On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” CNN legal analyst Laura Coates walked through the precarious legal situation of President Donald Trump’s EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday amid accusations he has lied to Congress in his previous depositions.
“He omitted some crucial information in his earlier sworn deposition. He revised it once,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “What do you anticipate?”
“The idea that he had one of these epiphanies is precisely why you have closed-door hearings to begin with,” said Coates. “One of the tactics and strategies involved here for members of the House was to make sure you couldn’t coordinate your testimony, you actually must present what you tell, have a full and complete accounting of what you’ve done. And you’ve seen over time, that when you have other witnesses come in, suddenly, he realized, oh, you meant the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me Congress. And in this role he has failed time and time again. It’ll be interesting to see whether he will have additional epiphanies in his opening statements, or if he waits until there are questions. If he waits until that moment, it might be too late for him to correct his testimony.”
“Because hovering over this is the Roger Stone conviction on all seven counts last week, including lying to Congress,” agreed Blitzer. “Do you expect Ambassador Sondland, potentially, to plead the Fifth?”
“I think he’s considering it right now,” said Coates. “I mean, the Sword of Damocles is hanging over his head right now. When you see Roger Stone involved in behavior, the underlying conduct itself wasn’t the legal problem, it was the lying to Congress and not giving a full accounting of information, that is hovering over him right now, thinking, here I have not given the information the first time or the second time, I have forgotten a phone call in which I held the phone away from my ear in a crowded restaurant in Ukraine, potentially making vulnerable the president’s own conversation with a number of his advisers.”
Trump suffering an ‘erosion’ of his base — and it spells disaster for his campaign: CNN analyst
On Thursday, CNN political director David Chalian broke down one of the most ominous numbers for President Donald Trump in the new polls showing him down double digits to former Vice President Joe Biden.
"So in the approval, I think we see that down to 84 percent among Republicans," said Chalian. "Obviously, still, most Republicans are with the president ... but it's this little slippage that is actually significant. In the horserace, in the Biden versus Trump matchup, he gets 84 percent of Republican support. Joe Biden is in the 90s."
"So there's a little bit of erosion from key constituencies here, his fellow Republicans," said Chalian. "And just a little bit of an erosion in your base when your entire strategy for three and a half years has been all about jazzing up that base, not about trying to win the middle — the middle is gone for Donald Trump right now — but now we're seeing, because of his handling of the virus, this chipping away at the core supporters as well. That's a problem, given the way he's built his entire approach for the last three and a half years."
The problem isn’t the campaign manager — it’s Trump: Republican analyst
Switching up the campaign manager four months before the election when the latest poll shows you 12 points down has nothing to do with the campaign's leadership, Republican analyst Amanda Carpenter explained on CNN Wednesday.
"The problem isn't that Donald Trump has a bad campaigner," said Carpenter in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon. "They're raising tons of money. They have a boatload of surrogates. The problem is that he has a bad presidency. And no one -- no one, no spin master, not Kellyanne Conway, not Brad Parscale can spin the most important number of this election, and that's -- at present, 137,000 dead and rising. And so what we need to see if Donald Trump wants to turn this around is to turn around his white house. And I have four words of advice: More Fauci, less Kayleigh."
‘Are you kidding me?’ CNN’s Cuomo lays into Trump for hawking Goya products during a pandemic
On CNN Wednesday, Chris Cuomo exploded with outrage over the image of President Donald Trump promoting Goya food products from the Oval Office — just a day after his daughter did the same.
"The pandemic is in full effect," said Cuomo. "You tell me how a president, in the middle of a pandemic, has got time for this bullsh*t. Are you kidding me? Hawking products? Goya, I don't care who it is. Resolute Desk? This is what he's resolute about? Pandemic priorities? His daughter Ivanka, top White House adviser, are you kidding me? Marketing for a brand following calls for a boycott after Goya's CEO heaped praise on Trump last week. On your dime, in the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans. Are you kidding me?"