Fmr CIA Director Panetta: The Way Trump Behaves, It’s a ‘Clear Signal That The Russians Have Something On Him’

On Tuesday night, former CIA Director Leon Panetta weighed in on President Donald Trump‘s remarks he made at the Helsinki summit alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. Panetta began by expressing skepticism of Trump’s clarification that he “misspoke” at his press conference where he appeared to take Putin’s word over the US intel agencies on whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election, saying it was “pretty clear” that Trump was saying what he thought in Helsinki and that the “damage has been done” that he “hasn’t repaired the damage” despite his correction. He told MSNBC anchor Brian Williams that he thought Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Putin, our “primary adversary,” sets a “terrible precedent” for the presidency and believed the president is “going to pay for it” down the road. “This is about the truth. And presidents who underestimate the American people and think that they can tell them whatever they Continue reading "Fmr CIA Director Panetta: The Way Trump Behaves, It’s a ‘Clear Signal That The Russians Have Something On Him’"

GOP Strategist Calls for Trump’s Censure: ‘He Constantly Attacks America’

President Donald Trump‘s soft stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin has provoked backlash from both sides of the aisle, most recently GOP strategist Evan Siegfried, who called for Congress to formally condemn his behavior. “Forget subpoena power,” Siegfried told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle on Tuesday. “I think he should go out and be censured by the Congress. This is a president whose ego knows no bounds. and if you really want to send a message to him as Congress, send a censure that says you have been repudiated by the legislative body for not doing your job and for embarrassing the country, not standing up for our allies.” Continuing to eviscerate Trump’s posture during his Helsinki, Finland meeting with Putin, Siegfried noted that it was only last week that British citizen Dawn Sturgess died in the fallout of Russia’s chemical attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, a Continue reading "GOP Strategist Calls for Trump’s Censure: ‘He Constantly Attacks America’"

Rachel Maddow: It’s Time for Americans to Face ‘Worst Case Scenario’ on Trump

“Deep breath,” Rachel Maddow told her MSNBC audience Tuesday night. “This was a big day.” “Things are at a boil, things are going fast now,” she continued. “This is a time when everyone needs to pay attention.” MSNBC’s most prominent primetime anchor launched into a deep-dive analysis of the strange relationship between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in light of the stunning press conference between the two. “There is no explicable scenario for any of those things, unless you are willing to believe the worst,” Maddow said, gesturing towards a graphic looming behind her that blared: “WORST CASE SCENARIO.” “We haven’t ever had to reckon with the possibility that someone had ascended to the presidency of the United States to serve the interests of another country rather than our own,” she said. “What’s the corrective to that? How do you remedy that? These Continue reading "Rachel Maddow: It’s Time for Americans to Face ‘Worst Case Scenario’ on Trump"

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Helsinki: Trump Was Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appeared on Morning Joe Tuesday morning to give her analysis of President Donald Trump‘s disastrous press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. She emphasized that the alliance between the US and its European allies is “resilient” and will survive the Trump presidency. “But we cannot normalize the behavior of President Trump,” she said. Albright also quoted Benito Mussolini, “who said ‘if you pluck the chicken one feather at a time nobody will notice.'” “We have just plucked a lot of feathers here,” she said. “And I think that it’s very important for us to make clear that Trump has over-plucked.” “Putin has a plan: he wants to undermine democracy, he wants to separate us from our allies in Europe, he wants to reassert influence in the Middle East, and our president is a help in all of this,” Continue reading "Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Helsinki: Trump Was Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’"

Former DNI Director James Clapper: If I Were Dan Coats ‘I Would Resign in a Heartbeat’ After Trump’s Presser

Former DNI director James Clapper has a hard time seeing how Dan Coats can stay in his job after Donald Trump undermined him during his press conference with Vladimir Putin. When the president sided with Russia yesterday instead of the findings from the American intelligence community, Coats released a statement saying he stands by the assessment that Russia did interfere with 2016 presidential election. To that point, Alisyn Camerota asked Clapper what he thought about how the CIA and other intelligence workers must feel after Trump dismissed their findings while comparing America to Russia. “Some have suggested that the leaders of the Intel community, for instance, Dan coats, should stand on principle and resign. Do you feel that way?” Camerota asked. Clapper’s answer:
“There times when I considered that when I was serving as DNI? And what you have to balance is am I doing more good by leaving Continue reading "Former DNI Director James Clapper: If I Were Dan Coats ‘I Would Resign in a Heartbeat’ After Trump’s Presser"

MSNBC Contributor: Trump’s Performance Will ‘Live in Infamy’ as Much as Pearl Harbor or Kristallnacht

On Monday night, MSNBC contributor and former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks blasted President Donald Trump for his performance at the Helsinki summit alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. Filling in for Chris Hayes, Ali Velshi read an excerpt from a Washington Post report about how the president was “growling” according to one White House official in reaction to Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s indictment of 12 Russian intel officials just days before the highly anticipated summit and that he was “more excited” to sit down with Putin than he was with NATO allies, something Velshi thought was “amazing.” “At some point, this has a complexity that’s even richer than the one you were involved in with the watergate investigation in that nobody thought that Richard Nixon was working on behalf of an enemy of the United States,” Velshi said to Wine-Banks. “How do you even make sense of this? Continue reading "MSNBC Contributor: Trump’s Performance Will ‘Live in Infamy’ as Much as Pearl Harbor or Kristallnacht"

Joy Reid Accused MSNBC of ‘Slow Walking’ Her Story About Russell Simmons Sexual Assault Accuser

MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid — who appears to have just survived her now-infamous “hacked” homophobic blog posts scandal — accused her own network of “slow walking” a sexual assault story she was working on by making “stupid” demands during the fact-checking process. The accusation was revealed in a story from The Hollywood Reporter on the rape and assault allegations made against the powerful music mogul Russell Simmons. One of the half dozen misconduct claims comes against Simmons from domestic violence advocate Sil Lai Abrams, who says he raped her in 1994 — an allegation she was ready to bring forward in a TV interview with Reid. “I needed to tell my story, to say his name out loud, to let people know what he had done to me,” Abrams said of her claims against Simmons. However, her story was never told on MSNBC, as the cable news network eventually Continue reading "Joy Reid Accused MSNBC of ‘Slow Walking’ Her Story About Russell Simmons Sexual Assault Accuser"