Context Of President Donald Trump Impeachment Improves Democrats’ Legal Case | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Context Of President Donald Trump Impeachment Improves Democrats’ Legal Case | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


>>>SOMETIMES HISTORY MOVES>>>SOMETIMES HISTORY MOVES SLOWLY, OTHER TIMES IT TAKES 13 SLOWLY, OTHER TIMES IT TAKES 13 MINUTES. MINUTES. ON MARCH 1st, 1974, THE FOREMAN ON MARCH 1st, 1974, THE FOREMAN OF THE WATER GATE JURY HELD A OF THE WATER GATE JURY HELD A BLACK BRIEFCASE WITH A CARRYING BLACK BRIEFCASE WITH A CARRYING HANDLE AT THE TOP, AND INSIDE HANDLE AT THE TOP, AND INSIDE WAS ONE INDICTMENT AND ONE WAS ONE INDICTMENT AND ONE SEALED REPORT. SEALED REPORT. SPECIAL REPORT JAWORSKI’S SPECIAL REPORT JAWORSKI’S DEPUTIES HANDED OVER A SECOND DEPUTIES HANDED OVER A SECOND BRIEFCASE IT WAS LOCKED AND OVER BRIEFCASE IT WAS LOCKED AND OVER STUFFED ACCORDING TO THE ACCOUNT STUFFED ACCORDING TO THE ACCOUNT IN THE “NEW YORK TIMES” AND THE IN THE “NEW YORK TIMES” AND THE WHOLE THING TOOK SOME 13 WHOLE THING TOOK SOME 13 MINUTES. MINUTES. INSIDE THE SECOND BRIEFCASE WERE INSIDE THE SECOND BRIEFCASE WERE TRANSCRIPTS OF TESTIMONY, TRANSCRIPTS OF TESTIMONY, SUBPOENAED DOCUMENTS, WHITE SUBPOENAED DOCUMENTS, WHITE HOUSE TAPES AND OTHER ITEMS OF HOUSE TAPES AND OTHER ITEMS OF GRAND JURY EVIDENCE ALONG WITH GRAND JURY EVIDENCE ALONG WITH WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS THE ROAD WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS THE ROAD MAP, AND THE HOUSE JUDICIARY MAP, AND THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WAS CONSIDERING COMMITTEE WAS CONSIDERING SPEECHED SPEECHED IMPEACHED RICHARD NIXON, THEY IMPEACHED RICHARD NIXON, THEY WANTED THAT GRAND JURY MATERIAL. WANTED THAT GRAND JURY MATERIAL. SOUNDS A LITTLE FAMILIAR AND I SOUNDS A LITTLE FAMILIAR AND I CAN TELL YOU A MONTH LATER, CAN TELL YOU A MONTH LATER, MARCH 18th, 1974, ALL THE MARCH 18th, 1974, ALL THE MATERIAL WENT TO THE HOUSE, THE MATERIAL WENT TO THE HOUSE, THE GRAND JURY STUFF BECAUSE THIS GRAND JURY STUFF BECAUSE THIS THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, THE THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, THE JUDICIARY WAS BACKING UP ANOTHER JUDICIARY WAS BACKING UP ANOTHER BRANCH OF GOVRT,ERNMENT, THE BRANCH OF GOVRT,ERNMENT, THE CONGRESS, SPECIFICALLY THE JUDGE CONGRESS, SPECIFICALLY THE JUDGE ORDERING THE MATERIALS TO GO TO ORDERING THE MATERIALS TO GO TO THE HOUSE WHICH MEANS THAT ORDER THE HOUSE WHICH MEANS THAT ORDER HAS THE FORCE OF LAW. HAS THE FORCE OF LAW. THE JUDGE RULING THAT BASED ON THE JUDGE RULING THAT BASED ON THE CONTENTS, THERE WAS REALLY THE CONTENTS, THERE WAS REALLY NO QUESTION REGARDING THEIR NO QUESTION REGARDING THEIR MATERIALITY TO THE HOUSE MATERIALITY TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S INVESTIGATION. INVESTIGATION. THE ECHOES ARE IN THE NEW THE ECHOES ARE IN THE NEW FILINGS WE HAVE BEEN REPORTING FILINGS WE HAVE BEEN REPORTING ON. ON. CONGRESS INVOKING ONE OF ITS CONGRESS INVOKING ONE OF ITS STRONGEST AUTHORITIES IN STRONGEST AUTHORITIES IN SEPARATION OF POWER, A CHECK ON SEPARATION OF POWER, A CHECK ON AN EXECUTIVE TO PRY LOOSE THE AN EXECUTIVE TO PRY LOOSE THE YES, GRAND JURY MATERIAL FROM YES, GRAND JURY MATERIAL FROM THE MUELLER REPORT. THE MUELLER REPORT. NOW, THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S NOW, THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S EASY. EASY. THE SO CALLED ROAD MAP THAT WAS THE SO CALLED ROAD MAP THAT WAS STUFFED INSIDE THAT BRIEFCASE STUFFED INSIDE THAT BRIEFCASE AND PRESENTED TO JUDGE IN 74. AND PRESENTED TO JUDGE IN 74. IT TOOK 44 YEARS BEFORE IT WAS IT TOOK 44 YEARS BEFORE IT WAS UNSEALED AND AFTER A S.W.A.T UNSEALED AND AFTER A S.W.A.T TEAM WENT TO GET T THE FEDERAL TEAM WENT TO GET T THE FEDERAL JUDGE WHO ORDERED THE ROAD MAP JUDGE WHO ORDERED THE ROAD MAP TO BE UNSEALED IS THE