On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Chris Cuomo left Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) stunned after shutting down President Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories about CrowdStrike being a Ukrainian company and Ukraine somehow having a Democratic Party server.
“You don’t believe that there’s a question as to whether or not Russia or Ukraine interfered in our election, right?” said Cuomo.
“Russia interfered in the election, they tried to,” said Weber. “Secretary Jeh Johnson said there was no votes changed.”
“Never said anything about votes,” said Cuomo. “They hacked the DNC server. Nobody has ever suggested as a matter of fact that Ukraine had anything to do with that. The only person who has suggested it, in the ugliest of ironies, is Vladimir Putin. He made up a story about Ukraine wanting to go after Trump, and now members of your own party are parroting it.”
“Was CrowdStrike involved in the DCCC hacking?” shot back Weber.
“Yes,” said Cuomo.
“Is CrowdStrike in part owned by Ukraine?” said Weber.
“No,” said Cuomo.
“Really?” said Weber, after a few seconds of stunned silence.
“Yes,” said Cuomo.
“That’s not the information that we have,” said Weber.
“You have bad information,” said Cuomo. “The man is American, born of Russian descent. He’s not Ukrainian. Even if he were, that’s what you’re going to hang it on? Tom Bossert said that was a joke. You heard testimony from experts saying it was a joke. Mueller said it’s not true. [Senate Intel chairman Richard] Burr said it’s not true.”
“What Trump is saying is, go back and let’s look at all the was in on on the DCCC server and—”
“There was no server,” cut in Cuomo. “They operated in a cloud system. There is no server to steal.”
CNN’s Elie Honig praises DOJ lawyers for revolt against Barr: ‘Like students rising up against the oppressive headmaster’
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig on Thursday heaped praise upon Department of Justice prosecutors who disregarded many of the changes to sentencing guidelines for convicted Trump ally Roger Stone that were made by Attorney General Bill Barr.
When asked by CNN's Kate Bolduan for his reaction to the prosecutors' actions, Honig responded enthusiastically.
"I applaud what this prosecutor is doing," he said. "And as a DOJ alumni on the front lines trying cases, I'm so impressed by this. This is like the scene [in a movie] where the students rise up and push back against the oppressive headmaster."
‘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."