A CNN panel on Friday took Attorney General Bill Barr to the woodshed after he held a press conference that gave a misleading impression about what would be in special counsel Robert Mueller’s now-public report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
During the discussion, host Alisyn Camerota said that Barr appeared to be acting more like Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani rather than the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
“He didn’t appear to be representing the interests of the United States,” she said. “He inserted things like… how he felt that the president was justifiably angry. He gave us a psychoanalysis of the president he didn’t need to give us.”
Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig was even more unsparing in his analysis of Barr’s maneuvers.
“I think William Barr’s credibility and independence are in the gutter now,” he said. “Look, the most important thing he did was he intercepted the obstruction inquiry. When he was asked during his testimony in Congress last week, ‘Did Robert Mueller ask you to jump in and make the decision on obstruction,’ he hems and haws and says, ‘Well, Mueller didn’t say anything to me.’ But Mueller put it in writing.”
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Mitch McConnell: AOC started Trump’s racist tweets by calling detention centers ‘concentration camps’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday refused to condemn the President of the United States for sending racist tweets in which he told four non-white congresswomen to "go back" to their countries of origin.
McConnell spoke on the matter at a press conference, but he did not explicitly rebuke President Donald Trump.
"There's been a lot of discussion about the events of the last couple days, I'd like to address it myself," McConnell volunteered. "I think there's been a consensus that political rhetoric has really gotten way way overheated all across the political spectrum."
‘White supremacy is a hell of a drug’: columnist explains the GOP’s garbled response to Trump
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed comments he'd made telling four freshman congresswomen -- all American citizens and women of color -- to go back to their countries.
The comments set off a furor that the president was being outwardly racist.
“It's up to them. They can do what they want. They can leave, they can stay, but they should love our country,” the president told reporters Tuesday when he was asked about his remarks.
On CNN Tuesday, New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali explained how Donald Trump's comments -- and his Republican counterparts' refusal to call them racist -- is rooted in a dangerous white supremacy, or terror at the "browning of America."
GOP congressman withers on CNN after host points out Trump’s America-bashing hypocrisy
Republican members of Congress have had different responses to President Donald Trump’s overtly racist attack on four Democratic women in Congress: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — all of whom he told to go back to the countries they came from (three were born in the U.S., and all four are U.S. citizens). Many Republicans in Congress have avoided speaking out, while a minority of them have condemned Trump’s comments and some have passionately defended them. One of the defenders, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, was grilled by CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Tuesday and insisted that there was nothing racist about Trump’s comments.