One of the reporters who penned the bombshell New York Times report alleging Rod Rosenstein recorded his conversations with Donald Trump explained the context surrounding the deputy attorney general’s memos — and why he sees himself as special counsel Robert Mueller’s “protector.”
In a phone interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur, Washington correspondent Michael Schmidt noted that the bombastic report was focused “what was going on between firing [of former FBI director James Comey] and appointment of Mueller.”
“We’re looking at what he was considering in that period of time, what he was discussing and what he was telling others,” Schmidt said.
The reporter also noted that Rosenstein sees himself as the “protector of Mueller.”
“He does everything to try to protect Mueller and appease the president,” Schmidt said. He later said that the deputy attorney general is trying to ensure the special counsel can “do everything he can” in spite of concerns that the president may fire one or both of them.
Watch below, via MSNBC:
‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump
Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.
Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.
"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.
"Absolutely," Harris replied.
"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.
"Does it matter?" Harris replied.
"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."
Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate
Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.
From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.
"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.
Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate
Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.
After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.
The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate: