A Fox News panel exploded after a guest insisted that President Donald Trump could not be impeached for obstruction — and that his efforts to derail the special counsel probe were essentially a temper tantrum.
Steve Hilton, who hosts the weekend show “Next Revolution” on Fox News, erupted after panelist Jessica Tarlov agreed with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) that Congress must exercise its oversight powers to investigate Robert Mueller’s findings.
“The whole thing is ridiculous because this is not oversight,” Hilton said. “This is trying to overturn an election. That’s what this is about. It is ridiculous. As the Wall Street Journal very effectively part of the other day, what are you going to impeach him for?”
“Obstruction of justice,” Tarlov said.
“They want to impeach him for obstructing an investigation into a conspiracy that didn’t exist,” Hilton said.
“You just said it,” Tarlov said.
Hilton then argued that Mueller lied during his first public remarks last week, and that Attorney General William Barr had to correct him later.
“He lied directly,” Hilton said. “There was a conflict between what he said, which was — he implied that the only reason he didn’t charge the president was because of the (Office of Legal Counsel) opinion, and that conflicted with what the attorney general said later that same day.”
“Do you think maybe Bill Barr lied?” Tarlov said.
Hilton dismissed the arguments of hundreds of prosecutors who agree that Mueller’s report details multiple instances where Trump obstructed or attempted to obstruct justice.
“No, what they are pointing to her examples of the president losing his temper,” Hilton said. “Wouldn’t you lose your temper if entire administration was being derailed?”
“It’s not illegal to lose your temper!” Hilton added.
Deutsche Bank busted in money-laundering scheme case
Prosectors in Frankfurt have dropped their investigation into two Deutsche Bank employees who were accused of aiding tax evasion schemes in the Virgin Islands, due to "lack of suspicion." The institution has instead been fined for compliance lapses.
“With the closure of these proceedings it is clear that the prosecutors have not found any instances of criminal misconduct on the part of Deutsche Bank employees following the raid of our Frankfurt office in November 2018,” Deutsche Bank spokesman Joerg Eigendorf said in a statement.
“The investigation that has now been closed due to lack of sufficient suspicion had a heavy impact on Deutsche Bank last year,” he added. “It is true that the bank had weaknesses in its control environment in the past. We identified these weaknesses and we have addressed them in a disciplined manner.”
North Carolina towns forced to cancel Christmas celebrations over fear of violence from right wing extremist groups
Two North Carolina towns are canceling their annual Christmas celebration parades "amid fears of violence due to Confederate groups’ participation in the events," The Daily Beast reports.
Citing a “potential for violence,” for the first time in over 70 years the town of Wake Forest, North Carolina says it will have no Christmas parade. Garner, NC, has also canceled its Christmas parade.
The Daily Beast cites "reports that Garner had plans to include a float sponsored by a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans but said social-media posts led town officials to believe 'the event could be targeted for disruption.'"
Giuliani’s deceitful Ukraine business web should leave everyone speechless
I am not making this up, so fasten your seatbelts belts. It is all downhill from here in the ever-stranger Trump universe.
Moving to the global front pages is a company called Fraud Guarantee. Its co-owners, Ukrainian and U.S. nationals, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have held many meetings at the Washington, D.C. Trump Hotel with Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York city and the real-life version of Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter.