In a panel interview featuring people on both sides of another presidential special investigation, Bill Clinton’s former White House counsel observed that Donald Trump’s legal team may have made a huge mistake when waiving executive privilege.
Responding to news that current White House counsel Don McGahn has spent 30 hours in cooperating interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller (a move that required Trump to waive his executive privilege), Clinton-era White House counsel Jack Quinn told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that he was stunned by the president’s move.
“It is breathtaking that while they were totally focused on what might unfold if the president sits for an interview,” Quinn said, “they completely took their eye off the ball and the ball just hit them in the nose.”
Earlier in the interview, Paul Rosenzweig, former senior counsel to Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Clinton during the Whitewater scandal, laughed at the idea that Trump’s legal team believes they can retroactively re-assert executive privilege now that the president has waived it.
“That’s highly unlikely to be successful,” Rosenzweig said.
The lawyer described a “rare circumstance” that an “inadvertent waiver” can be claimed — “If I, for example, send you a privileged e-mail by accident because I typed the wrong name into the ‘to’ line, sometimes you can unring that bell.”
“In all other circumstances,” Rosenzweig explained, “it is almost uniformly the law that a waiver in one circumstance will redound all the way down the line to which the other uses to which the information might be put.”
“You can’t put the egg back in the yoke,” he joked. “You can’t unpeel the banana.”
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"We tend to look at these situations as individual incidents. They're not individual incidents," said Cuomo. "When you have one episode, two episodes, maybe you can look at them as individual episodes. But when you have 10 episodes, 15 episodes, you are blind or in denial if you are still treating each one like a unique situation."
"We have an injustice in the criminal justice system that is abhorrent. That is the truth," said Cuomo. "It doesn't make me feel good to say that. I'm a former prosecutor ... and it's not just George Floyd. You look back even in modern history in my lifetime. This started with Rodney King. Rodney King was 30 years ago. We suffered in this city through Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell and Eric Garner. How many times have we seen the same situation? Yes, the names change, but the color doesn't. And that is the painful reality of this situation. And it's not just 30 years. It is this nation's history of discrimination and racism dating back hundreds of years."
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"The idea that you could have a lynching, you know, an officer lynch a man," said Jones. "That was a lynching. Not one minute, not two minutes, not three minutes, six, seven, eight minutes, depriving someone of oxygen, a spectacle in front of a whole community, you have a lynching. You have not just an officer doing it, but you have three police officers there and do nothing to intervene, in fact defend him. You can then give — I've never heard of third degree murder. I'm an attorney. I'm in my 50s. I've never heard of third degree murder. Not to arrest the other officers and we're all going to say thank you very much and go back to what we're doing."