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Trump Urged Justice Officials to Declare Election 'Corrupt'
"Hand written notes from a late December phone call underscore just how far then president trump went to try and stay in office the house oversight committee has released notes taken by a top justice department official who was on a call with the president and acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen according to the notes that then president told Rosen just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and be our congressmen the December twenty seven call happened just days after Attorney General bill Barr resigned he'd said the justice department had found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have over towards the election results Sager mag Connie at the White House
Biden's Justice Department to ask nearly all Trump-era U.S. attorneys to resign
"Plans to begin. The transition process for senate confirmed us attorneys as early as today as npr's ryan lucas reports. Two us attorneys conducting politically sensitive investigations are expected to remain in their current roles. One of the. us attorneys. Who is expected to stay on in his job is the us attorney for delaware. David weiss his office is conducting criminal investigation into president. Biden's son hunter. A senior justice department official tells. Npr that acting attorney general. Monty wilkinson called weiss on monday evening and asked him to hold in his current role. Thunder biden probe is one of two high profile politically sensitive investigations. The biden justice department inherited from the trump era. The other is special. Counsel john durham's investigation into the origins of the russia probe. Npr has learned that. Durham is expected to resign his post as us attorney for connecticut. What his appointment. As special counsel will remain in effect. Ryan lucas npr news washington. A team of
DOJ rescinds memo used to justify separations of migrant families
"Memo establishing a zero tolerance enforcement policy for migrants crossing the southern border illegally and that as you probably remember Resulted in thousands of family separations. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued the new memo to federal prosecutors across the country, saying the department would return to its longstanding previous policy to instruct prosecutors to act on the merits of individual cases that move on. Does the Trump administration's massively unpopular policy responsible for separating more than 5500 kids from their parents? First official call
Inspector general probes if Justice Department officials tried to overturn election results
"Being launched by the Justice Department's inspector general to examine whether any former or current department officials engaged in an improper attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential elections. This investigation will look at allegations concerning the conduct of former and current Justice Department officials, but will not extend to other government officials. The probe coming after the New York Times reported that former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clarke had been discussing the plan with then President Trump to house the acting attorney general and try to challenge the results of the presidential race.
Trump entertained plan to install an attorney general who would help him pursue baseless election fraud claims
"Lead story. Today comes from the new york times and they say quote. The justice department's top leaders listened in stunned silence this month. One of their peers. They were told had devised a plan. Along with trump to oust. Jeffrey rosen as acting attorney. General and we'll the department's power to force georgia state. Lawmakers to overturn the presidential election results. This unassuming lawyer. Who worked on the plans names. Jeffrey clarke had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results to bolster trump's continuing legal battles and the pressure on georgia politicians. Because mr jeffrey rosen had refused the president's entreaties to carry out those plans mr trump was about to decide whether to fire. Mr rosen and replace him with mr kark danial remember. We were talking about like. who's this. Jeffrey rosen person. And i was like well his career official. I don't think he's going to go along with the bullshit. Turns out we were right. He did not go along with the bullshit. The department officials convened on a conference. Call then ask each other. what would you do. If mr rosen was dismissed and the answer was unanimous. they would all resign in protest They're informed packed. Ultimately persuaded trump. To keep rosen in place calculating that a furor over mass resignations at the top of the justice department would eclipse any attention on his baseless accusations. Voter fraud so he didn't he didn't do it for the right reasons. He said If you everyone resigned and mass it would take. He wouldn't say and mass if everyone was designed all at once. Take away attention from my lies. And so he didn't and trump's decision came only after rosen and clark made their competing cases to him in a bizarre white house meeting to officials compared with an episode of the apprentice albeit one that could prompt a constitutional crisis. This should be looked at and light of the impeachment article that will be sent to the senate as majority leader. Chuck schumer has agreed to delay the impeachment trial until february eighth. Some people think that this shows weakness. I do not. I think this was a calculated political shrewd. Move by chuck schumer. I think it allows more evidence to come out about the insurrection which will make it more difficult for republicans to acquit. And i wanna be clear here not because they have morals but because voters do and voters will be holding them responsible It's going to be more morally difficult for them to acquit. And a lot of people say well. We had the momentum. Right after the insurrection to get this vote to acquit and then additional vote to prevent it from running for office again. But that's not the case they wouldn't have had seventeen republicans and they still don't today but as we start to learn more we may be able to push more republicans over the edge and again not because they have morals but because the people who vote them into office do and some of that evidence came to light this weekend including the arrest of a man who had plans to assassinate alexandria. Ocasio cortez self-styled militia members from virginia ohio and states also made plans to storm the capital days in advance and then communicated in real time as they breached the building on both sides and talked about hunting for lawmakers and that's according to court documents filed tuesday while authorities have charged more than one hundred individuals in the riott details in the new allegations against three. Us military veterans offer a very disturbing look at what they allegedly said to one another before during and after the attack statements that indicate a degree of preparation determination to rush deep into the halls and tons of congress to make citizens arrests of elected officials and they even mentioned sealed sealing off the tunnels and and putting gas in them. Us authorities charged the apparent leader of the oath keepers That's an extremist group. Thomas caldwell sixty six of virginia. They're all from virginia in the attack. Alleging that the navy veteran helped organize a ring of dozens who coordinated their movements as they quote stormed the castle to disrupt the confirmation of biden's electoral college victory. Despite this current department of justice officials and federal law enforcement officials are privately debating whether they should declined to charge some of the individuals who stormed the capital so politically loaded proposition. But one alert to the practical concern that hundreds of such cases cases could swamp the local courthouse. You know tough shit. Internal discussions are in the early stages. No decisions have been reached whether to forego charging some of these folks and that's according to multiple people familiar with the discussions and we also learned that trump's campaign paid more than two point seven million dollars over two years to individuals and firms that organized the january sixth rally that led to the riot And that's according to the center for responsive politics and these payments which span trump's reelection campaign. Show an ongoing financial relationship between rally organizers and trump's political operation they were all made through november twenty third the most recent date covered by the federal election commission filings. Which is before the rally was publicly announced. I'm sure we'll see more in the next. Fcc filing so. That's where we are.
Trump Pressed Justice Department to Go Directly to Supreme Court to Overturn Election Results
"A new report claims President Trump spent his last weeks in office, pressuring the Justice Department to ask the Supreme Court to rule against Joe Biden's election win The Wall Street Journal reports. Trump's plan also included firing, then acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. Former Attorney General William Barr and Rosen said there was no basis to challenge the election results.