SAME TO BE UNSEALED IS THE SAME FEDERAL JUDGE THE HOUSE FEDERAL JUDGE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPEALED TO JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPEALED TO TODAY IN THIS NEWFOUND QUEST TO TODAY IN THIS NEWFOUND QUEST TO GET GRAND JURY MATERIAL FOR THE GET GRAND JURY MATERIAL FOR THE MUELLER CASE. MUELLER CASE. THERE ARE NOTABLE SIMILARITIES THERE ARE NOTABLE SIMILARITIES HERE AS WELL AS SOME DIFFERENCES HERE AS WELL AS SOME DIFFERENCES AND HERE TO HELP US UNDERSTAND AND HERE TO HELP US UNDERSTAND THEM IS A MEMBER OF THE S.W.A.T THEM IS A MEMBER OF THE S.W.A.T TEAM THAT GOT THAT WATERGATE TEAM THAT GOT THAT WATERGATE ROAD MAP ULTIMATELY UNSEALED, ROAD MAP ULTIMATELY UNSEALED, JOINED BY LAW FAIR BEN WITTIS JOINED BY LAW FAIR BEN WITTIS AND JOYCE VANCE, FORMER U.S. AND JOYCE VANCE, FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY. ATTORNEY. GOOD TO SEE YOU BOTH. GOOD TO SEE YOU BOTH.>>GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>HEY, ARI.>>HEY, ARI.>>HEY, THERE.>>HEY, THERE. SO BEN, LET’S START WITH YOU, SO BEN, LET’S START WITH YOU, YOU WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING YOU WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING THE ROAD MAP UNSEALED FOR THE THE ROAD MAP UNSEALED FOR THE PUBLIC. PUBLIC. IT DIDN’T TAKE FOUR DECADES FOR IT DIDN’T TAKE FOUR DECADES FOR THE JUDGE TO TURN OVER THE GRAND THE JUDGE TO TURN OVER THE GRAND JURY EVIDENCE SO WALK US THROUGH JURY EVIDENCE SO WALK US THROUGH HOW YOU SEE ALL OF THIS. HOW YOU SEE ALL OF THIS.>>RIGHT SO AS YOU SAID IN YOUR>>RIGHT SO AS YOU SAID IN YOUR INTRODUCTION, THERE’S SOME INTRODUCTION, THERE’S SOME SUBSTANTIAL SIMILARITIES. SUBSTANTIAL SIMILARITIES. THERE ARE ALSO SOME IMPORTANT THERE ARE ALSO SOME IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THIS DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THIS SITUATION AND THE UNSEALING OF SITUATION AND THE UNSEALING OF THE ROAD MAP, SO THE BIGGEST THE ROAD MAP, SO THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IS THAT IN THE CASE DIFFERENCE IS THAT IN THE CASE OF THE ORIGINAL ROAD MAP, IT WAS OF THE ORIGINAL ROAD MAP, IT WAS THE PROSECUTOR THAT WANTED TO THE PROSECUTOR THAT WANTED TO TURN IT OVER TO THE CONGRESS AND TURN IT OVER TO THE CONGRESS AND TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND THE HOUSE JUDICIARY AND THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SAID, SURE, GIVE IT TO COMMITTEE SAID, SURE, GIVE IT TO US. US. IT’S RELEVANT TO OUR IMPEACHMENT IT’S RELEVANT TO OUR IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. INQUIRY. HERE YOU HAVE A SLIGHTLY HERE YOU HAVE A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SITUATION WHERE THE DIFFERENT SITUATION WHERE THE PROSECUTOR WANTED TO GIVE THEM PROSECUTOR WANTED TO GIVE THEM EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE STUFF THEY EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE STUFF THEY WANTED TO REDACT, AND THEY HAVE WANTED TO REDACT, AND THEY HAVE NO PARTICULAR — THE JUSTICE NO PARTICULAR — THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS NO PARTICULAR DEPARTMENT HAS NO PARTICULAR INTEREST IN TURNING OVER THE INTEREST IN TURNING OVER THE SEALED GRAND JURY MATERIAL IN SEALED GRAND JURY MATERIAL IN HERE, AND SO I DON’T THINK YOU HERE, AND SO I DON’T THINK YOU WOULD HAVE IN THIS SITUATION THE WOULD HAVE IN THIS SITUATION THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WOULD REALLY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WOULD REALLY RESIST THE PRODUCTION OF THAT RESIST THE PRODUCTION OF THAT MATERIAL, I THINK, IN ALL MATERIAL, I THINK, IN ALL LIKELIHOOD THAT THE COMMITTEE IS LIKELIHOOD THAT THE COMMITTEE IS ASKING FOR. ASKING FOR. ON THE OTHER HAND, AS YOU POINT ON THE OTHER HAND, AS YOU POINT OUT, THERE ARE SOME REAL OUT, THERE ARE SOME REAL SIMILARITIES HERE AND ONE OF SIMILARITIES HERE AND ONE OF THEM GOT MORE SIMILAR TODAY