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.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta busts Trump’s whistleblower lies: ‘Just not answering questions in a straightforward fashion’
CNN's Jim Acosta busted several falsehoods in President Donald Trump's remarks from the Oval Office about a whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official.
The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."
Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.
Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.
"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."
WATCH: Trump’s long history of spilling America’s secrets to foreign leaders catalogued by CNN’s Avlon
President Donald Trump this week claimed that would never be stupid enough to say something inappropriate to foreign officials when he knew that all of his calls were being monitored.
However, CNN's John Avlon on Friday went down the president's long history of making inappropriate comments to foreign leaders, including times when he spilled important intelligence secrets.
Avlon began by noting that Trump has repeatedly cast aspersions on the intelligence community, including when he infamously said that he didn't believe Russia tried to help him win the 2016 election despite multiple intelligence assessments showing just that.