Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele blamed GOP lawmakers for President Donald Trump’s destruction of constitutional norms.
Steele appeared Friday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where host Joe Scarborough hammered the president for undermining the special counsel investigation into his campaign ties to Russia.
“This is the president of the United States lying about what the FBI has been doing,” Scarborough said. “Lying about what the Republican FISA court judges have been doing, lying about what the Justice Department has been doing — lying, lying, lying. Then battering the Justice Department and the FBI to have a briefing, because there were supposedly, quote, spies in his campaign and then they go ahead and have that briefing and his criminal lawyer turns up. His criminal lawyer turns up to figure out who informants are and to further expose the methods of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the intel community, in general.”
Steele urged anyone under investigation by the FBI to try the same gambit, which was pushed along by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA).
“This is my recommendation to everyone who is currently under investigation by the FBI,” he said. “The next time they have a meeting, you make sure you have your folks show up and get all that intel, as well, because what the president’s team did yesterday is something no other citizen in this country would be permitted to do, and that’s to have their counsel and their executive chief officer from their business, if you will, inside a meeting.”
Scarborough said attorney Emmet Flood was sent by the president to determine what evidence the FBI had against Trump and his associates, and Steele blasted the Republican lawmakers who took part in the scheme.
“This is what twists my stuff in a knot,” Steele said, “is that Republicans are complicit in this crazy, and they’re sitting here now and dumbing down the system, disintegrating the very pillars of justice in this country by going after those institutions like the FBI and the DOJ. (They’re) permitting the president to behave in a way in which no other American citizen — and they know damn well this is true — would be able to behave.”
Rex Tillerson tells Nikki Haley she wasn’t important enough to be in his meetings
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In an upcoming book, Haley charged that Tillerson and former White House chief of staff John Kelly attempted to recruit her to help "save the country" -- an effort in which she refused to cooperate.
Kelly shot back at Haley on Monday, essentially saying it was above her pay grade.
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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," during a discussion of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's legal situation, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) trashed President Donald Trump's claim that the transcripts from the impeachment hearings were somehow falsified.
"I will say that the craziness continues," said Connolly. "For the president today to assert, based on nothing, the transcripts were doctored and don't really reflect the deposition of the witnesses we heard from — and by the way, those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses and their attorneys before they're released for accuracy — but secondly, of course, to have the chief of staff of the president actually suing his own White House to get a decision about whether or not he's required to respond to congressional demand for testimony or the White House directive really brings us into all-new territory in terms of craziness. And it's really disturbing to watch."
DOJ seeks to throw out indicted congressman’s law firm for allegedly representing both sides
On Monday, the Justice Department filed a motion to disqualify the law firm Fletcher & Mack from representing Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) in his upcoming federal trial for misuse of campaign funds.
The law firm, contended DOJ prosecutors, is also representing witnesses who are set to testify against Hunter, and thus has a serious conflict of interest.
Hunter was charged last year, along with his wife Margaret, with spending over $250,000 in campaign funds on personal trips, dental work, and to settle bar tabs, among other things — and falsifying FEC spending reports to make their theft look legitimate. Damning transcripts revealed Hunter's wife told him to charge a purchase of clothes as "[golf] balls for the wounded warriors, and that he demanded the Navy "go f**k themselves" after personnel refused to allow him to tour a base to make it look as though there was a campaign purpose to his trip to Europe.