During the impeachment testimony of State Department officials Laura Cooper and David Hale, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) used his time to dismantle a growing defense of President Donald Trump’s apparent use of Ukrainian foreign aid for an extortion scheme: that Obama didn’t give Ukraine aid either, so Trump didn’t even have to.
“Now as to the justification,” said Swalwell. “The justification is that the Obama administration only provided blankets, so the Ukrainians should be grateful, even after being shaken down, that the Trump administration provided more, but the truth, Ms. Cooper, is that under the Obama administration and the European Reassurance Initiative, $175 million were provided from U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Ukrainians, is that right?”
Sir, I don’t have that figure,” said Cooper. “The figure that we typically use is to say we’ve provided $1.6 billion to date, but I don’t have the breakdown in front of me.”
“And the Obama administration also trained five military battalions of the Ukrainians, is that correct?” Swalwell added.
“Again, I don’t have the figures in front of me, but yes, the training program began in the Obama administration, and we did train many forces,” said Cooper.
“And under the Obama administration founded Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative provided to the Ukrainians were armored Humvees, tactical drones, night vision devices, armored vests, and medical equipment, is that correct?” asked Swalwell.
“Those all sound like pieces of equipment that were provided in the Obama administration, to my recollection,” said Cooper.
“You would agree that’s a lot more than blankets, right?” asked Swalwell.
“Yes, sir,” said Cooper.
“Ambassador Hale, the aid that was withheld to Lebanon and Pakistan [under Obama], those were for legitimate foreign policy objectives, is that right?” continued Swalwell.
“I would say that’s true,” said Hale.
“And you would agree that withholding aid to investigate a political opponent is not a legitimate foreign policy objective, is that right?” added Swalwell.
“Correct,” said Hale.
‘I told you this would happen’: CNN’s Cuomo tears into Trump for trying to ruin Dr Fauci
On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump for his latest attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci.
"Fauci is not to blame for any of this. Trump is, period," said Cuomo. "And now that the reality is sinking in to blue and red, to left, right, and reasonable, Trump is doing what he always does: trying to shift blame to someone else. And we must reject efforts to shift stink onto the one man we can trust."
"Now, in these White House attacks, we see their principles on display as well, don't we?" said Cuomo. "Eat your own, lie about Fauci, deny your role, and defy the mandate of leadership that we gave you. And how about using an unnamed official to smear the only credible voice they have on this voice. Where are the worries about anonymous sources now, Mr. President? This is making America great again? You pardon a convicted liar and lie about a man with a conviction to fight a pandemic, which you apparently lack."
CNN host buries Trump for promoting elderly game show host’s COVID conspiracy
CNN's John Berman on Monday buried President Donald Trump for promoting the medical advice of a former game show host over the advice of doctors when it comes to the novel coronavirus.
The president on Monday morning promoted a tweet from former "Love Connection" host Chuck Woolery that accused both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and doctors in general of deliberately lying about the pandemic to harm Trump's re-election bid.
Damning CNN supercut shows how Trump has been ‘wrong about every aspect of the pandemic’
President Donald Trump's allies have been circulating an opposition research file on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for getting some things wrong in the past when talking about the novel coronavirus.
However, the president has gotten vastly more wrong about the pandemic -- and CNN on Monday showed the receipts.