On MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Harvard Law professor and constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe told anchor Joy Reid that President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch opens him up to new articles of impeachment over witness tampering — and even his cheerleaders on Fox News can see it.
“I want to let you listen to Fox reacting to that on Friday,” said Reid.
“This whole hearing turned on a dime when the president tweeted about her in real time, and during the questioning, Adam Schiff stopped the Democratic questioning to read the president’s tweet to her and get her response,” said Fox News anchor Bret Baier in the clip. “Now, that enabled Schiff to then characterize that tweet as intimidating the witness or tampering with a witness, which is a crime, adding essentially an article of impeachment real time as this hearing is going on.”
“Do you agree with that, professor?” asked Reid. “Do you think that Donald Trump will wind up facing an article of intimidating a witness?”
“I think it’s clear he will,” said Tribe. “I think Bret is right. I don’t always agree with people on Fox, but this was intimidating right out in the open, and the fact that Yovanovitch had the candor to say that she doesn’t know what the president’s purposes were, even though I think we can all surmise, but that the effect was intimidating makes it clear that this will be part of the impeachment articles.”
“It’s not just Ambassador Yovanovitch who is being intimidated,” added Tribe. “No, it’s all the other people who know firsthand things that President Trump did in order to distort foreign policy for his own benefits. A number of them are going to testify, but some others might be really less courageous than Ambassador Yovanovitch and might not want to expose themselves to the ton of bricks that this president is capable of dumping on anyone’s head through his Twitter feed the moment they displease him or say something that exposes him.”
“He’s obviously terribly insecure, he’s insecure even about his own legitimacy as president. That’s why I’m increasingly inclined to think of him as the anti-president,” continued Tribe. “He doesn’t really know that he’s there legitimately. That’s why he wants to cover up Russia’s role in getting him there and pretending it was Ukraine and he is simply turning the whole presidency into a vanity project while the country suffers.”
Trump propaganda network tried to get visa for arrested Ukrainian official to give them Biden dirt: report
On Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that One America News Network, a pro-Trump TV channel that competes with Fox News, tried to secure a U.S. visa for Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a former Ukrainian lawmaker who was arrested last week by German authorities on corruption charges.
OAN reportedly was interested in transporting Onyschenko to America to help uncover dirt on Burisma, the energy company linked to former Vice President Joe Biden's son, and the focus of President Donald Trump's attempts to coerce the Ukrainian government to interfere with U.S. elections. They are reportedly also seeking visas for "several other" Ukrainian officials.
CNN’s Cuomo smacks down GOP congressman for claiming Democrats have no impeachable offense on Trump
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) tried to claim that Democrats had no impeachable offenses against Trump — and anchor Chris Cuomo promptly fact-checked him.
"I still ask that question, what was the impeachable offense?" said Mullin. "They started with quid pro quo, moved to bribery and when the articles of impeachment came out, they say it's high crimes and misdemeanors. From day one they have been in search of a crime. They've been trying to explain to the American people why they're impeaching a duly elected president. Underneath the past impeachments it was very clear. Clinton committed perjury. Andrew Johnson, he removed the Secretary of War illegally and Nixon broke into the DNC. Those are impeachable offenses. I ask the question—"
Trump and Barr’s attacks could chill the FBI from investigating future election crimes: Ex-FBI counsel
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former FBI general counsel James Baker warned that President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr's attempts to smear and discredit the FBI — even in the face of an inspector general report broadly exonerating their investigation of Russia — could lead to FBI agents steering away from investigations of future election interference.
"I think it sends a terrible message," said Baker. "The president's statements, I think in his tweet, whenever it was, about Director Wray — I mean, the FBI is not a 'broken' organization. It is not and has not been. It's a tremendous organization. It's out there every day defending America. So the American people should rest assured that the FBI is there, doing its job. It's protecting all of us."