Archive for Ian Hanchett

Sanders: Trump ‘Should Resign’ – He Has ‘Very Serious Emotional Problems’

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During an interview broadcast on Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “AC360,” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called for President Trump to resign over the sexual assault allegations against him and argued the president “has some very serious emotional problems.” Sanders reacted to Trump’s tweet about Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) by stating, “I think you’ve got a president who has some very serious emotional problems. To say that about a female United States senator is obscene. It is absurd. Everyone knows exactly what he meant.” Sanders added, “You’ve got a president who has been accused, by many, many women of harassment, to say the least. This is a guy who was on a tape seen by everybody in America essentially bragging about his sexual assault of women. Do I think under those considerations of Al Franken resigned, do I think the president should resign? I do. Do I think he will? I don’t. But, yes, I do think he should resign.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Corker: ‘I’m Really, Really Happy’ With Alabama Senate Result

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) talks with reporters as he walks to the U.S. Capitol on July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sen. Corker was one of nine republican senators to vote against the health care bill in the Senate. The U.S. Senate will continue debate on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) said he is “really, really” happy with the results of the Alabama Senate election. Corker said, “I’ve tried to reach Dick Shelby this morning to let him know how proud I am of his state and for what he did. And again, I know this is not something that — I know we’re supposed to cheer for our side of the aisle, if you will, but I’m really, really happy with what happened, for all of us in our nation, for people serving in the Senate, to not have to deal with what likely we were going to have to deal with should the outcome have been the other way.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Booker: ‘I Was In Pain’ Listening to Franken’s Resignation – ‘He Was Right When He Talked About the Irony’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who has called on President Trump to resign, said he was “in pain” listening to Senator Al Franken’s (D-MN) resignation speech and Franken was correct to note the irony of him resigning while President Trump stays. Booker stated that Franken “did the right thing” by resigning. He later added, “[W]hen it comes to situations like the president of the United States, I mean, come on, there [is] clear and compelling evidence. There is the president himself speaking towards doing this behavior. There are numbers — over a dozen women that have come forward. And so, that’s why I have such — I was in pain the day — listening to Al Franken’s remarks. Because he was right when he talked about the irony of what he is, doing the right thing, and stepping down from his position voluntarily, and you have a president of the United States sitting there where there is a message being sent to Americans, to young men, to young women that the highest office in the land, a guy sitting there, can get away with doing this behavior. And I find that utterly unacceptable.” Follow

Ronald Klain: ‘The Fact That Roy Moore Was a Predator’ ‘Was a Desirable Factor’ for Trump

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On MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” Ronald Klain who served Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore and as a Senior Aide to President Obama, and is currently General Counsel at Revolution stated that “the fact that Roy Moore was a predator was not a factor that kept Donald Trump from endorsing him, but was a desirable factor in his candidacy for Donald Trump.” Klain said, “I think it’s a huge loss for Trump, for the reasons just stated, for the obviously, loss of a Senate seat and putting the Senate in play in 2018. But I think most of all for the reason you just mentioned [the allegations against Moore and the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape]. I think the fact that Roy Moore was a predator was not a factor that kept Donald Trump from endorsing him, but was a desirable factor in his candidacy for Donald Trump. He thought today he would be able to say, ‘See? The voters decided this doesn’t matter. See? Shut up, stop talking about the women who are accusing me. The voters put a child molester in the Senate.’ And instead of putting this to rest, the rebuke that we got, that that movement got —

Dem Rep Speier: If Moore Got Elected and I Met Him, ‘I Probably Wouldn’t Even Recognize His Existence’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) stated that if she met Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore, “I wouldn’t shake his hand. I probably wouldn’t even recognize his existence.” Anchor Chris Hayes asked, “Roy Moore might be elected to the United States Senate tonight, and I imagine there’s some professional context in which, even though you serve in different houses, you would meet Roy Moore, stand across from him. What would you do?” Speier responded, “Well, I wouldn’t shake his hand. I probably wouldn’t even recognize his existence. He shouldn’t be in the Senate, but that’s something the Senate’s going to have to decide for itself. They have talked about referring it to the Ethics Committee, and that is the appropriate place to which it should be sent.” Earlier, Speier commented on President Trump’s accusers and the president’s response to them by saying, “I think what is most disturbing about it is how he so swiftly says, ‘They lied. They lied.’ Women don’t lie about this. Women are very loath to come forward. 70% of those who are sexually harassed never ever report it. Because they are fearful of what will happen, retaliation, having them looked

