GOP strategist Rick Wilson explained why Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) becoming the first Republican to back impeachment is such a major political development for President Donald Trump.
MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell played a historic clip of Republican Maryland Rep. Larry Hogan, who was the only GOP member of Congress to vote for all three House articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.
“I’m a Republican,” Hogan acknowledged. “Party loyalty and personal affection and precedence of the past must fall, I think, before the arbiter of men’s action, the law itself. No man — not even the president of the United States — is above the law.”
“Those words were echoed this weekend when Republican Congressman Justin Amash became the first Republican member of Congress to support impeaching President Trump,” O’Donnell noted.
Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
For analysis, “The Last Word” host interviewed Wilson, who authored the 2018 bestselling book Everything Trump Touches Dies.
“You know, Lawrence, I sympathize with Justin here because I wrote my book about Trump as a critique from the right,” Wilson said.
“All the Trump guys are shocked by that, but there’s a critique by him from the right and I think Amash made it very eloquently,” he continued.
“And so I think there’s a little bit of shell shock right now from a lot, that Amash dared to open the gate here,” he concluded.
How the New York Times creates credibility for Trump
There’s a good reason why the Times decided against running on its front page news of the latest woman to accuse the president of rape. The Times still does journalism the way it always has. It gives people in power the never-ending benefit of the doubt.
When you are willing to give people in power the benefit of the doubt no matter how many times they have proven they are unworthy of that benefit, it’s not all that important when the 16th person comes forward credibly to accuse Donald Trump of anything, even if, in the case of columnist E. Jean Carroll, the allegation is rape.
Ex-Trump aide Jason Miller forced out of posh legal job after profane rant against House Judiciary chair
Another former advisor to President Donald Trump is being "retired" from their position after a social media rant about House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the Daily Beast reported.
Miller was working as a managing director at a prominent Washington, D.C. consulting firm before the rant, but after it is "parting ways."
“I have parted ways with Teneo by mutual consent and look forward to formally announcing my next move in the coming weeks,” Miller said in a statement. “Teneo is an incredible firm and without a doubt the premier CEO consultancy on the planet. They have always been great to me and I’m proud to have called them teammates for the past two and a half years.”
Paris authorities to remove scaffolding from collapsed spire of Notre-Dame cathedral
Paris authorities will begin the delicate task of removing scaffolding from the collapsed spire of Notre-Dame cathedral in coming weeks after a devastating fire in April, a charity said Monday.
The 850-year-old church's spire was clad in scaffolding when it came crashing during the huge blaze on April 15.The cathedral's roof was also destroyed in the inferno, although the vast majority of the most-sacred artefacts and valuable items inside were saved.
Shortly after the fire, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to complete a painstaking renovation of the gothic masterpiece within five years.