WHEN THEM GOT MORE SIMILAR TODAY WHEN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP SAID AND THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP SAID HEY, I KNOW WE HAVEN’T CALLED HEY, I KNOW WE HAVEN’T CALLED THIS AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, BUT THIS AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, BUT IT KIND OF IS AN IMPEACHMENT IT KIND OF IS AN IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION AND THAT ACTUALLY INVESTIGATION AND THAT ACTUALLY HAS LEGAL SIGNIFICANCE BECAUSE HAS LEGAL SIGNIFICANCE BECAUSE THE REASON THE DC CIRCUIT COURT THE REASON THE DC CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS ALLOWED THAT OF APPEALS ALLOWED THAT TRANSMISSION IN 1974 WAS THAT TRANSMISSION IN 1974 WAS THAT THERE WAS AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY THERE WAS AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY GOING ON AND SO BY SITUATING THE GOING ON AND SO BY SITUATING THE CURRENT REQUEST AS PART OF AN CURRENT REQUEST AS PART OF AN EXPERIMENT INVESTIGATION, THE EXPERIMENT INVESTIGATION, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP MAKES IT DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP MAKES IT MORE SIMILAR TO THE PROCEEDING MORE SIMILAR TO THE PROCEEDING THAT TOOK PLACE IN JUDGE THAT TOOK PLACE IN JUDGE SERIKA’s COURTROOM. SERIKA’s COURTROOM.>>THIS IS A CLEARLY STRONG>>THIS IS A CLEARLY STRONG PRECEDENT TO SUPER SIZE THE PRECEDENT TO SUPER SIZE THE REQUEST THAT CONGRESS ALREADY REQUEST THAT CONGRESS ALREADY CAN MAKE. CAN MAKE. JOYCE, THE OTHER PART OF THIS JOYCE, THE OTHER PART OF THIS THAT IS DIFFERENT IS YOU CAN THAT IS DIFFERENT IS YOU CAN MAKE A BROAD ARGUMENT THAT THIS MAKE A BROAD ARGUMENT THAT THIS TIME AROUND THEY GOT THE ROAD TIME AROUND THEY GOT THE ROAD MAP, THE MUELLER REPORT IS THE MAP, THE MUELLER REPORT IS THE ROAD MAP. ROAD MAP. IT’S HUNDREDS OF PAGES. IT’S HUNDREDS OF PAGES. AND WHILE MUELLER SPOKE VERY AND WHILE MUELLER SPOKE VERY CAREFULLY AS HE WARNED HE WOULD, CAREFULLY AS HE WARNED HE WOULD, HE TOLD EVERYONE HE WAS GOING TO HE TOLD EVERYONE HE WAS GOING TO BE A HOSTILE WITNESS. BE A HOSTILE WITNESS. THAT’S WHY THERE WAS A SUBPOENA. THAT’S WHY THERE WAS A SUBPOENA. WE HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT HIS PROSECUTORS AND THE EXPERTS HIS PROSECUTORS AND THE EXPERTS WHO HELPED WRITE THAT REPORT, WHO HELPED WRITE THAT REPORT, SAW IT AS A ROAD MAP BECAUSE SAW IT AS A ROAD MAP BECAUSE SEVERAL SECTIONS MADE THE CASE SEVERAL SECTIONS MADE THE CASE THAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWED THE THAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWED THE PRESIDENT COMMITTED CRIMES IN PRESIDENT COMMITTED CRIMES IN OFFICE. OFFICE. TO USE THE LANGUAGE OF THE TO USE THE LANGUAGE OF THE MUELLER REPORT, AS YOU KNOW, MUELLER REPORT, AS YOU KNOW, JOYCE, SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE IN JOYCE, SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE IN FIVE OR MORE CASE OF FIVE OR MORE CASE OF OBSTRUCTION. OBSTRUCTION. SO IS IT BETTER TO HAVE A ROAD SO IS IT BETTER TO HAVE A ROAD MAP IF CONGRESS WANTS TO DO MAP IF CONGRESS WANTS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT? SOMETHING ABOUT IT?>>YOU KNOW, IT’S BETTER TO HAVE>>YOU KNOW, IT’S BETTER TO HAVE BOTH, AND I THINK CONGRESS IS BOTH, AND I THINK CONGRESS IS NOW ENTITLED TO HAVE BOTH. NOW ENTITLED TO HAVE BOTH. WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS THE GRAND JURY MATERIAL THAT WAS THE GRAND JURY MATERIAL THAT WAS REDACTED IN THE MUELLER REPORT. REDACTED IN THE MUELLER REPORT. PROSECUTORS CALL THAT SIXY FOR PROSECUTORS CALL THAT SIXY FOR SHORTHAND, THAT’S THE RULE THAT SHORTHAND, THAT’S THE RULE THAT GOVERNS DISCLOSURE OF GRAND JURY GOVERNS DISCLOSURE OF GRAND JURY MATERIAL, AND THAT RULE SAYS MATERIAL, AND THAT RULE SAYS THAT IT CAN BE RELEASED EITHER THAT IT CAN BE RELEASED EITHER PRELIMINARY TO OR IN CONNECTION