On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told anchor Wolf Blitzer that Ivanka Trump’s efforts to call up senators about gun control are “going nowhere” — as is her entire existence in the White House.
“You were learning, Jeffrey, that the president’s senior adviser Ivanka Trump is talking with lawmakers about potential gun legislation,” said Blitzer. “A White House official said the president’s daughter ‘has trusted relationships on both sides of the aisle.’ Do you believe she’s qualified to broker these kind of sensitive issues?”
“You know, Wolf, there’s a reason why most companies have rules against nepotism. Because people who are hired on merit are usually better at their jobs than people who are hired because they’re related to the boss,” said Toobin. “As far as I could tell, Ivanka Trump has led an accomplishment-free existence at the White House.”
“And this mythology that followed Ivanka Trump and her husband from New York, that they’re really the moderates, they’re really not racist, they really believe in gay rights — all of that has proven to be untrue. And they have not — Jared Kushner does have one success with the criminal justice reform bill, which was certainly a real thing. But this is complete spin. And as far as I can tell, it means nothing and this gun control bill doesn’t even exist, and if it existed it would be going nowhere.
‘Barr is a toady’: Jeffrey Toobin says talk of attorney general resigning is ‘just a big show’
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says he doesn't believe Attorney General William Barr when he claims he considered resigning from the Trump administration.
Sources close to Barr told ABC News that the attorney general had contemplated quitting because President Donald Trump's tweets make it difficult for him to do his job.
"Barr is a toady," Toobin explained during an appearance on CNN. "Barr is doing what he's told. He had this one statement, 'Oh, whoa is me, it's hard for me to do my job when the president tweets.'"
‘That’s how authoritarian countries work’: CNN’s Toobin warns Trump is acting like a dictator
On CNN Wednesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's decision to pardon several high-powered friends accused of political corruption and tax crimes.
"There is no doubt, under the Constitution, the president has the power to do this," said Toobin. "This is not legally a — an open question. And there is a history of controversial pardons, whether it's President Clinton pardoning Marc Rich, a fugitive financier, or George Herbert Walker Bush pardoning the Iran-Contra people on his way out of the office."
"So what makes this so troubling is in the middle of his term, here he is assigning friends, basically friends and friends of friends, to get pardons and clemency, which is how authoritarians behave, which is playing favorites with your personal friends at a time when you are playing with the opposite of favorites with prosecutorial decisions," said Toobin. "I want these people prosecuted, these people freed — that's how authoritarian countries work. Countries where there is the rule of law, there are systems in place for who gets prosecuted, who gets clemency. This is a very individually-focused way to run a presidency."
GOP’s portrayal of Trump as a corruption fighter torn to shreds as ‘complete nonsense’
Republicans who defended President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings insisted that he wasn't trying to shake down the Ukrainian government to investigate his political foes, but was instead sincerely concerned about fighting corruption abroad.
CNN's John Avlon, however, argued on Wednesday that Trump showed these claims were "complete nonsense" after he unleashed a slew of pardons and commutations for corrupt former public officials, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who both were sent to prison after being found guilty of abusing their offices for personal gain.