MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough slammed Rep. Devin Nunes as a “scam artist” for secretly taking part in the Ukraine scheme himself and then sitting in impeachment hearings.
The “Morning Joe” host was astonished that Nunes, a California Republican, pretended that he had not spoken by phone to Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, despite the existence of phone records detailing their calls to one another.
“If I’m talking to a Ukrainian, right, and he’s in the middle of this ‘drug deal,'” Scarborough said, “and the second he gets indicted, I’m looking at the paper and I start sweating.”
Scarborough and other panelists agreed Parnas had a memorable name, and found it impossible to believe that Nunes would not recall speaking to him — especially after the Ukrainian became part of impeachment saga involving President Donald Trump.
“So Lev’s attorney — I’m calling him Lev — Mr. Parnas,” said co-host Willie Geist. “His attorney previously had said not only did Devin Nunes and (his) client Lev Parnas speak in April a number of times on the phone, let’s just say they weren’t talking about sushi joints to find in Kyiv.”
“So for Devin Nunes to pretend he didn’t remember, remember he said, ‘I don’t remember that name, I don’t remember the calls, we’re looking into it,” Geist added. “The fact that he was the ranking member sitting there as all this testimony was coming across his desk in front of the public, pretending he didn’t know anything but had been on the phone with some of the key players in this, it’s outrageous that he was sitting there and more outrageous that he’s pretending now he didn’t know about it.”
Scarborough agreed, saying Nunes had a demonstrable history of abusing his role on the House Intelligence Committee to help Trump avoid trouble.
“What a scam artist,” he said. “Here’s a guy who also gets in from — claims he has information he’s going to take to the White House, he goes to the White House, he gets information from the White House and he goes out and holds a press conference. Again, it’s just deceit year after year.”
‘Desperate’ Martha McSally blasted for shilling T-shirts in a ‘tone deaf’ attempt to capitalize on her ‘liberal hack’ outburst
In the wake of a deluge of media attention for her calling CNN Congressional reporter Manu Raju a "liberal hack," Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) decided to capitalize on the publicity and sell T-shirts with the phrase "You're a liberal hack, buddy" to raise funds for her election campaign. According to Laurie Roberts in an op-ed for the AZ Central this Monday, the move is both a fashion statement and political statement -- but ultimately it's a statement "of just how desperate Arizona’s unelected senator is to boost her treasury as she campaigns to hang onto the seat."
‘Can you imagine a group of black men walking around with masks and guns?’ Virginia rally sparks questions of racism and privilege
It’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and for several hours now countless mostly white, mostly male pro-gun, anti-gun control activists have been marching throughout the streets of Richmond, Virginia, claiming to merely be exercising their Second Amendment rights. Many appear to be dressed in military garb, including camouflage, masks, and donning various types of firearms over their shoulders or at their side.
Some Virginians have been so concerned about the possibility of violence that Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and banned guns from the capitol. His ban survived a state supreme court challenge. Some say the ban does not appear to have been enforced.
WATCH: Virginia gun rights activist trashes MSNBC reporter’s live shot by shouting F-bombs
A gun rights activist in Virginia went ballistic on Monday when he saw an MSNBC correspondent reporting from a Second Amendment rally.
NBC's Gabe Gutierrez was finishing up his live report at the Richmond demonstration when a man burst into the shot.
The man rattled off a string of profanities and capped it off with "f*ck you." Several security guards blocked the man from getting close to Gutierrez.
"Apologies for some of the background noise you just heard," MSNBC host Hallie Jackson said as the network cut the sound.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.