On Monday’s edition of “Meet the Press Daily,” former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi laid into President Donald Trump’s counsel Rudy Giuliani for claiming that “there’s nothing wrong” with getting political dirt from the Russian government.
As Figliuzzi noted, if Giuliani’s only standard is that the president isn’t going to jail for his behavior, he has lost sight of why special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating the matter in the first place.
“This is where, I believe, that the criminal-only standards that were applied by Mueller, and certainly by Attorney General Barr, are not serving us well,” said Figliuzzi. “You remember that this whole special counsel inquiry started as a counterintelligence investigation. That’s not about putting people in handcuffs. That’s about determining whether or not people are open, vulnerable, co-opted, or compromised by a foreign power, and it’s clear in over a hundred pages of the Mueller report that there were incredible amounts of contact between Kremlin-associated people and people in the Trump campaign.”
“If the new standard in our country is ‘if it ain’t criminal, it’s fine to do,’ then we’re missing the point of what a counterintelligence national security threat looks like,” continued Figliuzzi. “And Americans — and Congress — need to hear people like Rudy Giuliani say, ‘hey, that’s the new standard, we’re fine if it is not indictable.'”
“And I think that should factor into Congress’ decision on what to do next,” concluded Figliuzzi. “Is this acceptable behavior from an American president, or is it not?”
‘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."