President Donald Trump managed to avoid direct questions by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, despite requests. Instead, Trump was given a “take-home test” of questions for his lawyers to digest and find convenient answers.
In a panel discussion with MSNBC legal analysts and hosts, Chris Matthews said that reading Trump’s answers made him seem like he had a degenerative brain disease.
“Can anybody believe the president’s responses, those written responses to the take-home exam he was given by Mueller?” Matthews asked. “My God, it was like he had failed an Alzheimer’s competency test.”
The Mueller report revealed Trump replied “I can’t remember” a total of 36 times
“I can’t remember. I can’t remember. We’ve been talking in the last couple of days thanks to Robert Kaiser in The Post about what is too old to be president. My God, if you can’t remember anything, is that to be believed?” Matthews continued. “Of course it is not to be believed. He is competent to remember all those instances but is somehow using that as his refuge.”
He went on to say that what bothers him most in the Mueller report is that the special counsel said that he can’t indict the president so he’s decided not to indict the president.
“I’ve decided not to because it will curtail his ability to be president,” Matthews said, paraphrasing Mueller. “Therefore I can’t accuse because it would be unfair to someone who I can’t indict to accuse them because then they wouldn’t have the recourse of a court to defend themselves in. So, what was he doing if he can’t indict the president, he can’t accuse the president, ‘Well, oh, I can’t exonerate the president.’ So, his verdict was that unclear sort of the old Scottish verdict thing unproven, I can’t exonerate him. I think that it is very unsatisfactory.”
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‘Breadth and scale’ of nationwide protests is ‘staggering’: NYU history professor
Protests continued to grow in size in cities and towns from coast-to-coast -- and around the world.
"As a historian of social movements in the U.S., I am hard pressed to think of any time in the past when we have had two straight weeks of large-scale protests in hundreds of places, from suburbs to big cities," NYU history Prof. Tom Sugrue posted on Twitter.
"The breadth and scale of #Floyd protests is staggering," he continued.
"We have had some huge one-day demonstrations, e.g. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963); antinuclear march in NYC (1982), and Women's March (2017). We have widespread, simultaneous protests, such as in the days following MLK, Jr.'s assassination (1968)," he explained. "But the two together--very unusual."
Incel blew his hand off — and may have been planning for suicide bomber attack on ‘hot’ cheerleaders: report
A young man in Virginia was photographed for his mugshot with extensive facial injuries.
"A 23-year-old Virginia man who appeared to be planning an incel bomb attack on "hot cheerleaders" accidentally blew off his hand with explosives, authorities say," BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. "Cole Carini was charged in federal court on Friday connection with the plot after he allegedly lied to FBI agents by saying his extensive injuries were the result of a lawnmower accident."
Big turnout for protest in Texas town known as a ‘haven’ for the Ku Klux Klan
Protesters gathered in Vidor, Texas on Saturday for a rally against racism and police violence.
The East Texas town has long had a reputation for racism.
Vidor is a small city of about 11,000 people near the Texas Gulf Coast, not too far from the Louisiana border. Despite the fact that Beaumont, a much bigger city just 10 minutes away, is quite integrated, Vidor is not. There are very few blacks there; it's mostly white. That is in large part because of a history of racism in Vidor, a past that continues to haunt the present," Keith Oppenheim reported for CNN in 2006.