Brzezinski: Trump ‘Literally Sexually Harassed’ Gillibrand

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski argued President Trump’s tweet about Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) constitutes sexual harassment and that people who work around the president and don’t try to get him to delete the tweet don’t care about the country or women. Brzezinski said, “I just want to say something, beyond the fact that it is reprehensible that the president of the United States would say something so derogatory and disgusting about a woman, we’re not surprised, Mr. President. You do it all the time. You treat women terribly, and you treat the women around you even worse. And you treat women like punching bags. Because it’s fun for you. Because you are intimidated by women. That’s your problem, okay, but for the people who work for you, you need to act. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, good luck today in the briefing, don’t lie. And do not defend the president of the United States for what he did.” She later added, “Everybody else, working around the president, if your day is not consumed by getting him to take down that tweet, please leave. You’re worth nothing. You don’t care about this country. You don’t care about women.” Brzezinski

CNN’s Acosta: ‘Journalists Make Honest Mistakes’ – They Don’t ‘Intentionally Mislead’

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On Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta commented on his exchange with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday by stating, “Journalists make honest mistakes. They don’t go out and intentionally mislead people.” Acosta said of the exchange, “Sarah Huckabee Sanders is going off on reporters, who she is accusing of intentionally misleading the American people, when this president, as you know, time and again, Hugh, has repeatedly misled the American people. Journalists make honest mistakes. They don’t go out and intentionally mislead people. That’s not what we do. And yet, here you have the White House press secretary from the podium accusing us of doing just that. And so you know, Hugh, my job as a reporter, my job as the senior White House correspondent for CNN, is to report the news, but also to highlight and put a microscope on episodes of presidential hypocrisy.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

CNN’s Acosta: I’m Fair and Objective – What Trump Says About Different Faiths and Races ‘Cause Me Great Concern’

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On Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta stated he is objective, fair, and neutral with regards to President Trump and what President Trump has said “about people of different faiths, people of different races, immigrants coming into this country, about journalists, cause me great concern.” Acosta said he didn’t vote in the last election, or any election where he covered a major presidential candidate. Hewitt later asked Acosta, “Are you, Jim Acosta, neutral, fair, and objective regarding Donald Trump?” Acosta answered, “I think I am. I think I am very tough.” He later added, “I think if you look at my coverage on a daily basis, if you look at the coverage at CNN on a daily basis, it is very fair. But it is also –, it is very tough. And it is because, in part, we have a president that we’re covering these days who is very tough on us. I think, Hugh, I think –.” Hewitt then cut Acosta off to ask, “You don’t like him because he’s mean to you?” Acosta answered, “I don’t much care whether the President likes, dislikes, or whatever.” Hewitt then asked Acosta if he likes the president. Acosta answered

Pawlenty: Moore ‘Is a Credibly Accused Serial Child Molester’ – I Won’t Curb My Values ‘for Political Power’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s New Day, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) stated that it isn’t a close call whether he would vote for Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore. Pawlenty said it wasn’t “even a close call” whether he would vote for Moore if he lived in Alabama, adding, “This is a credibly accused serial child molester. And I don’t think that’s even a close call, no.” He added that it is understandable that some Republicans want to keep the seat in GOP hands, “but I’m not willing to put my personal values to the curb for political power.” After the discussion turned to Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Pawlenty stated that he is “politically retired” and doesn’t plan on running for Franken’s seat and Franken “did the right thing” by resigning. (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Sen Merkley: Why Don’t We Have a Hearing for Trump’s Accusers? Congressional Investigation ‘Would Be Very Good’

