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‘That’s a Lie': Exasperated Joe Scarborough Fact-Checks Trump as Impeachment Begins

Scarborough fact-checked statements from a Davos press conference by the president

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough fact-checked statements from a Davos press conference by President Trump on Wednesday morning and didn’t hide his exasperation.

Scarborough, a former GOP congressman, pointed out that the Washington Post has now chronicled over 16,000 “false or misleading claims” from the president since he took office.

“He says he makes great deals. That speaks for itself: A man who’s gone bankrupt time and time again and continues to be mired in a North Korean missile deal where he was made to look like a complete fool,” Scarborough said.

He then referred to the phone call with the Ukrainian president that led to Trump’s impeachment, “He keeps talking about releasing a transcript. He never released the actual transcript. That’s a lie.”

From there, Scarborough contrasted Trump’s insistence that he and the Ukrainian president both agree the call was a “perfect conversation” with the latest polling that shows 51% of Americans think the Senate should remove the president for office because of the call.

In December, the House impeached Trump on charges that he abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress. The House voted on two articles of impeachment, drafted by the House Judiciary Committee, which charged the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

For abuse of power, the House voted 230-197; for obstruction of Congress, the House voted 229-198. The votes concluded a months-long impeachment inquiry process into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which sought to determine whether he solicited foreign power for his own political gain. And as the inquiry unfolded, the White House’s refusal to cooperate and attempts to block witnesses from testifying amounted to obstruction of Congress, according to the articles of impeachment.