Court rules blocks Seattle's efforts to create supervised heroin injection sites
"Injection site for heroin users in Seattle suffers a setback because of an appeals court ruling in Philly King County Public Health greenlighted supervised injection sites three years ago, but an effort to find a fixed location like the ones of British Columbia failed. An effort to create mobile sites. Stalled plan now is not Tonto. Build standalone facilities instead, go with the drug users already go for help, like the Aurora Commons and let injections happen there under the supervision of a nurse. But Wednesday, the third Circuit Court of Appeals denied a Philadelphia nonprofits push to open up a fixed site. Thereby Seattle's plans are up in the air again. This is another wrinkle that we're gonna have to deal with the Justice Department, agreeing with the court's ruling injection sites violate the Federal Controlled Substances Act. That prohibits any person from knowingly and intentionally maintaining a place for the purpose of illegal drug use. The acting attorney general, saying injection sites are not the solution. But the court didn't go that far, saying Congress needs to change the federal drug laws for the sights to be legal. Seattle's city attorney responding as city struggled to respond to overdoses wrought by the opioid epidemic. The ruling is a disappointing one. But soon we'll have a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress, which could breathe new life into legalizing these sites. It violates federal law that was U. S attorney for Western Washington and Trump nominee Brian Moran two years ago, telling me he would stop any site in Seattle from opening Almost Matt
U.S. Justice Department investigating more than 170 people over Washington, DC riots
"Six days after the violent attack on the us capital law enforcement finally help the first federal press briefing about what happened. That is an acting attorney. General united states the podium or the director of the fbi not just the local guys acting us attorney the district kumble columbia and the assistant director in charge of the fbi. Washington field office to talk to the country on camera for the first time about the attempted insurrection against the us government at the capitol. And what they are doing to bring the rioters to justice. We have already opened one hundred and seventy more than one hundred seventy subject files meaning. These individuals have been identified as potential persons that committed crimes on the capitol grounds inside and outside so of those one hundred and seventy cases that have already been opened in. I anticipate that's going to grow to the hundreds in the next coming weeks we've already charged over seventy cases just yesterday. Our office organizers strikeforce of very senior national security prosecutors and public corruption prosecutors. they're only marching. Orders from me are to build seditious and charges related to the most heinous acts that occurred in the capital some encouraging actions. There is still feels like things are not quite moving that quickly given the scope and stakes of what is at issue here and more importantly the impending threat of further armed assault politicos national security correspondent in touch with virtual joins. Me now natasha. I what what did you. What was your takeaway from the briefing today. Well it was clear that the fbi first of all was trying to do some cleanup on its own behalf. So the fbi official their emphasized that the warnings that they received were in fact shared with their state and local partners so they did share them with local law enforcement officials according to official. And that was i. Think an attempt to say look. We did our part of the job and it was up to say capital. Police are the members of the joint terrorism task force in washington. Dc to kind of put together. The security measures that were necessary in order to respond to the kind of violence threats and intelligence that they were that they were receiving. So i think this was part of what we've seen in the last week as a continuation of the fbi's attempt to say we did our job. Now the rest is up to you and then with regard to the attorney's office which michael sherwin was talking about. They want to say look. We are taking this seriously with regards to pursuing further charges. But take aways obviously is. We're not seeing the fbi director on stage not seeing briefings directly from the head of the fbi and from senior officials who might indicate to the rest of the country and to potential violent rioters. Who might come back to the capital that this is something that has gone to the highest highest levels of government that will not be tolerated. And i think that that is something that is also concerning some folks tonight. I mean it's a week after it happened six days and no i mean i don't know who runs the h s. Now chad wolf gone. Lord knows who's running that place. Fbi director chris. Wray the acting attorney. General jeffrey rosen image. Just it is shocking to me shocking. Inexcusable that we have not had a briefing. It's remarkable and national security officials who have spoken to have also said. Look you know one of the reasons why we might not be. Seeing them is because they might be afraid that they could get fired. You know in the week. That's left of this administration that speaking truth about this and the reasons why it was incited the realities of why these protesters came in and the capital would force them to lose their jobs and that you know take it at face value. Which is that. The president has never accepted his own officials. Speaking the truth about and and speaking In criticizing him anyway. So i think that's part of it.
Acting attorney general says DOJ will enforce law in Washington DC
"Attorney general is coordinating with law enforcement partners to add additional federal support to the Capitol police Jeffrey Rosen put out a statement rather late in the day, saying the violence on our nation's capital ISM intolerable attack on a fundamental institution of our democracy. DOJ has deployed hundreds of federal agents from the FBI, A, T F and U. S marshals to help The National Guard is sending more than 1000 troops, and Virginia and Maryland, Maryland police are on hand as well.
CBS News reports person of interest identified in connection with Nashville bombing
"The name of a person of interest tied to the explosion that rocked Nashville on Christmas Day. Multiple sources say. Anthony Quinn Warner, a national area resident, had a similar make and model RV is the one in photos released to the public water described as a white male 63 years old. We're going live now to an FBI news conference from Nashville. I'm special agent in charge. Doug Corn, ask E. And then Mickey French. The special agent in charge of the FBI was a star. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will also speak. Also joining us is Colonel Matt paired with the Tennessee Highway Patrol following the investigators update. Well, then hear from Mayor Cooper. At this time, I'll turn it over to United States Attorney Cochran Have known 2020 has been a tough year for Nashville. Started back in March with devastating tornadoes that we had the torch through some of our neighborhoods. Continued through the pandemic and the events of this past summer and now this Cowardly bombing on Christmas morning. Right here in the heart of our downtown. Yeah. When they haven't heard about Nashville use in the time I've lived here is that they're tough and they stick together as a team, and that's what we're doing now. And I want you to know that the team is behind me. And the folks that they represent are doing everything we can to. Find out what happened here to get the answers that you deserve. And to make sure that we're all safe. So One of the toughest groups of folks we've got here in middle Tennessee is our law, enforcement of first responders and nowhere in my experience in law enforcement. Has that ever been plainer to me and what happened early yesterday morning? 6 15 6 26 30 years. So on Christmas morning, Metro Nashville police officers just number of blocks north of here didn't run away from danger literally ran to danger. Vehicle that was announcing that it was going to blow up. And Metro Nashville police officers instead of heading in the other direction headed towards that. They evacuated that area got all the citizens out of there. I'm quite confident that their actions are part of the reason why there was less cost of life in this heinous act. Sorry. Yesterday morning we had a task force came together and it didn't No. One time thing. This is what we do all the time. The U. S attorney's office. We work together with our federal partners are state partners in our local partners. That's what immediately started happening yesterday. Teams of agents group together across agencies started handling leads its citizens are citizens were calling in. We've had over 500 leads and tips come in on every single one of those is being followed up by a team of investigators. That's the stage we're at in this investigation. We are still continuing to follow every lead that we have. On. We will continue to do so until we find out what's happened. We also have national resources here. The department justice, the acting attorney general has told me any resources we need. We can have the FBI and the A. T F have sent their most specialized bomb technicians here to Nashville. And as we speak, they are north of here, a number of blocks that he had a massive crime scene. Doing what they do. Doing frankly what they do better than anyone else in the world, and it's quite a challenge. Having been up there and seeing that scene, it's like a giant jigsaw puzzle created by bomb throws pieces of evidence across multiple city blocks. They've got to gather it. They've got to catalog it. They've got to put it back together and trying to find out what the picture of that puzzle looks like. But there's no one better to do it. Then the folks we've got on the ground here in Nashville, Tennessee, right now. So that's going on as we speak. The investigations of the Leeds was going on as we speak. I am Confident in the team. We have way will get to the bottom of this that we will find out the story of this individual or individuals. We don't know right now. But this this is ultimate Scrooge, who on Christmas morning instead of spreading joy and cheer decided to spread devastation and destruction. But We know how that story ends your Nashville. We're gonna stand together. We're gonna get back on her feet. We're gonna get our business is back up and running. We're gonna get our infrastructure and the cell coverage back up and running because that's what we do in Nashville. Thank you for your time. I
Trump asking about special prosecutor for Hunter Biden
"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting president Donald Trump is considering asking for a special prosecutor probe of hunter Biden president Donald Trump is considering pushing for a special counsel probe of hunter Biden the son of president elect to Joe Biden several trump administration officials and Republicans close to the White House speaking on condition of anonymity tell the Associated Press trump is also considering pushing to have a second special counsel appointed to look into his claims of election fraud Attorney General William Barr is set to step down next week trump has said deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will be acting Attorney General Barr angered trump because he did not publicly disclose a justice department tax investigation of hunter Biden before the election Mike Rossio Washington
Attorney General William Barr to resign before Christmas
"Attorney General William Barr will be gone before Christmas as resigning. His post will be replaced by Jeffrey Rosen. Now rose and served. His deputy attorney general, hey was confirmed in May so he'll step into the role. Um so President, Trump quoted saying Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen outstanding person, he said he will become, um, become acting attorney general, highly respected Richard Donahue. We'll be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you all.
