CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Wednesday said that special counsel Robert Mueller’s full letter to Attorney General Bill Barr about his handling of the special counsel’s final report was a searing indictment of the way he put partisanship above the rule of law.
In the letter, Mueller accused the attorney general of creating “confusion” and undermining the “central purpose” of his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Looking over the letter, Toobin said it was extraordinary for someone as by-the-book as Mueller to issue such a damning letter of his own boss.
“That is a scathing, outraged letter,” Toobin said. “Accusing the attorney general of completely distorting and lying to the public about what Mueller spent two years on. I mean, that is not a polite letter among old friends. That is an accusation of political interference in Mueller’s work. That is not a routine letter in any sense of the word.”
Legal analyst Susan Hennessey similarly called Barr’s actions in intercepting Mueller’s findings on whether the president obstructed justice to be inexcusable.
“What Bill Barr has done, what Robert Mueller is fairly clearly accusing him of having done, is undermining the central purpose of having a special counsel,” she said. “This is the most critical example, an investigation of the president into the circumstances of his election, potential crimes committed while in office. That really is just indefensible.”
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"May 14th, Trump tells Vice President Pence not to attend Zelensky, the Ukrainian president's inauguration," said Cooper. "July 18th, Trump decides to withhold nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine that's already been passed by Congress. July 25th is that Trump and Zelensky phone call. I mean, I don't know if it's, you know, if it begins with the call from Putin, but there certainly is a lot of activity, a lot of dominos falling."
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"Historian Ron Chernow, whose biography on Hamilton is the biography, the one used for the Broadway musical, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post," said Burnett. "He says Hamilton, who was a defender of executive power, would have supported impeaching Donald Trump. He cites one of his Federalist Papers, where Hamilton writes, in part, 'When a man unprincipled in his private life, desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper ... when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity to take every opportunity of embarrassing the general government and bringing it under suspicion, it may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.' Hamilton warning such a leader will become a demagogue and a tyrant ... Does it sound like Hamilton, even so long ago, could have been warning about a person like President Trump, Paul?"
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"The Republicans we're talking to tonight are not nearly in the same place that Mitt Romney is on most things, but on Mick Mulvaney, there is an agreement and broad frustration," said Mattingly. "Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) saying he believed if you ask Mick Mulvaney, he would acknowledge it wasn't his best performance over the last couple of interviews. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the number two ranked Republican said it is, 'a rough patch for Mick Mulvaney.'"