MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday revealed that there may be more than meets the eye on President Donald Trump’s extensive government shutdown battle.
Though the fight with Congressional Democrats is ostensibly about funding for his border wall with Mexico, Maddow noted that a US federal court spokesperson “gave word today that the American federal judiciary is about to run out of money to keep operating as of one week from today.”
With the shutdown in its 14th day, the host said, it’s closing in on the longest shutdown on record that lasted 21 days.
“The court system says they can piece together enough money from here and there to keep things running for about 21 days, for about the length of the longest shutdown on record,” the host said. “That means they’ve got enough money to piece things together in the court system until next Friday, until January 11th.”
“After that,” Maddow added, “individual courts and individual judges will have to figure out what they’re going to do without money to try to keep the U.S. federal judicial system running.”
News that the federal judiciary may run out of money in a week came on the heels of reports that special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury term was extended by six months into the summer of 2019.
Maddow noted that during his press conference in which Trump threatened to shut down the government for years if he didn’t get funding for the wall sounded a lot like “fantasizing.”
“At this point, I think everybody in the country is having sort of the same feeling,” the host said, “that the president fantasizing out loud today about a federal government shutdown that goes on for years, maybe that had a little something to do with his personal fantasy that that would end the federal law enforcement and counterintelligence investigations into him and his business and his campaign.”
Nevertheless, Maddow added, “law enforcement does not work that way.”
“That’s no way to end this thing,” she concluded. “Even if the courts have to triage, you cannot just dissolve law enforcement this way.”
New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion
New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.
Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.
Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."
Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.
Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.
Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.
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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener
Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."
"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.
"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.
She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."