With the help of a former U.S. Attorney, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow walked viewers through the report that President Donald Trump attempted to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to quash Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s trial and how that may have destroyed Trump’s “ignorance defense” after he fired FBI Director James Comey.
Maddow posed questions about Trump’s interference to former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade who issued a series of statements that should worry Trump’s attorneys.
According to McQuade, “This could be a separate count of obstruction of justice against the president if the president tried to interfere with the Arpaio prosecution.”
More importantly, she added, “If Sessions or anybody else explained to Trump that it is inappropriate to interfere with a criminal investigation before Trump attempted to do so with former FBI Director James Comey, that could help establish that Trump understood that what he was doing in firing James Comey was illegal.”
Maddow then broke it down, saying, “So, in other words, this might get rid of his ignorance defense. If the president was told explicitly that he’s really not allowed to interfere in a criminal investigation of Joe Arpaio, then he was in a position to know explicitly that he shouldn’t interfere in the FBI investigation of Michael Flynn by pressuring James Comey about that.”
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There are enough votes to impeach Trump if it comes to the floor: CNN’s April Ryan quotes congressman
On Wednesday, the House voted 332 to 95 to table articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump brought forth by Rep. Al Green (D-TX). Democrats were divided, with 137 members agreeing to table the resolution. All 194 Republicans and independent Justin Amash also voted to do so.
But despite the resounding defeat for Green's measure, one congressman told CNN commentator and American Urban Radio Network director April Ryan that while many Democrats want to continue with investigations for the time being, he believes there would be enough votes to pass it if it actually made it to the floor.
US House of Representatives kills attempt to impeach Trump
The U.S. House of Representatives by a wide margin just voted to not take action on a resolution to consider impeaching President Donald Trump over his racist remarks. The forced vote, which is still ongoing, currently stands at 331 in favor of "tabling," or putting aside, the motion, and 93 voting against tabling, meaning 93 voting to consider the motion.
The motion was brought by Democratic Congressman Al Green, who has been trying to impeach President Trump.This is the first time the House has weighed in officially on the issue.
Some who support impeachment voted against the motion, saying it needs to go through proper channels, generally the House Judiciary Committee.
‘Fat people don’t wear shorts’: North Carolina girl goes viral after being body shamed in church
On Wednesday, WCTI News Channel 12 reported on a viral video circulating of a girl in North Carolina being body-shamed at her own church by a community leader.
"She had came [sic] in and said you're too fat to wear those shorts, fat girls don't wear shorts," said 19-year-old Jenna Munger, describing the encounter, which happened as she was visiting the restroom while singing in the church choir.
On the video, which has already gathered more than 5 million views, the woman can be heard saying, "She's a chubby girl, but she's got a dress on that's appropriate; it comes down to the top of her knees."