Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Elliot Williams told MSNBC on Thursday that the Mueller report shows the sheer depth of President Donald Trump’s “Nixonian” interactions with former White House counsel Don McGahn — and said if he’s not held to account, the American people and its government “will have failed.”
“People pull the Nixon lever way too frequently these days,” host Brian Williams began, “but it is the behavior that McGahn was on the other end of that is the most Nixonian as you read through this report.”
“It is sort of shutting down enemies, trying to suppress stories. Frankly this goes back even before any of this,” Williams said. “When you are talking about things like the Deep State and the media being the enemy of the state and lying against you, this echoes a lot of the things that Nixon had said.”
“It doesn’t stretch logic to find that you also had a president who was verging on paranoid of all the institutions of government, and the people around him, and his attorneys, and his national security community, and on and on and on,” Williams continued. “And so there is eminently Nixonian behavior here that we’re seeing.”
“We have failed as a populace when we only hold our president and our elected officials and their staff to the burden of, ‘well, you didn’t commit a crime, you couldnt be charged, NBD, no big deal, just go on, nothing to see here, go about your jobs,'” he said. “We have failed and we have been failed by our government if that is the standard.”
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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man
On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.
The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.
Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020
WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’
SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.
"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.
Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report
On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.
"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."