MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough called out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the latest revelations of a scheme to force out former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch amid a pressure scheme against that country’s new government.
Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, released notes and other documents showing that he and Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde were monitoring Yovanovitch and may have discussed harming her.
“These guys are over there, the henchman are over there, Hyde is over there, and an American ambassador is being tailed by somebody that appears to be connected to the president’s attorney or at the very least the president’s attorney’s henchmen,” Scarborough said. “I mean, this is what they do in Russia, right? right? Is this what they do in Russia? They follow their people in other countries to make sure they’re sufficiently loyal.”
The “Morning Joe” host couldn’t think of a parallel to their scheme in U.S. history.
“If this has happened in America, before where a president’s personal attorney hires henchmen who are now indicted, of course, I’d like a parallel in American history, because there is not one,” Scarborough said. “That is important to talk about.”
Yovanovitch testified before the House Intelligence Committee that she was warned by a State Department colleague to leave Ukraine immediately because her safety was in danger, and Scarborough said Pompeo must tell the public what he knew about that.
“Has Pompeo said anything about this?” Scarborough said. “Has Pompeo criticized anybody about this, about a U.S. ambassador’s safety being at risk and being told to get on a plane and go home because she is not safe? Has Pompeo — has he spoken out about this incident, as well?”
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The nonpartisan the Government Accountability Office found the White House Office of Management and Budget violated the law by freezing $400 million in congressionally approved military aid, but the Fox News hosts suggested the agency was only trying to hurt the president.
"Do you think it's just a coincidence that that news would drop exactly the same day the (impeachment) trial started?" said co-host Steve Doocy.
Co-hosts Pete Hegseth and Ainsley Earhardt agreed, and accepted administration denials at face value.
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"David Ignatius, you know, we've known Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) both of us, for a long time. and as they coming to the end of their careers," Scarborough began. "I would think [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell would be concerned that these gentlemen would vote their conscience and not just blindly follow Donald Trump and would vote to have a fair, open hearing and trial and get this new evidence that's coming in, that's come in since the House impeached."
Iran’s supreme leader says Trump is a ‘clown’ who will betray Iranians
Iran’s supreme leader said President Donald Trump is a “clown” who only pretends to support the Iranian people but will “push a poisonous dagger” into their backs, as he struck a defiant tone in his first Friday sermon in Tehran in eight years.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the mass funerals for Iran’s top general, who was killed in a US airstrike earlier this month, show that the Iranian people support the Islamic Republic despite its recent trials. He said the “cowardly” killing of Soleimani had taken out the most effective commander in the battle against the Islamic State group.