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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‘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.
‘White nationalists will never love you’: Hispanic Trump supporter goes down in flames during CNN debate
CNN's Anderson Cooper struggled to control a segment about President Donald Trump's racism while interviewing a former member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.
Cooper interviewed Steve Cortes about the president's racist outburst at the four young women of color in Congress that are known collectively as "The Squad."
The host read the dictionary definition of a demagogue.
"A leader that makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises to gain power," Merriam-Webster published.
"Is Donald Trump a demagogue? Isn’t this exactly what he is doing here?" Cooper asked.