On CNN Monday, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin argued that the White House team’s defense in the impeachment trial was disastrously bad.
“I thought Attorney General [Pam] Bondi did an effective job of showing how sleazy the hiring of Hunter Biden was,” acknowledged Toobin. However, he added “her discussion, and Eric Herschmann’s discussion, of the role of Joe Biden, vice president at the time, was a parade of lies. Just outrageously false in every fact, in every insinuation … this idea that he engineered the fire firing of [Ukrainian prosecutor] Viktor Shokin to get his son in. Since Joe Biden is the one who is running for president, that seems to be enormously important.”
“The third point, which neither Bondi nor Herschmann addressed, is why was the president obsessed, concerned with this issue of alleged corruption in Ukraine instead of any other issue,” continued Toobin. “Why then? Why in July of 2019? The idea that his only interest in corruption was to damage politically a likely rival of his for president, that went completely unaddressed. Particularly today, of all days, when the issue was the withholding of hundreds of millions of dollars just to find out, to obtain an investigation of the Bidens. That issue went completely unmentioned. All of us knew this was coming and it came in about the package we expected.”
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?"