On this Friday’s edition of Fox & Friends, the panel discussed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s recent press conference where he undermined the White House’s talking points regarding President Trump’s infamous July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, saying that there indeed was a quid pro quo discussed on the call. Mulvaney subsequently walked back his comments, releasing a statement that essentially denied what he originally said.
During the Fox segment, Brian Kilmeade defended Mulvaney and said that he “handled all this well” and gave him “credit for going out there,” but added that many of the President’s troubles “all began in the Ukraine.”
Attempting to play devil’s advocate, co-host Melissa Francis compared Trump’s alleged pressuring of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in exchange for financial aid to his bargaining with Mexico over his long-promised border wall.
“Could you make the same argument?” Francis asked. “That’s a campaign promise … he’s saying he’s gonna withhold aid — I think Mick Mulvaney’s point may have been, this is how it works: before you release money, you say, here is what you have to do. You have to clean up the corruption.”
But according to fellow co-host Jessica Tarlov, the two aren’t comparable.
“When you’re doing that with Mexico, for instance, you’re not doing that to get information that you are going to weaponize for an American election,” Tarlov said before Francis interrupted, accusing Tarlov of making assumptions about Trump’s intentions.
“You think President Trump wants to know if the DNC server is locked in a Ukrainian basement somewhere just so he can know that for his personal information?” Tarlov shot back. “Unfortunately, this is just the way that the law works. And Mick Mulvaney now, and the President himself, have both admitted to the quid pro quo on live television.”
Watch the segment below:
Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports
Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.
The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.
It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.
CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.
Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’
Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.
McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."
House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report
Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.
"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.
"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."