Republican National Committee spokesperson Liz Harrington lashed out at Fox News host Leland Vittert over the weekend after he asked her about evidence that President Donald Trump committed obstruction.
During the Saturday interview on Fox News, Vittert noted that some Democrats are considering impeachment hearings over evidence against Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation report.
“They are going to overreach because the American people know there’s no ‘there’ there,” Harrington insisted.
“[The report] identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with Russia… That’s not ‘didn’t find anything,'” Vittert pointed out.
“This is 19 Democrat [sic] lawyers who were picked by Robert Mueller,” Harrington said of the investigators. “You read page by page and there’s innuendo and suggestions of impropriety.”
“Telling [then-White House counsel] Don McGhan to fire Robert Mueller isn’t wrong?” Vittert asked.
“Not firing someone isn’t obstruction,” the RNC spokesperson insisted.
“I’m not asking whether it’s obstruction or not,” Vittert said. “I’m asking whether it’s the right thing to do.”
According to Harrington, however, Mueller’s team accused Trump of “treason” for “two years.”
“No, ma’am!” Vittert shot back. “Robert Mueller never accused him of treason.”
“There was a dossier that said he was compromised!” Harrington exclaimed.
“Not one person in Robert Mueller’s office ever accused the president of treason,” the Fox News host repeated.
“If this report had been written about a Democratic president, I can’t imagine you’d have the same feeling about it,” Vittert added.
“The vast majority of Republicans are sickened by an out-of-control Obama Justice Department,” Harrington remarked. “This is dishonesty from James Clapper, John Brennan, Jim Comey, Adam Schiff. That’s the pervasive mess of dishonesty that Republicans are upset about!”
“But none of them are president,” Vittert observed. “Isn’t the president of the United States held to a higher standard?”
“Of course! He did nothing wrong!” Harrington shouted. “There was no collusion!”
“Telling Don McGhan to fire Mueller was not wrong?” Vittert asked.
“No!” Harrington cried out. “This is such a misconception. If the president wanted to fire Robert Mueller, he would have done it!”
“That’s the real scandal here,” she continued, cutting off Vittert. “They knew there was no collusion and yet they started the special counsel report anyway.”
“Well, so far I haven’t heard anything different than the talking points from the White House,” Vittert scoffed.
“You haven’t heard talking points from the Democrat [sic] Party apparently,” Harrington shot back.
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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.
His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.
Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice, and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.
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Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.
"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."
Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate
Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.
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