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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.

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THAT. I THINK WE HAVE A WAYS TO GO YET. REPORTER: DO YOU STAND WITH THE AUTO WORKERS IN THE GM STRIKE?>>I HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AUTO WORKERS. I GOT TREMENDOUS VOTES FROM THE AUTO WORKERS. I DON’T WANT GENERAL MOTORS BUILDING PLANTS OUTSIDE OF THIS COUNTRY. THEY BUILT MANY PLANTS IN CHINA AND MEXICO. I DON’T LIKE THAT AT ALL. MY RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN VERY POWERFUL WITH THE AUTO WORKERS. NOT NECESSARILY THE TOP PERSON OR TWO, BUT THE PEOPLE THAT WORK, DOING AUTOMOBILES, NOBODY HAS EVER BROUGHT MORE COMPANIES INTO THE UNITED STATES. YOU KNOW I HAVE JAPAN AND GERMANY AND MANY COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN BRINGING CAR COMPANIES IN, OPENING PLANTS, EXPANDING PLANTS AND BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN OHIO, INCLUDING LORDSTOWN, MOVE POSITIVE THINGS ARE HAPPENING. WE HAVE MANY PLANTS THAT ARE BEING RENOVATED EXPANDED OR BUILT NEW RIGHT NOW IN THE UNITED STATES, MANY MORE THAN WE’VE HAD FOR DECADES, DECADES. NOBODY HAS BEEN BETTER TO THE AUTO WORKERS THAN ME. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT TO WORK OUT BUT I DON’T WANT GENERAL MOTORS BUILDING PLANTS IN CHINA AND MEXICO. THIS IS BEFORE MY WATCH. I DON’T THINK THEY WILL BE DOING THAT. I THINK I HAD MEETINGS WITH MARY BARRA, HEAD OF GM. AND I DON’T WANT THEM LEAVING OUR COUNTRY. I DON’T WANT THEM BUILDING IN CHINA. I DON’T WANT TO BUILD THEM IN OTHER COUNTRIES. I DON’T WANT THESE BIG, MASSIVE AUTO PLANTS BUILT IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND I DON’T THINK THEY WILL BE DOING THAT ANYMORE. GENERAL MOTORS MAKES MOST OF ITS MONEY IN THE UNITED STATES AND TOO BAD THEY SPENT BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES BEFORE I GOT HERE. ONE OF THE THINGS VERY IMPORTANT IN THE USMCA WHICH WE HAVE TO HAVE APPROVED FOR, NOT ONLY FOR THE UNIONS BUT FOR THE AUTO WORKERS BUT FOR THE FARMERS AND FOR THE MANUFACTURERS, EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY WANTS USMCA. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT EVEN MORE SO NOW THAN IT WAS TWO WEEKS AGO

