On CNN Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tried to downplay President Donald Trump’s extortion scheme in Ukraine by claiming that President Barack Obama did something similar in Egypt several years before — and anchor Wolf Blitzer promptly shot down his comparison.
“I think that the question is whether or not the president’s pause on foreign aid is an impeachable offense,” said Paul. “President Obama paused it twice, and once to the Egyptians and never gave the aid to the Ukrainians, and also to el-Sisi, who took over Egypt in a military coup against the will of Congress, and yet nobody talked about impeaching President Obama. I had a specific bill to vote against the Muslim Brotherhood, and I lost. The will was not to stop the aid, and President Obama stopped the aid. It is a good thing, but it was against the will of Congress and against the law. Restarting the aid was against the law, and yet nobody wants to talk about whether or not President Obama obeyed the law.”
“But it is one thing to stop the foreign aid if a country is doing something inappropriately and dealing inappropriately with their own people, and taking steps that are counter to the national interests, and in that way, the U.S. Congress is going to be with that aid and the allegation that Bolton and others are making, is that the aid is stopped for political purposes, because the president wanted so-called dirt on Joe Biden,” pointed out Blitzer.
Caught in a false comparison, Paul quickly tried to change the subject again.
“But over the last 24 hours, we have heard from the president’s team say over and over again that the president was concerned with two main things, burden sharing, that should not be us doling out money, and I have heard him publicly and in private dozens and dozens of times rail about the money that we give away to people, and he was concerned about corruption, and not only the corruption of the Bidens … but he was concerned with general corruption.”
CNN’s Bakari Sellers schools Rick Santorum over claim Trump is not part of the ‘extreme hard right’
During a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union, contributor Bakari Sellers set fellow panelist Rick Santorum straight after he tried to claim that Donald Trump doesn't take far-right positions.
Following a discussion on Sen. Bernie Sanders' Nevada caucus win, Santorum tried to note the major differences between Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Responding to conservative commentator Linda Chavez who called both Sanders and Trump "two angry people," Santorum remarked, "I wanted to take issue with what Linda said: two angry folks representing the extremes, and I would agree with that, with Bernie Sanders, and he is representing, no question, the extreme of the Democratic Party and he says that he is a socialist and he is angry, I agree."
Justice Dept officials worry Bill Barr will fall quietly in line behind Trump after Stone interference: report
According to a report from CNN, longtime Justice Department officials are concerned that Attorney General Bill Barr will do all he can to stay out of Donald Trump's sight and not interfere now that he was caught up in a squabble with the president over the sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone.
CNN notes that Barr had previously watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be swept up in the president's Ukraine scandal -- damaging the State Department official's reputation -- and hoped to keep a low profile in the president's public disputes.
Internet heaps praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his ‘must watch’ destruction of Rod Blagojevich
CNN's Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his "fiery rebuke" of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were "bullsh*t."
During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.
Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.