MSNBC’s Pete Williams was stunned by the ferocity of Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is taking “a much harder line” with the sentencing of President Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn, convicted for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.
“This is a rattlesnake judge shaking the rattle,” said Williams, clearly startled by Sullivan’s signal that he would ignore the joint recommendation of both the defense and the prosecution that Flynn serve no jail time. “He is saying look out, because he is prepared to give him a sentence in prison and strongly suggesting that the defense take the hint and delay this sentence to see if there is more cooperating that they can do.”
Williams said Sullivan was outraged that Flynn had lied to the FBI while in the White House, and slammed the defendant for “acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government while he was serving as national security adviser.”
“He said at one point that he found Flynn’s behavior disgusting, and astonishingly, asked at one point if Mueller’s team ever considered charging Mike Flynn with treason,” a clearly gobsmacked Williams reported. “I have a hard time understanding that, because treason means aid and comfort to the enemy, and I’m not sure what enemy the judge is thinking of.”
“That just tells you where this judge is coming from,” Williams continued. “The only problem is that Robert Mueller’s team feels that he has been done with cooperation, and it is not clear how much cooperating he could do to basically wash away the sins here, and come away with no prison time.”
However, the judge later walked back his statements. “Don’t read too much into the questions I asked. I’m not suggesting he committed treason,” Sullivan said in court.
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."
Obsessed Trump: ‘Only fake polls show us behind’ Democrats. Fox News: 5 Dems would beat him
President Donald Trump is obsessed with polls – but not facts – and increasingly so. He just fired his internal pollsters after leaked internal poll numbers show devastating lossesfor Trump in key battleground states.