Sen. Lindsey Graham’s passionate defense of President Donald Trump was cut short for MSNBC viewers on Wednesday when the network cut off the senior Republican senator.
Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, had granted himself all the time he wanted to rail against an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. elections.
But both CNN and MSNBC quickly dropped the chairman to focus on breaking news in the impeachment of the president.
On MSNBC, former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) was asked to “fact check” her one-time colleague.
McCaskill said that Graham was behaving as a “good lawyer” for the president.
“He is doing a good opening statement that is trying to take things out of context,” she explained. “I know Lindsey Graham pretty well or at least I thought I did. If in fact the FBI was investigating somebody, which they were, [Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort] before he came to work on the Trump campaign.”
“They were investigating him for getting a lot of money for Russian influence and then he went to work on a presidential campaign and then, lo and behold, the platform gets changed at the [Republican] convention to more fully love Russia,” she added.
“Can you imagine what Lindsey Graham would be doing if the FBI had not opened this investigation? McCaskill asked. “Lindsey Graham would be screaming from the rooftops. You’ve got a Russian guy who has taken millions of dollars from Russia, who’s going into the heart of a presidential campaign in the United States.”
“Of course you have to investigate,” she concluded. “This is such hypocrisy on the part of Lindsey Graham.”
California offers to reimburse Trump for abortions — but he has to free the women from non-disclosure agreements
The state of California is offering to reimburse President Donald Trump for any abortions he's paid for in the state, but there's a catch.
On Friday, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a "notice of violation" against the state for mandating universal abortion coverage in health insurance plans sold in the state, which the administration claims is "unlawful discrimination."
“Once again, President Trump’s administration is delivering on his promise to protect human life and all Americans’ freedom of conscience,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.
Elizabeth Warren wins coveted Iowa caucuses endorsement from the Des Moines Register newspaper
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) received a coveted endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the Des Moines Register newspaper.
"Who would make the best president at this point in the country’s history? At a time when the economic deck has become so stacked against working Americans that the gap between rich and poor is the highest in more than 50 years? At a time when a generation of war has stressed military families and sapped the treasury?" the newspaper asked. "The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times."
Lev Parnas’s attorney hilariously trolls Mitch McConnell in bid for witnesses during impeachment trial
The attorney for Lev Parnas trolled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Saturday in a bid for a "fair" impeachment trial.
Attorney Joseph Bondy posted to Twitter a video mashing together the audio of Trump meeting with Parnas and Igor Fruman along with the music from Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up."
Posting the song as an online prank, known as rickrolling, dates back to at least 2007.
Included with the video was a message to McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Bondy urged the two to "vote with integrity and conscience."