On Friday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," former impeachment counsel Daniel Goldman explained a key admission former President Donald Trump made in his demand that the DOJ support his attacks on the legitimacy of the presidential election.
"'Just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me,'" said anchor Chris Hayes. "What's your reaction to that?"
"It's the more desperate, more extreme and more untethered Donald Trump trying to cheat, or in this case overturn the election," said Goldman. "The Ukraine impeachment was all about Donald Trump trying to cheat in the 2020 election. He had won the 2016 election using Russian interference. He wasn't charged criminally with that, but the Mueller report indicated that he certainly knew about it. His campaign knew about it and they used the Russian interference. Then he tried to extort Ukraine into helping him cheat in the election. Then he lost the election. Now he is simply going all out so to speak to overturn the election. It is a stunning, stunning request."
"There are other things that in the notes that jump out to me that I think will be very relevant to prosecutors looking at Donald Trump's conduct in the aftermath of the 2020 election," said Goldman. "The first thing he says that jumped out to me is, 'you may not read the internet as much as I do.' You will remember, Chris, that there was a lot of internet chatter about storming the Capitol right in the lead-up through January 6th and one of the issues in impeachment, too, was how much did Donald Trump know? Well, here he is admitting that he read the internet and then the other thing, which is separate and apart from the coup here, is him, once again, asking them to prosecute Hunter Biden. This is the president of the United States asking the Department of Justice to prosecute his political enemy. That is banana republic stuff."
"How can it not be the case that this is not a crime?" said Hayes. "I mean, someone once described the coup attempt as akin to someone walking down a hallway of a home and trying every door ... now they all ended up locked, so he couldn't steal the stuff. But if one was opened, he obviously would have and that seems criminal to me just in an intuitive sense."
"I think we all need to look at all of these notes and reported recordings as pieces of evidence in a larger puzzle," said Goldman. "That's why I point out that admission of his that he reads the internet. That type of thing can be very helpful to prosecutors to piece together a case. The problem is, is that no one has ever done this before. It's not something that's ever been anticipated, that a president would literally try to have a coup in order to overturn an election by will. Purely by will."
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Fox News aired a segment questioning the effectiveness of the vaccine on Friday night that took Centers for Disease Control numbers out of context.
Earlier in the day, The Washington Post published a story on Provincetown coronavirus infections under the headline, "CDC study shows three-fourths of people infected in Massachusetts COVID-19 outbreak were vaccinated."
White House COVID-19 Response Team member Ben Wakana worried the CDC report was being taken out of context.
"Completely irresponsible," Wakana declared.
"Three days ago the CDC made clear that vaccinated individuals represent a VERY SMALL amount of transmission occurring around the country," he explained. "Virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated."
"Unreal to not put that in context," he concluded.
Completely irresponsible. 3 days ago the CDC made clear that vaccinated individuals represent a VERY SMALL amount… https://t.co/yP1InByZqJ— Ben Wakana (@Ben Wakana) 1627669799.0
Matt Gertz, who monitors right-wing disinformation as a senior fellow at the watchdog group Media Matters for America, explained the math.
"Please don't do this," Gertz urged, with a screengrab of The Washington Post headline.
"Provincetown has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. As vaccination rates increase the percentage of cases that are in vaccinated people NECESSARILY increases," he posted to Twitter.
Please don't do this. Provincetown has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. As vaccination rate… https://t.co/6M2q8JUD6M— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1627668532.0
But controversial anchor Tucker Carlson failed to provide the context.
"The bottom line is that a huge number of vaccinated people are getting COVID," Carlson said. "And some them are getting very sick, even dying."
"According to the CDC today, fully three-quarters of the people infected in a recent outbreak — for example, in Massachusetts — had already been vaccinated," he said. "The CDC announced that vaccinated people can carry the virus with them and they can easily spread the virus to others."
Aaaaaand this is why headlines matter: https://t.co/ju6ddoxpAK https://t.co/VKfxaBZzlH— nikki mccann ramírez (@nikki mccann ramírez) 1627690175.0
And then Carlson brought on Alex Berenson, who was labeled "The Pandemic's Wrongest Man" by The Atlantic.
Tucker Carlson and Alex Berenson's COVID-19 vaccine fear-mongering is jumping to "can we really trust any other vac… https://t.co/U2T13p3UxK— nikki mccann ramírez (@nikki mccann ramírez) 1627691091.0
On Friday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Harvard Law professor emeritus Laurence Tribe broke down the possible crimes former President Donald Trump committed when he leaned on the Justice Department to lie about the integrity of the presidential election.
"Prof. Tribe, explain to me how, I mean, you know — I know Congressman [Jerry ] Connolly wasn't astonished. Evan [Perez] and I were that such a call, even such a quote would have happened," said anchor Erin Burnett. "'Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me.' So we've got notes now showing that this occurred. Tell me why it's so significant."
"Well, these contemporary notes by the acting assistant attorney general's deputy are compelling evidence that the president was committing several different crimes," said Tribe. "It was violating crimes relating to stealing elections, crimes relating to pressuring government officials to engage in political activity, violations of 18 U.S. Code section 610, violations of 18 U.S. Code section 2383."
"But the point would really be not to simply enumerate a laundry list of crimes, but we know from firsthand evidence with the cooperation of the new Justice Department that is finally finding its sea legs that the president was engaged in an ongoing conspiracy to overturn the results of a free and fair election," continued Tribe. "It was the leadup to the insurrection, puts the insurrection in context. It shows what his motives were in rallying people in this violent mob to sack the Congress. It was all part of a plan to say, I don't care if there was no real corruption, just say there was, say the election was stolen, and then turn it over to me. That is criminal activity."
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