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May 19, 2019

It's well-documented that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) does not get along with President Trump.

The two have feuded for years, and Romney even singled out the president when he said he was "sickened" by the findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into 2016 Russian election interference (though he does not support impeachment). Romney told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday's State of the Union that Trump "has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character." Not very flattering.

But Romney set aside his personal grievances in the very same interview, telling Tapper that the path Trump has chosen to take in regards to trade with China is the right one. Romney said China "has gotten away with murder for years" by skirting around foreign commerce rules and regulations, allowing Beijing to steal technology and intellectual property, all while harming U.S. businesses. So, while Romney said he understands Americans will bear the brunt of the sanctions, he believes it's a crucial sacrifice.

At the same time, Romney made clear that China is the only case where he supports tariffs. He said he thought Trump's recently lifted tariffs on metal imports from Mexico and Canada were a bad idea, and he doesn't support potential taxes on Japanese and European automobile imports. Tim O'Donnell

May 12, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, provided answers to several questions on policy posed during a taped interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, which aired on Sunday's edition of State of the Union on CNN. Here are three notable moments from the interview.

Medicare-for-all means Medicare-for-all — Tapper asked the senator if Medicare-for-all would apply to people who were residing in the United States illegally. Harris, who gave some measured responses to a few of Tapper's questions, did not hesitate on this one.

NAFTA is no good — Harris said she would not have voted for NAFTA, though she avoided outright saying she agreed with President Trump's assessment that U.S. trade agreements favored corporations and harmed the American middle class.

Ready for executive action — Harris said she likes Sen. Cory Booker's (D-N.J.) proposed federal gun license policy, but, ultimately, Washington isn't wanting for good ideas on the issue. Instead, it falls on Congress to act. If they don't get a bill on her desk by her 100th day in office, she said, she's prepared to take executive action. Tim O'Donnell

May 5, 2019

ABC's This Week aired an interview with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie (I-Vt.) on Sunday, in which Sanders spoke with ABC News' chief White House correspondent, Jonathan Karl, about a variety of subjects. The interview took place in Des Moines, Iowa, where Sanders was campaigning. Here are three moments that stand out from the interview.

Biden's no match for Sanders' progressivism — Sanders challenged the notion that former Vice President Joe Biden is one of the more progressive Democrats running for the Oval Office. He cited Biden's history of voting for the Iraq War and the deregulation of Wall Street as major reasons.

Trump is not wrong on North Korea — Sanders is at odds with President Trump in most cases, but he does think the president's plan to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and solve the issue with diplomacy is the way to go.

He doesn't want to criticize his opponents — Sanders told Karl he hopes the Democratic primaries are about issues and not personal attacks. He kept to that line of thinking during the interview, refusing to criticize some of his fellow candidates’ inexperience and praising competitor Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Tim O'Donnell

May 5, 2019

It's looking more and more likely that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the investigation he led into 2016 Russian election interference and the Trump campaign's conduct surrounding the meddling.

During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) told host Chris Wallace that the committee has set May 15 as a tentative date for Mueller's testimony. It was reported last week that Mueller was in negotiations with the committee, The Hill writes. Cicilline told Wallace that a representative for Mueller has agreed to the date, but nothing is guaranteed at this point.

Of course, the Judiciary Committee is still waiting to see if Attorney General William Barr, who did not appear for his scheduled testimony before the House on Thursday, will hand over a fuller version of Mueller's report on the investigation by 9 a.m. on Monday. If he does not, House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) will ask the committee to "move forward with a contempt citation" against Barr, The Hill reports. Tim O'Donnell

April 28, 2019

He's trying to walk it back.

Last week, President Trump's nominee for the Federal Reserve Board, Stephen Moore, defended recently resurfaced articles he wrote in the early 2000s as a "spoof." In the pieces, Moore writes women should not be involved in men's college basketball games at any level unless they "look like Bonnie Bernstein."

While he initially played the writings off as humorous, Moore took a different tone on Sunday while appearing on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Moore said the articles were "wrongheaded" and that he was embarrassed, adding that they offended his own sisters.

Despite the apology, Moore still said he doesn't think the articles have much to do with whether he is qualified for the Federal Reserve Board. Tim O'Donnell

April 28, 2019

CNN's Jake Tapper and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway couldn't quite agree on what they were talking about during Conway's appearance on State of the Union Sunday.

Tapper initially asked Conway if, following Saturday's shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California, President Trump still does not consider white nationalism a rising threat around the world, as he claimed following the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.

Conway, though, took the question and went back in time, arguing that Trump had long ago condemned white nationalism and white supremacy following the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, during which a neo-Nazi killed a 32-year-old woman. Conway said Trump's initial response was twisted by the media, who only focused on the president saying there "were very fine people" at the rally on both sides, rather than his full message which Conway said was an unequivocal condemnation of white supremacy.

In response to Tapper's questioning, Conway decided to turn the tables and criticized The New York Times for running an anti-Semitic cartoon and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for remaining silent following the Sri Lanka attacks on Easter Sunday. Watch the exchange below. Tim O'Donnell

April 21, 2019

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani made the talk show rounds on Sunday to defend his client following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on 2016 Russian election interference and the Trump campaign's conduct surrounding the meddling. The former New York City mayor wasn't exactly cautious when responding to questions from Fox News' Chris Wallace, CNN's Jake Tapper, and NBC's Chuck Todd. Here are three of Giuliani's boldest opinions on the Mueller Report.

Info sharing is a-okay — Giuliani told Tapper on CNN's State of the Union that "there's nothing wrong with taking information from the Russians," saying that campaigns get information on their opponents from so many different sources.

On NBC's Meet the Press, Giuliani told Todd that using material stolen by foreign adversaries in a campaign isn't fundamentally a problem — it just depends on the material itself.

Interference didn't do much anyway — While speaking with Todd, Giuliani — who said that much of the Mueller report is questionable — argued that it's "hard to believe" Russian interference did much to sway the 2016 election. While there is no way of quantifying the interference's tangible influence on the vote count, even members of the Republican Party, such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), expressed serious concern over the amount of Russian interference the investigation uncovered.

Trump had reason to fire Mueller — Much of the analysis on the Mueller report points to aides such as former White House Counsel Don McGahn preventing Trump from "influencing" the investigation and, therefore, obstructing justice. But Giuliani told Wallace that even if Trump had fired the special counsel, it would not have been obstruction. Giuliani's point was that Trump had good reason to replace Mueller because he hired "very, very questionable" people to investigate Trump. Tim O'Donnell

April 21, 2019

To impeach, or to not impeach? That is — always, it seems — the question.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, told NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday's edition of Meet the Press that he is not ruling out beginning impeachment proceedings against President Trump following Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on 2016 Russian election interference and the Trump campaign's conduct surrounding the meddling.

Nadler was anything but surefire on the matter, though. Per The Hill, he said Congress would first have to receive an unredacted version of Mueller's report — for which Democrats have issued a subpoena already — as well as hear testimony from both Mueller and Attorney General William Barr before determining whether to begin proceedings or not. That said, Nadler added that "if proven," some of the material from the Mueller report, particularly possible obstruction of justice, would be impeachable.

Nadler is not the first prominent Democrat to discuss beginning impeachment proceedings in recent days. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a presidential candidate, did so on Friday, while Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee chair, said during Sunday's This Week that Democrats may undertake impeachment, even with the knowledge that the Senate would be unlikely to vote Trump out of office. Schiff called the Mueller investigation "more significant" than Watergate. Tim O'Donnell

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