After President Donald Trump’s weekend tweet may have implicated his namesake son in violations of federal law, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle presented a detailed timeline of deviating explanations for why his top campaign advisors met with a Russian delegation during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“The president is once again putting focus on that Trump Tower meeting, potentially complicating legal matters for his son over the high level sit-down Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and then campaign chair — who’s in his second week of his trial — Paul Manafort had with a Kremlin-linked lawyer an alleged former Russian intelligence agent, an oligarchs representative, and an interpreter,” the host explained.
“What’s wrong with that?” Ruhle asked. “Well, let’s look at the shifting story from the White House and the campaign.”
Ruhle then documented the timeline, displaying on-screen a tick-tock of the shifting story from June 9, 2016 until the president’s weekend tweet.
Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
“So the president and Don, Jr. have changed their story, but the story they’re telling now is it was totally legal,” Ruhle noted. “We both know it’s not legal, but what’s the actual punishment?”
“What are the ramifications?” asked Mimi Rocah, a former Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, who is an MSNBC contributor.
“Well, there are several different crimes that could be charged coming out of this set of facts, I think,” Rocah replied.
“The possible crimes are conspiracy to defraud the United States, the same conspiracy that’s been charged against the Russians,” she explained.”It would be conspiring with the Russians to do that by interfering with the sort of fair administration of the election laws.”
“That’s one possible serious felony,” Rocah noted.
“Another one as we’ve been discussing is possible violation of the obstruction laws, there’s different prongs of that, basically it would be interfering with ongoing investigations,” she added.
Rocah also suggested that Trump’s tweet came as no surprise to special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Bob Mueller probably knew what Trump tweeted before Trump tweeted it,” she suggested. “It’s all of us saying ‘wow, look what he just admitted on Twitter — he obstructs justice on Twitter and now just made a big admission on Twitter,’ that’s stunning but Mueller knew what that meeting was about.”
“Prosecutors love to be able to say something is indisputable,” Rocah reminded. “It now is.”
Lindsey Graham shoves Trump toward war: ‘Anyone would believe we’re one step closer’
President Donald Trump seemed to try and deescalate the situation between Iran and the U.S. in wake of the former shooting down an American drone. But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) seems to be shoving the president toward war.
"I think anybody would believe that we’re one step closer" [to war], Graham told the press in the hallways of Congress Thursday. "They shot down an American asset, well within international waters -- trying to assess the situation. What are you supposed to do?"
Fireworks erupt at latest Mueller hearing as chairman Jerry Nadler schools GOP’s Jim Jordan
A feisty Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) schooled Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for blatantly misstating facts about the investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.
After Jordan went on a lengthy diatribe against the FBI for supposedly relying on the Steele dossier to launch an investigation against the Trump campaign, Nadler jumped in to formally correct the record.
"It is well established that the investigation was not predicated on the Steele dossier, but rather on the observation of..." Nadler began.
Trump emphatically explains that unmanned drones don’t have people in them as he rambles about Iran’s big ‘mistake’
During a joint press availability with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump opened up about the drone that was shot down by Iran.
According to Trump, drones are unmanned, a fact he felt was important to convey to those who haven't seen a Jason Bourne film or a spy thriller.
"Iran made a big mistake," Trump said. "This drone was in international waters clearly. We have it all documented. It’s documented scientifically, not just words. They made a big mistake."
He also said that he doesn't believe the decision to shoot the drone down likely came from the Iranian government in Tehran.