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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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Mick Mulvaney needs to get a lawyer: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney needs to hire a lawyer separately from the White House counsel, following new reports that the attorney for former National Security Adviser John Bolton is rejecting a legal alliance with him.

"There are reports that Mulvaney was sort of on thin ice as a result of that disastrous press briefing that he gave a couple of weeks ago," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Why does he need a private attorney, why isn't he represented by the White House counsel?"

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Republicans are rushing to retire in part because ‘they hate’ having to defend Trump’s tweets: WaPo reporter

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Monday announced that he would not be running for Congress again in 2020, making him the 17th House Republican to announce his retirement within the last year alone.

While there are several reasons for all these retirements, Washington Post reporter Rachel Bade told CNN's John King that one reason is the sheer exhaustion of having to constantly defend President Donald Trump.

"You can't overstate how much Republicans hate having to answer for the president's controversial tweets," she explained.

Bade then said that Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) told her that he decided to hang it up after the president delivered racist attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) over the summer.

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‘It’s not a game show’: Soledad O’Brien reams CNN host for fretting over impeachment TV ratings

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Soledad O'Brien, a former CNN host, slammed the network over the weekend for what she referred to as "Cillizza-level inanity," referring to contributor Chris Cillizza.

In a Sunday segment on CNN's Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter wondered about the ratings for the "first episode" of the public impeachment hearings.

"I hate to talk this way," Stelter said. "Will the Democrats put on a powerful first episode? Will they convince people to keep watching?"

"Why is CNN so stupid about important shit?" O'Brien wrote on Twitter. "This is Cillizza-level inanity. Brian should be ashamed of himself."

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