MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski hammered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for standing by while President Donald Trump corrupted the department he was confirmed by Congress to oversee.
The “Morning Joe” co-host said former Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor had delivered damning testimony in the impeachment inquiry against Trump, and Brzezinski and her panelists agreed the secretary of state must answer for his actions in the scheme to pressure a foreign ally to investigate Joe Biden.
“The level of detail that is in here speaks to his note-taking and his collection of documents because he knew something wasn’t right,” said co-host Willie Geist, “and he wanted to have a paper trail to explain in this very moment (Tuesday), but it does speak to, does it not, the sloppiness or the arrogance, or some combination of this, administration of this shadow foreign policy that they thought they could roll over Bill Taylor and he just wouldn’t say anything.”
But the White House learned that Taylor would not go along for the ride, and instead delivered nearly 10 hours of gasp-inducing testimony.
“He was there watching, obviously the consummate professional, and as he realizes what’s going on, he begins trying to say to people stop this,” said Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.
Taylor laid out evidence that he had tried to enlist other officials, including Pompeo and EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, to help him push back against the corrupt and likely criminal scheme — but they refused.
“He writes directly to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he says this policy you’re conducting is folly,” Ignatius said. “That’s the word, he speaks out, quiet man as we’ve seen. He speaks out and says this is folly. One of the questions I have this morning is, where’s Mike Pompeo?”
Brzezinski said the secretary of state owed Congress and the American people an explanation.
“This is not a hypothetical,” she said. “The guy he appointed now has an incredible detailed story of how this quote ‘drug deal’ went down, so to speak. I mean, this is not a hypothetical. He has to answer questions at some point to the reality that happened on his watch, doesn’t he?”
Trump personally asked what ‘tanks’ could be used to break up George Floyd protests
On Tuesday, The Daily Beast detailed how President Donald Trump himself has been behind the push to use the military to control the protests against the police killing of George Floyd — to the extent that he actually asked about specific military equipment that would be available for that purpose.
"[Defense Secretary Mark] Esper, along with other cabinet secretaries, stood next to the president during the remarks in the park after participating in an hour-long call with governors in which he said they needed to 'dominate the battlespace' to quell the protests," reported Erin Banco, Spencer Ackerman, and Asawin Suebsaeng. "But three senior Pentagon officials who spoke with The Daily Beast said they viewed the secretary’s comments on the call as a way to publicly show support for the president. They did not expect the department to actually implement a plan that would reflect the president’s rhetoric and force additional troops upon the states."
FBI has ‘no intelligence’ Antifa was involved in Sunday’s violence at DC protests: report
Attorney General Bill Barr and President Donald Trump have tried to blame Antifa -- or anti-fascists -- for violence in the protests against police injustice. But the public data has backed up their case, and even their on intel disputes the argument.
"he FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31, according to an internal FBI situation report obtained exclusively by The Nation. That same day, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would designate Antifa a terrorist organization, even though the government has no existing authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization," Ken Klippenstein reported for the magazine.
NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio
Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."
Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?
Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt
— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020