On CNN Tuesday, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe took Attorney General William Barr to task for trying to discredit the inspector general report largely defending the FBI’s investigation of President Donald Trump’s campaign — and expressed his skepticism that the parallel criminal investigation of U.S. Attorney John Durham, which Barr ordered, will find anything terribly different.
Barr, said McCabe, is “doing the exact same thing with the IG report,” that he did with former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, trying to taint the public’s perception of it before it is released — and it is “unprecedented.”
“We have seen from reports that this is an extensive report,” said anchor John Berman. “This is hundreds of pages long here. You can’t go into the details, but the fact that the attorney general would choose to take issue with something here, given the comprehensive nature of it, is pretty interesting.”
“Well, it is,” said McCabe. “And I can say that the report, at least the portions that I saw, were consistent with what you’ve described. It’s an enormous piece of work. It likely includes the result of hundreds of interviews, probably thousands of man-hours of attorneys’ and investigators’ work product. They had extraordinary access to FBI materials, documents to the personal correspondences and communications of all of the individuals involved in the investigation, the Russia investigation and the FBI. So for the attorney general to try to undermine conclusions that are based on that massive tranche of evidence is going to be a very tough hurdle for him to get over, and I would say he’s going to need to produce some contrary evidence, which is almost — that’s going to be a tough thing for him to do.”
“He’s got a whole other investigation,” pointed out Berman. “He’s got a backup plan. The Durham investigation, which is looking into the intelligence communities as well as the FBI. Do you think that’s where he might be headed?”
“It certainly could be,” said McCabe. “There’s a difference between the authority that a special counsel has in the case of Mr. Durham … there could be a difference in scope there. But again, it will be really interesting to see whatever conclusions are drawn from Durham’s effort. I find it hard to believe they’ll come up with much that the IG hasn’t already considered.”
Saint Paul police chief condemns tactics used on George Floyd: ‘We’re here to serve — not choke people!’
Saint Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell told CNN's Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow on Thursday that he's showing his officers footage from George Floyd's death as an example of how not to handle a suspect.
In particular, Axtell told the CNN hosts that all of the officers in his department said that the actions of the officers in Minneapolis to Floyd were completely unacceptable.
"Every police officer that I know that I interacted with yesterday in the city of Saint Paul, there was not one who felt that what they observed on that video in Minneapolis was in any way, shape, or form acceptable police behavior," he said. "It is disgusting, it is dehumanizing, it is something that absolutely has to stop."
‘Don’t be a sucker’: CNN’s Cuomo begs viewers not to let Trump’s antics distract from the horror of COVID deaths
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo warned viewers not to be taken in by President Donald Trump's distraction tactics — and instead focus on the loss of human life from the coronavirus pandemic.
"It's a sad night. I don't know any other way to put it," said Cuomo. "I don't even like that the music's playing, to be honest. It's just three months. We've lost a hundred thousand lives. Do you need band music to tell you it's something urgent?"
"We were told this pandemic would magically disappear without any real trouble. A couple dozen cases," said Cuomo. "Today, did you hear what our president, Donald John Trump, said to calm and reassure our nerves, that we will do everything we can to keep us safe as we reopen and that he will make it his life's focus because that what a president does? Did you hear him say that? Me either. Not a damn word from Trump as this country is just struggling to get our heads and our hearts, let alone our hands around processing such loss so quickly. Suddenly he is now at a loss. Not even a tweet."
‘There needs to be a prosecution’ of cop who killed George Floyd: CNN guest says ‘call it what it is’
On CNN Wednesday, criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson walked through why the Minneapolis police officer responsible for George Floyd's suffocation death must be prosecuted.
"Bottom line, question here from looking at this, should the officer face charges?" asked host Erin Burnett.
"Erin, I don't think there is any question about that, and I think if you look at it, under any reasonable measure there needs to be a prosecution," said Jackson. "You know, when you look at issues of excessive force — and I know this comes with a lot of emotion, and it should because of the blatant nature of what occurred. But if you even look at it legally and forget about the emotion, you look and you see, was there an imminent fear that the officer was facing when he had his knee in the neck of Mr. Floyd? And the answer is resoundingly no. You look at the force he used, that is the officer, and you say is it proportionate to whatever threat was posed? The answer is no, you don't see any threat. You see a person detained and really not resisting at all."