In response to the bombshell recording of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) admitting that the GOP keeping the House is the only way to maintain Donald Trump’s presidency, one conservative pundit argued that it’s time for the Republican Party to go.
In the tape obtained by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and recorded at a closed-door Republican fundraiser, Nunes gave donors a hypothetical scenario in which a candidate is given stolen emails from a foreign power and then releases the emails themselves. As conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin noted, the tape is very “embarrassing” for the GOP.
“It’s like all these Republicans went to the same bad law school and they never picked up the constitution and they know nothing about their laws because what they say is essentially nonsense,” the columnist joked.
Rubin noted that the tape is embarrassing not just for the party but specifically for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), “who has left an un-serious irresponsible person in Devin Nunes in a very important job as head of the House Intelligence Committee.”
“These people look like stooges,” the columnist said, for having “indulged a character like Devin Nunes.”
“If there ever was a better reason to get rid of Paul Ryan’s party, it’s this,” Rubin said. “They exercise no responsibility, it is always about the party, always about protecting the president, never about doing their constitutional obligation.”
Her takeaway: “That these people really are irredeemable.”
Watch below via MSNBC:
John Dean says Gordon Sondland just had his ‘John Dean moment’ by flipping on Trump: ‘The truth has come out’
Former White House aide John Dean on Wednesday compared his testimony against President Richard Nixon to the testimony of European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
"This has been called by some commentators a John Dean moment," CNN host Jake Tapper noted during a break in the testimony. "And there is no person I can think of who is better qualified to weigh in on that than John Dean."
"Is he the John Dean of this impeachment inquiry?" Tapper wondered.
"His statement certainly caught the Republicans off guard," Dean replied. "They didn't pick away -- just a few little picky points."
‘The worst day with the most damning evidence’: CNN’s Tapper explains how Sondland was very bad for Trump
European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony before the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry on Wednesday generated several startling revelations, including confirmation of an explicit quid-pro-quo deal involving investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.
CNN's Jake Tapper described Sondland's testimony as " a monumental and historic moment on what may turn out to be the worst day with the most damning evidence for President Trump in the impeachment inquiry."
He then laid out all the ways that Sondland has been very bad news for the president.
"Sondland directly implicated the president in directing the operation to pressure Ukraine," Tapper explained. "Sondland is testifying that there very clearly was a quid pro quo -- this was for a White House visit for the Ukrainians in exchange for an announcement about an investigation into the company Burisma and the Bidens. Now, Sondland later said it became clear to him that the quid pro quo also, he presumed, was tied to the holdup of hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid that Ukraine desperately needed."
Here are the most important moments from Gordon Sondland’s bomshell impeachment inquiry testimony
EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, a key actor in President Donald Trump's effort to pressure Ukraine for dirt on his political rivals, was in the hot seat Wednesday as Democrats built their case for impeaching the US leader.
Here are some of the key quotes from his opening statement.
- Following Trump's orders -
- "As a presidential appointee, I followed the directions of the president. We worked with (Trump's personal lawyer Rudy) Giuliani because the president directed us to do so.
"We had no desire to set any conditions on the Ukranians. Indeed, my own personal view -- which I shared repeatedly with others -- was that the White House meeting and security assistance should have proceeded without pre-conditions of any kind."