Chuck Todd Grills Conaway on House Intel Probe: How Can You Definitively Say No Collusion?

Chuck Todd confronted top House Intel Committee Republican Mike Conaway on the committee’s Russia probe ending when there are still loose ends to tie up. They first addressed Andrew McCabe, who testified before the committee. Todd asked Conaway if he felt McCabe was forthcoming. Conaway said, “To the extent that we knew it. But if that proves to be incorrect then that was a bad judgment on my part.” Todd directly asked, “Did he back up Comey’s contention that he was fired because of the Russia probe?” Conaway responded, “It’s been a while since I sat through that, that testimony. I haven’t had read it recently. We were focused not so much on that as the––because that feeds into the collusion issue. And, and our committee doesn’t––was not charged with answering the collusion idea. So we really weren’t focused on that direction.” As for the committee’s Continue reading "Chuck Todd Grills Conaway on House Intel Probe: How Can You Definitively Say No Collusion?"

Bob Corker Expects Trump to Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal in May

Sen. Bob Corker said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal in May, during an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told host Margaret Brennan he “doesn’t feel like it’s going to be extended,” barring some sort of agreement European officials may be able to create in the coming weeks and convince Trump to support. “Right now it doesn’t feel like it’s going to be extended. I think the president likely will move away from it unless our European counterparts really come together on a framework, and it doesn’t feel to me that they are,” the Republican senator said. “Now, as we get within two weeks of the May 12 date, that could change.” Corker, one of Trump’s loudest Republican critics in the Senate, discussed the potential impact such a move could have for Continue reading "Bob Corker Expects Trump to Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal in May"

Retired Gen. Who Called Trump a ‘Serious Threat’: I Don’t Understand Why He Won’t Confront Russia

Days after calling President Trump a “serious threat to US national security,” retired General Barry McCaffrey joined Joy Reid this morning to stand by that stunning assertion. Reid told him, “I consider you, sir, to be a very sober, non-inflammatory speaker. So when I saw your tweet… that raised my alarm.” “There is no question that Mr. Putin in particular is an active threat to U.S. national security interests, as well as those of our NATO allies,” he said. And while McCaffrey granted that others in the administration have been tough on Russia, “I cannot understand why President Trump simply won’t respond to this guy who is running an active criminal oligarchy in Russia which is hostile to U.S. and allied interests.” The nerve agent attack on a former spy was the “final straw” from him, but when Reid asked him if he thinks Trump should Continue reading "Retired Gen. Who Called Trump a ‘Serious Threat’: I Don’t Understand Why He Won’t Confront Russia"

Jeff Flake Calls on Republicans to Challenge Trump in 2020 Primary Elections

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake isn’t seeking re-election in 2018 — but says he or another “decent” Republican may just have a shot at the presidency in two years’ time. The senator joined CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, discussing the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and other controversies arising from President Donald Trump’s White House. Flake, an ardent anti-Trump lawmaker who’s fiercely opposed the president on some issues, said he hasn’t yet ruled out taking on Trump in the 2020 Republican primaries. “People want to remember the Republican Party as the decent party, and it is not right now … I don’t know who will step up in the end, I hope somebody does,” Flake said. “I’m not ruling it out but I certainly think the odds are long that I would do it.”

Sources Reportedly Contradict Sessions Testimony That He Opposed Russia Meeting During Campaign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before Congress last November that when former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos proposed a meeting with Russians during the 2016 election, he “pushed back” on the idea. But now, according to three sources who told Reuters they were present at the March 2016 meeting chaired by Sessions (who then was head of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy team) where Papadopoulos made the proposal, Sessions didn’t actually voice objections. From Reuters:
“Yes, I pushed back,” Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 14, when asked whether he shut down Papadopoulos’ proposed outreach to Russia. Sessions has since also been interviewed by Mueller. Three people who attended the March campaign meeting told Reuters they gave their version of events to FBI agents or congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election. Although the accounts they provided to Reuters differed in certain respects, all threes, Continue reading "Sources Reportedly Contradict Sessions Testimony That He Opposed Russia Meeting During Campaign"

CNN’s Stelter: Sessions Gave ‘A Win to the Hannitys of the World’ With McCabe Firing

CNN’s Brian Stelter opened today’s Reliable Sources with the whirlwind news weekend of Andrew McCabe‘s firing and President Trump‘s attacks on Robert Mueller. “President Trump’s allies in the media,” he said, “have spent almost a year trying to discredit this probe. They’ve been acting like there’s something to hide.” Trump lawyer John Dowd said yesterday the Mueller probe should end, and now the President himself is saying this:

CNN Panel Slams Hillary Clinton for ‘Backwards’ Comments: Don’t ‘Criticize the Voters’

Amid all the big Trump news today, CNN’s State of the Union panel also addressed Hillary Clinton‘s recent comments on the kind of voters that President Trump appealed to. Clinton spoke of Trump’s “backwards” appeal like this: “You didn’t like black people getting rights? You don’t like women, you know, getting jobs?” Nina Turner pointed out to Jake Tapper that Ohio, for example, voted for Barack Obama both times, saying it’s “very hurtful” for Clinton to “lump all Ohioans and all people” in like that. “In politics, we should not criticize the voters,” she added. Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher agreed and said Clinton’s comment “not only misreads history, it misreads the present moment.” And Jen Psaki, former Obama White House communications director, noted the “massive flip” in some places from Obama to Trump and said it “doesn’t validate what she said.” “There was a larger Continue reading "CNN Panel Slams Hillary Clinton for ‘Backwards’ Comments: Don’t ‘Criticize the Voters’"