CNN's Cuomo Dismisses Comey Bombshell About Loretta Lynch as 'Political Tribalism'

On Friday's CNN New Day, co-host Chris Cuomo attacked Republicans for being justifiably disturbed by James Comey's revelation on Thursday that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch attempted to interfere in the FBI investigation into Hillary's Clinton's e-mails during the 2016 campaign: "..they say it is really about President Obama's attorney general Loretta Lynch and why she tried to, in their terms, obstruct that investigation. That was their big take away from yesterday and that tells you everything about the political tribalism at play right now."

The disappointed morning show host ranted:

When [Senator Richard] Burr said, "Hey, I want to talk to you about Loretta Lynch and her wanting to call it an investigation, a matter," and the GOP in chorus like Shakespeare all saying, "Ooh, that could be obstruction." And Paul Ryan saying, "Well the president, yeah he ordered people out of the room, but he is new to this." Didn't he [Trump] get what he needed most of all? In a political process, his party is behind him. The facts be damned.

Fellow CNN anchor John King admitted a day earlier that the media was not going to cover the Loretta Lynch revelation.

Although Cuomo conceded that Democrats were reaching in their discussions of impeachment, he virtually never calls out Democrats for their political charades. New Day ignored Senator Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) antics when she shamefully berated Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a non-political and well respected official. CNN actually published a story spinning the whole incident in favor of Harris, exposing themselves as pleaders for the Democratic Party.

Later on Friday's show, clearly angry that the GOP was still moving forward with its legislative agenda despite the Russia investigation, Cuomo hit Republicans with a quick attack in passing: “The nice little vote yesterday pulling back the protections to kinda keep people safe from crazy financial practices.” This was in reference to House Republicans repealing parts of the disastrous Dodd-Frank legislation

Below is the relevant parts of the June 9 transcript:

6:01 AM

CHRIS CUOMO: Meantime, Republicans are lining up behind the president, arguing he is new to the job and that explains everything he said to James Comey. And they say it is really about President Obama's attorney general Loretta lynch and why she tried to in their terms, obstruct that investigation. That was their big take away from yesterday and that tells you everything about the political tribalism at play right now.

(...)

6:21 AM

CUOMO: And David Gregory, and I open this to any one of you if you want to push back on it. But couldn't you argue that the president got what he needed most out of yesterday? While I'm not differing with any of your analysis in terms of the import of yesterday and what it could mean, when Burr said, "Hey I want to talk to you about Loretta Lynch and her wanting to call it an investigation, a matter," and the GOP in chorus like Shakespeare all saying, "Ooh that could be obstruction." And Paul Ryan saying, "Well the president, yeah he ordered people out of the room, but he is new to this." Didn't he get what he needed most of all? In a political process, his party is behind him. The facts be damned. 

(...)

7:12 AM

CAMEROTA: David, is that being on board with President Trump or is that agenda, agenda, agenda. We want ObamaCare repealed. That's what we promised. We want tax reform and lower taxes. 

CUOMO: The nice little vote yesterday pulling back the protections to kinda keep people safe from crazy financial practices. 
                    
CAMEROTA: Yes.

(...)

<<< Please support MRC's NewsBusters team with a tax-deductible contribution today. >>>

CyberAlerts Congress Economy Banking/Finance Double Standards Name That Party Conservatives & Republicans Liberals & Democrats Political Scandals CNN New Day Video Journalistic Issues Paul Ryan James Comey Chris Cuomo Loretta Lynch
Alex Xenos's picture