President Trump’s second impeachment trial will move “as quickly as possible,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said Sunday, brushing aside concerns that the process will hamper the Senate’s ability to work on the Biden agenda. “The American people have a right to expect that we can work on a lot of different fronts, from an economic recession to a pandemic to national security threats, as well as holding a president accountable who persistently lied to the American people,” Booker said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” On Wednesday, Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, wi...
Republicans aren't planning to offer an agenda for the second straight election cycle, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough laid bare the cynicism behind that stalling strategy.
The GOP lost promising Senate candidate Chris Sununu, the New Hampshire governor, after he spoke with Republican senators and found they had no policies to offer if they retook the majority, and the "Morning Joe" host said that tracks with the last time the party had a Senate majority.
"They only talked about a wall when they were out of power," Scarborough said. "They get in power, and suddenly Lindsey Graham is saying building a wall makes absolutely no sense. John Cornyn says, yeah, it's crazy. Republican senators, they didn't want to do any of this stuff. They didn't want to build a wall. They had complete power and didn't want to do it. They waited until Democrats got in charge, and then, suddenly, they start parroting Donald Trump again on these insane ideas that none of them wanted in on that, they don't want to do anything when they're out of power, and they're afraid to do anything when they're in power."
Washington Examiner reporter David Drucker, who reported on Sununu's disillusionment with his own party, and he thinks the GOP is trying to manage voter expectations.
"One of the things that's gotten Republicans into so much trouble with their base is overpromising and underdelivering," Drucker said. "As I watched Republicans campaign in 2010, 2014 and even 2016, they made a lot of promises about what they would do once they were in power, particularly when Democrats still controlled the White House, between 2010 and 2014, still controlled the Senate. Republicans ran up against a brick wall because Democrats in the Senate had no interest in helping Republicans accomplish anything on their agenda. They obviously disagreed with President [Barack] Obama on key items, nothing got done."
"Instead of Republican voters saying, well, I'll give you a pass because you didn't have enough control in Washington to do what you wanted, they got mad at them for overpromising and underdelivering," Drucker added. "So if the message in this midterm election in 2022 is, look, we're going to hold the line and stop President [Joe] Biden from doing anything you don't like, at least from a political standpoint, they're guarding against a backlash from their own pace. Then there's, though, this issue of exactly what do voters want from politicians on Capitol Hill? Do they want them to work with the other side when the other side has more power than them and help them accomplish something, or will they be okay with them holding the line?"
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Donald Trump's family is facing allegations of having committed "mega-fraud" in New York that is being investigated by the state's attorney general.
"New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged on Tuesday that former president Donald Trump’s business inflated the value of his properties and misstated his personal worth in representations to lenders, insurance brokers and other players in his real estate empire," The Washington Post reported. "In a nearly 160-page filing, James cited multiple examples of Trump allegedly lending his signature to financial statements that estimated the worth of properties in the Trump Organization portfolio and the value of his own fortune — estimates that James’s team has long suggested were misleading and potentially key to taking legal action against the Manhattan-based company."
CNN interviewed former federal prosecutor Elie Honig about the overnight developments in the case.
"This filing — that came out just before midnight — gives us by far the most depth and detail we have seen on this allegation we have heard for years now about the overvaluation of these assets," Honig said. "Let me tell you, this is mega-fraud. That's not a legal term. This is mega-fraud — we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars, preposterous over statements what the properties are worth."
"This is happening on the civil side. We're talking lawsuits here, not prosecutions. That's a separate question," he noted. "Big steps on the civil side."
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"George, I want to start with the phone records for Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle," CNN's John Berman said. "What could turn up in the phone records that could be damaging?"
"I think -- my guess would be, and this is not based on any specific knowledge, but based on the subject matters that the committee is looking into and where these people were positioned, they will look at two things," Conway replied. "One, they will look at the planning and organization for all the things that led up to Jan. 6th. What involvement did people around Trump have in the organization of Jan. 6th? What context did they have with the people who were running the so-called Willard Hotel such as [Rudy] Giuliani and others?
"And the question also is what happened on Jan. 6th when, you know, the things started to go awry on Capitol Hill. What was Donald Trump doing? And that is all extremely important because it goes to Donald Trump's state of mind," he said. "Why was he just sitting there? And Stephanie Grisham said he was watching gleefully."
"Did he try to impede and obstruct the Jan. 6th counting of votes? He certainly did," Conway said. "He did it in a number of ways. He lied his ass off, excuse the language," Conway said.
"Very early for that, George," CNN's Kasie Hunt interjected.
"I'm sorry. I didn't even have my coffee," Conway replied. "He lied his derrière off for two months."
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