Trump Impeachment Advocate Tom Steyer Slams Hannity-Manafort Texts: Sounds Like ‘Mobsters on a TV Show’


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Billionaire activist and Trump impeachment advocate Tom Steyer blasted the newly revealed text messages between Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, calling out their secret plotting and over-the-top rhetorical bravado as something from “mobsters on a TV show.” Steyer was reacting to newly unsealed court documents, which revealed that Hannity had been communicating for months with Manafort, a key subject in the Special Counsel investigation who was ultimately indicted and convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud. The transcripts of those text messages portray two men in close, intimate contact, constantly urging each other on in their defense of President Donald Trump and their antipathy for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In response to Melber’s joking characterization of the “hot texts,” Steyer said they provide yet another example that Trump is unfit for the Office of the Presidency. “I think what Continue reading "Trump Impeachment Advocate Tom Steyer Slams Hannity-Manafort Texts: Sounds Like ‘Mobsters on a TV Show’"

Ari Melber Hits McConnell Over Election Security Legislation: Taking Actions That Leave U.S. ‘More Vulnerable’


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber knocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tonight for blocking election security legislation and dismissing President Donald Trump‘s comments about being open to foreign dirt. McConnell said on Fox News, “They just can’t let it go, Laura.” He said after the Mueller report is “case closed” and said Trump “gets picked at every day.” After noting McConnell wasn’t pressed because it was a “friendly interview with Fox News,” Melber said, “McConnell has made legislative actions and decisions that actually leave the United States more vulnerable to exactly the election interference that we know occurred.” Melber also brought up the past reporting on Russia’s actions during the election and, as Joe Biden put it in 2018, how McConnell “wanted no part of having a bipartisan commitment that we would say, essentially, ‘Russia’s doing this––stop.'” And Melber called it “chilling” that McConnell “didn’t want the Continue reading "Ari Melber Hits McConnell Over Election Security Legislation: Taking Actions That Leave U.S. ‘More Vulnerable’"

Fmr Federal Prosecutor on MSNBC Argues Mueller Doesn’t Need to Testify: Hearing Would Turn Into ‘Circus’


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Robert Mueller indicated in his public remarks today he would rather not testify to Congress, despite the public interest in him doing so, but one former federal prosecutor argued on MSNBC he doesn’t need to. Glenn Kirschner, an MSNBC legal analyst, made a case to Ari Melber why Mueller doesn’t need to testify. Firstly, he said, “prosecutors don’t testify about what witnesses said.” Or to put it another way:
“We don’t need Bob Mueller to say, ‘Oh, Don McGahn told us that the president told him to fire special counsel and when he refused, the president told him to lie.’ We need Don McGahn to say that to the American people and to Congress.”
Secondly, Kirshner argued that any congressional appearance from Mueller would become a “circus.” He added that such a forum would mean Mueller gets questions about “Hillary Clinton’s emails.” He Continue reading "Fmr Federal Prosecutor on MSNBC Argues Mueller Doesn’t Need to Testify: Hearing Would Turn Into ‘Circus’"

Ex-Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal: ‘A Pretty Devastating Day’ for Trump


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Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal said on MSNBC tonight, following Robert Mueller‘s public remarks, that today was “pretty devastating” to President Donald Trump. “I think President Trump had hoped that Attorney General Barr’s obfuscation of what Mueller actually concluded would carry the day and people would go home and forget,” he told Ari Melber. Katyal said Mueller came out to send a message that people are “spinning” his report, before taking issue with the idea that Mueller––who had nice words for Bill Barr––was giving the AG a “clean bill of health.” “He didn’t say anything about how Barr got the obstruction of justice stuff right or anything else,” Katyal added. Melber pushed back a bit and said it looked like that despite everything, Mueller went out of his way to present “some sort of… united front with Barr.” Katyal said it was just “a thin Continue reading "Ex-Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal: ‘A Pretty Devastating Day’ for Trump"

Ex-Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal: ‘A Pretty Devastating Day’ for Trump


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Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal said on MSNBC tonight, following Robert Mueller‘s public remarks, that today was “pretty devastating” to President Donald Trump. “I think President Trump had hoped that Attorney General Barr’s obfuscation of what Mueller actually concluded would carry the day and people would go home and forget,” he told Ari Melber. Katyal said Mueller came out to send a message that people are “spinning” his report, before taking issue with the idea that Mueller––who had nice words for Bill Barr––was giving the AG a “clean bill of health.” “He didn’t say anything about how Barr got the obstruction of justice stuff right or anything else,” Katyal added. Melber pushed back a bit and said it looked like that despite everything, Mueller went out of his way to present “some sort of… united front with Barr.” Katyal said it was just “a thin Continue reading "Ex-Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal: ‘A Pretty Devastating Day’ for Trump"

