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.”
Ex-White House aide describes Trump’s abusive tantrums when he doesn’t get his way: ‘Not normal at all’
Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, former Donald Trump advisor Omarosa Manigault Newman backed up assertions in the book " A Very Stable Genius" that the president is prone to tantrums when he doesn't get his way and becomes abusive to staffers and cabinet members alike.
Speaking with host Alex Witt, Omarosa -- who wrote an insider's account of life in the White House after she was unceremoniously fired -- said there was little in the new book that surprised her.
Digging into her Oval Office days, the former adviser and longtime Trump associate described the president's "zero to 200" screaming jags when displeased.
Ex-Bush aide admits GOP would have removed Obama if he did ‘one tenth of what Trump has done’
A former strategist for former President George W. Bush accused Republican lawmakers of hypocrisy on Sunday for for failing to honestly consider the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Matthew Dowd, a campaign strategist-turned-media-analyst, made the remarks in a tweet on Sunday.
"Deep in their hearts the Republicans in Congress know that if Obama had done one tenth of what President Trump has done they would have voted to impeach and convict him," Dowd wrote. "And Fox News would have been cheering them on. And Trump would have been pushing for it from the sidelines."
Deep in their hearts The republicans in Congress know that if Obama had done one tenth of what president trump has done they would have voted to impeach and convict him. And Fox News would have been cheering them on. And trump would have been pushing for it from the sidelines.
‘Opportunistic’ Trump has an ulterior motive for hyping Virginia gun rally on MLK day: MSNBC guest
During a panel discussion on MSNBC's "AM Joy," the Reverend Mark Thompson claimed that President Donald Trump is sending a message to his rabid base by hyping up a pro-gun rally in Virginia on Martin Luther King Day.
Addressing the rally to be held in Richmond, which has the entire state on edge and forced lawmakers to ban weapons at the event in the name of safety, Thompson told host Joy Reid it was accident that the president linked the rally to a day when Americans celebrate the life of the civil rights leader who was gunned down in 1968 in Memphis.
Asked about Trump's tweets about the rally, the reverend called them disgraceful.