Attorney General William Barr will step down Dec. 23
"Crazy about William Barr. Hey, it's not going to be the attorney general anymore. No replacement has been named. On the very day electors were gathering and 50 States and the District of Columbia to formally vote for the next president. The current president announced a major change in the closing days of his administration on Twitter, President Donald Trump said Attorney General William Barr submitted his letter of resignation with his last day December. 23rd Bar had angered Trump after telling The Associated Press earlier this month. Justice Department found no widespread election fraud that would change the outcome. On Capitol Hill, Senator Lindsey Graham was asked if Barr had been disloyal to Trump. No, I think it was very involved with President for good as every attorney General administration should, but he also Didn't cross lands in the shipment across, Trump said Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting attorney General Mike Cross yet Washington. All right, there you go. A lot of people upset with Bill Bar because
Trump: Attorney General William Barr will step down Dec. 23
"U. S. Attorney General William Barr will step down next week Bars resignation comes after President Trump criticized him for announcing that the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread election fraud. His departure letter Bar expressed gratitude for having served Trump who tweeted that the two had a very nice meeting yesterday, Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will serve as acting attorney general. Until divide administration takes control on January 20th.
Attorney General William Barr resigns, effective Dec. 23
"General William Barr is resign. Attorney General William Barr is resigning amid lingering tension with President Donald Trump over the president's claims of election fraud and the investigation of President elect Joe Biden. Sun Bar went to the White House Monday where he submitted his letter of resignation, according to a tweet from Trump Mars last day will be December 23rd. Trump said Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting attorney general. Trump publicly expressed anger after bar statement to The Associated Press this month that the Justice Department had found no widespread election fraud that would change the outcome of the election. Might
William Barr Is Out as Attorney General
"William Barr will be out of the Trump administration before Christmas. Here's the AP is Mike Rossia with more on the very day electors were gathering in 50 States and the District of Columbia to formally vote for the next president. The current president announced a major change in the closing days of his administration on Twitter President Donald Trump said Attorney General William Barr submitted his letter of resignation with his last day December. 23rd Bar had angered Trump after telling The Associated Press earlier this month. Justice Department found no widespread election fraud that would change the outcome. On Capitol Hill, Senator Lindsey Graham was asked if Barr had been disloyal to Trump. No. I think it was very involved with the president for you good as every Attorney General administration should, but you also there cross lines you shouldn't cross, Trump said. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting attorney General Mike
Attorney General William Barr Resigns Amid Rising Tension With Donald Trump
"Trump says the attorney general is resigning. Attorney General William Barr is resigning amid lingering tension with President Donald Trump over the president's claims of election fraud and the investigation of President elect Joe Biden. Son Martin went to the White House Monday where he submitted his letter of resignation, according to a tweet from Trump Bars last day will be December 23rd. Trump said. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting attorney general. Trump publicly expressed anger after bar statement to The Associated Press this month that the Justice Department had found no widespread election fraud that would change the outcome of the election. Might GRASSI a Washington
Trump says Barr resigning, will leave before Christmas
"Hi Mike Ross you're reporting president trump says the Attorney General is resigning Attorney General William Barr is resigning amid lingering tension with president Donald Trump over the president's claims of election fraud and the investigation of president elect Joe Biden's son Maher went to the White House Monday where he submitted his letter of resignation according to a tweet from trump bars last day will be December twenty third trump said deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting Attorney General trump publicly expressed anger after bar statement to the Associated Press this month that the justice department had found no widespread election fraud that would change the outcome of the election Mike Rossi at Washington
"acting attorney general" Discussed on KNST AM 790
"Over acting Attorney General Sally Yates silly question today at a Senate hearing as Republicans want more answers on the origins of the Russia investigation this the day after another hearing that got contentious over Antifa and the role that group on the left has been in the anti police protests across the country. Foxes Marianne Rafferty, Senator Ted Cruz not holding back during the hearing, did it protests against a vile act of abuse. Sadly, we're soon hijacked by opportunists and violent radicals. Korea's also calling out Democrats for refusing to denounce extremist violence. One exchange became particularly heated between Cruz and Hawaii Democratic Senator Maisy Hirono when she got up and walked out, So I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr Chairman and that we don't have to listen to any more of your rhetorical speeches. Thank you very much. I'm leaving. Well, I appreciate the as always kind and uplifting words of Senator. And I would also note that throughout her remark, she still did not say a negative word about Antifa on Wall Street, down futures of nearly 200 points today, after a 164 point Dow gained. The NASDAQ hit a record high again. One of tennis is big stars is opting out of the US Open later this month, Rafael Nadal, Dahl wrote on Twitter. After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year's U. S open. The situation is very complicated worldwide. The covert 19 cases are increasing. It looks like we still don't have control of it. Middle one Grand Slam singles title away from tying Roger Federer for the most in tennis history will forgo this chance to catch Federer, who won't be playing either recovering from knee surgery. This will be the first U. S Open since 1999 that neither federal nor noodle will compete. Combined with Novak Djokovic. The three have won the last 13 Grand Slam singles titles. Djokovic is playing Showered Max Fox News of the Indianapolis five hundred's making A change fans will not be allowed to go watching first in the race was postponed from May to August 23rd. I'm Dave Anthony, this is Fox.
"acting attorney general" Discussed on 106.1 FM WTKK
"An expert at play by play of the news and meeting surpassing all Rush Limbaugh the network okay so there's a little bit more to this mark is that guy who is the whistle blower lawyer hello acknowledge that eight co overturn name presidential election being jammed one week after actually it began the day they met began during the transition it began with land it began with a hole in it all of this began probably even before the election if you want a true that was struck strong smirk and Lisa page with their with their rob plan B. insurance policy mark Zandi tweeted on January thirtieth two thousand seventeen a cool hand started first of many steps impeachment will follow ultimately he also tweeted co has started as one falls to more will take their place AS one falls to more will take her but what was he talking about there I'll tell you what he was talking mark Zandi was responding to the noise of the trumpet just fired Sally Yates she was the acting Attorney General remember first sessions and Rick kills themselves so.
