CBS Cheers Badgering of Barr: ‘Amy Klobuchar Gets an A-Plus!’

NewsBusters | 5/2/2019 | Staff
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The journalists on CBS This Morning, Thursday, were excited by the Democratic grilling of Attorney General William Barr. After speculating about whether Barr would be held in contempt of Congress, analyst Rikki Klieman praised Klobuchar’s attacks on the AG as very effective: “I thought Amy Klobuchar gets an A-plus because she had a goal in her questions and she got to it.”

(Klobuchar is a CBS favorite for parroting the liberal line.) She continued, “She talked about lingering, pardons, putting them out there, acts of obstruction an why doesn’t the totality bring us to a different conclusion?” Co-host Gayle King, a Democratic donor, offered Democratic talking points: “We’re still not getting all the answers.”

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Co-host Norah O’Donnell speculated on the possibility of holding Barr in contempt: “First, Congress, if they hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress, what would that look like?”

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NORAH O’DONNELL: CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman is with us and she watched the entire Barr hearing in its entirety yesterday. And as you heard, she's got it. [Laughs.] So much to get through. And nobody's better at that than you. First, Congress, if they hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress, what would that look like?

RIKKI KLIEMAN: Well, what has to happen in order to hold anyone in contempt of Congress is you subpoena that person. That person refuses. Then, at that point, you have to have a vote in Congress in order to hold them in contempt. Then, at that point, if it is still refused, how do you enforce it? So, you can have a fine, of course. But you would have to go to court in order to get an order to literally arrest someone and bring them in. We're really in uncharted territory.

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