MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough busted Attorney General William Barr for spreading the same lies about the FBI that Roy Cohn used to help Donald Trump and his father out of a racism jam.
The attorney general told NBC News reporter Pete Williams that the FBI had spied on Trump’s 2016 campaign, although a court approved surveillance warrants against some associates, and the “Morning Joe” host warned that Barr was unraveling constitutional norms.
“This is the language that Roy Cohn used attacking the (Department of Justice) and the FBI back in the 1970s, when the federal government caught Donald Trump and his father discriminating against minorities, and he’s doing the same thing,” Scarborough said. “But he’s the attorney general of the United States.”
Barr also complained that an “irresponsible press” exaggerated the seriousness of the Russia investigation, but Scarborough easily exposed that claim as a lie.
“I don’t have to remind you of the fact that the president of the United States’ first national security adviser (was) found guilty of a felony,” Scarborough said. “The president’s campaign manager, found guilty of a felony and will probably spend the rest of his life in jail. The president’s longtime lawyer and fixer, found guilty. He was in the middle of that illegal hush-money scheme that violated FEC laws.”
“The president’s assistant campaign manager, found guilty, and the same with a man that he claimed was one of his top foreign policy advisers, found guilty,” Scarborough said. “We can go through the numbers. They’re absolutely astounding, the number of people connected to Donald Trump who were found guilty of a federal crime, spending time in jail and turned state’s evidence against other people in the administration — and, of course, Roger Stone, found guilty.”
Scarborough said he has believed all along that democratic institutions would hold strong against Trump’s abuses, but he said Barr’s attacks have made him question that faith.
“I’ve always said, our institution will check him, Madisonian democracy will check him,” he said. “I’m not a big believer of going in and talking about constitutional conventions or changing this part of the government or that part of the government. I will say three years in that the one area where our system obviously needs to be checked has to do with the appointing of an attorney general, and I was saying this before Barr became the attorney general.”
If democracy holds against Trump, he said changes must be made to prevent another Barr from serving the president’s interests instead of the Constitution.
“I think there has to be a higher — forgive the pun — a higher bar to becoming attorney general of the United States,” Scarborough said. “Maybe it’s a two-thirds vote in the Senate to select and remove somebody. We just can’t have any president having an attorney general who will protect them from criminal actions that they’ve taken.”
“That is the one area of reform that I think a lot of people are going to be looking at when Donald Trump leaves office,” he added.
Chief Justice Roberts admonishes lawyers at Senate impeachment trial
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts made his first major intervention in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.
After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) finished his closing arguments on why former National Security Advisor John Bolton should testify, the White House team went on the attack. Yelling and demanding apologies, the president's team was more animated than they'd been all night. Roberts then admonished the House and White House on their language.
Claiming the Senate is the "world's greatest deliberative body" -- despite what he had witnessed during 12 hours of the impeachment trial -- Roberts complained about language that was "not conducive to civil discourse."
White House lawyers begin yelling at Democrats during late-night impeachment trial — after Trump starts tweeting
President Donald Trump woke up and began tweeting around midnight EST during the Senate impeachment trial over the amendments over the rules. That's when a noticeable thing changed on the Senate floor: Trump's team started yelling.
Nearing 1 a.m. EST Tuesday morning while the president was tweeting about impeachment, his team began attacking Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) personally. They called him a liar and accused him of attacking the president and demanded an apology. After nearly 12 hours this was the first time the White House got even remotely animated after a dull defense of the president.
Mick Mulvaney released treasure trove of OMB documents — 2 minutes before midnight
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney released a huge cache of documents on Tuesday evening -- minutes before the midnight deadline.
The documents were released to the ethics group American oversight, which had pursued a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the department.
"Two minutes before midnight, OMB released 192 pages of Ukraine-related records to American Oversight, including emails that have not been previously released," American Oversight announced.
"The files released tonight include emails sent by OMB Acting Director Russell Vought and Assoc Director for National Security Michael Duffey — two key players in the withholding of Ukraine aid — in on the morning of President Trump’s July 25 call with President Zelensky," the ethics group noted.