MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump and his administration were breaking the law “without a second thought” — and only Democrats cared.
The “Morning Joe” blasted Trump administration officials for flagrantly ignoring subpoenas or offering misleading testimony, and he said the legislative branch had a constitutional duty to oversee the executive branch.
“It’s obvious to anybody that’s watching either in America or overseas there has become over the past several weeks a sustained and increasingly quickening assault on the rule of law,” Scarborough said, “whether you look at what (Attorney General William) Barr did in his testimony, whether you look at the fact that he probably committed perjury in the House and the Senate, and meanwhile the Trumpists say nothing.”
“The Secretary of Treasury (Steve Mnuchin) comes out saying the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee has the right to see any Americans’ tax returns,” he added, “but we’re just not going to comply with the law of the land — and they do it without a second thought. It’s not a constitutional crisis, they’re breaking the law.”
He said multiple administration officials should be held in contempt of Congress, but Republicans simply didn’t care.
“They’re in contempt of Congress,” Scarborough said. “You look at what Lindsey Graham is doing — they don’t care. The Republicans don’t care. So history has chosen the Democratic Party at this point in time to be the only party in America who will stand up and defend the rule of law, the only party. There is no one else there, and as a former Republican and as a guy with a lot of Republican friends, it makes me sad.”
“But this moment in history has provided us only one political party that can stand up and defend the rule of law, and that’s on the Democrats,” he added. “Whether it’s the smart political calculation or not, the Constitution requires it.”
Larry Kramer, author, activist, ACT UP founder dead at 84
Larry Kramer, the playwright, AIDS activist, author, public health advocate, and LGBTQ activist who founded GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) and later ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), is dead at 84.
The New York Times reports Kramer's husband, David Webster, said he died of pneumonia.
Kramer was known as an outspoken activist who wielded hyperbole like a sword.
“One of America’s most valuable troublemakers,” Susan Sontag called him.
CNBC anchors argue on air: ‘100,000 people died… all you did was try to help your friend the president’
CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin on Wednesday accused co-anchor Joe Kernen of providing political help to President Donald Trump instead of reporting factual news about the coronavirus pandemic.
Kernen appeared to get under Sorkin's skin by dismissing questions about the relatively quick market comeback as the rest of the economy suffers in the midst of the pandemic.
"Joe, you missed [the stock market] 100% on the way down and you missed 100,000 deaths," Sorkin said. "So we can have this debate back and forth and you can try and question the questions I'm asking."
"Hold on!" Sorkin shouted when Kernen tried to interrupt him.
A closer look at Trump COVID contractors reveals inexperience, fraud accusations and a weapons dealer operating out of someone’s house
A firm set up by a former telemarketer who once settled federal fraud charges for $2.7 million. A vodka distributor accused in a pending lawsuit of overstating its projected sales. An aspiring weapons dealer operating out of a single-family home.
These three privately held companies are part of the new medical supply chain, offered a total of almost $74 million by the federal government to find and rapidly deliver vital protective equipment and COVID-19 testing supplies across the U.S. While there’s no evidence that they obtained their deals through political connections, none of the three had to bid against competing firms. One has already lost its contract for lack of performance; it’s unclear if the other two can fulfill their orders on time, or at all.