"acting attorney general" Discussed on WBAP 820AM
"So the acting attorney general Whitaker. Was in this voluntary. Hearing today that was contentious at times attorney general acting attorney general General Mattis, Matthew Whitaker, and I was watching it a little bit today at the airport at DFW. But when I got off the plane, by the way, I was like, you know, what I have to eat something now, and I have to sit here and had some coffee to them. I just refill forgotten in the car and drive drove here straight from the plane. They landed that plane, I'll tell you that. But when I was watching it and watching the questions, and they were just trying to mess with them and pick them pick on them and get a freak out etcetera. But I read into this more at the Fox News coverage of this. And I read another Fox News story about Sheila jackson-lee going at it with her. She's the democratic looney crazy congresswoman from the Houston area. But in a bunch of the Democrats have just going after him and he bit back, and I gotta tell you actually love it. I do I love that. He bit back. And because it's it's not playing the stupid game. It saying, you know, what? And just calling it out and. People like that of having a pair is long. As it's justifiable in this. His retort came after his first retort came after Jerrold Nadler democrat from New York said he wanted to he wanted Whittaker to appear for a private deposition after the hearing. He springs you. He's hey, I want you to come to a private a deposition after this hearing. He went on to also ask the acting attorney general whether he had been asked to approve any requests or action for the special counsel. Well, it was passed the five minute time allotment. So he. This is a cojones. This is Trump. He looks at it. The acting AG Nadler looks at the list, the chairman says, Mr Sharon. Jerrold Nadler who was asking these questions. Mr Chairman, I see that. You're five minutes is up. So so he called them all this time. He didn't replied after the after the hearing room broke out in gasps as the how dare you. He then replied, I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel's investigation. But he called out people all the time. So you passed you five minutes, and he also made a good point said, look, this is a voluntary thing. I you didn't subpoena me I came voluntarily. I love it. He's like I didn't have to basically he did. He said I didn't have to be here you asked. He didn't make me. And I said, okay. So you're gonna play by the rules or screw you. I'm leaving or I'm gonna I'm gonna call ya. I love it. Good good. And by the way, he's the acting AG. Well, but we want to get you on the record. We want to get you tripped up and saying something or make you look bad. So we can do more Russia's stuff for five months. Right. That's all it is. So he said screw said go pound sand. And for that. I love it. Meanwhile, congresswoman Sheila jackson-lee, the looney democrat from Houston. When he, you know after after he called time on Nadler, she interjected, I don't know if your ties when restored or not. And Jackson Lee fired back at the perceived lighthearted comment says Foxton responding Mr. attorney general, we're not joking here, and your humor is not acceptable. So there she is being a nanny, you know, like that nine one one nanny or something that, you know, shows used to be pretty popular. I I actually enjoy watching them at least back in the day five ten years probably ten years ago. I don't know maybe even fifteen years ago. This is not I think it was ninety nine one one. And it was like a former nanny that was like a nanny for like a British royalty or something. This is Noah family. This is not a family. That's what she would say. Today a column written by Patrick Buchanan. Patrick, j Buchanan, Pat Buchanan, like we all know in his article, but call column he says, though, Trump he says has Trump found six. Has Trump found the formula for twenty twenty? He brings up the point about that. Seventy two percent. Of people agree with the president's plan for securing the border with Mexico. Eighty two percent of independence as I mentioned on the show met approved of his state of the union address. Even thirty percent of Democrats, and he ate them alive. Trump did and be counts as Trump was not only unapologetic in defense of his wall. He seemed to relish savaging. The rise of the rising radicalism of Democrats onto critical issues. Many Democrats have abortion on demand and write a wrap today birth and soak the rich socialism. America will never be a socialist country as we all know, he said America was founded on liberty independence. Not government coercion domination control. We're born free will stay free. So I mean, I have to tell you that I spent a while since I've said this I'm going to say it now, and I'm a with even more confidence and fervor that Donald J Trump will actually is going to be an being a better president than Ronald Reagan. And it might take twenty years or thirty or forty years for him to get the recognition that Reagan gets and beyond it. But I'm telling you that is right. And I think I've heard my pastor.
"acting attorney general" Discussed on AP News
"Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker testifies before congress for the first time today. Democrats will press him on his interactions with President Trump and is oversight of the Russia investigation. One of the world's wealthiest men says somebody's trying to blackmail him. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the national enquirers publisher tried to blackmail him with revealing pictures Baso says American media wanted him to stop an investigation and publicly state that the tabloids coverage is not politically motivated AP correspondent, Mike Hampton American media Inc. The owner of the Enquirer isn't talking, but the company has admitted in the past that it engaged in what's known as catch and killed practices in printing or not printing stories to help Donald Trump become president Louisiana wanted to put new regulations on abortion clinics. But the supreme court has stepped in. The law was scheduled to take effect next week. It would have required abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. It's similar to a Texas measure that the court struck down three years ago. Then chief Justice John Roberts dissented, but this time Roberts joined liberal judges on the bench to block the law, pending a full review of the case. President Trump's to supreme court appointees justices Neal Gorsuch and Brett Cavanaugh descended. Jackie quinn. Washington will the government shutdown next week. Congressional bargainers seemed close to clinching a border security agreement that would Vert anew government shutdown leaders of both parties sound hopeful the top GOP negotiator saying he believes President Trump would back the plan police in Britain in American Airlines pilot has been arrested at Manchester airport on suspicion of being drunk a flight to Philadelphia was cancelled. This is AP radio. News, a bankruptcy judge is giving Sears another chance. Sears biggest shareholder. Eddie Lampert has a five point two billion dollar plan for Sears and KMart stores and the court signed off on it. It means four hundred twenty five stores. Stay open forty five thousand jobs are saved more than two hundred fifty stores have been closed a group of creditors, including mall owners and suppliers tried to block the deal and pushed hard for liquidation, and the closing of all the stores Lampert hasn't put forth a plan for the future. Sears and KMart are still struggling and face cutthroat competition from the likes of Amazon, target and WalMart. I'm donohue. President. Trump goes to Walter Reed, national military medical center today, just outside DC for a follow up. Visit to his first annual medical checkup as president last year, his personal physician declared him to be an excellent health after a battery of tests on his heart. Lungs and other areas. Rita Foley, AP radio news..
"acting attorney general" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio
"Six six ninety redeye so Devin Nunes, by the way was on Fox News on Wednesday and said they still plan. They're in the minority, but they can still plan and still give criminal referrals to the department of Justice. All right. And he didn't name any names you signed with Tucker Carlson and Tucker Carlson. Floated the names of Peter Struck and James only, oh, he did that he wasn't wasn't Nunez. Who who did? That said look we may not be able to subpoena the witnesses because we're in the minority, but we can still throw what criminal referrals look at. I don't know. It's in the the the whole thing really now is just waiting for Trump to eventually declassify the information that we have with all the text messages, and what was in the Pfizer warned application, or is the is the does the president know that the molar thing is going to be a big dud and that will work for him. And he doesn't want to declassify anything until after that drops. Does he know what's going nowhere? Look, you have the new acting AG. Well, who was who was definitely in in the president's corner and has been very critical before he was acting attorney general of the Mueller investigation. So if he's been briefed and the president has top clearance. If you're the acting attorney general you you can the president. I don't think he would be a no I there would be held to pay. If he was briefing the president on down not details. But the the question should you be concerned? Should I be concerned? I guess that wouldn't would that be out of line for the president to ask? AM.
"acting attorney general" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"To the acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker. Who says I hope we can get the report from director Muller as soon as possible. He hinted around the idea. That the investigation is coming to a close. Well, what he really said is that it's close. To being completed. Knocking home my breath. I wanted to be I wanted to be done. I wanted to be finished. I'm sick and tired of this nonsense. All I know what the Russians did. And then I want to know how we're going to deal with the Russians. I want to know how we're going to move forward in dealing with these people because we should Matthew Whitaker acting attorney general the Muller investigation has a very defined. Scope and. So anything outside of that scope would have to either be the scope would have to be enhanced to bring additional matters to be investigated by the more investigation. But obviously, the if it's not given to that investigation by an increasing the scope of the investigation, it would be retained by the department of Justice. We have we take very seriously. Lying to congress. And if there are referrals made by by the committees as ordinary course for for matters like this, then we would investigate that would anything else. You know, I've been fully briefed on the investigation. And I look forward to director Muller delivering the final report, and I really not gonna talk about opening ongoing investigation, otherwise, but you know, sort of the statements that I made were a private citizen only with publicly available information. I am. I am comfortable that the decisions that were made are going to be reviewed. Either through the various means we have. But right now, you don't investigation is close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from director more Muller soon as we as possible. Now, you understand the Matthew Whitaker's had some some issues for things he said about the mother investigation in the past before well being with the DOJ, and then being the acting attorney general you still have the confirmation to happen of William bar. He will be the next attorney general. There's no reason why that confirmation should not go through being close to done is not done. I don't know if that's a line. That's about about putting pressure. But he's having this conversation next to Christopher Ray, the FBI director and Wilbur Ross the secretary of commerce.
