MSNBC host Joe Scarborough criticized conservative media and lawmakers for defending President Donald Trump over the U.S. Constitution on Friday, and singled out recent testimony from Attorney General William Barr as worrisome for the continued preservation of our government.
Barr, while speaking before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week, suggested that the president has the right to end any Justice Department investigation looking into his administration if he believes it’s being unfair.
“[I]f, in fact, a proceeding was not well founded, if it was a groundless proceeding, if it was based on false allegations, the President does not have to sit there, constitutionally, and allow it to run its course,” Barr said earlier in the week, per reporting from CNN. “The President could terminate that proceeding, and it would not be a corrupt intent, because he was being falsely accused.”
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Barr seemingly suggested the definition of what constituted an unfounded investigation would be determined by the president himself. It was a contention that Scarborough didn’t take lightly.
“You just had the attorney general of the United States saying that now, this Madisonian form of government that we have had for 240 years where there are checks and balances…Barr just said that the president of the United States could act as [his own] judge and his jury,” Scarborough pointed out on his show Friday morning.
The MSNBC host then went into a long diatribe about hypocrisy — pointing out that conservative pundits and lawmakers have historically called out other presidents for the same (or less) grievances that Trump is now performing himself while in office.
Scarborough also blasted those on the right for seemingly defending the president over the principles of the nation’s principal governing document.
“There’s more on the line than Donald Trump’s year-and-a-half left in the presidency. There’s a Constitution of the United States,” Scarborough said. “Why don’t you start focusing more on protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States than a lifelong Democrat who switched to being a Republican when he figured out racism would help him win the Republican nomination?”
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