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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.

Trump quits Iran nuclear deal, undoing years of diplomacy


The Iran deal is defective at its core.
The United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has been saying
he wants to exit the Iran nuclear deal for a long time. A deal that has so far
prevented Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The United States no longer
makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them. This is a massive reversal
of US foreign policy with far-reaching consequences. So why does Trump hate the
deal? What exactly does he want and how did we get here? This was something that
President Obama, when he took office, said was his priority and when it was signed
in 2015 this was the high mark of his presidency. It’s also interestingly
something that the US had been involved in for decades. When the Shah was in
power in Iran the US had helped him develop a civilian nuclear program. There was concern decades later that the new government of Iran was gonna try to
take that program and develop a nuclear weapon. This deal, the deal that President
Trump just pulled out of, was the world’s attempt to prevent war and to get Iran
to stop that pursuit of a weapon without forcing it to. So that’s ultimately how we got to the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action, the formal name for the Iran
deal, signed not just by Iran and the United States, but also the UK, France,
Germany, Russia, China, and the European Union. At its broadest, the deal imposed a
set of restrictions on how Iran developed nuclear capabilities in
exchange for the U.S.. reducing economic sanctions. Now the way the JCPOA was
structured the president recertified it every 90 days or those sanctions would
kick back in. Trump had threatened this outcome for months but is just now
enacting it. He thinks the Iranians can’t be trusted,
he thinks the deal is not strict enough, and he thinks that Iran isn’t abiding by
the spirit of the deal because they’re doing things like develop long-range
missiles. The thing is three of Trump’s own top officials were very much in
favor of the deal but only one still holds their office. If we can determine that this is in our best interest then clearly we should stay with it. Americans agree with the Secretary of Defense — a recent poll shows a majority
of respondents back the agreement including 68 percent of Democrats, 51
percent of Independents, and even a slim plurality of Republicans, 46 percent,
supported the deal while 42 percent opposed it. And America’s allies strongly
urged the US and Trump to stay committed to the deal as well. What do you have as
a better option? I don’t see it. What is the what-if scenario or your
plan B? I don’t have any plan before nuclear are against against Iran. We are of the opinion that the JCPOA is a first step but Trump believes he can negotiate
better terms. They are going to want to make a new and lasting deal, one that
benefits all of Iran and the Iranian people. The original deal imposed strict
limits and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program. Iran was forced to get rid of
the vast majority of the uranium it had already enriched, as well as get rid of
most of the centrifuges that it used to enrich that uranium. Under the deal Iran
also couldn’t enriched uranium past the threshold for producing nuclear energy,
which is significantly lower than the threshold from medical uranium and
weapons-grade uranium. The UN’s nuclear agency has verified that Iran complied
with the deal which is also what makes the U.S. leaving so significant,
especially right now on the cusp of negotiations with North Korea over its
own nuclear program. In fact at this very moment secretary Pompeo is on his way to
North Korea in preparation for my upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-Un. But here’s the thing: if you’re the North Korean government and especially
if you’re Kim Jong-Un and you’re watching what just happened with the
Iran deal, why would you believe that if you struck a deal with President Trump
that the next president would stick to it? If you’ve just seen literally the
United States tear up the previous deal they’d signed with the country to get
that country to give up its nuclear program and that’s why President Trump’s
decision to plow Iran deal is so dangerous. Europe believes the deal works. European companies are doing business with Iran. So this isn’t just a blow
diplomatically it’s also a blow financially to many of our closest
allies around the world. Mr. President, how does this make America safer? How does this make America safer? Thank you very much. This will make America much safer.

