During a panel discussion on Attorney General Bob Barr’s release of the redacted Robert Mueller memo on President Donald Trump, a former FBI agent explained that the AG just gave defense attorneys a powerful new weapon if their clients are facing federal charges.
Speaking with CNN host Chris Cuomo, Josh Campbell — a former Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI — said lawyers must have been thrilled by a proposed defense of the president as “frustrated” by being investigated.
“The attorney general – we can’t lose sight – has allowed the political talking points, the ‘no collusion,’ to pierce that independent layer inside the Justice Department,” Campbell said. “He stood at that microphone and repeated those remarks, ‘no collusion,’ and then also took it a step further and this is what concerned me and I talked to people with the same concern.”
‘Imagine a defense counsel or lawyer out there now has a case pending before the Department of Justice. If they now look at what Barr did for the president, saying, ‘well, there was no crime and we could understand he [Trump] was frustrated or angry,’ and using that as an excuse?” the ex-FBI man lectured. “I would imagine any defense counsel worth their salt is working on that same plan. If I have a case before the DOJ and my client is being prosecuted and I think he’s been treated unfairly, I’m going to build it as being unfair.”
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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.
Trump ‘crossed the line’ with the military this week — leading retired officers to revolt: former general
Appearing on CNN's New Day with host John Berman, retired Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute explained that Donald Trump finally went a bridge too far this week with retired military officials when his administration deployed military police to turn on peaceful protesters in a Washington D.C. park.
Speaking with the host, Lute -- who also served as U.S. ambassador to NATO -- said tension between the president and military officials has gradually increased over the past three and a half years, but that the past week's incidents led to a "tipping point."
After host Berman read off a list of high profile ex-military officials who have either criticized Trump or defended their former colleagues from attacks from the president, Lute was asked what had changed.