President Donald Trump falsely claimed that former FBI director and special counsel Robert Mueller had been “proven” as a liar.
The president spoke at length to Fox News broadcaster Geraldo Rivera for an interview on the Cleveland-based WTAM-AM, where he attacked the former prosecutors in Roger Stone’s case and lashed out at the special counsel who brought the charges against his longtime associate.
Trump claimed Wednesday that Mueller had lied to Congress, and he told Rivera the former special counsel had falsely denied seeking another shot at the FBI director job after the president fired James Comey in May 2017.
“Now it’s been proven that he did,” Trump told Rivera.
CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale pointed out that no evidence has shown Mueller sought the job he held from 2001 to 2013.
Mueller did meet with Trump to discuss the position, but former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said the former FBI director had been invited to offer advice regarding the job and a potential replacement for Comey.
Asked what Mueller lied to Congress about, Trump said it was the claim that he didn’t seek the FBI director job when he met with Trump in May 2017. Trump said: “Now it’s been proven that he did.” It has not. Even Steve Bannon says Mueller was invited to offer wisdom on the job.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 13, 2020
There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness
As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.
He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”
It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.
This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend
As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.
At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.
Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.
The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.
Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health
On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.
"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."