CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting

CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE over his public criticism over an extended prison sentence recommended for his former associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. The agony of justice Our Constitution is under attack by Attorney General William Barr MORE, evoking a 2016 tarmac meeting between former President Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the process.

Baldwin said it was incredible that GOP lawmakers didn't have a bigger problem with Trump congratulating the Department of Justice for reducing a prison sentence recommendation for Roger Stone given the complaints about the Clinton-Lynch meeting.

“Let me take you back, and our viewers back, to a tarmac in 2016 on a plane, right? Remember this? Republicans lost their minds when Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHarris: Ginsburg 'absolutely' cleared the path for me Anxious Democrats amp up pressure for vote on COVID-19 aid Barr's Russia investigator has put some focus on Clinton Foundation: report MORE, former president Bill Clinton, met with the AG, Loretta Lynch. Remember that?” Baldwin said on "CNN Newsroom" in an interview with former federal prosecutor Gene Rossi.

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Rossi replied with a laugh before Baldwin continued.

“You laugh,” Baldwin said. “But people went bananas over that. And yet nothing to add here? How is this not just total and complete hypocrisy?”

Rossi responded by saying that while the Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting during an FBI investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump furor stokes fears of unrest Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close MORE's handling of her emails was improper and ill advised, current Attorney General William BarrBill BarrFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Why a backdoor to encrypted data is detrimental to cybersecurity and data integrity FBI official who worked with Mueller raised doubts about Russia investigation MORE stepping in to recommend reducing Stone's sentence is worse.

The four prosecutors who had been working at the Department of Justice on the Stone case resigned from the case on Tuesday.

“I’ve talked to many people in the Department of Justice who still work there, career people,” Rossi said. “And they are absolutely upset, unsettled and angry that the head of the Department is basically afraid of his shadow and will do anything for the president of the United States. That makes me ill as a former career prosecutor.”

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The president on Wednesday congratulated Barr for “taking charge” of the Stone case, which he dubbed "totally out of control" in a Wednesday tweet.