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.”
‘The worst day of the presidency so far for Donald Trump’: Advisor to four presidents
President Donald Trump has not had a worse day in office than he suffered on Friday, according to a top former White House advisor.
David Gergen served in the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. He was interviewed Friday night by CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"If you are looking to throw somebody under the bus, Gordon Sondland would probably be a prime candidate to be next in line to be thrown under the bus," Cooper said.
"I think the president will wait patiently to see what he says and then decide," Gergen replied.
He then offered his analysis of the situation.
Chris Hayes breaks down the ‘busy day in the criminal chronicles of one President Donald J. Trump’
MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes connected the dots between all of the bombshell news that was reported Friday in the impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump.
"Good God, today has been ten days and this week has been ten weeks," Hayes said. "And there are a million things happening at once."
"Just in the past couple of hours, for instance, we just got this incredibly incriminating and damning behind closed doors testimony from a U.S. foreign service officer that was still supposed to be kind of like the B-story today, the sideshow," he explained. "It's a guy who works in the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, a guy named David Holmes. He testified behind closed doors that he could hear president Trump talking on the phone to the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union who was an inaugural donor, and they were in a restaurant in Kiev and the president was shouting so loudly on the phone that [Gordon] Sondland had to hold the phone away from his ear because it was hurting his eardrum, so then everyone could hear."
Trump ignored aides’ advice before first Ukraine call — and it destroyed his impeachment defense: report
President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as his own top advisor and a political "genius." But his interactions with Ukraine at the heart of the impeachment inquiry could demonstrate the limitations of such an approach to governing.
Friday's bombshell, behind-closed-door testimony from David Holmes has made White House aides unhappy, but the bad news for the administration did not stop there.