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.”
Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress: ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’
On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.
"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"
"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."
Giuliani pummeled by ex-press secretary for ‘returning to the scene of the crime’ to create Ukraine chaos
On CNN Saturday, Rudy Giuliani's former mayoral press secretary Ken Frydman harshly criticized his former boss for his ongoing efforts in the Ukraine scheme.
"As you've watched the former mayor over the last several years, have you identified a point at which things shifted for the man who I guess still is for some known at America's Mayor?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell."
"Well, yeah. I think when he went into business with Donald Trump," said Frydman. "You saw a — a severe change in his personality. He had a zealous need to make money, to be relevant. To be part of the political process. And you know right now he's making, I think, ill-advised decisions, like returning to the scene of the crime, Ukraine, to make a propagandist documentary. Almost as if he's playing, he and the president, are playing, 'catch me if you can.' The president will not participate in the impeachment hearings, and Rudy is off in the Ukraine doubling down."
‘I haven’t had a personal cell phone for years’: Trump demands retraction from CNN — in tweet sent from his iPhone
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump had spoken to Rudy Giuliani over unsecured phone lines.
If he was using an unsecured phone to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine, Trump would effectively be allowing the Russians to listen in.
CNN confirmed the unsecured phone use, reporting "President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN."