CNN’s Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow brutally mocked Attorney General Bill Barr for being a partisan hack after a newly unearthed interview shows him harshly criticizing then Attorney General Janet Reno for not defending Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr — a very different response than Barr had for special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Newly uncovered comments Attorney General William Barr made back in 1998 in an interview then are showing a much different tone than we’ve seen from him in the past few weeks,” said Harlow. “This comes in the wake of scrutiny of how he handled the Mueller report, holding that press conference the way he did, even before Congress got their hands on it.”
“Yes. Sounded a little different in back in  in the interview, a completely different tone from Barr,” said Sciutto. “Then Barr said he was ‘disturbed’ that then-Attorney General Janet Reno did not defend the independent counsel Ken Starr from what he called ‘hatchet jobs’ during the Whitewater investigation.”
“It’s quite a different tone that we have seen than this tepid defense that we have of Mueller,” said reporter Andrew Kaczynski. “This came in a 1998 interview with Investor’s Business Daily, where he said the White House was attacking Starr basically with spin control, hatchet job and ad hominem attacks.”
“He was very disturbed that Janet Reno was not defending Starr,” Kaczynski went on.
“And what’s so interesting about the way in which these comments paint Barr is that in March that year earlier, he sent this letter, Kaczynski said, “where he said that he thought public comments from the Clinton white House were meant to have the ‘improper purpose of influencing and impeding an ongoing criminal investigation’ and possibly intimidating possible jurors.”
“Yeah. Different,” said Harlow sarcastically.
“Very different,” laughed Kaczynski. “Very different tone.
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"Supermarket customers are paying more for beef than they have in decades during the coronavirus pandemic," reported Leah Nylen and Liz Crampton. "But at the same time, the companies that process the meat for sale are paying farmers and ranchers staggeringly low prices for cattle."
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On Monday, conservative CNN talk show host S. E. Cupp slammed President Donald Trump for his behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think no matter who the president is, there's always going to be someone criticizing the response to a disaster," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "But something that has been true since the beginning of this is that the president really had a real opportunity, handed one, to unify people, to lead, to set a tone, and he's really squandering it, isn't he?"
"I think we should say, Brianna, this has long gone past offensive, and distasteful. I think what we're seeing is the president losing it," said Cupp. "I don't think that the president's behavior is that of a healthy, stable, balanced person. That he can't focus all of his energy and efforts and attention on this global pandemic, on securing the physical and economic safety and health of this country, is very alarming. Instead, devolving down these rabbit holes of conspiracy theories, baseless conspiracy theories as you pointed out, attacking women for their looks and their weight, you know, threatening governors, one in Michigan for mail-in voting, another in North Carolina for not guaranteeing a full house at the RNC."
Trump ally: It’s ‘unrealistic’ to say president shouldn’t golf just because people are dying of COVID-19
On CNN Monday, former Trump adviser and Republican lobbyist David Urban defended President Donald Trump's decision to take a golf outing as coronavirus deaths approached 100,000.
"Every death is horrible," Urban said. However, "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic."
The US approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths, while this weekend President Trump played golf.
Close Trump confidante @DavidJUrban says “every death is horrible," but "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic.” pic.twitter.com/rYnVaUD0Tc