Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance explained in her appearance on MSNBC Tuesday that Corey Lewandowski’s attempts to plead “hatchetman privilege” weren’t successful. He ultimately outed Trump for breaking the law.
Lewandowski attempted to claim that he couldn’t answer any questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s account because he hadn’t read it. But the information he personally gave to Mueller was enough to corner both men.
“I mean, Donald Trump has been found to have committed felony finance crimes by the Southern District of New York. Donald Trump has been found — committed ten acts of criminal obstruction of justice by Robert Mueller and his investigators,” host Nicolle Wallace said. “And I think what Ron was just sort of pulling the curtain back on is his suspicion that that may not be the headline, that Corey Lewandowski today confirmed at least two of those instances of criminal obstruction of justice.”
Vance agreed, saying that Lewandowski got off to a “rocky start” trying to claim a privilege that he doesn’t hold.
“With Corey Lewandowski really pulling and sort of plotzing himself along with claims he hadn’t read the report and couldn’t answer questions,” said Vance. “But by the time we hit Rep. Hank Johnson from Georgia, Lewandowski was answering questions and I think Ron is right here, there’s no president hatchetman privilege. And Lewandowski essentially conceded that the president asked him to communicate to Jeff Sessions that the Mueller investigation needed to be stopped in its tracks. That’s not news to us. You’re right but it may be a stunning headline for millions of Americans who haven’t read the report yet.”
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President Donald Trump's administration is contemplating using active-duty U.S. troops in an attempt to quell the protests in Minneapolis, the Associated Press reported early Saturday morning.
As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests," the AP reported.
"Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours. The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations," the AP explained.
John Roberts joins liberals as Supreme Court rejects challenge to Newsom’s COVID-19 limits on California church attendance
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California. The San Diego area church tried to challenge the state's limits on attendance at worship services:
The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday. The church said it has crowds of 200 to 300 people for its services.