Brandon Judd: Mexico is becoming true border patrol partners


SUPREME COURT RULING IN FAVOR OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S ENFORCEMENT OF RESTRICTIONS ON ASYLUM SEEKERS TRAVELING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY LIKE MEXICO. IT REQUIRES THEM TO SEEK PROTECTION THERE INSTEAD OF IN THE U.S. THE PRESIDENT LINK IS A BIG WIN FOR THE BORDER. LET’S BRING IN BORDER PATROL COUNCIL PRESIDENT BRANDON. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. HOW DOES THIS IMPACT IMMIGRATION NUMBERS AT THE BORDER?>>THIS IS A MAJOR WIN BUT NOT SURPRISING. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DECISION THAT WE ARE ONLY TWO JUDGES, WE KNOW THAT THE SUPREME COURT IS MADE UP OF FOUR LEVELS AND FIVE CONSERVATIVES. YOU ONLY HAD TWO OF THE LIBERAL CONTINGENTS THAT OPPOSE — I’M SORRY, THIS IS GOING TO DRIVE THE NUMBERS DOWN. WE SAW THAT IN APRIL 2017 WHEN WE HIT 45 YEAR LOWS UNDER TRUMP. IT WAS PREDICATED UPON THE FACT THAT INDIVIDUALS THOUGHT THEY WERE TO BE HELD PENDING THIRD DEPORTATION PROCEEDING IF THEY NOW CAN’T ENTER THE U.S., CLAIM ASYLUM AND GET RELIEF FROM THEY ARE JUST NOT GOING TO COME TO THE U.S. THE LOOPHOLES THEY WERE EXPLOITING, WITH A MAGNET THAT DREW PEOPLE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. NOW THAT THE MAIN THING IS GOING TO BE REMOVED, LESS PEOPLE WELCOME.>>THE PRESIDENT RECENTLY SET IN MEXICO, THREATENED MEXICO WITH TARIFFS IF THEY DO NOT DO SOMETHING ABOUT IMMIGRATION AT THEIR BORDERS AND MEXICO AGREED. I WANT TO ASK YOU WHAT MEXICO HAS BEEN DOING TO HELP THE SITUATION OUT? HOW HAVE THE NUMBERS GONE BECAUSE OF THAT?>>AND THREE SHORT MONTHS, WE DROPPED IN APPREHENSIONS BY NEARLY 100,000. IN MAY OF THIS YEAR, THE BORDER PATROL, NOT THE PORT OF ENTRY FOR THE BORDER PATROL ALONE APPREHENDED CLOSE TO 133,000 INDIVIDUALS. IN AUGUST, WE WERE DOWN TO, RIGHT AROUND 51000. YOU THINK ABOUT MEXICO HAS STEPPED UP, THEY ARE BECOMING TRUE BORDER SECURITY PARTNERS AND THIS IS THE FIRST PRESIDENT IN MY CAREER THAT I’VE EVER SEEN GET MEXICO TO ACTUALLY STEP TO THE PLATE AND DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO BE PARTNERS WITH THE U.S. AND TRYING TO SECURE BOTH THEIR COUNTRY AND OUR COUNTRY AS WELL.>>THIS IS A BIG WIN FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. YOU ALSO SEE THE LEVEL OF IMPACT WHICH IN RESPECT TO LEGAL DRUGS CROSSING THE BORDER AND OTHER ISSUES WE EXPERIENCE AT THE BORDER IN TERMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING?>>THIS IS ACTUALLY GOING TO HELP. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WE FACE IS, WHEN YOU HAVE ASYLUM-SEEKERS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER, THEY TAKE UP ALL LOT OF OUR RESOURCES. WE HAVE TO DEPLOY RESOURCES TO THE AREAS WHERE THEY CROSS THE BORDER. WE TAKE THEM BACK TO OUR PROCESSING CENTERS AND PROCESS THEM. AS ALL TAKES RESOURCES AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT THE CRIMINAL CARTELS, THEY FORCE THESE ASYLUM SEEKERS TO HIT US IN CERTAIN AREAS AND WHEN WE TAKE OUR RESOURCES OUT, IT CREATES ARTIFICIAL GAPS IN THE BORDER AND ALLOWS THE CRIMINAL CARTELS TO CROSS THEIR HIGHER VALUED PRODUCTS. OPIOID OR ILLICIT DRUGS THEY ARE ABLE TO GET ACROSS THERE PRODUCT. NOW THAT WE ARE REMOVING ASYLUM-SEEKERS, IT’S GOING TO BE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR CARTELS TO GET THERE PRODUCTS ACROSS THE BORDER.>>THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. THE QUESTION OF LEGALITY, YES, THANK TEMPORARILY IMPOSE IT BUT THEY RULE WHETHER IT’S LEGAL OR NOT, IF YOU LOOK AT THE REQUIREMENT, YOU NEED TO ALLOW COMMENTS, DID YOU THINK THIS COULD BE STRUCK DOWN?>>NO, I DON’T. IF IT WAS GOING TO GET STRUCK DOWN, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN STRUCK DOWN IN THE END. ONE OF THE JUSTICES I BELIEVE IT WAS RUTH BADER GINSBURG, SHE QUESTIONS LEGALITY BECAUSE OF THE PUBLIC REPORTING. NONE OF THE OTHER JUDGES FOUND THAT SO I DON’T THINK IT WILL GET STRUCK DOWN. IF IT IS, THEY HAVE THE RIGHT WITHIN THE LAWS TO DETERMINE HOW THEY ARE GOING TO IMPLEMENT AND ENFORCE THE LAWS AND THE COURTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DIFFERENTIAL AS LONG AS THEY DO NOT GO OUTSIDE THOSE LAWS. I DON’T BELIEVE THEY DID GO OUTSIDE WITH THAT NEW ROLE.>>THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US AND THANK YOU FOR DOING ALL YOU DO TO PROTECT US. YOU TALK ABOUT THIS, THERE’S STILL FEWER IMMIGRANTS COMING IN, THINK ABOUT HOW IMMIGRATION HAS MADE CENTURY, ALL IMMIGRANTS, DO YOU WORRY ABOUT PERHAPS SOME OF THE GREAT WORKERS FROM THE GREAT INNOVATORS THAT AREN’T ABLE TO COME IN BECAUSE OF THE WALL OR RULES LIKE THIS THAT MAKE IMMIGRATION DIFFICULT?>>WHEN YOU LOOK AT LEGAL IMMIGRATION, WE ARE ALL FOR THAT. WE ALL WANT LEGAL IMMIGRATION. WE WANT THESE GREAT MINDS TO COME HERE. WE WANT THEM TO DO IT LEGALLY. WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AS FAR AS THIS, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. PEOPLE WERE CROSSING THE BORDER IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW.

