America’s former ambassador to Russia on Thursday broke down what we know about the whistleblower alleging wrongdoing by President Donald Trump.
Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed by MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber on “The Beat.”
“In my understanding, have — having worked closely with the intelligence community, when I was in the government — nobody that I know would go to these steps unless there was something really serious. This is not about the inappropriate use of classified material,” McFaul noted. “It’s something much bigger.”
“We’re talking about someone who is at a senior enough level to have this level of access, who knows the rules and knows they can lose their job or worse,” Melber noted.
“Well, for starts, you said something really important there that I want to make sure your listeners heard. This person has to be very senior in the intelligence community. POTUS phone calls are not read out to the entire U.S. government and the entire CIA,” he explained. “I used to organize those phone calls for President Obama, that is a very small group of people that have access to that.”
“So if this was a phone call, it suggested somebody very senior and, second, I think it points to either criminal behavior — and again I’m speculating here — or some threat to a key asset to the intelligence community,” McFaul said.
“Wow,” Melber replied.
“To be so motivated to take this extraordinary act, it has to be something extraordinary — and in my mind, it’s in one of those two buckets,” McFaul said.
“Wow,” Melber repeated.
‘I will be buying an AR-15’: MLB investigating umpire who called for civil war if Trump is impeached
On Wednesday, ESPN reported that baseball officials are looking into a tweet by Major League umpire Rob Drake, in which he announced he was buying a semiautomatic rifle in preparation for the civil war that would erupt if President Donald Trump is impeached.
"I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL [sic] WAR!!! #MAGA2020" tweeted Drake, who has umpired postseason games since 2010 and lives in Arizona.
‘Ridiculous’ for Trump’s team to ‘feed people this line’ that Ukraine didn’t know about the frozen aid: CNN contributor
President Donald Trump and his associates have recently tried a new defense for the Ukraine scandal, claiming that there couldn't have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians were supposedly unaware of the military aid freeze the Trump apparently ordered to force them to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post journalist David Swerdlick and his co-panelists smacked down that narrative.
"The New York Times reports that the Ukrainians learned in early August that aid was frozen and they were told to reach out to the acting White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney," said anchor Wolf Blitzer.
Document reveals how the White House cheered up Trump after his meltdown at #MAGA rally in Dallas
Last week, President Donald Trump sought to shore up political support in Texas by holding a campaign rally in Dallas.
During the rally, Trump told the crowd how he hated it when his children told him what they learned in school.
The president also suffered a meltdown and offered the crowd his impersonations.
Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren on Wednesday revealed a note she'd received from the White House reading, "Tomi, thank you for everything. Best wishes."