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.”
“Right after [Vice] President Biden announced his candidacy, and while Biden was beating President Trump in the polls, Mr. Giuliani said in a public interview with The New York Times he was traveling to Ukraine to pursue investigations,” continued Lofgren. “He wanted to make sure that, quote, ‘Biden will not get to Election Day without being investigated.’ The scheme was all about President Trump’s re-election. This continued in June. Mr. Giuliani tweeted on June 21 and urged President Zelensky to pursue the investigation. The scheme continues even now. Mr. Giuliani has tweeted about Joe Biden over 65 times since September. And President Trump told you himself he admitted on October 2, quote, ‘We have been investigating on a personal basis, through Rudy and others, corruption in the 2016 election.'”
“Again to review, President Trump used his personal agent for Ukraine,” added Lofgren. “He’s made this clear to U.S. officials, and to the Ukrainians. The evidence shows President Trump and Rudy Giuliani were in constant contact during this period. President Trump directed him to pursue investigations. He told U.S. officials to work with Rudy. He told Ukrainians to work with Rudy. Rudy and his associates pressed Ukraine for investigations into the president’s political rival. Giuliani said, quote, ‘Biden will not get to Election Day without this being investigated.'”
Trump is shelling out big time for a law firm that threatens to sue everyone
President Donald Trump's campaign is spending the greatest portion of its money not on advertising or even defense attorneys, but on a law firm that is threatening to sue the media.
A CNN report Friday explained that Charles Harder's Beverly Hills firm, Harder LLP, is the highest-paid legal bill on the publicly available Trump books. The firm, however, is known for "sending letters to newsrooms alleging defamation and for a lawsuit that gutted the website Gawker."
‘Prepare for the worst’: CNN’s Avlon skeptical Mike Pence up to coronavirus job
During his "Reality Check" segment on CNN's "New Day," contributor John Avlon cast a jaundiced eye the appointment of Vice President Mike Pence by Donald Trump to be the administration's point man combating the coronavirus pandemic -- pointing out the veep's history when it comes to health matters is highly suspect.
With the president reportedly admitting that he selected Pence to head the task force because he "doesn't have anything else to do," Avlon began with the age-old advice: "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst."
CDC employees ‘demoralized’ over Trump interference as they grapple with coronavirus crisis: CNN
Following a report from CNN Dr. Sanjay Guputa that the U.S. is woefully unprepared to handle a massive outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, "New Day" host John Berman relayed that staffers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have become "demoralized" by the White House response that won't allow them to do their jobs.
The concerned Gupta began by describing problems that will soon become apparent by pointing out, "One is that we may not have enough personal protective gear for our health care workers, and then if they're potentially exposed, they're out of the system. they really can't take care of patients for a while. Who's going to backstop that? Two is this idea of surge capacity. You know, look, we've got about a million hospital beds in the united states. We don't run a hospital system in the United States that is built on redundancy, we have a lot of extra redundancy built into it -- so what happens to these patients?"