MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski unloaded on President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for spreading smears and lies to confuse the public and distract from apparent criminal wrongdoing.
The president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, backed out of his congressional testimony after Trump and Giuliani threatened to investigate his father-in-law, and “Morning Joe” analyst Mike Barnicle was gobsmacked by the former New York City mayor’s comments.
“I was aware, I think most people were aware of the tweet, ‘watch father-in-law,’ but it’s one of a bundle of tweets that you get sick of looking at that the president issues multiple times a day,” Barnicle said. “I had not seen the Giuliani clip that we just saw. A former United States Attorney, a lawyer — that’s witness tampering what we just heard and what we saw from Rudy Giuliani.”
“The stunning silence of members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, Republican and Democrat, about someone so associated closely with the president of the United States, witness tampering like that, they say nothing?” he added. “I don’t blame Michael Cohen for fearing for what might happen to his family.”
Cohen has said he would not accept an invitation to testify until Congress held Trump accountable for his threats, and Brzezinski said the evidence against the president was plain for all to see.
“There’s so much happening in plain sight,” Brzezinski said. “I believe Congresswoman Jackie Speier has brought this up — Giuliani goes on the air so much, Trump does it, too, muddling the truth, throwing out bombs right and left about people — ah, check it out, it might be true. This confuses people to the point where we don’t see things happening in plain sight, like witness tampering.”
Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them
Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.
"Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for 'their accelerating arson of the post office,' he said. Alarming headlines have emerged in recent days as many states prepare to facilitate widespread mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump openly admitted he was withholding federal aid from the postal service to prevent mail-in voting, and USPS has notified 46 states and D.C. that it will struggle to deliver some mail ballots on time," The Daily Beast reported Friday.
Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.
Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.
Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.
As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.
Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris
The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.
On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.
Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.
Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN