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 Times report, 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 [Bob] Mueller 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 look like an embassy about to be undertaken. That day is going to come.”
State Department retaliated against NPR by kicking reporter off Mike Pompeo’s plane: report
The U.S. State Department appears to be retaliating against National Public Radio (NPR) after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suffered a caught-on-tape meltdown following an interview with NPR "All Things Considered" co-host Mary Louise Kelly.
According to PBS "Newshour" reporter Nick Schifrin, the State Department kicked NPR diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen off of Pompeo's jet.
"State Department removes NPR’s Michele Kelemen from Sec. Pompeo plane--where she was scheduled for a pool radio rotation--during upcoming trip to London, Kiev," Schifrin reported.
AFP State Department correspondent Shaun Tandon blasted the move on behalf of the State Department Correspondent's Association.
Trump’s lawyers slammed by CNN’s Toobin for ‘parade of lies’ about Biden’s involvement in Ukraine
On CNN Monday, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin argued that the White House team's defense in the impeachment trial was disastrously bad.
"I thought Attorney General [Pam] Bondi did an effective job of showing how sleazy the hiring of Hunter Biden was," acknowledged Toobin. However, he added "her discussion, and Eric Herschmann's discussion, of the role of Joe Biden, vice president at the time, was a parade of lies. Just outrageously false in every fact, in every insinuation ... this idea that he engineered the fire firing of [Ukrainian prosecutor] Viktor Shokin to get his son in. Since Joe Biden is the one who is running for president, that seems to be enormously important."
Republicans claim Democrats leaked John Bolton’s book that was given to the White House — then quickly back down
In a bizarre twist, Republicans are blaming Democrats for releasing information included in John Bolton's.
Speaking in a line of Republicans, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) explained that it was clear Democrats were part of some kind of conspiracy to turn senators against the speedy trial the White House wanted. With the revelation that Bolton confirmed President Donald Trump was indeed trying to bribe Ukraine, a very few Republican senators are more willing to call him as a witness.
The problem, of course, with Meadows' accusations is that the manuscript was never sent to Democrats. According to the New York Times report, Bolton sent the book to the White House for security checks to ensure nothing he put in the book was classified.