Just days after testifying before Congress, former White House counsel John Dean called President Donald Trump’s latest assertion “stunning.”
Trump blasted the FBI in an interview with ABC host George Stephanopoulos Wednesday. He claimed that the FBI is “wrong” to say that campaigns should contact them if they are approached by foreign adversaries with “dirt” on their opponent.
“It’s just pure evidence the man is not following his code to enforce the laws of the United States, or even be aware of them fully,” said Dean, citing the oath of office. “It’s disgusting, really.”
Every official is required to swear an oath to “faithfully execute [my office], and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
CNN host Don Lemon wondered if it is impeachable, or against the law, if a president were to ask for or accept help from a foreign nation for the election.
“It could be both of those,” Dean explained. “The law it most likely violates would be the foreign contribution prohibition in the law. This could be considered something of value to a campaign, which is a prohibition against foreign governments and foreigners doing that. And therefore a potential high crime or misdemeanor.”
Dean spent years working for former President Richard Nixon, but when it comes to members of the Republican Party willing to stand up to Trump, Dean noted there are too few brave enough.
“You know, I just don’t understand what’s happened to the Republican Party,” he said. “They’re spineless. They know this man is an incredible embarrassment. I obviously saw some of them up close and personal this week and I realize there are mini-Trumps imitating the guy. They think this is the new mold. It’s really kind of sad.”
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Former Defense Secretary warns: ISIS is back, and Trump can’t ‘pretend it’s not there’
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Defense Secretary and CIA head Leon Panetta warned that ISIS is gaining strength in the Middle East again — and that after all of President Donald Trump's boasts that he had utterly defeated the terrorist organization, now it is time for him to get serious.
"Roughly estimated 15,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria now," said host Kate Bolduan. "Secretary Pompeo saying the terror group is, in some ways, stronger than it was three or four years ago. How big of a concern should the news be for Americans?"
"It should be a very serious concern for the president of the United States and for our country," said Panetta. "Because his first responsibility is to protect our country. And we learned from 9/11, the fact that these terrorists have one fundamental aim, which is to attack the United States and attack countries in the West. And now what we're hearing is that ISIS is clearly re-mobilizing to the tune of almost is 15,000-18,000, that are mobilizing into secret cells, mobilizing into attack teams, conducting not only attacks but kidnappings and assassinations and bombings, as we saw in Afghanistan. So this is, in the end, a national security threat that the United States cannot simply stand back and pretend it's not there."
Trump supporters are furious about Trump’s anti-Semitic comment because now they can’t criticize Democrats anymore: CNN correspondent
President Donald Trump continues to suffer fallout from his anti-Semitic claim on Tuesday that Jewish Democrats are guilty of "great disloyalty."
As CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins noted on "The Situation Room," he is even facing blowback from his own party — which spent months trying to paint Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as rabid anti-Semites for far less.
"He's ... being criticized by people on both sides of the aisle for this comment," said Collins. "Not just the president's usual critics who don't like things that he says or say he oversteps the line, but people who are on his side are saying, by making this comment, he doesn't realize why they have been critical of people like Rashida Tlaib, like Ilhan Omar for their in the past."
NYC public advocate confronts defender of Eric Garner’s killer: ‘Stop pretending black folks aren’t human’
Former New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and former FBI special agent James Gagliano debated the firing of Daniel Pantaleo, an NYPD officer who caused the death of Eric Garner.
Gagliano called the firing a "glaring miscarriage of justice."
"I look at it from the perspective of the law," Gagliano opined. "It's easy to watch the video and feel passion for the [Garner] family. We've had his wife on here, we've had his mother on here, we've had his children on here."
Gagliano insisted that he is not an "unabashed police shill." He said that basing the firing on the video of Garner's death is "unfair to the officer."