Frank Figliuzzi, the former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on Sunday warned that Donald Trump’s behavior in the White House—and particularly his treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions—is an “extension of the mob family mentality,” insisting “we’re in a danger zone” if the president moves to fire either his attorney general or Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein.
Figliuzzi was discussing the stunning New York Timesreport, published Saturday, that alleges Rosenstein was secretly recording Trump and discussed invoking the 25th amendment to remove him from office.
“We’re in a danger zone here because we still see the extension of the mob family mentality, that the consigliere is supposed to be loyal to the capo,” Figliuzzi said. “That’s how he views his attorney general. Of course the attorney general works for us. Of course he is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. Where’s the danger here? Look, we are clearly headed toward a firing of the attorney general and likely Rosenstein soon after the November midterms and that is the danger zone for the special counsel.”
“I have to tell you, when the news broke of the deputy attorney general’s statement, I put myself in the shoes of the [BobMueller team listening to this, and I would imagine everything in his office stopped dead as they wondered if this was the day, if this was the weekend where the president would fire the deputy attorney general, put someone in to remove Mueller,” he said. “I have to tell you, they must looked like an embassy about to be undertaken. That day is going to come.”
Bill Barr denies giving the order to gas protesters for Trump photo-op
America's top law enforcement office on Friday denied giving the highly-controversial order to gas protesters prior to a photo-op with President Donald Trump holding a Bible.
"Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give a command to disperse the crowd, though he supported the decision," The Associated Press reports.
"Barr’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday were his most detailed explanation yet of what unfolded outside the White House earlier this week. They come after the White House and others said repeatedly that the attorney general ordered officers to clear the park," the AP reported. "Shortly after officers aggressively pushed back demonstrators, President Donald Trump — accompanied by Barr, Pentagon leaders and other top advisers — walked through Lafayette Park to pose for a photo at a nearby church that had been damaged during the protests."
Steve Schmidt breaks down why Joe Biden should be an ‘easy’ choice for moderate Republicans
On MSNBC Friday, former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt criticized Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) claim that she was struggling over whether to support the president — and laid out why she should unequivocally decide she doesn't.
"We saw the president direct violence against peaceful protesters this week, and seen the president lie to the country nearly 20,000 times," said Schmidt. "We've seen the president divide the country and incite violence. And we've seen a level of ineptitude in this historic pandemic that defied description, but included standing in front of the nation when tens of thousands are dead, talking about his ratings or telling the American people that it is a good idea to ingest or household disinfectants. We've seen a president preside over the shattering of an economy. We have seen a president race-bait, demean, disgrace his office, to desecrate the bonds of affection that exist between us as Americans."
Jeb Bush wonders why Republicans are not ‘stepping up’ to condemn racism
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) wondered on Friday why more Republicans were not standing publicly against racism.
"I have said it before and I will say it again now: the GOP must not tolerate racism. Of any kind. At any time," his son, George P. Bush, the Texas Land Commissioner posted on Twitter.
He urged local GOP officials in Texas to resign for sharing racist posts on Facebook.
Jeb Bush praised the post.
"Proud of my son," he posted on Twitter.
"Are other Republican elected officials stepping up?" he wondered.