On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe excoriated his former colleague Alan Dershowitz’s argument that President Donald Trump’s conduct cannot be impeachable without specific crimes.
“We’ve got a president who was shaking down a foreign government for his own benefit, for his own re-election. He was using taxpayer money to do it,” said Tribe. “He is engaged in the kind of abuse that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, any of our framers would have said requires that we end the presidency, especially when the abuse goes to meddling in the next election. And when Alan Dershowitz or anybody, although I don’t know anybody else who really does it, comes up and says, well, it’s an abuse but it’s not a crime or crime-like, and therefore we can’t remove him for it. That really — that’s disgusting. There is no basis in the Constitution or in our history for that.”
“It means that if Abraham Lincoln had said, oh, hell, let the South go, or give it to some — let’s give it to France, that wouldn’t have been a crime, but surely it would been impeachable. Alan in his own book — his own book gives the example, if Trump decided to give Alaska back to Putin, that might be terrible, but it wouldn’t be impeachable. Well, that is just BS. And I think it’s really sad that the country pays attention to these ludicrous arguments. They wouldn’t pay attention but for the fact that he is star on Fox News and he used to do a lot of criminal defense work. That’s fine, and he was a great teacher, and he used to be a good colleague. But right now he’s selling out, basically, selling out, I don’t think for money, but just for attention.”
‘This is mind control’: Ex-CIA agent nails Trump’s new loyalty oath for government staffers
The White House and Republicans were supposed to be putting together a plan to protect Americans against Russia hacking yet another election, former CIA officer Phil Mudd pointed out on CNN Monday. Instead, they've failed Americans, opting instead for their own crusade to protect the president from anyone who disagrees with him.
"In a typical president, the National Security Council would say to the president, 'here are the options,' but they won't do that," said Mudd.
Retired Rear Adm. John Kirby agreed, saying that in wake of the president's acquittal from the Republican Senate, he feels empowered to do whatever he wants.
Trump leveled by Dem lawmaker for purging ‘disloyal’ officials so he can surround himself with a ‘team of sycophants’
Appearing on CNN's 'New Day," with host Alisyn Camerota, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) hammered President Donald Trump for ordering the purge of government employees and appointees deemed disloyal to his administration -- saying the president wants to surround himself with a collection of yes men and women.
Reacting to a report from Axios that Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has compiled a list of Trump-supporting fringe characters like former Sheriff David Clarke and Fox News personality Dan Bongino for high-profile administration positions, the Democrat expressed his disgust.
Trump’s new Federal Reserve appointee called the US a ‘behemoth’ that couldn’t be trusted to oversee the US dollar
President Donald Trump hasn't had much luck with appointing people to the United States Federal Reserve.
In 2019, Trump tried to appoint Herman Cain and Stephen Moore to the high financial office. Both ultimately were forced to drop out of the running after being completely humiliated on the national stage. Now, according to CNN, Trump is trying again, though his recent appointee, Judy Shelton, doesn't look to be working out either.
"Our government is promising so much to so many and at the same time we let the government control the value of our money and all of that would really go against the grain with our Founders -- who did not see it as the government's task to supply everything to everybody," said Trump's appointee Shelton.