On CNN Tuesday night, Don Lemon put the lie to President Donald Trump never instructed Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia probe against him.
“The president would like you to believe he had no idea Barr was going to investigate, no idea at all,” said Lemon. “He says he didn’t know about it because he didn’t ask Barr to do it. Okay.”
“This tweet is from last month,” said Lemon, putting up a recent tweet of Trump attacking the Russia probe and calling for an investigation of the “Dirty Cops” responsible. “It seems pretty clear, look at that. “INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS,” in all caps. Oh, but he didn’t know.”
“Seems like the attorney general certainly got the message,” added Lemon. “You remember he really struggled to come up with an answer when Sen. — you’ve got to watch this — when Sen. Kamala Harris asked him whether the White House had suggested he open any investigations.”
Lemon proceeded to play a clip of Harris asking Barr if the president “ever asked or suggested you open an investigation of anyone,” to which Barr spent several seconds floundering and never answered the question.
“And then there’s this,” continued Lemon. “The attorney general buying into the president’s baseless conspiracy theory that his campaign was spied on.” He played a clip of Barr saying that “I think spying did occur” against the Trump campaign by the FBI.
“Like I said, you guys don’t see this? Come on, you have to see this,” said Lemon, doing an impression of Barr. “‘Uh, uh, uh, uh, can you repeat the question — I — uh, uh, uh, what was — I’m trying to uh, figure out what you mean by, uh, inferred, grappling.’ Come on, people.”
“Like I said the attorney general got the president’s message. He got it loud and clear,” Lemon finished. “The president let him know exactly what he wanted.”
Angela Rye pounds CNN’s Steve Cortez for suggesting Ocasio-Cortez should resign
CNN turned into a shouting match on Tuesday after a Trump supporter attempted to defend the president's concentration camps along the southern border.
Conservatives panicked on Tuesday after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) referred to Trump's tent city detention centers as concentration camps.
Republican Steve Cortes argued against Ocasio-Cortez was wrong to correctly use the term concentration camps.
"AOC should apologize at least and probably resign," Cortez argued.
Progressive analyst Angela Rye shut down Cortez, explaining to viewers that Ocasio-Cortez was correctly using the term.
‘He wants the spotlight back’: CNN commentator says Trump is jealous of all the attention Democrats are getting
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump held a rally in Orlando, Florida to formally kick off his re-election campaign for 2020.
And as CNN's Gloria Borger explained to John Berman, Trump desperately needed this event — because he was jealous of how much coverage the Democratic presidential candidates are getting.
"One source told CNN campaign officials are hoping this event will satisfy the president's thirst for the spotlight and reset the campaign's efforts," said Berman. "This is the 60th campaign rally for the president. So is there any reason to think that this event could move the needle?"
Scaramucci: Trump will ‘flip out on you’ if you lick your finger and touch something on his desk
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," anchor Erin Burnett talked to former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci about President Donald Trump's hysteria over chief of staff Mick Mulvaney coughing in his presence.
"Does behavior like that from him, from the top, send a message about how he treats people or how others should treat people, or do you not have any concern?" asked Burnett.
"I — well, listen, I sort of think it's unfair. Every one of us have been temperamental from time to time," said Scaramucci, who was fired after just 10 days in the White House for extremely obscene comments about Steve Bannon. "I think it's very unfair to pick and choose these — clearly caught on camera. We're in the world of social media now. Many of us have said things that they've regretted saying, myself included especially, Erin. But what happens in the social media and our fishbowl — and the White House isn't even a fishbowl, it's a full-blown aquarium."