A CNN panel on Tuesday reacted to a New York Times report that claims President Donald Trump tried to install a loyalist to oversee major investigations being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York have been examining the president’s organizations and businesses — including his former “fixer” Michael Cohen.
“What we’ve known for a long time since the president has been in office is he wanted an attorney general who would be loyal, in his words. He fired Jeff Sessions and was upset with Sessions for recusing himself because he wanted the Mueller investigation put away, done a way with,” CNN political analyst David Gregory said.
“Now you have the real meat on this. The president acting on this loyalty expectation and saying, look, move the pieces around the investigative board here. Get me somebody who can make this go away or who can control this. The fact that [acting Attorney General Matt] Whitaker, based on this reporting, at least initially said, no, I can’t do that, shows how far this president wants to push.”
Whitaker told associates that his job was to “jump on a grenade” for the president, according to the New York Times report. But CNN host Brianna Keilar noted that Whitaker still refused to carry out the president’s request.
“First of all, this is beyond loyalty. When people talk about constitutional crisis, if this is indeed true, there is a constitutional crisis. There is an issue where there is not a separation [between] the Department of Justice and the White House,” CNN’s April Ryan said.
“The president knew what he was doing,” she added.
CNN legal analyst Jack Quinn said he couldn’t imagine “anything more abusive of the power of the presidency than trying to rig an investigation in which he has a clear personal interest.” He added that the claims in the New York Times report were impeachable offenses.
Senators press Facebook on ‘trust’ in hearing on digital currency
US senators Tuesday questioned whether Facebook can be trusted with a massive financial responsibility at the first public hearing on its plan for a global digital currency called Libra.
The lawmakers added to criticism of the plan unveiled by Facebook last month with two dozen partners on the digital coin, touted as a way to lower costs and facilitate cross-border money transfers.
David Marcus, Facebook's executive heading the digital coin effort, defended the plan during more than two hours at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Libra, pledging to comply with all regulations to thwart money laundering and criminal activity.
Mitch McConnell: AOC started Trump’s racist tweets by calling detention centers ‘concentration camps’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday refused to condemn the President of the United States for sending racist tweets in which he told four non-white congresswomen to "go back" to their countries of origin.
McConnell spoke on the matter at a press conference, but he did not explicitly rebuke President Donald Trump.
"There's been a lot of discussion about the events of the last couple days, I'd like to address it myself," McConnell volunteered. "I think there's been a consensus that political rhetoric has really gotten way way overheated all across the political spectrum."
Former Trump communications aide admits to hiring prostitutes
President Donald Trump's former communications aide Jason Miller admitted to hiring prostitutes in 2015 and 2017, an exclusive report revealed Tuesday.
Mediaite broke the news that Miller had hired "multiple" prostitutes for sexual acts at massage parlors. The comments were part of a videotaped deposition, and Miller confessed that he was using the sexual services as recently as "a few months ago" from the deposition he gave on May 30.