SCOTUS allows Trump to enforce new restrictions on asylum seekers


HEARING THAT OCASIO-CORTEZ OVERSAW. IT GOT PRETTY HEATED. BEFORE WE GET TO YOU, KEN. LET’S SHOW THE VIEWER RASHIDA TLAIB RIPPING INTO THOMAS HOMAN.>>MR. HOMAN AS A FELLOW AMERICAN I WHAT YOU TO KNOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION AS ACTING DIRECTOR OF I.C.E. UP THIS ADMINISTRATION WILL BE REMEMBERED AS ONE THAT WAS RUTHLESS, I HUMANE TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS. THE AUTHOR OF THE SEPARATION POLICY AND NOW THIS SICK, PREVENTING SICK CHILDREN BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE SEEKING LIFE-SAVING MEDICAL TREATMENT. LIZ: NOW WATCH TOM AS HOMAN FIRING BACK.>>IN MY 34 YEARS I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH HATE TOWARD A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IN MY LIFE. YOU WANT TO ABOLISH IT. WE ARE ENACTING LAWS.>>YOUR TAME HAS EXPIRED. LIZ: FACT CHECK.ORG SAID UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THERE WERE FAMILIES SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN. AND ISIS SAVED WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM SEX TRAFFICKING WITH, CAPTURED ENOUGH DRUGS TO KILL THE AMERICAN POPULATION TWO TIMES OVER. HE’S FULLY RIGHT. HIS JOB IS TO FOLLOW THE LAW, THE FACT THAT HE WAS BEING CRITICIZED BY THE CONGRESSWOMAN FOR DOING THAT, IT’S NOT SURPRISING THAT’S WHAT WAS HAPPENING. SHE IS IN CONGRESS, IF SHE WANTS TO DO IT, SHE SHOULD DO IT. LIZ: THE SUPREME COURT HANDED PRESIDENT TRUMP A VICTORY RULING THAT THE ADMINISTRATION CAN ENFORCE ITS RESTRICTIONS OVER ASYLUM SEEKERS. YOUR TAKE ON THAT?>>NOT SURPRISED AT ALL. THE PRESIDENT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO RESTRICT THE ENTRY OF ANY CLASP ALIEN HE VIEWS DETRIMENTAL TO THE COUNTRY. HE HAS A DISCRETION AS IT RELATES TO ASYLUM AND REFUGEES. HE ACTED UNDER HIS AUTHORITY TO DO THAT. I’M NOT SURPRISED THE SUPREME COURT STRUCK DOWN THE BAN ON THE NATIONWIDE INJUNCTION. LIZ: THERE ESTIMATE THAT 600,000 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL CROSS THE BORDER THIS YEAR. EVEN TULSI GABBARD IS CALLING FOR WALLS AT THE BORDER.>>WITHOUT SECURE BORDERS WE DON’T HAVE A COUNTRY. WE HAVE TO HAVE SECURE BORDERS. THIS IS NOT TRUMP’S WALL FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA. IT’S ABOUT WHAT MAKES IT IN SOME PLACES IT MAY MAKE THE MOST OF SENSE OR A PHYSICAL BARRIER IN PLACE, IN OTHER PLACES IT WON’T MAKE SENSE. LIZ: TULSI GABBARD IS SOUNDING LIKE SENATOR BIDEN.>>WE DO NEED BORDER SECURITY. WITHOUT IT WE ARE NOT A NATION. EVERY OTHER NATION IN THE WORLD HAS SOME TYPE OF IMMIGRATION POLICY THAT MAKES SENSE. WE ARE LOOKING THAT. AND SHE IS RIGHT. WE DON’T NEED A WALL ALONG THE ENTIRE BORDER. WE DO NEED SECURITY. WHETHER THAT’S THROUGH TELLING OR A WALL. WE NEED SOMETHING.>>LET’S SHIFT GEARS. IN CALIFORNIA THEY ARE CONSIDERING A NEW BILL TO GIVE FREE HEALTHCARE TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OVER 65 YEARS OLD. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE HERE?>>IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO ME. I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY WOULD DO THAT. IT WILL COST THEIR TAXPAYERS A LOT OF MONEY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO THAT YOUR OUR STATE. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE COMING HERE ILLEGALLY AND INCENTIVIZING THEM TO COME. AS SECRETARY HOMAN TALKED ABOUT. WHEN YOU DO THAT YOU CREATE OTHER PROBLEMS LIKE HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND DRUG TRAFFICKING. LIZ: WE WERE WATCHING PARTS OF THE HEARING WAITING FOR DEMOCRAT REACTION TO THE CRIMES COMMITTED BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ON AMERICAN SOIL AND THE LACK OF WHAT MANY SAY IS JUSTICE. WE HAVE AN EIGHTH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ACCUSED OF RAPE IN MARYLAND AND AN ILLEGAL ALIEN WHO WAS SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON. WHERE IS THE DEMOCRAT REACTION TO THIS?>>APPARENTLY THOSE ARE INCONVENIENT STORIES. THE PROBLEM IS THERE ARE SO MANY OF THOSE STORIES. I WISH THE DEMOCRATS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO SOME OF THE VICTIMS’ FAMILIES, PEOPLE WHO LOST LOVED ONES.

