NYT: FBI Worried Donald Trump Was In Russian Employ After James Comey Firing | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


FOR JOINING US. THE RACHEL MADDOW STARTS WITH THE RACHEL MADDOW STARTS WITH JOY REEDID IN FOR RACHEL. JOY REEDID IN FOR RACHEL.>>RACHEL HAS THE NIGHT OFF.>>RACHEL HAS THE NIGHT OFF. SHE’LL BE BACK ON MONDAY. SHE’LL BE BACK ON MONDAY. WE’LL BEGIN TONIGHT WITH THE WE’LL BEGIN TONIGHT WITH THE BREAKING NEWS FROM “THE NEW YORK BREAKING NEWS FROM “THE NEW YORK TIMES.” TIMES.” HERE IS THE HEADLINE AGAIN, FBI HERE IS THE HEADLINE AGAIN, FBI OPENED INQUIRY INTO WHETHER OPENED INQUIRY INTO WHETHER TRUMP WAS SECRETORY WORKING ON TRUMP WAS SECRETORY WORKING ON BEHALF OF RUSSIA. BEHALF OF RUSSIA. QUOTE, IN THE DAYS AFTER QUOTE, IN THE DAYS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRED JAMES B. PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRED JAMES B. COMEY COMEY COMEY, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS COMEY, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS BECAME SO CONCERNED BY THE BECAME SO CONCERNED BY THE PRESIDENT’S BEHAVIOR, THEY BEGAN PRESIDENT’S BEHAVIOR, THEY BEGAN INVESTIGATING WHETHER HE HAD INVESTIGATING WHETHER HE HAD BEEN WORKING ON BEHALF OF RUSSIA BEEN WORKING ON BEHALF OF RUSSIA AGAINST AMERICAN INTEREST. AGAINST AMERICAN INTEREST. THAT’S ACCORDING TO FORMER THAT’S ACCORDING TO FORMER OFFICIALS. OFFICIALS. THE STORY. THE STORY.>>>CO-S– CONTINUES.>>>CO-S– CONTINUES. COUNTER INTELLIGENCE INCEST GUY COUNTER INTELLIGENCE INCEST GUY INVESTIGATIONORS HAD TO CONSIDER INVESTIGATIONORS HAD TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE PRESIDENT’S OWN WHETHER THE PRESIDENT’S OWN ACTIONS CONSTITUTED A POSSIBLE ACTIONS CONSTITUTED A POSSIBLE THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY. THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY. AGENTS SOUGHT TO DETERMINE AGENTS SOUGHT TO DETERMINE WHETHER MR. TRUMP WAS KNOWINGLY WHETHER MR. TRUMP WAS KNOWINGLY WORKING FOR RUSSIA OR FALLEN WORKING FOR RUSSIA OR FALLEN UNDER MOSCOW’S AGENTS. UNDER MOSCOW’S AGENTS. FBI OFFICIALS BECAME SUSPICIOUS FBI OFFICIALS BECAME SUSPICIOUS WITH TIES TO RUSSIA DURING THE WITH TIES TO RUSSIA DURING THE 2016 CAMPAIGN BUT HELD OFF ANON 2016 CAMPAIGN BUT HELD OFF ANON OPENING AN INVESTIGATION BECAUSE OPENING AN INVESTIGATION BECAUSE THEY WERE UNCERTAIN HOW TO THEY WERE UNCERTAIN HOW TO PROCEED WITH SUCH SENSITIVITY PROCEED WITH SUCH SENSITIVITY AND MAGNITUDE. AND MAGNITUDE. THE PRESIDENT’S ACTIVITIES THE PRESIDENT’S ACTIVITIES BEFORE AND AFTER MR. COMEY’S BEFORE AND AFTER MR. COMEY’S FIRING IN MAY OF 2017, FIRING IN MAY OF 2017, PARTICULARLY TWO INSTANCES IN PARTICULARLY TWO INSTANCES IN WHICH MR. TRUMP TIED THE COMEY WHICH MR. TRUMP TIED THE COMEY DISMISSAL TO THE RUSSIA DISMISSAL TO THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. INVESTIGATION. HELPED PROMPT THE COUNTER HELPED PROMPT THE COUNTER INTELLIGENCE AS SPEBLGTPECT OF T INTELLIGENCE AS SPEBLGTPECT OF T INQUIRY. INQUIRY. ONE OF THESE INSTANCES WAS A ONE OF THESE INSTANCES WAS A LETTER WRITTEN BY TRUMP WITH THE LETTER WRITTEN BY TRUMP WITH THE HELP OF STEVEN MILLER IN THE HELP OF STEVEN MILLER IN THE DAYS BEFORE HE FIRED COMEY DAYS BEFORE HE FIRED COMEY OUTLINING HIS REASONS FOR DOING OUTLINING HIS REASONS FOR DOING SO. SO. THE EXISTENCE OF THAT LETTER WAS THE EXISTENCE OF THAT LETTER WAS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED BY “THE PREVIOUSLY REPORTED BY “THE TIMES” WHICH NOTED THEN WHITE TIMES” WHICH NOTED THEN WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL DON McGAHN HOUSE COUNSEL DON McGAHN INTERVENED AND STOPPED IT FROM INTERVENED AND STOPPED IT FROM BEING SENT. BEING SENT. THE SECOND INSTANCE WAS THIS THE SECOND INSTANCE WAS THIS INTERVIEW THAT THE PRESIDENT DID INTERVIEW THAT THE PRESIDENT DID WITH LESTER HOLT TWO DAYS AFTER WITH LESTER HOLT TWO DAYS AFTER HE FIRED COMEY IN WHICH HE DIS HE FIRED COMEY IN WHICH HE DIS DISCUSSED HIS REASONING FOR DISCUSSED HIS REASONING FOR DOING SO. DOING SO.>>THERE IS NO GOOD TIME TO DO>>THERE IS NO GOOD TIME TO DO IT, BY THE WAY. IT, BY THE WAY.>>BECAUSE IN YOUR LETTER, YOU>>BECAUSE IN YOUR LETTER, YOU SAID I ACCEPTED THEIR SAID I ACCEPTED THEIR RECOMMENDATION, SO YOU HAD RECOMMENDATION, SO YOU HAD ALREADY MADE THE DECISION. ALREADY MADE THE DECISION.>>I WAS GOING TO FIRE>>I WAS GOING TO FIRE REGARDLESS OF RECOMMENDATION. REGARDLESS OF RECOMMENDATION. HE MADE A RECOMMENDATION, HE’S HE MADE A RECOMMENDATION, HE’S HIGHLY RESPECTED, VERY GOOD GIER HIGHLY RESPECTED, VERY GOOD GIER VERY SMART GUY. VERY SMART GUY. THE REPUBLICANS LIKE HIM, THE THE REPUBLICANS LIKE HIM, THE DEMOCRATS LIKE HIM. DEMOCRATS LIKE HIM. REGARDLESS OF RECOMMENDATION, I REGARDLESS OF RECOMMENDATION, I WAS GOING TO FIRE COMEY KNOWING WAS GOING TO FIRE COMEY KNOWING THERE WAS NO GOOD TIME TO DO IT THERE WAS NO GOOD TIME TO DO IT AND IN FACT, WHEN I DECIDED TO AND IN FACT, WHEN I DECIDED TO JUST DO IT, I SAID TO MYSELF, I JUST DO IT, I SAID TO MYSELF, I SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS RUSSIA SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS RUSSIA THING WITH TRUMP AND RUSSIA IS A THING WITH TRUMP AND RUSSIA IS A MADE UP STORY. MADE UP STORY.