On Wednesday, during a press conference with the president of Finland, President Donald Trump ranted and raved against the impeachment proceedings against him. Trump made references to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s jock-strap.
As reporters awaited a second Trump event in the afternoon, columnist John Avlon appeared on CNN to criticize Trump for degrading the office of the presidency. He noted that Trump seems increasingly desperate as Democrats close in.
“You’re not looking at a president who’s acting presidential in any way, shape or form,” Avlon said. “In some ways we left normal some time ago but as the pressure is ratcheting up, impeachment is being real he is reacting in a way that recalls banana republics rather than American republics.”
Morning Joe panel scorches Barr investigator Durham as a ‘PR hack for a failed reality TV show host’
An extensive segment on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday morning discussing Attorney General Bill Barr dismissing his own department's inspector general report showing no "Deep State" conspiracy against Donald Trump, turned to Barr's hand-selected investigator John Durham's intrusive statement late in the day.
‘Any other attorney general would resign’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe scalds Barr for ‘lying’ about FBI
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough scalded Attorney General William Barr for lying about the inspector general report he ordered to justify President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories.
The Department of Justice's inspector general failed to find evidence of an FBI plot against Trump's 2016 campaign, but Barr publicly disagreed with those findings and insisted there was not enough justification to launch the Russia investigation.
"His lie about Barack Obama, you know, crawling around Trump Tower like bugging his phone, a lie," Scarborough said. "The lie from the attorney general of the United States, just shocking, that FBI agents, quote, 'spied,' spied on the president of the United States -- a lie."
Maddow shocked AG Bill Barr did not resign after IG report undermined his conspiracy theories
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC wondered why Attorney General Bill Barr did not resign after his own Justice Department debunked a conspiracy theory pushed by the nation's chief law enforcement officer.
Maddow explained how the Department of Justice Inspector General report released Thursday debunked Barr's claim that there had been "spying" on the 2016 Trump campaign.
The host played a clip of Barr testifying under oath before Congress.
"I think spying did occur," Barr testified.
"Spying did not occur according to the Justice Department," Maddow noted. "The Justice Department's independent inspector general report came out concluding definitively, the Trump campaign was not spied on.