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

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.

Boris Johnson tells US: no NHS trade deal and ‘not keen’ on chlorinated chicken


I spoke to president Trump
this morning, your friend. He asked me to send you
his very best greetings. He said you tell my friend prime
minister Boris Johnson that we’re ready to go to work
on that free trade agreement, just as soon as you’re ready. The United States supports
the UK’s decision to leave the EU and we’re ready to build this
economic relationship. – We’ll make sure that we
do everything to increase free trade,
but the National Health Service, it’s always worth saying
for benefit of UK media, the National Health Service
is not on the table, as far as our negotiations go. And nor, we’re not too keen
on that chlorinated chicken either. We have a gigantic chlorinated
chicken of our own here on the opposition bench. I’m being asked to shut up. Thank you all very much
for coming along.

Small Business Owners Rally Behind Medicare For All


Medicare for all is still hugely popular here
in the United States. And according to a new poll, there is another
group of people here in the United States that now a majority of them say they support
the idea of medicare for all. And those people happen to be small business
owners according to a new report, a new poll, excuse me, 58% of small business owners here
in the United States say they support Medicare for all because it’s going to lower costs
for them. It’s gonna lower their overhead costs. And here’s why big corporations or even just
larger companies do have the ability to hire human resources. People maybe even hire an outside consultant
to go out there and negotiate insurance plans with insurance companies, smaller businesses. Maybe you’re just a, a local, a Bodega at
the end of the street, you don’t have that benefit because you don’t have that luxury
of being able to afford those things. So you’re kind of stuck. You and your employees with whatever plan
they have to offer, you can’t negotiate. Prices so you end up, getting screwed pretty
hard and they’re tired of it. And they want Medicare for all because then
not only does it save them money, it’s also now something they don’t ever have to worry
about and that is the argument that needs to be
made more frequently. It even needs to be made for the corporations. Those who do go out there and negotiate prices,
you’re still paying too much and you will be paying less under Medicare for all. It puts more money into the pockets of the
corporations. And I know we do most of our reporting here
on ring of fire talking about how horrible corporations are and they are. They also hold a lot of power. So what if we just reframe the argument slightly. What if we start telling them how much money
they’re going to save, how many more super yachts they get to buy if they no longer have
to pay for their employees healthcare coverage. I think about some of these massive corporations
here in the United States, you know AT&T springs to mind. We’ve got an office right down the street. I see it all the time. That’s why it springs to mind. But AT&T nationwide, thousands upon thousands,
hundreds of thousands of employees. Most of them have health insurance in AT&T
like other employers pays for that. So how much money are they going to be putting
in their pockets if suddenly that’s something they don’t have to pay for? They don’t have to have administrators. So those people can free up their time and
work on other things for the company. You save money all around and that’s the argument
that needs to be made. We know as a public that we save a ton of
money with it. Yeah, our taxes are going to go up, but we’re
no longer paying insurance premiums. So overall more money goes in our pockets,
but the corporations, the ones out there calling the shots, they need to be told that, hey,
guess what? Yeah, you suck as a corporation, but this
puts more money in your pocket too. You save money and health care becomes something
you never have to worry about for your employees. Again, whether it’s somebody working minimum
wage part time or a full time executive, you don’t have to cover them at all or ever even
think about giving them health care because we got it covered. That is the argument that needs to be made.

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.

