‘Getting info from tinfoil hats’: CNN legal analyst hits Trump and GOP for watching Fox News bash Clinton ’20 hours a day’
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Thursday reacted to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision not to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the FBI, arguing the Republicans who are pushing for a “deep state” probe” are “getting the information from tinfoil hats” and Fox News.
Toobin saw Sessions’ decision not to appoint a second special counsel as a rebuke of the “deep state” narrative championed by Donald Trump and his congressional Republican backers.
“Most of these Republicans making accusations, as far as I can tell, are getting the information from tinfoil hats that they wear,” the CNN legal analyst explained.
“This is the thing about the Department of Justice, is that they actually deal with facts,” he continued. “I mean, the lawyers there, the people who work there, the investigators who work there, they actually look at facts.”
“[The Department of Justice] looked at accusations and said the appropriate level of inquiry is for a U.S. attorney not from the area to look into it,” Toobin said. “That seems to me more than sufficient. And this is a political act designed—I mean, the criticism of Sessions—is a political act designed to distract attention from the investigation of Trump and attack Hillary Clinton, which is what Fox News consists of about 20 hours a day.”
“That’s not the appropriate role of the Justice Department,” Toobin added. “Jeff Sessions is doing the right thing.”