On CNN Wednesday, Chris Cuomo tried to fact-check White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — and the exchange melted down as she began shouting over him.
“These articles of impeachment are thin, they are specious,” said Conway. “They’ve been presented to the Senate and we respect the process in the Senate. The trial process will be much more familiar to Americans who know what a trial is.”
“Let’s go one step at a time, Kellyanne,” said Cuomo. “Not to get in the weeds of the past, because we need to focus on the present, but the way this went down, other than the fact that the House did the fact-finding, not a completely secret task force, as was the case for Clinton, as was the case for Nixon, the House did it. When it came to what kind of rights and access the White House had, it was the same as Clinton had once it reached the House Judiciary.”
“You know what’s different?” began Conway.
“Hold on. I’m not asking you to call witnesses,” said Cuomo. “No one should have to call witnesses on their own behalf. No one should have to provide a defense. No one should have to prove their innocence. What I’m saying is, I’ve never heard anybody hiding an alibi. If I had somebody, if you had somebody who cleared you of a charge, you would bring them up. Why? That’s in the interest of justice and it’s in your personal interest.”
“Christopher, you invited me on the show tonight and there’s got to be a question lurking in there,” complained Conway. “First of all, it is not the deep past would happen in the House. The House rushed through the impeachment process, they didn’t do their job fully and completely. And then they sat on the—”
“They weren’t allowed because you hid witnesses and documents and even this information from [Lev] Parnas,” said Cuomo. “They had to wait for federal prosecutors under the jurisdiction of this president’s DOJ to release Parnas to give it.”
The exchange soon broke down, as Conway began to shout more insistently.
“The Democrats wanted to get rid of Donald Trump,” said Conway. “Here’s how y’all have been trying to do it. First, you’re going to overturn the results of the election and find the electors, the 70,000 votes in the three states. Then they’re going to — he’s not going to like D.C., he’s going to want to go back to New York. That was weird—”
“This is all nonsense. What I’m talking about is wrongdoing.” said Cuomo.
“Two years, recession — no, you’re embarrassed because you pushed that for years. Then it’s recession, then it’s Ukraine. Collusion, you pushed it for two years,” continued Conway. “I was his campaign manager. I was on CNN every day telling you how we would win, so I would never have talked to a Russian. We didn’t need the Russians.”
“You didn’t. Others did,” said Cuomo. “You’ve got a guy looking at jail time right now. You’ve got — too dumb to know they shouldn’t have done it. They were doing dumb things.”
“So you’re going back to Russia collusion,” said Conway.
“You brought it up!” said Cuomo.
Conway also denied knowing Parnas, who appeared in this photo with her.
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“My God!’: CNN’s Anderson Cooper appalled by the real reason Trump went to St. John’s Church
On Monday evening, President Donald Trump appeared to cause mass disruption and chaos as federal police cleared peaceful protesters with forceful tactics outside the White House ahead of his walk to the nearby St. John’s Church.
And when CNN’s Kaitlan Collins told Anderson Cooper on air of the reported reason behind this move, the host was shocked and appalled.
“Sources are telling my colleague Kevin Liptak that, in part, the reason the president made this trip outside the gates of the White House — a really rare trip, where you do not often see the president walk out of the front door of the White House, walk across Lafayette Square, to St. John’s — was driven, in part, that he was upset by coverage of the fact that he had been rushed to the underground bunker on Friday night during the protests that you saw breaking out here, in front of the White House,” she said.
‘Teetering on a dictatorship’: CNN’s Don Lemon says Trump may be ‘declaring war on Americans’
On Monday, CNN anchor Don Lemon reacted with horror to President Donald Trump's speech, set against the police and military tear gassing peaceful protesters in front of the White House.
"Open your eyes, America ... we are teetering on a dictatorship. This is chaos," said Lemon. "Is the president declaring war on Americans? What is happening here? He's saying he wants to protect peaceful protesters, at the same time sending law enforcement and military into the streets to push peaceful protesters back, to be aggressive with peaceful protesters. He is doing the exact opposite of what he said in that speech."
‘These are Americans!’ Don Lemon calls on Trump to back off ‘military force’ and ‘listen to the people’
On Monday, CNN anchor Don Lemon urged President Donald Trump to end his threats of violence and military force, and instead listen to the communities crying out for help.
"We're looking at a country now ... that is in desperation," said Lemon. "The people who are out here yelling at the top of their voices, fighting back against police, they're desperate to be heard, they're desperate to get food on the table, they're desperate to be treated equally under the law."
"What I hear in the president's voice — and this is just what I hear — I hear fear," said Lemon. "Any time you are saying, you guys are weak, you need to apply force — what are you going to do, put a fortress around the White House, put a fortress around america and not engage with the people who are telling you, who are outside of your door screaming, hey, we need to be heard?"