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.
CNN’s Cuomo smacks down GOP congressman for claiming Democrats have no impeachable offense on Trump
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—"
Trump and Barr’s attacks could chill the FBI from investigating future election crimes: Ex-FBI counsel
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."
Bill Barr is acting as ‘the president’s lawyer’ against the agency he is supposed to be leading: Ex-FBI deputy director
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."