House Probing Elaine Chao On Questions Of Conflict With Family Business | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


AND HE’S NEVER BEEN A GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE, IT SHOULD BE FIREWORKS EMPLOYEE, IT SHOULD BE FIREWORKS AT THE LEAST. AT THE LEAST. AND YOU KNOW, IF THE SCANDALTURE AND YOU KNOW, IF THE SCANDALTURE CHURWHEEL NEVER STOPS SPINNING CHURWHEEL NEVER STOPS SPINNING THESE DAYS, HARD TO KEEP UP WITH THESE DAYS, HARD TO KEEP UP WITH WHAT’S THE SCANDAL NOW, I HAVE WHAT’S THE SCANDAL NOW, I HAVE TO TELL YOU BECAUSE IT TURNS OUT TO TELL YOU BECAUSE IT TURNS OUT THE CHORE WHEEL OF SCANDAL IN THE CHORE WHEEL OF SCANDAL IN THIS ADMINISTRATION IS A THIS ADMINISTRATION IS A FLYWHEEL, LIKE, IT’S WEIGHTED FLYWHEEL, LIKE, IT’S WEIGHTED AND IT NEVER STOPS. AND IT NEVER STOPS. I MEAN, THEY WILL SPIN OUT NEW I MEAN, THEY WILL SPIN OUT NEW SCANDALS EVERY SINGLE DAY THEY SCANDALS EVERY SINGLE DAY THEY ARE IN OFFICE. ARE IN OFFICE. SO EVEN WITH ALL OF THAT ALREADY SO EVEN WITH ALL OF THAT ALREADY HAPPENING, NATURALLY TODAY, HAPPENING, NATURALLY TODAY, THERE’S WORD OF YET ANOTHER THERE’S WORD OF YET ANOTHER INVESTIGATION INTO YET ANOTHER INVESTIGATION INTO YET ANOTHER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SCANDAL. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SCANDAL. “THE NEW YORK TIMES” FIRST TO “THE NEW YORK TIMES” FIRST TO REPORT TODAY THAT THE HOUSE REPORT TODAY THAT THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS TOLD THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS TOLD THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S SECRETARY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, ELAINE CHOWAO OF TRANSPORTATION, ELAINE CHOWAO SHE NEEDS TO HAND OVER DOCUMENTS SHE NEEDS TO HAND OVER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO HER FAMILY’S SHIPPING RELATED TO HER FAMILY’S SHIPPING COMPANY. COMPANY. ELAINE CHAO IS THE ELAINE CHAO IS THE TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY FOR THE TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY FOR THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, BUT SEE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, BUT SEE THE VISUAL HERE, THAT’S HER, THAT’S VISUAL HERE, THAT’S HER, THAT’S HER DAD. HER DAD. SEE WHAT THEY’RE SITTING IN SEE WHAT THEY’RE SITTING IN FRONT OF? FRONT OF? SHE HAS MADE A HABIT OF DOING SHE HAS MADE A HABIT OF DOING EVENTS WITH HER FATHER WHO RUNS EVENTS WITH HER FATHER WHO RUNS HER FAMILY’S SHIPPING COMPANY. HER FAMILY’S SHIPPING COMPANY. SHE’S MADE A HABIT OF HER DOING SHE’S MADE A HABIT OF HER DOING EVENTS AS SECRETARY OF EVENTS AS SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION SITTING NEXT TO TRANSPORTATION SITTING NEXT TO HER FATHER WHILE THE TWO OF THEM HER FATHER WHILE THE TWO OF THEM SIT IN FRONT OF, LIKE, THE FLAGS SIT IN FRONT OF, LIKE, THE FLAGS AND THE SEALS OF THE U.S. AND THE SEALS OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. MAKING IT SEEM LIKE MAYBE HE MAKING IT SEEM LIKE MAYBE HE WORKS THERE, TOO. WORKS THERE, TOO. OR HE’S OFFICIALLY SPONSORED BY OR HE’S OFFICIALLY SPONSORED BY THEM SOMEHOW? THEM SOMEHOW? SHE HAS ALSO BROUGHT HER FATHER SHE HAS ALSO BROUGHT HER FATHER ONTO AIR FORCE ONE. ONTO AIR FORCE ONE. SHE HAS TALKED IN INTERVIEWS SHE HAS TALKED IN INTERVIEWS ABOUT HER FATHER AND PRESIDENT ABOUT HER FATHER AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HAVING SUCH A GOOD TRUMP HAVING SUCH A GOOD RELATIONSHIP, WHICH IS NICE, YOU RELATIONSHIP, WHICH IS NICE, YOU KNOW, AH, IT’S HER