Quantcast
Connect with us

CNN’s Erin Burnett schools Rick Santorum for conspiracy claim the FBI ‘spied’ on Trump

Published

on

On CNN’s “OutFront” on Wednesday, Erin Burnett clashed with Trump supporter and former Sen. Rick Santorum. The debate grew heated after Santorum defended Attorney General William Barr for his unsubstantiated claim the FBI “spied” on the Trump campaign, and Burnett called him out on it.

“Look, to suggest that Bill Barr who is — has a great reputation in this town, was attorney general before,” said Santorum. “No one questioned his independence when he was an attorney general in a prior administration.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Burnett pushed back, pointing out that Barr “echos this president to an eerie extent,” including on the spying allegation. “I mean, senator, that’s — there’s no coincidence, right? This is very careful, it’s crafted. Bill Bar is choosing to use the words of the president.”

“Those are legitimate characterizations of what’s going on,” Santorum insisted. You say surveillance isn’t spying, well, I disagree. I mean if someone’s surveilling me they’re spying on me. So you can — to me that’s a semantic difference.”

“Right, but if you’re doing it with a court order and through a legal system, that is a completely different—”

“You’re saying spying is a pejorative term,” Santorum said. “I don’t think it is.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“I am saying it is being used in a pejorative manner, to imply something extrajudicial, and I don’t think there’s any question about why the word’s being used,” Burnett replied.

“Because it’s accurate,” said Santorum heatedly. “Look, Erin, the idea, this is something I just can’t get over that is not really — people on both sides of the aisle aren’t concerned about this that a presidential candidate’s campaign of people attached to his campaign are being surveilled and that the person running for president — I ran for president. If someone deep in my campaign, someone was being surveilled, I would be pretty ticked off that no one told me there was something going on. I mean, the idea of a presumption—”

“I don’t want to go through this all again but they were told — they were worried about Russian infiltration in the campaigns,” Burnett corrected him.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Fine, then you come to me!” shouted Santorum.

“There was a warrant to surveil Carter Page, who they believed could be — I’m not trying to relitigate the whole thing,” Burnett said.

“Why didn’t they go to candidate Trump?” Santorum asked. “This guy is running for president and something may be going on — you know with somebody attached to his campaign — I’d like to know that as as opposed to someone assuming that I’m complicit!”

ADVERTISEMENT

“But maybe they’re trying to understand what he knew, because his son is having meetings with his campaign chairman and admitted Russian informants and they’re like, ‘wait, if we tell him, because we don’t know what he knows or what the is his role? I mean, I can see both sides of this here, Rick.”

Watch below:

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

CNN

CNN panel mocks the White House for promoting a photo of Trump looking ‘subservient’ to Pelosi

Published

on

The White House posted a series of photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Wednesday after their meeting, showing Pelosi being the only person in the room literally standing up to President Donald Trump. It was an image that baffled the mind of at least one CNN panelist as to why the Trump people would be promoting Pelosi.

According to reports from those who were in the room, the president flew off the handle after Pelosi quipped that it seems all roads lead back to Russia for this president. It was at that point that Trump called Pelosi a "third-grade politician," though presumably, he meant "third-rate," and the meeting broke apart.

Continue Reading

CNN

Max Boot calls BS on Republicans for trying to claim Syria is Nancy Pelosi’s fault because of impeachment

Published

on

President Donald Trump is conducting foreign policy like a 1980s television character, according to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot.

In a panel discussion about the letter Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Boot mocked Republicans for suddenly trying to claim that Trump's withdrawal from Syria was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fault because of impeachment. It is unclear if Republicans are confessing the president is too distracted by impeachment to be making foreign policy decisions or if they are blaming Pelosi for military decisions.

"I mean there's a lot of really lame Republican talking points out there, Don," Boot said to CNN host Don Lemon. "But to suggest, as Rep. Liz Cheney and others have done that somehow Trump's inexplicable decision to give the Turks the green light to invade Syria — that was somehow the fault of Nancy Pelosi because of the impeachment process? What?"

Continue Reading
 

CNN

Ex-counterintel official explains how lobbying laws could bring down Rudy Giuliani

Published

on

On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Justice Department counterintelligence official David Laufman explained to Chris Cuomo how President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani could go down for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

"Why does this matter, this area of the law?" asked Cuomo.

"This was a statute enacted in the 1930s in response to pro-Nazi German elements of the United States, engaged in subversive propaganda activities so that the U.S. people or lawmakers when confronted with content, whether lobbying or an op-ed, can make an informed assessment based on who the real party is behind it," explained Laufman. "If it's a foreign party, the American people should be able to take that into account and assigning whatever weight they want."

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image