Former Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-FL) went down in flames during her only opportunity to speak on the Senate floor as part of President Donald Trump’s defense.
In her accusations lodged at the House team, Bondi said that two men that Democrats requested weren’t allowed the agency’s lawyer to attend the deposition with them. Both Robert Blair and Michael Duffy only wanted to speak to the House if the lawyer for their department was present, not a private lawyer. The rules that Democrats used for their hearings were ones that Republicans actually outlined and members of Trump’s own legal team actually argued in favor of.
In fact, “House rules have never allowed witnesses in investigations to bring government lawyers,” said Capitol reporter Andrew Feinberg. Private lawyers are allowed.
Oh look, Pam Bondi is lying.
She says Blair/Duffey didn’t appear because they couldn’t bring government lawyers.
FACT: House rules have NEVER allowed witnesses in investigations to bring government lawyers.
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) January 22, 2020
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) politely fact-checked her. The internet wasn’t as kind. You can see some tweets and the video below:
Pam Bondi’s presentation reminds me of 10th grade mock trial
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) January 22, 2020
Pam Bondi goes to show that literally anyone can grow up to become Florida Attorney General.
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) January 22, 2020
Pam Bondi, with an impassioned reading of Michael Duffy's LinkedIn page…
— David Gura (@davidgura) January 22, 2020
.@PamBondi just stood up on national television and repeatedly lied.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) January 22, 2020
Coronavirus epidemic surges in South Korea as cases exceed 3,000
South Korea confirmed 813 more coronavirus cases on Saturday, the biggest increase to date for the country, taking the national total to 3,150 infections with four additional deaths.
Authorities also reported the country’s first case of reinfection – a 73-year-old woman who tested positive for a second time after her recovery and release from hospital last week.
The illness recurred “as her immune system had declined”, said Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official Kwon Jun-wook.
Donald Trump has launched a 2020 campaign disinformation juggernaut — and it’s gaining speed
This article first appeared in Salon.
Never Trumpers fear for their safety if they dare attend CPAC: report
On Saturday, Politico profiled a handful of longtime conservatives who have criticized President Donald Trump — and the general consensus was that they feared hostility at this year's annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
One such figure was former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), a Tea Party darling who has since attacked Trump for undermining the rule of law, and briefly mounted a presidential primary challenge. He attended CPAC as a guest of comedian Trevor Noah, and attendees who saw him seemed conflicted. "Torn between catching up with an old colleague and being singled out by observers as talking to a Trump foe, they split the difference — and instead kept asking him how his wife was doing," wrote Tina Nguyen.