"acting attorney general" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"We now have a better idea of when we may get a report from special counsel, Robert Muller. NBC news is learned the deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein, the number two at the department of Justice who appointed Miller special counsel twenty months ago and who's overseeing the investigation amid President Trump's repeated attacks intends to stay in his position until mother completes. The bulk of Zimbabwe native and courtroom work. According to a source close to Rosenstein, the source said Rosenstein does not intend to leave Muller. High and dry source told NBC news, I means Rosenstein would remain until mid to late February the Muller's report could arrive several weeks later sometime in March now in prior reporting ministration officials indicated Rosenstein plan to leave once Trump's nominee to be attorney general William bars confirmed if Barda we confirmed he would presumably decide how much most report will be made public for the full implications. Let's bring in Neil konczal, former acting solicitor general. In the Obama administration. One way of receiving this news. I think from some people was we trust rod Rosenstein is a sort of steward of the independent investigation. And if he feels that things are wrapping up, and he can go then that's a good sign is that the way you feel. I don't think so. And so the first thing to think about to start taking a step back like, what are the stakes here and everything you've been talking about Chris for the last twenty minutes the Manafort revelations from yesterday that you know, Flynn, the national security advisor going to jail, or at least, you know, pleading to a federal felony. You've got, you know, campaign finance violations ordered by the president all this is come out because of these independent investigations by Muller. And by the southern district of New York all of that is potentially now at threat with rod Rosenstein leaving. I mean rod started out. I think on unsure footing with the Komi memorandum and stuff like that. But has by all accounts protected, the integrity of these investigations and let them proceed and now there are threats to them. Well, what are the threats? I mean. Well, I think that depends on how one views William bar the man who has now been nominated to succeed. The acting attorney general of Dubai. Constitutional footing. Mr whittaker. Right. So there's two different branches of the investigation. One is the special counsel and the other are the Justice department investigations in the southern district and so on both will be controlled by the attorney general. So the molar investigation under the special counsel regulations, which I had the privilege of drafting twenty years ago, put the attorney general in charge, and what that means is that Torney general Whitaker now or bar in the future. Should he be confirmed? Could stop any aspect of the investigation cleared say to Muller you can't indict Don jR, or Jared or whomever the president or anything like that? And can also say that that report that final report that Muller will issue can't be given to the congress in its full report or even any part of it or to the public. So all of that. I think congress may have some mechanisms to try and get at as congressman Adler said, but we have to worry that the investigation can be stopped and the. Roots of the investigation. What we'll learn about from Muller, mud American people may not see because a Torney general. That's willful could block that. Well, you know, the feeling among the world of sort of elite law, which is a small, but powerful group of people I think around the attorney general now is that Mr. Whitaker is entirely unqualified. And it's preposterous that he is running the Justice Spar, the United States is basically consensus view in the case of bar. He's a former attorney general much more inculcated into the norms of the profession and sort of law and Lindsey Graham today, basically saying that, you know, he's friends with Muller..
"acting attorney general" Discussed on Anderson Cooper 360
"Robert Muller has a distinguished record as few public servants in this country. Have who is respected and highly regarded by Republicans and Democrats who was head. The FBI under both Republicans and Democrats and along comes President Trump and calls him a disgrace. There's no evidence a Robert Muller ever having been a disgrace in anything he's done in public life. I think we need to look at the last two weeks since election day, we have seen a rage a holic president of the United States, such as we have never seen certainly in our modern history. We have never seen a president in a prolonged rage a public rage, such as we have seen these past weeks in Paris in Washington at the special prosecutor at the press, it has been unceasing it has been horrible to look at in terms of what does this mean in terms of our governance, and what we are seeing. Now is this president has his back to the wall. And I want to say one thing about he keeps saying no collusion. No collusion. No collusion. We know that Muller has a sprawling investigation that is all about looking for collusion. Among Trump's associates, his family his campaign age whether or not he has founded or not we don't know. But it is a serious sprawling investigation with lots of dots following the money and following the connections and Trump understands that and what has happened with Matthew Whitaker as the new deputy attorney general is Trump acting. Acting attorney general thank you is that Trump now houses spy for the first time who is looking at what Muller has and he has been Trump for throughout his presidency absolutely in a crazed state because he doesn't know what mother is doing. Look he has a sense of what may be going on. And we may be seeing that in this rage. A hallway engines yesterday about the inner workings of the Miller campaign is that because all of a sudden he knows about the inter workings. We don't know we don't know what Matt Whitaker has been telling him Jeffrey, we do know that once again, the president is talking about something he likes to refer to as a perjury trap as you, and I have discussed that's not something they taught you at Harvard loss. Right. I mean, perjury trap is an I it's a phrase that people throw around I think it is literally a meaningless phrase because perjury is perjury. And this idea the president talked about it is that if you if you say it was a sunny day, and it was cloudy. They're gonna charge you with perjury of. Not perjury has to be a substantive statement that is relevant to a central issue in the case. It's not just aim and it has to be an intentional falsehood. Not a mistake and just because your testimony conflicts with another person that doesn't mean either one of you is lying perjury is about intentional lying, and it is rarely prosecuted. But it is prosecuted when prosecutors see it it's they don't prosecute people who make mistakes what the best way to avoid perjury, by the way, tell the truth carry. Gary. These written answers. They're not the end here, necessarily, they turn in the homework assignment. But the special counsel could come back and follow up on these questions. Right. What's the procedure? Sure. Well, so the special counsel will receive at some point on these answers. It seems like and then they'll decide whether or not they find those answers sufficient whether or not they want to still pursue potentially talking to the president so much time has gone by that it does seem like if the president was requested to interview or even if they decided to go forward with a subpoena that he certainly would challenge at and that's where the appointment of acting. Attorney general Whitaker becomes really important because the acting attorney general over the special counsel's investigation exercises real substantive authority and a decision like whether or not to service subpoena on the president is something that right now could beat subsided by the acting attorney general who is in a. Questionable legal from a statutory and constitutional perspective it questionable legal appointment. And so it is hard to understand with all of the other Senate confirmed senior officials who could have been and should have been appointed as the acting attorney general after attorney general sessions resigned that position becomes quite important. And remember he is only agreed to answer questions about events during the campaign..
