On Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s “The Beat,” former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner told host Ari Melber that White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s press briefing today might be the turning point that guarantees President Donald Trump’s removal from office.
“That’s a confession,” said Kirschner. “Whether you call that extortion, bribery, campaign finance violations or what Alexander Hamilton called it, an impeachable offense as an abuse of your public office and a violation of your public trust. Frankly, it qualifies as all of those things and Mick Mulvaney just said it out loud. Now, the fact that they tried to walk it back too little too late is an indication of just how damaging that accurate confession really is. So that is impeachment game over. It should be conviction in the Senate and removal — game over and hello, President Pence.”
“And here’s the thing,” added Kirschner. “He thought he was maybe being a little cute by saying, okay, maybe there was a quid pro quo, but it was really only with respect to past election interference. But, Ari, that ignores page four of the call summary between Trump and President Zelensky, where Trump moves on to really what’s most important to him and says, oh, the other thing I want is this Biden son thing. And Biden is bragging about getting the prosecutor fired. Look into that.”
On top of everything else, Kirschner noted, this makes Mulvaney an “inconsistent statement witness against the president.”
“Mulvaney will be getting his subpoena,” said Kirschner. “Now, we’ll see how he deals with it. We’ll probably get absolute immunity and executive privilege and who knows, maybe doctor/patient privilege when it’s all said and done. He will do everything he can to avoid testifying, I predict, because he just said publicly something that is very damning of the president.”
“Well, I don’t know about doctor/patient, but he might need a doctor after punching himself in the face in that hearing — I mean in that press conference,” said Melber.
John Oliver explains how the Ukraine scandal so stupid even Fox News ‘idiot’ Steve Doocy should understand it
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver closed out his season with a special report for Fox News hosts who seem to be struggling with the basic understanding of things like "bribery" or the concept that attempted crimes are still actually crimes.
At the top of Sunday's show, Oliver played a clip of Fox News host Laura Ingraham who made the argument that if Trump tried to commit a crime and didn't manage to pull it off, then he's clearly innocent.
"Attempted bribery isn't in the constitution," proclaimed Ingraham, forgetting about what "high crimes and misdemeanors" covers. "Remember, Ukraine got its aid, it was 14 days delayed, big deal. And Ukraine never made any public statement about the investigation."
This is the energy executive who first exposed Trump’s Ukraine scandal: report
CNN host Chris Cuomo did a special investigative report by Drew Griffin looking at the money trail from Russia to President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal.
"You probably don’t know Dale Perry, but history may record this energy executive as one of the first who sounded the alarm about what would become President Trump’s impeachment inquiry," said Griffin. "In April, Perry’s former business partner Andrew Favorov, now a director at Ukraine's state-owned gas company Naftogaz, says two shady characters had approached him, with a secret management plan to take over the management from the inside. Those two shady characters Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are two low-level, Soviet-born businessmen from south Florida. And they were trying to clear the way for their own gas business."
‘A slam-dunk-case’: MSNBC analysts predict GOP will defend Trump — and ‘the guy is going to get off’
More evidence was outed Sunday as the Wall Street Journal revealed emails from EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who promised to keep the White House abreast of President Donald Trump's demand for an investigation by Ukraine. The news prompted an MSNBC panelists to explain that it wouldn't matter how much evidence was presented, Republicans will never vote to remove Trump.
Host Geoff Bennett asked about the witness testimony and preponderance of evidence that "all points in one direction at this point, that President Trump orchestrated this entire" Ukraine investigations.
"It's a slam dunk case, and yet we know the guy is going to get off," said Los Angels Times White House reporter Eli Stokols. "That's effectively what you're saying. Because all the testimony has lined up so closely, the fact that [EU Ambassador Gordon] Sondland has come to come in, and because testimony from [Ambassador Bill] Taylor and others, has had to change testimony, Republicans have no choice -- the president has no choice but to try to dismiss the entire thing as partisan."