MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump’s lies about his Ukraine phone call have always been obvious, but a new White House witness revealed what was omitted from that call summary.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Ukraine expert for the National Security Council, told House impeachment investigators the White House omitted crucial words and phrases related to Joe Biden, but Trump has been insisting the summary was a word-for-word transcript since the document’s release.
“The lying is so — it’s breathtaking,” the “Morning Joe” host said.
Vindman’s testimony revealed White House efforts to scrub some of the more damaging portions of the president’s July 25 call, which was the subject of a whistleblower complaint, but Scarborough said Trump’s lies have been apparent since the summary was released.
“I mean, the actual document of that, quote, exact transcript released by the White House says on page 1, ‘Caution, a memorandum of a telephone conversation is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion,'” Scarborough said. “‘The text records the notes assigned to listen and memorial a conversation in written form as the conversation takes place, not a transcript.'”
“So the president says exact transcript, word for word transcript, comma for comma — he’s lying,” he continued. “We knew he was lying from day one, just like we knew he was lying about (Abū Bakr al-)Baghdadi, that the dog whispered to him that Baghdadi had whimpered and cried, and the story about China, ‘China called last night’ — which of, like, the 2 billion called? And now this exact transcript.”
“So we knew he was lying from the beginning,” Scarborough added, “but now we find out that they would not put in the most damaging parts of that transcript and the lieutenant colonel tried to get them to do it, and they refused.”
Jared Kushner’s ties to Saudis could be fair game if Trump keeps going after Hunter Biden: Dem lawmaker
On MSNBC's "AM Joy," Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) laid out the case for impeaching President Donald Trump — and warned of the consequences for Trump's own family at the hands of future presidents if he is allowed to get away with it.
"He abused his power by trying to trade government resources for a political favor, to knock out a political rival in Joe Biden, the guy that he thought would emerge as nominee for 2020," said Castro. "We can't set a precedent where Congress says it's okay for a president to do that, because if we do that then a few things will happen. Number one, it opens the door for Donald Trump to do it again or a future president to do it again. To ask a country to interfere in our elections and knock out a political rival by digging up dirt."
Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’
In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.
Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.
BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble
On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?
"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.
These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.