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Rick Santorum starts shouting about Joe Biden after being unable to defend Trump’s Ukraine scheme

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After Tuesday’s impeachment testimony, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to defend President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scheme to a CNN panel — and was reduced to shouting about former Vice President Joe Biden as his co-panelists tore down his arguments.

“Every one of the people there had the same thing, which is to change the Obama policy, which was leaving Ukrainians without any way to defend themselves … we have [Trump] in there and fighting for Ukraine and now the Democrats are saying, well, this is wonderful, BUT…”

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“Let me just ask you the question,” said former Obama strategist David Axelrod. “Because this lethal aid has been important, it gives them quite a bit of leverage, the president, if he wants them.”

“Here’s my point,” said Santorum. “I’d like to compare this to the obstruction case in the Mueller report. What you had is a bunch of adults, the president spouting off, we should go after this guy, we should go after him. They never did. Why? Because he has adults in the room who put up with the wild ideas, and then they do the right thing.”

“That’s not happened here,” said former White House communications strategist Jen Psaki. “What happened here, they all followed the president’s direction to hold out this aid in an exchange. And they were two days away from doing that. They didn’t do it because they were caught.”

Santorum protested that Trump is not a big “foreign aid guy” and wasn’t inclined to give the money in the first place.

“You said that everybody’s on the same page,” said anchor Anderson Cooper. “They actually weren’t. They thought it was a bad idea.”

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Santorum grew visibly more flustered, eventually raising his voice.

“I heard Congressman Schiff say [Ambassador Kurt] Volker cleared Vice President Biden,” said Santorum. “How’d he clear him? Well, I know Joe Biden, he’s a good guy, he’d never do it. That’s not clearing anybody! That’s a character witness!”

“Why did he then, why did [EU Ambassador] Gordon Sondland go to the Ukrainian official … and have this conversation the day after Trump had the conversation with [Ukraine President Volodymyr] Zelensky?” asked Psaki.

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“Because — look, I — they — it comes back to the point I’ve been making,” blustered Santorum. “Just because aide in this — we talked about the same conversation, doesn’t mean one was traded for the other.”

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White House lawyers were desperate not to talk about Rudy Giuliani — or Trump’s other conspiracy theories: CNN analyst

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On Saturday, CNN analyst Gloria Borger noted a key piece of the timeline that was conveniently missing from the defense presented by President Donald Trump's legal team: The involvement of Trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

"The one person that Jay Sekulow didn't mention is Rudy Giuliani, because this is Rudy Giuliani's theory of the game here," said Borger. "They were very careful not to bring up Rudy Giuliani because they know that he is not well regarded in the United States Senate, but if you again look at this summary of the transcript of the president's phone call, the president talks about CrowdStrike, he talks about a lot of things that went on. 'I would like to have the attorney general call you or your people, I would like to have you get to the bottom of it,' this whole nonsense, he talked about Bob Mueller and said a lot of it started with Ukraine."

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Pompeo ridiculed by CNN panel for his ‘phony mock outrage’ response after being outed as a foul-mouthed bully

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Responding to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued through the State Department accusing an NPR journalist of being "shameless" for going public with an encounter she had with him in his offices where he cursed at her, a CNN panel all but rolled their eyes at his "phony" outrage.

Speaking with host Anderson Cooper, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called out the blustery Pompeo as well as many Republicans who took "umbrage" at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) mentioning a report that the Donald Trump would have their heads on "on a pike" if they crossed him.

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White House lawyers’ Trump defense ‘deteriorated’ as they tried to make the case for the president: CNN’s Toobin

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As President Donald Trump's legal team put forward their defense of the president's Ukraine scheme at the impeachment trial on Saturday, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin weighed in on the effectiveness of what they had presented.

"There was information put forth today that would allow Republicans to vote against witnesses and to vote for an acquittal," acknowledged Toobin, offering as an example that the team did a good job at creating doubt over when the Ukrainians knew the foreign aid was cut off. However, "after that I thought it deteriorated."

"I was surprised that Jay Sekulow, who I think is a very fine lawyer, seen him argue in the Supreme Court several times, wandered in the wasteland of the Mueller report, that didn't seem relevant," said Toobin. "Mr. Philbin, who is not a spellbinding performer, went on about how it was legitimate in their view not to respond to subpoenas, not to provide any witnesses by the Trump administration. I thought that was a particularly weak performance. But, you know, if you are inclined to the defense point of view, there were facts and arguments to justify your position this morning."

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