Trump’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal


president Trump pulled the plug on the nuclear deal with Iran on May 8th and claimed that Tehran had failed to comply with the obligations yet since no tangible evidence was presented the unilateral decision places Washington in violation of its obligations under the pact but regardless of who is right the turn of events raises a lot of questions and it remains to be seen what comes next my name is Sherwin and welcome to Caspian report the joint comprehensive plan of action was a diplomatic initiative that involved Iran the United States the United Kingdom France China Russia plus Germany the group of countries known as the p5 plus one reached an agreement in Vienna in July 2015 that restricted Tehran’s nuclear program in return the international community lifted some of the sanctions that were placed on Iran since its ratification of the International Atomic Energy Agency which is the foremost authority on the topic has consistently verified that Iran has largely complied with the terms of the deal yet regardless of its functionality Trump has repeatedly expressed his grief with the agreement more specifically the Trump government has identified four aspects it would like to see included or adjusted in the nuclear deal these include Iran’s ballistic missiles program its regional activities the inspections regime and these sunset provisions which allow certain legal items to expire over time however the nuclear deal was specifically designed to restrict Iran’s nuclear program and in this context it functioned adequately but the deal was never meant to address non-nuclear proliferation issues thus including or adjusting non-nuclear provisions within the current framework is not a feasible endeavor nor is it something the international community looks forward to nonetheless the Trump government considered the non-nuclear shortcomings as a deal-breaker and announced the exit from the pact what’s more is that in his announcement Trump stated plans to reimpose all suspended sanctions on Iran these include penalties to curb down Iranian energy exports by targeting the central bank in Tehran as well as the hundreds of banks that deal in finances insurances banking and precious metals in addition the sanctions would place noteworthy Iranian policymakers on the Block persons list now the most likely way for Trump to reimpose sanctions on Iran is to go through the illegal channels that administer and enforce economic sanctions this task falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of Treasury however their protocols explicitly note that imposing sanctions can only take force after a period of 90 to 180 days much of the process depends on the unprecedented legal interpretations and the country in question so somewhere along those timeframes Washington will be able to reinstate the sanctions on Iran thus far the international community has responded to Trump’s decision with mixed feelings British French and German policymakers made a last-ditch effort to change the attitude of their American counterpart but ultimately failed as such immediately following Trump’s statement top officials of the European Union responded by saying that the u.s. president does not have the power to unilaterally scrap the multilateral agreement officials from China and Russia reacted in similar ways and noted that they remain committed to the nuclear pact including the provision for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic of Iran meaning the members of the agreement reject Trump’s decision but once the US sanctions are in place any firm that wants to do business with Iran will immediately be subject to u.s. secondary sanctions which will cut them off from the US banking system so if Washington reinstates sanction and the Europeans Russia and China want to remain true to the terms of the nuclear deal they will have to resort to non dollar measures and pass such legislations to protect their companies this would reduce the extent US sanctions can affect Iranian energy exports for instance if the European Union rejects the put in place a full embargo on Iranian oil imports then Tehran stands to lose between half a million and a million barrels of crude oil per day of the total 2.5 million exported barrels per day even though this is a significant number it will not fundamentally alter the economic prospects of Iran in this context president rouhani of Iran has called for restraint and said that his country remains committed to the pact and as long as the Europeans remain true to the agreement as well it would be in Iran’s interest to abide by the nuclear terms doing otherwise would irreversibly damage Tehran’s relationship with the European Union however the commitment of the Europeans to the nuclear agreement is dubious at best they are simply unlikely to risk upsetting the United States as such despite the current defiance the Europeans are most likely to comply with certain US sanctions eventually Russia and China on the other hand have proven to be willing to take greater risks Moscow has closed security ties to Tehran especially in the Syrian battle space while Beijing is the largest importer of Iranian crude oil followed closely by New Delhi Russia China and India also closely cooperate with Tehran in their respective grand economic policies some examples include the Indian Russian transport corridor and the Chinese belt and road initiative both of which involve Iran what’s more is that New Delhi and Beijing also rely on their access to Iranian energy for the development of their respective heavy industries in short while Europe is likely to comply with US sanctions Moscow Beijing New Delhi on the other hand we’ll be important partners for tayden to navigate the sanctions environment in the coming months rouhani is likely to seek for greater international support to push against Trump before the u.s. reinstates economic sanctions for rouhani the political well-being of his moderate faction depends on the ongoing economic reforms which are tied to the survival of the nuclear deal at the start of 2018 protests erupted across Iran with many citizens complaining that the nuclear agreement had failed to provide the country with tangible economic benefits in addition Iranian conservatives are likely to exploit the weakened position of the ruling party the Conservatives believe that the rouhani’s failure to reform the economy will allow them to dominate Iran’s political landscape once again this explains why some conservative members actually celebrated Trump’s decision by chanting death to America in the iranian parliament so Trump’s exit from the nuclear deal will further complicate the internal political balance in theta another faction that welcomed to Trump’s decision is the government of Prime Minister Netanyahu the Israelis are in a proxy conflict with their Iranian counterparts the two sides have been in a war of words for some time but much of it was restricted to publicity stunts because the distance between the two was too far for a real conflict that element is now changing the current Iranian Israeli proxy conflict is taking place in the Syrian battle space with the former trying to carve a direct land corridor through its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon Israeli intelligence estimates that Hezbollah has roughly 150,000 rockets and missiles of all sizes in its possession of which thousands can reach tel-aviv as such Hezbollah is Israel’s most imminent threat should Iran succeed in creating a direct corridor to Hezbollah Tehran would be able to swiftly reinforce and strengthen the position of its proxy in Lebanon as well as create a second front by the Golan Heights currently both sites are targeting one another topic rockets artillery and air strikes however as Israel and Iran act to preserve their credibility their responses and counter responses are likely to get stronger over time this cycle of violence requires only one miscalculation for a dramatic escalation this is not a position that the Israeli leadership wants to be in especially not on its own Israel needs the United States in the proxy conflict against Iran and the collapse of the nuclear deal helps to bring Washington into the fight in the long term Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal raises questions that affect the geopolitical standing of the United States how can other nations trust the government in Washington to abide by its commitments when political winds change this is particularly important considering the nuclear negotiations with North Korea morover if the deal collapses altogether the government in Tehran will be free to expand its nuclear program as it was doing so until 2013 designing a fresh nuclear accord with a resurgent Iran will be even more complicated than it was in the past for all practical purposes the collapse of the Iran nuclear deal opens Pandora’s box before long the Americans could face a new geopolitical dilemma with only two options Washington could either allow Tehran to continue its nuclear program in absence of international monitoring or the Americans could try and use forceful means to stop it neither options have particularly favorable outcomes I’ve been your host Sheeran from Caspian report credit goes to our contributors on patreon for making this report possible our crowdfunding platform allows us to remain independent and self sustained from sponsors visit patreon.com slash Caspian report for more information for now thank you for watching and soul

