Joni Ernst Shuts Down CNN’s Jake Tapper: Obama’s Russia Deal More Impeachable Than Trump’s Actions

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Joni Ernst dropped the hammer on Barack Obama and defended Trump on CNN today:

“Whether you like what the president has done or not — we can argue this up one side and down the other all day — does it come to the point of removing a president from office?”

“I don’t believe this does. I’ll tie it back to Obama and his hot mic moment with the former president of Russia, where he literally said give me some space in my election. Oops, OK, talking about elections.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper said, “He was talking about missile defense.”

Ernst shot back, “Yes but a missile defense that the Congress wanted him to build up make much more robust protect America citizens and President Obama choose not to do that as long as the Russians gave him space in the elections.”

“That nobody brought up for impeachment. So the very fact that because aid was held for about two months because there was not an official White House meeting, people are wanting to impeach this president.”

“What President Trump did it didn’t rise to the level of what President Obama did,” she added to devastating effect shutting down Tapper.

“Generally speaking going after corruption would be the right thing to do, he did it maybe in the wrong manner,” she added later in the interview.”

“But I think he could have done it through different channels.”

“Now this is the argument is that he should have probably gone to the DOJ, he should have worked through the entities, but he chose a different route.”

“The President has a lot of latitude to do what he wants to do. Again, not what I would have done, but certainly again going after corruption, she said.

Jake Tapper asked Joni is the story will hurt Joe Biden in Iowa:

“That does seem to undermine the argument that this wasn’t about electoral politics given that you are saying you want to see how the mention of Joe and Hunter Biden — and we should point out there’s no evidence that anybody did anything illegal regarding the Bidens and Ukraine, and Joe Biden was carrying out U.S. policy — but it does seem to suggest that you think that this could have an effect?”

She replied, “I think this does. Whether that was the intention or not, now everything is tied together.”

“The information about the Bidens is out there. And so now it is up to the American people to decide, you know, was that a good choice for Hunter Biden to be on that board, especially at a time when his father was trying to ferret out corruption in Ukraine, having a son working for the most corrupt oligarch in Ukraine.”