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‘That’s a Lie!’: The View’s Sunny Hostin Blasts Donald Trump Jr as He Sputters Excuses for Quid Pro Quo

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The audience showered Donald Trump Jr. in boos in a contentious appearance on “The View.”

The president’s eldest son appeared with his partner Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News broadcaster and senior 2020 Trump campaign adviser, and was immediately met with questions about tweeting out the name of a whistleblower.

“Kimberly, you’re a lawyer, we have known each other, you’re a former prosecutor,” co-host Sunny Hostin said. “Did you advise your boyfriend that it is a federal crime to out a whistleblower?”

Guilfoyle said she didn’t tell him that was a crime, but she agreed it was a bad idea.

“I did come out of the bathroom and say, ‘I left you alone for 10 minutes — what happened?’” Guilfoyle said.

Trump Jr. argued that was only a crime if the inspector general revealed the name, but Hostin pushed back.

“That’s a lie, that’s not true,” Hostin said. “It is a crime.”

Trump Jr. insisted that was not accurate, but Hostin wouldn’t give an inch.

“My law degree says it is,” she said.

The president’s son allowed that tweeting out the name was maybe imprudent, but he argued it was necessary to defend his father.

“We talk about transparency,” he said. “The president of the United States released the transcript of exactly what happened in that phone call. The whistleblower is giving his opinion or her opinion of what transpired.”

Hostin was glad he brought up the July 25 phone call that prompted the whistleblower complaint, but Trump Jr. abruptly changed the subject back to his tweet.

“I don’t regret doing it,” he said. “I shouldn’t have to forego my First Amendment rights. It’s out there, I’ve been reading it for a week, I saw it on the Drudge Report. This is not some secret.”

The Trump supporters in the audience cheered, and co-host Joy Behar scolded them.

“This is not some MAGA rally, okay?” she said.

Hostin listed the damning revelations in the call summary, and Trump Jr. insisted there was nothing wrong in the call.

“This is the basis of the impeachment inquiry,” Hostin said. “Why is that a sham? Which is what you are calling it.”

Trump Jr. said Ukraine wasn’t even aware the aid was being withheld to pressure them into investigating Joe Biden, but Hostin said that didn’t matter.

“That’s not true,” she said. “That’s a lie. Military aid was withheld … That’s a lie, it was withheld.”

The panelists erupted, and co-host Abby Huntsman asked why EU ambassador Gordon Sondland changed his story to show the aid was withheld to pressure Ukraine — and Trump Jr. offered a self-pitying excuse.

“He’s afraid of being attacked, like so many of us have, by a vicious left that’s running a one-sided campaign,” Trump Jr. said.

The Trump supporters cheered, but they were soon drowned out in a cascade of boos.

 

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In Apparent Message, Trump Signs Surprise Pardon for Felon Convicted of Failing to Report Extortion and Bribery

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President Donald Trump Tuesday morning unexpectedly signed a full pardon for a man who was convicted of not reporting extortion, a $400,000 bribe he paid to the now-former governor of Louisiana.

Former San Francisco 49ers co-owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr. received the pardon from President trump, who appears once again to be using his power to pardon as a means of sending a message to those who might testify against him. Trump was impeached for extortion of Ukraine.

Voice of America News White House bureau chief Steve Herman breaks the news:

“After striking a deal to provide evidence against former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards of Louisiana,” The New York Times reported in 1998, “Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., the co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers, pleaded guilty today to concealing an alleged extortion plot by Mr. Edwards that involved the licensing of a riverboat casino.”

Trump signed the pardon today after meeting with former NFL greats, who spoke in favor of DeBartolo.

 

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CNN Anchor Destroys Trump Trade Advisor’s False Claims After Showing Viewers Obama’s Numbers Were Better Than Trump’s

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President Donald Trump’s Trade Advisor Peter Navarro had to take one for the team after delivering an especially partisan attack on the Obama economy because CNN anchor Poppy Harlow wasn’t having it.

Navarro repeatedly claimed the economy under President Barack Obama was “horrible,” even after Harlow posted numbers and charts that proved growth under the 44th president was far stronger than growth under Trump.

“It’s a great economy now. All I’m asking you is, wasn’t it a good economy then as well?” Harlow asked Navarro.

“No,” he insisted, launching in to a rant.

“Back in the Obama-Biden years it was horrible,” he claimed, all but ignoring the 2008 worldwide economic collapse that Obama inherited – while sneaking in the former vice president’s name in a particularly nasty partisan swipe, and possibly coming dangerously close to the crossing the line of the Hatch Act.

“It was a horrible economy during the Obama years,” he insisted, forcing Harlow to all but beg with him to listen to facts as she had the numbers put back up on the screen.

“Put your numbers up,” Navarro sneered.

“They’re not my numbers – these are from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Harlow told Navarro under Trump the economy has not seen one quarter with growth above 4%, but under Obama it happened four times. She also showed him that job growth under President Obama was 227,000 jobs per month on average for his last 36 months, but under President Trump’s first 36 months it’s just 191,000.

Navarro slammed Obama for having increased the debt. It’s increased far more under Trump.

Harlow reminded Navarro that Trump promised to eliminate the national debt if he was given two terms in office, yet the mosrt recent White House budget says that’s not going to happen.

“We still have five more years,” Navarro retorted.

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Federal Judge Association Calls Emergency Meeting to Address Barr Intervention Into Trump Ally Roger Stone’s Case

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An independent association of federal judges says it cannot wait for its annual conference and has called an emergency meeting to address Attorney General Bill Barr’s intervention into the case of Roger Stone, a top ally of President Donald Trump.

Tuesday’s meeting will “address growing concerns about the intervention of Justice Department officials and President Donald Trump in politically sensitive cases,” USA Today reports.

The head of the Federal Judges Association, says they nearly four-decades old organization “could not wait” for its Spring conference, given the gravity of the matter.

“There are plenty of issues that we are concerned about,” Rufe told USA TODAY. “We’ll talk all of this through.”

The Federal Judges Association has over 1000 members.

The emergency meeting being called comes as more than 2000 former Justice Dept. officials call for Attorney General Barr to resign. They say Barr has “openly and repeatedly flouted” the rule of law and must go.

“Although there are times when political leadership appropriately weighs in on individual prosecutions, it is unheard of for the department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the president, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case,” the letter reads.

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