PRELIMINARY TO OR IN CONNECTION WITH A JUDICIAL PROCEEDING. WITH A JUDICIAL PROCEEDING. AN IMPEACHMENT IS A JUDICIAL AN IMPEACHMENT IS A JUDICIAL PROCEEDING, SO TODAY THE PROCEEDING, SO TODAY THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS CLARIFIED THAT THEY’RE INVOLVED CLARIFIED THAT THEY’RE INVOLVED IN A PROCESS THAT’S PLMRELIMINAR IN A PROCESS THAT’S PLMRELIMINAR TO THAT JUDICIAL MATERIAL. TO THAT JUDICIAL MATERIAL. THEY’RE ENTITLED TO GET THAT THEY’RE ENTITLED TO GET THAT MATERIAL. MATERIAL. IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO GET IT. GET IT. IT CAN BE DOCUMENTS AND OTHER IT CAN BE DOCUMENTS AND OTHER MATERIALS, CONNECTION PURSUANT MATERIALS, CONNECTION PURSUANT TO GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS, WITHOUT TO GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS, WITHOUT HAVING SEEN THAT AND BEEN BEHIND HAVING SEEN THAT AND BEEN BEHIND THE VAIL VEIL THE VAIL VEIL VEIL OF ALL OF THOSE REDACTED VEIL OF ALL OF THOSE REDACTED COMMENTS, WE DON’T KNOW HOW COMMENTS, WE DON’T KNOW HOW VALUABLE THAT IS, BUT CONGRESS VALUABLE THAT IS, BUT CONGRESS IS ENTITLED TO FIND OUT, AND I IS ENTITLED TO FIND OUT, AND I EXPECT THAT A COURT WILL ORDER EXPECT THAT A COURT WILL ORDER THIS ON AN EXPEDITED BASIS. THIS ON AN EXPEDITED BASIS.>>DO YOU THINK THERE’S GRAND>>DO YOU THINK THERE’S GRAND JURY MATERIAL THAT COULD CHANGE JURY MATERIAL THAT COULD CHANGE ANYTHING FUNDAMENTAL? ANYTHING FUNDAMENTAL? I MEAN, I WAS SITTING IN THE I MEAN, I WAS SITTING IN THE BACK OF THAT MUELLER HEARING BACK OF THAT MUELLER HEARING ROOM ON WEDNESDAY AND ONE OF THE ROOM ON WEDNESDAY AND ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I THINK SO MANY REASONS THAT I THINK SO MANY PEOPLE SAID, WELL SIS THAT IT, I PEOPLE SAID, WELL SIS THAT IT, I THAT ALL WAS THAT EVERYONE THAT ALL WAS THAT EVERYONE BASICALLY STUCK TO THEIR POINTS. BASICALLY STUCK TO THEIR POINTS. WE SAW SOME DEMOCRATS AT THE TOP WE SAW SOME DEMOCRATS AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW MOVE TO IMPEACHMENT. OF THE SHOW MOVE TO IMPEACHMENT. WE HAD A LOT OF DEMOCRATS WHO WE HAD A LOT OF DEMOCRATS WHO WERE FOR IMPEACHING IN WERE FOR IMPEACHING IN PRESIDENT, INCLUDING MR. NADLER. PRESIDENT, INCLUDING MR. NADLER. YOU HAD REPUBLICANS WHO WERE YOU HAD REPUBLICANS WHO WERE CRITICAL. CRITICAL. YOU HAD MUELLER HOLDING THE YOU HAD MUELLER HOLDING THE LINE. LINE. IS THERE SOMETHING IN THE GRAND IS THERE SOMETHING IN THE GRAND JURY MATERIAL THAT MOVES THINGS, JURY MATERIAL THAT MOVES THINGS, DO YOU THINK? DO YOU THINK?>>I SUSPECT THERE’S GOOD>>I SUSPECT THERE’S GOOD INFORMATION THERE. INFORMATION THERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE KEPT SAYING IN A LOT OF PEOPLE KEPT SAYING IN ADVANCE OF THE MUELLER HEARING ADVANCE OF THE MUELLER HEARING THAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR THE THAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR THE MOVIE VERSION OF THE REPORT, AND MOVIE VERSION OF THE REPORT, AND IT’S CLEAR MUELLER DOESN’T WIN IT’S CLEAR MUELLER DOESN’T WIN ANY ACADEMY AWARDS FOR BEST ANY ACADEMY AWARDS FOR BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR, BUT WHAT HAPPENS DRAMATIC ACTOR, BUT WHAT HAPPENS HERE IS THE REPORT IS MAYBE A HERE IS THE REPORT IS MAYBE A SLEEPER DOCUMENTARY IN THAT SLEEPER DOCUMENTARY IN THAT ACADEMY AWARDS HUNT, AND THE ACADEMY AWARDS HUNT, AND THE GRAND JURY MATERIAL, PROSECUTORS GRAND JURY MATERIAL, PROSECUTORS DON’T GO INTO GRAND JURY WITH DON’T GO INTO GRAND JURY WITH THE WITNESS UNLESS THERE’S THE WITNESS UNLESS THERE’S SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT THEY SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT THEY NEED TO PIN DOWN, SOMETHING NEED TO PIN DOWN, SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT THEY WANT TO IMPORTANT THAT THEY WANT TO PRESERVE, SO NOT GETTING THAT PRESERVE, SO NOT GETTING THAT FULL FLAVOR MEANS CONGRESS MAY FULL FLAVOR MEANS CONGRESS MAY BE LACKING SOME OF THE BEST BE LACKING SOME OF THE BEST EVIDENCE, THE MOST SENSITIVE EVIDENCE, THE MOST SENSITIVE INFORMATION. INFORMATION. IF I WERE IN CONGRESS, I WOULD IF I WERE IN CONGRESS, I WOULD BE DEMANDING THIS MATERIAL TOO. BE DEMANDING THIS MATERIAL TOO. I EXPECT IT WILL BE PRODUCTIVE. I EXPECT IT WILL BE PRODUCTIVE.