Democrats do not need to wait for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress, an MSNBC anchor explained on Friday.
Chris Hayes launched an energetic lecture on the subject during “All In.”
“It has been a month since the Mueller report came out and the full weight of what is inside it still has not sunk in. That is partly due to a very successful spin effort by the president, his allies and his loyal hand-picked Attorney general,” he explained.
“You can tell the White House has some sense of just how damaging the content of that report is for them, because now they want everyone to just stop paying any attention to it whatsoever,” he noted. “Today we learned the White House’s ridiculous claim of executive privilege is stalling negotiations from Robert Mueller himself to testify before Congress.”
“But here’s the thing, whether or not Mueller does testify, there is a good argument that there is more than enough incriminating, damning information available right now for the Democrats to move forward with impeachment proceedings against the president,” Hayes argued. “They don’t need Mueller to testify and they don’t need the unredacted Mueller report.”
“Volume Two covers a dozen instances of possible obstruction by the president,” he noted. “It’s not just that, all the ‘no collusion’ talk from the Trump White House obscures the fact the way they acted vis-à-vis the Russian interference was completely morally and ethically indefensible.”
“They outright encouraged a foreign adversary to help them — publicly and privately. They sought — actively — illicit means of help through back channels and that foreign adversary understood them and went ahead and helped them. That’s not right and it’s not okay and all of that information is in the publicly available Mueller report,” he explained.
“The president of the United States has very clearly violated his oath of office. The question is, what do you do with those facts?” Hayes wondered.
Dutch man arrested for ‘Black Pete’ suicide bomb threat
Dutch police have arrested a man who threatened in a social media post to blow himself up over plans to sideline "Black Pete", a Christmas-time character provoking accusations of racist stereotyping.
The arrest is the latest controversy over the country's traditional Saint Nicholas side kick, portrayed in winter parades and by many Dutch children with a black face, thick red lips, woolly hair and a golden earring.
"A 49-year-old man from The Hague was arrested Monday afternoon after he threatened to blow himself up in support of the Saint Nicholas tradition," police said in a statement.
Trump’s claim on halting Ukraine aid contradicted by Pentagon official Laura Cooper
According to a new report from The Daily Beast, after the Pentagon's June announcement that it would give Ukraine $250 million in aid, Defense Department officials received a list of questions, seemingly originating from President Trump, seeking information about the aid.
“We got a question from my chain of command forwarded down from the chief of staff, I believe, from the Department of Defense, asking for a follow-up on a meeting with the President,” top Pentagon official Laura Cooper testified on Capitol Hill last month. “The way the email was phrased, it said follow-up from POTUS meeting, so follow-up from a meeting with the President. So, you know, I'm thinking that the questions were probably questions from the President. That's how I interpreted that subject line.”
Kellyanne Conway snaps after Fox News host mentions Adam Schiff
On Fox News Tuesday, anchor Bill Hemmer asked White House counselor Kellyanne Conway about the impeachment hearings — and she lost her temper as soon as he brought up House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
"How concerned is the president over these hearings?" asked Hemmer.
"The president is not concerned at all," said Conway. "The business of the people of this country is not being done ... the Capitol behind me is not a movie set, it is not a cardboard cutout. It’s where your representatives work for you, wasting your money and their time."
"Just to come back to this, I am told that Adam Schiff delivers the opening statement tomorrow," said Hemmer.