On today’s edition of Your World, Fox News Neil Cavuto asked White House correspondent John Roberts what he thinks the consequences will be for President Trump’s apparent attempt to intimidate former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch — at the very moment she was testifying at the second public hearing of the House’s impeachment inquiry.
“I don’t know how much political damage that tweet is going to do, Neil, but certainly I think there was a lot of damage here at the White House to a collective group of foreheads as people went like this…” Roberts said, while mimicking someone smacking their forehead in frustration. “…as the President tweeted that out right in the middle of the hearing.”
“If anything, what it did was it really took the Republicans off of the message that they were trying to put out there, and took this hearing in an entirely different direction than it had been before,” Roberts continued, before displaying the Trump tweet in question.
“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” Trump tweeted in the midst of Yovanovitch’s testimony. “She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”
As Roberts pointed out, it is indeed Trump’s right to hire and fire ambassadors as he pleases, “but to send out that tweet in the middle of a hearing gave [Adam Schiff] the perfect opportunity to say, “Hmm, maybe we should consider an article of impeachment here on witness intimidation.”
Biden campaign outraises Trump for second straight month
Washington (AFP) - Democrat Joe Biden outraised President Donald Trump's re-election campaign for the second straight month and for the second quarter of 2020, figures released Wednesday showed, highlighting robust enthusiasm for the White House challenger.Biden, the Democratic National Committee and related fundraisers brought in a staggering $141 million in June, the campaign's best fundraising month ever and $10 million more than Trump and the Republican National Committee.The second quarter of 2020 was a record haul for both campaigns, with Biden coming out on top, $282.1 million against T... (more…)
Actor Geoffrey Rush wins ‘largest ever’ Australian defamation payout from Rupert Murdoch
Hollywood star Geoffrey Rush won a record multimillion-dollar payout Thursday after an appeal by a Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper against a defamation ruling was thrown out by an Australian court.
The Oscar-winner will receive US$2 million for lost earnings and compensation after a court rejected an appeal seeking reduced costs and a retrial of the case.
The decision -- against News Corp's Australian subsidiary Nationwide News -- is the latest twist in the ongoing legal battle between Rush and the Daily Telegraph, which accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviour toward female cast members.
75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan
As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention. They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki). Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date: July 3.
On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.