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.”
Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t even a competent investor: report
There can be no doubt that high-powered hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein would rather the public know him for his prominence and success as an investor than for the allegations of child sex trafficking, for which he has now been indicted and faces life in prison. And there has for years been mystique surrounding Epstein's business — his wealth fund is so exclusive that it reportedly requires a billion dollars up front from clients.
But according to the Dow Jones' periodical Barron's, Epstein may not even be good at that.
Jon Stewart blasts ‘abomination’ of Rand Paul trying to ‘balance the budget on the backs of’ 9/11 responders
On Wednesday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report," comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for blocking unanimous consent for a bill to support health care for 9/11 first responders.
"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," said Stewart to anchor Bret Baier, who appeared on the show with first responder and activist John Feal.
He added that Paul's complaint, that the bill was unfunded, rings hollow given that he "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" with the GOP tax cuts for billionaires. He castigated Paul for trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."
Trump supporters chant ‘send her back’ as president hurls racially-charged accusations at Rep. Omar
At a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) of anti-American sentiments and speech. He said that she belittled 9/11, along with a slew of other accusations that were racially charged.
One-by-one, his rally supporters booed each thing he claimed she did or said. Then the booing turned into a chant: "Send her back! Send her back!"
Omar is an immigrant from Somalia who emigrated along with her parents when she was just 12-years-old. Her family claimed asylum from their war-torn country.
Trump said on Twitter that he believed she, along with three other Congresswomen of color, should be sent back to the countries they're from. Trump's campaign and Republicans proceeded to spend the days that followed claiming that Trump simply wanted them to leave the U.S. if they didn't like it.