Baker: Rebuke Of Barr And Trump By Stone Prosecutors' Like A 'Thunderbolt'
Peter Baker of The New York Times reacts to the Roger Stone prosecutors quitting the case, and the impact that's had inside the Justice Department. Aired on 02/13/20.
Former national security adviser John Bolton issued his sharpest rebuke of the White House's approach to North Korea's nuclear ambitions in a new interview with Axios, asserting that "the idea that we are somehow exerting maximum pressure on North Korea is just unfortunately not true." CNN's Samantha Vinograd details to Brianna Keilar the continued tensions between North Korea and the US. In this episode of Counting the Cost, we look back at the year 2019: people from Latin America to the Middle East took to the street to protest the unequal spread of wealth and demand that governments end austerity; a trade war between the United States and China has put the breaks on global growth and is reshaping globalisation.
But the biggest story of the year 2019 has to be climate change and the lack of will to do anything about it.
Climate crisis: With the exception of the European Union, there is very little effort to reduce emissions. The cost of our inaction has been put at $2bn a day. The United Nations says that $48 trillion needs to be spent by 2050 to avoid catastrophe to humanity; that means putting survival before short term profits.
Teresa Bo reports from Brazil on the threat of deforestation, the Amazon crisis and President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.
Raheela Mahomed reports from East Kalimantan, Indonesia, on the environmental cost of moving the capital from sinking Jakarta to Borneo.
Lucia Newman reports from Santiago on the continuing protests in Chile and how the economic and social crisis has spiralled into a political one.
US-China trade war: The idea of globalisation has come under attack - from President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India", while the trade war between the US and China has taken a few points off global growth. The biggest losers have been exporting nations like Germany and Japan.
Scott Heidler looks at some of the benefits from Bangkok. And Tanvir Chowdhury reports from Tongi, Bangladesh on the rise of steel prices thanks to the US trade war.
Africa Continental Free Trade Area: In May 2019, a new economic bloc was born: 54 nations came together to form the Africa Continental Free Trade Area. The aim of the bloc is to increase trade between nations by tearing down trade barriers - in the hope of becoming the next European Union. Ahmed Idriss reports from the Nigeria-Benin border.
Healthcare in the US: Who should be responsible for providing healthcare? The state or for-profit organisations?
Shihab Rattansi reports from the US on how the health insurance industry is failing patients. CGTN's Mike Walter talked with Ian Reifowitz, a history professor at Empire State College of the State University of New York, about Trump's acquittal on impeachment and Trump's State of the Union address. Michael Steele and Nicolle Wallace discuss the votes on amendments to the rules proposed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, and how the lack of evidence and witnesses will "strain" the bonds between the GOP and their voters. Aired on 1/21/2020.