>>WE’RE ALMOST OUT OF TIME, BUT>>WE’RE ALMOST OUT OF TIME, BUT BEN, TO JOYCE’S POINT, RARELY DO BEN, TO JOYCE’S POINT, RARELY DO YOU SEE GREAT METHOD ACTORS YOU SEE GREAT METHOD ACTORS APPEARING UNDER SUBPOENA. APPEARING UNDER SUBPOENA. I MEAN, THERE WERE A LOT OF I MEAN, THERE WERE A LOT OF CLUES THAT MR. MUELLER WAS NOT CLUES THAT MR. MUELLER WAS NOT GOING TO GIVE MUCH OF WHAT SOME GOING TO GIVE MUCH OF WHAT SOME WERE HOPING FOR. WERE HOPING FOR.>>THERE SURE WERE.>>THERE SURE WERE. SO ANYBODY WHO EXPECTED BOB SO ANYBODY WHO EXPECTED BOB MUELLER TO BE CHARISMATIC AND MUELLER TO BE CHARISMATIC AND NARRATIVE AND REALLY SORT OF NARRATIVE AND REALLY SORT OF TELL THE STORY IN A CAPACIOUS TELL THE STORY IN A CAPACIOUS FASHION HAS NO EXPERIENCE WITH FASHION HAS NO EXPERIENCE WITH BOB MUELLER. BOB MUELLER. THAT IS NOT WHO HE IS AND TO THE THAT IS NOT WHO HE IS AND TO THE EXTENT THAT WE KIND OF EXTENT THAT WE KIND OF CONDITIONED OUR EXPECTATIONS OF CONDITIONED OUR EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT FBI DIRECTOR TESTIMONY WHAT FBI DIRECTOR TESTIMONY SOUNDS LIKE BASED ON THESE SORT SOUNDS LIKE BASED ON THESE SORT OF DRAMATIC TESTIMONIES BY JIM OF DRAMATIC TESTIMONIES BY JIM COMEY, WE WERE, YOU KNOW, NOT COMEY, WE WERE, YOU KNOW, NOT CONSIDERING WHO BOB MUELLER CONSIDERING WHO BOB MUELLER REALLY IS. REALLY IS. THAT SAID, HE, YOU KNOW, THERE’S THAT SAID, HE, YOU KNOW, THERE’S A LOT OF, IF YOU TAKE THE TIME A LOT OF, IF YOU TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN TO EXTENDED PASSAGES TO LISTEN TO EXTENDED PASSAGES OF IT, HE — THE DEMOCRATS ON OF IT, HE — THE DEMOCRATS ON THAT COMMITTEE, BOTH OF THOSE THAT COMMITTEE, BOTH OF THOSE COMMITTEES, DID A RELATIVELY COMMITTEES, DID A RELATIVELY GOOD JOB IN MY OPINION OF GOOD JOB IN MY OPINION OF DRAWING OUT IN THESE EXTENDED DRAWING OUT IN THESE EXTENDED SEGMENTS, YOU KNOW, IMPORTANT SEGMENTS, YOU KNOW, IMPORTANT FACTUAL INFORMATION IN THAT FACTUAL INFORMATION IN THAT REPORT, AND I DO THINK THAT REPORT, AND I DO THINK THAT EXERCISE WAS VALUABLE FOR PEOPLE EXERCISE WAS VALUABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO REALLY WANT THE FULL WHO REALLY WANT THE FULL EXTENDED DANCE VERSION, DRAMATIC EXTENDED DANCE VERSION, DRAMATIC OF THE REPORT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE OF THE REPORT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A PODCAST CALLED THE REPORT A PODCAST CALLED THE REPORT THAT’S BEEN TRYING TO DO EXACTLY THAT’S BEEN TRYING TO DO EXACTLY THAT. THAT.>>BEN WITTIS, GOING RIGHT INTO>>BEN WITTIS, GOING RIGHT INTO THE PODCAST PLUG. THE PODCAST PLUG. YOU KNOW, RACHEL IS A BIG YOU KNOW, RACHEL IS A BIG PODCAST PERSON, SO I THINK YOU PODCAST PERSON, SO I THINK YOU DID THAT ON THE RIGHT SHOW. DID THAT ON THE RIGHT SHOW.>>SHE WAS VERY GOOD TO US LAST>>SHE WAS VERY GOOD TO US LAST WEEK. WEEK.>>SO YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT SPOT>>SO YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT SPOT AND I KNOW AS YOU MENTIONED, AND I KNOW AS YOU MENTIONED, IT’S THE REPORT IF PEOPLE WANT IT’S THE REPORT IF PEOPLE WANT TO CHECK THAT OUT. TO CHECK THAT OUT. JOYCE VANCE, FORMER U.S. JOYCE VANCE, FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY AND PROFESSOR AT THE ATTORNEY AND PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LAW UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LAW SCHOOL. SCHOOL. APPRECIATE BOTH OF YOUR APPRECIATE BOTH OF YOUR EXPERTISE TONIGHT. EXPERTISE TONIGHT.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, GUYS.>>THANK YOU, GUYS.>>>WE HAVE A LOT MORE TO GET TO