>>WHEN I DECIDED TO JUST DO IT>>WHEN I DECIDED TO JUST DO IT I SAID TO MYSELF, I SAID, YOU I SAID TO MYSELF, I SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A MADE UP STORY. KNOW, THIS IS A MADE UP STORY. THIS BOMBSHELL REPORT REPORTING THIS BOMBSHELL REPORT REPORTING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WERE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WERE SO CONCERNED BY THE PRESIDENT’S SO CONCERNED BY THE PRESIDENT’S BEHAVIOR AFTER HE PYREFIRED COME BEHAVIOR AFTER HE PYREFIRED COME THEY BEGAN INVESTIGATING WHETHER THEY BEGAN INVESTIGATING WHETHER HE HAD BEEN WORKING ON BEHALF OF HE HAD BEEN WORKING ON BEHALF OF RUSSIA AGAINST AMERICAN RUSSIA AGAINST AMERICAN INTERESTS. INTERESTS. “THE TIMES” SAY THIS WAS A “THE TIMES” SAY THIS WAS A CONTROVERSIAL DECISION, THAT CONTROVERSIAL DECISION, THAT IT’S NOT CLEAR IF THE IT’S NOT CLEAR IF THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES, BUT INVESTIGATION CONTINUES, BUT THAT SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT THAT SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER DID IT, TOOK IT OVER MUELLER DID IT, TOOK IT OVER WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED IN MAY. WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED IN MAY. AS “THE TIMES” REPORTS, THE AS “THE TIMES” REPORTS, THE CRIMINAL AND COUNTER CRIMINAL AND COUNTER INTELLIGENCE ELEMENTS WERE INTELLIGENCE ELEMENTS WERE COUPLED TOGETHER INTO ONE COUPLED TOGETHER INTO ONE INVESTIGATION, FORMER LAW INVESTIGATION, FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAID IN ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAID IN INTERVIEWS IN RECENT WEEKS INTERVIEWS IN RECENT WEEKS BECAUSE IF MR. TRUMP OUSTED THE BECAUSE IF MR. TRUMP OUSTED THE HEAD OF THE FBI TO IMPEDE OR HEAD OF THE FBI TO IMPEDE OR EVEN END THE RUSSIA EVEN END THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, THAT WAS BOTH THE INVESTIGATION, THAT WAS BOTH THE POSSIBLE CRIME AND NATIONAL POSSIBLE CRIME AND NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN. SECURITY CONCERN. “THE TIMES” TONIGHT REPORTS “THE TIMES” TONIGHT REPORTS GETTING ACCESS TO THE TESTIMONY GETTING ACCESS TO THE TESTIMONY OF THE TOP LAWYER AT THE FBI AT OF THE TOP LAWYER AT THE FBI AT THE TIME, FBI GENERAL COUNSEL THE TIME, FBI GENERAL COUNSEL JAMES BAKER. JAMES BAKER. AND THEN FROM MR. BAKER’S HOUSE AND THEN FROM MR. BAKER’S HOUSE TESTIMONY, QUOTE, NOT ONLY WOULD TESTIMONY, QUOTE, NOT ONLY WOULD IT HAVE BEEN ISSUE OF IT HAVE BEEN ISSUE OF OBSTRUCTION, IT WOULD HURT OUR OBSTRUCTION, IT WOULD HURT OUR ABOUT TOYILITY TO FIGURE OUT WHA ABOUT TOYILITY TO FIGURE OUT WHA RUSSIANS HAD DONE AND THAT’S A RUSSIANS HAD DONE AND THAT’S A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY. THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY. IN HIS TESTIMONY, PORTIONS WERE IN HIS TESTIMONY, PORTIONS WERE READ TO THE “NEW YORK TIMES.” READ TO THE “NEW YORK TIMES.” WHAT A STORY. WHAT A STORY. JOINING US NOW IS MICHAEL JOINING US NOW IS MICHAEL SCHMIDT. SCHMIDT. PART OF THE THREE-PERSON TEAM PART OF THE THREE-PERSON TEAM BREAKING THE STORY. BREAKING THE STORY.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.>>GIVE US A BACKGROUND.>>GIVE US A BACKGROUND. HOW LODGENG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKIN HOW LODGENG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKIN ON IT? ON IT?>>IN MANY WAYS FOR A YEAR AND A>>IN MANY WAYS FOR A YEAR AND A HALF BECAUSE SINCE MUELLER WAS HALF BECAUSE SINCE MUELLER WAS APPOINTED AND COMEY FIRED, WE’VE APPOINTED AND COMEY FIRED, WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT BEEN TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FBI AND THE JUSTICE THE FBI AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN EXAMINING DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN EXAMINING ON THE PRESIDENT. ON THE PRESIDENT. FOR MUCH OF THAT TIME, THAT FOR MUCH OF THAT TIME, THAT MEANS WE FOCUSED ON CRIMINAL MEANS WE FOCUSED ON CRIMINAL OBSTRUCTION. OBSTRUCTION. THAT SORT OF IS THE COLLECTIVE THAT SORT OF IS THE COLLECTIVE CONSEQUENCE, THE PUBLIC’S CONSEQUENCE, THE PUBLIC’S UNDERSTANDING TO THIS. UNDERSTANDING TO THIS. THERE IS A CRIMINAL OBSTRUCTION THERE IS A CRIMINAL OBSTRUCTION INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRESIDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRESIDENT BUT WHAT WE’RE BRINGING FORTH BUT WHAT WE’RE BRINGING FORTH TONIGHT, WHAT WE LEARNED IS THAT TONIGHT, WHAT WE LEARNED IS THAT THERE WAS ALSO THIS COUNTER THERE WAS ALSO THIS COUNTER INTELLIGENCE ASPECT OF THAT INTELLIGENCE ASPECT OF THAT INVESTIGATION WHERE THEY WERE INVESTIGATION WHERE THEY WERE LOOKING DIRECTLY AT THE LOOKING DIRECTLY AT THE PRESIDENT’S TIES TO RUSSIA. PRESIDENT’S TIES TO RUSSIA. WHAT INITIALLY BEGAN