Trump officials visit California to study homelessness crisis


KRISTINA: HELP FOR CALIFORNIA’S HOMELESS. PRESIDENT TRUMP REPORTEDLY SENDING A DOZEN AIDES TO LOOK INTO THE GROWING HOMELESS CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA. A WHITE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON TELLING “NEW YORK TIMES” QUOTE, THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN NOTICE OF THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS, PARTICULARLY IN CITIES AND STATES WHERE THE LIBERAL POLICIES OF OVERREGULATION, EXCESSIVE TAXATION AND POOR PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY ARE COMBINING TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE POVERTY. LIZ, DO YOU FEEL — IT’S NO DOUBT AN ISSUE. DO YOU FEEL THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE PARACHUTING SOME AIDES IN TO COME UP WITH A QUICK FIX?>>I THINK SOMEBODY SHOULD DO SOMETHING. THERE ARE 130,000 PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA THAT ARE HOMELESS, MOST OF THEM LIVING WITHOUT ANY SHELTER WHATSOEVER. THIS IS A BLIGHT ON THE NEIGHBORHOODS, PARTICULARLY IN L.A. AND SAN FRANCISCO. BY THE WAY, IT’S A HEALTH HAZARD FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. THERE ARE OUTBREAKS OF DISEASES, MEDIEVAL DISEASES LIKE TYPHUS TAKING PLACE BECAUSE OF RATS OVERRUNNING THESE FILTHY ENCAMPMENTS. THIS IS A TRUE STORY. NOT SOUNDING HYSTERICAL ABOUT IT. SOMEONE NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING. I DON’T KNOW IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE SOME SOLUTIONS, HAVING STUDIED THIS. CERTAINLY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WHICH HAVE RAISED ABOUT $1.5 BILLION TO TRY TO COME UP WITH SOME SOLUTIONS HAVE FAILED MISERABLY. SO I WOULD SAY POLITICALLY, PROBABLY THE PRESIDENT IS HOPING TO SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT IS ABSOLUTELY A DISGRACEFUL SITUATION AND HUMANITARIAN AID REALLY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED HERE REALLY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED HE E HERE, OR SOME SORT OF FIX IN TERMS OF ADDING TO HOUSING IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS OR WHATEVER. I DON’T THINK THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD IGNORE.>>WELL, I THINK IT’S ALSO THE AID OF MENTAL HEALTH HELP BECAUSE I THINK THAT’S ONE THING CALIFORNIA HAS IGNORED. YOU GUYS TALKED ABOUT THE MONEY THAT THEY HAVE RAISED, IT HASN’T MADE IT TO THESE FOLKS, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THE SOCIAL SERVICE DELIVERY. ONE OF THE ISSUES, MAYBE CALIFORNIA JUST WANTED TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO IT OR WHATNOT BUT A LOT OF THESE FOLKS OUT THERE NEED MENTAL HEALTH HELP, IF ANYTHING TO GET OFF THE STREETS TO GET SOMEWHERE WHERE THEY COULD GET RECUPERATED. SO IN THE SENSE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMING IN, IF THEY KNOW THAT GOING IN, MAYBE THAT’S THE BETTER SOLUTION THAN WHAT CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN TRYING OR NOT TRYING TO DO SO FAR.>>WELL, CLEARLY THERE’S A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE BUT ALSO, IT’S A HOUSING ISSUE IN THE SENSE OF ZONING. IT’S MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE IN CALIFORNIA AND ELSEWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY TO PUT UP AFFORDABLE HOUSING. SOME CITIES, SURPRISINGLY CHICAGO, YOU DO HAVE A VARIETY OF HOUSING THERE FOR PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT INCOMES BUT IN NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA AND ELSEWHERE, THEY MAKE IT ARTIFICIALLY EXPENSIVE. THEN WHY DON’T THE CITIES DO MORE TO MAKE SURE THESE PEOPLE AREN’T SITTING ON THE STREETS? WHY DON’T THEY PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTERS? THEY ARE IGNORING IT AND THEN THEY BLAME WASHINGTON. GIVE US MORE MONEY, WE KNOW THE MONEY GOES TO WASTE. KRISTINA: GARY, DO YOU FEEL LIKE IT’S THE RIGHT ANSWER TO BE PUTTING THE HOMELESS POPULATION INTO GOVERNMENT FACILITIES? BECAUSE THAT WAS A PROPOSED SOLUTION AND THEN THE FEAR, THIS IS BASED OFF COMMENTARY I’M READING ONLINE, THE FEAR IS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS GOING TO TREAT THE HOMELESS LIKE ASYLUM SEEKERS AND JUST PUT THEM INTO THESE BUILDINGS AND PUSH THE PROBLEM ASIDE.>>I THINK PRIVATE/PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP HERE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA WE HAVE THE COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS THAT DOES A MARVELOUS JOB OF AT LEAST GETTING THEM OFF THE STREET, GETTING THEM INTO HOUSING AND GETTING THEM SOME MEALS. THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE SIN THAT YOU CAN FILL ALMOST ONE AND A HALF ROSE BOWLS WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA AND IT JUST SEEMS, LOOK, I’M SURE THEY DON’T WANT HOMELESS, BUT IT SEEMS NOTHING’S GETTING DONE. IF I WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, I’M NOT SO SURE I WOULD SEND 12 PEOPLE THERE. I MAY SEND 50 PEOPLE THERE, BECAUSE THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE SIN THAT ONE PERSON IS LIVING ON THE STREET WHEN YOU ARE CALIFORNIA AND YOU ARE SUCH A RICH STATE

Trump slams the Fed after ECB cuts key rate


>>THE COUNCIL STARTED TO RESTART NET PURCHASES UNDER, AT A MONTHLY PACE OF 20 BILLION EURO AS FROM NOVEMBER 1st. CHARLES: EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK PRESIDENT GOING BACK TO THE TOOL BOX, BRINGING BACK QUANTITATIVE EASING, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MONEY PRINTING, EVEN TAKING NEGATIVE YIELDS EVEN LOWER. THIS PUTTING MORE PRESSURE ON OUR FEDERAL RESERVE TO CUT RATES AT THEIR NEXT MEETING NEXT WEEK. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A MESSAGE FOR POWELL, THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT, TWEETING EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK ACTING QUICKLY, CUTTING 10 BASIS POINT. EURO FENCE THE VERY STRONG DOLLAR HURTS U.S. EXPORTS. THE FED SITS AND SITS. THEY GET PAID TO BORROW MONEY WHILE WE’RE PAYING INTEREST. WANT TO BRING IN WEALTH PLANNING STRATEGIST, JEFF SAUT. JEFF, I THOUGHT IT WAS FASCINATING BON VOYAGE BY MARIO DRAGHI. HE TOOK SHOTS AT EVERYONE, EUROPEAN ECONOMIES AND FISCAL POLICY AND SEEMS TO ME TO PUT A LOT OF PRESSURE ON JAY POWELL.>>I WOULD AGREE WITH THAT. I WOULD SAY DRAGHI’S POLICIES PROBABLY PREVENT AD DEPRESSION IN EUROPE BUT THEY HAVE ABJECTLY DIDN’T WORK I SHOULD SAY. INFLATION HADN’T COME BACK. GROWING HADN’T COME BACK. THE FACT HE IS TELLING CORPORATE EUROPE THAT INTEREST RATES WILL STAY LOWER FOR LONGER, ACTUALLY ENCOURAGES CORPORATIONS TO DO NOTHING, TO SIT ON THEIR HANDS AND WAIT. WHICH IS NOT THE WAY YOU REKINDLE GROWTH. CHARLES: JEFF, HE SAID, HE WANTS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN INFLATION. HE SAYS THERE CONTINUE TO BE READY TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. WITH ALL THEIR INSTRUMENTS, BECAUSE HE IS WORRIED ABOUT PERSISTENT DOWNSIDE RISK. HE SAY NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES HAVE BEEN A VERY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE SO FAR FOR EUROPE. SO HE IS BACKING HIS TRACK RECORD. HE IS SAYING FOR THE MOST PART THAT THE ECB SAVED EUROPE. THAT THEY CREATED 11 MILLION JOBS, AND THEY SAVED EUROPE. IT IS TIME FOR GOVERNMENTS THERE TO DO SOME PRO-GROWTH POLICIES?>>I DON’T DISAGREE WITH THE FACT THAT HE SAVED, EUROPE, CHARLES, THE FACT OF THE MATTER HIS POLICIES HAVEN’T WORKED. IT HAS NOT REKIN DILLED GROWTH. IT HASN’T BROUGHT BACK INFLATION IT DEPRECIATED EURO WHICH SHOULD HELP IN LONGER SCHEME. KEEPING INTEREST RATES LOWER IS NOT THE WAY YOU GET CORPORATE EUROPE TO RESTIMULATE ITSELF AND HAVE GROWTH COME BACK. CHARLES: WHERE DOES THAT PUT JAY POWELL IN YOUR OPINION, IN YOUR THOUGHTS? BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY JAY POWELL HAS A LOT ON HIS PLATE, WAY BEYOND THE DUAL MANDATE?>>YEAH I AGREE WITH THAT TOO. I THINK YOU WILL CUT INTEREST RATES BY 25 BIPS NEXT WEEK. WITH WHAT I SEE IN THE ECONOMY I DON’T THINK INTEREST RATE CUTS ARE NECESSARY. I THINK HE WILL BOW IF YOU WILL TO THE WISHES OF THE PRESIDENT. I DON’T THINK NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES, WHICH IS WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TALKING ABOUT IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK THAT WOULD BE DISASTER FOR THE U.S. BUT I THINK THEY WILL CUT NEXT WEEK. CHARLES: HOW MUCH FURTHER DOWN? YOU DON’T LIKE NEGATIVE RATES BUT IS IT A POSSIBILITY THAT WE COULD EVER GET TO ZERO OR LESS?>>CERTAINLY. MARKETS CAN DO ANYTHING. IT IS CERTAINLY A POSSIBILITY. MY HUNCH IS HE CUTS 25 BASIS POINTS NEXT WEEK. THEN SITS ON HIS HAND FOR A PERIOD OF TIME SEE WHAT IS REFLECTED IN THE ECONOMIC NUMBERS. CHARLES: ALL RIGHT. I GOT TO TELL YOU THAT WAS AN

