CNN’s Jeff Toobin has thoughts about first attempted presidential strangling. He really shouldn’t have.

Of all people, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin should have left well enough alone when it came to the ridiculous testimony Tuesday by a former aide to Mark Meadows who shared a fanciful tale about being told that President Donald Trump allegedly tried to strangle a Secret Service agent — but then, as Toobin has already proven, self-control is not his strongest attribute.

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified Tuesday that Trump threw his lunch against the wall in a fit of rage over then-Attorney General Bill Barr saying the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, and that on January 6, 2021, upon learning that the presidential limousine was heading back to the White House instead of the U.S. Capitol, he reached FROM THE BACK SEAT of “The Beast” to grab the steering wheel while trying to strangle Secret Service agent Bobby Engel.

Is that even physically possible?

The Trump-hating cabal not only seized the opportunity but pounced on the far-fetched testimony to condemn Trump and call for his immediate arrest. George Conway tweeted: “He. Physically. Attacked. A. Secret. Service. Agent.”

The husband of Kellyanne Conway, who was tweeting furiously throughout the hearing, also offered this gem: “Decades from now people will be asking each other, ‘Where were you when Cassidy Hutchinson testified?'”

But Toobin felt compelled to mark the historic significance at play, tweeting: “First apparent report of an attempted strangling by a President of the United States.”

As for the allegations leveled, it didn’t take long for the supposition to fall apart, with even members of the corporate media reporting that the story was being denied by all parties:

Trump also denied the allegation:

Hutchinson’s testimony, which amounted to hearsay and would likely not be admissible in a court of law, may be the greatest example yet that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s politically motivated Jan. 6 Select Committee hearings are little more than a Soviet show trial.

But Toobin’s reach was just too irresistible for social media users… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:



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