President Donald Trump’s Love Affair With The Presidential Power Of A Pardon | Deadline | MSNBC

President Donald Trump’s Love Affair With The Presidential Power Of A Pardon | Deadline | MSNBC


>>>I NEVER WANT ANYBODY TO BE>>>I NEVER WANT ANYBODY TO BE ABOVE THE LAW BUT THE PARDONS ABOVE THE LAW BUT THE PARDONS ARE A VERY POSITIVE THING FOR A ARE A VERY POSITIVE THING FOR A PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. THE QUESTION WAS ASKED YESTERDAY THE QUESTION WAS ASKED YESTERDAY ABOUT PARDONS WITH RESPECT TO ABOUT PARDONS WITH RESPECT TO PAUL MAN AFORT. PAUL MAN AFORT. I SAID I’M NOT TAKING ANYTHING I SAID I’M NOT TAKING ANYTHING OFF THE TABLE. OFF THE TABLE. WE’RE LOOKING AT A LOT OF WE’RE LOOKING AT A LOT OF DIFFERENT PARDONS FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT PARDONS FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE. DIFFERENT PEOPLE. SOME OF THESE SOLDIERS ARE SOME OF THESE SOLDIERS ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE FOUGHT HARD AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE FOUGHT HARD AND LONG AND WHEN THEY FIGHT, LONG AND WHEN THEY FIGHT, SOMETIMES THEY GET REALLY SOMETIMES THEY GET REALLY TREATED VERY UNFAIRLY. TREATED VERY UNFAIRLY. THE POWER TO PARDON IS A THE POWER TO PARDON IS A BEAUTIFUL THING. BEAUTIFUL THING. YOU HAVE TO GET IT RIGHT. YOU HAVE TO GET IT RIGHT. YOU HAVE TO GET THE RIGHT YOU HAVE TO GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE. PEOPLE.>>WHO SAYS THAT STUFF OUT LOUD?>>WHO SAYS THAT STUFF OUT LOUD? DONALD TRUMP DOES BECAUSE HE DONALD TRUMP DOES BECAUSE HE LOVES A GOOD, OLD-FASHIONED LOVES A GOOD, OLD-FASHIONED PRESIDENTIAL PARDON. PRESIDENTIAL PARDON. BUT NOW THAT HIS AFFINITY FOR BUT NOW THAT HIS AFFINITY FOR CIRCUMVENTING THE RULE OF LAW IS CIRCUMVENTING THE RULE OF LAW IS COLLIDING WITH HIS KEY CAMPAIGN COLLIDING WITH HIS KEY CAMPAIGN PROMISE, THEY’RE VOWING TO DO PROMISE, THEY’RE VOWING TO DO SOMETHING. SOMETHING. TRUMP ASSURED AIDES WOE PARDON TRUMP ASSURED AIDES WOE PARDON THEM OF ANY LEGAL WRONGDOING IN THEM OF ANY LEGAL WRONGDOING IN THE COURSE OF FAST-TRACKING THE THE COURSE OF FAST-TRACKING THE BORDER WALL HAVE RED LIGHTS BORDER WALL HAVE RED LIGHTS FLASHING IN CONGRESS. FLASHING IN CONGRESS. “THE POST” QUOTES DAVID “THE POST” QUOTES DAVID CICILLINE, MEMBER OF THE CICILLINE, MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP IN THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AS HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AS SAYING, QUOTE, SADLY, THIS IS SAYING, QUOTE, SADLY, THIS IS JUST ONE MORE INSTANCE OF A JUST ONE MORE INSTANCE OF A PRESIDENT WHO UNDERMINES THE PRESIDENT WHO UNDERMINES THE RULE OF LAW AND BEHAVES AS IF RULE OF LAW AND BEHAVES AS IF HE’S KANGA KING AND NOT GOVERNED HE’S KANGA KING AND NOT GOVERNED THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY. THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY. HE’S NOT A KING. HE’S NOT A KING. HE’S ACCOUNTABLE. HE’S ACCOUNTABLE. AND I THINK IT ADDS TO THE AND I THINK IT ADDS TO THE ONGOING PROCEEDING BEFORE THE ONGOING PROCEEDING BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AS WE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AS WE CONSIDER TO RECOMMEND ARTICLES CONSIDER TO RECOMMEND ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. TRUMP DENIED HE MADE ANY TRUMP DENIED HE MADE ANY ASSURANCES BUT VOICES FROM ASSURANCES BUT VOICES FROM INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION ARE INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION ARE UNDERMINING THAT CLAIM. UNDERMINING THAT CLAIM. FROM THE ARTICLE, QUOTE, A WHITE FROM THE ARTICLE, QUOTE, A WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL SPOKE ANONYMOUSLY HOUSE OFFICIAL SPOKE ANONYMOUSLY IN ADVANCE OF THE REPORT DID NOT IN ADVANCE OF THE REPORT DID NOT DENY IT AND SAID TRUMP IS JOKING DENY IT AND SAID TRUMP IS JOKING WHEN HE MAKES SUCH STATEMENTS WHEN HE MAKES SUCH STATEMENTS ABOUT PARDONS. ABOUT PARDONS. JOINING ME AND RICK, JASON JOINING ME AND RICK, JASON JOHNSON, POLITICS EDITOR FOR THE JOHNSON, POLITICS EDITOR FOR THE ROOT, WANETA FROM THE CENTER FOR ROOT, WANETA FROM THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN CONGRESS ACTION FUND AMERICAN CONGRESS ACTION FUND AND AUTHOR OF “EVERYTHING TRUMP AND AUTHOR OF “EVERYTHING TRUMP TOUCHES DIES,” RICK WILSON. TOUCHES DIES,” RICK WILSON. I HAVE TO START WITH YOU. I HAVE TO START WITH YOU. THESE ARE NOT FUNNY PEOPLE BUT THESE ARE NOT FUNNY PEOPLE BUT WHEN ROSENSTEIN TALKS ABOUT THE WHEN ROSENSTEIN TALKS ABOUT THE 25thANT, HA, HA, HE WAS BEING 25thANT, HA, HA, HE WAS BEING SILLY AND FUNNY, IT WAS SARCASM, SILLY AND FUNNY, IT WAS SARCASM, STUPID REPORTERS. STUPID REPORTERS. AND WHEN TRUMP TALKS ABOUT AND WHEN TRUMP TALKS ABOUT PARDONED, WHICH WAS PLAYED, PARDONED, WHICH WAS PLAYED, THERE’S MORE WHERE THAT CAME THERE’S MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM. FROM. HE LOVES THE PARDON AS MUCH AS HE LOVES THE PARDON AS MUCH AS HE LOVES THE HELICOPTER, HE’S HE LOVES THE HELICOPTER, HE’S HA, HA JOKING. HA, HA JOKING.>>THIS IS A MAN WITH ZERO SENSE>>THIS IS A MAN WITH ZERO SENSE OF HUMOR BECAUSE HE HAS ZERO OF HUMOR BECAUSE HE HAS ZERO INTERSPEGS. INTERSPEGS. HE’S NOT KIDDING OR JOKING OF HE’S NOT KIDDING OR JOKING OF THE HE’S LOOKING FOR SHORT CUTS THE HE’S LOOKING FOR SHORT CUTS TO CIRCUMVENT THE LAW. TO CIRCUMVENT THE LAW. THE CONSTITUTION, WHATEVER IT THE CONSTITUTION, WHATEVER IT IS, TO DO SOMETHING AS A IS, TO DO SOMETHING AS A POLITICAL STUNT TO FEED HIS BASE POLITICAL STUNT TO FEED HIS BASE BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO SEE THEIR BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO SEE THEIR WALL GET BUILT. WALL GET BUILT. THEY’RE DESPERATE TO HAVE THE THEY’RE DESPERATE TO HAVE THE WALL BUILT. WALL BUILT. TRUMP KNOWS THAT’S THE SINGLE TRUMP KNOWS THAT’S THE SINGLE THING IN HIS ADMINISTRATION THAT THING IN HIS ADMINISTRATION THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE ON THE LOWER MOST OF THE PEOPLE ON THE LOWER END OF HIS SCALE UNDERSTAND. END OF HIS SCALE UNDERSTAND. THEY UNDERSTAND THEY’RE GOING TO THEY UNDERSTAND THEY’RE GOING TO GET THEIR WALL AND MEXICO’S GET THEIR WALL AND MEXICO’S GOING TO PAY FOR IT. GOING TO PAY FOR IT. THEY’RE NOT AND NOW THEY’RE THEY’RE NOT AND NOW THEY’RE PROBABLY NOT GETTING A WALL. PROBABLY NOT GETTING A WALL. THEY’RE GETTING A FENCE AND THEY’RE GETTING A FENCE AND TRUMP IS NERVOUS ABOUT THAT. TRUMP IS NERVOUS ABOUT THAT. IT’S A PROMISE HE’S BROKEN, IT’S A PROMISE HE’S BROKEN, AMONG MANY, THAT WILL BE AMONG MANY, THAT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT EVEN THE SLOWEST SOMETHING THAT EVEN THE SLOWEST CHILDREN IN THE CLASS ARE GOING CHILDREN IN THE CLASS ARE GOING TO REALIZE HE WAS B.S.’ing FROM TO REALIZE HE WAS B.S.’ing FROM THE VERY START. THE VERY START.>>THIS IS A SERIOUS POINT>>THIS IS A SERIOUS POINT THOUGH BECAUSE EVEN THE VIEWERS THOUGH BECAUSE EVEN THE VIEWERS AT FOX NEWS HAD SORT OF FANTASY AT FOX NEWS HAD SORT OF FANTASY AND LIE TRUMP TELLS AT RALLIES, AND LIE TRUMP TELLS AT RALLIES, IT’S BEING BUILT BLOWN APART BY IT’S BEING BUILT BLOWN APART BY SHEP SMITH YESTERDAY. SHEP SMITH YESTERDAY.