Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Monday that Attorney General Bill Barr has a lot to answer for when it comes to the redactions he’s making in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
When asked by Bolduan to list off things he would ask Barr this week were he a member of Congress, Honig immediately rattled off some significant unanswered questions about the attorney general’s handling of the probe.
“First of all, I focus on Mueller’s summaries,” he said, referring to the special counsel’s office writing up its own summaries of its conclusions. “We know Robert Mueller did his own summary. I would ask, ‘Why didn’t you produce those and will you produce them now?’ I would focus on the obstruction… ‘Look, you made a call on obstruction — did Robert Mueller ask you to make your call or do you think he intended that for Congress?”
He also argued that Barr should be made to answer questions about his own bias against the entire investigation.
“Bill Barr has been prejudiced about this case from the start,” he said. “I mean this in the literal sense: That he prejudged it. Before he became attorney general, he referred to ‘so-called collusion,’ sarcastically, and called Mueller’s obstruction theory ‘asinine.'”
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Rick Santorum: ‘I have no problem’ with John Bolton testifying after ‘this impeachment thing’ is over
Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum asserted on Tuesday that former National Security Adviser John Bolton should wait until after President Donald Trump's impeachment trial ends to reveal what he knows about the president's scheme in Ukraine.
"The only thing I would question is sort of the timing of submitting the book for review," Santorum said during an appearance on CNN. "I mean, you're doing it at a time -- knowing the history of what goes on in this White House, that leaks are prevalent -- to submit this manuscript at this time, I think was bad judgement."
"I have no problem with John Bolton writing a book," he continued. "This is someone who deeply believes in his worldview and what is best for America and I think he felt compelled to write something about the state of foreign policy in America and where our country is going."
‘The president’s lying — that should matter!’ CNN’s Berman unloads on GOP for blowing off Bolton revelations
CNN's John Berman on Tuesday expressed frustration at the idea that Republican senators could still vote to acquit President Donald Trump even after leaked excerpts of former national security adviser John Bolton's book further implicated the president.
During a panel discussion about Bolton's book, which reportedly alleges that Trump directly linked releasing military aid to Ukraine with investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman warned that the book may not be the big game changer that many have been hoping to see.
"I'm somewhat more skeptical that this is going to necessarily lead to witnesses," she said. "It might. I just think that we really don't know, and I think the desire for Republicans to have this wrapped up fairly quickly remains strong."
GOP’s Joni Ernst may have inadvertently boosted Joe Biden in Iowa: ex-White House official
On CNN's "New Day," regular contributor and former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart almost rolled his eyes at a clip of Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst rushing to the cameras to gush about attacks on Joe Biden, saying she may have ended up helping the former vice president in her own state.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after watching the clip of the Iowa Republican blurting, "The Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening, and I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?" Lockhart seemed in disbelief that she may have handed Biden a boost.