Veteran journalist Dan Rather said on Thursday that one of the biggest takeaways from former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a “marked man” due to his dalliances with Russian officials.
Rather appeared alongside MSNBC commentator Joy Reid on “All In with Chris Hayes” to discuss the explosive revelations from the day’s testimony.
“Whether you like what Comey did or not,” Rather said, “you have to admit he’s a great storyteller.”
“He took control of the narrative today,” Rather explained, like a prosecutor putting a charge before a jury.
One of the “overlooked” details from Thursday, Rather said, is that “Attorney General Sessions is now a marked man” because Comey revealed yet another undisclosed meeting between Sessions and Russian ambassador to the U.S. and purported spymaster Sergey Kislyak.
Comey “put a dagger, if you will, right near the heart of Sessions,” Rather said.
“There is a target painted on him,” agreed Hayes, “and I think Kamala Harris’ line of questioning that couldn’t be answered,” combined with “the reporting that we have now” agrees that Sessions had a third secret meeting with Kislyak.
Reid noted that Sessions has “always seemed to know more” about what was really going on between the Russians and the Trump campaign than he pretended to.
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Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’
Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.
Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.
"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."
Father and daughter drowning at the border fuels anger at Trump immigration policies
A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.
"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.
Former vice president Joe Biden, who is also seeking the presidency in 2020, called the image "gut-wrenching."
"History will judge how we respond to the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families & children -- we can't be silent," he said.
Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate
Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.
The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.
But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.