A former Democratic lawmaker said President Donald Trump had abused his power by trying to control the FBI.
The president denied Wednesday that he had attempted to obstruct justice in the Russia probe, but he also said that “fighting back” against the FBI investigation was not obstruction.
“I don’t think this president gets it,” former congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman told MSNBC’s Katie Tur. “Doesn’t get it about the rule of law, he doesn’t have an FBI that is protecting his back. He has an FBI that’s standing up for justice for everyone. If he’s fighting back against the FBI, that’s an abuse of power of his office — he doesn’t have a right to do that.”
Holtzman, who represented New York’s 16th congressional district from 1973 to 1981, said the president had improperly injected partisan politics into law enforcement through by trying to corrupt the Justice Department.
“Well, of course it’s a big deal,” Holtzman said. “I had somebody working for me when I was (district attorney), my chief of staff. I’m a democrat, he worked for a Republican governor. I never knew, and I don’t know to this day, what his politics are. Because if we start to have Republican and Democratic law enforcement, then we’re down the road to becoming a banana republic.”
Holtzman wrote a law, which expired in 1999, after the Watergate scandal to allow the appointment of an independent counsel by an appeals court, and she gained notoriety as a freshman congresswoman during the Nixon impeachment hearings.
QAnon authors in a fight over doing an audiobook — because they think their followers can’t read
On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the authors of a popular book for believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory are in a bitter fight over whether or not to release an audiobook version.
QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening came out last year and peaked near the top of the Amazon bestseller list in March. One of the book's co-authors, Dustin Nemos, is publicly attacking another co-author, who goes by the name of "JoeM," for his "petty and hostile and paranoid" refusal to help produce an audiobook, and notes that it is necessary because a disproportionate number of QAnon believers are elderly, have bad eyesight, and may not be able to read the book as text. JoeM, for his part, has accused Nemos of being a "grifter" who is trying to make a buck off of true believers.
Population of Earth to reach 9.7 billion in 2050: UN
The world population is expected to climb to 9.7 billion in 2050 from 7.7 billion today, with the population of sub-Saharan Africa doubling, a United Nations report released Monday said.
The population could then grow to 11 billion by 2100, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs's "World Population Prospects" report.
The study paints a picture of a future in which a handful of countries see their populaces surge as life expectancy lengthens while the global growth rate slows amid declining fertility rates.
By 2050, more than half of the world's population growth will be concentrated in just nine countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt and the United States.
Trump’s only winning strategy is to tear down Democrats — because he has nothing to promote: MSNBC panel
President Donald Trump has little to promote for 2020, so political analysts on MSNBC think that he'll likely spend the campaign working to tear everyone else down.
Howard Fineman noted that if Trump intends to do a "tear down" campaign, the most important things Democrats will have are policy proposals to set themselves apart from a White House that is unwilling to pass anything through Congress.
"It's just a question of can he do what he did in 2016 and 2018, which was, frankly, mobilize voters in a fear-tactic kind of way," said Fineman during Monday's "Meet the Press."
Host Kasie Hunt said that it seems the new Trump poll numbers show that his base is losing enthusiasm as they go into the election.