MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow patiently walked back right-wing conspiracy theories about Rep. Adam Schiff after Meghan McCain confronted her on “The View.”
Conservative websites have seized on the revelation that Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, had been notified that a whistleblower was filing a complaint alleging abuse of power by President Donald Trump, and McCain pressed Maddow to explain.
“This was blowing up all over Twitter yesterday, at least conservative Twitter,” McCain said. “It turns out that Adam Schiff knew about the whistleblower complaint in advance. The whistleblower spoke to a House aide about it, and then the aide told Schiff. Even if that’s standard practice, when Schiff was recently asked directly, he said, quote, we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. Now that’s a lie, and I keep saying that Adam Schiff is the wrong person to do this because if we are going to go forward with impeachment, it needs to be as clean and look as nonpartisan as possible.”
Maddow patiently explained that McCain’s outrage was misplaced.
“He didn’t speak with the whistleblower,” she said. “Whistleblowers come forward all the time to the House Intelligence Committee, which is run by Democrats, and to the Senate Committee run by Republicans, and they say this happens all the time, we always do the same thing. We have them speak with a staffer, and then the staffer tells them to get a lawyer and file a whistleblower complaint. On the House side, they say this happens two or three times a month. This is a normal thing.”
McCain and fellow conservative Abby Huntsman complained that Schiff had paraphrased the call summary as a dramatization of a mafia shakedown, but Maddow pushed back on their suggestion he was a partisan hack.
“He actually was reticent on impeachment,” Maddow said. “As the head of the Intelligence Committee, he has been very much in the public eye on this stuff, but he’s not been one of the people pushing for it.”
Huntsman said she believes Trump’s Ukraine scandal was worthy of an impeachment inquiry, but she asked Maddow if she hadn’t contributed to the sense of outrage fatigue over all the president’s previous scandals.
“I think it’s a very good point,” Maddow said. “That’s what happens when you have a scandal-ridden presidency with stuff that happens all the time, that any other presidency, would have already led to impeachment.”
She said the president committed an impeachable offense just before “The View” started taping.
“The president today, just before you guys got on the air today, the president went out on the South Lawn and he was asked, what did you want the Ukrainians to do?” Maddow said. “He said, I want them to investigate Biden and I want the Chinese to do it, too.”
“Did this happen on the call?” she added. “Was it hearsay? Who was the whistleblower? He has just admitted to it on the South Lawn. You don’t need an inquiry.”
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.