The audience on “The View” reacted in anger and then mockery to White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s confession to Ukraine quid pro quo — and then his denial of what he plainly said on video.
President Donald Trump’s chief staffer admitted during a press briefing that the White House held up congressionally approved aid to Ukraine as leverage to get the foreign ally to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory.
“We do that all the time with foreign policy, and I have news for everybody,” Mulvaney told reporters. “Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy.”
The audience booed, and the co-hosts were astonished.
“I’ve got news for Mick Mulvaney,” said guest host Ana Navarro. “We’re not going to get over it. We’re not going to get over it, because it’s illegal, because it’s criminal and it’s an impeachable offense.”
Host Joy Behar then reported that Mulvaney tried to walk back his public claims, denying that he had admitted to a quid pro quo arrangement and suggesting that he had been misquoted.
“He tried to walk it back saying there was no quid pro quo and blame the media for misconstruing his statement, but you just heard him,” Behar said, as the audience and panelists laughed. “You heard him. He has just basically handed the impeachment over to the Democrats.”
Conservatie co-host Abby Huntsman said Mulvaney was among the Trump staffers who just aren’t especially bright.
“The people that are around the president right now, a lot of them are buffoons,” she said. “They act like such idiots when they’re talking.”
She highlighted the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani as a perfect example, and she said the former New York City mayor had gotten himself under criminal investigation.
“Lock him up,” Behar said, as the audience thundered in approval. “Lock him up.”
Nicolle Wallace tells Colbert why she cursed at Fox News host Laura Ingraham — and that she left the GOP
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace appeared on Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" Wednesday after spending hours analyzing the impeachment hearings that began that morning.
One of the first things Colbert asked about was the recent smackdown from Wallace about Fox News host Laura Ingraham and her guests going after Col. Alexander Vindman. Ingraham proposed that because Vindman was born in Ukraine that he was somehow a traitor to the United States for coming forward about President Donald Trump's admitted crimes.
‘It takes a small mind to want to out a whistleblower’: Rachel Maddow blasts Trump and GOP
In an analysis of the first day of impeachment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained to late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon why the impeachment hearings were a lot more rational than she anticipated.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) switched committees just to appear and ask questions and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) humiliated himself, but aside from that, Maddow said she was surprised there were reasonable questions, and everyone remained calm.
Seth Meyers mocks Devin Nunes saying Dems wanted to find nude photos of Trump: ‘Literally no one wants that’
"Late Night" host Seth Meyers ridiculed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his absurd line of questioning that accused Democrats of the impeachment is the same as the Russia scandal.
Nunes said that Democrats want the world to forget about their efforts to obtain nude photos of Trump, something Meyers countered with actual sense.
"Hey man, I guarantee you no one wants nude pictures of Donald Trump," Meyers said. "I'm not crazy about clothed pictures of Donald Trump. Also, I have to believe that if there were nude pictures of Donald Trump, the first person to show them would be Donald Trump. He'd probably hold a press conference with a giant poster board."