US budget deficit tops $1 trillion as government spending increases


GO BACK TO THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. LET’S GET THE READ AGAIN FROM OUR PANELISTS. HAROLD FORWARD JR HAROLD FORDARD JR HAROLD FORD RD JR HAROLD FORD JR JR HAROLD FORD JR.,R HAROLD FORD JR., LEE CARTER, CHARLIE GASPARINO. I’M LOOKING AT THESE CROSS-CURRENTS AND SAYING NOWHERE IS THIS IN THE TOP TEN LIST FOR VOTERS. IT’S DEAD, THE DEFICIT. IT’S A BIG DEAL FOR ME BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON IT FOR SO MANY YEARS, WE TEND TO NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH THIS.>>SINCE THE ’08 CRISIS, EVERYDAY AMERICANS, THE PROBLEMS WITH THE ECONOMY, THE HOUSING CRISIS, WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE DEBT WHEN WE GET BACK ON OUR FEET. TRUMP AND THE CAMPAIGN IN 2016 MADE IT CLEAR HE WAS NOT GOING TO CUT MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICAID. HE STOOD FIRM BY THAT. NEIL: HAD HE DONE THAT, HE PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ELECTED.>>RIGHT. ALSO, HE WOULD BE FACING A BIG, BIG NUMBER. THE REAL TRAGEDY OF THE NUMBERS, WE AREN’T LOOKING AND SAYING WE INVESTED HEAVILY INTO INFRASTRUCTURE, IN NEW SCHOOLS, NEW BROADBAND SO WE WILL SEE IT PAY OFF OVER THE NEXT 10, 15 YEARS. NEIL: HOW ARE OUR DEFICIT ANY WORSE THAN BARACK OBAMA?>>I’M NOT MAKING THIS PART STAND. NEIL: TOO BAD.>>THE TRUTH IS, THAT’S A PROBLEM. NOW, DONALD TRUMP WILL HAVE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. HE WILL NOT HAVE REPUBLICANS RAISING IT. HE WILL HAVE DEMOCRATS WHO WILL HAVE A HARDER TIME BECAUSE LIBERALS WANT TO GROW THIS THING MORE.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>HE WILL SAY CONGRESS DIDN’T CUT THE BUDGET ENOUGH, WE NOW HAVE A DIVIDED CONGRESS. I KNOW HE AT FIRST HAD REPUBLICANS IN THERE. HE WILL ALSO SAY THERE WAS A PAYOFF TO THIS. WE SPENT MONEY, THIS WAS KEYNESIAN, WE CUT TAXES AND UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOW 3.5%. REMEMBER THERE WAS A PAYOFF HERE. YOU GOT A DECENT ECONOMY THROUGH SPENDING AND IT WAS CONGRESS’S FAULT THEY DIDN’T COME BACK WITH MY BUDGETS THAT HAD LOTS OF CUTS TO GO THROUGH — TO GO THROUGH. NEIL: HE DIDN’T HAVE LOTS OF CUTS TO GO THROUGH.>>HE WILL SAY HE DID. NEIL: BUT HE DIDN’T. YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL, CHARLIE.>>I AGREE WITH YOU. NEIL: I’M JUST SAYING THAT WE LIVE, DIRECT TO YOUR BOOK, RIGHT, PERSUASION VERSUS THE FACTS HERE. THE FACTS ARE THAT HE LET IT ALL HAPPEN. NOW, HE ALSO RAILED AGAINST THIS UNDER BARACK OBAMA, WHO ALSO RAILED AGAINST THIS UNDER GEORGE BUSH, AND THE LAST PRESIDENT TO EFFECTIVELY DEAL WITH IT, NOT ENTIRELY ON HIS OWN, BUT GOT TO GIVE HIM CREDIT, BILL CLINTON WORKING WITH NEWT GINGRICH. I DON’T SEE ANY OF THAT TODAY.>>THE PROBLEM IS NOBODY CARES. PEOPLE WILL TACKLE THE ISSUE — NEIL: I CARE.>>I KNOW, BUT REALLY, YOU PUT IT ON PEOPLE’S TOP ISSUES, IT WILL BE THE ECONOMY, HEALTH CARE, TRADE. NEIL: CHARLIE AND I ARE SAFE. WE WILL GET THE SOCIAL SECURITY. BUT I HAVE A VERY YOUNG CREW. YOU COULD ADD UP THEIR AGES ALL TOGETHER AND THEY ARE STILL HALF MY AGE.>>GOING BACK TO PERSUASION, WE HAVE TO MAKE PEOPLE CARE ABOUT THIS. BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO TAKE THAT. WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET ALL THE THINGS WE WANT AND IT’S HARD. NEIL: IT TOUTS THE VIRTUE OF JUST LYING.>>NO, IT DOES NOT. NEIL: YES IT DOES, IN THE FACE OF FACTS.>>ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH MAKING THE DEFICIT AN ISSUE IS THAT FROM THE ACADEMIC ECONOMIC STANDPOINT, IT’S NOT. THERE IS AN ECONOMIC — ACADEMIC STRAIN IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT SAYS DEFICITS DON’T MATTER. THE FED COULD BUY ALL THE DEBT. I DON’T REMEMBER THE NAME OF THAT TERM. THERE’S THIS WHOLE NEW SCHOOL OF LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE — NEIL: WELL, TO YOUR POINT, WITH THE STRONG ECONOMY –>>LARRY KUDLOW WILL COME BACK TO YOU AND SAY WE ARE GOING TO CUT TAXES MORE AND THAT WILL GROW THE ECONOMY. NEIL: THERE WAS A TIME WHEN LARRY KUDLOW WAS WORRIED ABOUT DEFICITS.>>I KNOW THAT. NONE OF THEM — NO ONE IS WORRIED ABOUT IT, TO LEE’S POINT. THIS IS SOMETHING EVERYONE IS GOING TO LET GO. FRANKLY, IF YOU WERE A CYNIC, YOU WOULD SAY MR. PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE A TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT BUT YOU DIDN’T GET A WALL. HOW DID YOU NOT GET A WALL AND SPEND A LITTLE MORE MONEY WITH ALL THAT MONEY BEING SPENT?>>EXACTLY.>>THE NUMBERS ARE SO BIG AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT THIS FOR SO LONG, IT’S LIKE THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF. LIKE I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. IT’S A LOT OF MONEY. I DON’T CARE. NOTHING BAD’S HAPPENED YET. WHEN SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS, I’LL WORRY. NEIL: WE OWE THIS MONEY TO OURSELVES. WE’RE NOT PAYING.>>IT’S LIKE MONOPOLY MONEY.>>THAT’S EXACTLY THE POINT. NEIL: ALL RIGHT. I DO WANT TO ASK YOU ALSO ON THIS TRADE ISSUE ABOUT HOW THIS COMES INTO PLAY BECAUSE THAT IS THE PRESIDENT’S ARGUMENT FOR GOOSING THE ECONOMY, THEN THAT’S GOING TO HELP THE DEBT. I DON’T KNOW HOW THAT ALL SORTS OUT BUT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE GOING TO EXPLORE AFTER THIS QUICK BREAK.

