A national security analyst explained on CNN Thursday how special counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be “weaponized” by the Kremlin — and by President Donald Trump.
“This report is a gift to the government of Russia,” Obama-era National Security Council member Sam Vinograd said. “This is a very proud moment for Vladimir Putin.”
The public already knows, Vinograd added, that Putin “likes to use controversial and inflammatory issues as a weapon.”
“He’ll weaponize this report to continue to sow divisions, spread confusion and undermine the credibility of our institutions,” she said.
Furthermore, “we have every reason to assume that President Trump used this document as a green light to continue doing what he was doing on the campaign.”
“He’s claiming that because there are no further criminal indictments against him or members of his team, he didn’t do anything wrong,” Vinograd added. “So we should expect him to continue this behavior going forward in the 2020 campaign cycle.”
Mueller’s report “lays out in excruciating detail a multipronged, sustained and systematic attack against the United States using all kinds of tools — President Trump was just one of them.”
“From an intelligence operations standpoint,” she concluded, “Vladimir Putin launched a very successful operation that is still ongoing.”
‘There is great distrust of the entire system’: CNN reporter says protesters want the Hennepin attorney to resign
On CNN Wednesday, correspondent Miguel Marquez reported that while Minnesota civil rights activists will approve of the upgraded charges against the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, they also want accountability for Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney who initially declined to charge every officer.
"Those protesters will be pleased, absolutely happy to hear these charges have now been brought, but they will want more," said Marquez. "Specifically, they do want the County Attorney, Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney, who initially had this case and then turned it over to the attorney general, they want him to resign. They're also upset with the governor and his handling of it."
Black students brutalized by Atlanta cops call for ‘total reset in policing’ on CNN
The two black students who were brutalized by police in Atlanta went on CNN Wednesday to demand fundamental change from American police departments.
In an interview on CNN, students Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who were pulled out of their car by Atlanta police and tased earlier this week, said that police behavior toward peaceful demonstrators shows exactly why protesters are taking to the streets in the first place.
Even evangelical groups were disgusted by Trump’s Bible stunt: former White House faith adviser
On CNN Tuesday, former Obama White House faith and race adviser Joshua Dubois said President Donald Trump's Bible photo-op in front of the church near the White House could backfire on him with his most critical voting bloc.
"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."