HERE AS WHAT INITIALLY BEGAN HERE AS WHAT WE ALL THOUGHT WAS JUST AN WHAT WE ALL THOUGHT WAS JUST AN OBSTRUCTION INVESTIGATION WAS OBSTRUCTION INVESTIGATION WAS MUCH BIGGER AND HAD LARGER MUCH BIGGER AND HAD LARGER NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES AND NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES AND CONCERNS TO IT BECAUSE THE FOLKS CONCERNS TO IT BECAUSE THE FOLKS AT THE FBI AT THE TIME SAW THIS AT THE FBI AT THE TIME SAW THIS AS A POTENTIAL GROWTH OF AS A POTENTIAL GROWTH OF RUSSIA’S LARGER MADE ERR MEDDLIN RUSSIA’S LARGER MADE ERR MEDDLIN THE COUNTRY, THE GENERAL COUNSEL THE COUNTRY, THE GENERAL COUNSEL AT THE TIME JIM BAKER TESTIFYING AT THE TIME JIM BAKER TESTIFYING ON CAPITOL HILL, THE FIRING OF ON CAPITOL HILL, THE FIRING OF COMEY AS THE NATIONAL SECURITY COMEY AS THE NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT BECAUSE IT COULD BE A WAY THREAT BECAUSE IT COULD BE A WAY OF TRYING TO IMPEDE THE FBI’S OF TRYING TO IMPEDE THE FBI’S ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND HOW RUSSIA ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND HOW RUSSIA MEDDLED IN THE ELECTION, MEDDLED IN THE ELECTION, INTERFERED IN THE ELECTION AND INTERFERED IN THE ELECTION AND HELP GET DONALD TRUMP ELECTED. HELP GET DONALD TRUMP ELECTED.>>FOR MANY PEOPLE THAT HEAR>>FOR MANY PEOPLE THAT HEAR THIS STORY, IT’S A BOMBSHELL AND THIS STORY, IT’S A BOMBSHELL AND CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SCOOP, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SCOOP, THE FBI SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN THE THE FBI SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN THE MORE OF THE AGENCIES MORE OF THE AGENCIES INVESTIGATING DURING THE 2016 INVESTIGATING DURING THE 2016 CAMPAIGN. CAMPAIGN. THEY VERY FAMOUSLY ESSENTIALLY THEY VERY FAMOUSLY ESSENTIALLY DOWNPLAYED THE IDEA AND DIDN’T DOWNPLAYED THE IDEA AND DIDN’T EVEN MENTION THE FACT THAT THE EVEN MENTION THE FACT THAT THE DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGN WAS UNDER DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGN WAS UNDER INVESTIGATION DURING THE INVESTIGATION DURING THE CAMPAIGN. CAMPAIGN. IS IT YOUR REPORTING THAT AT IS IT YOUR REPORTING THAT AT SOME POINT AFTER DONALD TRUMP SOME POINT AFTER DONALD TRUMP WAS ELECTED, THEY CAME TO SEE A WAS ELECTED, THEY CAME TO SEE A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT INSIDE NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE THAT THEY DIDN’T THE WHITE HOUSE THAT THEY DIDN’T SEE DURING THE CAMPAIGN? SEE DURING THE CAMPAIGN?>>I’M NOT SURE IF THAT NOTION>>I’M NOT SURE IF THAT NOTION IS ACCURATE. IS ACCURATE. WHAT IS GOING ON AT THE FBI IN WHAT IS GOING ON AT THE FBI IN THE MONTHS BEFORE THE ELECTION THE MONTHS BEFORE THE ELECTION IS THEY HAD FOUR TRUMP IS THEY HAD FOUR TRUMP ASSOCIATES UNDER INVESTIGATION ASSOCIATES UNDER INVESTIGATION LOOKING AT THEM. LOOKING AT THEM. IT WAS A COUNTER INTELLIGENCE IT WAS A COUNTER INTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATION. INVESTIGATION. THEY WEREN’T SURE WHAT THE REAL THEY WEREN’T SURE WHAT THE REAL LINKS WERE BACK TO RUSSIA, WHAT LINKS WERE BACK TO RUSSIA, WHAT THE REAL THERE WAS AND THEY WERE THE REAL THERE WAS AND THEY WERE NOT GOING TO GO PUBLIC WITH THAT NOT GOING TO GO PUBLIC WITH THAT INVESTIGATION. INVESTIGATION. THE PROBLEM THE FBI RUNS INTO IS THE PROBLEM THE FBI RUNS INTO IS THAT IS SEEN WITH A BACKDROP OF THAT IS SEEN WITH A BACKDROP OF THE CLINTON E-MAIL INVESTIGATE, THE CLINTON E-MAIL INVESTIGATE, WHICH THEY HANDLED DIFFERENTLY WHICH THEY HANDLED DIFFERENTLY SO THEY GET ACCUSED OF TREATING SO THEY GET ACCUSED OF TREATING THEM DIFFERENTLY PROCEEDING WITH THEM DIFFERENTLY PROCEEDING WITH THE COUNTER INTELLIGENCE THE COUNTER INTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATION TO FIGURE OUT HOW INVESTIGATION TO FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH WAS THERE. MUCH WAS THERE. THEY KNEW THE DECISION TO OPEN THEY KNEW THE DECISION TO OPEN AN INVESTIGATION INTO A AN INVESTIGATION INTO A CANDIDATE OR INTO A PRESIDENT CANDIDATE OR INTO A PRESIDENT HIMSELF, TRUMP, WOULD HAVE BEEN HIMSELF, TRUMP, WOULD HAVE BEEN AN ENORMOUS DEAL AND THEY NEEDED AN ENORMOUS DEAL AND THEY NEEDED TO MEET A PARTICULAR THRESHOLD TO MEET A PARTICULAR THRESHOLD TO DO THAT. TO DO THAT. AFTER THE COMEY FIRING, THEY AFTER THE COMEY FIRING, THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD ENOUGH TO DO THOUGHT THEY HAD ENOUGH TO DO THAT, TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT THAT, TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT MONUMENTAL DECISION, REGARDLESS MONUMENTAL DECISION, REGARDLESS OF WHAT COMES OUT OF THE MUELLER OF WHAT COMES OUT OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION, IT IS A HISTORIC INVESTIGATION, IT IS A HISTORIC MOMENT THAT THE FBI OPENED AN MOMENT THAT THE FBI OPENED AN INVESTIGATION INTO WHETHER THE INVESTIGATION INTO WHETHER THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS COLLUDING WITH A FOREIGN WAS COLLUDING WITH A FOREIGN POWER, JUST IN AND OF ITSELF. POWER, JUST IN AND OF ITSELF.