WATCH: CNN anchor rips Trump's lawyer for celebrating GOP's Benghazi report by accusing Hillary Clinton of murder

"Don’t call someone a murderer of an ambassador for God sake,” CNN's Ashleigh Banfield said, calling it "libel"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published June 28, 2016 7:05PM (EDT)


Curiously, Donald Trump's Twitter account has suddenly gone dark.

While the two year, multi-million dollar Republican-led investigation into the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, offered little in the way of new information, according to the GOP's report released Tuesday, it did provide Trump yet another opportunity to bash former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Instead of firing of a tweet rehashing his "Crooked Hillary" line, as Gawker noted, Trump hasn't used his favorite social media platform in over 30 hours.

Instead, Trump organization legal counsel Michael Cohen took to Twitter to accuse Clinton of murdering Ambassador Chris Stevens. Cohen tweeted a new NBC/WSJ poll with a meme depicting Clinton, saying, "This picture says it all!":

The crass tweet was enough to cause one CNN anchor to lose her cool.

On "Legal View," host Ashleigh Banfield called the tweet “libel.”

“This show is called Legal View because we know a thing or two about the law,” Banfield explained. “And Michael Cohen is a lawyer. That there is libel to suggest that a woman murdered an ambassador.”

“Let’s just be really frank here, people. Don’t call someone a murderer of an ambassador for God sake!,” she shouted. “It’s offensive to Americans who really want the truth on what’s going on in politics.”

“Please give us a break! Campaigning!”

Banfeild went on to point out that Cohen once had a much more favorable opinion of Clinton:

Watch the video below, via CNN:

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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