When President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, he was openly hostile to the Democrats who questioned him about former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation — not to mention evasive. And on Tuesday night, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell discussed Lewandowski’s testimony with legal analyst Mimi Rocah as well as with Rep. Eric Swalwell (one of the House Democrats who had questioned him). Rocah, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, was highly critical of Lewandowski and even went so far as to say that the Republican operative “may have perjured himself” during his testimony.
Swalwell told O’Donnell that being held in contempt of Congress is “certainly on the table” for Lewandowski.
“There need to be consequences…..That’s not how an innocent person conducts themself…. That’s how a guilty person acts,” Swalwell asserted. And the congressman didn’t get any argument from Rocah.
House Republicans, Rocah complained, “really made it hard for Democrats to get information out” during Tuesday’s hearing. But while O’Donnell and Rocah agreed that some House Democrats could have been more skillful in their questioning of Lewandowski, Rocah had nothing but praise for attorney Barry Berke — who questioned him aggressively and is presently serving as a consultant to the House Judiciary Committee.
Berke, Rocah stressed, “is such a skilled questioner” and “controlled the narrative and got out the information he wanted.” According to Rocah, Berke “showed Lewandowski to just be a complete liar. It was so obvious to anyone watching that.”
During Lewandowski’s testimony, he was asked about efforts to obstruct Mueller’s investigation and get former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Russia probe. And Rocah alleged to O’Donnell that Lewandowski was being inconsistent when it came to what he had told Mueller during the Russia investigation and what he told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Rocah explained, “I think this point about Lewandowski having said to Mueller that he didn’t want to meet with Sessions at the DOJ because of the log — and now, he’s totally trying to disclaim that. That’s a really important point, and frankly, he may have perjured himself about that today because he completely contradicted what he said to Mueller.”
Fox News graphic busts White House press secretary for lying about Syria cease-fire
A Fox News chyron underlined a major lie by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
She still hasn't given an official press briefing, but Grisham made one of her frequent appearances on "Fox & Friends" to celebrate a cease-fire negotiated Thursday by Vice President Mike Pence that's already been broken.
"The president has an obligation to look out for the troops and look out for the country," Grisham said, justifying President Donald Trump's decision to remove troops from northern Syria and abandoned Kurdish allies to ethnic cleansing by Turkey.
"When (Turkish president Recep Tayyip) Erdo?an made it clear he was going to invade, the president acted decisively to pull our military out of the way," Grisham said. "He sent a delegation over to get a cease-fire. That takes time."
James Mattis finally fires back at Trump in a surprisingly funny charity speech
Former US defense secretary James Mattis said he was honored to be the "world's most overrated general" in a swipe at his former boss Donald Trump who insulted him earlier this week.
At a gala charity dinner in New York Thursday evening, Mattis told diners he had now "achieved greatness."
"I'm not just an overrated general. I am the greatest, the world's most overrated," he said.
"I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress," he said.
"So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me," he said to laughter and applause at the annual Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation dinner.
‘We’ve entered a shame-free zone’: CNN’s Sciutto appalled by Trump’s ‘mind-boggling’ G7 corruption
CNN's Jim Sciutto on Friday did not mince words when talking about President Donald Trump's decision to host next year's G7 summit at his own golf course in Doral, Florida.
During a segment about the president's multiple corruption scandals, Sciutto described Trump's G7 gambit as the president "explicitly, publicly steering a taxpayer-funded government contract to [his] own business." He then asked former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti to comment on why this scandal might get Trump into hot legal water.