President Donald Trump has said that he revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan because of his comments on the investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
In the case of Trump’s retaliation against Brennan, who is retired, there is not yet a lawsuit or investigation.
However, Trump is now reportedly making plans to target other current and former officials. And that could lead him straight into a legal morass, according to former federal prosecutor Elie Honig.
Appearing as an analyst on Brian Williams’s MSNBC show, Honig explained that retaliating against a witness be a federal offense.
“The revocation of Brennan’s security clearance is a new angle here, and I think the president is getting into even more dangerous ground,” he said. “I think we’re all familiar with the concept of obstruction of justice. But what I don’t know that everybody understands is that it’s also a crime to retaliate against someone who is a witness.”
Brennan is probably not a witness, Honig said, but someone like former FBI director James Comey certainly isa “crucial witness.”
“Its is a federal crime, §1513 if anyone wants to look it up, to retaliate against someone for providing truthful information to law enforcement,” he said. “So he’s getting closer and closer to really dangerous ground here. ”
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace explains why her show refused to air Trump’s racist attacks
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace explained Monday that, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on Democratic congresswoman, her program would be taking a principled stand and refusing to air or show his vitriolic rhetoric.
“We have made a decision on this program not to amplify Trump’s attacks by showing them or reading them here, but it should surprise no one that they are false and they serve as ugly reminders of Trump’s xenophobia, misogyny and racism,” she said.
North Korea warns US-South Korea drills will affect nuclear talks
North Korea on Tuesday said looming US-South Korea military drills could impact the proposed resumption of nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, and hinted that it could reconsider its moratorium on nuclear testing.
It was the first statement from Pyongyang on the talks since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to their resumption at an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone in June, following months of deadlock between the two sides.
Trump’s team blowing off racist furor because they know the GOP is afraid to do anything about it: report
According to a report at the Daily Beast, officials running Donald Trump's re-election campaign are keeping their heads down and plowing ahead with their work as the country is consumed with the president's burst of racist comments because they believe it will blow over.
The reason? Because Republicans will refuse to condemn the president -- which is being borne out in real-time -- and it's just another day at the office where the president wildly tweets outrageous comments that are superseded by new comments that consume the public's attention.