Last week’s nine-hour and 41-minute hearing with FBI counter-intelligence deputy Peter Strozk was an exercise in futility, according to one NBC News political reporter.
During a Sunday MSNBC panel discussion, Mike Memoli explained that Republicans had a goal of trying to invalidate special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation by discrediting the basis by which the investigation began. They hoped to paint Strzok as overtly-partisan and out to stop President Donald Trump from being elected.
“But you wouldn’t know it from the questions they asked,” Memoli said. “They all asked questions about the text messages, which are hard to defend and Peter Strzok tried to apologize for them.”
The problem that the GOP members on the committee ran into, however, was that they also wanted to impress one person in particular, who was likely watching the hearing: Trump.
“I thought a Democratic staffer had an interesting point,” he continued. “They all want to be part of the highlight reel on Fox News.”
When it comes to whether or not the Republicans changed the public perception of the Muller investigation, however, Memoli said that the GOP didn’t “do themselves any favors in terms of the public.”
In another part of the conversation, Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff noted that Strzok was the first person to publicly say that the Christopher Steele dossier was not the thing that sparked the investigation into Trump and Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
The Republican House committee found that George Papadopoulos was the spark that ignited the fire. She explained that even Nunes’ HPSCI investigation didn’t rule out the dossier as the source of opening the investigation.
Jeremy Bash, who once served as the chief of staff to the CIA and Department of Defense, reiterated that Strzok hasn’t been part of the Mueller investigation for over a year and a half. As such, the investigation as it is known today, cannot be linked to the FBI agent.
Watch the full discussion below:
Einstein’s relativity document gifted to Nobel museum
The Nobel Museum in Stockholm has been gifted Albert Einstein's first paper published after he received the Nobel Prize in 1922 and discussing his then still controversial relativity theory.
Swedish businessman Per Taube bought the handwritten two-page document at an auction for 1.2 million krona (110,000 euros) in December last year.
He has now made good on his promise to gift the manuscript to the Nobel Museum, which will put it on display in a glass frame this autumn.
The paper, written in November 1922 while Einstein was attending conferences in south-east Asia, was published a month later by the Prussian Academy of Sciences.
Missouri man threatened to ‘kill every gay person I can’ at St. Louis PrideFest: police
A Missouri man this week was charged with making a terrorist threat after he said he planned to "kill every gay person I can" at St. Louis's annual PrideFest.
The St. Louis Dispatch reports that court documents filed this week claim that 49-year-old Edward A. Terry of Overland, Missouri created a fake email account and sent a message to a PrideFest organizer saying that he would "come to pride fest with my guns to kill every gay person I can before I kill myself."
Establishment Dems pressuring new congress members to attend AIPAC Israel junket: report
For years, freshman Democratic lawmakers have faced pressure to attend an AIPAC sponsored trip to Israel, where they were denied access to Gaza and other territories controlled by Israel.
The pressure remains stronger than ever today, reports The Intercept, even as Israel's mideast policy is increasingly questioned.
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) assured AIPAC that this year the trip would be as well attended as it has been previously. “Like many of you, I’ve traveled to the communities in the south of Israel that have endured rockets and tunnels. I’ve traveled with over 150 of my fellow Democratic members of Congress to meet with those who live under the constant threat of terror,” he said in an April address to AIPAC.