>>THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE BORDER>>THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE BORDER SECURITY A MAINSTAY OF HIS SECURITY A MAINSTAY OF HIS MESSAGE DATE BACK TO THE MESSAGE DATE BACK TO THE CAMPAIGN WITH BUILD THAT WALL CAMPAIGN WITH BUILD THAT WALL AND MEXICO WILL PAY FOR IT, AND MEXICO WILL PAY FOR IT, THOUGH THAT LAST PROMISE IS LONG THOUGH THAT LAST PROMISE IS LONG GONE. GONE. SO FAR DESPITE THE PRESIDENT’S SO FAR DESPITE THE PRESIDENT’S CLAIMS TO THE CONTRARY, THERE IS CLAIMS TO THE CONTRARY, THERE IS NO NEW WALL. NO NEW WALL. EXISTING BARRIERS HAD BEEN EXISTING BARRIERS HAD BEEN REPLACED WITH NEW ONES. REPLACED WITH NEW ONES. SAME SPAN, NOT NEW PLACE. SAME SPAN, NOT NEW PLACE. THE TOTAL OF REPAIRED BARRIER IS THE TOTAL OF REPAIRED BARRIER IS ABOUT 60 MILES ALONG THAT ABOUT 60 MILES ALONG THAT 2,000-MILE BORDER. 2,000-MILE BORDER. THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID IN THE THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID IN THE TWEET THAT THE WALL IS GOING UP TWEET THAT THE WALL IS GOING UP RAPIDLY. RAPIDLY. IT IS NOT. IT IS NOT. AS WE JUST REPORTED, THERE IS NO AS WE JUST REPORTED, THERE IS NO NEW WALL. NEW WALL. ONLY REPLACEMENT FOR WALLS WHICH ONLY REPLACEMENT FOR WALLS WHICH WERE IN NEED OF REPAIR OR WERE IN NEED OF REPAIR OR UPGRADE. UPGRADE. THOSE ARE THE FACTS. THOSE ARE THE FACTS.>>HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES?>>HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES?>>HOW DARE SOMEONE ON FOX NEWS>>HOW DARE SOMEONE ON FOX NEWS TELL THEIR VIEWERS THE TRUTH. TELL THEIR VIEWERS THE TRUTH.>>THING IS THIS IS HONESTLY A>>THING IS THIS IS HONESTLY A LINE THIS THE SAND FOR TRUMP LINE THIS THE SAND FOR TRUMP WHERE HE’S FEELING PRESSURE FROM WHERE HE’S FEELING PRESSURE FROM NOT JUST TRADITIONAL MEDIA NOT JUST TRADITIONAL MEDIA SOURCES BUT FOX NEWS, CALLING SOURCES BUT FOX NEWS, CALLING OUT A SINGLE MILE OF HIS WALL OUT A SINGLE MILE OF HIS WALL HAS BEEN BUILT. HAS BEEN BUILT. OPINION CONSIDERING THE POLLS OPINION CONSIDERING THE POLLS ARE TRENDING NEGATIVELY AND THE ARE TRENDING NEGATIVELY AND THE TRADE WAR HE DIDN’T NEED TO DO, TRADE WAR HE DIDN’T NEED TO DO, THIS IS THE ONE THING HE’S THIS IS THE ONE THING HE’S CLINGING TIGHT TO SO HE’S CLINGING TIGHT TO SO HE’S WILLING TO LIE, DO ANYTHING WILLING TO LIE, DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL, ANYTHING CORRUPT, TELL ILLEGAL, ANYTHING CORRUPT, TELL HIS STAFF TO BREAK THE LAW AND HIS STAFF TO BREAK THE LAW AND SAY, DON’T WORRY, I GOT YOUR SAY, DON’T WORRY, I GOT YOUR BACK. BACK. THAT’S WHAT HE’S DOING RIGHT THAT’S WHAT HE’S DOING RIGHT NOW. NOW. IT’S RIDICULOUS. IT’S RIDICULOUS.>>I WAS NEVER INTO TRUMP’S>>I WAS NEVER INTO TRUMP’S POLITICAL PROMISES. POLITICAL PROMISES. THEY WEREN’T FOR ME. THEY WEREN’T FOR ME. I DIDN’T LIKE THEM. I DIDN’T LIKE THEM. I DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIM. I DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIM. BUT IF YOU WERE INTO THOSE BUT IF YOU WERE INTO THOSE THINGS, HE SUCKS AT GIVING THEM THINGS, HE SUCKS AT GIVING THEM TO YOU. TO YOU.>>YES.>>YES. AND GOING BACK TO THE PROMISE AND GOING BACK TO THE PROMISE HE’S MAKING TO HIS INTERNAL HE’S MAKING TO HIS INTERNAL STAFF, MICHAEL COHEN, MICHAEL STAFF, MICHAEL COHEN, MICHAEL COHEN, MICHAEL COHEN, RIGHT? COHEN, MICHAEL COHEN, RIGHT? WHY WOULD YOU EVER BELIEVE THIS WHY WOULD YOU EVER BELIEVE THIS MAN? MAN?>>HE’S ON THE HVAC TEAM IN>>HE’S ON THE HVAC TEAM IN PRISON NOW. PRISON NOW.>>YEAH!>>YEAH!>>THINK TWICE.>>THINK TWICE.>>HE’S MAKING LICENSE PLATES.