>>THAT’S EXTRAORDINARILY AS IS>>THAT’S EXTRAORDINARILY AS IS TWO THINGS IN YOUR REPORTING ARE TWO THINGS IN YOUR REPORTING ARE THE THINGS THAT CAUSED THE FBI THE THINGS THAT CAUSED THE FBI TO REALLY RELAX THEIR TO REALLY RELAX THEIR RESERVATIONS AND GO FORWARD. RESERVATIONS AND GO FORWARD. TWO THINGS THAT DONALD TRUMP TWO THINGS THAT DONALD TRUMP HIMSELF DID, THAT THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF DID, THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DID, TALK A OF THE UNITED STATES DID, TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS FIRST LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS FIRST THING, WHICH IS THE LETTER AND THING, WHICH IS THE LETTER AND THIS IS THE LETTER DONALD TRUMP THIS IS THE LETTER DONALD TRUMP WANTED TO SEND TO JIM COMEY, WANTED TO SEND TO JIM COMEY, SORT OF AN EXIT LETTER TO HIM. SORT OF AN EXIT LETTER TO HIM. CAN YOU TALK MORE ABOUT THAT? CAN YOU TALK MORE ABOUT THAT?>>THE WEEKEND BEFORE COMEY>>THE WEEKEND BEFORE COMEY FIRES, TRUMP GOES TO HIS GOLF FIRES, TRUMP GOES TO HIS GOLF CLUB IN BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY, CLUB IN BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY, HE’S THERE WITH HIS KIDS AND HE’S THERE WITH HIS KIDS AND STEVEN MILLER, HIS CLOSE AID AND STEVEN MILLER, HIS CLOSE AID AND TRUMP DECIDES HE’S GOING TO FIRE TRUMP DECIDES HE’S GOING TO FIRE COMEY AND HE AND KUSHNER AND COMEY AND HE AND KUSHNER AND MILLER COAL UP WITH ERER COME UP MILLER COAL UP WITH ERER COME UP TRUMP WILL SEND TO COMEY. TRUMP WILL SEND TO COMEY. TRUMP GOES BACK TO WASHINGTON TRUMP GOES BACK TO WASHINGTON AND SAYS I’M FIRING THE FBI AND SAYS I’M FIRING THE FBI DIRECTOR AND GIVES HIM THE DIRECTOR AND GIVES HIM THE LETTER. LETTER. DON McGAHN LOOKS AT IT AND SAYS DON McGAHN LOOKS AT IT AND SAYS THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO BE THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO BE SENDING. SENDING. TRUMP HAS REFERENCES TO THE TRUMP HAS REFERENCES TO THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND McGAHN RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND McGAHN THINKS IT’S PROBLEMATIC. THINKS IT’S PROBLEMATIC. WHAT HAPPENS IN TWO DAYS THAT WHAT HAPPENS IN TWO DAYS THAT FOLLOWS IS McGAHN HAS ROD FOLLOWS IS McGAHN HAS ROD ROSENSTEIN AND JEFF SESSIONS AND ROSENSTEIN AND JEFF SESSIONS AND ATTORNEY GENERAL AT THE TIME ATTORNEY GENERAL AT THE TIME COME OVER TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND COME OVER TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND ROSENSTEIN AGREES TO WRITE A ROSENSTEIN AGREES TO WRITE A LETTER FOR THE PRESIDENT. LETTER FOR THE PRESIDENT. I’LL COME UP WITH A LETTER FOR I’LL COME UP WITH A LETTER FOR YOU. YOU. YOU DON’T NEED TO MENTION YOU DON’T NEED TO MENTION RUSSIA. RUSSIA. THE LETTER FROM ROSENSTEIN COMES THE LETTER FROM ROSENSTEIN COMES BACK THE FOLLOWING DAY. BACK THE FOLLOWING DAY. IT SAYS COMEY MISHANDLED THE IT SAYS COMEY MISHANDLED THE CLINTON E-MAIL INVESTIGATION AND CLINTON E-MAIL INVESTIGATION AND SORT OF A DIFFERENT REASON THAN SORT OF A DIFFERENT REASON THAN TRUMP WANTING — WHY TRUMP WANTS TRUMP WANTING — WHY TRUMP WANTS TO GET RID OF COMEY AND THAT IS TO GET RID OF COMEY AND THAT IS THE LETTER THAT IS SENT BUT THE LETTER THAT IS SENT BUT TRUMP WAS IRRITATED WITH ROSE TRUMP WAS IRRITATED WITH ROSE ROSENSTEIN FOR NOT MENTIONING ROSENSTEIN FOR NOT MENTIONING RUSSIA. RUSSIA. TRUMP ULTIMATELY WHEN HE SENDS TRUMP ULTIMATELY WHEN HE SENDS HIS LETTER TO COMEY SAYS DEAR HIS LETTER TO COMEY SAYS DEAR MR. COMEY, THANK YOU FOR TELLING MR. COMEY, THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME THREE TIMES I WAS NOT UNDER ME THREE TIMES I WAS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION IN THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION IN THE RUSSIA INQUIRY AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THE INQUIRY AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THE FBI FINDS OUT ABOUT THAT IN THE FBI FINDS OUT ABOUT THAT IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS AND PERPLEXED WHY FOLLOWING DAYS AND PERPLEXED WHY IS IT TRUMP WANTED TO MENTION IS IT TRUMP WANTED TO MENTION RUSSIA IN THE LETTER? RUSSIA IN THE LETTER? WAS IT THAT WAS REALLY DRIVING WAS IT THAT WAS REALLY DRIVING THAT? THAT? THE SECOND THING IS YOU WERE THE SECOND THING IS YOU WERE POINTING OUT EARLIER WERE HIS POINTING OUT EARLIER WERE HIS COMMENTS TO LESTER HOLT WHERE HE COMMENTS TO LESTER HOLT WHERE HE APPEARS TO SAY RUSSIA WAS ON HIS APPEARS TO SAY RUSSIA WAS ON HIS MIND WHEN HE FIRED COMEY. MIND WHEN HE FIRED COMEY.