Republicans appear to still be trying, covertly, to get the identity of the whistleblower in the Trump administration whose warning kicked off the whole Ukraine investigation.
But on Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Chris Cuomo pointed out that there is no need to rely on the whistleblower’s complaint anymore, because several people have corroborated key facts about the scandal — including President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
“The president of the United States used the power of his office to get investigations of political rivals, full stop,” said Cuomo. “He didn’t succeed. It doesn’t make the ask okay. Lt. Col. Vindman is only the latest to point out that investigating Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security. How else do we know? The texts from Volker, the testimony, the transcript of the call itself, television interviews, including on this show.”
“And, by the way, you know who the real whistleblower is here? Rudy Giuliani,” said Cuomo. “Rudy Giuliani was everywhere, and without portfolio, pushing an agenda he made clear here and elsewhere: I want the DNC, I want the Bidens, I’m working for the president and, by the way, I’m also working with these other guys who are under indictment for moving Russian money into elections. We haven’t even found out about that part of the story yet. But Rudy was all over this and with malignant cause and everybody knew it.”
“You don’t need the whistleblower,” continued Cuomo. “You do need Vindman and Volker and Taylor and even Sondland, okay, because none has ever named a corruption case in Ukraine other than what this president saw as politically beneficial. So the idea of just rooting out corruption is hollow. The vitally important White House meeting and congressional funding were withheld explicitly to get a statement this president could use to go after his opponents. Every person whose testimony that we have seen, spoke of the value of those two things to the Ukrainians. A point President Zelensky himself made clear. And with good reason. Of course it mattered to them. That’s why it was used at leverage.”
‘He’s violating us’: Cuomo tears into Trump for lying that children are ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19
On CNN Wednesday, anchor Chris Cuomo lost his temper over President Donald Trump's false claim that children are "almost immune" to COVID-19 on Fox News in the morning.
"I know for a fact he knows not to say what he's saying to you right there," said Cuomo, himself a COVID-19 survivor. "And with our kids. Children have died from this virus. Do they usually? No. Do they die the way adults do? No, but that's not the point. They are not immune. They get sick and infected. They generally have lighter or no symptoms, but after age 10, the best research we have at this point tells us they are just as likely to spread coronavirus as anyone else. And he knows it. I know he was told that. It is the best reckoning by his own task force."
‘You’re an economist, not a scientist’: CNN’s Burnett slams Trump trade adviser for promoting discredited COVID-19 treatment
On Wednesday, CNN's Erin Burnett clashed with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who once again made unproven claims about the discredited treatment of COVID-19 with the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.
"Look, Tony [Fauci] is a great guy, right? There's just disagreements," said Navarro. "And on things like, for example, the hydroxychloroquine, he has a strong point of view. There's as many doctors on the other side."
"But there aren't. But there aren't as many doctors on the other side," said Burnett. "Peter, first of all, you're an economist, not a scientist ... there's many millions of doctors in this country, there's five peer reviewed studies that show it not to be true, there's Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci."
Trump wants to ‘pick and choose’ which states can use mail-in voting based on partisan loyalty: CNN’s Acosta
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta tore into the inconsistencies in President Donald Trump's crusade against voting by mail.
"At the very beginning of this briefing ... he was challenged on the statements he continues to make about the safety of mail-in balloting, the security of mail-in balloting," said Acosta. "The president continuing to try to paint this picture that you'll have massive fraud across the country and ... he is taking exception to how they're doing things in Nevada while supporting mail-in voting in Florida."