Sept 5, 2017
On Monday’s New Day show on CNN, during a discussion of the letter that Barack Obama gave to Donald Trump as the former President was leaving office, conservative CNN commentator Jack Kingston recalled several of the scandals involving the Obama administration. Liberal CNN commentator Bakari Sellers claimed with a straight face that President Obama was “eight years scandal-free.” He also took a shot at Fox News for covering Obama-era scandals, dismissing the coverage as “talking points.”
At 8:54 a.m. ET, after substitute host Dave Briggs read from the letter in which Obama left advice for how Trump should handle the presidency, he went to Kingston for reaction. The former Republican congressman responded:
I’m glad he’s not listening to Barack Obama’s interpretation of rule of law because all I can think about is Lois Lerner and the IRS scandal. I think about them calling James Rosen — the Fox reporter — a flight risk and surveilling him illegally. I think about Hillary Clinton’s pay-for-play shenanigans at the State Department under Barack Obama. And I think of Fast and Furious. So if that’s the rule of law under Barack Obama, I’m glad that President Trump is not listening to him.
Briggs then brought up the firing of former FBI director James Comey as the CNN host followed up: “Does firing the acting FBI director for not killing the Russia investigation fall under protecting the rule of law, Jack?”
After Kingston defended President Trump’s firing of Comey, Briggs turned to Sellers to follow up:
We do know this, Bakari — we know that there was a letter that was not published from the President and Stephen Miller citing that they were firing James Comey because he would not publicly clear the President and say he was not under investigation. When I mention those three pieces of advice. Rule of law is one — separation of powers…