>>HE’S MAKING LICENSE PLATES. WHY WOULD ANYONE IN DONALD WHY WOULD ANYONE IN DONALD TRUMP’S ORBIT OR UNIVERSE TRUMP’S ORBIT OR UNIVERSE BELIEVE HE’S GOING TO HAVE YOUR BELIEVE HE’S GOING TO HAVE YOUR BACK? BACK? THAT’S THE FIRST THING. THAT’S THE FIRST THING. SECOND THING IS THIS, I REALLY SECOND THING IS THIS, I REALLY BELIEVE A LOT OF HIS SUPPORTERS BELIEVE A LOT OF HIS SUPPORTERS THEY ULTIMATELY DON’T CARE. THEY ULTIMATELY DON’T CARE. AS MUCH AS DONALD TRUMP LIED, AS MUCH AS DONALD TRUMP LIED, HAS SHOWN TO BE LYING OVER AND HAS SHOWN TO BE LYING OVER AND OVER AGAIN, HIS BASE OF SUPPORT, OVER AGAIN, HIS BASE OF SUPPORT, THAT 32% TO 35% OF AMERICANS WHO THAT 32% TO 35% OF AMERICANS WHO ABSOLUTELY LOVE HIM, THEY LOVE ABSOLUTELY LOVE HIM, THEY LOVE DONALD TRUMP SYMBOLICALLY AND DONALD TRUMP SYMBOLICALLY AND ANYTHING HE DOESN’T ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING HE DOESN’T ACCOMPLISH THAT HE PROMISES IS GOING TO BE THAT HE PROMISES IS GOING TO BE BLAMED ON DEMOCRATS. BLAMED ON DEMOCRATS. IT’S GOING TO BE BLAMED ON THE IT’S GOING TO BE BLAMED ON THE SQUAD. SQUAD. IT WILL BE BLAMED ON SOMEBODY IT WILL BE BLAMED ON SOMEBODY ELSE. ELSE. HE WON’T FACE CONSEQUENCES FOR HE WON’T FACE CONSEQUENCES FOR THESE KINDS OF LAWS AND THESE KINDS OF LAWS AND EVENTUALLY WHEN HE RUNS IN 2020 EVENTUALLY WHEN HE RUNS IN 2020 AND GOING UP AGAINST A DEMOCRAT AND GOING UP AGAINST A DEMOCRAT AND THERE’S NO NEW WALL BEING AND THERE’S NO NEW WALL BEING BUILT, HE WILL JUST SAY IT’S BUILT, HE WILL JUST SAY IT’S NANCY PELOSI AND DEMOCRATS THAT NANCY PELOSI AND DEMOCRATS THAT KEPT HIM FROM DOING IT, RE-ELECT KEPT HIM FROM DOING IT, RE-ELECT ME AND I WILL MAKE SURE THE WALL ME AND I WILL MAKE SURE THE WALL GETS BUILT. GETS BUILT.>>THE WALL THOUGH TO ME IS SORT>>THE WALL THOUGH TO ME IS SORT OF — EVERYTHING ABOUT TRUMP OF — EVERYTHING ABOUT TRUMP MANIFESTS IN THE WALL. MANIFESTS IN THE WALL. WHEN REPUBLICANS WERE ASKED TO WHEN REPUBLICANS WERE ASKED TO MAKE THE WALL HAPPEN, HE SHUT MAKE THE WALL HAPPEN, HE SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OVER IT, HE DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OVER IT, HE GOT NO WALL. GOT NO WALL. IT ILLUSTRATES BECAUSE IT’S A IT ILLUSTRATES BECAUSE IT’S A TANGIBLE THING. TANGIBLE THING. I THINK THE DAMAGE HE’S DOING ON I THINK THE DAMAGE HE’S DOING ON THE WORLD STAGE IS GENERATIONAL THE WORLD STAGE IS GENERATIONAL AND LASTING, KEEPS ME UP AT AND LASTING, KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT. NIGHT. THE WALL, I DON’T THINK ANYONE THE WALL, I DON’T THINK ANYONE THINKS A WALL WILL KEEP PEOPLE THINKS A WALL WILL KEEP PEOPLE OUT. OUT. BUT THE INABILITY TO BUILD THE BUT THE INABILITY TO BUILD THE THING THEY WANT IS TO ME THE THING THEY WANT IS TO ME THE TRUMP STORY. TRUMP STORY.>>THE WALL IS SYMBOLIC AND>>THE WALL IS SYMBOLIC AND MEDIEVAL — MEDIEVAL –>>ESPECIALLY TRUMP’S WALL.>>ESPECIALLY TRUMP’S WALL. BLACK AND POINTED AND BLACK. BLACK AND POINTED AND BLACK.>>YES.>>YES. AND THE WALL IS SYMBOLIC AND AND THE WALL IS SYMBOLIC AND WILL REVEAL HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE WILL REVEAL HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE PARDON I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE PARDON POWER AND MAKE A WONKY POINT POWER AND MAKE A WONKY POINT ABOUT IT. ABOUT IT.>>PLEASE.>>PLEASE.