According to former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led members of his party "over the cliff" by watching them vote to acquit Donald Trump of sedition during his impeachment trial while at the same time admitting Trump was guilty as hell.
Telling MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart that Trump's acquittal was a foregone conclusion, Steele called Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) "hopeless lackeys' for backing the ex-president no matter what the evidence.
"Look at it this way," Steele began. " If I'm anyone other than Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz -- and they're hopeless lackeys and we get what their particular thing is -- but if I'm a Rob Portman, or John Thune, just sitting there, and I'm like, 'yes, we're going to do this on a technicality' and then McConnell get up and say, 'everything they said about him is true,' how stupid do you look?"
"How stupid do you look?" he repeated while laughing. "You just followed the leader into the hole, right? Instead of standing by your own conviction, you know what you knew, you know he was wrong, and yet you sit back and go, 'okay, we'll do this and just get past it' and then McConnell gets up and, yeah, that was a hot mess."
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace called the GOP bluff on liberal groups being behind the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Joining Bulwark's Charlie Sykes, former FBI counterintelligence deputy Frank Figliuzzi and NBC's Scott MacFarlane, Wallace asked if Republican officials are so insistent that Antifa and other liberal groups were behind the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol then they should want an investigation into them. Instead, the same far-right officials and media figures continue to deny the Jan. 6 commission.
"This is about the preservation of power," said Figliuzzi. "They will do whatever they need to do to be re-elected to stick with the base as long as Trump is the primary influencer of their party. That's what will happen. I can't — from the national security perspective — can't let the opportunity go to not point out that, as recently as today, Vladimir Putin at his press conference regurgitated the very same message that we have U.S. congressmen send, which is that the people that breached the security at the Capitol were simply looking for their political voice. They were simply looking for some political solutions."
Those members of Congress who refuse to honor the bravery of the Capitol Police, Figliuzzi said, are echoing the same thing as Putin.
"It's becoming difficult to understand the difference whether the message started in Moscow or the message is coming from the GOP, but it is one and the same," he explained. "Isn't it interesting, Nicolle, that the very same members of Congress who will look the other way when a police officer is accused of beating our murdering a Black person through an excessive use of force and will vote against any attempt at police reform, will immediately call it an execution if a police officer protecting the democratic symbol of our country has to use deadly force against a white domestic terrorist? It seems something is incongruous there."
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Former president Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he "accepted the invitation" to tour Texas' southern border with Gov. Greg Abbott on June 30.
"The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history. It's an unmitigated disaster zone," Trump said in a statement.
Building a wall along the Texas-Mexico border was a key promise throughout Trump's presidency, but he never fully delivered. His promise that Mexico would pay for the wall was unfulfilled, and the 450 miles of barrier he did build were mostly in Arizona and far less was completed in the Rio Grande Valley where border crossings are more prevalent, according to The Washington Post.
Abbott announced last Thursday that Texas would take the matter into its own hands and build its own border wall to stem the flow of migrants from Mexico. In a podcast interview Tuesday, he elaborated that the wall will be at least partially crowdfunded, and the state will solicit donations from across the country.
The announcement immediately sparked denunciations from those who said that immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility, not a state job, and questioned the constitutionality of Abbott's intentions.
Abbott also announced plans to increase local jail capacity along the border, and increase arrests by having state troopers arrest migrants on state charges. Abbott scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon, where he said he'll provide more details about the plan.
Abbott has sharply criticized the Biden administration for its immigration policies in the past few months, calling the border a crisis and accusing the president of "helping the cartels make more money." The policies include pausing border wall construction and ordering a review of the Trump administration's "remain in Mexico" policy that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their hearings in U.S. immigration courts.
At the end of May, he deployed more than 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and National Guard members to the border as part of Operation Lone Star, an initiative aimed at increasing border security that he announced in March.
Earlier this month, Trump endorsed Abbott for his reelection, giving him an early stamp of approval as he confronts a possibly competitive primary.
Former state Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas has already announced his challenge to Abbott. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller also has been considering a run, and Texas GOP Chair Allen West recently announced he would be resigning from his position to seek a statewide seat.
DOJ drops Trump's investigation and lawsuit claiming John Bolton shared classified info in memoir: report
The Justice Department has closed its criminal investigation into whether a memoir by former President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John R. Bolton, illegally shared classified information, The New York Times reports.
A lawsuit filed by the DOJ to recoup the book's potential profits has also been dropped.
"The agreement ends an effort that began under the Trump administration to silence Mr. Bolton and sue him over the book's profits. Ending both the inquiry and the lawsuit is a clear rebuke by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland of the Trump Justice Department's tactics in the matter," the Times' Michael Schmidt and Katie Benner write.
The report also states that a settlement by the DOJ is "likely to shield Trump administration officials from being forced to answer questions under oath about their time in office."
Read the full report over at The New York Times.
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