Following the angry statement by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) against Attorney General William Barr’s tactics to spin special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report ahead of its release tomorrow, House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) laid into the Trump administration on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”
Barr’s tactic of holding a press conference an hour and a half ahead of Congress getting the report is shady, said Waters, but “I never expected Barr to do anything that would be respectful to the members of Congress or to include us in any real way. He has proven himself. He auditioned for this job. He was chosen to protect the President of the United States, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.”
“So I’m not surprised. I’m not even disgusted, because I knew that once he came out and he said there had been no obstruction of justice and that there had been no collusion, that he absolutely stepped out early to defend the president, to protect the president,” said Waters. “I don’t expect any reversal of that. I expect him to continue to play the role. He is basically a lackey and a sycophant for the president of the United States of America, and that’s all it’s gonna be.”
“This report is gonna be overly redacted, and I don’t know if we’re going to get anything new or important out of that,” Waters continued. “I just wish that the Mueller team would come forward, and I hope that Mueller will come before the committee and have a chance to tell his side of what he has done and have the questions given to him by the members of the Judiciary Committee that will help us to get at the truth about this president.”
“I mean, this president and his minions are absolutely ridiculous, and they disrespect the members of Congress, and we know they have been involved with each other,” said Waters. “His lawyers, and his aides, et cetera, talking with the White House about what’s in the report already. And they are going to push back. They have advance information. Information that the members of Congress don’t even have.”
“And so members of Congress better know, he is gonna keep doing this, he’s gonna keep disrespecting us, the Constitution of the United States of America, and there is no answer to how we should be dealing with him except impeachment,” said Waters. “I have been saying it all along.
Trump Jr. and McGahn didn’t testify before the Mueller grand jury — and a federal judge wants to know why
During the Russia investigation, former special counsel Robert Mueller sought testimony from a long list of people. But according to a court filing on Sunday, two people who Mueller did not force to testify before a grand jury were Donald Trump Jr. and former White House Counsel Don McGahn. And U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell wants to know why.
The court filing on Sunday, according to The Week, was in response to a ruling Howell made on Thursday — when Howell asserted that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was withholding too much information from the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York. The House Judiciary Committee, The Week’s Peter Weber reports, has been “wrangling” with DOJ over the evidence that Mueller obtained during his lengthy investigation.
James Byrd, Jr., John William King, and the history of American lynching
In February, 1999, John William King – who was executed in Huntsville, Texas on April 24, 2019 –became the first white man in modern Texas history to be sentenced to death for killing a black person. How that black person, James Byrd, Jr., died was no mystery. Three self-proclaimed white supremacists had drawn up a plan to start a race war while they were in prison. These men chained Byrd to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him for a mile and half until his head and right arm were torn from his body by a concrete culvert on Huff Creek Road in Jasper County.
Have we become too paranoid about mass shootings?
Many Americans worry about when – not if – another mass shooting will occur, and a Gallup poll from September found that nearly half of Americans fear being a victim of one of these attacks.
After the film “Joker” was released, you could see these fears play out.
Many announced they wouldn’t see it in theaters. The film’s deranged main character, they said, would inspire people like the Aurora shooter, who, in 2012, killed 12 people and wounded 70 others during a screening of “Dark Knight Rises.”