Julian Epstein, the former Democratic Chief Counsel at the House Judiciary Committee, told CNN on Thursday that the Trump White House’s decision to launch an angry attack on special counsel Robert Mueller could be a grave miscalculation.
Epstein said that the letter Trump attorney Emmett Flood sent to Attorney General William Barr — in which he said Mueller and his team of prosecutors “failed in their duty” — would only make things worse for President Donald Trump in the weeks ahead.
“I think that they are barking up the wrong tree if they are trying to make an argument that Mueller somehow overstepped,” he said. “All they are going to do is antagonize Mueller and make things worse for them.”
Epstein went on to say that this strategy is particularly baffling because it seemed like the White House was poised to put this entire investigation behind them.
“There was a road map for them to get this Russia matter, I think, concluded before the end of the summer, and what they are doing is they are stealing defeat from the jaws of victory,” he said. “Barr’s obfuscation of what the Mueller report really was… they are making decisions that are only going to put steel in the spine of the Democrats on the Hill, increase the narrative, buttress the narrative that this administration is corrupt.”
Epstein concluded by arguing that “impeachment was a dead issue” for Democrats a week ago and “I’m not sure that’s the case anymore.”
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Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’
Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.
Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.
"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"
CNN’s Toobin unleashes hell on Trump’s ‘outrageous’ attacks on Stone jury
On CNN Wednesday, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid into President Donald Trump for his ongoing public attacks on the jurors who convicted his former campaign strategist and friend Roger Stone. Trump and his allies have been arguing that the verdict is invalid because the jury forewoman had a Twitter account in which she criticized the president.
"To be honest, I don't know what Judge Jackson is going to do. I don't really know how significant these statements are. So I wouldn't make a prediction about what she's going to do about the new trial situation," said Toobin. "But as for what the president said, it is so outrageous to attack jurors. I mean, these are ultimately private figures. They didn't volunteer. The judges, you know, need jurors. The legal system needs jurors. And the idea that the president would single out jurors repeatedly for criticism..."
Internet shreds ‘incompetent buffoon’ Trump for attack on media covering coronavirus
After two days of massive stock market declines over fears of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, President Donald Trump lashed out at CNN and MSNBC on Wednesday morning for reporting on the worldwide health hazard -- and was immediately slapped down on Twitter.
According to the president, who also announced a press conference to address the concerns his administration is bungling the response to the crisis, set for Wednesday night: "Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus (sic) look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!"