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.”
Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.
"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."
Internet debates ‘the dumbest thing Brian Kilmeade has ever said’
Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade has received a great deal of attention -- and criticism -- during the Trump era.
Kilmeade co-hosts one of the President's favorite shows, "Fox and Friends," with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt on weekday mornings. He also a show on the Fox News Radio network and frequently appears on "The Five."
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship play-by-play sportscaster has also been harshly criticized for the type of comments that make the show a favorite for the president.
Journalist Molly Jong-Fast, who was widely praised her interview of Lisa Page, decided to explore Kilmeade's comments.
Trump was ‘in denial’ he would be impeached — until he watched TV yesterday: CNN reporter
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," White House correspondent Boris Sanchez said that President Donald Trump believed for weeks that Democrats were not really going to go through with impeachment — but after watching the House Judiciary Committee testimony on Wednesday, he finally realized they were serious.
"Is it clear how the president is handling this behind closed doors?" asked Cooper.
"Well, for weeks we've been hearing that the president has sort of been in denial about all of this, that he did not actually believe that Democrats in the house would vote to impeach him," said Sanchez. "We're actually told that he's come to terms with that reality in part because he was watching testimony yesterday as he was returning from a NATO leaders meeting in London."