Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) sat in painful silence for a full four seconds after CNN’s Alisyn Camerota schooled him on the nature of impeachment inquiries.
During an interview on Monday, Camerota asked Davis if he thought it was appropriate for a president to ask a foreign government to help him investigate his domestic political opponents.
Davis said it was not, but then pivoted to saying that House Democrats didn’t have enough evidence at the moment to justify holding an impeachment inquiry based on their knowledge of just the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“In the end, let’s make sure we have the facts,” Davis said. “And there’s not enough facts to impeach a president.”
Camerota proceeded to rip his talking points to shreds by pointing out that the whole point of the impeachment inquiry is to gather those facts.
“Congressman, with all due respect, that’s what this investigation is doing, is trying to get the facts,” she said. “You know, that’s… why they’re beginning this inquiry. That’s why they’re calling witnesses. It’s to get the facts. that is the definition of an investigation.”
Davis then sat in silence for four seconds before responding with a non-sequitur.
“Well, an impeachment inquiry is a lot different than us exercising our oversight,” he said. “And frankly, what it has the potential to do is to shut down progress in Washington.”
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Trump’s Mt Rushmore speech trashed on CNN for being nonsense straight out of the ‘Hannity universe’
On CNN Saturday, reporter Brian Stelter tore into President Donald Trump's Mount Rushmore speech.
"The president had a chance to deliver one of these unifying messages, especially ahead of Independence Day, but instead he chose to go on the attack," said anchor Christi Paul. "Do you think that was the right strategy and why?"
"It sounded like a Stephen Miller speech," said Stelter. "And that is something that appeals to the parts of the president's base that he really focuses on. This is wartime conservativism [sic], this belief that conservatives are at war trying to protect the country from change."
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"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."
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In interviews with CNN's Jeff Zeleny, longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 admitted they have no intention of helping him stay in office when they vote in November.
With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.
According to retired banker John Dudley, 77, he voted for Trump last election and the president promptly "blew it."