Donald Trump’s biographer David Cay Johnston seemed to be telegraphing that the president is prepared to become a full dictator if he feels threatened.
A Washington Post report added to an earlier New York Times revelation that Trump was so furious at Mueller it “rose to such a level that then-White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon and then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus grew ‘incredibly concerned’ that he was going to fire Mueller and sought to enlist others to intervene with the president, according to a Trump adviser who requested anonymity to describe private conversations.”
During his Thursday show, Lawrence O’Donnell wondered if it was Bannon or Priebus who gave the quote. Trump made sure both men were removed from the White House and O’Donnell noted it put them both in a position to be available to reporters.
Johnston then explained that leaks like these don’t come from prosecutors — they come from the defense.
“Secondly, these people are not going to go to jail for Donald Trump,” he continued. “…Donald Trump, who speaks in dictatorial terms, will think to himself at some point, ‘do I need the military to retain power?’ And that’s a real possibility if you think about it because the checks and balances in our Constitution are words on paper. It is the deeds of men and women that matter, and the Constitutional crisis we could face at some point is Trump trying to not leave office if he’s impeached or not appear before a grand jury and not obey a contempt citation.”
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George Floyd’s brother tears up discussing condolence phone call from Trump: ‘It hurt me’
The brother of George Floyd described the condolence phone call he received from President Donald Trump during a Saturday interview on MSNBC.
Philonise Floyd was interviewed by the Rev. Al Sharpton on "Politics Nation."
While Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder, the other three officers involved in the killing remain free.
"They all need to be convicted of first degree murder and given the death penalty," Floyd said.
"What was the conversation with President Trump like?" Sharpton asked.
"It was so fast," Floyd replied.
"He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak. It was hard, I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept like pushing me off, like 'I don't want to hear what you're talking about.' And I just told him I want justice. I said that I couldn't believe they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight."
Bill Barr slammed by ex-FBI official for ignoring the right-wing ‘Boogaloo Bois’ infiltrating protests
Attorney General Bill Barr was slammed by the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday for misleading Americans about the source of violence at the protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.
"There's evidence developing, Brian, that the organization we're seeing of the most violent protesters is coming from a couple of disturbing places," both, by the way, there's disparate in terms in being from the right or the left. here's what those who monitor these groups and sites are seeing.
"We're seeing a far-right group, one group for example known as the Boogaloo Bois, who on their private Facebook page and social media outlets are calling for violence, calling for people to show up," Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC's Brian Williams.
Trump is the ‘greatest troll in the history of the internet’ and Twitter needs to ‘pull the plug’: NYT columnist
President Donald Trump would face an existential crisis if Twitter were to enforce it's own rules and hold him accountable -- and one New York Times columnist wants to see it happen.
"C’mon, @Jack. You can do it," Maureen Dowd wrote, referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with his username on the platform.
She urged Dorsey to "just pull the plug on him."
"You could answer the existential question of whether @realDonaldTrump even exists if he doesn’t exist on Twitter. I tweet, therefore I am. Dorsey meets Descartes," she explained. "All it would take is one sweet click to force the greatest troll in the history of the internet to meet his maker."