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Southern District prosecutors watched impeachment hearing to decide whether to charge Giuliani: CNN reporter

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The first publicly televised impeachment hearing was aired to millions of people on Tuesday. But it wasn’t just citizens who were watching, suggested justice correspondent Evan Perez on CNN’s “The Situation Room” — it was federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, who are currently investigating President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

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“Both of [the witnesses], Kent and Taylor, they weighed in on the role of Rudy Giuliani in all this diplomacy,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “What do you think?”

“Look, I think that’s the key part of his testimony,” said Perez. “I think we want to hear more from some of the other witnesses, including Ambassador Yovanovitch, and certainly Gordon Sondland, this is part of the story, the story Democrats are laying out for the impeachment inquiry. There is also another part of this, Wolf. I think the prosecutors in the Southern District of New York … are watching this testimony today, no doubt, and trying to see whether it fits into the criminal investigation still ongoing in which Giuliani is the center of.”

“I think today, hearing from these two very credible witnesses talk about what they heard and what they knew, it’s incorrect — frankly, even the Democrats have fallen into this thinking — that these two witnesses were hearsay witnesses,” added Perez. “That’s not true. These people were saying directly what they heard first hand from other people. There’s nothing wrong with that. People get convicted on hearsay evidence all the time, everyday in U.S. Courts. It’s very important for people to remember this is only part of that story, and the rest of it is going to come from some of the other witnesses.”

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Rick Santorum falls apart during CNN defense of Trump as fellow Republican Charlie Dent smirks

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As CNN contributor Rick Santorum struggled to defend Donald Trump's quid pro quo proposal to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday morning, his fellow Pennsylvania Republican, former Rep. Charlie Dent, laughed at his fumbling for answers.

Sitting down with "New Day" host John Berman, Santorum once again attempted to make the case that the president was withholding aid over Ukraine corruption and not because he was seeking dirt on political opponents -- and didn't fare well as Berman kept fact-checking him.

With the two former GOP lawmakers on split-screen, Santorum refused to concede that the president was asking for a personal favor during the phone-call that eventually led to a House impeachment inquiry into the president's actions.

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How Nancy Pelosi is outplaying Trump on impeachment

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During a CNN "New Day" discussion on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) upbraiding a former Fox News reporter on Thursday for asking her if she hates Donald Trump, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman explained that the California Democrat has been one step ahead of the president when it comes to the ongoing impeachment proceedings.

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Trump-voting farmer pounds president on CNN over his ‘back-stabbing’ tariffs: ‘He just left us out’

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During a segment on how the tariffs imposed by Donald Trump are still impacting the nation's farmers, a Pennsylvania farmer who claims he voted for the president now states he and others are the victim of a "back-stabbing" and are struggling to survive.

In the clip, introduced by "New Day" host John Berman, correspondent Vanessa Yurkevich began, "Farmers have had a tough couple of years between bad weather and this trade war that has persisted. Nationally, farm bankruptcies are up 20 percent in just the last year and, here, dairy farms in Pennsylvania are dwindling. We spoke to some farmers who supported the president but say they're rethinking their vote for 2020."

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