One Democratic governor couldn’t help but notice that the story of Jeffrey Epstein is yet another case of a billionaire getting off scot-free with the president and his allies.
In a Tuesday interview with CNN, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) called out Secretary Alex Acosta for being one of many in President Donald Trump’s cabinet to give wealthy people a pass on the law.
“I heard the president say that the secretary is a terrific guy. Well, I tell you terrific guys don’t give sweetheart deals to sex offenders because they’re a billionaire and that’s what happened here,” Inslee said. “Unfortunately, this is a continuation of a pattern in this administration. This isn’t just a one-off offense. This administration is of billionaires, by billionaires and for billionaires. This is just another incident of demonstrating that. This rogue’s gallery of cabinet members. He needs to go.”
Inslee continued: “I don’t know if impeachment is appropriate or not, but one way or not, this guy should go. The president said he’s going to bring us the best people, he’s brought us the worst.”
Inslee is one of many presidential candidates asking for Acosta to resign.
“The abuse of a child is one of the most heinous, despicable abuses of power imaginable. It is inexcusably poor judgment for a US Attorney to seek leniency for someone guilty of it. Secretary Acosta should provide his resignation immediately,” tweeted former Vice President Joe Biden.
Inslee is running on a single-issue presidential campaign saying that all issues lead back to the climate crisis. He mentioned the president’s so-called “environmental speech” Monday, calling the issue another example of Trump prioritizing billionaires.
“Look at the environmental issues, where the president tried to cover up his horrendous environmental record yesterday, which he knows he’s very weak on and exposed,” Inslee continued. “He appointed interior and EPA people who woke up every day to say what can we do to help billionaires make the skies these people need to go…. Donald Trump is for environmentalism like he is for feminism, basically.”
Republicans plan to flood House with amendments to sabotage impeachment debate: CNN
On Wednesday, CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that House Republicans are planning to use the markup process for the articles of impeachment, scheduled to take place on Thursday, to introduce a flood of amendments designed to cripple the process.
None of these amendments are likely to have the votes to pass — but they will force House Democrats to waste time voting them down rather than crafting the particulars of their case.
"Tomorrow is when we see the real art of legislating on Capitol Hill," said Raju. "The House Judiciary Committee will consider votes on amendments to the articles of impeachment. Republicans are expects to offer a flurry of amendments aimed at undercutting the articles, to gut the articles, and the democrats are expected to beat back every single one of them. Those votes expected to be along party lines."
CNN’s John Avlon slams Bill Barr’s lifelong career of ‘radical’ hypocrisy
On Wednesday, CNN fact-checker John Avlon laid into Attorney General William Barr's agenda, breaking down his history as a hardcore partisan who adopts whatever beliefs are necessary to silence the left.
"Ten months into his tenure it's clear Bill Barr is one of the most radical and partisan attorney generals in American history," said Avlon. "In statement after statement, Barr seems to show he believes the attorney general should function as the president's personal lawyer. He cut a critical sentence and a half, hiding the first part that said Russia worked to secure a Trump presidency and the campaign expected it would benefit from their interference. On Monday, after Barr's own inspector general concluded there was no spying on the Trump campaign, Barr slammed the report on the president's behalf."
CNN’s Cuomo smacks down GOP congressman for claiming Democrats have no impeachable offense on Trump
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) tried to claim that Democrats had no impeachable offenses against Trump — and anchor Chris Cuomo promptly fact-checked him.
"I still ask that question, what was the impeachable offense?" said Mullin. "They started with quid pro quo, moved to bribery and when the articles of impeachment came out, they say it's high crimes and misdemeanors. From day one they have been in search of a crime. They've been trying to explain to the American people why they're impeaching a duly elected president. Underneath the past impeachments it was very clear. Clinton committed perjury. Andrew Johnson, he removed the Secretary of War illegally and Nixon broke into the DNC. Those are impeachable offenses. I ask the question—"