>>YOU HAVE IN HERE, IT IS>>YOU HAVE IN HERE, IT IS EXTRAORDINARY WHAT WE’VE BEEN EXTRAORDINARY WHAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IN THE OBSTRUCTION TALKING ABOUT IN THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE INQUIRY GENERALLY UP OF JUSTICE INQUIRY GENERALLY UP TO NOW HAS BEEN ABOUT THE FIRING TO NOW HAS BEEN ABOUT THE FIRING OF COMEY AS A WAY TO OBSTRUCT OF COMEY AS A WAY TO OBSTRUCT THE FBI’S INVESTIGATION MORE THE FBI’S INVESTIGATION MORE BROADLY BUT THE FBI CAME TO SEE BROADLY BUT THE FBI CAME TO SEE THE POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTION IN AND THE POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTION IN AND OF ITSELF A NATIONAL SECURITY OF ITSELF A NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN. CONCERN.>>COLLECT.>>COLLECT. THAT IS THE TESTIMONY THAT WAS THAT IS THE TESTIMONY THAT WAS GIVEN LAST YEAR BY THE FBI GIVEN LAST YEAR BY THE FBI GENERAL COUNSEL AT THE TIME. GENERAL COUNSEL AT THE TIME. HE’S BASICALLY SAYING LOOK, HE’S BASICALLY SAYING LOOK, THERE WAS THIS VERY IMPORTANT THERE WAS THIS VERY IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY INVESTIGATION NATIONAL SECURITY INVESTIGATION THAT WAS GOING ON, AND TO THE THAT WAS GOING ON, AND TO THE AND TENT AND TENT EXTENT TRYING TO GET RID OF EXTENT TRYING TO GET RID OF COMEY WAS TRYING TO END THE COMEY WAS TRYING TO END THE INVESTIGATION, THAT COULD HAVE INVESTIGATION, THAT COULD HAVE NATIONAL SECURITY WERE CASES IN NATIONAL SECURITY WERE CASES IN AND OF ITS SELL. AND OF ITS SELL. THAT WOULD HURT OUR ABILITY TO THAT WOULD HURT OUR ABILITY TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS AND GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS AND FIGURE OUT WHAT DID THE RUSSIANS FIGURE OUT WHAT DID THE RUSSIANS DO IN TRYING TO PREVENT IT FROM DO IN TRYING TO PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN AND THAT WAS THE HAPPENING AGAIN AND THAT WAS THE BROADER NATIONAL SECURITY BROADER NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN. CONCERN. THE INTERESTING THING IS WE THE INTERESTING THING IS WE THINK OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE THINK OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE AS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE CRIMINAL CONTEXT WHERE SOMEONE CRIMINAL CONTEXT WHERE SOMEONE IS INTERFERING WITH THE WITNESS IS INTERFERING WITH THE WITNESS OR LYING TO INVESTIGATORS IN A OR LYING TO INVESTIGATORS IN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION THAT’S CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION THAT’S LOOKING AT ONE OR SEVERAL LOOKING AT ONE OR SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS. INDIVIDUALS. THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT THE THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT THE POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTION COULD HAVE POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTION COULD HAVE BEEN ON A NATIONAL SECURITY BEEN ON A NATIONAL SECURITY INVESTIGATION, ONE THAT IMPACTED INVESTIGATION, ONE THAT IMPACTED THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. THIS IS NOT JUST ON A BANK THIS IS NOT JUST ON A BANK ROBBERY. ROBBERY. THIS IS NOT JUST ON A REGULAR, THIS IS NOT JUST ON A REGULAR, YOU THOUGH, CRIME THEY WERE YOU THOUGH, CRIME THEY WERE LOOKING AT. LOOKING AT. THIS WAS THE ATTACK ON THE THIS WAS THE ATTACK ON THE ELECTION. ELECTION.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>ABSOLUTELY. ANOTHER PIECE AT THE END OF THE ANOTHER PIECE AT THE END OF THE PIECE THAT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY PIECE THAT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY THING, A LOT OF US REMEMBER THE THING, A LOT OF US REMEMBER THE OVAL OFFICE MEETING DONALD TRUMP OVAL OFFICE MEETING DONALD TRUMP INVITING RUSSIAN OFFICIALS IN INVITING RUSSIAN OFFICIALS IN AFTER HE FIRED MR. COMEY AND AFTER HE FIRED MR. COMEY AND THAT, TOO, BECAME PART OF THIS THAT, TOO, BECAME PART OF THIS INQUIRY. INQUIRY.>>CORRECT.>>CORRECT. THEY DON’T LEARN ABOUT THAT THEY DON’T LEARN ABOUT THAT MEETING UNTIL AFTER IT’S MEETING UNTIL AFTER IT’S DISCLOSED SOMETIME LATER. DISCLOSED SOMETIME LATER. THAT IS RIGHT AFTER TRUMP FIRES THAT IS RIGHT AFTER TRUMP FIRES COMEY, HE HAS THE RUSSIAN COMEY, HE HAS THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER AND THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER AND THE RUSSIAN AL BASS AL BASS AMBASSADOR INTO THE OVAL OFFICE AMBASSADOR INTO THE OVAL OFFICE AND SAYS HE RELIEF AID LOT OF AND SAYS HE RELIEF AID LOT OF PRESSURE ON HIM IN RELATION TO PRESSURE ON HIM IN RELATION TO THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND CALLS COMEY A NUTJOB AND WHEN CALLS COMEY A NUTJOB AND WHEN THIS COMES OUT, IT FURTHER THIS COMES OUT, IT FURTHER UNNERVES THE FBI AGENTS SAYING UNNERVES THE FBI AGENTS SAYING WHY DID HE HAVE THESE FOREIGN WHY DID HE HAVE THESE FOREIGN ADVERSARIES INTO THE OVAL ADVERSARIES INTO THE OVAL OFFICE? OFFICE? WHY WOULD HE BE SO WILLING TO DO WHY WOULD HE BE SO WILLING TO DO THIS AND TELL THEM BY FIRING THIS AND TELL THEM BY FIRING COMEY, HE ALLEVIATED PRESSURE ON COMEY, HE ALLEVIATED PRESSURE ON HIMSELF. HIMSELF.>>MICHAEL SCHMIDT, ONE OF THREE>>MICHAEL SCHMIDT, ONE OF THREE THAT BROKE THIS STORY TONIGHT.

100 Replies to “NYT: FBI Worried Donald Trump Was In Russian Employ After James Comey Firing | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

  1. So the FBI thought they would keep quiet? And look what happen. So a suspected collaborator was ok as President? Hillary Clinton was not working with enemies of America. She didn’t help with the social media Russia attack.

  2. Remember when Trump took office and the CIA warned Israeli officials that Trump might be working with Russia and couldn't be trusted. The Israelis couldn't believe that Donald Trump the potus could be working with Russia so they told Trump secrets about agents embedded in Isis. Well Trump told these secrets to the Russian diplomat first chance he got proving to Israel his status as a Russian spy. This happened 2 years ago!!

  3. Wow this must be a first for Americans. He really is a liability wether it’s through deliberate collusion or just because he’s so stupid not to realise what he’s doing. His base must be so proud of their leader !

  4. The guy who wrote the memo that first led to bush giving emergency powers to our president was on CNN today. That set the precident that allows trump to do this!
    He was asked if he still held that opinion? He reiterates saying, that yes and that congress and the senate could impeach! But what he just did was combine the two branches of congress and senate into none power and gave president a single power! That's the problem we find yourself in! He Brooke the constitution! No idiots please!

  5. After voting twice for Obama, I feel sick to my stomach after seeing the corruption his administration has left behind.

  6. other than lack of evidence you nailed it. read the entire nyt report. btw there is actual docs proving dems worked with russia to stop Trumps campaign.

  7. Wow, two years later the powers that be are just catching on to what should have been obvious from the start. I think this shows that there is no one in government that should be there. From Trump and Pelosi on down, they are incompetent and have no intention of working for the good of the nation or of the American people

  8. Facts: Hillary Clinton was mentored by a KKK grand cyclops. Bill Clinton passed the 1994 Crime Bill which resulted in mass incarceration of minorities.