Adam Schiff Roasts AG Barr: Uglier and Less Likable Than Giuliani, But Just as Shady


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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) got laughs at a liberal conference when he made an extremely unfavorable comparison between Trump Attorney General Bill Barr and Trump general attorney Rudy Giuliani that denigrated both men’s looks and character. At the Center for American Progress (CAP) Ideas Conference Wednesday, MSNBC host Ari Melber asked Schiff to comment on reports that President Donald Trump is considering pardons for convicted and accused war criminals. “The pardon power, like any power in the Constitution, is not absolute,” Schiff said. “And you see this absolutely argument made in many context, so you see now the, and I hesitate to call him the attorney general, he’s really more the personal attorney for the president, but you see the argument made…” “What do you mean by that, you don’t think he deserves the title anymore?” Melber asked. “No,” Schiff said, to applause from the Continue reading "Adam Schiff Roasts AG Barr: Uglier and Less Likable Than Giuliani, But Just as Shady"

MSNBC’s Ari Melber: Bill Barr ‘Appeared to Echo’ Hannity in Fox News Interview


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A number of cable news hosts and pundits reacted to Attorney General Bill Barr‘s Fox News interview by saying he sounded like President Donald Trump or hosts on Fox itself. MSNBC’s Ari Melber compared Barr to one Fox News host in particular Friday night. Melber said, “While on Fox, Barr appeared to echo one of the network’s biggest Trump-defending anchors.” He showed clips of Hannity railing against the Russia investigation on his show paired with comments from Barr yesterday on the investigation into the origins of the investigation. CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin similarly reacted last night by saying that “Sean Hannity is the attorney general.” You can watch above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab]

Cory Booker Knocks Bill Barr: He’s Acted More Like a Rudy Giuliani Than an Attorney General


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2020 candidate Senator Cory Booker spoke with MSNBC’s Ari Melber today about the Mueller report and his issues with Attorney General Bill Barr. “He has been acting more like Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer, more like a Rudy Giuliani, than the independent head of the Department of Justice,” Booker said. “Anybody who takes a fair reading of that report with its redactions sees misconduct rife within this administration.” Booker, who has called on Barr to resign, said “we need to answer” the question of whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, which includes public testimony from Robert Mueller and getting the underlying documents. “I have a role in the United States Senate,” Booker said when Melber pressed him further, “which is the jury after impeachment has been passed by the House… So right now even Nancy Pelosi is saying let’s continue this investigation and go where the facts lead Continue reading "Cory Booker Knocks Bill Barr: He’s Acted More Like a Rudy Giuliani Than an Attorney General"

MSNBC’s Ari Melber Calls Out Corey Lewandowski for Lying to Him About Mueller Report Testimony


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In a rare moment of self-accountability for cable news, MSNBC’s Ari Melber re-examined a past interview he conducted with Corey Lewandowski to demonstrate how the former Donald Trump aide knowingly lied to his audience about the president’s efforts to obstruct the Special Counsel probe. But the reason Lewandowski lied, Melber concluded, is perhaps even more stunning. Replaying a segment from this past Februrary, Melber highlighted a clip that included an unequivocal denial from Lewandowski about any requests from Trump to interfere with Mueller’s investigation or the Justice Department’s oversight of it. “I don’t ever remember the president ever asking me to get involved with Jeff Sessions or the department of justice in anyway, shape or form ever,” Lewandowski said. This was a straight-up lie, Melber pointed out. In fact, Lewandowski’s comments on air directly contradict what he told — under penalty of perjury — to the Mueller investigators. During his Continue reading "MSNBC’s Ari Melber Calls Out Corey Lewandowski for Lying to Him About Mueller Report Testimony"

Colbert Asks Ari Melber What ‘The People’s Republic of MSNBC’ Thinks About Impeachment