Will the Saudi oil attack push China to the negotiating table?


CONNELL: SO COULD THIS BE WHAT BRINGS CHINA TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE IN A SERIOUS WAY? CHINESE INVESTORS FEELING THE SQUEEZE, AS SPIKING OIL PRICES COULD HIT THE WORLD’S LARGEST CRUDE OIL IMPORTER AS THE TRADE TALKS BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND BEIJING START AGAIN THURSDAY AT THE DEPUTY LEVEL IN D.C. FRANK LABOTT IS HERE, EXPORT NOW CHAIRMAN AND CEO, FORMER UNDERSECRETARY OF COMMERCE, LIVED AND WORKED IN ASIA FOR YEARS AND I BELIEVE JUST CAME IN FROM SHANGHAI, AS A MATTER OF FACT. GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN, FRANK. WE HAVE BEEN ASKING ALL THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT POOR ECONOMIC DATA, MAYBE A SPIKE IN OIL PRICES, WHETHER THESE THINGS HURT CHINA ENOUGH TO MAKE THEM WANT TO DEAL. WHAT DO YOU SAY?>>LOOK, IT DOES CONTRIBUTE TO DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON THE CHINESE ECONOMY AND I THINK CHINESE LEADERSHIP IS VERY MINDFUL OF THE SORT OF AGGREGATE COST OF A TRADE WAR AND IT’S A PRICE THEY DON’T NEED TO PAY RIGHT NOW BUT I’LL TELL YOU SOMETHING ELSE. THEY HAVE A MORE IMPORTANT GOAL HERE, WHICH IS TO MAINTAIN THEIR POLITICAL DIGNITY AND MAINTAIN THEIR LEADERSHIP POSITION, MEANING NO CHINESE LEADER CAN BE SEEN AS HAVING CAVED OR GIVEN IN TO OUTSIDE PRESSURE. CONNELL: THAT’S A BIGGER DEAL THAN THE TURN IN THE ECONOMY SUCH AS IT IS. BY THE WAY, WHAT’S IT LIKE NOW, YOU WERE JUST IN SHANGHAI. FOR EXAMPLE, IS IT OBVIOUS THE ECONOMY IS SLOWING DOWN THERE?>>I WOULD SAY SOMEWHAT THE OPPOSITE. IF YOU WERE IN SHANGHAI, THE CITY IS BOOMING. IT’S BUSTLING. IT’S A HUNGRY, DYNAMIC CITY. THE OVERALL GROWTH IN CHINA HAS BEEN UPWARDS OF 6% IN CHINA, IT WILL BE 7%, 8%, 9% ECONOMIC GROWTH. IT’S A VERY DYNAMIC CITY. CONNELL: IN THAT CITY. IN OTHER PLACES, RURAL AREAS –>>YEAH, RURAL AREAS IN CHINA SUFFER FROM A COMBINATION OF BRAIN DRAIN AND THE RURAL AREAS AREN’T GETTING THE INVESTMENT, SO YOU REALLY HAVE A HUGE URBANIZATION OVER THE LAST 10, 20, 30 YEARS IN CHINA WITH YOUNGER FOLKS WANT TO LIVE IN THE CITY, WHO WANTS TO WORK ON THE FARM. WHAT TOOK PLACE IN AMERICA OVER 100 YEARS AGO IS TAKING PLACE IN CHINA IN ONE GENERATION. CONNELL: THAT’S WHY SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT NOW MAYBE OIL PRICES DO GO UP THERE, IT HITS THEIR CONSUMER, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE BEEN KIND OF HANGING IN THERE, HIT BY OTHER THINGS. AS A FINAL POINT, BIG PICTURE, YOU EXPECT SOME SORT OF DEAL SOON OR ARE YOU IN THE CAMP IT DRAGS ON?>>I THINK, LOOK, I THINK BOTH SIDES KNOW THEY WILL BE BETTER OFF. THEY WILL BE BETTER OFF RESOLVING THIS AND TAKING THAT PRESSURE OFF THE ECONOMY BUT THEY HAVE TO DO SO IN A WAY THAT ALLOWS EACH SIDE SOME MEASURE OF DIGNITY AND TO HAVE SOME SORT OF CONCLUSION ON THEIR OWN TERMS. LITTLE BIT OF QUIET STATECRAFT WILL GET US TO THE FINISH LINE.

