On PBS NewsHour, conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks laid into Attorney General William Barr for trying to spin special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report in favor of President Donald Trump.
The report fell short of finding enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any member of the Trump campaign entered into a conspiracy with the Russian government, but found plenty of evidence that the president obstructed the investigation and sought to refer the matter to Congress. Ahead of the report’s release, however, Barr issued a four-page summary and held a press conference weighing in with his personal, and partisan, opinion that the president could not have obstructed justice.
As Brooks explained it, that was the end of his ability to trust Barr’s independence from politics.
“One of the thoughts I’ve had this week is that impartiality is our scarcest resource by now, and that Robert Mueller seems to have been pretty impartial,” said Brooks. “And we rely on umpires in this society who are impartial.”
“I think Barr, frankly, ruined any reputation for impartiality with that press conference.” Brooks added. “He ruined the benefit of the doubt that a lot of people like me were inclined to give him.”
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Iran probes seized UK-flagged tanker — Britain to hold emergency meeting
ran warned Sunday that the fate of a UK-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf depends on an investigation, as Britain prepared for an emergency security meeting on Tehran's action.
Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew members aboard off the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
Video footage released by Iran showed the Stena Impero tanker being surrounded by speedboats before troops in balaclavas descend a rope from a helicopter onto the vessel.
In an audio recording of a radio exchange, an Iranian officer can be heard ordering the tanker to change course "immediately".
For Cubans — a day at the beach is no easy task
Cuba's constitution guarantees its people access to its beaches, but many locals are unable to enjoy the island's pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters.
While foreign tourists flock to such paradisiacal Havana sites as Varadero, which was this year named the second most-beautiful beach in the world by American travel website TripAdvisor, Cubans are typically found elsewhere.
"Not many tourists come here," said 43-year-old Rey Gonzalez, who was enjoying a day at Guanabo, a beach east of the capital.
Guanabo's sand isn't as white and the water not quite as clear as Varadero's, but that mattered little to Gonzalez, who was there with his family.