"acting attorney general" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"David corn articles of impeachment being drawn up for Richard Nixon, one of them was lying to the American people. Yeah. And if that's the case, the Washington Post has six thousand one article. For Donald Trump just through September. I mean, not only did he lie, but but the journal about a week or so before the election broke, the news of the payoff to Karen, McDougal and hope Hicks after talking to Donald Trump said there's nothing to the story that we don't know anything about this. Well, that was another lie a lie that happened very conveniently right before the election to prevent this from coming out. Listen, we already have Michael Kohn, his Trump zone lawyer pleading guilty to criminal conspiracy and saying that Trump was a part of party to this. Now there about a gazillion things for the incoming House Democrats to look at when they get oversight responsibilities in the house in January the president being part of a criminal conspiracy. It's hard to look at that. And put it at least in the top thousand of things they should look at. I mean, this is Siri. Stuff. It gets not as much attention as that should have. But I salute the Wall Street Journal and the reporters today for that piece. Putting it right back and the middle of the radar screen. Let's listen to another moment of Donald Trump lying on Fox News on the question of when he knew about these payments that Michael Cohen was arranging. Later on. I knew later on them standings what he did. And they weren't taking out of campaign finance. That's a big thing. That's a much bigger thing. Did they come out of the campaign? They didn't come out of the campaign. They came from me. Barbara mcquade your reaction to that. After what we've learned from the Wall Street Journal. I think one of the things that a prosecutor looks at when they're considering whether there is guilt, especially for a crime like this which requires willfulness. Meaning that you know that what you're doing is illegal is evidence of what's known as consciousness of guilt. And when somebody is changing this story or lying about the facts, then that is often evidence of consciousness of guilt. It is not necessary to lie if done nothing wrong, he lie when you want to cover something up, or you know, that you violated the law, and so I think his changing stories both there and on Air Force One really suggest that he knew that what they were doing was wrong. Barbara mcquade David corn. Thank you both for joining us. Not shit. And when we come back more election results in what this week's results indicate about the next election..
"acting attorney general" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"The Rupert Murdoch owned Wall Street Journal has another devastating article tonight about Donald Trump that will be ignored by the Rupert Murdoch owned. Fox News a team of five reporters at the Wall Street Journal have sources inside the federal investigation of Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen the journal says they interviewed quote, three dozen people who have direct knowledge of the events or who have been briefed on them. The Wall Street Journal has these smoking gun on the national enquirers illegal attempt to help presidential candidate Donald Trump by paying women to remain silent about their sexual experiences with Donald Trump. The article includes a description of a meeting during the presidential campaign in Trump Tower with Donald Trump and David pecker who runs the National Enquirer that is the smoking gun meeting. A criminal plot was. Hatched in that meeting to have the National Enquirer by the silence of women. David pecker was nervous enough about the legal risks. He was taking that he consulted lawyers who advised him on how to avoid a violation of campaign finance law. Everyone involved except the president of the United States is now cooperating with federal prosecutors, including David pecker who has been granted immunity for the crimes he could be charged with in exchange for the information. He is now giving to prosecutors about Donald Trump, and what was said in that meeting, David pecker and others at the National Enquirer who are also cooperating with the investigation made a deal with Keith Davidson, a Los Angeles lawyer who represented Karen McDougal, a former playboy model who was paid one hundred and fifty thousand dollars by the National Enquirer for the rights to her story about her affair with Donald Trump a story that the national choir never intended to. To publish, but simply bury four Donald Trump included in that deal was a provision for Karen McDougal to contribute to articles about fitness in the National Enquirer sources told the Wall Street Journal that the additional provisions of the deal were there if they needed to mount a legal defense against the crime of an illegal campaign contribution to the Trump campaign one hundred and fifty thousand dollar payment to McDougal benefited the Trump campaign by keeping her quiet about an affair with the candidate. Donald Trump was supposed to reimburse the National Enquirer according to everyone involved, but David pecker was ultimately afraid that the reimbursement. Part of the deal would be even more evidence of a crime Wall Street Journal reports Mr. pecker called off the Trump reimbursement deal in October two thousand sixteen on the advice of his lawyer accepting reimbursement from Mr. Trump, the executive worried could undermine any. Argument that the McDougal payment was made for editorial and business reasons rather than as an in-kind campaign contribution, Mr. pecker told Mr. Cohen to tear up the reimbursement agreement, but Mr. Cohen kept a copy federal agents founded in a search of Mr. Cohen's office earlier this year, the journal reports that Donald Trump was fully involved in the payment. Michael Cohen made the stormy Daniels one hundred and thirty thousand dollars.
"acting attorney general" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"As the attorney general of the United States, you'd have to be lucky and smarter than everyone in that building to get away with that John Mitchell must have felt pretty lucky as Richard Nixon's campaign manager when they won the nineteen sixty eight election and John Mitchell knew he was going to be the next attorney general of the United States. He must have felt pretty lucky. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and served nineteen months with good behavior. Richard nixon's. Second attorney general the one who took over from his first criminal attorney General Richard Kleindienst, Richard Kleindienst, ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor. He got a suspended sentence and served. No time. And sentencing judge said Richard Kleindienst had quote, a heart. That is too loyal. If Matthew Whitaker has a heart that is too loyal to Donald Trump. He will be very very lucky to get off as easy as Richard Kleindienst. Donald Trump could easily. Dr Matthew Whitaker into earning. A prison sentence that sets the record for Republican attorneys general of the United States convicted of federal crimes. Joining us now democratic congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee, and member of the judiciary committee in the house who was just reelected and Laurence tribe. Harvard law professor and constitutional scholar and professor tribe. I want to start with you on this question that has now been we've had forty eight hours of public consideration of it. And that is the legality of the installation of Matthew Whitaker in the attorney general's office. Well, hi Lawrence. I guess I say at the beginning that new almost made me feel sorry for the guy. But. But I think I can resist feeling too sorry for him. He has no legitimacy quite apart from the stupid things. He said in the fact that he's obviously not a good lawyer in the fact that he's a fraudster. It seems is the fact that there is no constitutional basis for treating him as legitimate, the appointments clause of the constitution makes clear that anyone with the kinds of responsibilities that this guy would have as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States supervising, not only the Muller pro, but every district court in the country and every fraud investigation any such person has to be not simply nominated by the president, but confirmed by the Senate, it's not a little technicality. It's a really big deal, and I could go on that much more length than you or your viewers would be interested in about why all of this. Supreme court precedents established that the constitution means exactly what it says. So we don't have to go chasing after you know, technical statutory, squirrels when there is a constitutional elephant in the room, everything he does as you said is without legal effect. If he tries to squeeze Muller to restrict his options to deny him the right to subpoena. Something Muller has no reason to respect that Muller. Could just disregard it or he could go to court and get a judgment that says that he's been given an order by basically a buffoon with no legal standing to give that order. And cars would Cohen your reaction to to this acting attorney general, and what the House Judiciary committee of might do under democratic control in January. A you could request his testimony under oath in that committee. Well, we certainly can we could have him come before the committee. We could subpoena any papers of Muller reports that he might have tried to squelch and keep from the American public, and we had a conference call today and we've had to this week. Ranking member Nadler has got all of us together. And we shared our ideas. And we're going to try to pursue some actions in conjunction with the Senate. I think the Senate might have standing to pursue legal action questioning his appointment for they were harmed as was Mr. Rosenstein and being not having that particular advise and consent as they're supposed to and Mr. Rosenstein was stepped over. He should have been the logical person. And they order of. Ascendancy in the in the Justice department to take on this acting role this fellow as you call it. He's acting. He is indeed only acting. He's not the attorney general. And it's Don Corleone appointed Luca Brasi is considerably airy. Obviously not because he thought he was the best for advice. But because he had people he wanted to knock off and professor tribe. The president is one of the most transparent, criminally minded, people that we've ever had in public life..
