Former Republican lawmaker David Jolly doesn’t expect much to come out of Donald Trump Jr.’s closed-door testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The former Florida congressman told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the committee chairman, had probably called the president’s son back to testify so he could clear up inaccurate testimony from his previous appearance.
“Recall when he first announced this, the Republican chairperson took a lot of heat from his fellow Republican senators who publicly admonished him who said this matter is done,” Jolly said. “I think the question around Don Jr. being called back is, was this a platform by which he could clarify his previous testimony and avoid any type of perjury trap, where he’s lying to the Senate, or was this done to hold his feet to the fire and see if there was a lie that rises to the level of something meaningful for Senate action.”
“I think what we have seen under Mitch McConnell’s leadership is pretty clear,” he added. “The Senate Intelligence Committee probably provided Don Jr. the ability to amend the record, whatever it was he said before. I imagine, as Mitch McConnell said, unfortunately, the plane will be landed safely. Don Jr. probably cleared his name behind closed doors, but we will wait to see what comes out of the Senate.”
Trump considering withdraw from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report
President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.
So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.
Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president
Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.
US kicks off Mideast plan, with Palestinians boycotting
After a wait of two and a half years, the US administration is launching its Middle East peace plan Tuesday -- with an economic initiative that the Palestinians are boycotting.
For this most unconventional of US presidents, Donald Trump's Middle East peace-making bid is unlike decades of previous US attempts.
There is no talk of land swaps, a Palestinian state or other political issues that have vexed diplomats for decades.
The Trump administration says it will get to the political issues later.