On Saturday’s edition of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” civil rights activist and MSNBC contributor Maya Wiley pinned down what it means when President Donald Trump and his associates describe something as “perfect” — a word they have frequently used throughout the Ukraine scandal.
“The problem we have here … is there is no sunshine, there is no light being shone on what happened here. And one of our questions should also be, why not?” said Wiley. “Every time we hear the word ‘perfect’ out of the White House — it was a ‘perfect’ call with the Ukrainian president, now Mick Mulvaney is saying [Trump National Doral] was a ‘perfect’ place [for a diplomatic summit], serving the needs — every time we hear ‘perfect,’ and we kind of get the suggestion that they’re worried and they’ve got something to hide.”
“If it is so perfect, there should be no reason they wouldn’t provide complete transparency into every aspect of this transaction,” said Wiley. “And when we add to that the pattern — because remember, in 2017, we saw the State Department and U.S. embassies putting up advertisements for Mar-a-Lago in the UK … how did that happen? Who actually directed and suggested that Mar-a-Lago advertisements go up across government website properties? There is no question — so, not to mention all the other things we could say.”
“So, there’s no question that there are no controls,” continued Wiley. “Plus, we have heard all week long in relation to Ukraine, senior members of the administration, including hand-picked people by Donald Trump, say, ‘I didn’t feel comfortable, but the president told me.’ So, what is happening here with Mick Mulvaney? Because he was also part of that story.”
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."