Fox News remains President Trump's favorite news channel, and Sean Hannity his single greatest champion. But mounting criticism from the latter's Fox co-anchors this week suggests the network's support for the president may be eroding.
"Just today John Roberts, Fox News correspondent of the White House walked out of a White House press briefing," explained "Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur. "Sarah Huckabee Sanders… said 'I guess he has somewhere better to go,' and he said 'yeah, we're not on camera. You are not doing this on TV, so I have to do a live show.'"
Roberts isn't the only Fox News correspondent who appears fed up. Nightly panelist Charles Krauthammer torched Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-connected attorney on “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, three days after the New York Times bombshell report. Krauthammer continued his attack on Thursday's “Special Report With Bret Baier."
"I'm willing to concede it is not a criminal act, but it is certainly an unethical act," he said of the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June at Trump Tower.
"Damn," exlaimed Uygur. "Fox News calling the Trump administration unethical and saying they were deceiving you all along."
Even Judge Andrew Napolitano had some choice words to describe the Trump Tower summit. According to Napolitano, Don. Jr. was lucky not to receive any information about Hillary Clinton from Veselnitskaya.
"That would have been a felony," he concluded. "That would have been the completion of a crime."
"This is a guy Trump liked so much that he thought about putting him on the Supreme Court," Uygur reminded viewers. "[And] even Napolitano is saying this looks really bad."
Earlier in the week, a furious Sheppard Smith told viewers, "There are still people out there who believe we're making it up, and one day they are going to realize we are not."
"This is a weird topsy-turvy world where I am agreeing with Fox hosts," Uygur noted. That makes two of us.
Did Trump know Robert Hyde was stalking Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch?
Robert Hyde is a businessman and former marine who's running against Democrat Jahana Hayes for the 5th Congressional seat in Connecticut. He’s the newest entry into the dramatis personae of the Trump-Ukraine saga. Text messages released by the House suggest Hyde was stalking Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine.
Lev Parnas, who turned over the messages, says he never took Hyde seriously. In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Parnas maligned Hyde’s character, saying he never saw him when he was not drunk. Parnas is one of Rudy Giuliani’s goons. In one way or another, he has been at the center of the president’s conspiracy to smear Joe Biden and rewrite the history of 2016 so that Ukraine, not Russia, is the enemy. Parnas is now under indictment for violating campaign-finance laws. He’s coming forward with what he knows about Donald Trump in an apparent bid for leniency.
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For Donald Trump, the personal certainly is the political.
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Following the rules of an anachronistic 18th-century ritual, the House managers walked in formation to the Senate to deliver the articles of impeachment on Thursday. The sergeant at arms informed the senators that if they speak during the trial they could be imprisoned, and then the chief justice arrived in his robes accompanied by four senators. He then administered the constitutionally prescribed oath to deliver impartial justice to the assembled senators, after which, one by one, they signed their names to a book. The only thing missing was the white wigs.