Business Insider political reporter Natasha Bertrand appeared on CNN Sunday to discuss her bizarre exchange with President Donald Trump’s attorney Ty Cobb in which Cobb accused Bertrand of being on drugs and called the press “rabid” about the legal investigations into Trump.
On Saturday, Bertrand published an analysis of the significance of Trump’s letter to FBI Director James Comey that was scuttled by the White House before he could send it.
That evening, she received a lengthy email screed from Cobb accusing her of inaccurate reporting over her allegation that White House Chief Counsel Don McGahn stopped Trump from sending his lengthy, grievance-filled letter directly to Comey.
Cobb told Bertrand that Trump had drafted the letter after Comey’s May 3 testimony to Congress and that McGahn had never urged the president not to send it.
“That raised interesting questions,” Bertrand told CNN’s Fredericka Whitfield. “That would then indicate he was — he wrote the letter and made the decision to terminate James Comey’s tenure at the FBI before Rod Rosenstein and Jeff Sessions wrote their own memo on why Comey was unfit to lead.”
She went on, “I asked if that letter was not problematic. Why didn’t the White House send the letter to James Comey directly? Why did they instead send to the DOJ? His response was, ‘Are you on drugs? Have you read anything else about this?’ He would not then explain what he thought was inaccurate about my reporting and would not answer my questions any further.”
This was not Cobb’s first brusque interaction with a member of the media. He huffily informed “The Rachel Maddow Show” that their one and only phone conversation would be “the last call we’ll ever have” before hanging up the phone.
Watch the video, embedded below:
People are calling Denver’s newest city council member a communist — but she’d rather be called an anarchist
On April 10, Candi CdeBaca’s 33rd birthday, Denver’s second “bomb cyclone” of the year brought snow and heavy wind, and knocked out power in some areas, including at CdeBaca’s house in Elyria-Swansea. When CdeBaca, then a Denver City Council candidate, finally got power back and turned on her phone, she saw she had an unusually high number of missed calls and messages. Birthday wishes, she assumed.
“There was a death threat,” she said. “There were two of them within an hour. One of them said, ‘I was trained to kill commie shit like you.’”
The context: At a candidate forum on April 7, CdeBaca offered some remarks that, to many, sounded like she was advocating a Communist form of government.
Honduran forces fire on students, 5 hurt: officials
Honduran military police opened fire on protesting students at a university on Monday, wounding at least five, campus and hospital officials said.
Hundreds of students at the National Autonomous University of Honduras were demanding the resignation of the country's president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, after demonstrations against him intensified last week when three people were killed in protests.
"About 40 military police entered the university campus without authorization," Armando Sarmiento, director of institutional development at the Tegucigalpa-based university, told AFP.
Health care price transparency: Fool’s gold, or real money in your pocket?
The news is full of stories about monumental surprise hospital bills, sky-high drug prices and patients going bankrupt. The government’s approach to addressing this, via an executive order that President Trump signed June 24, 2019, is to make hospitals post their list prices online so that patients supposedly can comparison shop. But this is fool’s gold – information that doesn’t address the real question about why these prices are so high in the first place.