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.”
Trump’s obsession with wrecking Obamacare is pushing him into a political buzzsaw: report
President Donald Trump's administration has asked the Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act at a time when the United States is suffering from a deadly pandemic.
An Axios analysis written by Drew Altman of the Kaiser Family Foundation argues that Trump's insistence on demolishing all of Obamacare puts him at odds not just with Democratic and independent voters, but also a majority of Republican voters.
Big chain retailers — including Target and Home Depot — beg government to enforce standard mask-wearing nationwide
In a letter sent to the National Governors Association, an industry group representing many of the largest retailers in the U.S. asked the country's governors to mandate and enforce rules requiring people to wear masks at all times while in public.
With the coronavirus spiking dramatically in some states, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents Target and Home Depot among others, sent the letter on Monday, reports CBS News.
One major issue has been the increasing incidence of angry shoppers attacking employees due to non-standardized rules on masks.
Tech titan chiefs to testify at US antitrust committee
The US House Committee on the Judiciary on Monday announced that leaders of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google will testify during an antitrust investigation hearing.
The hearing, scheduled to take place July 27, comes against a backdrop of growing complaints about tech platforms that have dominated key economic sectors, and calls by some activists and politicians to break up the Silicon Valley giants
Chief executives Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Tim Cook (Apple), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Sundar Pichai (Google) will be allowed to appear virtually if they wish, according to a joint statement released by Judiciary committee chairman Jerrold Nadler and Antitrust subcommittee chairman David Cicilline.