MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said special counsel Robert Mueller laid out a road map for impeachment — and he urged Democrats to follow where it leads.
The “Morning Joe” host said the Mueller probe had turned up “damning” evidence of Trump’s campaign ties to Russia, and his subsequent efforts to obstruct the investigation, but he said the Republican Party’s blind support for the president made impeachment a big risk for Democrats.
“There’s so much more damning evidence here that anything we saw in the Obama administration or the Bush administration or the Clinton administration,” Scarborough said.
Democratic leadership had so far shied away from pushing impeachment, but Scarborough said that might be more risky than moving forward without GOP cover.
“It is a tough choice for Nancy Pelosi,” he said, “but there may be a counterintuitive argument that is certainly not safe, that the Democrats go ahead and follow the law wherever it leads them, and if that leads to impeachment, impeach the president, and then take it over to the Republican Senate and put them in the position, the horribly uncomfortable position, of defending a president who tried repeatedly to obstruct justice and breach constitutional and political norms.”
He’s certain the GOP majority would back the president despite evidence of wrongdoing, but he urged Democrats to uphold their constitutional duty.
“I’m not so sure that would be be a good look for them day in and day out because the evidence is so damning,” Scarborough said.
‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man
On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.
The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.
Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020
WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’
SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.
"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.
Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report
On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.
"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."