MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow could not contain her excitement Wednesday when describing in-depth how broad the House Intelligence Committee’s newly-reinstated Russia investigation under Democratic leadership is to be.
“This is not what I was expecting,” Maddow said. “This is way more of a capital-D ‘doozy’ than anybody was expecting outside of this committee.”
The host outlined the five main avenues the committee’s investigation is set to explore: the “scope and scale” of Russia’s electoral interference; potential collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign, transition and administration and foreign governments; whether Trump or his family or business associates have been compromised by “foreign actors”; whether Trump or his associates were vulnerable to foreign intelligence; and whether the president obstructed justice.
Maddow pointed out that the third point — essentially investigating whether Trump or anyone near him acted as a foreign agent — is perhaps the most startling to come from Congress.
“The Intelligence Committee is also going to investigate, quote, ‘whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds level, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates,'” she read.
“This means they’re now officially and with subpoena power investigating directly the thing that you shout out in the dark in the middle of the night when you wake up sweating and you thought it was a dream and you didn’t realize you said it out loud,” Maddow added. “You know how you wake up in the night drenched in sweat saying ‘what if the president is a foreign agent? That’s point number three.”
The host later said that she wasn’t sure Trump was aware of such a broad investigation when he made his strange rhyming aside claiming “if there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation” during the State of the Union the night prior.
“I don’t know what the president was hoping for last night when he decided to say in his State of the Union address that Congress shouldn’t investigate him anymore or the country gets it,” Maddow quipped, “but I cannot imagine this was the desired result of that now indelible and permanent line that will always be part of the history of the Trump presidency and the history of the State of the Union address in America.”
CNN’s Bakari Sellers schools Rick Santorum over claim Trump is not part of the ‘extreme hard right’
During a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union, contributor Bakari Sellers set fellow panelist Rick Santorum straight after he tried to claim that Donald Trump doesn't take far-right positions.
Following a discussion on Sen. Bernie Sanders' Nevada caucus win, Santorum tried to note the major differences between Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Responding to conservative commentator Linda Chavez who called both Sanders and Trump "two angry people," Santorum remarked, "I wanted to take issue with what Linda said: two angry folks representing the extremes, and I would agree with that, with Bernie Sanders, and he is representing, no question, the extreme of the Democratic Party and he says that he is a socialist and he is angry, I agree."
‘Jesus was not a socialist!’ Fox News panel explodes over Jesus Christ’s political views
Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was "more of a socialist" than a capitalist.
During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is "antithetical to Christianity."
But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.
"We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?" Dawkins-Haigler explained. "You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison."
Chris Wallace grills Pence aide on Russia attacks: ‘You can’t say it didn’t happen and then say they leaked it’
Fox News host Chris Wallace called out Marc Short, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, after he insisted that there is no intelligence that shows Russia has a preference for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
"There's not intelligence that said the Russians are trying to help Donald Trump win elections," Short said during an interview on Fox News Sunday.
"I know that's the White House argument," Wallace acknowledged. "There is a consistent story that came out this week and we've heard it from members of the committee, from members of the intelligence community, we've heard it from people in your own White House."