On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) condemned the Russian government’s apparent attempt to hack the dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden that President Donald Trump attempted to coerce from the Ukrainian president.
“A breaking story in The New York Times [is] reporting that Russian military hackers targeted Burisma, which is the Ukrainian gas company which Hunter Biden served on the board of,” said anchor Erin Burnett. “And experts are saying the timing of this hacking was sort of as this story was breaking about Hunter Biden. This was happening over the past few months. The suggestion is that Russia is looking for information on this story and dirt on Joe Biden. What do you make of that?”
“Well, if they’re not looking for it, they’ll make it up,” said Heck, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee. “Look, Erin, throughout the entire Mueller report and investigation, whenever I went home, the most frequently asked question I would get is, do you think the Russians will be back in the next the election? And of course my response was, back? They’ve never left.”
“This is standard operating procedure for Vladimir Putin’s Russia. To use cyber warfare weapons in order to further advance their objectives, and this doesn’t surprise me in the slightest,” said Heck. “And moreover, I wouldn’t trust a thing they shared or revealed as a consequence of their illegal hacking of that company in the Ukraine.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta walks through all the times Trump has ‘thrown gasoline’ on racial tension
On CNN Friday, following President Donald Trump's abrupt exit from a press conference following a racially charged tweet, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down President Donald Trump's history of stoking racial tensions during moments of crisis.
"He is trying to clean up this tweet that he posted last night," said Acosta. "First, just what the president said a few moments ago. He said the looters in Minneapolis should not be able to drown out the voice of so many peaceful protesters. That, obviously, is a very mild version of what he was trying to say or he claims he was trying to say last night when he tweeted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." That obviously is an expression steeped in all kinds of ugliness. The Miami Police chief back in 1967, when there was unrest in that city, used that expression. George Wallace, the segregationist, used words like that in 1968."
‘This is not going to end’: Van Jones says the public doesn’t trust local authorities to deliver justice
On CNN Friday, commentator Van Jones discussed where the George Floyd case currently stands — and what must happen to ensure the peace.
"This particular medical examiner's report reminds me of the 1990s, where there was this thing called 'sudden in-custody death syndrome,'" said Jones. "Things just got so sudden that the person died. It almost began to feel like a collaboration or collusion between law enforcement and the medical examiners to come up with stuff that kind of watered down the role of the police. If hypertension is going to become an excuse for what happened here, African-Americans including myself have hypertension at epidemic rates."
‘The world witnessed a lynching’: CNN’s Van Jones explains why many black Americans are totally fed up
CNN political analyst Van Jones on Friday said that the angry demonstrations in Minneapolis aren't only about the killing of George Floyd, but about years of pent-up frustration and anger from black Americans who are fed up with being treated as second-class citizens.
During a panel discussion with CNN host W. Kamau Bell, Jones explained that many white Americans simply don't understand that incidents like the George Floyd killing are all too common for black Americans.
"I think that's the hardest thing I think for my white friends to understand... is that this is every day," he said. "Black people being choked off from dignity, from opportunity, from humanity, from understanding, from empathy."