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During an interview aired on Monday’s edition of CNN’s “AC360,” Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) suggested holding Congressional hearings for President Trump’s accusers and argued that when people see those accusers, they’ll see “certainly, the president should be accountable too.” Merkley, who has called for the president to resign, argued Trump “should be held just as accountable as a member of the Senate.” He added, “In fact, why don’t we have a hearing in which all of these women [Trump’s accusers] can come forward and tell their stories, in which those that can corroborate their stories can share that information? So that the American public can really see how horrific his conduct has been. I think when they see that, when they realize that they’re calling on — many people are calling on Al Franken’s accountability — for accountability and Roy Moore for accountability, certainly, the president should be accountable too.” Anchor Anderson Cooper then asked, “Do you think there should be a Congressional investigation into these allegations?” Merkley responded, “I think it would be very good to have that. The Republicans will not do that. But perhaps we can hold a shadow hearing in which all these women can have the

Watch: Acosta, Huckabee Sanders Battle Over Inaccurate WH News Reports

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During Monday’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta battled over various inaccurate news reports about the White House with Acosta arguing reporters make “honest mistakes and that doesn’t make them fake news” and Sanders maintaining that reporters “purposefully” mislead people “regularly.” Acosta said, “I would say, Sarah, that journalists make honest mistakes and that doesn’t make them fake news.” Acosta then tried to pivot to another question, but Sanders interjected, “But when journalists make honest mistakes, they should own up to them. Sometimes, and a lot of times, you don’t. But there’s a difference…between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people, something that happens regularly.” She added that it’s not an “honest mistake” when people put out information they know to be false or “hasn’t been validated. That hasn’t been offered with any credibility and that has been continually denied by a number of people, including people with direct knowledge of an instance.” Acosta then asked Sanders to “cite a specific story that you say is intentionally false, that was intentionally put out there to mislead the American people?” Sanders answered, “Sure. The ABC report

Brooks: Moore Winning Would Be ‘A Long-Term Generational Setback’ for the GOP and Evangelical Christianity

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On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks argued that if Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore wins, it will result in “a generation who find the Republican Party something they can’t relate to.” Brooks said, “[T]o me, the big test of this is that, sure, if he wins, the Republicans will have one more vote for a couple of years, but they will have a generation who find the Republican Party something they can’t relate to. And they’ll find the pro-life movement as something that is a movement of epic hypocrisy.” He concluded, “So they may get a short-term gain if he wins, but I think there will be a long-term generational setback for the Republican Party, for evangelical Christianity, for the pro-life movement, for all of the things that Donald Trump and Roy Moore purport to be for.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Brooks: Moore Winning Would Be ‘A Long-Term Generational Setback’ for the GOP and Evangelical Christianity

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On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks argued that if Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore wins, it will result in “a generation who find the Republican Party something they can’t relate to.” Brooks said, “[T]o me, the big test of this is that, sure, if he wins, the Republicans will have one more vote for a couple of years, but they will have a generation who find the Republican Party something they can’t relate to. And they’ll find the pro-life movement as something that is a movement of epic hypocrisy.” He concluded, “So they may get a short-term gain if he wins, but I think there will be a long-term generational setback for the Republican Party, for evangelical Christianity, for the pro-life movement, for all of the things that Donald Trump and Roy Moore purport to be for.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Trump: ABC Should Have Fired ‘Fraudster’ Brian Ross – CNN ‘Should Have Been Apologizing for the Last Two Years’

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During a speech in Pensacola, FL on Friday, President Trump argued ABC should have fired “fraudster” Brian Ross and CNN “should have been apologizing for the last two years.” Trump said, “[D]id you see all the corrections the media’s been making? They’re saying, ‘Sorry, we made a –.’ They’ve been doing that all year. They never apologize. Maybe that comes with being the president. I don’t know. They’ve been apologizing left and right. They took this fraudster from ABC. They suspended him for a month. They should have fired him for what he wrote. He drove the stock market down 350 points in minutes, which by the way, tells you they really like me, right? When you think of it, and you know what he cost people? And I said to everybody get yourself a lawyer and sue ABC News, sue them. And CNN apologized just a little while ago. They apologized. Oh, thank you, CNN. Thank you so much. You should have been apologizing for the last two years.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Holmes Norton: ‘The Last Thing’ John Lewis Should Do ‘Is To Honor the President’

