Kevin Sheridan, a former Republican National Committee spokesman and adviser to Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) 2012 presidential campaign, crashed and burned during a CNN segment in which he claimed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) regularly stands up to President Donald Trump.
During a segment about Mitt Romney’s ouster from conservative circles in the wake of his vote to convict President Donald Trump of abusing his power, CNN’s Jim Sciutto asked Sheridan what Republican lawmakers other than the junior senator from Utah are actually willing to stand up to the president.
“People in the party do regularly stand up an say something,” he said.
“Who?” Sciutto asked.
“Well, senators constantly are saying this,” he replied.
“Name senators besides Mitt Romney,” said conservative political strategist Tara Setmayer.
“Uh, Mitch McConnell, a lot of these senators, have come out and said when he tweets something…” he began.
“Mitch McConnell challenges the president regularly?!” said an incredulous Sciutto. “Mitch McConnell?!”
“Look, the problem I think you’re not acknowledging here is that the Republican voters have decided that they are with the president on most of these issues and they don’t have the same problem with his level of vitriol that many in the media do, many Republicans do,” Sheridan explained.
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"Well, I don't want to go into psychoanalyzing the president, but it's pretty clear that he views the possibility that the Russians attempted to influence the election on his behalf is undercutting his legitimacy in some respect," said Litt. "He's working backwards from that conclusion to talk about the facts ... this has been a consistent pattern all along of denial of what the intelligence community is finding."
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When asked by CNN's Kate Bolduan for his reaction to the prosecutors' actions, Honig responded enthusiastically.
"I applaud what this prosecutor is doing," he said. "And as a DOJ alumni on the front lines trying cases, I'm so impressed by this. This is like the scene [in a movie] where the students rise up and push back against the oppressive headmaster."
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Sources close to Barr told ABC News that the attorney general had contemplated quitting because President Donald Trump's tweets make it difficult for him to do his job.
"Barr is a toady," Toobin explained during an appearance on CNN. "Barr is doing what he's told. He had this one statement, 'Oh, whoa is me, it's hard for me to do my job when the president tweets.'"