On CNN Saturday, David Guy, the former special impeachment adviser to President Bill Clinton, told anchor Christi Paul that President Donald Trump’s angry tweet against Marie Yovanovitch, and State Department aide David Holmes’ new testimony that he overheard President Donald Trump talking to EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland about military aide, are huge problems for both the president and Sondland.
“I’m wondering, did you see that tweet as she was testifying, the tweet from the president, as President Trump kind of sabotaging himself?” asked Paul.
“I think what it is — and the media missed this because he does outrageous things and it’s a distraction — but what happens is when he does this, it distracts the Republicans from their strategy of the day, which was also distraction, but it shifted,” said Smith. “Even Fox News, in real time, reported it shifted the mood, the tone of the Yovanovitch hearing, and now what we have from Holmes is yet one more of the Republican talking points is removed.”
“And this only was day two of the hearings,” added Smith. “I mean, go back when the whistleblower — nobody knew about Ukraine. And here we are, day one, we get this big revelation about this phone call with the president’s actual voice and the Republicans kept saying, oh, it’s hearsay, it’s hearsay. It’s no longer hearsay. It’s the real thing. Imagine where we’re gonna be next week. We have eight more witnesses, fact witnesses, and Sondland’s coming back, and he’s in just a world of trouble.”
Sondland had previously testified he had no awareness of an attempt by Trump to extort Ukraine with military aid. He has since revised that testimony to admit he was aware of such a plan.
WATCH: Trump’s chief of staff starts shouting when grilled about president’s refusal to accept election results
On Thursday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer pressed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power after the election, and became visibly agitated and raised his voice under questioning.
"He said he's not sure the election could be honest here in the United States," said Blitzer. "Is he saying if he wins, he'll accept the results, if he loses, he won't commit to a peaceful transition?"
"I haven't heard him say that," said Meadows. "I can tell you what I have heard him say, Wolf, is really overwhelming concern about mail-in ballots ... we're seeing some activist judges across the country interpret the law that really is not on the books. They're actually making the law. I think that's what most of this is about, making sure that as long as it's free and fair. If it's free and fair, we'll accept the will of the American people. We believe that will be the re-election of Donald Trump."
Trump apologist thinks president made ‘huge mistake’ by admitting he won’t peacefully give up power
A conservative who usually defends President Donald Trump admitted to CNN on Thursday that the president made a "huge mistake" when he refused to commit to having a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the 2020 election.
During a panel discussion on the president's latest controversial remarks about the upcoming election, liberal guest Bakari Sellers argued that Americans should be "very terrified" about Trump implicitly encouraging violence in the event that he loses.
CNN host uses Fox News doctor’s own words against him after he accuses Biden of taking amphetamine
President Donald Trump and his allies seem to realize that they've dug themselves a hole in attacking former Vice President Joe Biden as mentally unfit. With expectations so low, a Biden win in the first debates are almost assured, even with a Fox News host.
In a discussion Tuesday, Trump began to pivot away from his non-stop advertising attacking Biden's cognitive abilities and instead claim Biden is a "professional" who knows what he's doing.
"Maybe that would work if the president himself had not been saying this about Biden on repeat for the entirety of the campaign," said CNN host Brianna Keilar.