On Wednesday, NBC News reported that President Donald Trump’s jailed former attorney Michael Cohen is cooperating with New York City prosecutors as part of an investigation into whether the Trump Organization falsified business records.
On MSNBC’s “Hardball,” former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance told anchor Chris Matthews that the consequences for Trump could be serious.
“If it is the tail end of this whole operation of going after Trump, it seems to me the Manhattan DA, that’s a political office, this case could be a big case if you’re taking the president of the United States down into a criminal matter,” said Matthews. “The question I have, I guess, as a nonlawyer, is what’s the penalty for this kind of case?”
“So that really depends on how it’s ultimately structured,” said Vance. “If they were able to make some sort of a tax charge here, which we don’t know — we don’t know if they have tax records — we could be looking at a lengthy violation for a felony. It’s certainly not a misdemeanor.”
“The felony crime is a serious one, it carries a lot of collateral consequences,” said Vance. “But most significantly is the threat there is jail time involved, and any amount of jail time in the state system in New York would be very unpleasant for the president of the United States.”
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‘Dumbest Man on the Planet’: Trump Hilariously Mocked for Saying ‘If We Didn’t Do Any Testing We Would Have Very Few Cases’
President Donald Trump’s remarks at an Allentown medical supply facility are being pointed to as proof he not only opposes testing for coronavirus but doesn’t understand why Americans need to be tested.
And he’s getting royally rousted for them.
On Thursday Trump visited an Owens & Minor distribution plant, telling employees in a speech that testing is overrated.
“It could be that testing’s frankly,” he said, taking a long pause, “ah, overrated?”
“When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing we would have very few cases.”
Upon learning of the President’s remarks, many mocked him for what sounded like a suggestion the would be less people infected with coronavirus if there were less testing.
Dumbest Man on the Planet. https://t.co/7oWnLhldKI
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 14, 2020
Maybe he hasn’t lost his mind. Maybe he never had one to begin with. Let me see if I understand his logic. If you don’t test, there would be fewer cases….ergo, the testing causes coronavirus. Glad he straightened that out. https://t.co/JScX6PDNkp
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) May 14, 2020
Honestly, this is something else. https://t.co/VJJYiyKJir
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) May 14, 2020
You don’t want a baby? Stay away from pregnancy tests! https://t.co/12t7g4sj0n
— Quinn Cummings (@quinncy) May 14, 2020
“Can’t get pregnant unless you take a pregnancy test” https://t.co/Fl1Y0reVcl
— Aki Peritz (@AkiPeritz) May 14, 2020
And there it is! If you deny tests, people can’t blame you for the increase in cases. His strategy from day one. https://t.co/GHq3DqSKlk
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) May 14, 2020
If we never check people’s glucose and A1C, we’ll put an end to diabetes! https://t.co/TVkddLxYAj
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) May 14, 2020
My 10-year old heard this, immediately rolled her eyes and said,
“That’s so stupid! They still have it, they just wouldn’t know it!”
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) May 14, 2020
If we didn’t do any testing, we would be blind to where the virus was spreading and unable to take effective action to slow transmission, and then we would have many, many more cases. https://t.co/6PuCriMB9T
— Caroline Chen (@CarolineYLChen) May 14, 2020
If we didn’t have no thermometers, there wouldn’t be no whatchacallit globel warmin’ https://t.co/RsYYkaHAwW
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) May 14, 2020
So if you never take a pregnancy test you can’t get pregnant? https://t.co/7ESAAKG9cz
— johnny mac (@johnnymac2220) May 14, 2020
Trump really seems to believe this virus would disappear if we just stopped testing for it. He is dangerously murderously delusional. https://t.co/GRfFXkgCh0
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) May 14, 2020
So I shouldnt get my cancer screening cuz it might find cancer? https://t.co/k2rxcsmaqW
— WeThePeople🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@PrincessBravato) May 14, 2020
Exactly. As long as your own eyes are covered during hide & seek, no one can see you. https://t.co/Kx7HER7CdE
— Deborah Pearlstein (@DebPearlstein) May 14, 2020
— Cathy Davidson (@CathyNDavidson) May 14, 2020
finally, a president willing to stand up against object permanence https://t.co/721aBjN14B
— Josh Fruhlinger (@jfruh) May 14, 2020
Congrats on curing cancer I guess https://t.co/MWr3Dn9zHR
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) May 14, 2020
‘Ultimate Hypocrisy: Morning Joe Panel Rains Holy Hell on Trump’s ‘Unpatriotic’ Behavior During National Anthem (Video)
MSNBC’s Al Sharpton led an panel that decimated President Donald Trump’s “unpatriotic” behavior during the Sunday Super Bowl performance of the national anthem (video below).
“Kaepernick did not mock the national anthem,” Sharpton noted, saying Trump’s fidgeting and waving his arms in the air as if it was playing just for him to conduct, was “a mockery.”
“I think it was unpatriotic for the President of the United States to act like this was some composition that he could exploit,” Sharpton told the “Morning Joe” panel Tuesday morning, adding that it “shows the ultimate hypocrisy.”
“It’s disgraceful,” Mika Brzezinski added. “Any Republican Senators who need any more evidence about this president needs to look at this video.”
“Unfit,” Joe Scarborough added.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) February 4, 2020
Trump indeed was caught on camera during a Mar-a-Lago Super Bowl party, which cost taxpayers $3.4 million. The national anthem video was posted to the Instagram account of a real estate agent for a Russian-American firm. That agent is reportedly known to regularly spend time at Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties, as the Miami Herald reported.
House Republicans Have a Plan to Defend Trump During Impeachment Hearings – It’s All About His ‘State of Mind’
Rather than act as impartial investigators, dedicated to ascertaining the facts of the President’s actions, and whether or not those actions were legal, or are impeachable, House Republicans will stick to a plan that focuses on his “state of mind” and other intangible arguments.
“Confronted with a mountain of damaging facts heading into tomorrow’s opening of the public phase of impeachment, House Republicans plan to argue that ‘the President’s state of mind’ was exculpatory,” Axios reports, noting it has obtained an 18-page GOP memo that was sent out to House Intelligence Committee members Monday night.
“To appropriately understand the events in question — and most importantly, assess the President’s state of mind during his interaction with [Ukrainian] President Zelensky — context is necessary,” the memo reads. “The evidence gathered does not establish an impeachable offense,” it insists, wrongly.
Also wrong, or immaterial, are these four critical points the memo directs Republicans to make during the hearings.
“The July 25 call summary — the best evidence of the conversation — shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure.” (False.)
“President Zelensky and President Trump have both said there was no pressure on the call.” (True, but immaterial.)
“The Ukrainian government was not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call.” (False.)
“President Trump met with President Zelensky and U.S. security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019 — both of which occurred without Ukraine investigating President Trump’s political rivals.” (Immaterial. Doesn’t matter. Attempts to commit crimes are still crimes.)
You can read the full memo here.
The impeachment inquiry hearings with live, televised witness testimony, begin Wednesday.
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