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On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” non-voting House Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) responded to Representative John Lewis’ (D-GA) refusal to attend the opening of a civil rights museum that President Trump plans to attend by stating the last thing Lewis should do “is to honor the president.” Holmes Norton said the president is “showing up to honor himself.” She added, “[N]o respected Civil Rights leader, like John — like my colleague in the House, could possibly go. Because of both words and policies. He’s sat in the Congress for a full year with disparaging policies and disparaging words. And now the last thing he should do is to honor the president. Because that’s what he would consider it. By insinuating himself into this very important ceremony, he’s trying to say, ‘Look, I’ve always been for you, so here I am. And that shows it, disregard everything that happened in the past year.'” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

NAACP President: Trump’s Attendance of Civil Rights Museum Opening ‘An Affront’ – He Doesn’t Support ‘Open and Fair Elections’

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On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson stated President Trump’s planned attendance at the opening of a civil rights museum in Mississippi is an “affront” to those the museum is designed to honor in part because the president doesn’t support “open and fair elections to ensure that all citizens have the right to vote.” Johnson said, “I will not be there tomorrow. And his attendance is a distraction from us having an opportunity to honor true Americans, who sacrificed so much to ensure that democracy worked. It is unfortunate. In fact, it’s an affront to those individuals who fought for voting rights, to ensure that people had quality education, and quality access to health care we’ll be celebrating. Those are principles this president do not support, with his voting commission. He don’t support open and fair elections to ensure that all citizens have the right to vote.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Franken Accuser: His Statement ‘Wasn’t an Apology’ – ‘It Was Very Defiant’

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On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Tina Dupuy, one of Senator Al Franken’s (D-MN) accusers, characterized his statement on the Senate floor as not an apology and “very defiant.” Dupuy said, “I thought that he said to listen to women, and then he talked about himself. It wasn’t an apology. It was very defiant. He wanted to talk about the pain that he was going through, which is obvious. But not the pain that he’s inflicted. So — and I think — I thought that was inappropriate to do that from the Senate floor, quite candidly.” She also stated that it wasn’t “irony” that Franken resigned while President Trump and Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore stayed, it’s “one party being better on women than the other party.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Matthews: ‘The Worst You Can Say About Democrats Is They’re Too Pure’

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On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews commented on Senator Al Franken’s (D-MN) resignation by stating that the worst anyone can say about Democrats is that “they’re too pure.” Matthews said, “I don’t know how you can avoid the education in this. The worst you can say about Democrats is they’re too pure. And that’s a stupid thing to say. But that’s the worst thing you can say about them. These guys set too high a standard for public office. How’s that for an argument? My opponents, the party of my opposition, they set too high a standard.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Franken Accuser: I’m ‘Appalled’ Franken Won’t Own Up to What He Did

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On Thursday’s “MSNBC Live,” Stephanie Kemplin, one of Senator Al Franken’s (D-MN) accusers, criticized Franken for failing to take responsibility for his actions, including “trying to pass the buck onto other individuals, who possibly — they did commit the same things, maybe even more heinous than what he’s done.” Anchor Chris Jansing asked, “As you watch what happened today, is this justice?” Kemplin answered, “No, I think, you know, what is justice in this situation? It’s just sad overall. His resignation is just one of the consequences for what he’s put us through.” Jansing then asked, “And so is there anything that for you would be justice?” Kemplin responded, “I have to say that I’m so sad and appalled at his lack of response and him owning up to what he did. I feel that he just keeps passing the buck and making it out to be something that we took his behavior the wrong way, or we misconstrued something, or that we’re just — we’ve just flat-out lied about what happened to us. And I — justice to me would be him owning up to what he did, and to stop trying to pass the buck onto other individuals, who possibly

James Rosen: Nothing Trump Has Done to the Media ‘Even Remotely Approaches’ What Obama Did

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During an interview with National Review’s “Jamie Weinstein Show” released on Wednesday, Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen, who was named a criminal co-conspirator and spied on by the Department of Justice during the Obama administration, stated that nothing President Trump has done to or with the media “even remotely approaches, in seriousness, in nature, that which the Obama administration did to and with the news media.” Rosen [relevant remarks begin around 6:45] said the news media and Trump don’t have a good relationship with each other, and he doesn’t like a lot of the dynamics between Trump and the press corps. He added, “That said, I can bring a unique perspective to this because of my experiences under the Obama administration, and to my eye, nothing that this president has done to or with the news media — at least yet — even remotely approaches, in seriousness, in nature, that which the Obama administration did to and with the news media.” Rosen also argued, “I think a lot of my colleagues in the news media, people I admire, people I enjoy the company of, have come to a conclusion in their own minds that to report objectively on Donald Trump