    MSNBC would tell you this but they're admittedly not a "news" network. They're a political propaganda machine for the left.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/06/03/msnbc-denies-it-is-a-news-network/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c52bf97b8bfc

  9. MSNBC and CNN equals FAKE BIAS NEWS paid by deep state.CNN is destroying America,traitors to our country !!Soros spent 13 billions against our country.Clinton stole millions,what foundation,please.

  10. Trump will go down as the goat when it comes to modern presidents. liberals just slow af on it and believe the corrupt liberal media. It takes time for these things to play out, so In the years to come you will see how trump did good for the people and took power from the evil big government. Do not be fooled by these outrageous claims by a completely biased media that has evil merits. Trump is an American hero. Look at France right now, if Hillary was elected the states would be in a similar state. Hillary and Merkel and macron had plans of global governance that trump has stopped by being elected I believe.. Do you really want socialism and open boarders ? I think not. He may have actually saved America from being destroyed forever for a new world order. Also stop hating on white Americans, its racist. Love all races. Its like feminism, you just further the problem by being more polarizing. It does not work.

  11. I can see how the FBI would be concerned about Trump. Secret meetings with Putin and supporting Putin's fictions are classic signs of a turncoat.

  12. "It's easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled." Once we get Mueller's report, will we be willing to accept the facts, even if they don't support our initial opinion, or will we all just run right back to our "team's" corner, as ready as ever to duke it out?

  13. This is sedition. Bill Gates needs to arrested and charged. MSNBC is Microsoft NBC. CNN is owned and run by Ted Turner.

  14. It's time to demand Trump submit to a DNA test.  It's more than likely that his DNA is more similar to people born in Moscow than to those born in any part of the U.S.  There's little doubt he has less native American DNA than any real American.

  15. I’ve often wondered why Comey felt that he had two choices with Hillary Clinton when it came to speaking out about this stupid email non-scandal and felt he HAD to come out with it but felt differently about trump and his treason. Yes, treason. Comey didn’t want to “influence the election” with that. Why the double standard? And why is trump still in office, able to cause this government shutdown, ruining people’s lives? Why haven’t republicans stepped up to the plate? Because they are as corrupt as the wannabe dictator himself. They are every bit as evil.

    Normally, I would have been disappointed Rachel wasn’t here but not when it’s Joy! They’re both awesome!

  16. TrumpDog. Is. The. Biggest. FOOL. Brain. Dead. Something. Is. Not.Right. when Talking. He. Jast. Like. Child I am. Seriousl. That. Not. Good.

  17. Im glad to finally hear they were actually doing something to investigate criminal, corrupt, adulterer, 6 x bankrupt, pervert, pathological liar, POS Trumpty Dumpty Now get this traitor out of our WH and stop letting him waste our money!

  18. The Great Donald J Trump is bringing down the deep state on a global level and the corrupt democrat party and the fake Mockingbird Media. Exciting times indeed.

  19. Trump keeps winning so the only thing the lunatic left can do is keep bringing up fake Russia stories. Talk about braindead dumbasses.

  20. In the secret Putin-Trump meeting in Summer 2018, Trump got the order from his boss to give him the Kurds territory untill Chrismas 2018. So Trump gave the order to leave Syria immediately in December 2018.

  21. FBI Investigated Whether Donald Trump Was Secretly Working For Russia—ON THIS PRESIDENCY! THE PRESIDEN! AS A FIGURE IN THE WORD!! it's the smallest figure there is! in the World of state figures! al; Europeans, Asian! an even South America! are! if not greater! they are in some cense! a lot more responsable! ad les impulsive or craziness on them than trump! are in fact bigger in moral statue! than trump! He is getting the USA! in SHADOW IN THIS WORD!

  22. watch the Helsinki press confersence with Putin after their 2hr talk. Trump looks absolutely shaken and submissive!

  23. Trump is clearly working for Putin to pay off all those Russian loans he's gotten thru the years. Putin clearly scares the orange one cuz he usually never plays loans back… just just files bankruptcy like the 8 others from the past.

  24. Dearest American government, please do not give this traitor in chief any money for a wall, he’ll only use it to pay down his debt to Russia.

  25. Hmmm, why would the President of the USA invite Russian officials into the Oval Office and tell them that he fired the head of the FBI so the pressure is off? Why does he hide the transcripts of his private meetings with Putin from everyone?

  26. After WWI, Benito Mussolini of Italy said he wanted to make Italy great again, like it was during the Roman Empire. Italy; switch sides, abandoned its allies and aligned itself with Nazi Germany, blamed minorities for problems, embraced Fascism & Nationalism and burned news papers. Donald J Trump said he wants to MAGA. Under Trump; the United States has abandoned our allies, aligned ourselves with Vladimir Putin of Russia, blames minorities for all the problems, embraced Fascism & Nationalism and calls news station Fake News. What could possibly go wrong.

  27. ALL MSNBC SERPENT BRAINWASHING OPERATIVES WILL HANG UNTIL THE SERPENT FECES DRIPS INTO THE ASHES OF THEIR UNHOLY EXISTENCE

  28. Trump is in bed with the Russians. Either through financial ties or the pee pee tape. Yes there is a possibility it may be both. Regardless Putin owns him.

  29. My goodness you are liars msmbc/fakes news. people stop watching these liars that are trying to divide us bringing twisted truths basically lying to your face….

  30. "So suspicious". Yet, Strozk and Page texts were not suspicious! Loretta Lynn meets Bill Clinton on a plane and then does not recuse herself and decides not to prosecute Hillary Clinton even with alot of evidence of criminality. Also suspicious. Alot of people need to be investigated and imprisoned starting with Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, and many others.

  31. buuuuuuuulshit…. The global news network is turning onto tabloid tv…STAND YOUR GROUND PRES TRUMP!!! STAND YOUR GROUND!!!!

