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—”
“That’s not what impeachment was about, you know,” said Cuomo. “And I have to tell you, you weren’t there, Markwayne, anybody can tell by looking at the color of your hair, you are not responsible for what the Republicans did during Clinton. But the idea that you start off with an investigation into screwy real estate deals and you wind up with an extramarital affair and that’s what you impeach on, can you imagine what would happen if they caught this president—”
“Clinton committed a crime,” said Mullin.
“Not all crimes are impeachable and not all impeachable things must be a crime,” said Cuomo. “That’s what the founders said in the Constitution.”
“Yes, but when it says treason, bribery, high crime or misdemeanor, committing perjury is a crime,” said Mullin. “President Trump hasn’t committed a crime.”
“I disagree,” said Cuomo. “Let me tell you something. Clinton’s in the past. If we wanted to punish that kind of behavior this way, it was a political decision. But your brothers and sisters on that side of the party were arguing very differently back then about what was a crime and what was needed to impeach and what wasn’t. Your champions, Lindsey Graham, even Bill Barr, said why are they giving Starr such a hard time for going far afield from where he started? Now they say the opposite.”
“I still ask the question, what has the president done that’s impeachable?” said Mullin.
“This is what he’s done, according to the Democrats and the facts as we understand them,” said Cuomo. “He used his power to put his own political advantage first. He said to them, you will not get the congressionally appointed aid, will you not get access to this office like I gave Russia today and I’ve given them before, even though they interfered in our election.”
Trump biographer explains how president uses fear to scare Republicans away from witnesses
Michael D'Antonio, one of President Donald Trump's biographers, explained Sunday that the president knows very well how to use fear to intimidate people. That's what he's doing in the case of impeachment to help score an acquittal.
Citing Bob Woodward's book Fear, D'Antonio explained that Trump uses fear to his benefit.
"He called it fear because Donald Trump knows how to use fear, he knows how to intimidate people, and he'll go further than almost anyone else will go," said D'Antonio. "And he's proven that he can adjust the calculus for everyone in the united states senate. So, they're all thinking, 'Do I cross this man? Will I have a primary challenge? What is the real endpoint for me if I decide to vote my conscience instead of being loyal?' The president has surpassed all of our expectations."
Will the GOP ‘stand for gaslighting or reality?’: George Conway thumps senate Republicans who refuse to consider Trump’s crimes
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," conservative attorney George Conway launched a broadside against Republican senators for their conduct in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, saying they are selling lies to the public.
Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Conway -- the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway -- painted a withering portrait of the GOP that is hellbent on acquitting the president of obvious impeachable crimes.
"I'm deeply saddened," Conway began. "It is very upsetting and this is a moment of reckoning not just for the country and the rule of law and the constitution, but it is a specific day of reckoning for the Republican senators who took this oath, and the republican party generally, are they going to stand for lies instead of truth?"
Mitch McConnell is manipulating Trump to keep him from prolonging impeachment trial: NYT’s Haberman
Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is stringing an anxious Donald Trump along and manipulating him to go along with his plan to wrap up the Senate impeachment trial.
Speaking with host John King, Haberman claimed that McConnell is speaking to Trump in such a way that the president may think that McConnell's ideas are his own.
"Do you think the president will -- e could do this over two more days but does he give up a day of TV time?" King asked about the impeachment trial
"McConnell has convinced him, it's taking him some time, back and forth," B Haberman explained. "The president had to be allowed to believe it's his idea or that he wasn't being led along but he's generally done what McConnell wanted. He [McConnell] wants this over quick."