CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Thursday reacted to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision not to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the FBI, arguing the Republicans who are pushing for a “deep state” probe” are “getting the information from tinfoil hats” and Fox News.
Toobin saw Sessions’ decision not to appoint a second special counsel as a rebuke of the “deep state” narrative championed by Donald Trump and his congressional Republican backers.
“Most of these Republicans making accusations, as far as I can tell, are getting the information from tinfoil hats that they wear,” the CNN legal analyst explained.
“This is the thing about the Department of Justice, is that they actually deal with facts,” he continued. “I mean, the lawyers there, the people who work there, the investigators who work there, they actually look at facts.”
“[The Department of Justice] looked at accusations and said the appropriate level of inquiry is for a U.S. attorney not from the area to look into it,” Toobin said. “That seems to me more than sufficient. And this is a political act designed—I mean, the criticism of Sessions—is a political act designed to distract attention from the investigation of Trump and attack Hillary Clinton, which is what Fox News consists of about 20 hours a day.”
“That’s not the appropriate role of the Justice Department,” Toobin added. “Jeff Sessions is doing the right thing.”
Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’
Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.
"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.
Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.
The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."
"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.
Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists
On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.
"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."