Dem Sen Who Called for Franken to Resign: ‘I Would Love It’ if Trump and Moore Stepped Aside

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” Mazie Hirono (D-HI), who called for Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to resign, stated she would “love it” if President Trump and Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore stepped down. Hirono said, “I would love it if both of them stepped aside. Because I have said publicly that President Trump has admitted to being a sexual predator. And as for Roy Moore, the credible allegations of him being a child molester basically should cause both of them to look at themselves and step down. I would love it. But at the same time, you know –, and looking forward, where are the Republican voices? Where is their outrage? In fact, on the opposite end, they’re coming forward to support Roy Moore. How’s that for totally inappropriate positions?” Anchor Jake Tapper asked Hirono if Democrats were calling for Franken to resign to try and contrast their treatment of sexual misconduct with the GOP’s handling. She responded that she wants to be part of a cultural change on sexual misconduct. (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

McConnell: Romney Is ‘A Great American,’ ‘I’m Glad He’s a Member of Our Party’

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On Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a “great American,” and someone who he is glad is a Republican. Host Hugh Hewitt asked McConnell, “Last night, Steve Bannon launched into an attack on Mitt Romney that was just, you know, some people believe it’s anti –.” McConnell responded, “I can tell you what I think of Mitt Romney. I think he’s a great American, and has had an outstanding career, and is a truly remarkable Republican. I’m glad he’s a member of our party.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

CNN’s Zakaria: Israel ‘Doesn’t Need the US’ As An Ally – They Need the US ‘To Have Credibility With the Palestinians’


On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “AC360,” CNN “GPS” host Fareed Zakaria argued that Israel doesn’t need the US as an ally anymore “in the sense that they’re the most powerful force on the ground,” and needs the US to have “credibility” with the Palestinians so that negotiations are meaningful. Zakaria said, “[F]or the Israelis, the most valuable role the United States can play is as an honest broker. Israel doesn’t need, you know, the United States as an ally anymore in the sense that they’re the most powerful force on the ground, by far. Israel is sort of a regional superpower. And compared to the Palestinians, the disproportion is now just gigantic. What they need is for the United States to have credibility with the Palestinians, so that there can be a meaningful negotiation. If the United States is seen as blatantly one-sided, it doesn’t help. And by the way, this is an issue [moving the embassy to Jerusalem] on which the United States would be siding not with Israel, but with the current Israeli government.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Rep Moulton: Pelosi ‘Didn’t Respect the Women’ Who Spoke Out Against Conyers – Franken ‘Should Resign’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) stated Senator Al Franken (D-MN) should resign and slammed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) interview about Representative John Conyers (D-MI) on “Meet the Press” and called for Pelosi to resign as Minority Leader. Moulton said Pelosi “did not say the right things, in any respect. She didn’t respect the women who have brought forward these allegations.” Moulton reiterated his call for Pelosi to step down from leadership so that a new generation can take over. Later on, Moulton answered anchor Steve Kornacki’s question on whether Franken should resign by saying, “Yes. From what I know, he should resign.” Moulton continued that “There will be more of these cases,” and it’s important to ensure that women “feel supported and can come forward.” He added that sexual misconduct isn’t just a problem in Congress, and Congress needs to set the tone for the rest of the country, something it isn’t doing at the moment. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Gillibrand: I Believe Franken’s Accusers, But ‘Not Going to Say’ He Should Resign ‘Today’

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During an interview at a Women Rule event on Tuesday Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) stated she believes Senator Al Franken’s (D-MN) accusers, but is not prepared to call for him to resign. Gillibrand said she’s “troubled” by the allegations against Franken, and declared, “I believe the women. I believe that what they said happened happened.” She further called for “accountability” in the case and for the ethics investigation to not be used as a shield. She added, “Let’s just say all of it is unacceptable, and that we should not have people in Congress that act this way.” When pressed on whether she believes Franken should resign, Gillibrand answered, “I’m so angry and frustrated, and I’m not going to say that today. But it is something that I am very troubled about.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Conyers: ‘I Am Retiring Today’

