CNN’s Jake Tapper broke a story that a small group of “informal advisors” have been talking with President Donald Trump and against chief of staff John Kelly when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI.
The host began his Monday show by recapping that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray were ordered to the White House to divulge the identity of a confidential source of the Trump campaign.
“Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Wray were concerned that providing the House Intelligence Committee with information about this source would put the source anonymity and safety at risk, but over the weekend, the president took the unusual step of siding against his own administration,” Tapper continued.
Trump tweeted that the FBI and DOJ were part of infiltrating the Trump campaign as part of a plot by President Barack Obama. The reality has been that the FBI approached campaign members. The new strategy is part of an old guard of Trump friends that work from the far right.
“We learned the president aggressive move is part of a new strategy being pushed by a form of advisers outside of the White House and including Steve Bannon, former campaign manager Cory Lewandowski, former deputy campaign manager David Bossie and president of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Counsel and CNN commentator, Steve Cortes,” Tapper exposed. “Part of a push to paint the president as the victim of a deep state conspiracy. The campaign is about convincing Trump-friendly media and president himself to make a more adversarial position toward Rosenstein and the FBI.”
One member of the group of outside advisors told Tapper, “Outside supporters don’t believe Kelly or [White House counsel Don] McGahn are being aggressive enough in defending the president.”
Tapper noted that over the weekend it is obvious that the outside advisors won over those working inside the White House to steady the president’s paranoia.
Watch his full report below:
Ken Starr is an awful choice for Trump’s legal team because he’ll look like a hypocrite: Former federal prosecutor
President Donald Trump has a severe hypocrisy problem, and it has extended to his legal team. In a CNN explainer answering legal questions from viewers, former state and federal prosecutor Eli Honig explained that the choice of Ken Starr for Trump's legal team was a terrible idea.
Trump has chosen lawyers that are like a Fox News legal discussion panel. Pat Cipollone, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Wray, Pam Bondi and Jay Sekulow are all key people Trump has called on to defend him. But one person stands out, Honig explained. Ken Starr.
"He may emerge as a symbol of hypocrisy," Honig said. "He was the independent counsel who pursued Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Ken Starr turned over Heaven and Earth in his investigation of Bill Clinton. He talked to everyone who ever had known Monica Lewinsky, ex-boyfriends, teachers, window washers. And here he's going to say you shouldn't be hearing from primary witnesses?"
If people of color showed up to a Capitol protest heavily armed — Trump would call them terrorists: commentator
Legal analyst Areva Martin explained in a CNN panel discussion Sunday that the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has historically been a day in which white supremacists rear their ugly heads with racist protests and other public displays of bigotry. Monday's expected rally of racist gun nuts expected at the Virginia capitol is no different.
Colorblind author Tim Wise said that it's a whole different level with pro-gun activists. He noted that there was a message from the NRA that former President Barack Obama was going to take everyone's guns away. Of course, that never happened, but it was part of the narrative to scare sensible gun owners. Now, President Donald Trump is employing the same idea, saying that the rally of racists in Virginia is being spun by the president as another Democratic power-grab. Wise called it a kind of "front-lash" instead of "backlash."
Watergate’s John Dean thinks Trump wrote part of his legal team’s brief — because it’s so terrible
Former White House counsel for Richard Nixon, John Dean, explained that the legal brief out of President Donald Trump's White House was so bad that it had to have been dictated by Trump himself.
Saturday evening, Trump's legal team, chaired by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, filed their own form of a legal brief that responded to the case filed by Democrats ahead of Tuesday's impeachment trial.
The document called the proceedings “constitutionally invalid” and claims House Democrats are staging a “dangerous attack” with a “brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.”