An MSNBC panel on Thursday took a hammer to President Donald Trump’s decision to issue a full pardon of right-wing felon Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to committing campaign finance fraud in 2014.
Reacting to Trump’s announcement, former federal prosecutor Seth Waxman said that it was a blatant attempt at showing longtime attorney Michael Cohen that he would pardon him if he didn’t implicate the president as part of a plea deal.
“Could this be any more transparent?” he asked. “His ‘fixer’ for ten years is alleged to be involved in passing campaign contributions from others through to his campaign in the context of Stormy Daniels, or passing Russian funds through, and then kind of out of nowhere, Mr. Trump pardons D’Souza, who is accused of doing just that. I can’t see this as anything other than trying to send a message to Michael Cohen… to say I will take care of you in the future, just stand by me.”
Trump biographer Tim O’Brien shared Waxman’s assessment and said pardons such as this one were clear signals to his assorted henchmen that he would reward their loyalty if they refuse to flip on him.
“This could be the president sending signals to the myriad personalities who all have something to say about him that could complicate his life with law enforcement officials,” he agreed. “Absolutely.”
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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action
Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.
Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.
Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.
Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East
The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.
Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.
The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.
‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’
The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."
Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.
"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"
"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.