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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Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."
"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.
"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.
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"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.
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The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."
"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.