Omarosa Manigault-Newman dropped a bombshell on MSNBC by claiming President Donald Trump had advance knowledge of hacked emails dumped on Wikileaks — but a former prosecutor told “Morning Joe” the evidence was already out in the open.
Mimi Rocah, a former U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, said the ousted White House adviser’s claims were significant — and could potentially be evidence of a crime.
“It would be conspiracy, the conspiracy that Mueller has already charged Russians with, it would be that conspiracy and would include Americans, that they’ve conspired to defraud the United States by interfering in our fair elections,” Rocah said.
“It could also be conspiracy with respect to hacking the emails, if they actually knew that was how the emails were obtained,” she added.
However, Rocah said, the special counsel investigation would not likely rely on Manigault, who says she’s already been interviewed by Mueller, because there was so much evidence of collusion that’s already known.
“Omarosa has not yet provided proof,” Rocah said. “There are lots of reasons to be skeptical of her. Mueller would never take her word for it alone — I don’t think he would need to — but, as she says, what you I think are pointing to, it rings true that Donald Trump knew ahead of time, if nothing else because we know he was out there on TV saying, ‘Hey, Russia, you know, find those emails.'”
“There’s lots of things on the public record that make what she is saying sound correct,” she added. “But I’m sure Mueller is not going to rely on her alone, if at all.”
Trump announces toughest sanctions ‘ever’ on Iran
President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on Iran's central bank, calling the measures the toughest ever imposed on another country by the United States.
"We have just sanctioned the Iranian national bank," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
"These are the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country," he said.
The Trump administration has vowed a response after US officials blamed Iran for weekend blasts on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which caused a sharp hike in global crude prices.
The United States already maintains sweeping sanctions on Iran including on its central bank, with anyone who deals with it subject to prosecution.
Trump uncorks bizarre rant on ‘clean coal’ in Oval Office: ‘When you talk minerals, it’s about digging’
President Donald Trump on Friday uncorked a strange and nonsensical rant about the virtues of so-called "clean coal" during an Oval Office conversation with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
When asked about the importance of Australia's mineral industry, the president praised the country for doing so much to extract resources in what he described in an environmentally friendly way.
"Coal, as an example, you're the leader of safety in coal digging and we've actually studied it," the president said. "We're doing a lot of coal. You have very little -- you have almost no -- used to have a thing, black lung disease, and in Australia you almost don't have it anymore, you've got all of the dust down."
The View explodes in confusion after Meghan McCain makes Trump’s Ukraine debacle all about herself
Meghan McCain managed to place herself at the center of a debate about a whistleblower complaint filed against President Donald Trump.
"The View" grappled with reports that Trump dangled U.S. military aid to Ukraine in exchange for damaging information against Joe Biden, and co-host Abby Huntsman agreed that was an impeachable offense -- but expressed doubts about the accuracy.
"This is a blown-up story and we have no facts, there's no gray area," Huntsman said. "It's black and white, and that would give Trump all the more ammunition if this isn't even true to say, this is what the media does."