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.
Black man finds racist graffiti on his garage after emerging from house for the first after recovering from coronavirus
After leaving his house for the first time in three months after recovering from a bout with coronavirus, a 74-year-old Washington man became the victim of a hate crime, Q13 Fox reports.
Walking out of his house for the first time on Tuesday morning, Robert Batie found his house vandalized by racist slurs.
“I’m 74 years old, I shouldn’t have to deal with this, so how do you describe how you feel when you come out of the bedroom and you’ve kicked the virus and you’re thankful that way, and you’re trying to mow the lawn and you see this?” he said.
#BabyGate trends as Trump’s White House border fence gets a hilarious new nickname
President Donald Trump has now overseen the construction of a perimeter fence around the White House that is nearly two miles in length -- and it's already getting mocked relentlessly on social media.
As construction of the perimeter fence continued on Friday, many Twitter users said it reminded them of a baby gate that new parents use to keep their infants from crawling into potentially dangerous areas.
"Aww isn’t this cute!" Twitter user @H0telr0meo wrote in one widely shared tweet. "Little #BunkerBoy now has his own #BabyGate."
Minneapolis City Council taking first steps to ‘dismantle’ police department
"We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response," said council member Jeremiah Ellison. "It's really past due."
Aiming to "dismantle" the Minneapolis Police Department, city councilors on Friday will vote on imposing a temporary restraining order for the city's police department in response to the killing of George Floyd last month, and plan to set a timeline for the state's investigation into racial discrimination by the police over the past decade.