CNN's John King: Republicans making excuses for Trump are "asking you … to lower the bar for the acceptable conduct by a president"
JOHN KING: So politically, where are we? I think it is very interesting to listen to the Republican argument today. They’re not challenging what James Comey said. They’re challenging some of his interpretations of what happened, that the president was just trying — you know, Mike Flynn was his friend, he was just trying to say, “He’s been fired, can you cut the guy some slack.” So what they’re saying is essentially what the president did was improper maybe, it was icky, it was inappropriate, but it wasn’t illegal. The speaker of the House saying, oh, Donald Trump is new at this. Lindsey Graham saying, you know, he’s rude and he’s crude, he’s a bull in the china shop, but that’s not illegal. What they’re asking, Wolf, actually, is for you to dramatically lower the standard for being president of the United States, acceptable behavior for a president of the United States, and these are the same people who, remember, said Hillary Clinton couldn’t be president of the United States because her conduct was beneath the dignity of the office. They are asking you today, politically, to lower the bar for the acceptable conduct by a president.