Panelists on “The View” questioned their own sanity while trying to make sense of the theories House Republicans threw out to defend President Donald Trump against impeachment.
The four panelists, minus an absent Meghan McCain, were thoroughly confused by GOP arguments against the evidence presented in the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry — where Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor revealed the president was overheard discussing investigations of Joe Biden with the EU ambassador by phone.
“Here’s the craziest part of that call,” said co-host Abby Huntsman. “It’s an incredible breach of security.”
EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, according to Taylor’s testimony, spoke to Trump by phone from a Kyiv restaurant, and Huntsman said Russia almost certainly had tapped the unsecured line — and could use the call as blackmail.
“It makes me so angry because you have these guys that give you money for your campaigns and you’re, like, let’s make you EU ambassador, but you have no idea how to do diplomacy,” Huntsman said. “Do you think the Russians are on every one of your calls? My dad (former Russian ambassador Jon Huntsman) would say, let me talk to you in person. He understands and he knows. So the Russians, they have that in their back pocket and they can throw that out whenever they want.”
Host Whoopi Goldberg called out GOP lawmakers for representing one man — the president — instead of their constituents or the American people.
“My question is, who are y’all representing?” she said. “Who are you representing? You’re not representing Republicans, because real Republicans say, Hey, that is not okay — quid pro quo does not work for us constitutionally. It doesn’t work for us visually. It’s wrong. Real Republicans are saying that.”
“These new people who maybe ate some Republicans and took their face or something,” she added, “because I don’t know what those folks are. I have never seen anything like this where I have begun to wonder about who they represent and what they’re doing.”
Huntsman remained stuck on the Ukraine phone call, which was overheard by an embassy staffer who is scheduled to testify Friday.
“These are the same Republicans that were irate when (President Barack) Obama had that secret conversation with another leader,” she said. “If you are upset about that, and not upset about the Ukrainian phone call, then I’m living in the craziest world of all time. I feel like we have the facts, and people are not admitting that it’s real. It’s insane!”
Co-host Sunny Hostin said every one of their arguments was topsy-turvy.
“It’s also insane to me they kept on saying this is hearsay, this is hearsay,” Hostin said. “Well, Linda Tripp, remember (President Bill) Clinton was impeached because of Linda Tripp’s testimony, which was complete hearsay. She was on a phone call that was taped.”
Co-host Joy Behar then broke up the segment with a joke.
“She was not under the desk with Monica (Lewinsky), let’s put it that way,” she said, and the audience burst into laughter.
Hostin tried, unsuccessfully, to bring the discussion back on topic.
“We’re in an alternate universe, right?” she said, as the audience continued laughing.
Mississippi Republican who lost to Democrat by 14 votes files request for state House to void the election and declare her the winner
On Thursday, Mississippi Today reported that state Rep. Ashley Henley, who lost her bid for re-election to Democrat Hester Jackson-McCray by just 14 votes in November, has filed a request for the GOP-controlled state legislature to overturn the results of the election and seat Henley for another term.
Henley cites what she claims are several irregularities in voter signature collection, and "missing" ballots. "There were irregularities that happened, absolutely, documented, very much so that bring into question the legitimacy of the election results," said Henley said. "That is without question."
Trump’s campaign manager mocked for proudly sharing poll that suggests Dems will keep the House in 2020
On Thursday, President Donald Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale posted a poll that was meant to warn Democrats off of their impeachment efforts, by showing how it was hurting their prospects in a competitive House race.
Specifically, the "confidential" poll showed freshman Rep. Kendra Horn (R-OK) down seven points against a generic Republican, and impeachment opposed 52 percent to 45 percent:
Nancy Pelosi is marching members of her caucus off the plank and into the abyss.
Impeachment is killing her freshman members and polling proves it.
Two House Democrats push a clever plan that calls Republicans’ bluff on their Biden attacks
Democratic Reps. Katie Porter of California and Max Rose of New York introduced a clever plan this week that will expose whether Republicans’ criticisms of former Vice President Joe Biden in the Ukraine scandal reflect good faith — or if, as many assume, they are just a shameful distraction and a bluff.
The lawmakers announced a bill on Wednesday called the Transparency in Executive Branch Officials’ Finances Act. It has two key components:First, it would require all politically appointed executive branch officials, as well as the president and the vice president, to “disclose any positions they or any members of their extended families hold with foreign-owned businesses, any intellectual property they own that is protected or enforced by a foreign country, and whether any members of their families have stakes in companies that engage in significant foreign business dealings.”Second, it will “require the President and Vice President to disclose their tax returns for the previous five taxable years and prohibit political appointees from accepting payments from foreign entities.”
What’s clever about the proposal is that it latches on to two important issues, creating a wedge for Republicans. As part of the GOP’s defense of President Donald Trump in the Ukraine scandal, Republicans have argued that the president’s patently corrupt efforts to get a foreign country to investigate Biden, a political rival, were legitimate because the former vice president’s son created a conflict of interest by taking part in business in Ukraine.