From the May 19 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:
ANDERSON COOPER (HOST): His honest opinion is that the former FBI director is a “nut job” and that this relieves some of the pressure on the Russia stuff? That's his honest opinion. I have no doubt that's his honest opinion but do you think that that is smart for a guy under investigation to be saying that?
JEFFREY LORD: Yes I do. And I'll tell you exactly why I think it's smart. Remember this statement from President Obama? “Tell Vladamir I'll be more flexible after the election,” quote, unquote. To the Russian prime minister. Caught on a hot mic. Now that is what you call collusion with the Russians. Vladamir, for all we know, was flexible with Barack Obama to help him be reelected. Was there a call for a special prosecutor?
COOPER: Was there an investigation by the FBI? Was there a special counsel? No, and no, and no. And so I know you got to bring up Obama every time or or you got to bring up somebody else. But you can't really defend it in all fairness. You can't defend what the president of the United States just said.
LORD: I don't care what he says to the Russians. I mean, he's the president of the United States. If he wants to say that, if Barack Obama wants to say whatever, if George Bush says I looked in his eyes --
COOPPER: If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.