DC Metropolitan Police Department officer-turned-CNN contributor Michael Fanone on equated 2024 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden during an appearance on CNN.
"When I first learned about the indictment, I had a long conversation with a friend of mine, Ryan Reilly, and I told him how proud I felt to be an American at that moment, much in the way that I did when I learned that our military had killed Osama bin Laden. I just felt incredibly proud," Fanone began.
CNN host Laura Coates cut in, asking, "these two seem comparable to you? I’m sorry, I don’t want to cut you off, but why that comparison in particular?"
"Osama bin Laden was a terrorist who committed a horrific act against American people and against our republic and I believe that Donald Trump is a terrorist who committed horrific acts against the American people," Fanone said.
Coates said this was an "eyebrow-raising statement," adding that "it likely speaks to just how deeply you have been concerned and have felt about this."
"But are you concerned that statements like that or the rhetoric surrounding what his role has been is going to cloud people's view of this indictment as a fair process?" Coates asked.
Fanone said the "only person or people whose view matters with regards to this indictment are the jurors who will eventually be sat down and listen to the facts and ultimately make a judgment as to whether or not Donald Trump is guilty of the charges that Jack Smith and the Department of Justice have brought forward."
Fanone’s appearance on CNN came just hours after Trump was indicted for a third time, which was the second indictment to come from Special Counsel Jack Smith.
Trump was charged with conspiracy to defraud the government, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
He will be arraigned in a DC courthouse on Thursday afternoon.
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