President Donald Trump has been emboldened by Attorney General William Barr’s lies over the past month, most recently the lies he told during Thursday morning’s press conference.
Taking an unearned victory lap, given the damning evidence and facts in the redacted version of the Mueller report, the President lashed out on Twitter aboard Air Force One on his way to Mar-a-Lago.
“I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted,” Trump tweeted. “I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!”
Trump’s tweet makes clear he has no idea how damaging to his own presidency and to the republic his actions were.
Here’s how some responded to Trump’s latest insane explosion:
You might want to read this…https://t.co/gUZP09yT7h
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) April 18, 2019
Trump: “I could have fired everyone. I chose not to.”
Mueller: “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests. ” https://t.co/pMCntGVg87
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) April 18, 2019
It was an investigation into Russia’s attack on US democracy. You had no right to end it, even though you tried. Your lawyer refused to follow your directions.https://t.co/vnA8hbghS3
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) April 18, 2019
executive privilege doesn’t extend to crimes you clumsily committed before you became our bloated, lazy president, but you go there, believe whatever fantasies turn you on. you’ll wow ’em at the omelet bar this weekend, BEST PRESIDENT EVER except for all the others
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 18, 2019
On Trump’s tweet, note that the Mueller report actually rejected the legal theory of Trump’s team, that presidents cannot commit obstruction by definition (which, by sheer coincidence, was also Barr’s expressed theory before Trump made him AG): https://t.co/kyUFE6xAas https://t.co/YEvZgSeXsq
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 18, 2019
YOU LITERALLY TRIED TO FIRE HIM AND YOU WERE STOPPED.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 18, 2019
Mueller’s report, notably, eviscerates the Dershowitz argument that a prez can do things like “fire everyone” and that it can’t be obstruction. https://t.co/DJe49C6LVi
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) April 18, 2019
You wanted to fire Mueller, you ordered former White House counsel Don McGahn to to order Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller but he refused your order.
Also Executive Privilege doesn’t prevent you from obstructing justice if you’re firing the people investigating you…🙄 https://t.co/bhNhlRkLo5
— Stuart Rayfield (@Boredofwheels) April 18, 2019
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Seven Florida Republicans File Slew of Anti-LGBTQ Bills
Seven Florida Republican lawmakers have filed four bills attacking the LGBTQ community.
NBC News reports “the bills would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children, repeal municipal and county ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers, and legalize so-called gay conversion therapy in places that had banned the medically debunked practice.”
Conversion therapy has been compared to torture by those who have been victims of it, and states have been banning the practice given its ties to suicide and attempted suicide.
The lawmakers are Rep. Anthony Sabatini, Sen. Dennis Baxley, Rep. Bob Rommel, Sen. Joe Gruters, Rep. Michael Grant, Sen. Keith Perry, and Rep. Byron Donalds (images above, in order of NBC’s reporting.) (NCRM has added links to their Twitter accounts.)
Orlando Weekly’s Solomon Gustavo reports on House Bill 136, filed by Sabatini and Baxley, “which would make it a second-degree felony for health care practitioners to administer treatment for transitioning or changing a child’s sex.”
Elizabeth Warren Calls for Investigation Into Legality of Trump Tipping Off Mar-a-Lago Guests to Soleimani’s Killing
Elizabeth Warren is calling for financial regulatory agencies to investigate whether President Trump broke the law when he told guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort to expect something “big” in response to Iran’s killing of an American contractor in Iraq, The Daily Beast reports.
“Individuals who were guests at President Trump’s resort may have obtained confidential market-moving information,” a letter Warren sent to agencies read. “These private individuals … would have had the opportunity to obtain significant profits simply by being guests or members at President Trump’s private resort.”
Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.
Rupert Murdoch’s Son Rips Fox News for Pushing Falsehoods About Australian Wildfires
Rupert Murdoch’s younger son and his wife launched an attack on News Corporation for promoting conspiracy theories about Australia’s devastating wildfires.
Columnists and broadcasters from News Corp Australia — which dominates the country’s media — have questioned climate change’s role in the fires and downplayed the devastation, and James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn condemned the family business, reported The Daily Beast.
“Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known,” said a spokesperson for the couple. “They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”
James Murdoch is CEO of the investment firm Lupa Systems but sits on the board of News Corp, which publishes more than 140 newspapers in Australia, and his brother Lachlan runs the Fox News Channel in the U.S.
“They are pissing inside the tent and that’s unusual,” said a longtime News Corp executive. “It’s evidence of how high tensions are within the family over climate change. The majority of people who work here agree with James. We are hoping this may be the tipping point.”
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