On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tore into the Trump administration’s interpretation of congressional oversight law, arguing that if they are correct that Congress has no power to investigate the president, that essentially means the president is completely immune from liability for any federal laws.
“Remember when Trump said that during the campaign? I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I would get away with it,” said Maddow. “The attorney general now asserts bluntly that the president cannot be criminally charged. The attorney general also asserts that if the president can’t be criminally charged, then he can’t be criminally investigated either. The attorney general also says that if the Justice Department is investigating the president and the president believes that’s bad, the president believes that’s wrong, that he’s been wrongly accused, he definitely didn’t do anything wrong, nobody should be looking at me, that’s grounds enough for the president to end that investigation and fire the investigator.”
“And now both the president’s private lawyers and the White House counsel and the Justice Department, in defying the subpoenas, they are all arguing one way or another that Congress has no right to investigate the president for corruption or other crimes at all,” Maddow continued. “So if you can’t be charged, you can’t be investigated. Anybody who does start investigating you, you can fire. And oh by the way, Congress can’t investigate you either. I mean, you really could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone. I don’t know what we the rest of the country are supposed to do with this new revelation about this view of the presidency. I guess stay off Fifth Avenue!”
“But also, look on the bright side,” Maddow added. “If you have ever, ever personally had truly epic, truly wicked criminal ambitions for yourself, now you know what the job is for you. I mean, if you were so lucky as to get elected president, you could not only by definition not commit any crimes, you could not be charged, you could not be investigated.”
“You’d be the freest criminal on Earth if you were lucky enough to be elected President of the United States,” she said, “and if you had attorney general William Barr working for you.”
GOP campaign vet rakes ‘Princeling’ Jared Kushner over the coals for disastrous COVID-19 leadership
A veteran Republican campaign official is raking Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner over the coals for taking on a major role in the White House coronavirus task force despite being totally unqualified for the position.
Attorney Lloyd Green, who served as opposition research counsel to George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential campaign and then worked at the Department of Justice in the early '90s, writes in The Guardian that Kushner's presence on the task force is literally putting more Americans at risk.
Trump tells aides he can’t forgive Pelosi for impeachment humiliation as their broken relationship threatens COVID-19 response: report
Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi haven't spoken in five months, and some are worrying if their dysfunctional relationship is hindering the federal government's ability to combat the growing coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from the Associated Press.
Trump is angry about the House's impeachment effort against him, and even unifying effect of a disease outbreak isn't thawing the ice between the two. "Trump and Pelosi communicated with — or at — each other via Twitter and television or through intermediaries the other side could tolerate," writes the Associated Press. "Chief among them has been Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who personally negotiated the three rescue bills passed so far. When Trump signed the package at the White House, he did not invite Pelosi or any other Democrats to join him."
New York’s Cuomo to use National Guard to confiscate unused ventilators to fight COVID-19
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will issue an executive order allowing the state to confiscate unused ventilators and other medical equipment.
The Democratic governors said Friday he will sign the order authorizing the National Guard to commandeer personal protection equipment and other medical supplies needed to fight the coronavirus outbreak in New York City and elsewhere in his state.
"I'm not going to let people die because we didn't redistribute ventilators," he said.
Cuomo said he would personally pay for them afterwards if necessary.
We do not have enough ventilators.