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July 21, 2019

Remember Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) certainly does.

It was easy to lose sight of during this past week, as stories revolving around President Trump's racist tweets and maritime conflict in the Strait of Hormuz have dominated the headlines, but Mueller is set to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on Wednesday about his two-year investigation into 2016 Russian election interference.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Nadler, the Judiciary Committee chair, told host Chris Wallace that he doesn't believe the public has moved on from the investigation. He also provided a very brief sneak peek about what type of questions to expect from the Democrats during the hearings. Spoiler: They're going to be very specific.

As for the Republicans? Nadler thinks they'll likely just be wasting their time by asking about alleged FBI misconduct.

At the end of the day, Nadler says, it is Trump's conduct which is under scrutiny, not the FBI's, and Nadler thinks there is "very substantial evidence" pointing toward the president being guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors." Tim O'Donnell

July 21, 2019

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) had some strong words for President Trump on Sunday.

In appearances on CNN's State of the Union and CBS' Face the Nation, Booker tore into Trump over his racist tweets directed at four democratic congresswomen. A lot of the discourse around Trump's tweets has been about whether Republican members of Congress were willing to condemn them, or the president himself, as racist. Booker, of course, is not in the GOP, but the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate took the discussion to a new level.

In his CNN interview, Booker said Trump "is worse than a racist."

He doubled down on that line in his CBS interview, telling host Margaret Brennan that Trump is "using race like a weapon" to divide the country. He also added that this issue went beyond politics for him — if it had been a Republican on the receiving ends of the insults, Booker says he would react the same way. Tim O'Donnell

July 7, 2019

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) got into what some might call a heated exchange with ABC's Martha Raddatz during an appearance on Sunday's edition of This Week.

Raddatz pressed Tlaib on her decision to vote against a $4.6 billion emergency funding bill that would provide aid at the southern border. Raddatz pointed out that acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan has been "sounding the alarm for months" for resources to help the migrants at the border. Even if the package wasn't perfect, Raddatz asked, isn't the opposition to aid making the crisis worse? Tlaib was ready with a response, however, arguing that Customs and Border Protection agents have said that money won't fix the "broken" system.

She also said that in the 1980s more people were coming across the border than are today, but during that time period, asylum seekers were allowed to "go through the legal process" and community-based agencies were allowed "to take the lead." Tim O'Donnell

July 7, 2019

The now party-less Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) says he was not the only Republican member of Congress to oppose President Trump. He's just the only one who said it out loud.

During an appearance on Sunday's edition of CNN's State of the Union, Amash — a libertarian who has strayed from the GOP long before Trump found himself in the Oval Office — told host Jake Tapper that his Republican colleagues, including high-level officials, have privately thanked him for speaking out against Trump, including his decision to come out in favor of impeachment.

But the independent Amash also clarified that keeping to the party line is not just a problem for Republicans. Democrats, he said, also can't always speak out. "I think we need the American people to stand up and say, 'Hey. Enough is enough. We've had it with these two parties trying to ram their partisan nonsense down our throats." Tim O'Donnell

June 30, 2019

Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow can't quite figure out why the Democratic presidential candidates have a problem with the current U.S. economy.

During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace showed Kudlow a clip of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) criticizing the gap between the rich and the poor. "I don't understand what planet they're describing," Kudlow said, referring to the Democrats, before listing off a series of metrics he argues back up his and President Trump's opinion.

Wallace then cut in by interrupting Kudlow's "campaign speech," before asking what Trump would do specifically to reduce income inequality. Kudlow responded, more or less, by saying the administration needs to stay the course and things will continue to improve. He then returned to criticizing the judgment of the Democrats and warned against some of their policy proposals.

Watch the full exchange at Mediate. Tim O'Donnell

June 30, 2019

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has become a staunch ally of President Trump, but in an appearance on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, he disagreed with the president, while heaping some praise on some of Trump's potential Democratic presidential contenders.

Graham made it clear that he disagrees with Trump when it comes to Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Trump has expressed the belief that the prince was not involved with the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but Graham isn't buying it. He told CBS' Margaret Brennan that bin Salman is a "disruptive force" throughout the Middle East and he is sure that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's killing.

Graham had some kinder words for Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) during the interview. Graham said that Biden, with whom he served in the Senate, needs to "up his game" after his performance during Thursday's primary debate, but he also warned people to underestimate Biden "at your own peril." As for Harris, Graham said "she's got game" and that "she'll be a force to be reckoned with." Tim O'Donnell

June 23, 2019

President Trump often boasts about his administration's accomplishments, but that doesn't mean he's above some self-reflection.

During a taped interview for NBC's Meet the Press, which aired on Sunday morning, Chuck Todd asked the president to hypothetically take a mulligan on one decision he's made during his tenure so far. Trump didn't hesitate for long before saying that it would be "personnel," specifically the appointment of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump hasn't been Sessions' biggest fan ever since the former Alabama senator recused himself from the probe into Russian election meddling. Sessions resigned in November 2018, and made it clear that Trump wanted him out of the position. Based off the interview with Todd, then, it seems like their relationship remains sour.

Trump spoke much more highly of current Attorney General William Barr, who replaced Sessions. The president called Barr "tough" and a "fine man" who has done a "spectacular job" as attorney general, in addition to bringing "sanity back." Watch Trump's full, unedited interview with Todd at NBC News. Tim O'Donnell

June 23, 2019

Some prominent Democratic candidates put their criticism of President Trump on hold for a moment on Sunday.

Instead, they reprimanded their primary competitor former Vice President Joe Biden for his remarks last week about his civil relationships with segregationists during his time in the Senate.

Biden has been widely criticized for the remarks, and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) all spoke publicly about their issues with the frontrunner's words on Sunday.

Harris, in an appearance on CBS' Face the Nation, said her issue is not with Biden working with people who hold opposing viewpoints, but rather with Biden "praising and coddling individuals who made it their life's work and built their reputations off of segregation." Harris pointed out she would not be in the Senate if those men had had their way.

Sanders, also on Face the Nation, echoed Harris' sentiment, adding that Biden needed to apologize to the American people.

Booker, who appeared on ABC's This Week, said that he has a lot of respect for Biden, but that his comments showed a "lack of understanding," and he knows many African Americans who were hurt by them. Tim O'Donnell

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