On Sunday, former FBI director Andrew McCabe gave an explosive interview in which he accused President Donald Trump of trying to manipulate the investigation into Russian interference in the US elections. McCabe also said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had offered to wear a wire and the high level officials considered invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
President Trump blasted McCabe as a liar on Twitter. On CNN Monday, former federal prosecutor Elie Hoenig assessed whether McCabe was a credible witness. He pointed out that detailed, contemporaneous notes—which McCabe kept—are the next best thing to a recording, because it’s hard to make things up on the spot.
Plus, McCabe’s claims ring true with the President’s patterns. Since the start of his presidency, Trump regularly tries to interfere in the workings of US intelligence.
“The President cannot keep his hands off the DoJ, he cannot keep his hands off the FBI, he’s constantly been trying to interfere with them. When Andy McCabe says that’s what happened, it rings true with our other experiences,” Hoenig concluded.
Former ethics chief says we’ve reached a constitutional crisis with Trump’s Ukraine-gate
During an MSNBC panel discussion Monday, Walter Shaub, the former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, said that he believes we've reached the constitutional crisis that many feared.
Last week, it was revealed that Trump asked Ukranian officials to find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. When they refused, Trump and Rudy Giuliani invented it. It's unclear if that's why a senior intelligence officer filed a whistleblower complaint, but there have been reports that it is exactly what was discussed in the call to Ukraine's president.
Will Trump meet Iran’s Rouhani at UN?
Will US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani finally hold a historic meeting during the UN General Assembly this week?
All eyes are on the pair in New York, where France's Emmanuel Macron is cautiously hopeful for a breakthrough.
Building the suspense, Macron revealed that he consulted informally Monday with Trump, will see Rouhani on Monday evening, and will again see Trump on Tuesday.
"I'll do everything I can so that conditions are created for discussion," he told reporters.
Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since May last year when Trump abandoned a 2015 nuclear deal and began reimposing sanctions on Iran in a campaign of "maximum pressure."
The term ‘evangelical’ has crumbled into meaninglessness in the era of Trump: professor
As the evangelical Christian movement began to rise in politics before the 1980 election, there was a fork in the road that forced the self-described "Moral Majority" to make a decision in regards to which candidate they supported: the devout Christian Jimmy Carter, or the divorced Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan.
Writing for the Atlantic, Baylor University professor of humanities Alan Jacobs says it was the Moral Majority's decision to go with Reagan that "inaugurated the affiliation of white American evangelicals with the Republican Party that has lasted to this day."