On Friday, Jason Miller, a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, struggled to defend President Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“Jason, 12 Russian intelligence officials are charged with hacking into Democratic systems and state voting data, and yet he stood there today on live international television and called the investigation a witch-hunt. Is that appropriate?” Cooper asked.
“I think there are a couple of different things that are going on here. First, we’re not talking about the witch-hunt, we’re talking about this continued allegations that there is some sort of coordination between the campaign and a foreign entity, which I think the president is spot-on.” Miller said.
However, before he could finish his thought, Cooper fact-checked him. “No, no. He is calling the witch-hunt the Mueller investigation. The whole Mueller investigation is a witch-hunt. And the Mueller investigation is more than just looking into any possible Trump involvement,” Cooper said.
Miller tried to defend himself by calling the investigation a “deep state fishing expedition.”
Cooper would not let him off the hook.
“You’re saying it’s a deep state fishing expedition? He is calling an attack on the United States, a witch-hunt. I mean, that’s what you just validated,” Cooper said.
Cooper continued to grill him on his weak defense.
“So you think it’s unfair that they have indicted these Russian intelligence agents for this attack? You think that’s an unfair aspect, that it’s part of a fishing expedition? That they’re off the reservation? That it’s not part of the program?” the CNN host pressed.
“You just said the Mueller investigation has gone off the reservation,” Cooper said. “Where they’re at right now is indictments of Russians for cyber-attacking the United States. That’s not a good thing. That’s an inappropriate use of the Mueller investigation — is what you’re saying?” Cooper said.
Miller continued to go down in flames. “I think when this investigation was started the allegations were that there was some sort of coordination between the campaign and a foreign entity. Clearly as they’re starting to look nothing has been proven in any way, shape or form that the campaign coordinated with a foreign entity to impact the election.” he said.
“So they should stop now is what you’re saying?” Cooper concluded.
Trump ‘will get worse’ because he does not fear Democrats impeaching him: Chairwoman Maxine Waters
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) predicted on Friday that President Donald Trump "will get worse" because of the lack of impeachment proceedings.
Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, was interviewed on MSNBC by Chris Hayes.
"I want to switch gears on the last question here, just to talk about what’s happened over the last several days with the president’s attacks on your colleagues, the chants of 'Send her Back,' which the president sort of very, very tepidly and meekly sort of disavowed yesterday, but then essentially reavowed today when given an opportunity to talk about it, he sort of reembraced his supporters who were chanting that," Hayes noted.
Fox News hires former Trump spokesman as Senior Vice President: report
The revolving door between the White House and Fox News was spinning on Friday as a former spokesman for President Donald Trump was hired by Fox News.
"A bit of news: Raj Shah, the former spokesman in the White House, is joining Fox as a senior Vice President," Washington Post White House correspondent Josh Dawsey reported on Friday.
After Hope Hicks left her job as White House communications director, she was hired to lead corporate communications for New Fox, the parent company of Fox News.
Here’s why President Trump’s explicit racism is an impeachable offense
Without even waiting for former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about President Donald Trump's obstruction of justice, Democrats are legally justified in acting now to impeach the president for his explicit racism, a civil rights activist argued on Friday.
Journalist and author Shaun King laid out his argument in a column published by The Intercept.
To make his argument, King explained the difference between implicit and explicit racism.
"Across the country, corporations and government agencies, including police departments, are offering a wave of what’s called 'implicit bias training.' The fundamental theory is that, in this country, otherwise well-meaning employees can be racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or xenophobic in ways that they may not really even be aware of," he explained. "It’s the notion that people unknowingly or unconsciously discriminate against others."