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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Hosting the G-7 at Doral is still worth a million dollars to Trump — even if he donates all the profits: reporter
President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said that holding the G7 summit at Trump's Doral resort would not be a profit for the president. Reports about it fly in the face of the White House claims, however.
The Miami Herald reported in July, when Trump floated the idea, that Doral is in a financial rut and the G7 meeting could help Trump climb out of it.
"Hosting foreign dignitaries has been a financial boon for Trump’s private Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago Club, providing some insight into what financial gains might be expected from hosting the G7 Summit at Trump Doral," said The Herald.
Rudy Giuliani under potential investigation for work he did for Iranian terrorist group
NBC News is reporting another complicated scandal Rudy Giuliani finds himself in.
According to the report, in 2017 former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey met with an Iranian group that was once considered a terrorist organization until 2012. Giuliani came along for the meeting with Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK) and has been engaged with the group for years.
"For nearly a decade, the former law partners have pushed the agenda of the MEK, giving paid speeches and writing newspaper op-eds expressing support for a group linked to the deaths of six Americans in the 1970s," NBC News reported Thursday.
‘Absolute contempt for the American people’: Trump destroyed for shameless G7 golf club announcement
White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Thursday announced that next year's G7 summit will be held at Trump National Doral Miami -- and then smugly brushed aside questions about President Donald Trump using his office to personally enrich himself.
Mulvaney's press conference, in which he insisted that the president will not personally profit from holding the meeting there and claimed that it was simply the "best" place to hold the summit, drew harsh and angry reviews from across the web -- check out some of the reactions below.