A Florida prosecutor called on Congress to examine whether Attorney General William Barr killed an investigation into an illegal payoff to porn actress Stormy Daniels.
Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, said newly released court documents further implicated Trump and his former aide Hope Hicks in the scheme, which has already resulted in a prison term for the president’s former attorney Michael Cohen — who implicated his boss in the campaign finance law violation.
“You and I don’t have the benefit of the internal DOJ policy that forbids indicting a sitting president, and I think that is relevant here,” Aronberg told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “There are a lot of things going on here. But I think that the public needs to know — there needs to be public hearings about this. Especially I want to know what Bill Barr’s role is.”
The investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York resulted in no additional charges, after Cohen pleaded guilty, and Aronberg said the timeline was suspicious.
“You know, the investigation into the matters seemed to conclude five months ago,” Aronberg said. “That was the last time the Southern District of New York had contact with the Trump Organization. That coincides with the swearing in of Bill Barr as U.S. Attorney General.”
“Did he put his thumb on the scale?” he added. “Did he put the kibosh on the investigation? These are things that maybe Congress needs to investigate.”
Rachel Maddow reveals 9 major reasons so many Democrats are running against Trump in 2020
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC listed nine major reasons Democrats are running to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.
"As we close in on the third round of Democratic presidential primary debates, the acute angle of the funnel that the candidates are going through right now is starting to pinch a little bit," Maddow noted.
"I think it’s fair to say that the Democratic Party knew that a lot of people were going to get into this presidential primary to try to earn the right to challenge this incumbent president. Right? It’s not rocket science to figure that out," she continued. "It’s nothing personal about the president."
WATCH: Joy Reid warns Trump is going to ‘tank the U.S. economy — just before Christmas’
MSNBC's Joy Reid warned President Donald Trump is going to 'tank' the United States economy.
Reid was interviewed by Chris Hayes on a broadcast of "All In" with a live studio crowd on Friday.
"This new round of tariffs would increase everything," Reid noted. "Something like 70% of what you buy in Walmart is sourced from China."
"And so if you raise the prices — that’s tariffs are -- by 25% or 30%, you are essentially going to tank the U.S. economy just before Christmas," she warned.
"Kicking brown people out of the country is expensive," she said.
"If you're willing to go broke, if you are willing to lose your farm, willing to lose everything because you hate brown people so much you are willing to literally kill yourself economically for it," she said.
Democrat mocks Trump for being the wrong person to lead the charge on mental illness
President Donald Trump may not be the best person to focus on mental health in America, a Democratic senator explained on MSNBC.
"All In" host Chris Hayes interviewed Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) before a live studio audience.
The two discussed Trump's focus on mental health instead of gun control following the latest mass shootings in America.
"I saw this article about the mental health proposal being floated. I gotta say, the more I hear him talk about mental health, the more freaked out I get, honestly," Hayes explained. "It seems like — like sci-fi dystopia. They want to do something like DARPA, the notorious Pentagon research association called HARPA. It’s going to develop 'breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence...The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be used to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home."