MSNBC commentator Malcolm Nance had an epic dialogue Monday about the president’s availability to be manipulated and blackmailed due to his “unquenchable ego.”
Butina ran a small NRA-like organization in Russia where guns are banned.
“When you go backward and see them creating these networks of social and personal relationships, all you can come up with is that it’s got to be an intelligence operation,” Nance said. “I wasn’t sure whether Butina — and I wrote about her extensively in one of my books — whether she was actually a clandestine service officer with the S.V.R., the agency under the F.S.B. Or whether she was an intelligence contractor sent out to co-opt all of these middle-aged men with a woman with a gun, which is very seductive here in the United States. Right now her being held by the United States likely indicates she is a Russian spy.”
Some analysts wonder if there will be a spy swap to send Butina back to Russia.
When discussing President Donald Trump’s complicated dealings with Russia and a possible Trump Tower, Moscow, fill-in host Ali Velshi noted the Founding Fathers specifically tried to protect Americans from this.
“Right. Bribery is right up there at the top, which is why we also have the Emoluments Clause,” Nance said. “They foresaw that someone was going to do something dirty, and that’s why they have the Impeachment Clause. All an impeachment does is remove the powers of the presidency from the person who is in the seat. It doesn’t say that you’re immune.”
He noted that he’s heard commentators on television saying Trump has “immunity” because he’s the president, but Nance called it absolutely false.
“He is a man. He is a citizen of the United States,” Nance continued. “But let’s step back and look at this the way — a little further than what Clint [Watts] had said about the impact on this election. They didn’t just steal an election. This was the co-option of the national security apparatus of the United States via foreign power, by an ex-KGB director. This election was far more than just raising sanctions. This is getting a perfectly recruitable Russian asset, a man with an unquenchable ego, a narcissist who could be easily manipulated in blackmail into power, and he dances on their string. That is why he needs to be removed from power.”
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White House turmoil as Trump aides Mnuchin and Navarro get in ‘knockdown, drag-out’ yelling match: report
According to a report from the Washington Post, a discussion in the Oval Office over social media platform TikTok collapsed into a shouting match between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and trade advisor Peter Navarro while Donald Trump sat and watched.
One spectator described it as “knockdown, drag-out” brawl.
The Post reports Mnuchin was under the understanding that he had convinced Trump to allow a sale of TikTok to Microsoft, only to run into a roadblock put up by Navarro arguing for a total ban.
WATCH: CNN uses video to bust Trump for lying and stealing credit for veterans program signed by Obama
Reacting to Donald Trump's abrupt departure from his Saturday press conference after he was pressed by a CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid for lying and taking credit for a veterans bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama, CNN's Victor Blackwell shared clips of the former president announcing the signing in 2014 and Trump attempting to steal credit yesterday.
According to Blackwell, "One of President Trump's go-to lies is his role in passing Veterans Choice. You saw it at the end of the news conference when he walked away. Well that was when he was faced with a question why he said that he passed Choice and Accountability for the V.A."
Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing
The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.
Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima -- twin nuclear attacks that rang in the nuclear age and gave Japan the bleak distinction of being the only country to be struck by atomic weapons.
Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.
Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.