Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says President Donald Trump’s protestations of innocence don’t even seem convincing to their author.
The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee appeared Monday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” where he said the president’s tweets betray his anxiety as reporters untangle his family’s overseas business dealings.
“It really feels like a growing sense of alarm on the president’s part, that boil to a head on Sunday as he’s watching this unfold,” Schiff said. “For someone who keeps claiming, ‘No collusion, no collusion, no collusion,’ he’s acting like someone who doesn’t believe his own proclamations of innocence.”
The California Democrat said reports show the Trump family meeting with foreign governments to discuss business deals, campaign assistance and U.S. policy, and he said special counsel Robert Mueller likely knew more than congressional investigators or reporters.
“I think the Mueller probe needs to look at the issue of certainly vis-a-vis the Russia investigation, is there other evidence that this was the M.O. of the Trump family?” Schiff said. “That is, trading foreign policy decisions for money, for business investment. But beyond Mueller, the Justice Department, whether it’s Bob Mueller or not, the Justice Department needs to be looking at any credible allegation that the first family is selling the policy of the United States to make a buck.”
The president praised House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes as “courageous” during the swearing in of new CIA director Gina Haspel, but Schiff disagreed with the assessment of the California Republican he has tangled with during their own Russia probe.
“That’s not the description I would use,” Schiff said. “In the times in the past where Congress has tried to break down the independence of the Justice Department or interfere with an investigation, you had the president doing the blocking and the tackling and making sure the president protected the department. Here you have the president battering down the independence of the Justice Department, and you have willing allies like Devin Nunes and (Trey) Gowdy and (Jim) Jordan — who are too happy to help.”
World leaders mocked Trump because they’re tired of his ‘center of attention’ act: MSNBC guest
During an MSNBC segment on President Donald Trump's abrupt departure from NATO talks in London after video was released of world leaders making fun of him, an MSNBC guest said those same leaders have become tired of his act.
Speaking with host David Gura, the LA Times Eli Stokols said international diplomats have realized there is no dealing with the president who is in his own world and just wants attention..
"Your colleague had a great line: 'This is a president who views norms like a teenager views curfews,'" Gura began.
"Well, he likes going to these things and blowing them up and being the center of attention," Stokols replied.
Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress: ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’
On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.
"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"
"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."
Giuliani pummeled by ex-press secretary for ‘returning to the scene of the crime’ to create Ukraine chaos
On CNN Saturday, Rudy Giuliani's former mayoral press secretary Ken Frydman harshly criticized his former boss for his ongoing efforts in the Ukraine scheme.
"As you've watched the former mayor over the last several years, have you identified a point at which things shifted for the man who I guess still is for some known at America's Mayor?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell."
"Well, yeah. I think when he went into business with Donald Trump," said Frydman. "You saw a — a severe change in his personality. He had a zealous need to make money, to be relevant. To be part of the political process. And you know right now he's making, I think, ill-advised decisions, like returning to the scene of the crime, Ukraine, to make a propagandist documentary. Almost as if he's playing, he and the president, are playing, 'catch me if you can.' The president will not participate in the impeachment hearings, and Rudy is off in the Ukraine doubling down."