MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani were increasingly exposed to legal jeopardy — and neither man seems to understand their precarious position.
The “Morning Joe” host and NBC News reporter Julia Ainsley agreed that congressional testimony by former White House aide Fiona Hill had blown apart many of the president’s defenses in the Ukraine scandal.
“We don’t need to hear anymore of this, because what’s fascinating and what Rudy still doesn’t understand is, they went to the lawyers right after the meeting,” Scarborough said. “They’ve got the transcripts, they’ve got all the details. He can go on any, like, Trumpist crank’s talk radio show — they’ve got the transcripts, they’ve got the evidence.”
“This is like the end of ‘Matlock’ or ‘Perry Mason,'” he added.
Ainsley said Hill’s testimony shows that Trump and Giuliani’s pressure campaign against Ukraine would likely have been revealed without the whistleblower complaint, and raises serious questions about the Justice Department’s handling of the scandal.
“If you think about it, that National Security Council lawyer that (Hill) was advised go to (by former national security adviser John Bolton), that is the same person, as well as the CIA general counsel, who called the Justice Department before we even had a whistleblower complaint,” Ainsley said.
“So when the president focuses on this whistleblower, (saying) it’s this disloyal person who has created this experience against him,” she added, “it wasn’t one person, it was all of these people and it dates before this complaint. I think if it wasn’t for the complaint itself, this would have surfaced.”
Scarborough said the evidence was piling up against the president and his lawyer, and everyone who helped them conceal their efforts to corrupt foreign policy.
“These people are terrible at covering their messes, and it’s all coming out,” he said. “A third-grader knows it’s all coming out. Rudy is still lying, they’re still trying to cover up. Rudy and Donald Trump seem to be the only two people who aren’t smart enough to cover their backsides legally.”
Manhattan DA announces protesters arrested by NYPD will not be charged: ‘Our office has a moral imperative’
The Manhattan District Attorney announced on Friday that his office would not be prosecuting protesters arrested for low-level crimes.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced that Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct would not be prosecuted during the demonstrations over police violence.
"“The prosecution of protestors charged with these low-level offenses undermines critical bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve. Days after the killing of George Floyd, our nation and our city are at a crossroads in our continuing endeavor to confront racism and systemic injustice wherever it exists. Our office has a moral imperative to enact public policies which assure all New Yorkers that in our justice system and our society, black lives matter and police violence is a crime. We commend the thousands of our fellow New Yorkers who have peacefully assembled to demand these achievable aims, and our door is open to any New Yorker who wishes to be heard," Vance said in a statement.
Chicago Police Board president files complaint alleging he was struck 5 times by cops at George Floyd protest
On Friday, WTTW reported that Ghian Foreman, the president of the Chicago Police Board, has filed a complaint alleging he was beaten in the legs five times by police officers at a protest against the killing of George Floyd last Sunday.
The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian commission that has power over police disciplinary cases.
"Foreman filed a complaint with the Citizens Office of Police Accountability alleging that he was struck by at least one officer during a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, said Ephraim Eaddy, a spokesperson for the agency," said the report. "Foreman’s complaint, which identifies the officer Foreman said struck him, is one of 344 complaints of police misconduct filed with COPA between midnight May 29 and 7 a.m. Friday, Eaddy said. The complaint itself is confidential."
Kayleigh McEnany may have committed voter fraud by claiming parent’s Florida address when living in DC: report
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has carried the flag for President Donald Trump's campaign against mail-in voting, delivering false warnings the process is rife with voter fraud. But McEnany herself may be guilty of the illegal act.
And so may be her boss.
"Kayleigh McEnany was living in Washington, but voted in Florida. Trump used an address he promised Palm Beach officials would not be a residence," HuffPost reports.