Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) went off on President Donald Trump on Friday after being shown a clip of the president calling on the Chinese government to investigate his political opponents.
After CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Hurd for his reaction to the president’s latest encouragement of foreign interference in American elections, the retiring GOP congressman didn’t hold back.
“I think it is terrible,” he said. “I think it is something that I wouldn’t have done and I can go two days — I think two days before that, wishing China congratulations on 70 years of communism via a tweet, is not something I would do either. China is an adversary.”
Earlier in the interview, Hurd also said that he is very concerned about the recently unearthed text messages showing that American officials believed they needed to convince the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden as a precondition for securing a meeting with Trump.
“This is part of the reason why I think we should be having these hearings in the Intelligence Committee,” he said. “I believe the whistle blower. These are allegations — and we have to be clear of that — but these are serious enough it warrants some of the hearings we’ve been having.”
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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue Democrats were overreaching in the impeachment hearings — only to be smacked down by his co-panelists.
"The thing that bothered me from the hearing was this whole thing that the president is an existential threat to the republic," said Santorum. "You know, I've always said this about my friends on the left. They always go one step too far that just — that makes people sort of scratch their head and say, well, I may not like what he did, but to call this an existential threat to the republic is just a little bit too far ... I understand why they're doing it. They're trying to stoke it up. I get why they're doing it. I just don't think it's very effective. It's too much."
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In an interview with CNN Monday, former FBI general counsel Jim Baker said that it doesn't fit in President Donald Trump's narrative that Ivanka knew and met with Christopher Steele at Trump Tower years ago, so he simply ignored it.
It was revealed Monday that Steele was favorably disposed to Trump and his family due to his relationship with Ivanka. But the facts didn't follow the story that Trump had crafted to attack the notorious dossier. The FBI's inspector general report found that Steele was not biased against Trump when he began working on an opposition research document based on his contacts in Russia, where he served as MI6’s top intelligence officer.
‘Rudolph Giuliani is a walking argument for this impeachment’: Constitutional law professor
A constitutional law professor available on CNN in the wake of Monday's House Judiciary Committee hearings explained that the biggest argument for impeachment is former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
In a panel discussion, Brown University Professor Corey Lang Brettschneider explained that the president's lawyer would ultimately sink him.
"Look, Rudoph Giuliani is a walking argument for this impeachment," he said. "If you don't stop the president now, you don't bring these articles of impeachment about obstruction of justice, abuse of power; he will keep doing it. And Giuliani is showing that. He continues to go to the Ukraine and continues to lie about these fake conspiracy theories, and it's sort of walking argument for what happens when you leave power unchecked."