CNN’s John Avlon on Thursday exposed the ways that Attorney General Bill Barr misled the American public about the contents of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
During one of his “reality check” segments, Avlon said that Mueller’s statement on Wednesday blew through the “blizzard of lies” that has swirled around his report ever since he turned it in to Attorney General Bill Barr two months ago.
Specifically, Avlon took Barr to task for claiming that the Department of Justice’s policy against indicting a sitting president was not a factor in his decision to not charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice, while Mueller said during his statement that he was prevented from making charges based on the DOJ’s policies.
“That appears to be fundamentally false,” Avlon said as he played a clip of Mueller speaking at length about restrictions on indicting the president. “It certainly sounds like if he was anybody but the president, he would have been indicted.”
He then said that it’s clear from Mueller’s statements that it’s up to Congress to hold the president accountable for potentially committing crimes if the DOJ is prohibited from doing so.
“The Mueller investigation is over, it did not exonerate the president,” said Avlon. “Attorney General Barr did misrepresent the reports conclusions and constraints.”
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CNN panel blows up Lindsey Graham’s ‘hearsay’ talking points: ‘He knows what he’s saying is nonsense’
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday lashed out at the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry and argued that it was completely illegitimate because it was relying on "hearsay" testimony from witnesses such as George Kent and Bill Taylor.
CNN's John King reacted to Graham's latest tirade by taking all his talking points apart piece by piece, starting with his accusation that evidence can't be gathered from hearsay. In particular, King pointed to the role that hearsay played in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.
"He's talking about hearsay -- Number One, this is not a court of law, Congress is not a court of law," he said. "Number Two, I would remind Lindsey Graham, Linda Tripp heard about [Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky] from a friend."
Lindsey Graham clings to new Trump ‘hearsay’ defense: Impeachment ‘is going to destroy the presidency over time’
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued that the impeachment of President Donald Trump should not go forward because it would "destroy the presidency over time."
Reporters pressed Graham on Thursday about what he might do to stop the impeachment proceedings.
"There’s no quid pro quo," Graham ranted. "Nothing happened here. We’re not going to impeach this president over this. We’re not going to legitimize a hearing where you can only call Democratic witnesses. It’s over. It’s done for me."
According to the South Carolina Republican, impeachment is not a valid remedy for the president's misdeeds because it was initiated with so-called hearsay evidence.
WATCH: Democrat sarcastically slaps aside Trump Jr for trying to give him legal advice
Former trial lawyer turned Democratic lawmaker Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Il) sharply slapped aside legal advice offered by Donald Trump Jr, suggesting he might want to stay in his lane until he attends law school.
Speaking with CNN host Wolf Blitzer, Quigley was asked abouit a tweet by President Donald Trump's son regarding hearsay evidence after apparently watching Wednesday's impeachment hearing.
At issue for Don Jr. was Quigley's assertion during the hearing that hearsay evidence can sometimes be better than direct evidence.