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You keep using that term, but I do not think it means what you think it means.

Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday prompted the inevitable recap and commentary by a CNN “Inside Politics” panel.

Not only did CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin think that President Donald Trump was under a criminal investigation, but he believed, to the exclusion of nearly everyone on the entire planet, that it proved that Trump had criminal culpability.

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“I think the February 14 meeting remains the focus and the crucial issue in this whole investigation,” Toobin began, although Comey clearly indicated there was no investigation.

“Because that is the most incriminating act that the president took in terms of a possible obstruction of justice case telling Jim Comey. And Comey clearly felt he was ordered to stop this investigation.”

Anderson Cooper, although lacking a legal education, wasn’t buying it.

“Even though the president said, ‘I hope,’” Cooper said.

“You don’t tell someone, but you know you send the message,” replied Toobin.

He then went on to say that he learned from Comey’s testimony that Trump is under criminal investigation, which he is not.

“In the letter that Trump wrote firing Comey, he said three times you told me that I was not under investigation and that was in May. Well, here we know in June, Donald Trump is under criminal investigation, and that’s a big deal, and that’s important,” Toobin concluded.

Well yeah, it would be a big deal if the president were under criminal investigation — except he isn’t.

Toobin’s analysis was unchanged after reading Comey’s opening statement, published the day before he testified.

Although a liberal, celebrated criminal defense attorney and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz’s opinion was diametrically opposed to Toobin’s

Republican senatorial candidate Dwight Young’s analysis was a bit more succinct — and direct.

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And Dershowitz may be just the person to replace Toobin.

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