>>THE REASON HE LOFRSVES THE>>THE REASON HE LOFRSVES THE PARDON POWER IS KIND OF A PARDON POWER IS KIND OF A MISTAKE, IT’S ONE OF THE MISTAKE, IT’S ONE OF THE REIMMEDIATETTE POWERS THE REIMMEDIATETTE POWERS THE PRESIDENT HAS. PRESIDENT HAS. IT WAS A MISTAKE OF THE IT WAS A MISTAKE OF THE FOUNDERS. FOUNDERS. THEY DIDN’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING THEY DIDN’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING KINGLY. KINGLY. AND WOULD I ARGUE OF ALL OF AND WOULD I ARGUE OF ALL OF THESE CONSTITUTIONAL FORUM, THE THESE CONSTITUTIONAL FORUM, THE PARDON POWER SHOULD BE PARDON POWER SHOULD BE CONSTITUTIONALLY REMEDIED, THE CONSTITUTIONALLY REMEDIED, THE WAY CONGRESS APPROVES NOMINEES WAY CONGRESS APPROVES NOMINEES THE PRESIDENT MAKES, CONGRESS THE PRESIDENT MAKES, CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE TO APPROVE PARDONS SHOULD HAVE TO APPROVE PARDONS THE PRESIDENT MAKES. THE PRESIDENT MAKES. IT SHOULD NOT BE AN UNREMEDIATED IT SHOULD NOT BE AN UNREMEDIATED POWER. POWER.>>I WAS GOING TO TALK ABOUT I>>I WAS GOING TO TALK ABOUT I PRESIDENT WHO DOESN’T READ HIS PRESIDENT WHO DOESN’T READ HIS PEB SHOULD BE SO OBSESSED WITH A PEB SHOULD BE SO OBSESSED WITH A WALL BUT YOU’RE SMARTER BE SO I WALL BUT YOU’RE SMARTER BE SO I THINK WE SHOULD STAY THERE. THINK WE SHOULD STAY THERE. IF YOU LOOK AT PARDONS AND WHO IF YOU LOOK AT PARDONS AND WHO HE GAVE THEM TO, GEORGE W. BUSH HE GAVE THEM TO, GEORGE W. BUSH DID NOT PARDON SCOOTER LIBBY. DID NOT PARDON SCOOTER LIBBY. DONALD TRUMP, I’M NOT SURE IF HE DONALD TRUMP, I’M NOT SURE IF HE EVER MET HIM, DID. EVER MET HIM, DID. HE DOESN’T EVEN VIEW IT THE WAY HE DOESN’T EVEN VIEW IT THE WAY THE RELUCTANT FRAMERS MIGHT THE RELUCTANT FRAMERS MIGHT HAVE. HAVE. HE VIEWS IT AS A GOOD — LIKE HE VIEWS IT AS A GOOD — LIKE THE WAY HE PROBABLY HANDS OUT THE WAY HE PROBABLY HANDS OUT CUFF LINKS FROM THE OVAL. CUFF LINKS FROM THE OVAL. HERE’S SOME CHUM FOR MY HERE’S SOME CHUM FOR MY POLITICAL PATRONS. POLITICAL PATRONS.>>THE PARDON POWER IN THE MOST>>THE PARDON POWER IN THE MOST BENIGN WAY IS ABOUT SYMPATHY, BENIGN WAY IS ABOUT SYMPATHY, IT’S ABOUT MERCY OF THE THE IT’S ABOUT MERCY OF THE THE QUALITY OF MERCY — QUALITY OF MERCY –>>IT’S ABOUT EQUALING THE>>IT’S ABOUT EQUALING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE. SCALES OF JUSTICE.>>BUT HE USES IT AS A QUID PRO>>BUT HE USES IT AS A QUID PRO QUO. QUO. EVEN IN “THE WASHINGTON POST” EVEN IN “THE WASHINGTON POST” WHEN IT SAYS YOU DO WHAT I WILL WHEN IT SAYS YOU DO WHAT I WILL SAY AND I WILL PARDON YOU, SAY AND I WILL PARDON YOU, THAT’S A MALFEASANCE QUID PRO THAT’S A MALFEASANCE QUID PRO QUO RIGHT THERE FOR THE WHOLE QUO RIGHT THERE FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE. WORLD TO SEE.>>AND IT’S NOT AN IMMUNITY TOTE>>AND IT’S NOT AN IMMUNITY TOTE EMFOR “SURVIVOR.” EMFOR “SURVIVOR.” YOU CAN’T HAND IT OUT AND SAY YOU CAN’T HAND IT OUT AND SAY KEEP DOING ALL OF THESE THINGS. KEEP DOING ALL OF THESE THINGS. AT SOME POINT MICHAEL COMEY EVEN AT SOME POINT MICHAEL COMEY EVEN REALIZES TO BREAK THE LAW DONALD REALIZES TO BREAK THE LAW DONALD TRUMP WANTS YOU TO BREAK, YOU TRUMP WANTS YOU TO BREAK, YOU CAN’T DO THE THINGS HE WANTS YOU CAN’T DO THE THINGS HE WANTS YOU TO BREAK IT FOR. TO BREAK IT FOR.>>AND ASKING ANYONE WHO WALKS>>AND ASKING ANYONE WHO WALKS INTO THE WHITE HOUSE TO DO HIS INTO THE WHITE HOUSE TO DO HIS BIDDING EVERY DAY, IS THERE BIDDING EVERY DAY, IS THERE ANYTHING LEFT TO SACRIFICE? ANYTHING LEFT TO SACRIFICE?>>HOW IS ANY HUMAN BEING THAT>>HOW IS ANY HUMAN BEING THAT CAN WALK ON TWO LEGS AND READS CAN WALK ON TWO LEGS AND READS THE BASIC ENGLISH LANGUAGE, THE BASIC ENGLISH LANGUAGE, WALKS IN AND SAYS DONALD TRUMP WALKS IN AND SAYS DONALD TRUMP WILL PARDON ME IF I DO SOMETHING WILL PARDON ME IF I DO SOMETHING ILLEGAL OR WRONG? ILLEGAL OR WRONG? HOW IS PAUL MANAFORT DOING THESE HOW IS PAUL MANAFORT DOING THESE DAYS? DAYS? HOW IS MICHAEL COHEN DOING? HOW IS MICHAEL COHEN DOING? TRUMP IS A UTTERLY FACELESS TRUMP IS A UTTERLY FACELESS PERSON. PERSON.