Fox News hosts spent the morning after Mueller’s report came out telling viewers that concerns about obstruction of justice were new — but that’s what the special counsel was appointed to investigate.
Robert Mueller examined 10 episodes of obstruction by President Donald Trump, but said his office lacked the authority to bring charges because the president had no legal recourse to challenge them in court, but “Fox & Friends” told viewers Democrats only recently developed concerns about that possible crime.
“The Mueller report finding no collusion, so now the left moved the goalpost,” said co-host Brian Kilmeade.
In another segment, Ainsley Earhardt made similar claims.
“We heard Russia, Russia, Russia,” she said, “and then we heard no collusion, and now we are hearing obstruction, obstruction, obstruction. The left is shifting the narrative yet again.”
Mueller’s investigation found that Russia worked to promote Trump’s campaign, which believed it would benefit from those foreign efforts, but ultimately did not find enough evidence to bring conspiracy or other charges.
The special counsel was appointed in May 2017 to continue the Department of Justice investigation into those possible Russia ties, after Trump fired FBI director James Comey — which Mueller was tasked with examining as possible obstruction of justice.
Seriously. How is it possible that "The Left is shifting the narrative" to obstruction of justice, when concern that Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey *is why the Special Counsel was appointed in the first place.* This is gaslighting. pic.twitter.com/JEoZ4HO6OS
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 19, 2019
Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’
Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.
"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.
Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.
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.
Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists
On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.
"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."