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 TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE over his public criticism over an extended prison sentence recommended for his former associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on House Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak Trump 'strongly considering' full pardon for Flynn 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 ClintonMonica Lewinsky says 'no matter the past' she hopes Linda Tripp recovers COVID is a very different kind of crisis politically History's lessons for Donald Trump 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 two infectious diseases spreading across America Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE's handling of her emails was improper and ill advised, current Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGOP Rep calls for US to bring international case against China over coronavirus House Dems introduce anti-price gouging legislation Appeals court sides with Trump on federal execution policy 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.