"acting attorney general" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"He will ever be all of whom suspect and have every right to suspect. That Matthew Whitaker has been installed in the attorney general's office to commit crimes for the president. If necessary that is exactly what Republican president Richard Nixon expected of his attorney general, and that is exactly what the exactly what he got. Which is why Richard Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell went to prison, and when Richard Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell took office, no one no one in the FBI. No one in the Justice department. Suspected that. He was capable of committing a crime. He was a respected New York lawyer on Matthew Whitaker's first day in that office, everyone in the FBI and every federal prosecutor had every right to regard him and treat him as a potential criminal suspect. Every single person Matthew Whitaker speaks to in that Justice department. Every day is writing down every word he says to them whether he knows that or not they have all learned James Comey's lesson of dealing with Trump world right down everything they say immediately after the meeting when Matthew Whitaker watches deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein, or any of the other lawyers. He's surrounded by all day leave the room after meeting they are all going to their desks to write down. Exactly what they just heard Matthew Whitaker say they all. No, they are going to need those notes someday. They all know that Matthew Whitaker is going to spend many many hours under oath against his will in the house of representatives next year, and possibly in the grand jury room with a special prosecutor, we know what Matthew Whitaker wants to do for Donald Trump because he has said so publicly he wants to end the special prosecutor's investigation. I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced it with a recess appointment, and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Muller. But he just reduces the budget so low that his his investigation grinds to of absolute almost. If Matthew Whitaker isn't smart enough to know that everyone around him all day regards him as a potential criminal suspect? If he has to hear that from me in order to realize it, then he is not smart enough to realize the other very important thing about everyone. He will be dealing with in the Justice department every day every one of them is much smarter than he is every one of the prosecutors he will be dealing with from rod Rosenstein on down are much better legal scholars and much better legal practitioners. They are profoundly dangerous to him every time he opens his mouth. So when rod Rosenstein was quoted today as saying that Matthew Whitaker is quote, a superb choice to run the Justice department. That should probably be interpreted. To mean, Matthew Whitaker has not said one word to interfere with rod Rosenstein. Stein or a special prosecutor Robert Muller not yet that is probably rod Rosenstein 's signal from within about what is not happening in the Justice department. Matthew Whitaker is not getting his way Matthew Whitaker has said some of the stupidest things that any law school graduate has ever said, he questioned the legitimacy of that first supreme court opinion that we all learn about in history class Marbury versus Madison he says that judges should all be Christians who believe and live by the New Testament that obviously puts him in opposition to the appointment of Jewish. Judges not to mention Muslim judges or atheist judges. It's hard for law school graduate to sound stupider than Matthew Whitaker. But when Matthew Whitaker spent his first full day yesterday sitting in the attorney general's office surrounded by the highest powered prosecutors in the world. World and experienced high ranking FBI officials his ego must have shrunk a bit. He must have felt a bit less confident about the blustery nonsense. He has spewed on television as a pundit when he was actually using television to audition for a job with President Trump. This is bath. You Whitaker's dirty Harry moment, it's that line that Clint Eastwood made so famous when he confronted criminals in that movie. Clint Eastwood's dirty Harry said you've got to ask yourself. One question. Do I feel lucky? So Matthew Whitaker has to ask himself. Do I feel lucky on Matthew Whitaker is sitting in that room with federal prosecutors and FBI agents who regard him as a suspect? Does he feel lucky? Because you would have to be very very lucky to get away with doing what Donald Trump wants you to do.
"acting attorney general" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Now, it's time for the last word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Good evening. Good evening, Rachel, and I want to begin just by saying thank you for what you did today. And I I know hard you work. And so I didn't want to interrupt your day with even those two words of thank you. And we don't have to get into. Why you did this on say a word just gonna leave that aside? What? We can share with the audience that you did did send me flowers today. When I arrived at our LA bureau today there were flowers from from you, they're fantastic. And I just want you to know you have a place in history. I believe this is the first time I have ever received flowers while not being in a hospital. I think that's what we did today. I think this is that I, you know, manage women we're good at this. This is this is the thing we do it really lifted my day. And it's I think it's gonna show in tonight's show. The just the feeling that you brought to my workplace today. God by so Rachel. Thank you. You're you're welcome, my friend. I won't talk about why did it? Thanks. No. Thanks, rachel. Well, President Trump was running scared in the final days of the midterm election campaign. He was obviously running scared. He was afraid of what losing the house representatives would mean to his political life and to his legal life and legal jeopardy. And now that the president lost the midterm elections. The president is just losing it. He had a crazier press conference than usual at the White House this week sending an intern to try to grab a microphone away from the reporter. And then he denied White House press credentials to some White House reporters, the president is panicked. The president is panicked by the election results. Which are getting worse worse for the president every day as the Democrats continue to win more seats in the house of representatives as the final votes are being counted? And now the president is running scared again he is trying to. Run away from the house of representatives. Investigators who he knows will be coming for him next year. And he is trying to run away from special prosecutor, Robert Muller. The president's criminal defense team is the single worst team of lawyers who have ever been hired to represent a president of the United States. And the president probably knows that. That's why he tried to install an attorney general this week who will be his most effective criminal defense lawyer that is clearly what Donald Trump expects from Matthew Whitaker who now sits at the desk of the attorney general of the United States, but does not legally occupy that job and every legal action that Matthew Whitaker attempts to take as an acting attorney general is now subject to a legal challenge. In court. We'll have more on the Democrats election victory and the votes that continue to be counted later. In this hour. But now consider where Matthew Whitaker's sits tonight after completing his second full day, claiming the title of acting attorney general the Wall Street Journal reports that he is being investigated by the F B I.
"acting attorney general" Discussed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition
"Meets mats, which echo acting attorney general and really Jecht Humpty Dumpty. He was a tight end for the university of Iowa the US attorney for five years and a failed Senate candidates in two thousand fourteen and in his spare time, he's an amateur powerlifter. Look at that guy that does the police tape around him as confidence right? They're to want to take this off because I'm about a murder these weights. Medwick basically seems like the exact opposite of Jeff Sessions. I mean like sessions also posted a photo of himself. Powerlifting. But wasn't as impressive. That's what I'm saying. Look, I mean, we've gotta get short jokes in. Now. It's now never done now apart from being a former US attorney and looking like Bain during the off season. There is one of the thing about Whitaker that probably makes him the perfect pick for President Trump. He shares a similar passion for business ethics. Matt would occur. The now acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions was fired. He is now linked to a company referred to as a scam rule patent marketing billed itself as helping investors secure patents and Whitaker was hands on design. That's going to help showcasing a hot tub invention in this post from the company the company that has since been shut down and flapped with the twenty six million dollar fine. By federal authorities house American going to hire guy who scams hot tub invents has as its top cop because that seems like a real conflict of interest to me like he'll be interrogating bad guys. Like, tell me who your partner is. And like you and my partner. Yeah. We had a good run. Didn't we? Now, if you think would it looks familiar, you either just cleaned your bathroom, all like the president's. You've been watching a shit ton of CNN because every chance that which could guts he was on the news saying that he needs to step in and pull the reins back on Bob Muller. If he starts to go outside of those bounds of his delegation of thorns. I think we should watch for Bob Muller. If he's really going to go down these paths of unrelated financial transactions the only difference between Watergate in this situation is actually Watergate there were crimes that occurred in right now, we have no evidence of any crime happening. So the guy who's now in charge of the investigation was on CNN over a dozen times should talking Muller and his investigation that is so unfair to Robert Muller, the guy was trash talking him. And now that guy is his boss, and I know how much that sucks because when I was in school. There was a kid who bullied me every single day. And then one day, I got home, and he was my stepdad. But it turns out it wasn't just a coincidence that what's it was on TV trashing Mullah. Right. It was actually his latest scam. We know a here we we had on the show a number of times, this is from attorney John Q Barrett about a conversation. He says that he had in the green room before their joint appearance. Okay..
