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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Rick Santorum: ‘I have no problem’ with John Bolton testifying after ‘this impeachment thing’ is over
Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum asserted on Tuesday that former National Security Adviser John Bolton should wait until after President Donald Trump's impeachment trial ends to reveal what he knows about the president's scheme in Ukraine.
"The only thing I would question is sort of the timing of submitting the book for review," Santorum said during an appearance on CNN. "I mean, you're doing it at a time -- knowing the history of what goes on in this White House, that leaks are prevalent -- to submit this manuscript at this time, I think was bad judgement."
"I have no problem with John Bolton writing a book," he continued. "This is someone who deeply believes in his worldview and what is best for America and I think he felt compelled to write something about the state of foreign policy in America and where our country is going."
‘The president’s lying — that should matter!’ CNN’s Berman unloads on GOP for blowing off Bolton revelations
CNN's John Berman on Tuesday expressed frustration at the idea that Republican senators could still vote to acquit President Donald Trump even after leaked excerpts of former national security adviser John Bolton's book further implicated the president.
During a panel discussion about Bolton's book, which reportedly alleges that Trump directly linked releasing military aid to Ukraine with investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman warned that the book may not be the big game changer that many have been hoping to see.
"I'm somewhat more skeptical that this is going to necessarily lead to witnesses," she said. "It might. I just think that we really don't know, and I think the desire for Republicans to have this wrapped up fairly quickly remains strong."
GOP’s Joni Ernst may have inadvertently boosted Joe Biden in Iowa: ex-White House official
On CNN's "New Day," regular contributor and former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart almost rolled his eyes at a clip of Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst rushing to the cameras to gush about attacks on Joe Biden, saying she may have ended up helping the former vice president in her own state.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after watching the clip of the Iowa Republican blurting, "The Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening, and I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?" Lockhart seemed in disbelief that she may have handed Biden a boost.