Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig on Wednesday reacted with shock to the New York Times’ bombshell report about Trump asking former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker whether he could put a political loyalist in charge of investigations at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
When asked by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota whether Trump’s reported actions constituted obstruction of justice, Honig didn’t hesitate to respond.
“If this is not an attempt to obstruct justice, I don’t know what is,” Honig said. “This is old-school, textbook, almost Nixon-style obstruction! The message here is, ‘We need to put a lid on this investigation before it impacts me.’ I think that’s the only rational, reasonable read on what he said to Whitaker.”
Honig went on to say that this behavior was part of a pattern for Trump and could not be seen as a one-off incident.
“We talked about patterns before,” he said. “The president did this exact same thing with Jeff Sessions, and he did it out in the open in public on Twitter. He berated Sessions for recusing himself from Russia and failing to put a lid on that investigation. We see a fairly obvious pattern of obstruction here.”
Articles of impeachment against both Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton both included charges of obstruction of justice.
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Trump hints he may have to bail out ‘our great oil companies’ at coronavirus presser
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"Now, gasoline's going to be 99 cents a gallon or less, you know that. That's already popping up. 99 cents," said Trump. "So that's look giving a massive tax cut to people of our country."
"I'm going to meet with the oil companies on Friday," continued Trump. "I'm going to meet with independent oil producers also on Friday or Saturday, maybe Sunday. But we're having a lot of meetings on it. I think I know what to do to solve it. But if they're unable to solve it, then I think I know what to do to solve it. But it's tough. I think I know what to do to solve it. We don't want to lose our great oil companies. We're the number one producer of oil in the world. I do believe there's a way that can be solved or pretty well solved, and I'd rather not do that."
CNN’s Gloria Borger demolishes Trump administration’s ‘absurd’ attempts to dodge responsibility for pandemic response
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," analyst Gloria Borger slammed President Donald Trump and his top officials for trying to skate responsibility for the president's own efforts to downplay the coronavirus pandemic for weeks.
"Gloria, when I asked the vice president earlier in the day why it took so long to grasp the severity of this pandemic, the vice president seemed to point the finger at the CDC, at China. He even said it took Dr. Deborah Birx until Friday to give them the latest modeling on the death toll, 100,000 to 240,000," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "What do you make of that kind of spin?"
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On Wednesday, finally bowing to public pressure and pleas from experts, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced a shelter-in-place order for his state.
But the delay likely made the pandemic worse and needlessly put people in Florida and around the country at risk, said Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN.
"The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, today, Sanjay, announced a stay-at-home order for the state," said anchor Jake Tapper. "This is after much criticism and weeks and weeks of cruise ships landing and spring breakers packing the beaches. Shouldn't the governor of Florida have done this weeks ago? Just empirically, didn't his delaying this mean more cases and possibly more deaths?"