MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough reacted to EU ambassador Gordon Sondland’s description of a criminal enterprise operating out of the White House.
Panelists on “Morning Joe” agreed the ambassador’s testimony outlined an extortion scheme directed by Trump against Ukraine that undermined U.S. foreign policy to personally benefit the president.
“You listen to (House Democratic counsel) Daniel Goldman, an organized crime prosecutor, he began to elicit evidence that will build a narrative that whether or not Republicans are ultimately publicly persuaded by it, they will know to be the truth,” said former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance. “This was a vintage mob operation with Trump not putting his fingers too directly on things but sending out his lieutenant Rudy Giuliani, who Sondland told us they all knew that when they took Rudy Giuliani’s orders, he was speaking for the president, and it’s clear now to all of us how this worked and that it really was a bribery scam.”
Trump himself admitted he called Sonland on Sept. 9, the day the House was notified of the whistleblower complaint, to insist he wanted nothing from Ukraine, “no quid pro quo” — and MSNBC analyst Mike Barnicle said that was highly suspicious.
“I was speaking to someone involved in this inquiry in Washington,” Barnicle said, “and they were stating what Joyce just said, that Trump, if you follow the behavior, the verbal behavior of Donald J. Trump, president of the United States, it’s like following the behavior of a mob boss. He speaks always as if he’s aware it might be wired, that something around him might be wired, and he’s never saying, ‘You go do it.’ He never direct ordered to someone intimately involved in this thing.”
Scarborough said Trump spent years working alongside the mafia in his real estate development experience.
“He was around the mob his entire adult life,” Scarborough said. “He even bragged he loved working with the mob because they could actually lay cement faster than anybody else. I mean, ask Jimmy Hoffa. But he dealt with a mob, he grew up with a mob surrounding him. When he went to New Jersey, he was dealing with a mob. He knows how to work that way.”
“The guy’s always just trying to survive the next 10 minutes,” he added. “So, yeah, he thinks people are listening at all times.”
Trump’s is appealing to an electorate that is ‘dissolving before his eyes’: columnist
Writing in The Atlantic this Thursday, Ronald Brownstein says that Donald Trump is running for reelection for an America that "no longer exists."
"Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly reprised two of Richard Nixon’s most memorable rallying cries, promising to deliver 'law and order' for the 'silent majority,'" Brownstein writes. "But in almost every meaningful way, America today is a radically different country than it was when Nixon rode those arguments to win the presidency in 1968 amid widespread anti-war protests, massive civil unrest following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., white flight from major cities, and rising crime rates. Trump’s attempt to emulate that strategy may only prove how much the country has changed since it succeeded."
Trump is a friendless ‘psychopath’ who now sees Kavanaugh and Gorsuch as enemies: Art of the Deal ghostwriter
Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who were nominated by Donald Trump, voted with the majority on Thursday against the president. Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter behind “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” says that the president now views the two Supreme Court justices as his enemies.
“The psychopathy is why he does what he does,” Schwartz told CNN. “He has no conscience and so breaking the law for him is no big deal.”
The Supreme Court rejected claims by Trump's attorneys that the president enjoyed absolute immunity, but the rulings may still allow him to keep his financial records secret until after the November election.
‘Trump may well face charges’ after Supreme Court gave prosecutors access to financial records: Legal experts
President Donald Trump could potentially face charges after the Supreme Court dealt him a loss in Trump v. Vance .
The ruling gives Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. the go-ahead to subpoena Trump’s accounting firm as part of his investigation into possible tax crimes involving hush money payments to his mistresses, according to attorneys Norm Eisen and Bassetti in Just Security.
"Trump has significant state law criminal exposure in connection with his hush money payments (for which his fixer Michael Cohen has already gone to jail on federal charges) — and more," the pair wrote. "Trump cannot pardon himself for state law offenses on his way out the door. And the Justice Department’s position that a sitting president cannot be indicted does not bind New York state authorities."