On MSNBC Saturday, Vicky Ward, the author of “Kushner Inc.,” emphasized how important it is to focus on President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, whose own potential legal issues have yet to be exposed.
Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, noted Ward, “have a totally antithetical mindset. They believe rules are for other people.” And former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly urged Trump to get rid of them, for all their potential to damage the administration, but Trump “couldn’t pull the trigger” due to his daughter’s influence over him.
Ward noted that Ivanka “owned her own fashion brand” while advising the White House, and that her agenda “seems to be guided by so much self-interest.”
When asked why Ivanka had not been summoned to testify by House Democrats as her brother Donald Trump Jr. is being subpoenaed to do, Ward said that there was in fact oversight of her coming down the pipe — and rightly so.
“I think it’s very clear from a lot of questions that, particularly the Judiciary Committee sent out to 81 people, there were an extraordinary number of questions about Ivanka, and actually about Kushner companies and Jared’s businesses on that,” said Ward. “It’s actually my hope that Congress, in a way, starts really focusing and digging down on the money trail. Including that of Ivanka and the businesses and that of Jared Kushner companies, businesses.”
“That is a slightly different path from all the focus on Russia,” Ward continued. “I think Robert Mueller found quite a lot of things that were extraneous to the matter of whether or not there was coordination of obstruction of justice, and he has farmed some of the witness testimony that he was presented out to places like the Southern District of New York. But Congress is aware, and I think they need to, really methodically now, go and look.”
“It’s like Watergate,” she said. “Follow the money.”
With key vote just days away, activists ramp up pressure on DNC to hold #ClimateDebate
"Only a climate-specific debate will show whether the candidates are climate ready or not."
The Democratic National Committee faced increased pressure on Monday to hold a climate debate from progressive organizations demanding the party live up to its own governing platform and "treat this crisis like the emergency it is."
Efforts to change the DNC's mind appear headed to a headed to a fever pitch as the committee will meet later this week and reportedly vote (pdf) on a proposed resolution to hold a climate debate—and potentially a resolution put forth by DNC Chair Tom Perez that critics believe represents an effort to kill a climate-focused debate.
China accused of using Twitter, Facebook against HK protests
Twitter and Facebook said Monday they had uncovered a campaign by China to use the social media platforms against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
"We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, specifically the protest movement and their calls for political change," Twitter said in an online post.
Facebook said a tip from Twitter led to the removal of a network of pages, groups and accounts originating in China and involved in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" focusing on Hong Kong.
Twitter said it suspended 936 accounts that originated in China.
‘The election could be over before any votes are cast’: AP reporter breaks down Trump’s recession fears
President Donald Trump's re-election campaign could be destroyed by a recession before a single vote is cast, an Associated Press reporter explained on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" on Monday.
Guest host John Heilemann read a quote from AP White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire.
"[P]rivately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won’t look so good come Election Day. ... Though a pre-election recession here is far from certain, a downturn would be a devastating blow to the president, who has made a strong economy his central argument for a second term," Lemire reported. "And White House economic advisers see few options for reversing course should the economy start to slip."