MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski was stunned into silence by a Republican congressman’s excuse for not reading the report from special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Morning Joe” hosted Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, of Rhode Island, to discuss the upcoming testimony from Richard Nixon’s former White House counsel John Dean, who will present highlights from Mueller’s report to the House Judiciary Committee.
During their discussion, Brzezinski rolled video of GOP Rep. Rob Woodall, of Georgia, addressing the report Sunday with MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt, who asked whether he’d read Mueller’s findings.
“I have not,” Woodall told Hunt. “I said when we started this conversation that I trusted Mr. Mueller. He took a lot of slings and arrows throughout this process. Every U.S. Attorney I knew said he’s a man of great integrity. He’s going to lead this investigation.”
Hunt again challenged him to explain why he hadn’t read the report.
“I have a concern, when you have the entire power of the United States Justice Department behind anything,” Woodall said, “you can achieve an agenda, you can drive a message.”
Brzezinski was gobsmacked by the GOP lawmaker’s response.
“I’m at a loss of words,” she said. “I don’t even know what to ask you. The guy did not read the Mueller report.”
Cicilline was embarrassed for his colleague.
“It’s a grave dereliction of duty,” he said. “I read the Mueller report in its entirety the day it was released. Everyone should do that.”
“If people read the Mueller report, they’ll come to the conclusion that this president has engaged in serious misconduct, crimes and impeachable offenses,” he added. “Everybody has a responsibility to read it, particularly members of Congress who are required to make judgments on it.”
WATCH: Here’s the secret to dissecting Trump’s chaotic distractions
In an extended examination on MSNBC, host Ari Melber took a hard look at how President Donald Trump creates almost daily distractions for the media and the public to keep the focus off his multiple scandals and to make it look like he is doing something -- when all he is doing is creating controversy for controversy's sake.
Put simply, Melber explained, the president's tweets out some plan he has no intention of implementing, hypes it up for days -- then drops it like it never happened.
Using Trump's aborted attack on Iran as a jumping off point, Melber -- and his panel -- explained that Trump's style of governing is based on "head fakes" and "bluffs."
Chuck Todd’s terrible interview with fabricator-in-chief Trump snapped the tether: From here on out there’s no truth
Nothing will ever be the same again. Donald Trump’s unwavering disregard for reality and his acts of violence against the truth are rapidly metastasizing into the marrow of the national debate. I'm not sure we have enough heroes in this country to successfully extricate Trumpism and toss it into the biohazard waste bin of history, along other embarrassments in America's mixed record.
The very fabric of right and wrong in America is disintegrating as one of our two major parties, with some crucial help from Russia, has convinced four out of every 10 voters that verifiable truth is nothing more than a fake news plot against them and their beloved Fifth Avenue Clampetts. As a result, half of the political debate, from the local level on up, is built exclusively on wrongness — on total nonsense, invented by Trump himself along with his propaganda cable network.
New York’s legislature gives landlords a lesson in democracy
The knockout punch that the New York State Legislature just landed fighting landlords over spiraling rents ought to be attracting wider attention.
Just as with healthcare access or prescription drug prices, the cost of rent increases that mostly benefit big apartment owners is a challenge to the income-gap society that are at the heart of the national political debate. Every urban center in the country is having housing problems, and rents, like mortgages, are a subject at every kitchen table.
For once, the New York Legislature, whose Democrats overcame internecine divisions this session, has abolished rules that let building owners deregulate apartments, and closed loopholes that have permitted landlords to raise rents. And the changes for better tenant protection were made permanent, eliminating the recurring drama over these issues.