A blockbuster New York Times report released Tuesday revealed that President Donald Trump had asked former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if he had the authority to intervene in a Manhattan investigation into his former fixer Michael Cohen. According to the Times, Whitaker knew that he didn’t have the authority to intervene and Trump wasn’t pleased. Previously Whitaker had told associates that his role in the Department of Justice was to “jump on a grenade” for the President.
On CNN Tuesday, panelists discussed the ramifications of Whitaker’s grenade comment.
“Getting a guy in a position to be able to jump on a grenade is exactly what he would have wanted,” legal analyst Paul Callen observed. “I mean he was pounding Jeff Sessions since the day Sessions recused himself.”
Callen added that criminal intent would still have to be proven.
“Having someone in a position to jump on a grenade to protect you still doesn’t make it criminality. You have to have a specific intent to obstruct a criminal investigation,” he said, adding that proof of criminal intent could still come out. ”
Corey Lewandowski wilts after CNN host nails him for serial dishonesty: ‘I’m as honest as I can be!’
Trump lackey Corey Lewandowski appeared on CNN Wednesday one day after he admitted to regularly telling lies during media appearances -- and host Alisyn Camerota gave him a thorough grilling.
During the interview, Camerota played Lewandowski a clip of himself telling the House Judiciary Committee that he is under no obligation to be honest when he appears on cable news shows.
Lewandowski responded to this by angrily ranting about former FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe, but Camerota wouldn't let him off the hook.
"Corey, when do you lie?" she asked him. "Are you lying now, for instance?"
The Internet pummels CNN for booking Lewandowski the morning after he admitted to lying on TV: ‘Why would you do this?’
Corey Lewandowski admitted to the House Judiciary Committee that he had lied in TV appearances -- so social media users were appalled that he was booked the following morning to appear on CNN.
President Donald Trump's former campaign manager was confronted with false statements he had made in appearances on MSNBC and CNN, where he was scheduled to appear at 8 a.m. on "New Day," according to the show's executive producer.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."