On Friday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow invited former NPR reporter, Sarah Chayes, who has long left journalism to help the war-torn areas she was covering, onto her show. Chayes worked to open a factory in Afghanistan and rebuild towns torn apart by war. In the process, she’s become the world’s leading expert on corruption — “she literally wrote the book on it,” Maddow noted.
Maddow explained that this week, Chayes filed a legal brief on behalf of the ethics watchdog group CREW alleging Trump violates the Emoluments Clause “by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments while he still owns and benefits from those businesses.”
Though CREW filed their lawsuit a mere three days after Trump took office, Chayes’ more recent brief highlights the “dangers of [Trump] taking foreign payments” that “go way beyond classlessness” — and beyond the formerly obscure Emoluments Clause.
These “numerous violations of the Emoluments Clause,” Chayes’ brief states, “erode and sully the fundament principles upon which our country is founded, and expose this nation to grave threats.”
Introducing Chayes, Maddow said she was “unnerved” by the corruption expert’s work on “kleptocracies” becoming relevant to American politics.
“It’s been a kind of slow-motion nightmare to watch sort of the place that we’ve been seeing since January 20th because I almost feel like I know which one is coming next,” Chayes said. “It’s like it’s so familiar.”
Watch Chayes list the jarring comparisons between “kleptocracies” like Honduras and the United Arab Emirates to Trump’s America below, via MSNBC.
‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’
The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.
"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.
When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.
Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?
The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.
"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.
The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."
White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting
Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.
King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.
A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.
Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.
Here's some of what people were saying: