On Thursday, following President Donald Trump’s confused tirade in response to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s speech demolishing the right-wing media narrative that his report exonerated the president, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta enumerated his lies.
“An angry President Trump gave already exhausted fact-checkers quite a workout today as he opened up a fire hose of falsehoods on special counsel Robert Mueller,” said Costa. “That performance came after the president accidentally appeared to concede that the Russians helped him win the 2016 election. One day after special counsel Robert Mueller left the door open to the possibility that the president has engaged in criminal behavior, Mr. Trump fired back.”
Acosta played a clip of Trump blasting “true Never Trumper Mueller” as “somebody that dislikes Donald Trump” and “didn’t get a job that he requested,” but that “despite $40 million, 18 Trump haters, including people that worked for Hillary Clinton and some of the worst human beings on Earth, they got nothing. It’s pretty amazing.”
“Much of what the president said wasn’t true,” said Acosta. “For starters, the latest estimated cost of the Mueller report and Russia investigation is $25 million, not $40 million. And as for the president’s claim that Mueller was conflicted, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told investigators that assertion was ridiculous. The president also said Mueller wanted the position of FBI director, but that’s not true either, according to White House aides who said Mueller did not come in looking for the position, a job he had during the Bush and Obama administrations.”
“Still earlier in the day, the president appeared to make a startling admission tweeting, ‘Russia, Russia, Russia, that’s all you heard at the beginning of this witch hunt hoax and now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me get elected.'” said Acosta. “The president later tried to clear that part up.”
He then played a clip of Trump saying, “You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn’t help me at all. Russia, if anything, I think helped the other side.”
“Here’s the reality,” said Acosta. “A 2017 U.S. Intelligence community report stated ‘We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-Elect Trump.’ And then there’s the president’s personal call for Russian assistance during the campaign.”
‘There is great distrust of the entire system’: CNN reporter says protesters want the Hennepin attorney to resign
On CNN Wednesday, correspondent Miguel Marquez reported that while Minnesota civil rights activists will approve of the upgraded charges against the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, they also want accountability for Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney who initially declined to charge every officer.
"Those protesters will be pleased, absolutely happy to hear these charges have now been brought, but they will want more," said Marquez. "Specifically, they do want the County Attorney, Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney, who initially had this case and then turned it over to the attorney general, they want him to resign. They're also upset with the governor and his handling of it."
Black students brutalized by Atlanta cops call for ‘total reset in policing’ on CNN
The two black students who were brutalized by police in Atlanta went on CNN Wednesday to demand fundamental change from American police departments.
In an interview on CNN, students Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who were pulled out of their car by Atlanta police and tased earlier this week, said that police behavior toward peaceful demonstrators shows exactly why protesters are taking to the streets in the first place.
Even evangelical groups were disgusted by Trump’s Bible stunt: former White House faith adviser
On CNN Tuesday, former Obama White House faith and race adviser Joshua Dubois said President Donald Trump's Bible photo-op in front of the church near the White House could backfire on him with his most critical voting bloc.
"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."