On MSNBC Wednesday, conservative “Never-Trump” columnist Jennifer Rubin scorched President Donald Trump for trying to flout Congressional oversight and prevent former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying.
“What could be the consequences of simply ignoring subpoenas, ignoring demands to testify, and just pretending Congress doesn’t exist?” host Joy Reid asked her.
“Well, normally when this happens, you have the contempt procedure,” said Rubin. “If you go down the road of a criminal contempt procedure, the problem is that the Justice Department is now run by, obviously, Trump surrogates, so you have a problem there. You might pursue civil contempt and try to get a court to fine them.”
“But really what we have here is a declaration of attack against the Constitution,” said Rubin. “What is really going to be interesting is when a court decides to enforce the subpoenas. What will the administration do then? Are they going to defy a court order? Because it is at that point, I think, that Republicans have no choice but to acknowledge that he is unfit for office and has completely violated his oath.”
“It’s already bad enough because he is raising spurious charges,” Rubin continued. “How can Don McGahn be protected by the executive privilege when he spent 30 hours with the special counsel, who then wrote it up in a report that was released to the American people. This is how in such bad faith that they are now operating.”
“Now, I think Democrats will have to think long and hard about how and when they pursue impeachment hearings,” she concluded, “but certainly the public case for his lawlessness, his abuse of process, his abuse of power, he’s certainly making the case better than some of the Democrats could.”
‘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."