>>AND I WAS HEARTENED TO SEE>>AND I WAS HEARTENED TO SEE DEMOCRATS ADD THIS TO THEIR DEMOCRATS ADD THIS TO THEIR IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS. IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS. WHAT POEXT PROCEEDINGS? WHAT POEXT PROCEEDINGS?>>IT HASN’T HAPPENED.>>IT HASN’T HAPPENED. TO PUT TOGETHER MAYBE A FILE TO TO PUT TOGETHER MAYBE A FILE TO THINK ABOUT IT. THINK ABOUT IT. THAT IS LITERALLY HYPOTHETICALLY THAT IS LITERALLY HYPOTHETICALLY ALL THEY HAVE DONE. ALL THEY HAVE DONE. AND IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE WE AND IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE WE HAD MORE NEWS THIS WEEK, UP TO HAD MORE NEWS THIS WEEK, UP TO 135, 138 DEMOCRATS WHO SAY THEY 135, 138 DEMOCRATS WHO SAY THEY WANT TO DO IT, POLLING IS IN WANT TO DO IT, POLLING IS IN THEIR FAVOR. THEIR FAVOR. TOP FOUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEES ARE TOP FOUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEES ARE LEADING TRUMP BY EIGHT TO TEN LEADING TRUMP BY EIGHT TO TEN DIGITS. DIGITS. THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCE THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCE ARGUMENT, WHICH IS WHAT NANCY ARGUMENT, WHICH IS WHAT NANCY PELOSI AND INSIDERS HAVE BEEN PELOSI AND INSIDERS HAVE BEEN USING FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS IS USING FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS IS NO LONGER THE CASE SO WHY AREN’T NO LONGER THE CASE SO WHY AREN’T THEY MOVING FORWARD? THEY MOVING FORWARD? I DON’T KNOW, OTHER THAN I DON’T KNOW, OTHER THAN COWARDS. COWARDS.>>AND THERE’S GOING TO BE>>AND THERE’S GOING TO BE IMMENSE PRESSURE WHEN THEY COME IMMENSE PRESSURE WHEN THEY COME BACK TO RECESS TO DO SOMETHING BACK TO RECESS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, SOMETHING SO BLATANT ABOUT IT, SOMETHING SO BLATANT BEING DONE AS ABUSE OF POWER BEING DONE AS ABUSE OF POWER CAN’T BE IGNORED. CAN’T BE IGNORED.>>THE DANGLING OF PARDONS WAS>>THE DANGLING OF PARDONS WAS DETAILED IN MUELLER’S REPORTS. DETAILED IN MUELLER’S REPORTS. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT AN AND I UNDERSTAND THAT AN ARGUMENT WAS MADE PELOSI NEEDED ARGUMENT WAS MADE PELOSI NEEDED MORE INFORMATION. MORE INFORMATION. THESE DANGLING OF PARDONS HAVE THESE DANGLING OF PARDONS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN “THE NEW YORK BEEN REPORTED IN “THE NEW YORK TIMES” AND “THE WASHINGTON TIMES” AND “THE WASHINGTON POST.” POST.” IT’S CREDIBLE. IT’S CREDIBLE. IT’S HAPPENING IN REALTIME. IT’S HAPPENING IN REALTIME.>>AND IT CAN’TING BE IGNORED.>>AND IT CAN’TING BE IGNORED.>>WE HOPE.>>WE HOPE.>>AND WE PUT TOO MUCH –>>AND WE PUT TOO MUCH — DRAGGING US IN ANOTHER DRAGGING US IN ANOTHER DIRECTION. DIRECTION.>>IT’S OKAY.>>IT’S OKAY.>>WE PUT WAY TOO MUCH WEIGHT ON>>WE PUT WAY TOO MUCH WEIGHT ON THE MUELLER REPORT, EXPECTING THE MUELLER REPORT, EXPECTING THAT THE MUELLER REPORT WOULD BE THAT THE MUELLER REPORT WOULD BE KIND OF LAY OUT OF TERRAIN, LAY KIND OF LAY OUT OF TERRAIN, LAY OUT ALL OF THE MALFEASANCE THE OUT ALL OF THE MALFEASANCE THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE, OBSTRUCTION PRESIDENT HAS DONE, OBSTRUCTION AND COLLUSION. AND COLLUSION. THERE ARE SO MANY MORE POINTS THERE ARE SO MANY MORE POINTS FOR AN IMPEACHMENT OF THE FOR AN IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT BASED ON HIS DAILY AND PRESIDENT BASED ON HIS DAILY AND WEEKLY BEHAVIOR RATHER THAN THE WEEKLY BEHAVIOR RATHER THAN THE THINGS HE’S DONE IN THE MUELLER THINGS HE’S DONE IN THE MUELLER REPORT AND CONGRESS NEEDS TO REPORT AND CONGRESS NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT IT IN THAT LIGHT, THINK ABOUT IT IN THAT LIGHT, NOT JUST IN THE DETAILS OF THE

