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.
‘We have no defenses!’ Nurse who got infected with COVID-19 paints dire picture of equipment shortage on CNN
A nurse in New York City who had been infected with the coronavirus told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Friday that he and his colleagues are being sent to work in dangerous situations where they don't have sufficient protective equipment.
Thomas Riley, a registered nurse at New York's Jacobi Medical Center, told Harlow that the stories that have been reported about equipment shortages are very real and that medical workers' lives are being endangered because of it.
"It feels like we're in a war, and like we're soldiers in a war, being sent out without camouflage, without Kevlar," he said. "We have no defenses against this, and they're giving us very little."
NYC’s de Blasio delivers frightening new revelation about extreme ventilator shortage in his city’s hospitals
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" early Friday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio predicted health care facilities in his city have only enough available ventilators to provide relief for COVID-19 patients to get the city through Sunday.
Speaking with host John Berman, the mayor said urgent action needs to be taken by the federal government if hospitals have any hope of keeping up with the exploding demand for additional life-saving health equipment.
"I've said this for weeks, there's no plan," de Blasio began. "There's no order that's been given by the commander in chief, the nation is in a peacetime stance while we're in the middle of a war. If they don't do something different in the next few days, they'll lose the window."
Trump administration battered by doctor for creating bureaucratic nightmare to get patients on USNS Comfort
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning, two doctors harshly criticized Donald Trump's administration for sending the Navy hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort to New York City with so many restrictions regarding the coronavirus epidemic that it is hardly being used.
Speaking with "New Day" hosts John Berman, who called the inability to fully utilize the ship as a "bureaucratic mess," one doctor said the ship is basically worthless because no COVID-19 patients will be allowed on -- but no one can be sent to the ship until they have been tested and there are few test kits available.
With host Berman pointing out only 20 patients are currently residing on the 1,000=bed Comfort, Dr. James Phillips of George Washington University Hospital admitted it was frustrating.