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  • This is a comment of concern to all leftist. I find it interesting the vast majority of Hollywood's population are left wing. Hollywood is an industry largely about "make believe" It seems people of a left wing persuasion are usually creative. Writers,dancers, actors and such they seem to have a very difficult time distinguishing reality from fantasy. You may not live in Hollywood or make a living in the aforementioned crafts but if you buy into leftist ideology you probably have the same problem. Maybe it's not your fault maybe it's something genetic. Maybe there is some therapy i'm not aware of that can help you.

  • Joshua Taylor says:

    The Dems have let him get out of control with their 'we go high' uselessness. They've just emboldened him and made him look stronger and more invincible which makes him even more attractive to his cult. You don't play nice with a Trump. They've missed the chance, they will just have to let him run his course now.

  • and then sometimes the history you don't move it all because them people like MSNBC and CNN that flat out lie to people what would you actually impeached Crump 4i I haven't figured out the crime yet please somebody fill me in so 2/2 years ago when you started doing your daily Trump rush it from pressure from Prussia from said there was no collision and no conspiracy and we find out now that from told the truth he was absolutely right to if we if we would have listened to him

  • Well we all know that Trump's innocent of collusion and conspiracy so I'd like from one Democrat on here that's running their mouth please tell me one instance of obstruction just one please I can't wait

  • Trump is a lunatic and Pence is a religious bigot and homophobe. Atascadero state mental hospital has padded cells waiting for them both.

  • #Trump2020 is going to destroy anyone in his way. Just except it and pull your panties down biooootches…….hahahah #maga #kaga

  • P. ARTHUR RILEY says:

    If the Congressional Democrats are so divided on the issue of an impeachment inquiry how are Speaker Pelosi and the neoliberal/centrist House Democratic leadership going to support a Democratic presidential candidate facing off Mr. Trump in 2020?

    Several times the presumed reluctance on Speaker Pelosi's part for a formal impeachment inquiry is attributed to a concern for a group of newly elected Democrats (???) from areas which voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 but rejected a Republican and instead elected a Democrat in 2018. Why is it assumed the voters in these "swing" districts are still Trump supporters? Polling data has shown Mr. Trump's supporters to be very consistent.

    The Mueller investigation and Mr. Trump's opposition to it were clearly evident in the fall of 2018. If the voters in these "swing" districts were concerned or opposed to the possibility of Mr. Trump's impeachment the most expeditious way to express those feelings would have been electing another Republican in 2018.

  • Trump strategy, normalize the abnormal, legitimize the criminal by doing it in plain sight. It's the Time's Square Shooting Shuffle.

  • Earnest T Bass says:

    😂🤣😄😅 now it's impeachment talk improves🤣😂😄😅 it's one thing the left does better than anybody they'll hang on until the last finger is pried off.. fake News Junkie see this and his or hers little heart pitter patters.. only to be let down again.. it's like Groundhog Day for Democrats it just keeps happening🤣😂
    Impeachment obstruction of justice collusion what's next can't wait to hear the next conspiracy theory..

  • Rev. Kaelene Lord says:

    What You saw on Wednesday, was a 75yr old man who devoted 2+years with innumerable high security personnell who compiled 448 pages of documentation. He did not want to also spend more of his life on this matter but did so to confirm that the information was correct.
    There were goals between both parties. One sought confirmation through speaking clearly, and through viewing the content of their particular questions with honor and respect to a Highly decorated Marine who now was 75 years old, often stating volumn, page and paragraph and then reading it to ensure that both the questioner and the questioned were speaking regarding the same item.
    Then on the other isle, were those who began by saying they would speak slowly, but spoke so fast that even a speedometer would have trouble tracking. These particular party members expressed exasperation at Mr Mueller not to have the entire 448 pages memorized and actually expressed frustration when he did not. Three seconds after announcing the volumn, page and paragraph, they expected him to have the page open and ready bc they were then asking their questions. That is impossible for anyone to do. And I would pose to them, would they do such a thing to their own grandparent or great grandparents as they did for Mr Mueller. What I saw displayed was nothing short of elder abuse. Shameful!
    Then to complicate and confuse, with INTENTION, all were advised at the start of each session, what he could or could not speak of bc there are still ongoing ACTIVE investigations still going on, which if he responded to, would constitute a breech of security in revealing subjective evidence still active in those other OPEN trials going on. 232 times… 232 TIMES they ignored this and tried to make him break confidentiality of those ongoing investigations and/or trials. 90% of those types of questions came from the republican members. They were elected by their constituents as being smart enough to understand the process of the law as it pertained to Constitutional law. But only expressions of anger ( by Jordan ) and frustrations came from those same members of the republican party members. After awhile Mueller showed little exasperation but respect back to these members and saw this pattern develope immediately and simply confirmed after viewing the content, as being the same as what was stated in the 448 page documentation.
    I WAS SO VERY IMPRESSED BY THE HONORABLE MR JOHN MUELLERS PROFESSIONALISM. I felt only disgust as those members of the Republican party tried over and over to confuse, mislead and argue with this 75 yr old HERO.
    In summation, Nations of this world saw as they watched, a political example of how our parties worked together. They saw one party not holding to the line of questioning and acting childish. Then they saw the other party taking care to make sure a 75yr old man was on the same page literally, to find out answers for the questions they had for him. Both using entirely different techniques. One which opperated within the guidelines set out at the start, and another acting disreputively. They probably were left wondering how ANYTHING EVER GOT ACCOMPLISHED. It was a sick and deviated display of how democracy in America, worked….

  • Rocky Colavito says:

    You poor sick delusional liberals. Trump will never be impeached. Never
    It’s all talk democrats and liberal shows like this have nothing else. You pathetic morons tried
    Collusion hahahahaha
    Obstruction hahahaha
    Stormy hahahahaha
    Unfit hahahahaha
    Racist hahahahaha
    Now impeachment
    Hahahahaha hahahah
    The rest of the country laughs at msnbc.
    Even CNBC the sister network of msnbc laughs at them.
    If you believe anything this ridiculous station says. Seek help.
    On the other hand I have a bridge to sell that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan. I’ll sell it real cheap. Hahahaha
    Msnbc what a joke

  • americanalltheway Redneck says:

    trump will be impeached when hillary gets arrested and bill clinton gets convicted..Never gonna happen..