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During an interview with Detroit’s Praise 102.7 on Tuesday, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) announced he is retiring from Congress today and endorsed his son to replace him. Conyers told host Mildred Gaddis that he believes his legacy won’t be tarnished or diminished at all by the allegations against him and said, “This too shall pass.” He then stated that he endorses his son, John Conyers III to replace him in Congress. Later on, in response to Gaddis’ clarification on his plans, Conyers announced, “I am retiring today.” He thanked his supporters for all the support he’s given them over the years. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Conyers: ‘I Am Retiring Today’

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During an interview with Detroit’s Praise 102.7 on Tuesday, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) announced he is retiring from Congress today and endorsed his son to replace him. Conyers told host Mildred Gaddis that he believes his legacy won’t be tarnished or diminished at all by the allegations against him and said, “This too shall pass.” He then stated that he endorses his son, John Conyers III to replace him in Congress. Later on, in response to Gaddis’ clarification on his plans, Conyers announced, “I am retiring today.” He thanked his supporters for all the support he’s given them over the years. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Clint Watts: Trump Is ‘An Enemy of the State’ In His Attacks on FBI

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On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” former FBI Special Agent Clint Watts reacted to President Trump’s tweets about the FBI by stating Trump is “an enemy of the state whenever he is pushing against the FBI in that way.” Watts said, “This is more Trump first, America second. I mean, I was worried a year ago about Russia tearing down democratic institutions. I’m more now worried about our president tearing down democratic institutions. He is the leader of the executive branch. He should be the one setting the tone for the FBI. He should be supporting them, pushing them in the right direction. If he does believe they’re in tatters, which I think is absolute nonsense, the best way to go about that would be, be a leader, set an agenda. And instead, he’s going on the attack. And that’s going to backfire on him. It may solidify his base. But it’s also undermining our country. He is actually weakening the credibility of the federal law enforcement agency for the entire United States. He’s going to sow doubt in their ability, and he is going to hurt the ability of our law enforcement and judicial systems with his claims. So he

Thune: Everyone ‘Would Be Better Served’ if Roy Moore Stepped Aside

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On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” Senate Republican Conference Chair Senator John Thune (R-SD) argued it would be best if Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore stepped aside. Thune said, “[I]f and when he gets here, there’s going to be this cloud, I think there’s going to be an ethics investigation. I think that’s probably inevitable, and that it would — everybody would be better served if he would step aside and allow somebody else to run, even as a write-in candidate, I think we win that seat with a Republican. But the president sounds like he’s sort of stepping up his activities in that race. That’s his prerogative. But I still think it’s in everybody’s best interest, including the party, the Senate, and the country if we could eliminate the distraction that ultimately is going to come with this election.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dershowitz: Flynn Plea Is ‘A Show of Weakness’ for Mueller

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On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz argued that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea is a “show of weakness” for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Dershowitz said, “Well, the last thing any prosecutor wants to do is to have to indict his primary witness for lying. Because if you indict your witness for lying, it really means he’s not useful as a witness, he has no credibility. I’m sure the prosecutor was trying to indict him for some scheme or conspiracy that involved other people in the White House, but there is nothing there, and he had to, finally come down and indict him for lying, which makes him a useless witness. So, this is not a show of strength by the prosecutor. It’s a show of weakness. It’s a show that they really have nothing on anybody above of Flynn and that Flynn made the terrible mistake about lying about something he could have told truth about. Because the two things he lied about were perfectly lawful and perfectly proper for somebody to do during the transition. And so, I think it really reflects a weakness, not a

Dem Rep Speier: Congress ‘Reckoning With This Predatory Plague’ – Anyone Who Abuses Power Should Lose It

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During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) stated Congress is “reckoning with this predatory plague that has spread throughout this institution,” and “anyone who has abused their power in this manner deserves to lose it. That is justice.” Transcript as Follows:  “Hello, I’m Jackie Speier, Congresswoman from the 14th Congressional District in California. We are at a moment of reckoning. For too long, in too many workplaces, men and women have been propositioned, grabbed, licked, kissed, and groped. They have seen their careers crumble into dust through no fault of their own. They have been driven out of the industries – journalism, entertainment, and yes, Congress – in which they had worked for years to excel. Now, at last, we are reckoning with this predatory plague that has spread throughout this institution, including the very Floor of the House of Representatives. Now, survivors are stepping forward to say ‘Me Too.’ They are saying that they will no longer be silenced by powerful men, by high-priced lawyers, and by restrictive non-disclosure agreements. And now, at last, the reckoning has come to Congress. It is undeniably clear that misguided attempts to protect this institution have instead harmed it, and have

Report: Flynn Ready to Testify Against Trump, Testify Trump ‘Ordered Him’ to Contact Russians

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2016 file photo, Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn talks to media as he arrives with is son Michael G. Flynn, left, at Trump Tower in New York. Michael G. Flynn tweeted about the false idea that prompted a shooting at a Washington, D.C., pizza parlor. Vice President-elect Mike Pence acknowledged Tuesday, Dec. 6, that the younger Flynn was helping his father with scheduling and administrative items during the presidential transition but told CNN "that's no longer the case." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
On Friday, ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross reported that he was told by a confidante that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is ready to testify “against President Trump,” and that then-candidate Trump ordered him to make contact with the Russians. Ross said, “He has promised full cooperation to the Mueller team. He’s prepared to testify, we are told by a confidante, against President Trump, against members of the Trump family, and others in the White House. He is prepared to testify that President Trump, as a candidate…ordered him and directed him to make contact with the Russians, which contradicts all that Donald Trump has said at this point.” Ross added that he was told Flynn only made the decision to cooperate in the last 24 hours, and did so in the face of mounting legal bills. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Matthews: Mueller Wants to Prosecute and His Target Is Trump – Trump’s Supporters Will Say Mueller Is Out to Get Trump

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On Friday’s “MSNBC Live,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews reacted to ormer Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn being charged and reportedly planning to plead guilty with lying to the FBI by stating Special Counsel Robert Mueller intends to prosecute, special counsels target whatever target they are assigned to, and in this case, Mueller’s target is the president. He also argued that Trump’s supporters will “circle the wagons” by attacking Mueller and saying he’s out to get the president. Matthews said that the charges seem to be a case of Flynn being let off lightly in exchange for cooperating with prosecutors. He added, “Mueller’s got one goal, and that is to prosecute the collusion — if it occurred — between the Trump administration and the campaign and the Russians. That’s his goal. Or, corollary to that, any kind of obstruction to prevent the prosecution of that case, the investigation of that case. And so we know the direction he’s going. Mueller didn’t take this incredible challenge without a clear direction in mind. And his clear direction is prosecution. By the way, I’ve never met a special counsel that did not intend to prosecute. That’s what they do. They’re assigned to a particular

Dem Rep Rice Walks Out of Meeting, Says She Won’t Be Silent on Sexual Harassment ‘Even In the Face of Pressure From Leadership’

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On Wednesday, Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY) walked out of a meeting of House Democrats and expressed frustration with the meeting’s handling of sexual harassment while declaring she wouldn’t remain silent “even in the face of pressure from leadership not to.” Rice said, “We spoke very briefly about things that female Democratic members are doing, which I think are all great efforts. But let’s talk about the big elephant in the room, and that’s why I was done with the meeting. I don’t have time for conversations that are not real.” She added, “And I, for one, am not going to stand silent, even in the face of pressure from leadership not to.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Spicer on Allegations Against Trump: ‘All Allegations Should Be Treated Seriously’ – We Also Need Due Process


On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded to a question on the allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump by saying, “allegations should be treated seriously.” And that there has to be due process for individuals accused of misconduct. During a discussion on sexual misconduct, anchor Maria Bartiromo pointed to the accusations against Trump and Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore and asked Spicer if there were any updates on the accusations against Trump. Spicer responded that he hasn’t heard “anything additionally in the last several months” about the accusations against Trump. Bartiromo then asked, “Is this different. How is this — how might this be different?” He answered, “Well, I think the only thing that makes it different, frankly, I think, — first of all, I would say that all allegations should be treated seriously. I think we can’t dismiss people who make those, but I also believe that we need to make sure that we do give people — we are a country of due process, and individuals need to make sure that they have an opportunity to confront their accusers, as in any court, as in

Trump on North Korea Missile Launch: ‘We Will Take Care of It’

