White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday insisted that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice when he said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should end the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
At a White House briefing, Sanders was asked about Trump’s Wednesday tweet about shutting down the probe into Russia’s interference and possible collusion within the Trump campaign.
..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
“It’s not an order, it’s the president’s opinion,” Sanders insisted to White House reporters. “The president is not obstructing. He’s fighting back. The president is stating his opinion. He’s stating it clearly. And he certainly is expressing the frustration that he has with the level of corruption that we’ve seen from people like Jim Comey, Peter Strzok. Most of America is angry as well and there’s no real reason he shouldn’t be able to voice that opinion.”
Sanders went on to say that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation should be completed “sooner rather than later.”
“It’s gone on for an extensive amount of time,” she opined. “They’ve still come up with nothing in regards to the president. We’d like to see it come to a close.”
“The entire investigation is based off of a dirty, discredited dossier that was paid for by an opposing campaign and had a lot of corruption within the entity which was overseeing it, which was Peter Strzok, James Comey, Andrew McCabe,” Sanders added. “I don’t think we have to go into it every time we’re here.”
Watch the video below from CNN.
‘White nationalists will never love you’: Hispanic Trump supporter goes down in flames during CNN debate
CNN's Anderson Cooper struggled to control a segment about President Donald Trump's racism while interviewing a former member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.
Cooper interviewed Steve Cortes about the president's racist outburst at the four young women of color in Congress that are known collectively as "The Squad."
The host read the dictionary definition of a demagogue.
"A leader that makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises to gain power," Merriam-Webster published.
"Is Donald Trump a demagogue? Isn’t this exactly what he is doing here?" Cooper asked.
Gold Star father blasts Trump for failure to govern while refusing to ‘defend and protect’ America
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Gold Star father Khizr Khan eviscerated President Donald Trump for his latest racist attack on congresswomen of color.
"To Donald Trump I say, sir, have you no sense of decency with this racism and division for political purposes?" Khan told anchor Anderson Cooper. "Donald Trump has nothing to offer. Therefore, he is going to create division and hate for political expedience. I am saddened but not surprised because, as you explained, he is a demagogue and will continue to use hate and division for his political expediency purpose."
"This is a man without any shame," agreed Cooper. "He doesn't have a health care policy. He doesn't have — he's not able to make progress on immigration in any sort of policy that actually solves the problem long term. And so he does these things and it is largely in times to distract, but it's not just distracting people, it's distracting people in the worst possible, bigoted, divisive way. It's distracting us by turning us against each other and viewing each other as other."
Racism drives Trump ‘like rocket fuel’ — but even for him, this is ‘shocking and disgraceful’: WaPo journalist
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post reporter David Swerdlick told anchor Wolf Blitzer that there's nothing truly new about President Donald Trump's racist social media assaults on Democratic congresswomen of color — but that there is something uniquely horrible about the latest episode.
"People are suggesting what the president has said in the past day or two represents a new low," said Blitzer. "But when you look at the president's history ... the president claiming Barack Obama wasn't born here in the United States, his comments about Charlottesville. This clearly isn't a one-off."