The Propaganda Game Is Strong At The Trump TV Business channel | All In | MSNBC


>>>THING ONE TONIGHT, A FEW>>>THING ONE TONIGHT, A FEW WEEKS AGO THERE WAS A REPORT THE WEEKS AGO THERE WAS A REPORT THE PRESIDENT WAS UPSET BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT WAS UPSET BECAUSE THE PRO-TRUMP PUNDIT STEVE CORTEZ PRO-TRUMP PUNDIT STEVE CORTEZ WASN’T GETTING ENOUGH AIRTIME ON WASN’T GETTING ENOUGH AIRTIME ON CNN. CNN. HE’S APPARENTLY BEEN BENCHED BY HE’S APPARENTLY BEEN BENCHED BY THE NETWORK WHERE HE WAS A PAID THE NETWORK WHERE HE WAS A PAID CONTRIBUTOR PERHAPS BECAUSE HE CONTRIBUTOR PERHAPS BECAUSE HE WAS STILL PART OF THE TRUMP TEAM WAS STILL PART OF THE TRUMP TEAM AS PART OF HIS HISPANIC ADVISORY AS PART OF HIS HISPANIC ADVISORY COUNSEL. COUNSEL. HE WAS ONE OF THE OPENING ACTS HE WAS ONE OF THE OPENING ACTS AT TRUMP’S NEW MEXICO RALLY AND AT TRUMP’S NEW MEXICO RALLY AND ONE OF THE SUBJECTS OF A ONE OF THE SUBJECTS OF A COMPLETELY RACIST SHOUT OUT BY COMPLETELY RACIST SHOUT OUT BY THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF. THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF.>>HE HAPPENS TO BE HISPANIC BUT>>HE HAPPENS TO BE HISPANIC BUT I’VE NEVER QUITE FIGURED IT OUT I’VE NEVER QUITE FIGURED IT OUT BECAUSE HE LOOKS MORE LIKE A BECAUSE HE LOOKS MORE LIKE A WASP THAN I DO WASP THAN I DO SO I HAVEN’T FIGURED THAT ONE SO I HAVEN’T FIGURED THAT ONE OUT. OUT. BUT I’LL TELL YOU WHAT THERE’S BUT I’LL TELL YOU WHAT THERE’S NOBODY THAT LOVES THIS COUNTRY NOBODY THAT LOVES THIS COUNTRY MORE OR HISPANIC MORE THAN STEVE MORE OR HISPANIC MORE THAN STEVE CORTEZ CORTEZ STEVE. STEVE. WHO DO YOU LIKE MORE, THE WHO DO YOU LIKE MORE, THE COUNTRY OR THE PASSHISPANICS. COUNTRY OR THE PASSHISPANICS. HE SAYS THE COUNTRY. HE SAYS THE COUNTRY. I DON’T KNOW, I MAY HAVE TO GO I DON’T KNOW, I MAY HAVE TO GO FOR THE HISPANICS TO BE HONEST FOR THE HISPANICS TO BE HONEST WITH YOU WITH YOU WE’VE GOT A LOT OF HISPANICS WE’VE GOT A LOT OF HISPANICS WE LOVE OUR HISPANICS. WE LOVE OUR HISPANICS. GET OUT AND VOTE GET OUT AND VOTE AND STEVE, I WANT TO THANK YOU AND STEVE, I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BY THE WAY, AND YOU VERY MUCH, BY THE WAY, AND YOU WERE INCREDIBLE ON CNN AND NOW WERE INCREDIBLE ON CNN AND NOW YOU’LL GET A REAL JOB, OKAY? YOU’LL GET A REAL JOB, OKAY? STEVE, THAT AUDIENCE WASN’T BIG STEVE, THAT AUDIENCE WASN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR YOU ENOUGH FOR YOU THEY’RE RATINGS AREN’T GOOD.>>>THERE ARE TWO CABLE NETWORKS>>>THERE ARE TWO CABLE NETWORKS DEVOTED TO SPREADING PROPAGANDA DEVOTED TO SPREADING PROPAGANDA FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP THERE’S FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP THERE’S TRUMP TV AND THEN THE TRUMP TV TRUMP TV AND THEN THE TRUMP TV BUSINESS CHANNEL WHERE A MAN BUSINESS CHANNEL WHERE A MAN NAMED LOU DAUBS DOES HIS NAMED LOU DAUBS DOES HIS BUSINESS EVERY NIGHT BUSINESS EVERY NIGHT>>AND SPENT SOME TIME AND I>>AND SPENT SOME TIME AND I WANT TO GIVE YOU AN UNAUTHORIZED WANT TO GIVE YOU AN UNAUTHORIZED QUICK ACCESS I WITNESSED IN THE QUICK ACCESS I WITNESSED IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THE DEMEANOR OF THE WHITE HOUSE, THE DEMEANOR OF THE FOLKS WORKING FOR THIS PRESIDENT FOLKS WORKING FOR THIS PRESIDENT FOR THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE IT COULDN’T BE MORE POSITIVE IT COULDN’T BE MORE POSITIVE THE MOOD IN THAT WHITE HOUSE KPT THE MOOD IN THAT WHITE HOUSE KPT BE MORE HIGH ENERGY. BE MORE HIGH ENERGY. I’VE SEEN A NUMBER OF WHITE I’VE SEEN A NUMBER OF WHITE HOUSES HOUSES I’VE HAPPENED TO HAVE SEEN THIS I’VE HAPPENED TO HAVE SEEN THIS UN IN ITS EARLY DAYS AND I HAVE UN IN ITS EARLY DAYS AND I HAVE SEEN IT NOW, AND I WANT YOU TO SEEN IT NOW, AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THE JOINT IS HOPPING. KNOW THE JOINT IS HOPPING. AT EVERY LEVEL ON EVERY FLOOR AT EVERY LEVEL ON EVERY FLOOR THIS WHITE HOUSE IS ENERGIZED. THIS WHITE HOUSE IS ENERGIZED. THERE’S SUNSHINE BEAMING THERE’S SUNSHINE BEAMING THROUGHOUT THE PLACE AND ALMOST THROUGHOUT THE PLACE AND ALMOST ON EVERY FACE. ON EVERY FACE. IT’S WINNER AND WINNING IT’S WINNER AND WINNING CENTERED CENTERED AND OUR WHITE HOUSE, OUR AND OUR WHITE HOUSE, OUR PRESIDENT IS AT THE TOP OF HIS PRESIDENT IS AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME GAME>>WHAT THE HECK DUDE?>>WHAT THE HECK DUDE?>>THAT SOUNDED LIKE SOMETHING>>THAT SOUNDED LIKE SOMETHING YOU’D SEE ON NORTH KOREA STATE TV YOU’RE NOT ALONE YOU’RE NOT ALONE THE DAILY SHOW SHOWED US WHAT THE DAILY SHOW SHOWED US WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE BUT HONESTLY THE REAL THING IS BUT HONESTLY THE REAL THING IS EMBARRASSING ENOUGH ON ITS OWN EMBARRASSING ENOUGH ON ITS OWN>>HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

