’ to save himself: Watergate’s John Dean

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "New Day," former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean suggested that the most precarious and most consequential witness in this week's impeachment hearings will be EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland — because he is facing accusations of lying to Congress and has the most at stake.

"I submit, we will see the one who saw Roger Stone get convicted on seven counts of lying and witness tampering on Friday and the one who will testify under penalty of perjury in public on Wednesday," said anchor John Berman. "How much do you think that does and should weigh on him?"

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No way Pence didn’t know what Trump was up to in Ukraine after aide’s revelations: CNN panel

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A CNN panel discussion on testimony given by a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence said her revelations about what she knew about President Donald Trump's Ukraine dealings can only mean Pence knew and is lying.

Speaking with New Day hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, contributor Kaitlan Collins stated Jennifer Williams' description of Trump's Ukraine phone call was expected to set Trump off, which it did when the president raged at her on Sunday as a "Never Trumper."

"We kind of saw this coming, that they anticipated the president could be frustrated by her testimony," Collins explained. "Because in the weeks before, when she was going to testify behind closed doors, we saw them distancing themselves from her. Yes, she works in our office, but she's the State Department employee detailed to our office."

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This is the energy executive who first exposed Trump’s Ukraine scandal: report

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CNN host Chris Cuomo did a special investigative report by Drew Griffin looking at the money trail from Russia to President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal.

"You probably don’t know Dale Perry, but history may record this energy executive as one of the first who sounded the alarm about what would become President Trump’s impeachment inquiry," said Griffin. "In April, Perry’s former business partner Andrew Favorov, now a director at Ukraine's state-owned gas company Naftogaz, says two shady characters had approached him, with a secret management plan to take over the management from the inside. Those two shady characters Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are two low-level, Soviet-born businessmen from south Florida. And they were trying to clear the way for their own gas business."

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