On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean said that President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal has all the makings of a criminal conspiracy — and that the Justice Department needs to immediately investigate the actors in the Ukraine conspiracy.
“John, I want to read you part of what [EU] Ambassador [Gordon] Sondland said during his testimony last week,” said Cooper. “He said, ‘Inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the purpose of influencing an upcoming U.S. election would be wrong. Withholding foreign aid in order to pressure a foreign government to take such steps would be wrong. I did not and would not ever participate in such undertakings.’ Now, according to Taylor’s testimony today, I mean that’s exactly what he did at the behest of President Trump.”
“Certainly sounds that way, Anderson,” said Dean, who accepted a plea bargain in the Watergate scandal. “But what we have here to me is most striking about Taylor’s testimony, he’s describing a conspiracy that’s in operation. And they — he gets a little bit of information about what is actually going on, but he certainly doesn’t become a co-conspirator and doesn’t like what he learns about that conspiracy. So I think that it’s also striking that the Justice Department is ignoring this whole conspiracy, which is in a sense is still ongoing. If it’s not ended soon we’ll know. But I suspect that it’s winding up at this point. Anyway, it’s devastating testimony. Sondland has problems. He has to come in and either recant or he may be prosecuted.”
“Do you think the Justice Department should investigate, I mean in what way?” asked Cooper.
“Well, they — when they — when this case was referred initially they took a pass, saying they don’t see anything amiss here. That’s just — that’s absurd,” said Dean. “Their not investigating is almost aiding and abetting the conspiracy. The fact that Barr knows they are not investigating it and turned it down. It got turned down apparently at the assistant attorney general level in the criminal division, and did it obviously because they knew the center of the conspiracy is the president of the United States, just like the Watergate cover-up.”
Trump is ‘asleep at the switch’ in his bunker while America needs a unifying voice: CNN’s Keith Boykin
On CNN Monday, former Bill Clinton staffer and CNN commentator Keith Boykin laid out the extent of President Donald Trump's failure in a moment of national crisis.
"Keith, do you feel this time at all may be different as far as a real outcome?" asked anchor Brooke Baldwin.
"I definitely feel this is different," said Boykin. "Think about the conditions that we're in right now. We have 41 million people who don't have jobs. You have 100,000 people who have died from the coronavirus pandemic, disproportionally black and brown people, and people outraged about the shooting and killing and murders of black men and women and the George Floyd incident and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, where people have no place to go, nothing to do. No school or jobs to go to. No distractions. It is not like the typical protest in the past that could go back to work or class. They could spend all summer just being upset unless there is a substantive change."
Trump is ‘capable of reading’ a unifying message — but it’s doubtful he’ll mean it: Atlanta mayor
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday expressed little confidence that President Donald Trump could unify the nation at a time when the United States faces a triple threat of a recession, a pandemic, and civil unrest.
During an interview on CNN, host Alisyn Camerota asked Bottoms about actions Trump could possibly take to calm nerves and bring the country together.
"What about the debate that we are told is going on in the White House, as to whether or not the president should at this moment make some sort of national statement and call for unity?" she asked. "Would you like to see that?"
Racist cops, COVID-19 and unemployment are sending black Americans into ‘despair’: Charles Blow
The multiple crises hitting the United States at the moment are hitting the black community particularly hard, and New York Times columnist Charles Blow said on Monday that it's sending people into deep despair.
While appearing on CNN, Blow said that the nationwide protests that have erupted in the wake of George Floyd's killing last week were about much more than the death of just one man.
"You add on top of that all the other conditions, which you spoke before, about this happening in the middle of a pandemic," he said. "Everybody's at home. 40 million people have filed for unemployment. They don't know where their next check is coming from... The idea that [unemployment] is disproportionately affecting black people, that COVID is disproportionately affecting black people that, police brutality is disproportionately affecting black people, it's all part of the despair."