Irvin McCullough, who works at a nonprofit law firm that represents government whistleblowers, raked the Trump administration over the coals for how it’s handled the complaint about the president’s allegedly troubling call with a foreign leader.
In an interview with CNN’s Erica Hill, McCullough, who is a national security analyst at the Government Accountability Project, said it was “entirely absurd” for the Trump White House and Department of Justice to intervene and block the intelligence community inspector general from sharing the whistleblower complaint with congressional intelligence committees.
“The intelligence community inspector general is an independent entity that can make these determinations by themselves,” he said. “There is not supposed to be external pressure in any way placed upon the IG like this. The fact that the DOJ, the White House, the ODNI and the ODNI general counsel are weighing in is a body blow to the independence.”
McCullough then said that Trump’s acting director of national intelligence had placed Inspector General Michael Atkinson “between a rock and a hard place.”
“The DNI has made it almost impossible, he says in the letter, to carry out the two prime functions of his job,” McCullough explained.
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CNN’s Sanjay Gupta thrashes Trump for ‘insulting’ conspiracy theory about doctors hoarding masks
Two medical experts on Monday called President Donald Trump's insinuation that doctors are intentionally hoarding masks to be an "insulting" conspiracy theory.
Appearing on CNN, emergency room physician Dr. Leana Wen was asked by host Alisyn Camerota about the president's statements about hospitals lying about the amount of equipment they need -- and she replied that it bore no relationship to reality.
"We need to be preparing for months or years, and frankly, it's insulting to suggest that hospitals are somehow keeping equipment away from health care workers, and jeopardizing their lives," Wen said. "Actually, all of us should be doing everything we can to supply the basic equipment that front line health care workers need to protect themselves and protect all of us."
Veteran newsman Dan Rather tears up trying to motivate Americans during coronavirus crisis
Veteran newsman Dan Rather teared up talking about American exceptionalism during times of crisis.
Speaking to CNN's Don Lemon, who had a special show late Sunday evening, Rather learned over the weekend that friend and former CBS colleague Maria Mercader had lost her life to the coronavirus.
Lemon asked if Rather had ever experienced anything like this in his life, and he said the closest thing would be the 1918 flu epidemic that killed millions, but it was before Rather was born.
"Your question, how do we get through it? I fully understand people are anxious, worried. They're fearful. The way we get through it is to remember in this 'land of the Pilgrims' Pride, land where our father's died,' we are not descended from people with any crowdedness whatsoever," he cited lyrics from "My Country 'Tis of Thee," his voice cracking with emotion. "What is needed is a little resolve and a little courage keeping in mind that courage is being afraid but going ahead and doing what you do anyway. We're at the decisive moment, what we need is each and every one of us to must aero little bit of courage, and we'll get through it."
Justice Department is looking into stock transactions made by Richard Burr ahead of market crash: CNN
Before the Dow Jones markets crashed, Republican elected officials on key committees were caught selling off hefty sums of stocks. It's a crime to use insider information from the government or the business to profit, but that's exactly what economics experts think these officials did. Now at least one of those officials is being investigated, CNN reported Sunday.
One, in particular, was Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who dumped $1.6 million in stocks after he tried to tell the American people that everything was fine and the country was prepared for the coronavirus.