Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware refused to agree with CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on “New Day” Tuesday, about President Donald Trump committing an “impeachable offense” on Twitter.
Trump tweeted about investigations into GOP Reps. Chris Collins of New York and Duncan Hunter of California Monday and blamed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not wrapping up the probes quickly enough. (RELATED: CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Says Trump Tweet May Have Been An ‘Impeachable Offense’)
Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2018
Co-host Alisyn Camerota asked Coons if he agreed with Toobin’s accusations and Coons said he wasn’t going to get into it.
“In the structure of impeachment, senators end up being the jury. So I think rather than prejudging any particular charge, I’ll simply say this is another outrageous act by the president that shows his complete lack of respect for the Department of Justice,” Coons said.
“[Trump] swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, so did Attorney General Sessions and everybody at the Department of Justice. They swore to uphold the Constitution, not to be the private law enforcement agency of the Trump organization,” he added.
Coons then pivoted to the Supreme Court nomination hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and said he knew him personally as a good man, but that his character wasn’t the issue.
“I’ve known Judge Kavanaugh since law school, known him or known of him. We went to the same law school. We clerked in the same courthouse … What we’ll see in today’s hearing is evidence that he is a lovely man. That he’s a nice husband and father. That he’s got wonderful children and a great family and that his neighbors and clerks like him. And that’s wonderful. But that’s not the point,” Coons added.
“The point is that as a judge, as a lawyer, as a participant, a partisan participant in some of the greatest partisan battles of our lifetime — from the Judge [Ken] Starr investigation of the Clinton presidency to the Bush V. Gore recount, he is someone who has staked out positions at the far end of the judicial mainstream in America,” he said.
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