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Late night host Stephen Colbert poked some fun at guest Ari Melber‘s television home by asking him what the consensus on impeachment is at “The People’s Republic of MSNBC.” Melber was a guest on Tuesday night’s edition of CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he gave his expert legal analysis on the roiling confrontations in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation, predicting that despite Trump’s objections, Mueller will end up testifying before Congress. Toward the end of the interview, Colbert took several shots at MSNBC. First, he asked Melber what the “vibe” is over at “The People’s Republic of MSNBC” regarding impeachment, a dig at the network’s liberal opinion programming. “What is the vibe over there? Impeach or no impeach?” Colbert asked. “I think there is substantial evidence in the Mueller report that the president committed crimes in office,” Melber replied, Continue reading "Colbert Asks Ari Melber What ‘The People’s Republic of MSNBC’ Thinks About Impeachment"

Ari Melber Confronts Swalwell: Mueller’s Evidence Doesn’t Support Some of Your Past Trump-Russia Claims


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber tonight pressed Congressman Eric Swalwell on some of his past claims about collusion and President Donald Trump being a Russian asset. Melber ran a montage of Swalwell saying things like that he thinks Trump has been an agent of the Russians and that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. “Do you accept the findings in the Mueller report,” Melber asked, “that do not support some of those claims?” Swalwell responded that he should have been “out there earlier” given all the links between Team Trump and Russians, adding that it’s clear “the Russians helped Donald Trump.” “To be clear,” Melber jumped in to ask, “you’re no longer maintaining that he is effectively a ‘Russian asset.'” “I think he acts on Russia’s behalf, and I challenge him to show me otherwise,” Swalwell responded. Melber again asked him about accepting Mueller’s findings, saying, “You… were Continue reading "Ari Melber Confronts Swalwell: Mueller’s Evidence Doesn’t Support Some of Your Past Trump-Russia Claims"

MSNBC Guest: Barr Presser is Nothing But ‘Performative Coonery’


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MSNBC guest Elie Mystal slammed Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday, insisting the AG’s press conference — scheduled prior to the release of the Mueller report — is nothing more than “performative coonery.” “This is embarrassing,” Mystal, the editor of Above the Law said. “Obviously, the attorney general of the United States thinks that his job is to be Trump’s security woobie as opposed to the actual people’s lawyer.” He then said this: “We should not take anything that Barr says tomorrow as anything other than performative coonery. We should not take anything that the president says tomorrow as anything other than spin.” Host Ari Melber drew attention to the New York Times report that suggests that Barr’s office has been communicating with the White House about the Mueller report. “Do you view that as potentially inappropriate?” Melber asked. “I think entirely inappropriate. This isn’t briefing Continue reading "MSNBC Guest: Barr Presser is Nothing But ‘Performative Coonery’"

Ari Melber: Dropping Mueller Report Before Good Friday, Passover Could Be Sign Barr’s Trying to Downplay It


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber opened tonight with the news of AG Bill Barr planning to release a redacted version of the Mueller report on Thursday. And Melber found the timing somewhat curious:
“Barr is picking when to release his redacted version of this obviously very anticipated report. Now, it could be a Monday to start the week. It could be a Friday or the weekend, like some of his memorable letters. It could be Good Friday. That hits this week. And I’m here to tell you tonight, Barr is pretty close, because he’s told the world for the first time today that of all the days that could begin the multi-day process of reading and reacting to this redacted report, the attorney general has picked the eve of Good Friday and Passover, which could be a sign that Barr wants to use this process to try to play down the report Continue reading "Ari Melber: Dropping Mueller Report Before Good Friday, Passover Could Be Sign Barr’s Trying to Downplay It"

MSNBC’s Ari Melber Rips Into Stephen Miller: Tries to Run Gov’t ‘Like a Weapon Against Immigrants’


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber ripped White House advisor Stephen Miller (“Donald Trump‘s Donald Trump”) tonight over the harsh immigration policy he has pushed for during his tenure in the Trump administration. He brought up a comment Miller gave to The New York Times last year over the family separation policy: “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.” Melber said, “Any nation without open borders will have some limits, but for a taxpayer-funded government employee to defend the human rights violations and the family separation policy as ‘simple,’ as an easy call as a policy, that he likes, even though it’s been rebuked as partly illegal by the courts and inhumane by experts across the spectrum? Let’s be clear. That is chilling.” He also gave Miller Continue reading "MSNBC’s Ari Melber Rips Into Stephen Miller: Tries to Run Gov’t ‘Like a Weapon Against Immigrants’"

George Papadopoulos Tells Ari Melber He ‘Had Some Street Cred’ in Prison: ‘It Was Trump Country’


