One of the lesser known details in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is that President Donald Trump did not just attempt to shut down the investigation into himself, but he also attempted to kill the investigation into how Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, a national security expert explained on MSNBC.
MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes drew attention to a part of the report mentioning former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandoski, “which has not gotten a lot of attention.”
“According to Lewandowski, Trump asked him to bring a note telling Jeff Sessions to give a speech that would say the following,” Hayes noted.
“Now a group of people want to subvert the Constitution of the United States,” Sessions was supposed to say in the speech. “I am going to meet with the special prosecutor to explain this is very unfair and let the special prosecutor move forward with election meddling for future elections so it can’t help in future elections.”
“This is an attempt to shut down the whole thing,” Hayes said.
“This is an attempt, not just to shut down the investigation into him, into Trump, but also an attempt to shut down the investigation into the Russian hacking,” Wheeler noted.
“No one gets this. No one gets that in the summer of 2017 at the same time that Trump had just met for the first time with Vladimir Putin in this kind of crazy meeting in the G-20,” she explained. “He went to Lewandowski — dictated to him — it’s right there in the report and made him write it down and Lewandowski was like, ‘he’s never dictated anything to me before.'”
“He makes him write it down and in that paper, he says, go tell Sessions to shut down the investigation into the Russians who hacked us in 2016. Mueller can investigate what’s going to happen, 2018 and 2020, but not in 2016,” Wheeler noted. “That’s crazy and no one knows that Trump tried to shut down the entire investigation, not just his side, but the Russian side as well.”
Trump is ‘not a stable genius’: GOP strategist says the president ‘doesn’t remember who and where he is’
President Donald Trump's mental fitness is lacking, a top Republican strategist explained on "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Rick Wilson, the author of the 2018 bestselling book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever, blasted the commander-in-chief.
"Rick Wilson, your assessment of where the president stands as he heads off to the G7 summit?" O'Donnell asked.
"I think Donald Trump has had a week in which he is proving that this isn’t 87-dimensional chess game, this isn't some masterful strategy of communications or persuasion," Wilson replied. "This is an old man who is sick and who has problems and who has mental disconnects and who has aphasias and who has moments where he doesn’t remember who and where he is."
George Washington Bridge shut down for all traffic as Bomb Squad investigates suspicious device
Traffic in New York City slowed to gridlock on Friday after authorities shut down the world's busiest vehicular bridge.
"All traffic on the George Washington Bridge has been closed off due to reports of a suspicious device on the span linking New York and New Jersey," CBS New York reported Thursday.
"According to police sources, the Port Authority Police Department has called in the Bergen County Bomb Squad to help with their investigation," CBS added. "Sources tell CBS2 the NYPD has not been called in yet to assist with the possible threat."
Maddow walks through existence of a ‘whistleblower’ alleging the IRS is mishandling Trump’s taxes
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Thursday on the "confetti canon" of new filings in the legal battle between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the House Ways and Means Committee over access to President Donald Trump's tax returns.
Maddow reported on Exhibit QQ in the latest filings, which is a letter from Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
"On July 29, 2019, the Committee received an unsolicited communication from a Federal employee setting forth credible allegations of 'evidence of possible misconduct' -- specifically, potential 'inappropriate efforts to influence' the mandatory audit program," Exhibit QQ read.