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CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield flattens Trump apologist for hilariously bad defense of the president

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CNN host Fredricka Whitfield did battle with President Donald Trump’s official apologist on the network, Jim Schultz.

Schultz quoted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who said that if Democrats want witnesses, then all witnesses should be available to be called. The problem is that Republicans want to call people that weren’t even involved in Trump’s obstructions of Congress. Republicans want to call Vice President Joe Biden and his son, there are likely some Republicans who want to call Hillary Clinton to talk about Benghazi again, and they’ll likely search for reasons they can randomly call Democratic officials in Congress, who also had nothing to do with Trump’s actions.

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“Well, even Adam Schiff, right, how did this investigation begin? How credible was this investigation? All of those things factor into relevancy because it goes to the credibility of the investigation,” Schultz claimed.

Republicans have wanted the whistleblower to appear so that they can legally out him and attack his life and his family. Generally, in a court, a witness is not on trial. An example some legal scholars have used is that when a person calls the fire department to report a fire, they are generally not attacked in an arson investigation for making the call to authorities.

Whitfield asked if it was even realistic to propose something like that, which Schultz conceded didn’t appear likely.

Schultz then tried Trump’s talking point that Democrats couldn’t first-hand witnesses and documents for their trial. The reason, of course, is that the president is obstructing Congress. By attacking Democrats for not having the witnesses and documents, Republicans are admitting that the president is obstructing the proceeding.

“But they are claiming obstruction of Congress, which means the White House barred people who were being subpoenaed to show up or documents that were subpoenaed from being handed over. So, hence, the Article of Obstruction of Congress,” Whitfield hit back.

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“That’s a made-up crime, quite frankly,” said Schultz.

“That is what happened, though, right? One of them did stop testimony from people who were subpoenaed?” Whitfield hit back.

Schultz floundered from there.

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‘That’s how authoritarian countries work’: CNN’s Toobin warns Trump is acting like a dictator

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On CNN Wednesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's decision to pardon several high-powered friends accused of political corruption and tax crimes.

"There is no doubt, under the Constitution, the president has the power to do this," said Toobin. "This is not legally a — an open question. And there is a history of controversial pardons, whether it's President Clinton pardoning Marc Rich, a fugitive financier, or George Herbert Walker Bush pardoning the Iran-Contra people on his way out of the office."

"So what makes this so troubling is in the middle of his term, here he is assigning friends, basically friends and friends of friends, to get pardons and clemency, which is how authoritarians behave, which is playing favorites with your personal friends at a time when you are playing with the opposite of favorites with prosecutorial decisions," said Toobin. "I want these people prosecuted, these people freed — that's how authoritarian countries work. Countries where there is the rule of law, there are systems in place for who gets prosecuted, who gets clemency. This is a very individually-focused way to run a presidency."

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GOP’s portrayal of Trump as a corruption fighter torn to shreds as ‘complete nonsense’

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Republicans who defended President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings insisted that he wasn't trying to shake down the Ukrainian government to investigate his political foes, but was instead sincerely concerned about fighting corruption abroad.

CNN's John Avlon, however, argued on Wednesday that Trump showed these claims were "complete nonsense" after he unleashed a slew of pardons and commutations for corrupt former public officials, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who both were sent to prison after being found guilty of abusing their offices for personal gain.

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Pete Buttigieg answers those who question his family values: ‘I’ve never had to pay off a porn star’

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg appeared on CNN Tuesday for a town hall in Nevada where he was asked about his sexual orientation. Thus far, Buttigieg is the first openly gay presidential candidate being taken seriously by both the media and the electorate.

He was asked by a voter how he would deal with the flood of personal attacks on his sexual orientation and his family.

He explained that it would happen and he was ready for it. Speaking about his coming-out story, Buttigieg said that he wasn't sure what impact it would have on his career but that he didn't want to not have a personal life anymore after he got out of the military.

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