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CNN’s Elie Honig praises DOJ lawyers for revolt against Barr: ‘Like students rising up against the oppressive headmaster’

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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.

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“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.”

Honig then showed how the DOJ prosecutors seemed to be leaning much more on the original sentencing guidelines, which recommended that Stone receive between seven to nine years in prison.

“They’re going back to the original memo, saying there was confusion and it wasn’t on the part — wasn’t the fault of the original prosecutors,” he said.

And even though Barr had called the original recommendation excessive, the prosecutors in court now seem to be arguing against Barr’s judgement.

“It’s the opposite of what’s happening in the courtroom right now,” said Bolduan, referring to Barr’s recommendations.

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Trump fumes after CNN’s Jim Acosta asks if his coronavirus briefings are just ‘happy talk’

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During Friday's coronavirus task force press briefing, President Donald Trump lost his patience with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta when he questioned whether the hearings were whitewashing the challenges facing the government.

"I hear from a lot of people who see these briefings as sort of 'happy talk' briefings," said Acosta. "And some of the officials and you paint a rosy picture of what is happening around the country. If you look at some of these questions, do we have enough masks, no. Do we have enough tests, no. Do we have enough PPE, no."

"Why would you say no?" said Trump. "The answer is yes. I think the answer is yes. You asked me do we have enough masks. Yes."

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Speaking with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski, Mecham got right to the point after host Scarborough noted that the president does nothing but lie when addressing the public.

"Look, the briefings are now experimental theater in weaponized narcissism, right?" Meacham replied. "It''s just this relentless self-pity. He's let the world see exactly what goes on in his head, he's an open synapse of these things. He cannot, in fact, seem to learn from his mistakes."

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"The health and well-being of USCP employees is the Department's top priority," Capitol Police spokesperson Eva Malecki said. "We are implementing a number of proactive measures to respond to the pandemic."

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