Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s interests did not just align during America’s 2016 presidential election, but continue to align in their attempt to get Americans to forget about election interference, the former Ambassador to Russia explained on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour.”
“Russia’s interference in our last presidential election came up, as you might imagine, during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Russia where today he met with Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,” anchor Brian Williams reported Tuesday.
“Putin was kind enough to invite everyone to his summer home in Sochi for today’s meeting where he made a point of complimenting special counsel Mueller while calling the end of the Mueller inquiry an opportunity,” he noted.
The host noted a Washington Post story on the meeting.
“The Kremlin has accused what it calls Washington’s anti-Russian establishment of blocking Trump’s efforts at closer ties,” The Post reported. “The Mueller investigation was the prime culprit in that narrative, weaving a web of suspicion around Trump and Putin to prevent the two from working together.”
For analysis, Williams interviewed Ambassador Michael McFaul.
“I think it’s an attempt by the Trump Administration to forget about the past,” McFaul said.
“I applaud the Secretary of State for reading a tough statement when he was with Lavrov and saying what I think should be the policy of the United States,” McFaul noted. “He said that on the record things that President Trump has never said, but that’s all a setup to now what I think is going to be a meeting between the two presidents on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan and it’s all like bygones.”
“You know, forget about what happen 2016. Forget about annexation in Ukraine. Forget about seizing two dozen Ukrainian sailors illegally. Let’s move on and just restore relations. That was the verb that President Putin used, at least during the remarks that he had with Pompeo,” McFaul explained.
HBO’s ‘Real Time’ panel provides roadmap for Democrats to get DNI’s Ukraine report and speed-up impeachment
During the "Overtime" segment of HBO's "Real Time," Bill Maher and his guests took up the problems the Democrats are having acquiring Donald Trump'stax returns as well as other documents they need if they are going to impeach the president.
Responding to a question over whether the state of New York will indict the president, the conversation turned to prosecutors seeking Trump's taxes.
According to presidential historian Tim Naftali, there is precedent allowing the acquisition.
"Is it really that hard to get somebody's frigging, f*cking taxes? " host Bill Maher asked.
"Actually, there is a precedent," Naftali explained. "If the House started on the impeachment hearings, they could act on the precedent of 1974, where Nixon's taxes were turned over to the impeachment committee. So there is a precedent, but they have to make the decision that they are having an impeachment inquiry."
Trump slams ‘partisan’ whistleblower, Biden pushes back
US President Donald Trump on Friday vigorously rejected a whistleblower's claim of wrongdoing, amid reports he used a call with Ukraine's president to pressure him to investigate the son of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden.
The whistleblower's secret complaint has triggered a tense showdown between Congress, whose Democratic leaders are demanding to review the complaint, and the executive branch which has barred them from doing so.
It has also raised concerns Trump sought to strong-arm Ukraine into providing damaging information on the president's possible 2020 challenger, which would represent dangerous foreign meddling in the US election -- similar to the interference blamed on Russia in 2016, when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.
Dem senator accuses the FBI of a carrying out a ‘cover-up’ for Brett Kavanaugh — and calls for an investigation
Old wounds were reopened this week when a New York Times article, written by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, focused on Deborah Ramirez — one of the women who, in 2018, accused U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. And Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, in a USA Today op-ed published on Friday, argued that Kavanaugh wasn’t adequately vetted as he should have been.