MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and her Monday political panel were floored by Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Monday morning, the former New York City Mayor had a trainwreck of an interview, that Wallace noted was supposed to be a “clean-up of a walk-back of a clean-up.”
She cited this tweet from reporter Matthew Miller that summed up the gaffe-prone Trump team.
A penny for Emmet Flood’s thoughts as he watches Rudy incriminate the president on live television, possibly with actual evidence of wrongdoing, possibly with third-hand gossip. https://t.co/AnmRqlOLYa
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) July 30, 2018
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi said that he looked up “collusion” in the dictionary and it is used as a synonym of criminal conspiracy. That is the actual charge that special counsel Robert Mueller and the grand jury would hand down to those working with Russian hackers.
“There is a host of criminal charges that could come into play here if it’s proven that there was so-called collusion,” he continued. “What are those charges? Look, if it’s proven that Russian money was flowing into the campaign, you’ve got election and campaign contribution violations. You have violations of the emoluments clause.”
If there was money involved, he explained that would fall under charges of “bank fraud and money laundering and there is conspiracy and there is accessory after the fact depending on when they knew what was happening.”
He noted that the key to the hacking scandal is if they can show campaign officials giving a green light to the Russians or encouraged the hacking into the DNC. That would fall under the same violations as cyber-crime, computer fraud and abuse charges the Russian hackers got.
The panel noted that it seems the only legal defense Trump has mounted is a PR defense. Public relations don’t matter to Mueller, the panel noted.
NBC News foreign correspondent Keir Simmons later discussed with Wallace how desperate Trump seems to be to pal-around with the Russian oligarchs, whose wealth is hardly comparable to Trump’s.
“It’s not like in America where really, rich people have to disclose their donations,” Wallace said. “There are no lines.
“I’ve seen them mixing together again, and again,” Simmons said. “Look, Aras Agalarov, ‘The Trump of Russia,’ they call him, the guy looking at building a Trump Tower in Moscow, helped organize the Miss Universe competition. In my Instagram feed just in the past few days, take a look at this picture. We found a picture here. That’s him standing next to Dmitry Peskov, it looks like they’re on vacation together.”
Peskov is President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman. As Simmons noted, none if it is hidden, rather they are “hiding in plain sight.”
Watch the full panel discussion below:
Florida Republicans concoct a new scheme to make it harder for students to vote
Florida Republicans do not want to make voting easy for college students — a demographic that leans heavily Democratic.
Former GOP Secretary of State Ken Detzner, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, took that to the extreme in 2014, with an order banning county election officials from setting up any early voting sites on college campuses. Last year, following a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters, federal District Judge Mark Walker struck down that order as an unconstitutional burden on students' voting rights. As a result, some 60,000 people were able to vote early on 11 college campuses in Florida in 2018.
WATCH: Trump supporter arrested for smacking reporter’s phone outside Orlando rally
A Trump supporter was arrested during an altercation with a reporter and another man outside the president's Orlando campaign rally.
Video recorded by an Orlando Sentinel reporter shows a man wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat and another man outside the Amway Center, where President Donald Trump officially kicked off his 2020 campaign.
The two men appear to be arguing with one another, although the second man also appears to be angry about something that took place inside the arena, when the man wearing the Trump hat notices the reporter recording them with a phone.
The real threat to America isn’t Trump’s ‘deep state’ — it’s Trump’s corrupt state: Robert Reich
Trump has been ramping up his “Deep State” rhetoric again. He’s back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats, and “enemies of the people” in the mainstream media, for conspiring to remove him from office in order to allow the denizens of foreign shi*tholes to overrun America.
But with each passing day it’s becoming clearer that the real threat to America isn’t Trump’s Deep State. It’s Trump’s Corrupt State.
Not since Warren G. Harding’s sordid administration have as many grifters, crooks and cronies occupied high positions in Washington.