Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) caught NBC host Chuck Todd off guard over the weekend when he suggested that senators should read former National Security adviser John Bolton after they acquit
“The House [impeachment] managers came to us and said, ‘We have overwhelming evidence, we have a mountain of evidence,'” Alexander told Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press. “Which made me think, then why do you need more evidence?”
“Do you think it’s more helpful for the public to hear from John Bolton?” Todd asked.
“Well, they’ll read his book in two weeks,” Alexander quipped causing Todd to take a long pause.
During last week’s Senate impeachment trial, Alexander voted along party lines to reject testimony from Bolton or additional evidence in the case. He is expected to vote to acquit President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
Watch the video below from NBC.
Fresno city councilman accuses colleague of ‘bullying and abusive behavior’ over rule mandating COVID-19 masks
During a press conference on Thursday, a Fresno City Council member railed at one his colleagues for a proposal -- since passed -- that would require members to wear masks during meetings.
According to Councilmember Garry Bredefeld he finds the masks -- used to stem the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus -- "uncomfortable" and he feels he is being bullied by fellow Councilmember Miguel Arias.
Addressing the resolution to mandate wearing masks, Bredefeld told reporters that Arias, "Put on the agenda was it just the latest example of a pattern for him that includes bullying, abusive, belligerent and bullying behavior."
Defense secretary throws Trump under the bus: ‘I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act’
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Wednesday seemed to be at odds with President Donald Trump when it comes to invoking the Insurrection Act to quell protests over the killing of George Floyd.
Esper explained at a press conference that members of the National Guard had been deployed to keep order "in support of local law enforcement."
"The option to use active duty forces should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations," he explained. "We are not in one of those situations now."
"I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act," Esper insisted, referencing Trump's threat to use the law against protesters.
Trump claims he was rushed to White House bunker only for ‘inspection’ — not fear of protesters
President Donald Trump on Wednesday insisted that fear of protesters did not prompt him to be ushered into a White House bunker. Instead, the president said that he visited the facility for an "inspection."
During a Fox News radio interview with host Brian Kilmeade, Trump again threatened to use military forces against protesters.
“If they don’t get their act straightened out I will solve it. I’ll solve it fast,” he said.
The president also pushed back against the narrative that he was "hiding in a White House bunker" as protesters demonstrated outside.
"They said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe sometime you’re going to need it," the president said, adding that the visit was more of an "inspection."