A CNN panel on Thursday crushed Attorney General Bill Barr for currying favor with President Donald Trump and working to preemptively spin special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on interference in the 2016 presidential election.
During the discussion, CNN legal analyst Laura Coates called out Barr for feeding into partisan talking points by hinting that illegal “spying” took place on the Trump campaign in 2016 — despite the fact hat he then admitted he had no evidence to back up his claims.
“To me, this was a shocking thing for Barr to do,” Coates said. “It was unnecessary if he wasn’t going to talk about what he chose to mention, and it was inappropriate because it was unsubstantiated and still is!”
“It’s more than inappropriate,” replied John Avlon. “This slip of the tongue, imprecise language by the attorney general who ought to know better, dovetails with the White House’s talking points, which is, ‘Investigate the investigators.'”
CNN’s David Gregory also thought it as astonishing that there would be such a large gap in time between Barr’s press conference on the report and the release to the public — which could give Trump plenty of time to spin the report to his own ends.
“Imagine the specter — you could have a president live-tweeting while he’s reading this report,” Gregory said. “He could just say, ‘Go to page 325, this just shows you what a hoax this whole thing was!'”
Trump is ‘losing it’ and ‘devolving down into rabbit holes of conspiracy theories’: Conservative TV host
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
Watching Trump read from teleprompter is like a ‘parallel universe’ compared to his crazy tweets: CNN’s John King
President Donald Trump on Monday delivered a somber Memorial Day address -- and CNN host John King remarked about how strange it was to see him acting presidential.
Even though the president spent the weekend launching angry attacks on his political foes that included a baseless accusation of murder against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, he stuck entirely to reading from the teleprompter during his Memorial Day speech, which included stirring stories of courage about members of America's armed forces.