  • Claptrap Claptrap says:

    What's needed is to overturn that MEMO (not a law) and make a ruling that a sitting president CAN be indicted. Nixon had no protection of a memo but still got things done, so the argument of being indicted distracting president from his duties is BS. And when it comes to Trump, the laziest president ever, who declares himself at a rally that he has all the time in the world, nothing to do, the argument of distraction from his duties is laughable.
    Anyone wonder why Mueller's was appointed to be only a SPECIAL councel and not INDEPENDENT one? Was it to prevent Mueller indicting the president because they already KNEW he was guilty? Because Flynn's arrest and Comey's firing + bragging about it to Russian ambassadors in Oval Office and having meetings alone with Russians, some known to be spies – all indications Trumps guilt was already known to the public!

  • Alabama Mothman says:

    And the context of Mueller's refusal to answer questions is even more telling. It's enough to make you vomit when democrats talk about "obstruction", the constitution and "rule of law" when their main witness refuses to answer questions(takes the fifth), runs a coup of the government, wants to dissolve our borders and ban free speech/press. These people are attempting to overthrow our government and ALL measure of THE REAL resistance should be given democrats.

  • Alabama Mothman says:

    And the context of Mueller's refusal to answer questions proves of a coup of the government. It's enough to make you vomit when democrats talk about "obstruction", the constitution and "rule of law" when their main witness refuses to answer questions(takes the fifth), runs a coup of the government, wants to dissolve our borders and ban free speech/press. These people are attempting to overthrow our government and ALL measure of THE REAL resistance should be given democrats.

  • Trump is doing a great job. Trump will not be impeached. Liberals are funny, make me laugh everyday, keep it up boys girls and tyranny’s

  • ASeasonedWitch says:

    My political science professor said something similar: That the wheels of government move slowly. That's great when things are going well. Horrifying when things go wrong and change needs to happen. It's taken about three years to get to the place we are now. To unwind the racist, shitstorm, disaster might take longer than three years. PLEASE write to your reps AGAIN and tell them to continue to push back on the idiocy going on in our oval office my fellow voters.

  • It is OVER…. TRUMP is not a crook. He will not be impeeched. TRUMP will romp home in 2020. 🙂 and with Borris across the pond it will be just like the 80s.again!

  • Andrew Garcia says:

    IMPEACHMENT? THE DUMMYCRATS NEED TO GO FIND THEIR WORTHLESS BALLS FIRST TO SEE IF THAT WILL GIVE THEM ENOUGH GUMPTION? LMFAO! SMH

  • MatchstalkMan says:

    Something has to change or break, or bend enough to get a wedge in to start proceedings. trump controls the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch with McConnell controlling the Senate and Barr controlling the Judicial Branch as well as Gorsuch and Kavanaugh tipping the scales in trump’s favor.

  • lrecon hayslett says:

    To long to much to crazy to let the lies waste of money betraying the country to wait to impeach the lazy useless bigot stay in the whitehouse

  • Lmao. Are people done going insane and waisting your lives yet? How about sleeping at night subconsciously knowing of your horrifying Zeitgeist?

  • It doesn't matter what MaddCow says or how much he waves his hands around or cries on camera, the facts are very clear; there are no legal grounds for impeachment. All you have to do is look at the possible prosecutorial assertions and you'll see for yourself, the Dems don't have a leg to stand on. Just look at them, you morons. It doesn't take a law degree to understand it. MSNBC=PRAVDA=FAKE NEWS

  • Trumps tax returns and financial records are the only thing that will save this country from the morons reign.

    Impeachment won't work while republicans have 5 on the supreme court and control the Senate.

    Pandoras box is opened and this country will never be the same again. This lawless country with no accountability is now the USA for the long foreseeable future.

    Congratulations republicans, you have destroyed the law and democracy of the free world in 3 quick years. Erasing 200+ yrs of hard work from our forefathers. Just remember what you started when this country implodes itself. You created this mess. Now watch it as it burns before your eyes.

  • The Grand Jury information is not just the redactions, it's underlying evidence. It's contrary to the purpose of a Special Counsel, a prosecutor representing the interests of The People, to be a hostile witness.

  • Pedophiles being taken down. Obama/clinton/bushes/ global order can't hide. This is gods plan and MSNBC is complicit with satanic pedophiles. Sad. Wake up

  • Donald Trump is the greatest president in the history of the United states. I welcome all of you democratic, transgender, bigoted sheep to research all the wonderful things he's done for this country and its economy. Stop getting brainwashed by fake news and mainstream media

  • MSNBC JUST WONT LET THIS GO
    ITS OVER
    THERE WAS NO CRIME, CONSPIRACY OR COLLUSION
    MUELLAR DROPPED A MOAB ON IMPEACHMENT
    BY THE WAY THERE IS ZERO CHANCE THE SENATE WILL VOTE IMPEACHMENT ANYWAY
    STOP WASTING OUR TIME AND GET TO WORK DEMOCRAP HOUSE LOSERS

  • Communist Democrats are the party of propagandist scum, it takes 10 minuets to file for impeachment do it p.o.s your fckn mouths run like a faucet.

  • With the Reps controlling the senate impeachment will never happen and will once again make the Dems look bad. There has to be such evidence as the Reps have to agree to impeach and they will never do that. Trump would have practically had to openly state that he wants Putin to take over America or personally order immigrants to be shot to move the Reps to agree to an impeachment. The American people do not pay attention to a lot of detail. They think this is all just politics as usual and the Dems are just trying to get a Dem elected in 2020 and that most of what is going on is just theatrics. That is why the Dems hesitate. They end up helping Trump get re-elected if they look like they are just playing politics.

