CNN legal analyst Elie Honig on Wednesday took a hammer to Attorney General Bill Barr’s justification for letting President Donald Trump off the hook for obstructing justice.
After watching Barr’s performance during a Senate hearing, Honig said he was stunned at how poorly the attorney general defended his own actions surrounding the decision to clear Trump of obstruction of justice based on the findings in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“How did you come to the conclusion that all 11 potentially obstructive acts [listed in Mueller’s report] were not enough?” he asked rhetorically. “All he had was there was no underlying crime. We know, as a matter of law, it doesn’t matter if there is an underlying crime! It doesn’t matter! You can still charge obstruction!”
Honig then went on to list some high-profile cases — ranging from Martha Stewart to Roger Stone — in which a person has been charged with obstructing justice despite not being charged with an underlying crime.
“Mueller refutes [Barr’s rationale] that in the report,” Honig said. “He said there are plenty of good reasons why people obstruct. Maybe it is in the gray areas — potential criminality — maybe they want to avoid personal embarrassment. That was incredibly weak from William Barr.”
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‘Beyond unconscionable’: Martin Luther King III tears into Bill Barr for comparing COVID lockdowns to slavery
On CNN Thursday, Martin Luther King III excoriated Attorney General William Barr for his speech comparing COVID-19 lockdowns to slavery.
"This is beyond unconscionable," said King. "To even compare it to the most cruel institution in history, in modern history, slavery, for over 200 years, is unconscionable. It is very sad that that's where we are in this nation."
"But also, when you think about the fact that this administration basically does not acknowledge systematic racism, that everyone realizes, most people who see visually that it exists, this administrator, the president, has stood up in Charlottesville for those who really promote hatred," said King. "This administration decided to disable protesters, nonviolent protesters in front of the White House. And so when you think about all these things, most importantly, refuses to acknowledge and hold policemen accountable for behavior that becomes fatal for so many in the African-American community, not to mention the virus that seems to affect Blacks and Browns in a disproportionate level, and a lack of management."
NAACP chief suggests Congress may need to impeach AG Bill Barr
On CNN Thursday, NAACP president Derrick Johnson tore into Attorney General William Barr for urging sedition charges for Black Lives Matter protesters — and said Congress should look into impeaching him.
"As far as the Attorney General, I wonder if we should be looking at ways we could impeach him," said Johnson. "We should not, in this moment, politicize the democratic principles of allowing people to exercise their First Amendment right to peacefully protest in the street. We should not politicize administration of elections to continue to represent the strongest democracy — emphasis democracy — in the world, we must open up access to voting, not politicize and try to sway the outcome of an election."
Ex-Trump staffer says it’s only just beginning — more aides to the president will defect to back Biden
On CNN Thursday, speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, former Trump Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor weighed in on the Biden endorsement from Vice President Mike Pence's national security aide Olivia Troye.
"I'll tell you this, this is an absolute bombshell," said Taylor, himself a supporter of Biden. "Olivia Troye was the lead staff member on the COVID-19 task force at the white house. Her testimonial is the clearest evidence yet that the president botched the response and cared more about his re-election effort than he did the lives of Americans ... no matter what the White House is saying, they always thought she was a top-tier staffer, that's why they kept her there for two years. This is truly damning for the White House."