Fox News host Shepard Smith on Wednesday started off his show by blasting President Donald Trump for trying to prevent his former White House counsel for testifying to Congress.
“President Trump told The Washington Post there’s no reason to go any further in allowing his aides to testify before congressional committees because it’s very partisan. But the House Judiciary chairman, Jerry Nadler of New York, says the president doesn’t have the power to stop [former White House official Don] McGahn from testifying in front of lawmakers,” Smith explained.
“Nadler said it would be one more act of obstruction from the White House. The way to stop the testimony would be for the president to exert executive privilege over the conversations. Under the law, though, he can’t. That ship sailed long ago. When the president allowed his lawyer to testify before Mueller’s team, that was a waive of executive privilege. He can’t unwaive it now.
“Legal analysts say the law is clear and tested. So why the fight? Well, here’s the reality. It’s one thing to have words somewhere in a 450-page document that the president told his lawyer to fire the special counsel and then directed him to lie about it.”
“It’s quite another to have McGahn say on national television in a live hearing, ‘The president directed me to fire the special counsel but I wouldn’t. Later the president directed me to lie about it to the American people, but I didn’t,'” Smith continued.
“As a former television producer, that is likely not the president’s desired afternoon programing on 10 different TV channels at the same time. And there’s more. This battle could set up other legal showdowns as House Democrats step up their investigations into Trump after the Mueller report’s revelations.”
Trump is a vampire who feeds off his own followers — and no one deserved to be drained more than Jeff Sessions
Former senator and disgraced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally come, at age 73, to what is almost certainly the end of the road for his villainous political career. On Tuesday night, the right-wing Republican who served as a U.S. senator from 1997 to 2017 lost in his comeback attempt, defeated in the Republican primary for his old seat by Tommy Tuberville, a man whose cartoonish name better suited his previous career as head football coach at Auburn. The runoff election between the two wasn't even close, with the Riverboat Gambler (a silly and self-serious nickname for Tuberville, especially when "The Tubz" was right there for the taking) taking more than 60% of the vote.
‘Top Gun’ helmet and ‘Alien’ spaceship in Hollywood props auction
Maverick's fighter jet helmet, Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber, Rocky's boxing gloves and an 11-foot "Alien" spaceship tipped to fetch half a million dollars will go up for auction in Los Angeles next month.
The sale of hundreds of legendary Hollywood movie props will be live-streamed on August 26-27, including items wielded by Indiana Jones and Clint Eastwood's Western outlaw Josey Wales.
A giant model of "Nostromo," the interstellar tug-ship on which Ridley Scott's classic "Alien" takes place, tops the pre-sale estimates at $300,000-500,000.
Constructed mainly of wood and steel, it was personally filmed for the movie's exterior shots by Scott, who had it "repainted dark gray and weathered extensively to imply decades of deep-space travel," said event organizers Prop Store.
‘Complete and utter moron’: Anti-mask Republican derided after he ‘dismantles himself’ amid grilling from CNN host
Florida State Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) is facing a backlash online after appearing Wednesday on CNN to argue against mask mandates, which are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Sabatini told CNN host Brianna Keilar that mask mandates were a violation of Florida's constitution. "This is something government has never done before. We've never had government telling people what you have to do with your own face," he said.