On Tuesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) excoriated Attorney General William Barr on CNN following reports that special counsel Robert Mueller rebuked him over his representation of his Russia findings.
“This letter is unquestionably an unprecedented, stunning rebuke of the attorney general of the United States,” Blumenthal told host Anderson Cooper. “Very significantly undermining, in fact devastating his credibility now in the Department of Justice and likely tomorrow in our hearing.”
“There is going to be some tough questioning of him tomorrow about not only his four-page summary, which then Mueller said, in effect, mischaracterized his report, but then why he doubled down three weeks later in a press conference and, in effect, lied again to the American people,” said Blumenthal. “I realize that characterization sounds harsh. We said it at the time. Now we have Bob Mueller himself saying, in effect, that William Barr’s characterization was deceptive and misleading, in effect a lie to the American people, and that’s going to be reframing and adding a new dimension entirely to the questioning tomorrow.”
“I can think of no prior instance of this kind of very severe rebuke to the attorney general of the United States from a career prosecutor with this kind of respect within the Department of Justice,” said Blumenthal. “He, in effect, lied to the American people, saying that Bob Mueller concluded there was insufficient evidence of obstruction.”
“The fact of the matter is Bob Mueller said nothing of the kind,” Blumenthal continued. “In effect, he said that this report is an indictment in all but name. If Donald Trump were any other official, if there were no Office of Legal Counsel memorandum saying a sitting president cannot be indicted, he would be under indictment right now. And, in fact, he is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Southern District of New York prosecution.”
Asked by Cooper whether Barr should resign or be impeached, Blumenthal said, “I voted against William Barr. I said then he was unfit to be attorney general. I believe he is unfit even more so today … in effect, he harbored obstruction of justice and he is continuing to do so. He is also belittling and demeaning the real threat from the Russians. He is downplaying the kind of continuing attack that we’re seeing from the Russians.”
‘I haven’t had a personal cell phone for years’: Trump demands retraction from CNN — in tweet sent from his iPhone
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump had spoken to Rudy Giuliani over unsecured phone lines.
If he was using an unsecured phone to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine, Trump would effectively be allowing the Russians to listen in.
CNN confirmed the unsecured phone use, reporting "President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN."
Rudy Giuliani is desperately trying to save Trump using ‘the word of a KGB agent’: CNN’s David Gergen
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani this week has been in Ukraine working with a wide variety of shady characters with the intent of digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Among other people, Giuliani has been talking to are Andrii Telizhenko, a former Ukrainian diplomat who is also suspected of working for Russian intelligence operations, and Andriy Derkach, who attended the Dzerzhinsky Higher School of the KGB in Moscow and whose father was a former KGB officer.
Rick Santorum falls apart during CNN defense of Trump as fellow Republican Charlie Dent smirks
As CNN contributor Rick Santorum struggled to defend Donald Trump's quid pro quo proposal to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday morning, his fellow Pennsylvania Republican, former Rep. Charlie Dent, laughed at his fumbling for answers.
Sitting down with "New Day" host John Berman, Santorum once again attempted to make the case that the president was withholding aid over Ukraine corruption and not because he was seeking dirt on political opponents -- and didn't fare well as Berman kept fact-checking him.
With the two former GOP lawmakers on split-screen, Santorum refused to concede that the president was asking for a personal favor during the phone-call that eventually led to a House impeachment inquiry into the president's actions.