MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough marveled that another attorney for President Donald Trump had fallen under criminal investigation.
Rudy Giuliani, the former U.S. Attorney and New York City mayor, is under investigation for his role in Trump’s scheme to pressure Ukraine into assisting his re-election campaign after the arrest of two of his associates.
“Wait, another lawyer of Donald Trump’s now being investigated?” the “Morning Joe” host said. “God, why is it that everybody around him ends up in jail? Is that a coincidence? Because it’s unbelievable, seriously, and his lawyers end up in jail. His fixers end up in jail. Wow! At least he’s got that U.S. ambassador behind him.”
EU ambassador Gordon Sondland will tell Congress next week that he doesn’t know why aid to Ukraine was held up, and he will also say that Trump personally directed him to tell the Ukraine ambassador that there was no quid pro quo linking that aid to his request for campaign dirt on Joe Biden.
“It’s just remarkable, this guy is making Richard Nixon look like a choir boy,” Scarborough said. “You have Donald Trump’s campaign manager in jail, will probably be there for the rest his life. His first national security adviser admitted to breaking the law, committing a felony. I mean, you can go down the list, his foreign affairs person, his lawyer, his longtime lawyer, personal fixer in jail, and now here’s Rudy Giuliani under investigation, and it does not look good for Rudy and for the president who, yet again, has another one of his surrogates in big legal trouble.”
The late James McCord, a CIA agent and Watergate burglar whose 1973 arrest set in motion the scandal that brought down Nixon, famously warned that “every tree in the forest will fall” in the White House coverup, and Scarborough said that process seemed to be playing out.
“Autocrats, tyrants, people that are running what some label illiberal democracies across the world, always attack the news, always blame the news, it’s their way of escaping any responsibility for their evil deeds,” Scarborough said. “In Donald Trump’s case, he’s always blamed the news or he’s blamed the news for reporting on (special counsel Robert) Mueller.”
“Here, this is a story that he’s already admitted to in front of a bank of cameras that, yes, he’s trying to get China, he’s trying to get Ukraine, he’s trying to get foreign countries,” he continued, “trying to get them to meddle with American elections. You see these numbers skyrocketing. This is something that he may desperately try to blame the press or Democrats, but it looks like Americans are on to him.”
As this continues, it looks like every tree may fall,” Scarborough concluded. “Because people don’t want to end to up in jail. They’ve seen the history of Watergate, they don’t want to be a part of it this time.”
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."