An attempt to defend President Donald Trump from claims that he obstructed justice quickly fell apart Monday morning during a Fox News panel.
Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe, a frequent defender of the president, insisted that Trump had relied on a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when he fired former FBI director James Comey.
But her fellow panelist quickly pointed out that Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt that he was going to fire Comey regardless of the memo because he was frustrated by the ongoing Russia investigation.
“Rod Rosenstein was the one who laid out the memo for firing James Comey,” Boothe said. “He listed the reasons why President Trump could move forward with firing James Comey, and then President Trump does what was outlined in the memo, or at least outlining the case for firing James Comey. You had every Democrat calling for Comey to be fired.”
“What did he say to Lester Holt?” Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt interjected.
“And then President Trump did it and then Rod Rosenstein appoints a special counsel,” Boothe continued, before being cut off. “How does that not strike anyone as –”
“Lisa, what did the president say to Lester Holt?” Stirewalt asked again. “He said [the Russia investigation is] why he fired him.”
“I’m not saying it constitutes obstruction, but I’m saying when Ron Rosenstein crafted a memo — if the president of the United States had terminated the employment of the FBI director under those terms in a normal fashion it would have raised no eyebrows because he has no friends in the Democratic Party, either,” Stirewalt added.
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WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons in Brooklyn
Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.
The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.
Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.
Trump is enacting the presidency ‘George Wallace never had’: Conservative columnist
On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot tore into President Donald Trump's legacy on race.
"We know how a normal president responds when a white police officer ignites furious protests by killing a black man. It is the way President Barack Obama responded in 2014 after a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer who had fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the National Guard had to be called in to deal with looting and fires," wrote Boot. "Obama expressed sympathy for the protesters — their anger, he noted, was 'rooted in realities that have existed in this country for a long time' — while making clear that he had no sympathy with violence: 'Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts.'"
White House goes into lockdown as George Floyd protests in DC rage hotter
On Friday, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang reported that the White House has now issued lockdown orders.
The development comes as protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota have spread to Washington, D.C. and crowds are growing angrier. Earlier in the evening, a protester scaled the wall of a federal building and spray-painted an obscene anti-Trump message above a window.
The White House is currently under lockdown orders. https://t.co/LasnCIjkum