Trump Wants Obama Investigated Over Netflix Deal


It’s no secret that Donald Trump is being
investigated for everything under the Sun right now. His hush money payments to a porn stars and
playboy playmates, his emoluments clause violations, his tax returns, his business tax returns,
and pretty much anything else you could imagine. So yeah, the guy’s a little investigation,
uh, you know, tired right now, doesn’t want to deal with it anymore. And he thinks that all of these investigations
are witch hunts. They’re all hoaxes. Just like he claimed the Mueller investigation
was a hoax. Well, yesterday he finally snapped. I guess he kinda hit that point where he just
couldn’t take it anymore and Dang it. He wants the House Judiciary Committee to
look at the real scandals. And the real scandals are Barack Obama’s book
deal and his deal with Amazon to produce some programming for the streaming platform. Those, according to Donald Trump, are the
real crimes that house Democrats better start looking into because yes, no president ever
after leaving office has, you know, cashed in because people want to hear what a president
has to say. Donald Trump’s an idiot. And I can’t say that enough. And I feel like I say it all the time, and
that’s still not quite enough. I mean, obviously this is classic deflection. He’s trying to say, yeah, but look what Obama’s
doing. I’m losing money. He told us on Twitter, he says, I’m losing
billions by being president. But I did it because I wanted the honor of
being your president. Meanwhile, Obama’s out here writing a book
and getting money for it. How? Which one of us is the real crook. Trump wants to know, this is actually what
Donald Trump tweeted. So they say, okay, let’s look at everything
else. And all of the deals that Trump has done over
his lifetime, he’s referring to the fact that Mueller allegedly came up with nothing, but
it doesn’t work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama book deal or the ridiculous
Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems
in Congress, the congressional slush fund, and lastly, the inspector general reports. Okay, let’s look at him. What kind of bad things do they say about
Democrats? Because inspector general reports tend to
be taken pretty seriously. Uh, people do read those. They do make headlines. And as far as I can remember for God, probably
at least the last two years, uh, all the IG reports that have come out have been about
things like, oh, you’re violating the emoluments clause. Oh, members of your cabinet are exceeding
the spending limits and broke the rules. And of course, Kellyanne Conway’s countless
hatch act violations. Those have all come from the inspector general. So if you want us to start looking at those
reports, we have solutely well, because we already have been and we’ve been reporting
on them since you came into office. Obama’s deal with Netflix. I don’t care if you love Obama, you hate Obama,
where you think he’s, whatever. That’s not illegal. The man’s not in office anymore. He’s not funneling money. He’s not laundering money. He’s not getting paid under the table. He’s not committing tax fraud. He’s a former president who was hugely popular
and Netflix wants to capitalize on that by giving him lots of money to go make some programming. There is literally nothing wrong with that. Now, depending on your opinion of Obama, you
may not be happy that it’s happening, but oh well that’s life. Suck it up, buttercup. These things happen. It’s like if George W. Bush got a deal to
start a new sit-com, I wouldn’t sit here and say that it needs to be investigated. I would just say, that’s dumb. I’m not going to watch it, and then I’d move
on with my life and forget all about it, but I guess Republicans aren’t able to do that
are ya, you know, for the group that always likes to whine, that the other side is always
triggered and the other side’s a bunch of snowflakes. You guys sure as hell do seem to dwell on
the most tiny, innocuous little things out there and you let it burrow down into your
skin to where it just becomes this constant irritation that you don’t know how to rid
yourself of. That’s what happened with the Obama Netflix
deal when all those Republicans came out and said, well, I’m canceling Netflix now. bruuuuuuh, I’m not going to do it anymore. Nobody cared, and I’m also willing to bet
nobody actually canceled their Netflix subscriptions. Did you? He just wanted to make a scene because you
hate Obama with everything that you’ve got. The real criminal, the real crook, the real
guy who’s breaking the law. He’s the one still in the White House today,
and I can promise you when he leaves office, nobody’s going to be offering him a buttload
of money to produce some shows for Netflix.