MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Monday suggested that a “liar, liar, pants on fire” legal strategy by President Donald Trump’s new lawyers may not work as a compelling argument within a court of law.
“The president has now hired a brand-new team of lawyers, whose entire job — specifically — is to keep the president’s tax returns secret and any related financial information as well, we learned today,” Maddow noted.
Maddow attempted to summarize the legal argument by “Trump’s secrecy lawyers.”
“Never mind, they say, that the language of the law is plain as day. The law says, black letter law — it says that the IRS shall furnish the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee with any tax return he requests,” she noted. “They say the reason he shouldn’t get the president’s tax returns despite the letter of the law is because the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee is a liar — nobody believes him when he says he wants the president’s tax returns for legitimate congressional oversight and if you won’t take our word for it, well, here are some Republicans in Congress who also think that he is a liar,” she explained. “That’s their argument.”
The host offered her thoughts on their legal strategy.
“As I have noted frequently, I am not a lawyer,” Maddow noted. “But I am really sure that it is not a hugely compelling legal argument to block a congressional request depending on black letter statute to just say, ‘liar, liar, pants on fire, everybody knows that guy sucks!’ I mean, I understand these new lawyers gotta make their billable hours, but I really don’t know what leg they are standing on here.”
New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion
New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.
Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.
Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."
Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.
Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.
Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.
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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener
Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."
"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.
"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.
She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."