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  • Russell Berwick says:

    So the truth is, Trump has repaired 60 miles of a more than 600 miles, of old fence. He'll, he can't even reach zero. Not even near. Tell me, when he gets to zero, then maybe I'll listen.

  • The Dems are not going forward with Impeachment because they know Chump will and his supporters already have, spun Impeachment as an attempted coup de tat. The Dems are fearful that if they move against Chump, it will come off as being strictly partisan.

  • Tainted by Society says:

    All Presidents Pardon. Who has Trump all Pardoned other than a few people?

    Bill Clinton Pardoned his brother for cocaine charges. That's Nepotism.

    Gerald Ford Pardoned Nixon. That's Cronyism.

    Obama Pardoned, and Exonerated the sentences of dozens of Crack dealers And drug offenders. That's his Authority as President.
    It's all lawfully and fair game.

    We get it…you hate Trump.

    Beating that dead horse again…

  • MSNBC- We have to make sure this story undergone the rigorous verification & standards process at MSNBC…Is it a Negative Trump Story ✅ Done- Do we have at least 2 unnamed sources ✅ Done – Can we slant it, to make it look like no other President has ever pardoned anyone ✅ Done. Cut these FACTS- Obama- Commuted the sentences of 1715 Felons- Including 330- Drug Dealers In has last week in office & 212 Presidential Pardons.✅ Done…GOOD TO GO- RUN IT!!!!!

  • Brigitte Scott says:

    Trump has tested his executive power: Better to ask forgiveness than permission. After 3 years, he knows Republicans will forgive him. Like Frankenstein protects the monster he created.

  • Brigitte Scott says:

    Maybe Republicans are willing to sacrifice a Republican President as long as Moscow Mitch controls the senate. No matter what policies the Democrats support even with a Democrat in the White House, Mitch will send them to his graveyard.

  • leslie heyward says:

    The world would be a better place if rump mitch and gram would go tomorrow..stum of the earth..worthless.asswitpes

  • Chronic Crypto says:

    Republicans held all three branches of government for 2 years and they didn't get a wall, Hillary didn't get locked up. He's just a con man and a fraud. His supporters honestly think he's never lied ever. His administration is defending him by saying he has never lied.

  • Brigitte Scott says:

    Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Trumpty faces a fall. Will all the Kings horses and his men be able to put Trumpty together again? Or do they believe their little boy, who cries wolf? Or are they willing to support their Nero who cares more about fiddling than defend his country from being burnt by an foreign adversary like Putin? Or are they willing to keep covering their emperor by convincing him that he’s not naked because he has the power of the pen?

  • Pardons are a subversion of the American judiciary and a failure of American democracy because it gives one man the right to put himself above the law and there is no man in a true democracy who should have greater privilege than every citizen in the nation

  • And law means nothing to the dems…Hillary Clinton leaked should be in jail for the rest of her life for leaking classified information for all of our enemies to see.

  • And still ineffective Nancy Pelosi will not bring impeachment to the table fast enough the scam is on your hands Nancy only you

  • With all that hamburgers and kfc’s, i hope he lives long enough for the people to see him wear those orange overalls. I’d put that on my screen saver for a year. Promise!

  • I liked it when the Eagle scared him. I’d like to see him fear for his life for awhile. I don’t have an answer is best answer – enough talking’ let’s see heads roll

  • Fox News will flip their support for Trump sooner or later when they realise he's going to loose in 2020
    Murdoch can't afford to p-off the next Democratic President who wants to settle the score.

