CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Thursday took Attorney General Bill Barr to task for doing everything in his power to spin special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into a positive for President Donald Trump.
During a panel discussion, CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked Toobin if “there is anything strange about Barr’s team briefing the White House” about Mueller’s report before releasing it to either Congress or the public.
Toobin said that the briefings in and of themselves aren’t sinister — but he couldn’t help see them that way given all of Barr’s other actions.
“What’s worth remembering is everything Barr and the Justice Department have done since early March, when Mueller turned in his report, has been spun in the same direction,” he said. “Everything has been to make the president look as good as possible.”
He then recounted Barr’s four-page letter summarizing Mueller’s conclusions that cleared the president of obstructing justice — even though Mueller’s report specifically said it could not exonerate the president on this charge. He also said that the long delay in releasing the report looked suspicious, as well as the insinuation that there was unlawful “spying” that occurred on Trump’s campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
“When you take them together, it looks like the Justice Department is covering for the president,” he said.
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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
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To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
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Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.
Trump ‘crossed the line’ with the military this week — leading retired officers to revolt: former general
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Speaking with the host, Lute -- who also served as U.S. ambassador to NATO -- said tension between the president and military officials has gradually increased over the past three and a half years, but that the past week's incidents led to a "tipping point."
After host Berman read off a list of high profile ex-military officials who have either criticized Trump or defended their former colleagues from attacks from the president, Lute was asked what had changed.