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Dr. Sanjay Gupta questions Trump’s ‘routine checkup’: ‘Those things are done at the White House medical unit’

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CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta explained on Monday why President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to Walter Reed medical center was anything but “routine.”

Trump caused speculation over the weekend when his motorcade set out to Walter Reed without stating a reason. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham later told reporters that Trump was having a “routine checkup” in order to get an early start on his annual physical.

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But Gupta didn’t seem to buy the explanation from the White House.

“A presidential visit to a hospital is a big thing and it sounds like the staff didn’t necessarily know,” Gupta said. “They typically all know because it’s a pretty big event.”

“They say a quick exam and labs, that’s what they say he had done,” he continued. “Those things are often done at the White House medical unit… They can do quite a bit there, including things like this. So what was it, I guess is the question, that he needed to go to the hospital for specifically? We don’t know.”

Gupta took issue with Grisham’s statement to the press.

“I think any medical professional knows when there is a patient going to the hospital in a surprise way like this, that would be the question,” Gupta said. “I’m glad he got it checked out, whatever it is.”

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Trump adviser admits president ‘will come out of this impeachment process unhinged’: report

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta learned from a top adviser to President Donald Trump that he will likely come out of the impeachment completely "unhinged."

"I think it's starting to sink in that he's about to be impeached," Acosta told CNN's John Berman Friday evening. "Impeachment is coming. He was asked about these issues earlier today. He was asked about the prospect of a Senate trial that comes after he's impeached in the House. There's been a debate going on back and forth between the White House and Republicans up on Capitol Hill about whether or not a Senate trial is a good idea. I will tell you, I talked to a source familiar with discussions going on inside the White House who said the president is starting to listen to the counsel coming from his attorneys saying a shorter trial would be better. It would obviously remove the possibility there would be unforeseen bombshells emerging and you heard the president sounding open to that idea."

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It’s hard to argue Trump was innocent when Rudy Giuliani is in Ukraine to keep it going: Former US Attorney

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Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara explained Friday that it's difficult for President Donald Trump to claim he is innocent of attempting to bribe Ukraine when his own lawyer just returned from trying to dig up more dirt on the son of his opponent.

"Isn't this what got the president in trouble in the first place?" CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Bharara.

"Yes, it actually is," Bharara said simply. "I don't know exactly what's going on here. I think Rudy Giuliani wants to be close to the president and help the president and argue on behalf of the president. There are a lot of implications that Rudy Giuliani is doing going on forays back to Ukraine, which some people would call the scene of the crime. It causes more scrutiny to be brought upon him. We've seen reported he's under investigation himself, and I think it raises eyebrows in the political sphere. But I think something important about it relates to impeachment."

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GOP shamed by a presidential historian for not taking impeachment seriously

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Following the House Judiciary Committee's historic vote, sending two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the House floor, presidential historian Tim Naftali broke down why this impeachment was both important and different from previous ones.

Sitting on the panel with host Wolf Blitzer and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, Naftali began, "Impeachment is the last best defense against those who would abuse their power. In our history, four times the Congress has turned to that tool to deal with a president that for one reason or another they felt was a challenge to the constitutional order."

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