  • Cheryl R Leigh says:

    While Trump promised pardons in exchange for silence on his misdeeds; it's a complete waste of time since the Manhattan DA will indict him on income tax and bank fraud.

  • In China mainland, many people(majority of people) love trump, including me.
    I was also trying to donate trump for 2020.

    This lovely old man was fighting for his people and country in his way, a simple,  childish, straight, doushebag way.   He said he is not predictable, actully he is.

    No Chinese will belive his promise anymore, because he simply break all the deal he made with us.  To predicte trump was easy, Just do not listen to anything he promised of deal.

    Politician do not like him but we like him even he is against us.

    I think he will successfully bring America to the 2nd of the world and pop China to the 1st in his period.

    What ever being the 1st or the 2nd was not the main issue.

    American live better lifes, and it will take quite a long time for our Chinese to pull our living standard to the same level

  • Do we remember when he asked if he could pardon himself?
    This shows that he has not linguistic sense of logic.
    By definition you get pardon you cannot pardon yourself.
    Just like when he stated that he was very intelligent…again judge himself.
    This guy is a pathetic , out of his little mind type of thugs.
    Be well.
    Bruno Brizzi Maccaferri.

  • maurice williams says:

    In order to continue to fund huge tax breaks for the rich, Trump is now deporting terminally ill patients who are here in this country receiving life saving care…and this is where the 'good Christian folks' continue to throw their support! Sick!

  • "He's not a king he's accountable." Oh really? Do tell, who's he accountable to? What am I missing b/c Congress doesn't seem to ever hold him accountable. No wonder he thinks he's a king! Let's be real, Schumer & Pelosi are WEAK!! I really wish we had Democratic leaders with COJONES!!!

  • racist WHITE NATIONALIST CHRISTIANS HEAR the bells ringing
    if one goes on a mass killing spree,
    blessed-father-trump says ''YOU will be pardoned by me''

  • As immortalised by Rep. Tlaib, “Impeach the Mother-Fuxxer”. Then Punish him in some appropriate well known medieval style befitting such such crimes and misdemeaners.

  • george plimpton says:

    There has never been a president more ridiculed at home and on the world stage as Trump. Greatest joke of a president ever! Only problem is that I'm not laughing. He is doing serious damage to our countries future.

  • The Tramp is not troubled in the Least about committing felonies. The more felonies the Better.
    In fact, they're not even illegal as long as you don't get caught. Even if you Do get caught,
    some job titles allow you to commit even the most Egregious Felonies with Impunity.
    For those who have absolutely zero conscience or ethical inhibitions, here's the Fast
    Lane to Euphoric Nirvana! Wife beating is one crime the Tramp plans on selling tickets for.
    It's not like he actually recommends this loathsome behavior. It's all about his Bottom Line!

  • Can we play the tape of trump saying how executive action was proof we live under a “tyrannical dictator” when Obama used executive actions…

  • This panel is extremely biased and factually incorrect, a president is able to pardon any person but himself. He has pardoned many nonviolent drug offenders. It is clearly stated in the constitution that a president may issue a pardon in any case but impeachment!

  • Andre Williams says:

    It's only problem is he gases his achievements up to much when they speak for themselves so he doesn't need to do it but they're smarter than me

  • Andre Williams says:

    Hey repeatedly reminds you what he's doing and I think that's necessary because people don't really understand what's in our best interest he does and he knows how to get it done even though the whole lot of clowns try to stop him from doing what's in the best interest of the country is kind of scary because of the nature of the attacks that they use

  • Andre Williams says:

    It's the most interesting campaign and the most interesting New Direction I've seen from the press in many years it may be many years I didn't have time to look at this but not I'm looking at it it's really scary when the Press issues fall statements and then gases them up and then brings other people into it to make it sound authentic oh, and the charges aren't accurate in the least it's a smear campaign and it's really ugly and the people not using Integrity during this campaign is going to destroy themselves effect they already have

  • Andre Williams says:

    Never been this excited over presidential campaign one thing about it is going to determine our future or our Fate we vote for the wrong people oh, for the wrong reason oh, we'll lose the entire country, foreign countries will be running our country then, and they'll run it with ruthless abandoned scatter the intelligent from the flock divided separating destroy the entire country as what some people inside the country going to help the enemy do you better be glad to have Donald Trump it wasn't for him and if everything continued like it is you be speaking Chinese and Russian right now

  • Andre Williams says:

    Once the foreign countries control our country they won't have to invade, they'll just send us in the direction of destroying ourselves can I see this happening with the fake news fake news is real it's really fake I can punch a hole in every lie that the fake News tells and a good and accurate

  • Andre Williams says:

    One thing the fake news agencies need to realize is that if you're bearing false witness you're going to have problems and it's not going to come from Donald Trump even though he's going to take a piece out of you for it but God's going to have the ultimate saying this in the consequences of quite severe

  • IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE, IF TRUE….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68LXVcAuOU4

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