Richard Painter, who served as an ethics lawyer for President George H.W. Bush, suggested on Thursday that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) may be “getting money from the Russians” because the congressman has taken a number of actions designed to derail the investigation into Russia’s interference in U.S. elections.
During an MSNBC panel discussion, Painter said that a White House plan to release a Nunes-connected memo smearing the FBI is “undermining our national security.”
“There’s classified information in this memo,” Painter explained. “And the only person who is going to benefit from it being released is Vladimir Putin. He’s going to find out more about our sources and how we knew that various associates of Donald Trump were collaborating with the Russians.”
“President Trump’s own Justice Department has said that the memo is misleading,” he continued. “His own FBI, including his own FBI Director, urged that it not be released. This is an abuse of our intelligence apparatus.”
“President Trump won’t mind if Vladimir Putin wins as long as he wins,” host Stephanie Ruhle observed.
Painter reminded the panel that Nunes had a key role in creating the memo.
“Why is Congressman Nunes behaving this way?” Painter asked. “What’s he getting out of it? Is he getting money from the Russians? I don’t know.”
“I don’t think he’s acting as a stooge for Trump,” Painter later added. “He’s acting as a stooge for Putin. Because Putin is the only person that’s benefiting from all of this. We are destroying our intelligence apparatus for the sake of partisan politics.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
John Oliver perfectly explains the Mueller report in a way all Americans can understand
The overwhelming majority of Americans have not read the 400-plus-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller. As it stands, it's unclear how many elected officials have either. It's become a problem for Democrats, who would like to impeach the president but can't get the American people to pay attention long enough.
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver has a solution. In his Sunday show, Oliver outlined a vital piece of the report that outlined just one of many obstructions of justice at the hand of President Donald Trump.
After he outlined what impeachment is, he showed Trump talking about the law that claims it's for "high crimes and misdemeanors." According to Trump, he has to be accused of both because it says "and." An annoyed Oliver corrected the president's incorrect assessment.
John Oliver unleashes epic supercut of Fox News host who can’t stop bragging about learning German in high school
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade took German as his foreign language in high school. If you didn't know that, then you likely don't watch Fox News, because the host has made a claim several dozen times.
HBO host John Oliver spent a few moments out of his Sunday episode of "Last Week Tonight" to mock Kilmeade for his desire to remind people of his three years of classes frequently.
Kilmeade has talked about it so many times that his co-hosts began preempting his comment every time the country of Germany is mentioned, or the German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears on the screen.
Watch the hilarious mockery below:
Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats
One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.
According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."