"acting attorney general" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"What should we read into that that that is common when someone is still continuing to provide information or to cooperate in other ways negation that you put off their sentencing until all of the cooperation is complete so that the judge when he or she is sentencing. The defendant has the benefit of knowing everything that they did an effort to try to assist the government in cooperation. So the longer it goes on the more cooperation we can infer. Yes, roughly. We'll be right back with Sally Yates former acting attorney, general of the United States stay with us. We are back with Sally Yates. It was the former acting attorney general of the United States. And before she was acting attorney general of the United States, she was the deputy attorney general of the United States, which all of us in America now have a much greater appreciation of the importance of as a position. Do you feel that rod Rosenstein who is deputy attorney general because of Jeff Sessions being recused from the rush amount, or he's overseeing the Mueller investigation and other things in the Russia matter. Do you feel like he is insulated enough in his position in terms of undue influence from the administration? If you were still in his shoes, is that was still your job? What kind of protections would you want people pushing for for you when you're, that's one of the things that's worried me is that so many people are focused on insuring that Bob Muller isn't fired. We need to be equally focused in making sure that rod Rosenstein isn't fired either. And that's because he really has an ability to be able to control the special counsel's investigation in terms of significant steps that are taken. He has to approve those in terms of information that might go to congress in terms of information that could be publicly released. So if you want a back door way to try to choke the life out of the special counsel investigation, you would. Place. Rod Rosenstein was someone whom you can control. And I think that he's done a very good job. So far of of ensuring that this investigation is going where it needs to go, that they're going to follow the facts and the evidence, and that Bob Muller has the running room. But he needs to be able to get to the bottom of these really important questions. We say, people need to focus on making sure that he hasn't fired. I mean, thinking hard about it won't help. I mean, what's what can be done to protect them? Well, folks in congress seemed to be making movement and trying to do this work as well to make them public enemy absolutely on. And even some talking about impeachment articles on what basis I have absolutely no idea. You would be impeaching him, but I think that that the White House and members of congress respond to public pressure and respond to a focus. And I think that most people have come to realize now that it's absolutely essential that Muller stay in his place, but. Needs to be that same public focus on rope rod Rosenstein as well. Were you ever pressured in the way that he has been by Republicans in congress, we ever pressured by anybody to handover since law enforcement sensitive documents in the middle of ongoing investigation. That's been a hallmark of of of the sort of efforts to demonize him with congress. Now that is long been a firm tradition of the department of Justice that you don't turn over materials about ongoing investigations to congress and did come. But I understand that the Justice department always felt that was a long standing norm. Did members of congress ever violated? I mean, we're members of congress pushing for this kind of stuff before, or is this Newt in specific to this investigation?.
"acting attorney general" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"I don't think anybody in the Intel community has a doubt about that you wanted the White House dot? Absolutely, yes to to do so. We expect it the White House. Do you expect them to quickly? Yes, there was to to the information? Yes. Do you think Michael Flynn should have been fired, whether he's fired or not as a decision for the president of the United States to make. But doesn't seem like that's a person who should be sitting in the national security adviser position if you hadn't been fired, if you were still in your position and you hadn't seen any action over the course that eighteen days, was there more your role as the acting attorney general would have permitted you to do? I would have come back to the White House. If you were still the acting attorney general, you would have gone back to the White House wouldn't be knocking on the door again. Why? Because I would have been concerned that we had a national security adviser who was compromised. I would have been able to control what happened, but I would have gone back to. What sort of questions would you've asked? What have you done. It's been a mystery all along clearly somewhat frustrating mystery to sell the yourself all along why the White House didn't act for more than two weeks. After this very urgent. National security threat was brought to their attention. But now eighteen months later, right? Another part of this is unfolding. In December. We learned that despite assurances from the White House that Mike Flynn had acted alone that his contacts with the Russian government had been the act of a rogue official. Nobody else knew what he was doing. We learned in December that in fact, he hadn't acted alone. His deputy KT McFarland had known about Flint, secret contacts with the Russian government before during an after those contacts happened, she helped set him up. These are the same contacts with the Russian government that he pled guilty to lying to the FBI about. KT McFarland would also later lie about her knowledge of Flint's contact with the Russian government when she was questioned about it by the US Senate. One of the weird long tails of this story is that after she got ousted as deputy national security adviser, following the Flynn debacle the Trump administration actually for a while, tried to name her an ambassador as part of the confirmation process for her would be ambassadorship. She appears to have lied to the US Senate and denied any knowledge of Flynn's contact with the Russian government. Her emails from the transition show. In fact, she knew about those contacts she was in on it. Flynn was not acting alone. Flynn was not even alone in lying about those contacts with the Russian government KT McFarland did it too. And now as of now based on this new reporting from the Washington Post, we know that US person. One reportedly Paul Erickson, Maria, Boutin 'as fake boyfriend who prosecutors say she was romantically involved with as part of part of her covert operation to serve as an agent of the Russian government in this country. Matinez Maria Boutin is just for the sake of spying boyfriends according to the Washington Post. He's the one who recommended Katie MacFarlane for that job in the first place, which is a job. You really might not ever expected her to get. Sally Yates was acting attorney general when she tried to warn the White House with urgency about a senior official in the Trump White House being compromised by the Russian government. She was driven by the urgency of needing to get that official out of there because of the danger that represented to our country, the White House. We know at the time didn't see it that same way. How does it change that story? How does it affect our understanding of that lack of urgency on the part of the Trump White House to now know that Flynn wasn't alone. That Flint's deception around this issue was not on something in which he was acting alone. And at least bleakly there appears to be a connection to an illegal Russian influence operation, which the Justice department apparently just broke up with this new indictment. Sally Yates is the first person from whom we Americans got the news about people at the highest level in this Trump administration being compromised by the Russian government while they served as US officials today, that warning has a whole new resonance. Sally, the joins us for the interview. Next..
"acting attorney general" Discussed on The Ben Shapiro Show
"Gate massacre basically what happened is that president nixon wanted watergate investigation to end he ordered the special there's a special investigator metropole cox he ordered his attorney general the fire archibald cox the attorney general refused to fire chabal cox fired his attorney general replacing with robert bork who then fired archibald cox that's what the saturday massacre was none of that has happened here he is not fire jeff sessions is not fight rosenstein his not fired any of these people so none of that is in evidence at all nonetheless democrats are very excited democrats are hoping that trump makes a big mistake they're hoping the president trump doesn't use the law enforcement methods at his disposal that he just precipitously goes and fires a bunch of people inside his own administration and then they can claim that it was obstruction so here is a congressman eric swallow who says maybe this will lead to impeachment we can hope can hope his governing the wrong country he's obstructing an investigation into his campaign where he is potentially a suspect the consequences of course our removal from office we're not helpless here okay so yes you're not going to be impeaching him okay like this is all crazy talk but i hope the democrats continue to pursue the crazy talk because it is indeed crazy sally yates you'll recall was an associate attorney she was she was the was the deputy attorney general i believe these the acting attorney general in the russian investigation after jeff sessions recused himself and she was fired when she refused to defend president from travel ban in court which is not her job she's supposed to do the bidding of the president of the united states she does work for the j while now she's on morning joe and she is claiming that the the doj has been corrupted by president trump and she claims that trump has taken his assaults to a new low but you're not think what we're saying here is the president has just taken his all out of salt on the rule of law to new level and this time he is ordering up an investigation of the investigators who were examining his own campaign here's the great irony of what she's saying there has it here's the great irony that's shocking it's terrible so let's get this straight or supposed to trust the investigators of president trump's campaign but we're not supposed to trust the.