Episode #123 of the Countdown podcast is up.
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- (1:30) SPECIAL COMMENT: “You have a lot of folks who are just wishing for his mortal demise,” says former Michigan Republican Congressman Peter Meijer. “I’ve heard from a lot of people who will go onstage and put on the red hat and then give me a call the next day and say ‘I can’t wait until this guy dies’.” It’s an amazing strategy but a passive one. And it ignores the various walls closing in on Trump: two District Attorneys, three Grand Juries, one Judiciary Chairman annoyed at John Durham and William Barr, one Judiciary Chairman rebuffed by Merrick Garland, one porn star, and one guy named Pecker.
- Still, potentially the most extraordinary story about Trump: the clouds gathering around the arrest of Charlie McGonigal, who was a 24/7, 365 days a year, hot and cold running blackmail-victim-FBI-Agent-waiting-to-happen. And now two analysts look at his arrest and suggest: this may evolve into (a) a spy scandal in which the national security was utterly breached and (b) a journalistic disaster in which Trump, Russia, and the FBI managed to manipulate The New York Times into pushing Trump across the finish line in 2016.
Speaking of people that I want to see go away, that idiot who pounds the drum at Cleveland’s home baseball games (John Adams) has died.
- (33:16) THINGS I PROMISED NOT TO TELL: CNN has gone and done it: addressing its cratering ratings by adding a regular Friday segment from Bill Maher’s HBO panel. Time again to go back to 2009 when Bill and I nearly brawled at his HBO after-party because he insisted we never met in college (spoiler alert: Oh yeah we did).
CHRIS LICHT EATS PASTE!!!!
Well, that’s all the damage for now. Good morning, good afternoon, good night, and good luck.
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