DAD, BUT IT’S KNOW, AH, IT’S HER DAD, BUT IT’S ALSO BEEN AWESOME AND VERY ALSO BEEN AWESOME AND VERY HIGHLY CAPITALIZED ON BY THE HIGHLY CAPITALIZED ON BY THE FAMILY BUSINESS THAT HER DAD FAMILY BUSINESS THAT HER DAD RUNS. RUNS. AS THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO AS THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO PROJECT THEIR INTERNATIONAL PROJECT THEIR INTERNATIONAL REACH, THEIR APPARENT REACH, THEIR APPARENT ENDORSEMENT BY THE U.S. ENDORSEMENT BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, THEY’VE BEEN TURNING GOVERNMENT, THEY’VE BEEN TURNING THAT INTO THEIR OWN BUSINESS THAT INTO THEIR OWN BUSINESS INTERESTS. INTERESTS. ELAINE CHAO AT ONE POINT ELAINE CHAO AT ONE POINT REPORTEDLY TRIED TO ARRANGE FOR REPORTEDLY TRIED TO ARRANGE FOR HER FAMILY MEMBERS TO MEET WITH HER FAMILY MEMBERS TO MEET WITH CHINESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON CHINESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON HER OWN PLANNED OFFICIAL U.S. HER OWN PLANNED OFFICIAL U.S. TRIP TO CHINA AS TRANSPORTATION TRIP TO CHINA AS TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY. SECRETARY. IT WAS ONLY WHEN THE STATE IT WAS ONLY WHEN THE STATE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL IN CHINA DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL IN CHINA WHO WERE ASKED TO SET UP THESE WHO WERE ASKED TO SET UP THESE MEETINGS FOR ELAINE CHAO’S MEETINGS FOR ELAINE CHAO’S FAMILY, IT’S ONLY WHEN THEY FAMILY, IT’S ONLY WHEN THEY SQUAWKED IN PROTEST THAT SHE SQUAWKED IN PROTEST THAT SHE BACKED OFF THE REQUEST THAT HER BACKED OFF THE REQUEST THAT HER FAMILY MEMBERS SHOULD BE IN ON FAMILY MEMBERS SHOULD BE IN ON THOSE MEETINGS AND THE TRIP, THOSE MEETINGS AND THE TRIP, ITSELF, WAS ULTIMATELY CANCELED. ITSELF, WAS ULTIMATELY CANCELED. IT’S ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT AS IT’S ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT AS ELAINE CHAO HAS USED HER PUBLIC ELAINE CHAO HAS USED HER PUBLIC POSITION TO BOOST HER FAMILY’S POSITION TO BOOST HER FAMILY’S BUSINESS OVER THE PAST FEW BUSINESS OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, HER FAMILY HAS ALSO YEARS, HER FAMILY HAS ALSO REPORTEDLY GIVEN MILLIONS OF REPORTEDLY GIVEN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HER AND HER HUSBAND. DOLLARS TO HER AND HER HUSBAND. THE REPUBLICAN LEADER OF THE THE REPUBLICAN LEADER OF THE U.S. SENATE, MITCH McCONNELL. U.S. SENATE, MITCH McCONNELL. WHICH MEANS THAT IF SHE HAS BEEN WHICH MEANS THAT IF SHE HAS BEEN USING HER PUBLIC POSITION TO USING HER PUBLIC POSITION TO BOOST THE FORTUNES OF HER FAMILY BOOST THE FORTUNES OF HER FAMILY BUSINESS, WELL, HER FAMILY’S BUSINESS, WELL, HER FAMILY’S FORTUNE HAS BEEN IN AN IMMEDIATE FORTUNE HAS BEEN IN AN IMMEDIATE SENSE TURNED RIGHT AROUND AND SENSE TURNED RIGHT AROUND AND PARSE LD OUT TO HER AND HER PARSE LD OUT TO HER AND HER HUSBAND WHILE SHE HAS BEEN DOING HUSBAND WHILE SHE HAS BEEN DOING THAT. THAT. ELIJAH CUMMINGS AND THE ELIJAH CUMMINGS AND THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ARE NOW OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ARE NOW DEMANDING DOCUMENTS AND DEMANDING DOCUMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND FROM ELAINE CHAO AND BECAUSE SHE FROM ELAINE CHAO AND BECAUSE SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE TRUMP IS A MEMBER OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, PRESUMABLY, THE ADMINISTRATION, PRESUMABLY, THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND ELAINE CHAO REFUSE ENTIRELY TO