Morning Joe Contributor: No Question Trump Campaign Colluded With the Russians

Rick Tyler self-identifies on his Twitter bio as an American Conservative, a speaker, an actor, and a “Leadership Institute trainer.” He is also a “MSNBC Political Analyst” who landed the elusive Morning Joe panel seat on a mid-August Friday morning. On a day of substitute morning show hosts, Aretha Franklin tributes and rehashed John Brennan security clearance news, Tyler delivered a well-worn chestnut with the sort of verve and confidence that cable news producers and bookers love, and that was averring with little doubt that there was the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians. The context of his comment came after  Senator Richard Burr  — chair of the Senate Intelligence committee — released a statement critical of former CIA Director John Brennan’s NY Times editorial that claimed that Trump colluded with Russia, which read:

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John Brennan Hits Back in Scathing Op-Ed: Trump’s Claims of No Collusion ‘Hogwash’

Former CIA Director John Brennan fired a shot back across the bow of the Trump administration in a scathing op-ed piece published in the NY Times today. This is a scathing retort less than 24 hours after the White House announced that President Donald Trump had ordered the revocation of Brennan’s security clearances, a move that many saw as a symbolic threat designed to silence critics of this administration. Yesterday, Brennan likened the revocation of his security clearances to the actions of “autocrats and despots,” but in today’s op-ed, he made the specific case against Trump regarding collusion. He opened by sharing his experiences working with his Russian intel counterpart during the Obama administration and making the claim that the Russians lied, before comparing their actions to that of Trump. The nut of his pushback is excerpted here:
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CNN’s Focus Group of Trump Voters Clashes Over Trump-Putin Summit: ‘He Threw America Under the Bus’

CNN aired round two of its panel of Trump voters — split down the middle with three who still support the president and three who regret their 2016 vote — and this time, the topic was a hot one: Russia. CNN host Alisyn Camerota led off with Trump’s “performance” in Helsinki at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The three Trump supporters said they were comfortable with the widely panned display from the U.S. president, and proceeded to clash with the dissenters. Jeremy Montanez said he was bothered by Trump being “a suck-up to Vladimir Putin, because obviously that country has something on him.” Damani Bryant Felder, a Trump supporter, pointed out that given how prolifically leaky the administration is, if the Russians had something on Trump we would know by now. Christopher J. Gagin, who revealed he was the Republican Party chairman from Ohio Continue reading "CNN’s Focus Group of Trump Voters Clashes Over Trump-Putin Summit: ‘He Threw America Under the Bus’"

Morning Joe on Trump Tower Meeting: Everything You Heard from Every White House Representative Was a Lie

On Monday, Morning Joe started out with the latest information on the Trump Tower meeting, prompted by President Trump‘s tweet over the weekend about the meeting having been about getting dirt on Hillary Clinton. In the clip above, they start with a montage of previous statements made by the President and many other White House officials, and then cut to Joe Scarborough, who sums it up by saying it was all lies. “It’s breathtaking. We’re used to the lying, but on something this big, perhaps the most important part of this investigation,” he said. “Everything you heard from every White House representative there was a lie.” “Donald Trump admitted this weekend, they were all lying,” said Scarborough. He turned to NBC’s John Heilemann and asked what the consequences might be. “I don’t know what the consequences are but I know it’s an indication that some folks here
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Anderson Cooper: Trump Keeps Sticking With a Narrative That ‘Lets Russia Off the Hook’

Anderson Cooper tonight called out President Donald Trump‘s ongoing dismissals of the Russia “hoax” despite what his own officials are saying. “Now the president sometimes clarifies what he means by that, saying any notion of collusion is a hoax,” Cooper said, “but he often doesn’t make that distinction and seems to imply the entire Mueller probe into the election attack is a hoax, or the attack itself is one.” He showed clips of Trump’s continued denials contrasted with what people like DNI Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray have been publicly saying. “The president’s position on Russia often undercuts his administration’s position and the tough statements his own advisers make,” Cooper noted, “which raises the obvious question: is the president trying to have it both ways? Or it is now explicit white House policy to speak out of both sides of its mouth on a vital national Continue reading "Anderson Cooper: Trump Keeps Sticking With a Narrative That ‘Lets Russia Off the Hook’"

James Comey: We Should Be ‘Disagreeing Without Hating,’ the Russians Are Exploiting Our Divisions

Former FBI Director James Comey tweeted a call for more civil and respectful political disagreement this afternoon. “We must get better at disagreeing without hating,” he said. “The Russians know ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand.’ So they push us on social media from all sides. If we stand together as Americans and debate issues respectfully, then our true enemies will be defeated.” Comey also appears to ascribe to the philosophy of “never read the comments”:

WATCH: Nation’s Leading Intelligence Official Admits He Doesn’t Understand What Happened at Trump-Putin Summit

On Thursday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats suggested he was never briefed on what President Donald Trump said Vladimir Putin during their private meeting at the Helsinki summit. The DNI chief joined Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her White House press briefing today, and they were accompanied by FBI Director Chris Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, National Security director John Bolton, and other top members of the intelligence community. The ensemble delivered statements recognizing Russia’s election-meddling activities while also insisting that the administration is taking action to stop it from happening again. When the floor was opened for questions, Reuters’ Jeff Mason noted the “disconnect” between Coats and the White House in light of everything that happened since Trump’s controversial press conference. When asked to explain this, the DNI chief said “I’m not in a position to either understand fully or talk about what happened in Continue reading "WATCH: Nation’s Leading Intelligence Official Admits He Doesn’t Understand What Happened at Trump-Putin Summit"