If the White House told Joe Scarborough And Mika Brzezinski that the National Enquirer would smear them unless they laid off President Trump on their show, that would be a crime per 18 USC 872, constitutional lawyer Laurence Tribe wrote on Twitter.
The thing is, Joe Scarborough says he has proof that this happened.
Professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School Laurence Tribe wrote:
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) June 30, 2017
Jason Easley explained this morning, “The Morning Joe hosts wrote in The Washington Post, ‘The president’s unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us. During the campaign, the Republican nominee called Mika ‘neurotic’ and promised to attack us personally after the campaign ended. This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.'”
Joe Scarborough then busted Donald Trump in a major lie, and this is important because the Morning Joe host says he has got the proof that the President is a liar.
If indeed this is a crime and Joe Scarborough has proof, President Trump’s administration is about to feel how quickly the crap rolls downhill when push comes to shove.
Trump has what the Washington Post called a “cozy” relationship with the National Enquirer. This is where stories against rivals conveniently appear. It is where Trump wrote several articles.
The Daily News reported that industry sources say Trump is friends with David Pecker, the head of the tabloid.
It would be ironic if it weren’t Donald Trump’s massive conflicts of interest or his possible collusion with Russia that brought him down, but rather the petty attacking of a TV host over her looks because he couldn’t argue with her points politically.
That this figures in with the National Enquirer is even more fitting for this President.
It takes a gutter sometimes.
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