The View Tees Off on Senate Intel Finding No Collusion: What Do They Need, a ‘Hello Vladimir’ Phone Call?


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The hosts of The View this morning discussed the Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly finding no direct evidence of Trump/Russia collusion. NBC News’ report on the finding said Democratic investigators “did not dispute” the characterization from Chairman Richard Burr, but “said they lacked context.” Joy Behar brought it up this morning as something President Donald Trump is getting a “glimmer of hope” from. She noted the hesitance from Ranking Member Mark Warner to fully agree with the conclusion before asking, “So if the Senate finds nothing wrong in terms of collusion with Russia, does that mean he’s not guilty?” “Not to me,” Sunny Hostin said. She brought up the guilty pleas, prison sentences, and criminal charges stemming from the Mueller probe, noting all the lies about contacts with Russia. Behar said their answer would be even if those people were doing bad things, “Trump knew nothing about it. Continue reading "The View Tees Off on Senate Intel Finding No Collusion: What Do They Need, a ‘Hello Vladimir’ Phone Call?"

MSNBC Stunned by Intel Committee News: ‘Trump Will Claim Vindication…And He’ll be Partially Right’


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On Tuesday, Intelligence and national security correspondent for NBC News Ken Dilanian reported the somewhat breaking news to MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson that the Senate Intelligence Committee admits it has found, after two years, “no direct evidence” of collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. The report met surprise first, then skepticism, with Jackson and her guests. “After two years and interviewing more than 200 witnesses, the Senate intelligence Committee has not uncovered any direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia,” said Dilanian. “That’s according to sources on both the Republican and the Democratic side of the aisle.” Dilanian noted that the Republican chair of the committee made remarks to that effect last week, but that the network continued to dig since that was a “partisan” comment. “What I found,” he said,” is that Democrats don’t dispute that characterization.” The report hinges on “direct” evidence, a Continue reading "MSNBC Stunned by Intel Committee News: ‘Trump Will Claim Vindication…And He’ll be Partially Right’"

Democrat Rep. Tells CNN He ‘Believes Whitaker is Lying’ Under Oath About Conversations with Trump


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During a recess from Friday’s Judiciary Committee hearing with testimony from acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, CNN’s Maju Raju reported on his conversation with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), a member of the committee, about the assertions made up to that point. Anchor Brianna Keilar asked Raju for an update, and he ran through some of the events of the hearing so far before he related the exchange he had with Rep. Cohen. “[Whitaker has] tried to make it clear that he has not interfered with the Mueller investigation, which is a big concern of Democrats,” said Raju. “But I can tell you Democrats are not assured by his blanket assurances.” “In fact, I just talked to one Democratic member, Steve Cohen, who told me that he believes that Whitaker is lying about his insistence that he did not speak to the president about the Mueller investigation,” he said. Continue reading "Democrat Rep. Tells CNN He ‘Believes Whitaker is Lying’ Under Oath About Conversations with Trump"

Schiff Hits Back at Trump Slamming Investigations and Calling Him a Hack: Oversight ‘Terrifies’ Him


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The House Intelligence Committee today voted to release witness transcripts to Robert Mueller and the DOJ. Chairman Adam Schiff also announced investigations into Russia and President Donald Trump‘s finances. In response, Trump called Schiff a “political hack” and said he has “no basis to do that.” “It’s called presidential harassment,” Trump said, before claiming it “hurts” the country. Schiff responded on Twitter by saying the idea of oversight “terrifies” Trump: [image via screengrab]

Rachel Maddow’s Narrative on Don Jr.’s ‘Blocked Calls’ Disappeared. She Forgot to Tell Her Audience.


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Question: What is missing from the below The Rachel Maddow Show clip, which aired on Thursday, Jan. 31? Rachel Maddow, like many of her guests, has been very suspicious about who Donald Trump Jr. called both before and after his infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians in 2016. Among the calls he made, several were to a blocked number. Maddow wondered on her show whether that blocked number was his father’s. She wondered hard, breathlessly. Rife with implication did she wonder, and heavily hanging the implied conclusion of collusion upon it. It wasn’t just Maddow and MSNBC asking the question, of course. It was Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX). It was Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). It was a lot of other members of the press, politicians, and commentators who wondered if the blocked number Continue reading "Rachel Maddow’s Narrative on Don Jr.’s ‘Blocked Calls’ Disappeared. She Forgot to Tell Her Audience."

