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.”
‘Thrones’ seeks final Emmys glory — but ‘Fleabag’ springs surprise
"Fleabag" star Phoebe Waller-Bridge sprang a major surprise at the Emmys Sunday, besting eight-time acting winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a major upset, on a night when "Game of Thrones" takes its final tilt at television glory.
The dark British comedy -- which has grown into a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic after being acquired by Amazon -- also scooped the awards for best comedy writing and directing at television's answer to the Oscars.
"It's just really wonderful to know and reassuring that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys," said Waller-Bridge, referring to her character.
‘There is no defense for the president to sacrifice national security’: Ex-White House counsel on Ukraine-gate
President Barack Obama's White House counsel, Bob Bauer, explained during a Sunday MSNBC appearance that one of the worst things President Donald Trump has done in Ukraine-gate is to put American national security in jeopardy.
"Some would like to argue the law didn’t discuss bribery. Let me go beyond that," Bauer began. "There’s not a commentator on the facts that, for example, Carol laid out, and there are more facts to be found out. I think that's the responsibility of the Congress. There's not a scholar or commentator in the know that would believe for a minute it’s not an impeach offense for the president of the United States to sacrifice national security interest of the American people to his political personal gain. I mean, there's not a question about that."
Michelle Williams just gave the perfect case to Hollywood for trusting women
Actress Michelle Williams won the best actress Emmy for her role in the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon and in her acceptance speech, she made the perfect case for treating women like people in Hollywood.
"I see this as an acknowledgment of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feels safe enough to voice them, and respected enough to be heard," she told the audience. "When I ask for more dance classes, I heard yes. More voice lessons, yes. A different, wig, fake teeth not made out of rubber, yes. All these things require effort and cost more money, but my bosses never presumed to know better than I did about what I needed in order to do my job and honor Gwen Verdon."