  • Law is not perfect, but it is precise, concise and specific.
    I. Mueller’s Team is a clear investigating body, just simply gather information
    in consonance to jurisprudence. Their inquiry findings is just simply an
    information. They cannot comment, more so, they cannot recommend further
    actions. II. As to who or based in the constitution mandated to conduct such
    patriotic investigation, then it’s that “Appointing August Body” to forward it
    to a Prosecuting Body to further go over the “Investigation Report” for a
    possible “prima facie” (Statistical, Testimonial, Anecdotal, Analogical and
    circumstantial) Evidences. In law, rules of evidence govern the types of
    evidence that are admissible in a legal proceeding. IN POLITICAL (Impeachment)
    PROCEEDING, Congress will act as the Prosecutor to look into the
    “Investigation/Inquiry Report”. If sufficient evidences are prominent, Congress
    will submit an “Impeachment Case” to the (Impeachment Court) Senate, act as
    judge or jury tasked with being a trier of fact for the other issues of a case
    — to judgment. Müller’s Report isn’t a dud.

  • The Dems did damage to the possibility of impeachment with the Mueller hearings. When he started to hesitate, not answer questions but to just continue to refer to the report, the American people tuned out. They didn't listen to what the questioners were asking or the responses. It just looked and sounded like a farce and was embarrassing to watch.

  • President Trump holds all the cards. Democrats have the false Mueller Report. The Wall is rising up out of the earth.

  • So this is how the swamp fights back , use every trick in the book but no real evidence . You're going to cry for four more years so get ready .

  • How do you obstruct a investigation that was never obstructed like me like Mueller said his investigation was not interfere or impeded in any way so much for your obstruction

  • Joanne McMillan says:

    This is real life not a freaking soap opera. There is no…da, da, daaaa… dramatic reveal. That’s why we’re dealing with this POS now. Because people can differentiate between real life and reality TV. SMDH!!

  • How do people still don’t understand that people were manipulated and brainwashed into voting for Trump in 2016 elections. Cambridge Analytica through Facebook and twitter and youtube targeted the borderline group which they knew by a Facebook personality test app and targeted specific people who could be manipulated into voting for trump. This was all done by russia first in brexit and then in 2016 elections. I guess now trump supporters are in denial and don’t want to believe they were tricked into voting for trump. This in no democracy this is an oligarchy where few people with money made fool of our democracy. Why are people still fools to be brain washed by social media posts please just listen to your heart and decide whats good for America do not get tricked into believing anything else other than what your heart says watch out for manipulators in internet. Be vigilant

  • Erik Torbjørn Bjørnsson says:

    I know the Dems are scared that if they fail it will help Trump in the long run, but if they don't impeach him they are neglecting their duty to this country. This isn't about politics it's about proving to people that we aren't a facist country beholden to a would be king. When is America going to be strong again?

  • When the movie is made of Trump and his dealings with Special Counsel Mueller, I hope Ben Stein can play Robert Mueller. Remember Ben Stein in the TV series The Wonder Years? He was Mr. Cantwell, the boring and monotonous Junior high teacher that related mainly just facts.

  • Robert Russell says:

    People who are in favor of impeachment for Trump must remember that a court of impeachment is not a traditional legal court, but a court of politics. The rules and processes are very different.

  • Inquiry is about the same as collusion.Trying to fool your own people. Is that what this House will do now, after both x Mueller was supposed to save us, failed miserably and you spun both reall bad. Cant wait to SNLs take on this. You cant Impeach him.Unless you are goint to change the Rules and Do it for the Evidence and then Challenge the Policy

  • So, Did you see that- 41% saw no exhonoration (that is much smaller than the Dem. party is) and 35% actually saw Mueller exhonorate Trump.Peoples;Hopes are “When Trump gets out, he will get busted”.You have written him off, Why?Because his Cult is out Screaming “We love Trump”.Is that Why! If we dont win, then what?It would be better to imagine him winning.Then…..

  • George Washington says:

    Richard, if I told you once, I've told you a 1000 times…Your ratings have fallen to #5 behind your rivals because people do not like #1 a liar who is paid 7 million a year for being just that…a liar who pretends to be a "man" of the people & #2 an emotional cry baby of a man! A man must be a proponent of truth and not propaganda. Grow up, young man!

  • Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks over hacking
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/judge-dismisses-dnc-lawsuit-against-trump-campaign-russia-wikileaks-over-hacking/ar-AAF5bE9?li=BBnbfcL

    Freaking awesome article. I loved the statement from the Clinton appointed federal judge that said the DNC's claim were baseless and without facts. LoL
    At first I thought the judge was referring to CNN.

  • I listened to about half of this BS and skipped through the rest because it was just more BS. I was hoping to hear the "context" or the "legal case" that was promised, but all I heard was nonsensical blathering and ridiculous comparisons to Watergate. It's fake news, isn't it? MSNBC=PRAVDA

  • American Movement says:

    What a bunch of undisciplined whiners- These are supposed to adults running a government THEY SHOULD BE IMPEACHED!

  • American Movement says:

    You people here are so misinformed as I have listened and watched BOTH sides – the left is living in a hellhole world of fiction! I had been a life-long Democrat, I ran for for office – I organized – i worked at ACORN! It is now all BS! And you guys are dupes and fools

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