Rachel Maddow Theorizes Russian Attack on Power Grid During Polar Vortex: What Would You and Your Family Do’


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Segwaying into a report from the Wall Street Journal on the vulnerabilities of U.S. infrastructures, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow used the current polar vortex to hypothesize a Russian attack on the power grid. “And it is like negative 50 degrees in the Dakotas right now. What would happen if Russia killed the power in Fargo today? What would happen if all the natural gas lines that service Sioux Falls just poofed on the coldest day in recent memories, and it wasn’t in our power whether or not to turn them back on,” Maddow said. “What would you do if you lost heat indefinitely as the act of a foreign power on the same day the temperature in your front yard matched the temperature in Antarctica? I mean, what would you and your family do,” Continue reading "Rachel Maddow Theorizes Russian Attack on Power Grid During Polar Vortex: What Would You and Your Family Do’"

Adam Schiff Wants Mueller to Look Into Don Jr. Testimony for Possible ‘Perjury Prosecution’


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Trump namesake Donald Trump Jr. may soon be facing his “time in the barrel,” if Democrats like Rep. Adam Schiff have anything to do with it. Schiff says he hopes Special Counsel Robert Mueller will review Junior’s congressional testimony with an eye toward a possible “perjury prosecution.” On Sunday morning’s edition of This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked Schiff, who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, about Trump Jr.’s testimony. “Your colleague on the committee, …Congresswoman Jackie Speier, told CNN that she believes that Donald Trump Jr. lied to your committee on at least two occasions,” Stephanopoulos said. “Do you agree?” “Well, I’d like the special counsel to have access to Don Jr.’s testimony and determine whether it is evidence of — of false statements,” Schiff replied, adding “I think — and I greatly appreciate the seriousness with which the special counsel Continue reading "Adam Schiff Wants Mueller to Look Into Don Jr. Testimony for Possible ‘Perjury Prosecution’"

Cohen Advisor Lanny Davis Says Client May Bail on Testimony Thanks to Witness Intimidation by Trump: ‘Family is Out of Bounds!’


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Attorney Lanny Davis, who represented former Trump insider Michael Cohen in court and now serves as his advisor, said on MSNBC Thursday that President Donald Trump is engaging in witness tampering and intimidation against his client. So much so, said Davis, that Cohen is considering whether to even “go forward” with his testimony. Davis made the remarks on The Beat to host Ari Melber. Melber said to Davis that that members of Congress, including committee chairs, have accused Trump of “potentially getting close to witness intimidation” over comments about Cohen’s father-in-law that Trump made on Fox News Channel. He played the clip, and then asked whether it was, in fact, intimidating Cohen. “Is that an impact on Mr. Cohen,” asked Melber, ” as we’ve seen reports about?” “Very much so,” replied Davis. “He is very concerned, as is his family, that a bully in the bully pulpit named Continue reading "Cohen Advisor Lanny Davis Says Client May Bail on Testimony Thanks to Witness Intimidation by Trump: ‘Family is Out of Bounds!’"

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace: ‘There’s Plenty to Celebrate Today in the Kremlin’


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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace opened today’s Deadline: White House by saying, “There’s plenty to celebrate today in the Kremlin. Vladimir Putin’s goal of weakening the West by sowing chaos and discord is having a banner week in the UK and in the US.” She brought up the shutdown––”a political crisis [Trump’s] created for himself and his party over a border wall that is not popular enough among the public to create any pressure”––and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s (D-CA) request that the State of the Union be delayed. But Wallace also brought up a New York Times report on what Trump did after meeting with Vladimir Putin:
The day after the two meetings, as Mr. Trump was on Air Force One taking off from Germany heading back to Washington, he telephoned a Times reporter and argued that the Russians were falsely accused of election interference. While he insisted most Continue reading "MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace: ‘There’s Plenty to Celebrate Today in the Kremlin’"

Sean Hannity: Trump Will Soon Reveal ‘Five Different Buckets’ of Secret Info on FBI Corruption


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According to Fox News megastar Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump is sitting on a bombshell of information that could expose significant amounts of corruption under the Department of Justice. Speaking on his radio show Monday afternoon, Hannity addressed speculations that the President unfairly fired members of the FBI because they were investigating Russia. “Comey deserved to be fired,” said Hannity. “Sally Yates deserved to be fired. Frankly, there are a bunch of people still there that need to be fired.” Hannity, a longtime friend of the President, said he is hopeful and cautiously optimistic that equal justice will be promoted under newly appointed Attorney General William Barr. He added the corruption that occurred under former attorneys general, including Jeff Sessions, are yet to be exposed. “We know that the President has five different buckets of information that he’s holding in his hand that will reveal corruption Continue reading "Sean Hannity: Trump Will Soon Reveal ‘Five Different Buckets’ of Secret Info on FBI Corruption"

Carl Bernstein: Mueller Draft Report Shows How Trump ‘Helped Putin Destabilize the United States’


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CNN analyst and legendary investigative journalist Carl Berstein appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday to talk about two bombshell reports on the Trump administration. One, from the New York Times, found that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was secretly “working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” And the other, dropped shortly afterwards by the Washington Post, reported that Trump tried to hide his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin from senior officials in his own administration. Bernstein first dismissed Trump’s attempts to claim that “unless there is some type of smoking gun… then there is no collusion.” “That’s nonsense,” Bernstein said. “This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the U.S. government saying, ‘Oh, my God, the president’s words and actions lead us to conclude that somehow he has become a witting, unwitting, or half-witting pawn, certainly Continue reading "Carl Bernstein: Mueller Draft Report Shows How Trump ‘Helped Putin Destabilize the United States’"

