According to a lawsuit filed against Fox News by a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Donald Trump before he was president, network host Tucker Carlson falsely accused her of extortion by claiming she “approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money,” The New York Times reports.
“Now that sounds like a classic case of extortion,” Carlson said during his show on Dec. 10, 2018. “Yet for whatever reason, Trump caves to it, and he directs Michael Cohen to pay the ransom. Now, more than two years later, Trump is a felon for doing this. It doesn’t seem to make any sense.”
Karen McDougal’s lawsuit, which was filed in a New York state court, claims she never threatened Trump and is asking for damages against the network for harming her reputation. Although she doesn’t name Carlson as a defendant, she says the network is responsible for his comments.
Read the full report over at The New York Times.
‘Your head will be on a pike’: GOP senators warned to stay on Trump’s side in impeachment trial
Republican senators received a violently metaphorical threat before the impeachment vote.
One of President Donald Trump's confidantes said GOP senators were warned not to vote for impeachment -- or else, reported CBS News.
“Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike," senators were told, according to the confidante.
It's not clear who delivered the message or how it was sent.
So far, the network reported, all 53 GOP senators' heads appear to be safe.
None of them have signaled they will vote to convict Trump and remove him from office.
In opening statements, House managers examined the debunked conspiracy theories invoked by Pres. Trump.
Here are 7 embarrassing arguments Republicans have tried to use to defend Trump
With the Senate impeachment trial in full swing, Republicans have launched an aggressive if scattershot campaign to defend President Donald Trump and discredit the Democrats’ case.
It’s not going well. Multiple recent polls have found that a majority of the country thinks Trump should be removed from office and many more think he has done something seriously wrong, even if they think he should remain in the White House until the next election.
While the Democrats have unleashed a torrent of facts and compelling arguments for the charges that Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, Republican replies have been all over the map. Many of their arguments are completely beside the point of the case, and the sheer weakness of their defenses is an embarrassment to the party.
Trump’s legal team is going to be ‘scrambling’ to respond to the Democrats’ case: Law professor
ABC News contributor and law professor Kate Shaw, who served in the Obama White House, said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s lawyers are going to be “scrambling” to respond to the impeachment case Democrats are putting forward in the Senate.
“I think they’re trying to figure out how to respond to what was a pretty powerful presentation today, in particular by Chairman [Jerry] Nadler, on the Constitution and the law,” she said of the Trump legal team. “He cites founding documents; the previous impeachments, both presidential and judicial impeachments, scholarly consensus, consensus by a lot of players, right? All the constitutional law professors who testified in the House, and then, of course, many members of the president’s team, all seem to say abuse of power is under some circumstances enough to warrant impeachment and removal.”