  32. Trump is obstructing the Russia investigation because he’s covering up for the Russian government that could implicate trump himself to the criminal conspiracy to defraud US voters during the 2016 election. Trump’s obstruction is part of the criminal conspiracy( “collusion”.

  33. “Tomato-tomahto, potato-potahto…”
    #45 Worked for…Worked with…
    Worked under the direction of…🇷🇺
    Mueller’s NOT calling the whole thing off. Nor should he or we.🗣🇺🇸

  34. do you know what the best part is back in 1983 Ted Kennedy to leave Democrat was actually working with Russia to have Russia agenda on American TV and try and take down Ronald Reagan there's documentation but you guys don't see it you don't want to sit and you could care less cuz you hate Trump that much will guess what presidents has been set and nothing has been done that dude's going to get a walk no matter what

  35. You people in the media really think we're all that stupid? James comey was involved in the cover up of the Oklahoma city bombing

  36. The extreme left-wing socialists have their fingerprints all over the Democrats and MSNBC. With a misinformation campaign rivaling that of the Communists in the old Soviet Union and the current Chinese regime. Cockroaches enjoy the sewers along with scurvy little spiders just like their brethren the modern day filthy unamerican treasonous anerican communists. And they both fear the Light immensely. 👌 Uh oh ! The white supremacist sign ! Right ! LMFAO.

  37. Well? The tea party and middle class apparently wanted this? I said this at the very start before trump ran for office. The 1% are sitting next to this man. He is one of them. I’m a Democrat and I’m more traditional in constitutional rights than most republicans. The answer to this whole entire ethics/%1/swamp creature illness in our country will be handled only in one way and one way only. The matter of the wealthy elite will only get worse until this is done? As well as pc racism. Are you ready??? Do you want the solution??? Here: An Amendment of constitutional fortitude or relationship that grants either incentive or greater penalty for any business attempting to pocket all of the dividends with or without IRS employees consensus survey on cost/standard of living. The margin of tax for said company/owner will directly vary in on how much the worker/human being/us citizen is integrated to better stability. If penalty is issued then the high taxed monies will go directly into state infrastructure etc.. The reason and fair conscience application of said incentive amendment is for the following: All countrymen of our country are subject to national defense as “In God We Trust” so the lives given both in death/service/ yet to be honored by countrymen/family to guard our nations corners and lines including those businesses/owners.
    Until this type of law or of greater impact for countrymen is passed? We will only see trump disease of America get worse and worse.

  38. Yep you really got him now urgent breaking lies poor homeboy comey do al, you Nancy boys think this is going to be some kind of transvestite parodies if they keep on giving trump Russian blow job's

  39. Traitor Evil mentally sick old trump will bring down Putin and the GOP's Senate mainly Mitch McConnell and Linsey Gramm, When he goes to Prison with his Family.

  40. I’m no “fan” of the President nor his speeches or tactics.. But I am a big fan of common sense.. Donald Trump can be accused of being a lot of unsavory things, but “anti-American” is not one of them, and to accuse him of working “against” American, Naïve at best…

    Real evidence though has come forth that atleast 1 American President was knowingly involved in working against American interests, and it seems that President was the one behind those same accusations against trump…
    Common sense folks, this is not complicated. If this went on in your “office” or company you’d see it immediately…. It works no different in the high office of GOV

  41. You liberals all have trump derangement syndrome. If you buy this msnbc fake news crap, you deserve to waste the rest of your lives listening to these morons.

  42. Lets look into the clinton/Russian connection,who sold our uranium to the Russians,gave away military secrets/technology to other communist countries….mmmmm,something smells like a rat,oh yea its msnbc

  43. What a laugh we have just about all our representatives bought out by lobbyist and foreign identities !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We don’t have anybody up there representing the United States or it’s people what a sad state!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you FBI for pointing one of many problems we have in the United States with both parties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Trump keep shooting his self in the foot with his lies, only time he don't shoot him self in the foot is when he's reloading.

  45. A REPUBLICAN RUSSIAN MOLE in the PRESIDENCY of the United STATES of AMERICA and the SENIOR REPUBLICAN SENATORS are OKAY with that
    TREASON and SEDITION at the HIGHEST LEVELS of POWER…AND REMEMBER ROPE is CHEAP and REUSABLE

  46. Opinions. It is more likely Mr James Comey broke espionage laws. Mr Comey will face judgement from his former colleagues and the existing related government laws will be his hardest clash to set Mr Comey an enemy, a traitor or a spy and a servant serving a political party. It is predicted Mr Comey will face a trial for his own freedom or go to jail.

  47. when you're trying to reach the word count on your essay….. she is literally saying the same thing over, and over in different ways, lol.

  48. Jay below says about waiting until Trump isn't President… That's two whole years!! The damage this Boss of the Trump crime family can do at the Kremlins bidding will be astronomical!! Not only will America be on its knees and full of chaos, but if he withdraws from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Europe and the world will be in chaos!! ALL TO THE ADVANTAGE OF PUTIN AND RUSSIA!! Trump after Helsinki already hinted Putin will move into Estonia and Latvia!!This shutdown, which he said he'd take the blame for (BLACKMAIL) is causing hardship for millions of people!! CHAOS IS WHAT PUTIN WANTS AND WHAT PUTIN WANTS PUTIN WILL GET!!

  49. Funny how the liberal media is so concerned about Russian collusion when they help Russia and Americas adversaries by causing in fighting between the President and the Congress. Divide and conquer is an enemy’s first tactic before an attack.

  50. They should give his job back good man
    Russia is Russia never change
    Trump needs to be friends with comedy
    He looks like a good man .

  51. Hahaha just lately Trump thanks msnbc for reporting that nbi found no russian collusion. ..but people here are still hoping for it, awesome…

  52. New York Times admits Obama Administration spied on Trump campaign. Is that great reporting too Joyless

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