In an interview with Sam Nunberg over the scandal developing around the Justice Department and Roger Stone’s case, MSNBC host Katy Tur shut him down for saying the DOJ works for President Donald Trump.
Nunberg is demanding that the judge deciding the sentencing for Roger Stone be removed because she is an appointee of President Barack Obama.
“You’re asking somebody, a judge, to recuse themselves for the appearance of something when this administration is nothing but the appearance of everything?” Tur asked.
“But they’re supposedly independent as well. They are the Article III branch, they’re supposedly –” Nunberg said before Tur cut him off.
“But is it right to say that the president feels that his Justice Department is something that he should be in control — that it’s his Justice Department, his government, he should be the one that makes the rules out Congress. He should be the one that decides what happens. Who gets investigated. He gets to decide how they get investigated, who gets sentenced, how they get sentenced, in his justice department? Does he feel like the federal government, the government as a whole, is a lever for him to pull and push as he pleases?”
“I think in investigations that are tied to him — criminal cases, investigations that closely tied to him, yes. I think he does,” Nunberg said. “They also work for him under the executive branch as well. They have been given independence before but I think things have changed, certainly after the Mueller investigation.”
“The federal government works for the American people. Good to have you on,” Tur closed.
WATCH: Buffalo cops and firefighters cheer officers charged with assault as they leave the courthouse
According to a report from both CNN and MSNBC, the two Buffalo police officers who were charged with second-degree assault after shoving a 75-year-old anti-police brutality protester to the ground where he sustained head injuries were greeted with applause after they were arraigned on Saturday morning.
MSNBC's Alex Witt noted that both officers were released without having to post bail.
According to ABC News, "Officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault during their video arraignments on Saturday and were released on their own recognizance. They both entered no guilty pleas and are expected back in court on July 20."
Lindsey Graham leveled by Jim Clyburn for ‘out of touch’ comments on police brutalizing African-Americans
In response to protests over the police killing of George Floyd, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had this to say: "I've come to believe that young black men rightly or wrongly perceive the police to be a threat when many times they're not, and we've got to deal with that problem."
On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "AM Joy," Graham's fellow South Carolina lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn, laid into Graham for his comments. "He is from Seneca, South Carolina," said Clyburn. "I know the history of Seneca, South Carolina. Where has he been?"
"You know, I've been really interested, we had some foolishness the other day," said Clyburn. "Drew Brees has gotten himself in some difficulty with his teammates, how his grandfather and father thought about anybody kneeling would be disrespecting the flag as if these, his teammates, did not have parents and grandparents who fought for this country and came back to this country with all kinds of indignities. One of which has just been written about in a great book from South Carolina. Isaac Woodard was in his uniform, coming home from the war, when he was stopped by a sheriff, a law enforcement officer who beat him, punched his eyes out with a night stick. That's the thing that led Harry Truman to sign the executive order to integrate the armed services, because of the in indignities charged to a black man by a law enforcement officer, and that black man was in his uniform coming home from a war we had just won."
Can it happen here? Bill Moyers says it’s happening right before our very eyes
At 98, historian Bernard Weisberger has seen it all. Born in 1922, he grew up watching newsreels of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler as they rose to power in Europe. He vividly remembers Mussolini posturing to crowds from his balcony in Rome, chin outthrust, right arm extended. Nor has he forgotten Der Fuehrer’s raspy voice on radio, interrupted by cheers of “Heil Hitler,” full of menace even without pictures.
Fascist bullies and threats anger Bernie, and when America went to war to confront them, he interrupted his study of history to help make history by joining the army. He yearned to be an aviator but his eyesight was too poor. So he took a special course in Japanese at Columbia University and was sent as a translator to the China-Burma-India theater where Japanese warlords were out to conquer Asia. Bernie remembers them, too.