THAT BARR CHOSE TO SO PUBLICLY BREAK FROM THE PRESIDENT ON TV. BREAK FROM THE PRESIDENT ON TV. IT’S ALMOST LIKE HE’S TRYING TO IT’S ALMOST LIKE HE’S TRYING TO SEND TRUMP A MESSAGE. SEND TRUMP A MESSAGE. >> PETER BAKER, TALK ABOUT THE >> PETER BAKER, TALK ABOUT THE KIND OF PALPABLE SENSE OF KIND OF PALPABLE SENSE OF HELPLESSNESS ON THE POLITICAL HELPLESSNESS ON THE POLITICAL LEFT ON THE SUBJECT -- WE’VE LEFT ON THE SUBJECT -- WE’VE TALKED ABOUT RETRIBUTION. TALKED ABOUT RETRIBUTION. LET’S TALK ABOUT RECOURSE. LET’S TALK ABOUT RECOURSE. WHAT DO THE VINDMANS DO? WHAT DO THE VINDMANS DO? WHAT DO THE FOUR FEDS ON THE WHAT DO THE FOUR FEDS ON THE INSIDE OF DOJ, WHO DID AS MUCH INSIDE OF DOJ, WHO DID AS MUCH AS THEY COULD AS OUR GUEST AS THEY COULD AS OUR GUEST REPORTED LAST NIGHT? REPORTED LAST NIGHT? THEY CAN’T HOLD A PRESS THEY CAN’T HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE. CONFERENCE. WHAT THEY COULD DO WAS KIND OF WHAT THEY COULD DO WAS KIND OF SHOUT FROM INSIDE THE SHOUT FROM INSIDE THE INSTITUTION IN THE FORM OF INSTITUTION IN THE FORM OF WITHDRAWING FROM THIS CASE. WITHDRAWING FROM THIS CASE. WHEN STRUCTURES OF THE WHEN STRUCTURES OF THE GOVERNMENT ARE UNDER ATTACK FROM GOVERNMENT ARE UNDER ATTACK FROM INSIDE THE GOVERNMENT, WHO TO INSIDE THE GOVERNMENT, WHO TO SEE ABOUT THAT? SEE ABOUT THAT? WHO’S GOING TO REPORT STUFF IN WHO’S GOING TO REPORT STUFF IN THE FUTURE? THE FUTURE? >> YEAH. >> YEAH. IT’S A GREAT QUESTION, AND IT’S A GREAT QUESTION, AND YOU’RE RIGHT. YOU’RE RIGHT. THEY’RE NOT HOLDING PRESS THEY’RE NOT HOLDING PRESS CONFERENCES. CONFERENCES. THE FOUR PROSECUTORS WHO THE FOUR PROSECUTORS WHO WITHDREW FROM THE CASE IN ONE WITHDREW FROM THE CASE IN ONE CASE ACTUALLY RESIGNED CASE ACTUALLY RESIGNED ALTOGETHER, THEY MADE THEIR ALTOGETHER, THEY MADE THEIR STATEMENTS IN LEGAL FILINGS. STATEMENTS IN LEGAL FILINGS. IT WAS LITERALLY A ONE-SENTENCE IT WAS LITERALLY A ONE-SENTENCE FILING TO THE COURT SAYING THAT FILING TO THE COURT SAYING THAT THIS ATTORNEY IS WITHDRAWING THIS ATTORNEY IS WITHDRAWING FROM THE CASE, AND IT FELT LIKE FROM THE CASE, AND IT FELT LIKE A THUNDERBOLT BECAUSE IT WAS SO A THUNDERBOLT BECAUSE IT WAS SO EXTRAORDINARY WHAT THE EXTRAORDINARY WHAT THE IMPLICATION OF THAT SENTENCE IMPLICATION OF THAT SENTENCE WAS. WAS. AND I THINK YOU’RE SEEING A AND I THINK YOU’RE SEEING A CAREER WORKFORCE IN THE FEDERAL CAREER WORKFORCE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHETHER IT BE IN THE GOVERNMENT, WHETHER IT BE IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OR THE STATE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OR THE STATE DEPARTMENT OR THE MILITARY, VERY DEPARTMENT OR THE MILITARY, VERY MUCH ON EDGE, VERY MUCH MUCH ON EDGE, VERY MUCH UNCERTAIN OF WHERE THIS IS UNCERTAIN OF WHERE THIS IS HEADING. HEADING. THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD BY THE THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT THEY ARE PART OF A CABAL, THAT THEY ARE PART OF A CABAL, THEY’RE PART OF A DEEP-STATE THEY’RE PART OF A DEEP-STATE ENEMY. ENEMY. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE LOTS OF YOU KNOW, THERE ARE LOTS OF PRESIDENTS WHO ARE FRUSTRATED BY PRESIDENTS WHO ARE FRUSTRATED BY THE PROFESSIONAL BUREAUCRATS THE PROFESSIONAL BUREAUCRATS AROUND THEM WHEN THEY COME INTO AROUND THEM WHEN THEY COME INTO OFFICE, BUT THEY’VE NEVER SEEN A OFFICE, BUT THEY’VE NEVER SEEN A PRESIDENT WAGE WAR QUITE AS PRESIDENT WAGE WAR QUITE AS OVERTLY AS THIS. OVERTLY AS THIS. HE WOULD SAY IT’S THE OTHER WAY HE WOULD SAY IT’S THE OTHER WAY AROUND. AROUND. IT’S CAUSED THIS EXTRAORDINARY IT’S CAUSED THIS EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT IN WASHINGTON WHERE YOU MOMENT IN WASHINGTON WHERE YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT AND THE HAVE A PRESIDENT AND THE GOVERNMENT HE LEADS AT ODDS IN A GOVERNMENT HE LEADS AT ODDS IN A MOST, YOU KNOW, PALPABLE AND MOST, YOU KNOW, PALPABLE AND FRAUGHT WAY. FRAUGHT WAY. AND IF THIS PRESIDENT’S GOING TO AND IF THIS PRESIDENT’S GOING TO WIN RE-ELECTION AND HAVE FIVE