The hosts of ABC’s “The View” took a blowtorch to President Donald Trump’s flagrant lie about not ordering personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to travel to Ukraine.
After playing a clip of the president denying he had anything to do with Giuliani’s Ukraine trips to radio host Bill O’Reilly, co-host Joy Behar mocked the president for saying that Giuliani might have traveled to Ukraine to help out some other unspecified clients.
“Rudy has other criminals he has to represent!” she joked.
“At one point, I thought Rudy was only representing him!” added co-host Whoopi Goldberg. “That’s what he said!”
Co-host Meghan McCain seemed to meekly provide some cover for the president by portraying Giuliani as a loose cannon who may have legitimately been acting on his own.
“I think the problem is he doesn’t seem entirely in control of himself in interviews,” she said. “That’s why I have distrust for him, because he seems so manic and frenetic when he’s speaking on this, and his timelines are really off, so I think he’s a completely irrational actor in all this.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin, however, threw cold water on this theory by saying there’s no way the president’s personal attorney would have traveled to Ukraine claiming to be working on the president’s behalf without the president’s blessing.
“Who would believe Rudy was acting on his own, and went rogue?” she asked.
“Yeah, I don’t know,” McCain admitted.
GOP governors are refusing to do Trump’s bidding and ducking him on the campaign trail: report
On Saturday, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times profiled how President Donald Trump is having less luck whipping Republican governors into line than Republican senators, including governors who arguably owe their election to his support.
"In Florida, Mr. Trump’s aides helped save the flailing candidacy of Ron DeSantis in the 2018 Republican primary, and then the general election," wrote Haberman. "Also last year, in Georgia, Mr. Trump helped pull Brian Kemp over the finish line in both the primary and the general election. In both cases, Mr. Trump’s advisers implored him to stay out of the primaries, and he agreed to — only to surprise his aides by jumping in to support Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Kemp."
Courts have avoided refereeing between Congress and the president — Trump may change all that
President Donald Trump’s refusal to hand over records to Congress and allow executive branch employees to provide information and testimony to Congress during the impeachment battle is the strongest test yet of legal principles that over the past 200 years have not yet been fully defined by U.S. courts.
It’s not the first test: Struggles over power among the political branches predate our Constitution. The framers chose not to, and probably could not, fully resolve them.
Giuliani’s latest trip to Ukraine opened a new door for prosecutors to go after Trump: MSNBC analyst
On MSNBC Saturday afternoon, legal analyst Danny Cevallos explained how Rudy Giuliani's trip to Ukraine to produce anti-impeachment propaganda could end up harming his legal position — by muddying attorney-client privilege with President Donald Trump.
"The only path to legitimacy is if there was a true corruption threat in Ukraine, and specifically if Hunter Biden and Burisma posed a true corruption threat," said Cevallos. "That is why Rudy Giuliani is in Ukraine. He's building that case. So that he can show, bring a news network there, right-leaning news network to do a documentary or investigate this issue and yield factual information that Rudy Giuliani can point to and say, this corruption, this evidence, these facts show that President trump was warranted in requesting an investigation, not generally into corruption, specifically into Hunter Biden. It's the only path that will work for Republicans that passes even remotely any kind of smell test. Even then, it's a bit of a stretch."