Wednesday's HOT MIC

Here's your Hot Mic liveblog for Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  Join PJ Media's editors and contributors for news updates and conversation throughout the day. Scroll down or click here for Wednesday's Morning Update.

By the way, we interrupt your usual programming to notice that President Trump couldn't help himself, and had to make the Bill O'Reilly scandal even bigger. He attacked the media for covering O'Reilly's settlements instead of Susan Rice — and Susan Rice is indeed a much bigger story. But this had the effect of throwing gasoline on the O'Reilly fire, which has already sent 21 advertisers on his show scrambling for cover.

Also, on this particular issue, I'm not sure it's the best thing to have Donald — "grab them by the p*ssy" — Trump on your side. I hope O'Reilly's innocent, but $13 million is a rather large number...

Well Tyler, as many others have said, the only evidence we've seen thus far that shows a crime was committed, was the leaking of Michael Flynn's name to the media. And that was done by someone on the Dem side to hurt/discredit Trump. Having been the recipient of many illegal leaks, the New York Times knows this better than anyone.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton this morning on "Fox & Friends" discussed the potential legal ramifications for Susan Rice:

"If she was accessing this material and using it for improper purposes, there are all sorts of criminal laws that would have been violated," Fitton said.

He noted that many GOP lawmakers are calling for Rice to testify under oath, but he said he would go a step further.

"If she is going to be called as a witness, I would suggest the focus be on getting a grand jury going and having her testify before a grand jury," Fitton said. "That would show that we're actually serious about investigating this unprecedented violation and abuse of power by a president and his appointees."

Fitton said that Rice may have violated the Privacy Act by improperly collecting private citizens' identifiable information, which could mean prison time. ACLJ president Jay Sekulow says Rice needs to lawyer up.

Great points, Deb! The Times just loves to say Trump has no evidence, right? The real question is, where is their evidence?

President Trump weighs in on the Susan Rice unmasking scandal in typical Trumpian fashion: "It's one of the big stories of our time."

NYT's reports his comments in typical NYT's fashion: "Trump, Citing No Evidence Suggests Susan Rice Committed a Crime".


Interesting palace intrigue here. Was Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner leaking anti-Bannon information to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough?  That's what former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone claimed in an InfoWars interview on Tuesday. Stone said: "Jared Kushner, perhaps the one presidential aide who cannot be fired, is now in regular text message communications with Joe Scarborough."

He also claimed: "Many of the anti-Steve Bannon stories that you see, the themes that you see on Morning Joe, are being dictated by Kushner. While Mr. Kushner’s plate is very full with Middle Eastern peace and the China visit, I think he is disserving the president.”

Hey, Debra --

That wouldn't happen to be the same Ben Rhodes who bragged about lying to the press, would it?

And they still go back to him for more.

Steve Bannon is out at the NSC:

According to The Washington Post's Robert Costa on Twitter, "Bannon hasn't been taking part in NSC meetings. Saw his role early on as keeping an eye on Flynn, making sure Obama-era NSC was reshaped..."

Bannon will continue to be the chief strategist for President Trump and an adviser on national security and foreign affairs.

The king of the Obama media echo chamber weighs in on Susan Rice unmasking bombshell:

Hey, you guys, leave our media toadies alone! They're just doing their jobs!

Eight years ago, all the smart people assured me that "business climate" was meaningless.

What do you say when you want a pastry with that coffee?

The Luxembourg company JAB Holdings, which already gobbled up Peet's Coffee & Tea and Caribou Coffee, is buying Panera Bread for $7.5 billion. JAB became the world's largest pure-play coffee maker by volume in 2015, and it swallowed several U.S.-based breakfast and coffee companies in recent years, including Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and the K-cup coffee pod-maker Keurig Green Mountain Inc.

Touche, Luxembourg. (And the company's German founders, the billionaire Reimann family.)