The Florida state attorney with authority over President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort warned that the White House chief of staff could be arrested for a crime he publicly admitted.
Dave Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach County and a former Florida state senator, agreed with a former prosecutor on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Mick Mulvaney had revealed criminal wrongdoing by admitting the White House withheld military aid to pressure Ukraine to help the president’s re-election campaign.
“We’ve been being looking at criminality here for a while,” said former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, “and I think Mulvaney put the final nail in the coffin yesterday, and here’s why it’s important.”
She said enough evidence had already been shown to support impeachment, but Vance said that Trump associates should start getting worried about their own legal exposure on criminal charges.
“But the clear case, the case that everyone has always agreed would support impeachment, would be if the president engaged in outright criminality,” Vance said, “and here we see bribery and campaign finance violations.”
Aronberg agreed, and said Mulvaney in particular should be worried about getting arrested.
“Yesterday’s press conference was a clown show,” he said. “I mean, Mulvaney went rogue, and it’s not uncommon when a conspiracy falls apart for the individual conspirators to start pointing the finger at each other.”
“They’re panicking, that’s what Mulvaney did yesterday,” Aronberg continued. “He panicked and he pointed the finger at President Trump as an attempt to save his own hide. You know, he was saying, ‘Yeah, this all happened, it happens all the time.'”
“It’s essentially a quid pro quo,” he added. “The problem with that is that it does seal President Trump’s fate for impeachment, and it could lead to Mulvaney wearing a pair of handcuffs in the future for campaign finance violations, possible bribery, extortion.”
That wouldn’t be the first time senior White House staffers had been charged with crimes committed while serving a president.
“Remember, President Nixon’s chief of staff served prison time for Watergate,” Aronberg said, “and that could ultimately be Mulvaney’s fate. I think at that point jury will have to decide which of Mulvaney’s two statements yesterday was more credible — the one he did voluntarily, spontaneously on camera, or the carefully written letter that he submitted hours later to sort of walk it back.”
Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate
The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.
Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.
The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.
During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.
Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege
Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info
Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.
Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.
Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.
Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report
Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.
"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.