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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‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman
One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.
Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.
Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.
Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution
CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.
"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."
Trump-loving “hate group” leader struggles to defend chauvinism during CNN interview on Portland chaos
Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the scene of another far-right mobilization by groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer.
Tarrio had traveled from Miami to take part in the far-right rally in Portland and appeared to be wearing body armor.