MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell discussed how Trump committed an impeachable felony by refusing to let the FBI move out of a building that is across the street from his Washington DC hotel.
O’Donnell said, “I want to talk about what Donald Trump has been doing in relation to the FBI building across the street from his multi-million dollar hotel business in Washington, D.C. And in the middle of your conversation you asked the congressman just what are the possible legal implications for the president, and I found him to be kind of reluctant to go right into a forceful answer, because I was sitting at it looking at it saying at any previous time the president would be under serious impeachment investigation threat at minimum threat that would be the beginnings of impeachment investigations over this very we’ve never had a president with a multi-million dollar business on Pennsylvania Avenue before. So we’ve never seen this particular thing before, but it is truly stunning.
Maddow said, “Well, and also just nailing a president black and white, with photographic evidence and the e-mails to back it up, they have nailed down a very solid case I think that I think any prosecutor would take as a president taking official action to benefit his business and then lying about it and then orchestrating a cover-up of it, it’s really cut and dry. This is not something you need to understand this whole sprawling thing about, it’s basically rank basically proven corruption. And Congressman Cummings is a smart guy and savvy guy and politic politician, and I don’t think he’s going to come out before the election and say that’s impeachable. But that’s the kind of story that you might invent to teach people what impeachable means.”
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell discussed how Trump committed an impeachable felony by refusing to let the FBI move out of a building that is across the street from his Washington DC hotel. https://t.co/qFaFMhNdjZ pic.twitter.com/xxawQxqyTO
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 19, 2018
Trump’s behavior is a textbook impeachable offense
This is about as open and shut of a case of a presidential felony as there could be. The President blocked the FBI from moving out of a building because it would hurt his hotel business located across the street. It’s not a theory there are documents, witnesses, and presidential directives all available as evidence.
Rep. Elijah Cummings explained how Trump screwed the taxpayers for personal financial gain on Maddow’s show:
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) explained how Trump cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to benefit himself, "This was a bad deal for the American people what President Trump did. Keeping that facility there will cost taxpayers literally hundreds of millions of dollars." pic.twitter.com/1hyV80rlwn
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) October 19, 2018
The president personally interfered with government operations in a way that would net him financial profit. It is a textbook abuse of power and corruption. For any other public official, it would be a felony. For Trump, it means impeachment.
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Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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