On CNN Wednesday, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid into President Donald Trump for his ongoing public attacks on the jurors who convicted his former campaign strategist and friend Roger Stone. Trump and his allies have been arguing that the verdict is invalid because the jury forewoman had a Twitter account in which she criticized the president.
“To be honest, I don’t know what Judge Jackson is going to do. I don’t really know how significant these statements are. So I wouldn’t make a prediction about what she’s going to do about the new trial situation,” said Toobin. “But as for what the president said, it is so outrageous to attack jurors. I mean, these are ultimately private figures. They didn’t volunteer. The judges, you know, need jurors. The legal system needs jurors. And the idea that the president would single out jurors repeatedly for criticism…”
“You know, one area where I actually defend the president is the criticism of judges, especially Supreme Court justices,” added Toobin. “They are major political figures. They have life tenure. They decide very important matters that implicate the whole country. I don’t see why they should be off-limits. Remember when Barack Obama, in his State of the Union, attacked the Citizens United decision, and a lot of people got the vapors, oh, isn’t that terrible? I don’t think that was so terrible. And I don’t think it’s bad that this president criticizes Ruth Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor — I think his criticism was unfounded, but the idea that he has the right to do that, I don’t have a problem with. Jurors are a different story.”
CNN’s Sanjay Gupta slams Georgia governor’s bizarre excuse for not putting the state on shutdown sooner
On CNN Thursday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta laid into Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) for claiming the he didn't know until today that coronavirus can be spread by people with no symptoms.
"I mean, if he didn't know that until the last 24 hours, he might be the only person, certainly the only alleged leader to not know that," said anchor Anderson Cooper. "I find that incredible."
"It's inexcusable, Anderson," said Gupta. "This is really — I can't believe — I live in Georgia, as you know, and I can tell you I have grade school students that are — my kids who know this. The CDC has been talking about this since the beginning of February. You know where the CDC is? In, Georgia, the same state where the governor said he didn't know this till the last 24 hours? I mean, Anderson, this is one of the most serious issues I think maybe any of us will sort of deal with, perhaps in our lifetime. And the governor of a state says he didn't know something that the country has known and has been acting on, thinking about for two months, he says he didn't know this until the last 24 hours."
WATCH: Gov. Cuomo’s somber briefing takes a hilarious turn as his brother Chris calls in to discuss his coronavirus-fueled hallucinations
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) welcomed his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, to the Thursday press conference to discuss the impact the virus has had on him.
The younger Cuomo brother explained that the high fever (over 103) is causing him “rigors” that made him chip a tooth because he was shaking so much. But overnight on Wednesday, Cuomo said he had a hallucination of the governor appearing to him in a ballet costume saying he wished he could magically banish the virus. He then waved a wand and danced away.
"Obviously the fever is effecting your mental capacity," the governor said with a wry tone.
Trump-loving Florida governor torn to pieces by Dem lawmaker for ‘immoral’ handling of COVID-19 pandemic
Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) on Thursday tore into Trump-loving Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While appearing on CNN, Shalala hammered DeSantis for being unwilling to take in non-Florida residents --including many American citizens -- who are stuck on a cruise ship filled with infected people.
"It is immoral to not let them come," she said. "Look, the British, the Germans, no one in the world is turning away Americans if they have coronavirus in their countries. We have to admit them."
Shalala then crushed DeSantis for taking so long to issue a statewide stay-at-home order, and in particular for waiting for President Donald Trump to signal it would be the right move before acting.