WATCH: Sen. Mark Warner Gives Jake Tapper Huge List of Reasons FBI Had to Suspect Trump


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Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday and ran down a comprehensive list of the investigations and allegations against President Donald Trump as they relate to Russian collusion, including that the FBI investigated whether he was acting on Russia’s, or Vladimir Putin‘s, behalf. Warner, who is the top dem on the Senate Intelligence Committee, read off an impressive litany to anchor Jake Tapper that was so comprehensive the host thought the Senator was done several times before he actually was. To start, Tapper asked the big question directly: “Do you think the president of the United States ever worked on behalf of the Russians against American interests?” “Well, Jake, that’s the defining question of our investigation and the Mueller investigation,” said Warner. “Was there collusion?” “I’m not going to talk about what we may have been briefed, in the gang of Continue reading "WATCH: Sen. Mark Warner Gives Jake Tapper Huge List of Reasons FBI Had to Suspect Trump"

Jon Meacham on Stunning NYT Trump Report: ‘This Is What the Founders Were Worried About’


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Presidential historian Jon Meacham spoke with Brian Williams on MSNBC last night about the stunning New York Times report on the FBI opening an inquiry into whether President Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia. And he expressed just how unbelievable this whole thing is:
“You look at all of these different fronts and you have the sort of emergency conversation which is deeply important and complicated, but we’ve really never had––and if we have, it’s classified and lost to history at least so far––a President of the United States who is considered to be possibly an asset of a foreign government. This is what the Founders were worried about in the 1790s. The Jeffersonians worried that Washington and Hamilton might be British agents, Washington and Adams and Hamilton worried that Jefferson might be a French agent. But that was in a kind of fevered political atmosphere. There was Continue reading "Jon Meacham on Stunning NYT Trump Report: ‘This Is What the Founders Were Worried About’"

Pompeo: The Idea Trump’s a Threat to National Security Is ‘Absolutely Ludicrous’


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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissed a new report in the New York Times that the FBI opened an inquiry into whether President Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia after he fired James Comey. CBS released the Face the Nation clip early today, in which anchor Margaret Brennan asked Pompeo for his reaction. The Secretary of State said, “I’m not going to comment on New York Times stories, but I’ll certainly say this. The notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous.” Brennan asked if he knew this was happening while he was CIA director. Pompeo again said the idea of this is “silly on its face and not worthy of a response.” You can watch above, via CBS. The full interview airs tomorrow on Face the Nation. [image via screengrab]

CNN NatSec Analyst: Trump’s Response to Stunning NYT Report Is ‘Just Making Russia’s Job Easier’


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A CNN panel this morning reacted to the stunning New York Times report that the FBI opened an inquiry after James Comey‘s firing into whether President Donald Trump was working for Russia. The Times report notes that there’s no public evidence yet that Trump “was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials,” but the news of the inquiry itself shocked many. The President went on a tweetstorm this morning blasting Comey and saying he’s been “FAR tougher on Russia” than previous presidents. In response, Continue reading "CNN NatSec Analyst: Trump’s Response to Stunning NYT Report Is ‘Just Making Russia’s Job Easier’"

White House Responds to Bombshell NYT Trump-Russia Report: ‘This Is Absurd’


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders hit back after the New York Times dropped a bombshell on Friday night claiming that the FBI opened up a probe into whether or not President Donald Trump may be working for the Russians. The inquiry was launched after Trump fired former FBI director James Comey. MSNBC’s Joy Reid read Sanders’ response on the air. “This is absurd,” the statement read. “James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack and his deputy Andrew McCabe who was in charge of the time is a known liar fired by the FBI. Unlike President Obama who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”

Tucker Carlson Knocks the FBI Over New Trump-Russia Report


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Tucker Carlson blasted the FBI in reaction to the stunning new report that they opened an inquiry into whether President Donald Trump was secretly working for Russia. The New York Times dropped this bombshell report tonight, detailing how this inquiry was opened after the firing of James Comey, and how it ended up under the purview of Robert Mueller. Carlson reacted by telling viewers “this is why you should never criticize the FBI”:
“You think it’s your birthright as an American. You can do it. I wouldn’t try it though. They might open an investigation into you without your knowledge into something appalling. Maybe it’s beating your wife, maybe it’s dealing fentanyl to kids, maybe it’s betraying your country in some alliance with Vladimir Putin. You don’t need to have done it. But once they investigate you, they can always leak two years later that they were investigating you Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Knocks the FBI Over New Trump-Russia Report"

FBI Reportedly Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Working for Russia After Comey Firing


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The New York Times dropped a pretty stunning report tonight on an action taken by the FBI in the wake of President Donald Trump‘s firing of James Comey. According to the Times, FBI officials were so alarmed by this move that “they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests”:
Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence… Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and Continue reading "FBI Reportedly Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Working for Russia After Comey Firing"