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Rick Santorum smacked down for claiming Sondland testimony helped Trump

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On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland actually helped President Donald Trump — and was promptly challenged.

“I think the Democrats had a good morning. I don’t think they had a good afternoon,” said Santorum. “I think what when the Republicans actually started questioning Sondland about the details, I think it fell apart a little bit.”

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“How so?” asked Chris Cuomo.

“He said the president never said any of these things to him,” said Santorum. “In fact, what the president said, he quoted what the president said is, no, there’s no quid pro quo. What he says is, well, I’m surmising, this is what I’m just sort of gathering. Did anything come from the president? No, it came from Rudy Giuliani.”

“And Mulvaney,” cut in Cuomo. “With the knowledge of Pompeo. He said exactly that, and then pulled it back.”

“The reality is, I’m just trying to play out where I think the public is, where I think Republicans are, is this just another example of someone giving their opinion as to what the president’s position, was, but the president’s position, clearly stated in the May meeting, was, and clearly stated period, which is he doesn’t like foreign aid, he thinks the Ukrainians are corrupt and he’s tired of NATO not paying fair share, and those are all legitimate reasons not to provide the aid,” said Cuomo.

“If you look at the emails and the text messages, none of that is mentioned,” pointed out legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “All that’s mentioned are Burisma and the server. That’s the only thing any of these people cared about. I mean, the whole idea that the president is worried about burden sharing, which was last week’s talking point, yes, it’s true, but it had nothing to do with this decision. It was not in any of the papers.”

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CNN’s Cuomo smacks down GOP congressman for claiming Democrats have no impeachable offense on Trump

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) tried to claim that Democrats had no impeachable offenses against Trump — and anchor Chris Cuomo promptly fact-checked him.

"I still ask that question, what was the impeachable offense?" said Mullin. "They started with quid pro quo, moved to bribery and when the articles of impeachment came out, they say it's high crimes and misdemeanors. From day one they have been in search of a crime. They've been trying to explain to the American people why they're impeaching a duly elected president. Underneath the past impeachments it was very clear. Clinton committed perjury. Andrew Johnson, he removed the Secretary of War illegally and Nixon broke into the DNC. Those are impeachable offenses. I ask the question—"

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Trump and Barr’s attacks could chill the FBI from investigating future election crimes: Ex-FBI counsel

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former FBI general counsel James Baker warned that President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr's attempts to smear and discredit the FBI — even in the face of an inspector general report broadly exonerating their investigation of Russia — could lead to FBI agents steering away from investigations of future election interference.

"I think it sends a terrible message," said Baker. "The president's statements, I think in his tweet, whenever it was, about Director Wray — I mean, the FBI is not a 'broken' organization. It is not and has not been. It's a tremendous organization. It's out there every day defending America. So the American people should rest assured that the FBI is there, doing its job. It's protecting all of us."

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Bill Barr is acting as ‘the president’s lawyer’ against the agency he is supposed to be leading: Ex-FBI deputy director

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe excoriated Attorney General William Barr for trying to poison public perception of the FBI — even as his own department's inspector general debunked right-wing conspiracies of an FBI-centric "deep state" working to bring down President Donald Trump.

"The attorney general of the United States is saying others, but also you, acted in bad faith," said anchor Erin Burnett.

"That's absolutely false," said McCabe. "It didn't happen. I know that. I didn't need the IG to tell me that. But it's good the IG reported there is no situations of that what so far."

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