MSNBC’s national affairs analyst explained on Friday how Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein survived in President Donald Trump’s administration.
John Heilemann was interviewed by Nicolle Wallace on “Deadline: White House.”
“The folks that know Rod Rosenstein and Bill Barr best maintain there is something in their DNA that they’re loyal to the institutions, but as an outsider it doesn’t come across,” Wallace noted.
“You see Bill Barr talk about spying occurring, and you see Donald Trump literally as an echo of Bill Barr’s testimony in the news — on Sean Hannity, in an interview on Hannity last night,” she explained. “You hear Rod Rosenstein quote someone who under no objective analysis stands for anything close to the rule of law.”
“But the idea he said ‘I can land the plane,’ I’m on your ‘team’ — as an outsider that doesn’t look remotely objective,” Wallace concluded.
“No,” Heilemann replied.
“In the middle of the story has been a mystery,” Heilemann said. “The mystery has been how did he survive that New York Times story?” he wondered. “The story that talked about him wearing a wire and wrestling up votes for the 25th Amendment.”
“This reporting in The Washington Post, it seems to be credible, we now have an answer. He survived by kissing Donald Trump’s ass,” Heilemann deduced.
“He sounds in a weird way like Bill Barr, all of a sudden Rod Rosenstein is starting to sound like a full-blown Trumpkin, especially in the wake of this criticism,” he explained. “I think many of the mysteries about Rod Rosenstein are becoming less mysterious — and they are not painting a pretty picture.”
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On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "Weekends," former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg went off on a rant attacking the jury forewoman in Roger Stone's trial, accusing her of being a liar and daring her to sue him.
"That trial, I had problems with it," said Nunberg. "Amy Berman Jackson, the judge, said things at the Manafort trial that made her completely conflicted to do this trial. There was an issue with the foreman. It came out she lied ... that's what Roger is appealing."
"So, Sam, you're just saying that a jury foreman and a judge were lying," said anchor Alex Witt. "Where is the proof on that?"
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On MSNBC Saturday, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci warned that President Donald Trump's toxicity on race relations will only worsen in the run-up to the election in November.
"You were in charge, for a brief time, but for communications from this White House, and it does seem that Trump is going there because that's where he thinks he has to go," said host Joy Reid. "92 percent of African-Americans, not surprisingly, disapprove of Donald Trump's handling of race. But even 57 percent of white Americans disapprove of his handling of race relations. There's a lot of white marchers out there, marching for Black Lives Matter. Has he miscalculated and misread white people, at least the majority of them, in this moment?"
Trump leveled in brutal Never-Trumper Republican ad accusing him of turning US into a ‘banana republic’
In an ad released by Republicans Voter Against Trump, the president was accused of turning the U.S. into a "banana republic" after he commuted the sentence of Roger Stone who was convicted of multiple felonies.
Coming just hours after the president handed Stone a get-out-of-jail-card that kept him from turning himself into jail later this month, the dissident Republican group posted their new ad to Twitter which accused Stone of "lying under to oath" to protect Trump, while also noting that Stone was looking at three years in jail.
The ad also notes that a "criminal who lies to protect Trump goes free."