On Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s “The Beat,” former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner told host Ari Melber that White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s press briefing today might be the turning point that guarantees President Donald Trump’s removal from office.
“That’s a confession,” said Kirschner. “Whether you call that extortion, bribery, campaign finance violations or what Alexander Hamilton called it, an impeachable offense as an abuse of your public office and a violation of your public trust. Frankly, it qualifies as all of those things and Mick Mulvaney just said it out loud. Now, the fact that they tried to walk it back too little too late is an indication of just how damaging that accurate confession really is. So that is impeachment game over. It should be conviction in the Senate and removal — game over and hello, President Pence.”
“And here’s the thing,” added Kirschner. “He thought he was maybe being a little cute by saying, okay, maybe there was a quid pro quo, but it was really only with respect to past election interference. But, Ari, that ignores page four of the call summary between Trump and President Zelensky, where Trump moves on to really what’s most important to him and says, oh, the other thing I want is this Biden son thing. And Biden is bragging about getting the prosecutor fired. Look into that.”
On top of everything else, Kirschner noted, this makes Mulvaney an “inconsistent statement witness against the president.”
“Mulvaney will be getting his subpoena,” said Kirschner. “Now, we’ll see how he deals with it. We’ll probably get absolute immunity and executive privilege and who knows, maybe doctor/patient privilege when it’s all said and done. He will do everything he can to avoid testifying, I predict, because he just said publicly something that is very damning of the president.”
“Well, I don’t know about doctor/patient, but he might need a doctor after punching himself in the face in that hearing — I mean in that press conference,” said Melber.
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White House Ridiculed for Refusing to Supply Trump Defenders to Sunday Shows: ‘Too Busy Trying to Find Lawyers’
According to reporting from both New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman and CNN’s Jake Tapper, the White House refused all entreaties to provide a spokesperson to any of the Sunday morning cable shows — which had the Internet laughing at their cowardice.
On Saturday night, CNN’s Brian Stetler tweeted: “Per @maggieNYT,”no one from the White House” is booked on the Sunday shows this week. Not for lack of trying. “And no one in House or Senate GOP leadership,” @JakeTapper adds. Again, not for lack of trying.”
That brought out the criticism, with one Twitter commnter noting: “They’re too busy trying to find lawyers.”
You can read more jabs below:
Per @maggieNYT, "no one from the White House" is booked on the Sunday shows this week. Not for lack of trying. "And no one in House or Senate GOP leadership," @JakeTapper adds. Again, not for lack of trying.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 5, 2019
— Batman (@BatmanResist) October 5, 2019
Trump can’t get anyone to go on tv and blame Rick Perry? Sad
— Bear’s Ears (@tamparker6) October 6, 2019
Wait, pearl clutching @LindseyGrahamSC won't be grabbing her pearls on Fake Fox News, they love making 💩 up. Then again Spineless Psul Ryan is dropping hints and getting ppl to either quit or seek employment elsewhere.
— Carolyn Witherspoon🌊🇺🇸🌊🇺🇸 (@CarolynWither12) October 6, 2019
How do they defend their mob boss?
— Gerry Levine (@gerrylev) October 6, 2019
Treasonous cowards the lot of them. They won't defend him, but they won't go on air to condemn his actions either. COMPLICIT.
— Merritt Kelly (@MerrittKelly1) October 6, 2019
GOP as Reservoir DOGS pic.twitter.com/nxKiO5Pfpb
— Students for Democracy (@lister_lester) October 6, 2019
‘Frightened and Scared’ White House Aides Are ‘Scurrying About’ Awaiting Next Bombshell: GOP Consultant
Reacting to the surprise late Friday resignation by Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker, which opened the door into an inquiry as to why he left just as Donald Trump is bring scrutinized over his dealings with the country, a GOP consultant said the White House is in a fresh panic over what is coming next.
Appearing with host Frances Rivera, conservative political analyst Susan Del Percio said the White House is reeling after days of new bombshells dropping as Democrats make the case for impeachment.
Asked by host Rivera about the White House response so far — attempting to discredit the whistleblower — Del Percio said the Trump White House is pulling out the stops while at the same time not knowing what is coming next.
“We’ve seen that Team Trump will do whatever they can — not to show that he’s innocent or right — but rather to discredit other people,” she explained. “That’s the only thing they have going for them right now.”
“There is no strategy, there’s no war room gearing up for this impeachment,” she continued. “The White House staff is scurrying around because they’re frightened and scared because they don’t know what they don’t know. and only a few people do. So I think that’s the strategy — the only strategy that the White House has at this point.”
Top Trump Aide Marc Short to Exit White House
Short “told his colleagues Friday that he’s resigning,” Politico reports. He’s “is expected to leave the White House in mid-July.”
That’s well before the mid-terms, and could wreak havoc on the Trump administration’s legislative plans.
Also reported this week is that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is heading for the exits. She’s expected to leave by the end of the year, although would not confirm or deny her plans to reporters.
“Chief of staff John Kelly, Politico adds, in an amusing turn of events, “has spoken to the deputy director of the National Economic Council, Shahira Knight, about potentially taking over Short’s job.”
John Kelly is not well-respected on Capitol Hill, so that would be an extraordinarily contentious move. There have been rumors for months that he is on the way out.
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