MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough thinks Day One of the public impeachment hearings went well for Democrats, and placed even more pressure on President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union.
The “Morning Joe” host said House Democrats largely avoided the mistakes they made during special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony this summer, and he said testimony from two State Department witnesses delivered damaging new information.
“Anyone expecting a repeat of the testimony of Robert Mueller would have been surprised by what happened yesterday,” Scarborough said. “We had some new revelations, some pretty shocking revelations, and also, though, mainly a lot of steady testimony that continues to blow holes in the Republicans’ and the White House’s defense.”
“It is something, though, how Republicans are chasing their tails and coming up with laughable defenses that will, once again, be proven false in the coming days,” he added.
Trump’s acting ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, told lawmakers that he learned last week that one of his staffers overheard Trump on the phone asking EU ambassador Gordon Sondland for an update on the investigations of Joe Biden he’d asked Ukraine’s president to announce the day before.
“Were they on a burner phone?” asked co-host Mika Brzezinski. “I mean, what phone were they on?”
That State Department staffer is expected to give a closed-door deposition Friday, and Scarborough agreed that put Sondland, who has already revised his deposition once, in a difficult spot.
“He’s got to worry about perjury,” Scarbrorough said. “He’s also going to worry about lying under oath. The guy does not want tend to end up in jail because he lied for Donald Trump.”
BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble
On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?
"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.
These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.
Trump brings up Brett Kavanaugh in rage tweet at Democrats about coming impeachment trial
On Saturday, President Donald Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a bizarre rant against the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems" and his anger over the direction of the impeachment process:
After watching the disgraceful way that a wonderful man, @BrettKavanaugh, was treated by the Democrats, and now seeing first hand how these same Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems are treating the whole Impeachment Hoax, I understand why so many Dems are voting Republican!
McConnell’s impeachment collusion admission handed the Democrats a powerful new weapon to damage the president
Mitch McConnell's admission on Fox News that he is working behind the scenes with the White House to stack the Senate impeachment trial gives Democrats a potent weapon against the GOP, wrote Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman in the Washington Post.
"If Democrats play their procedural cards right, they can pressure Republicans to allow for a much fairer and more open trial that could actually produce new revelations — and if they refuse, extract a political price for it," they wrote.