During a panel discussion on Attorney General Bill Barr’s appointment of a U.S. Attorney to probe the origins of the Justice Department’s probe of Russia connections in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, a CNN White House correspondent said Barr likely had no choice because that is what he was hired to for.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, analysts Abby Phillip was asked about John Durham, who was tabbed by Barr to head the investigation.
“Well, Bill Barr kind of has to do this,” Phillip began. “I mean, one of the whole points of having Bill Barr in this role as opposed to Jeff Sessions, who the president grew to almost despise by the end of his tenure, is having the confidence of the president.”
“He has to take this step and put his own spin on it,” she continued. “I think that there is the sense here that Barr chose someone who has specific experience in looking into this specific type of thing. But there’s no question in my mind that Barr has almost no choice but to do this because the president basically appointed him into this position in order to delve more deeply into this very issue, which is almost of paramount importance to him after the conclusion of the Mueller probe.”
Hosts Berman and Camerota were quick to note that Barr recently was evasive when asked by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) if anyone at the White House has discussed with him going after Justice Department official, with CNN anchors once again showing the clip of the awkward encounter.
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CNN notes that Barr had previously watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be swept up in the president's Ukraine scandal -- damaging the State Department official's reputation -- and hoped to keep a low profile in the president's public disputes.
Internet heaps praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his ‘must watch’ destruction of Rod Blagojevich
CNN's Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his "fiery rebuke" of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were "bullsh*t."
During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.
Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.
Bill Barr’s relationship with Trump ‘on the rocks’ as unleashed president ‘openly defies him’: ex-prosecutor
In a CNN segment analyzing Donald Trump's insistent comments and tweets about Justice Department business, former federal prosecutor Eli Honig stated that the relationship between the president and Attorney General Bill Barr is now "on the rocks" and does not look promising for the future.
Speaking with "New Day" host Christi Paul, Honig explained that Barr has repeatedly cautioned the president about his comments but that Trump is flat out ignoring the Attorney general -- meaning that their relationship has taken a bad turn.
"It's interesting, Christi, the relationship between Trump and Barr seems to be on the rocks," Honig explained. "We saw Bill Barr step up and show some spine when he said to ABC News, the president is making my job impossible."