On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” former FBI general counsel James Baker told Chris Cuomo that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has to answer for the allegations laid out in the impeachment testimony.
“They wanted to give [Ukraine Ambassador Marie] Yovanovitch support, she asked them for support, they decided no, maybe because they thought the president would jump all over them. So what?” said Cuomo.
“The issue with her is that they wanted to and were inclined to get her out of the way, unless she was willing to play ball, unless she was willing to acquiesce in this sort of irregular channel and the goals of the irregular channel that Ambassador Taylor described,” said Baker. “They were going to either get her out of the way, or have her join the team. This is what it seems to me was going on. They were trying to achieve these other objectives and they were going to either do it by forcing the career people to go along and compromise their values, quite frankly, or they were going to do it through the Giuliani channel.”
“This speaks to a foreign policy gone awry,” said Baker. “And as you were saying earlier, I simply don’t know how Secretary Pompeo is not dragged in. If he doesn’t come in to talk to the impeachment inquiry, then the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees need to ask him, like, how were you conducting and supervising the foreign relations of the United States, with respect to Ukraine? It doesn’t seem as though he was in charge.”
“They shouldn’t have to subpoena him, though,” Baker added. “He’s a Senate-confirmed cabinet official and he has an obligation to appear before Congress and answer questions. He shouldn’t have to be subpoenaed. That’s ridiculous.”
Trump didn’t fill request for ventilators when a Democrat called for help — but he did after a Republican called: Congresswoman
President Donald Trump praised Sen. Corey Gardner (R-CO) during his Wednesday press conference for his request for 100 ventilators, which Trump said he sent right away. He overflowed with praise for Gardner, and promised, "they'll be there very shortly."
The problem, however, is that the request has been coming from Democrats as Colorado has been searching for more. It was only when Gardner called that Colorado got ventilators, Rep. Diane DeGette (D-CO) told CNN Wednesday evening.
Andrew Cuomo threatens to bail on CNN interview when his brother shows vintage photo of governor in bellbottoms
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) appeared to feign anger during a CNN interview Wednesday in which his brother, Christopher Cuomo, showed a vintage photo of their family with the elder brother clad in bellbottoms, a rhinestone belt and an unfortunate attempt at an afro.
The younger Cuomo is still suffering from the effects of coronavirus, appearing redfaced and wiping his brow. However, his brother noted that he seemed more animated than he has in days.
"Now I've seen you referred to a little bit recently as the 'Love Gov' and I'm wondering if that's making you a little soft on the president, that you don't want to really criticize him, because you need him and now's not a time for fighting," said the younger Cuomo. "But don't you have to balance that with calling him out if he's doing things that you don't think are great for the people of your state to be hearing and experiencing? Love Gov?"
‘Complete nonsense’: CNN’s Daniel Dale blows up Trump’s lie that California admitted to widespread voter fraud
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," fact-checker Daniel Dale dismantled President Donald Trump's claim, repeated at the day's coronavirus press conference, that a lawsuit proved a million people voted illegally in California.
"He had a voter fraud commission that was disbanded without producing any such evidence," Dale told anchor Erin Burnett. "This is complete nonsense ... the specific lie was about a California settlement with a conservative group called Judicial Watch."