Fox News is typically willing to carry a lot of water for the White House’s most delusional and self-defeating schemes, so the signs emerging Wednesday that it has doubts about the ongoing government shutdown strategy should be taken as a flashing warning sign for President Donald Trump.
Host Harris Faulkner repeatedly rebutted the GOP’s shutdown spin Wednesday while talking to top Republicans — and she did not seem impressed with the administration’s attempts to defend the tactic.
Speaking with Kellyanne Conway, Faulkner pointed out that, despite the conservative talking points claiming that damage from the shutdown is minimal, the lost income because of the halted funding is substantial.
“800,00 people hurting,” she said. “The president signing legislation that they’ll get back pay — but many of those contractors in the constellation around the government workers will not get that pay. That is traditionally how it works, and they are going without. So this is a broadened swath of people who are damaged as the government is shut down. If the president is given something that both houses of Congress agree on, will he sign it?”
“It depends what it says,” said Conway. “He obviously has said that he wants people to be paid. And that they will be paid —”
“Yeah, we got that,” said Faulkner, cutting her off. “But will he sign something that doesn’t have border wall funding as we get late, late, late in the game now?”
“Harris, but that’s not realistic! I’m sorry, respectfully,” said Conway, but she didn’t explain what she meant was unrealistic.
Later Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) complained that Congress “is not working,” saying that lawmakers shouldn’t get paid if a budget isn’t passed.
“Have you told the president this?” said Faulkner, interrupting again. “Have you told the president? He said he would ‘own the shutdown.'”
Watch the clips below:
WOW – Fox News host @HARRISFAULKNER presses Conway repeatedly on if Trump will sign funding legislation w/o a wall.
Conway isn’t happy about it & tells her, “That’s not realistic. I’m sorry. Respectfully.”
It’s unusual for Trump officials to get pushback like this on Fox News! pic.twitter.com/FpkLXu2XEC
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 23, 2019
Immediately following the Conway interview, Fox News host @HARRISFAULKNER grills @SenRickScott on “if it’s fair to hinge other people’s livelihoods who work for the govt to discussions you guys should be having” and reminds him that Trump said he’d “own the shutdown.” 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/wf3EX7LiVd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 23, 2019
Southern District prosecutors watched impeachment hearing to decide whether to charge Giuliani: CNN reporter
The first publicly televised impeachment hearing was aired to millions of people on Tuesday. But it wasn't just citizens who were watching, suggested justice correspondent Evan Perez on CNN's "The Situation Room" — it was federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, who are currently investigating President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
"Both of [the witnesses], Kent and Taylor, they weighed in on the role of Rudy Giuliani in all this diplomacy," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "What do you think?"
"Look, I think that's the key part of his testimony," said Perez. "I think we want to hear more from some of the other witnesses, including Ambassador Yovanovitch, and certainly Gordon Sondland, this is part of the story, the story Democrats are laying out for the impeachment inquiry. There is also another part of this, Wolf. I think the prosecutors in the Southern District of New York ... are watching this testimony today, no doubt, and trying to see whether it fits into the criminal investigation still ongoing in which Giuliani is the center of."
Jim Jordan shot himself in the foot with his key argument for Trump’s innocence: Ex-Mueller prosecutor
Former prosecutor Andrew Weissmann explained why Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)jo is stuck making terrible arguments without any of the facts on his side.
His example was Jordan and the GOP hammering home the idea that none of the people appearing before Congress were people who had first-hand information about the inner workings of the presidents of the U.S. and Ukraine.
The problem with the argument is that those with first-hand information have been barred by Trump from appearing.
Impeachment is no longer political — it’s a matter of basic evidence: Ex-prosecutor
On Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," former federal prosecutor John Flannery argued that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Ukraine special envoy William Taylor laid out the facts of President Donald Trump's wrongdoing so clearly that impeachment is effectively no longer a political question.
"I thought that Schiff and Taylor at the outset of the hearing, if people only listened to the first hour, had a really good picture of what was going on, and the most important thing, I think, that the Republicans never dealt with was what we knew before the hearing started," said Flannery. "We had the president, we had Mulvaney, and we had Rudy Giuliani, all telling us they’d basically done this, and the readout also confirmed that. Now, what we have here is the most amazing corroborating information by two blameless individuals that can’t be accused of being anti-Trump who have had a history of service to this nation and who could not be contradicted in any particular."