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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 TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE over his public criticism over an extended prison sentence recommended for his former associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTrump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Presidential pardons need to go Trump is gone, a political pariah — but with influence 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 ClintonClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official 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 ClintonBiden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader Clinton says it meant 'great deal' to hold inauguration weeks after riot MORE's handling of her emails was improper and ill advised, current Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Two-thirds say the election was fair: poll The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other 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.