Santorum: It’s not ‘out of character’ for Trump to lie about Russia because he lies ‘consistently’

Santorum: It’s not ‘out of character’ for Trump to lie about Russia because he lies ‘consistently’
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Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE's claims about the Russia investigation shouldn't be alarming because the president "doesn’t tell the truth about a lot of things fairly consistently." 

"The president doesn’t tell the truth about a lot of things fairly consistently," Santorum, a CNN commentator, said during a panel discussion on"Anderson Cooper 360."

"And so the fact that he’s not telling the truth about Russia fairly consistently, at least in the eyes of the people around here, why is that any different? It’s not like he’s doing something out of character with the Russia investigation, that he’s not doing in other areas," he continued.

"Is that really the best defense you can come up with?" CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin responded. 

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Santorum defended his comments, stating that Trump is "not acting differently" when it comes to his remarks about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's Russia investigation.

The comments came the same day that Trump's former longtime layer, Michael Cohen, testified publicly before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Cohen, who last year was sentenced to prison for financial crimes and campaign finance violations, accused Trump of taking part in multiple crimes. 

Cohen, among other things, said Trump knew that Roger Stone, a former informal advisor to the president, was in contact with WikiLeaks about the release of damaging Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Trump has denied speaking with Stone about WikiLeaks. 

Speculation has grown in recent weeks that Mueller's probe into Russian election interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin is nearing its conclusion. 

Trump has repeatedly derided the investigation as a "witch hunt."