A CNN panel on Thursday obliterated House Republicans for once again completely ignoring the substance of allegations against President Donald Trump and instead throwing out numerous distractions intended to deflect attention from the president’s actions.
“It’s been distractions about the Bidens, it’s been distractions about conspiracy theories about Ukraine’s involvement in the election,” said CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero. “Yesterday, it was distractions about FISA and FISA so-called abuse. It was distractions from Congressman Gohmert reading calls from 1943! It’s been all distractions and they won’t wrestle with the actual conduct.”
Fellow legal analyst Michael Gerhardt similarly said that Democrats have done their best to lay out the case against the president, but he said it doesn’t seem to be making a dent in Republicans’ opposition to impeaching the president.
“The difficulty here from the public’s point of view is that the Republicans are talking about corruption being everywhere else except in the White House,” he said. “So the fact that somebody else was corrupt doesn’t make the president innocent — at some point, there is going to have to be an engagement in the facts.”
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Senators learn of damning timeline implicating Rudy Giuliani during Trump’s impeachment trial
On Thursday, during the third day of the impeachment trial, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) walked senators through the timeline of actions carried out by President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
"We've walked through some of the timeline of the actions and statements about Ukraine, but let's just line them up briefly because it makes the story so clear," said Lofgren. "April 2019. Vice President Biden officially announced his campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. And a reminder, at the time of Biden's announcement and for months after, public polling, including from Fox News, showed that Biden would beat President Trump. The Fox News polling data is up on the chart."
WATCH: House Dem trolls Trump at impeachment by citing a Fox News poll showing him getting crushed by Biden
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) on Thursday used a Fox News poll to establish President Donald Trump's motive for wanting to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden during the Senate impeachment trial.
In arguing that Trump's sole motivation for requesting that the Ukrainian government investigate Biden was to help with his own reelection campaign, she showed polls from the president's favorite cable news network that showed him getting absolutely crushed by the former vice president.
"The chart on the screen shows a Fox News poll emphasizing... that from March through December, Vice President Biden had consistently led President Trump in national polls by significant margins," she said. "Beginning around March, Vice President Biden is beating the president in polls, even on Fox News. In April, Biden officially announces his candidacy, and... that is when the president gets worried."
Rick Santorum flails wildly after CNN panel busts him for excusing Trump’s misconduct
Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum on Thursday flailed wildly after a group of his fellow CNN panelists nailed him for excusing President Donald Trump's impeachable misconduct.
During a panel discussion about Republican Senators' unwillingness to call witnesses to Trump's impeachment trial, Santorum argued that additional witnesses weren't needed because Trump eventually released military aid to Ukraine after he got caught withholding it. Santorum also argued that the Senate should give Trump a pass even if he did shake down the Ukrainian government to hurt the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden.