Carly Simon - Anticipation
So at some point today, we will theoretically get Bill Barr's summary of Robert Mueller's SCO report. I've had to shut down all social media because I was tired of seeing pundits and "journalists" --with zero actual information-- giving hot takes on what this means for Donald Trump and the Democrats for the last 48 hours. And frankly, I'm done. Even if Mueller's report is whitewashed, even if Barr glosses over everything to prevent Donald Trump from having a tantrum, there are immutable truths we already know:
- We know the Russians interfered in the election and hacked into both the DNC and RNC.
- We know that Donald Trump openly admitted to obstructing justice by firing Comey to prevent him from investigating Russian interference.
- We know that Donald Trump broke several campaign finance laws.
- We know that Donald Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause over and over again.
- We know that there have been six people in the Trump universe to be indicted, five of whom have plead guilty, and 28 other indictments, all connected to Russian interference in the election.
There's more. Lord knows, there is more. There is plenty for the Democratic majority to hold hearings on. How about starting with subpoenaing Trump's tax returns? Mueller's report was never going to be the ending of this.
So whatever turns up today (and the details that come out later), just remember: this is the beginning of the end. Now it's time for Democrats to turn up the heat to fill in the details of all the things we know.
ABC's "This Week" —Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. Legal panel: Dan Abrams, Mary Bruce, Jonathan Karl and Pierre Thomas. Political panel: Matthew Dowd; former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; Donna Brazile, former DNC chair; and Republican strategist Sara Fagen.
NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; Ari Melber, MSNBC chief legal correspondent; Chuck Rosenberg, former senior FBI official and former U.S. attorney. Panel: Dan Balz of The Washington Post; former Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla.; former Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; and Kristen Welker of NBC News.↓ Story continues below ↓
CBS' "Face the Nation" —Schiff, Jordan, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.; Brookings Institution President John Allen, former U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan. Panel: Paula Reid of CBS News, Shawna Thomas of Vice News, Susan Davis of NPR and Ed O’Keefe of CBS News.
CNN's "State of the Union" — Nadler; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Panel: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.; Scott Jennings, former special assistant to President George W. Bush; Karen Finney, former senior spokesperson, Hillary for America; and Bill Kristol, editor-at-large, The Bulwark.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" — Philip Bump of The Washington Post; Oliver Darcy of CNN; Alexandra Rojas, executive director, Justice Democrats; Joe Hagan, special correspondent, Vanity Fair; Jess McIntosh, co-host, “Signal Boost,” SiriusXM; Norman Pearlstine, executive editor, Los Angeles Times; Sukey Lewis, journalist and radio producer, KQED; Bhaskar Sunkara, editor and publisher, Jacobin.
"Fox News Sunday" — Nadler; Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga. Panel: Juan Williams of Fox News; former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; former Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; and former Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va.
So what's catching your eye this morning?