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 TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence MORE over his public criticism over an extended prison sentence recommended for his former associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneCohen on Giuliani: 'Chickens coming home to roost' There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes 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 ClintonNever underestimate Joe Biden Joe Biden demonstrates public health approach will solve America's ills McAuliffe rising again in Virginia 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.


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 ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE's handling of her emails was improper and ill advised, current Attorney General William BarrBill BarrJudge orders release of Trump obstruction memo, accuses Barr of being 'disingenuous' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? DOJ slow to resolve Trump-era legal battles 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.”


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