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While speaking on Tuesday, President Trump reacted to North Korea’s missile launch by stating the situation will be taken care of and handled and that he had a “long discussion” on the matter with Defense Secretary James Mattis. Trump said, “As you probably have heard, and some of you have reported, a missile was launched a little while ago from North Korea. I will only tell you that we will take care of it. We have General Mattis in the room with us, and we’ve had a long discussion on it. It is a situation that we will handle.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

House Democratic Caucus Chair: DACA Is ‘A Critical Issue’ – Doesn’t Rule Out Shutdown Over It

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of “MSNBC Live,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY) stated that Democrats will work towards keeping the government open and believes that a common ground can be reached over DACA, but did not rule out shutting the government down over DACA. Anchor Katy Tur asked Crowley if Democrats are willing to shut down the government over DACA. Crowley responded, “Democrats are willing to work to secure the future of the 800,000+ individuals who are DREAMers in the DACA program. Democrats are working to ensure the extension of the CHIP program that will provide health insurance for children throughout our country, almost ten million children throughout our country. Democrats are going to work towards keeping government open. And we think we can walk and chew gum at the same time. These are all legitimate and good issues that need to be addressed, and we stand ready to work with our Republican colleagues, and hopefully, the president will agree –.” Tur followed up on whether Democrats are willing to have a shutdown over DACA. Crowley answered, “This is a critical issue for Democrats. And I think for some Republicans, as well. We believe that we can find common ground here

Fmr Obama Intel IG: Clinton Campaign Said They Would Fire Me For My Work on Email Probe

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During an interview with Fox News Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge broadcast on Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” former Intelligence Community Inspector General under President Obama Charles McCullough III accused the Hillary Clinton campaign of engaging in an effort to mislead the public about her emails and said the campaign threatened to have him fired for his work in the email probe. McCullough said that the 22 top secret emails on Clinton’s server contained information that would have harmed national security and “absolutely” endangered lives, sources, methods, and operations had it been released. McCullough also claimed he was told by “senior officials” to keep Director of National Intelligence James Clapper out of the loop after he talked with Clapper about the emails. He also said that after he wrote a letter to senators claiming that emails beyond the classification level of top secret passed through Clinton’s server, “All of a sudden I became a shill of the right. I was told by members of Congress, ‘Be careful. You’re losing your credibility. … There are people out to get you.'” McCullough accused the Clinton campaign of engaging in an effort to “mislead people” on the emails, and criticized President Obama for his

Dem Rep Rice: Franken and Conyers Should Resign – Pelosi and Trump Have Circled the Wagons

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On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY) called on Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative John Conyers (D-MI) to resign from Congress and criticized both President Trump for and House Minority Leader Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for protecting Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore and Conyers, respectively. Anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Rice, “Was Senator Al Franken’s apology today enough to merit him staying in the US Congress? What do you believe?” She answered, “I don’t think so. I think if you ask any person on the street, do you think the action that CBS took with Charlie Rose was appropriate? Or Louis C.K., or anyone else in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein they would say, ‘Yes, they took the right action.’ Why can’t we do the same thing in Washington? What is so problematic, and the reason why I’m being so vocal on this issue, Wolf, is because what we are saying in Washington is there’s a set of rules that apply to people who are not politicians in Washington, and there’s totally different set of rules that apply to elected officials serving in Congress. And that’s why there is such distrust of government and Congress, just in general,

Franken: ‘Going to Take Time’ For Me to Regain Trust, That Process ‘Starts With Going Back to Work Today’

FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., listens at a committee hearing at the Capitol in Washington. Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
During a press conference on Monday, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) apologized for letting people down and said he understands it will take time to regain trust and that this process of regaining trust “starts with going back to work today.” Franken said, “I know that I’ve let a lot of people down, the people of Minnesota, my colleagues, my staff, my supporters, and everyone who has counted on me to be a champion for women. To all of you, I just want to, again, say I am sorry. I know there are no magic words that I can say to regain your trust. And I know that’s going to take time. I’m ready to start that process, and it starts with going back to work today.” He later stated that there are women who feel that he disrespected them while taking pictures with them and he is “tremendously sorry” for that and knows he will have to be more aware of his behavior to ensure it doesn’t happen again. He added, “Again, It’s going to take a long time for me to regain people’s trust, but I hope that starting work today that I can start to do that.” Franken
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