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Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos sat down with MSNBC’s Ari Melber tonight to talk about how he became one of the central figures in the Mueller investigation, ending up pleading guilty. At one point during the lengthy interview, Melber asked Papadopoulos what it was like in federal prison. Papadopoulos described it as “Trump country” and said, “I was treated excellent.” “Let’s say I had some street cred,” he said with a laugh. Melber asked if people saw him as a “celebrity” or a “fighter.” “They considered me as that––as a fighter, and that counts for street cred when you get into a place like that,” Papadopoulos said. You can watch above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab]

Ari Melber and Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow Spar Over Barr Letter: ‘Save the Media Criticism’


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber spoke with Trump attorney Jay Sekulow and pressed him on the Mueller report and the Bill Barr letter with the AG’s findings on Robert Mueller‘s conclusions. Melber said the finding on collusion is good news for Trump, but asked, “How do you explain how many misstatements and falsehoods there were? Other people, as you know, were convicted of obstruction-related crimes and lying to the feds. That’s not in doubt. How do you explain all of that now that you have this result that would seem to be positive on the lack of conspiracy?” Sekulow pointed to how all the charges in the investigation had nothing to do with Russia, including “process crimes.” At one point, Melber asked Sekulow what his takeaway from “no exoneration on obstruction” is. Sekulow show back by asking about the “no crime” part, He told Melber to “read the whole Continue reading "Ari Melber and Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow Spar Over Barr Letter: ‘Save the Media Criticism’"

Former Prosecutor Throws Down With MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Mueller Report: ‘That’s a Cheap Shot!’


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Former head of the Office of the Independent Counsel Robert Ray had a contentious interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber regarding President Donald Trump‘s intense criticism of the investigation that eventually cleared him with colluding with Russia. Melber asked Ray if it was a mistake “to constantly malign Mueller and the probe as a witch hunt.” “There is a human dynamic here that shouldn’t be overlooked and that’s as I have said on many occasions, I would not wish a special counsel or independent counsel investigation on anyone,” Ray replied. “Because it is a very difficult to position to be in. I think the president well recognizes by this point that the firing of the FBI director has the consequences of putting him in a middle of a 22-month investigation,” he continued, adding he thought it was appropriate for Trump to push back because “it is in a political Continue reading "Former Prosecutor Throws Down With MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Mueller Report: ‘That’s a Cheap Shot!’"

MSNBC’s Ari Melber: House Democrats Must Accept that Mueller Did Not Find a Chargeable Election Conspiracy


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber said on Sunday night that it is time for House Democrats to stand up and accept that Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not find a chargeable election conspiracy. The comment came during an in-depth discussion of Attorney General William Barr‘s summary of Robert Mueller report and the issues — and politics — swirling around it. “Some people want those charges because they just think they are true, they expected that there would be a chargeable conspiracy after hearing so much about Trump publicly asking for Russia’s help and his aides going to meetings,” Melber began. “Other people, let’s be real may just hope for charges that challenge the legitimacy of this very controversial president. Those motivations are not what guides our justice system.” He then said this:
“We all know Trump era had been full of calls for certain people to stand up to their Continue reading "MSNBC’s Ari Melber: House Democrats Must Accept that Mueller Did Not Find a Chargeable Election Conspiracy"

Ari Melber and GOP Rep. Face Off Over Shutdown: Trump ‘Completely Failed’ at Promise Mexico Would Pay for Wall


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber spoke with Congressman Roger Marshall (R- Kansas) tonight about the ongoing shutdown fight, and Melber began by asking, “Donald Trump promised Mexico would pay for the wall. Why do you think he completely failed at that goal?” Marshall said Trump’s goal all along has been border security and keeping America safe. Melber asked if he’s receptive to “opening the government without the wall?” Marshall said that would be a “non-starter.” At one point Melber brought up comments from Marshall in 2017 questioning the feasibility of a border wall. The congressman said he’s just pulling an “isolated quote” and told Melber, “I’ve always said that border security was the priority. I’ve never thought it was feasible to do 2000 miles of wall. I was willing to consider it… You’re really getting way getting down in the needles in the haystack instead of staying focused on Continue reading "Ari Melber and GOP Rep. Face Off Over Shutdown: Trump ‘Completely Failed’ at Promise Mexico Would Pay for Wall"

‘We Can’t Chill’: Ari Melber Invokes Destiny’s Child to Teach ‘Scrub’ Trump to Pay His Bills


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber wants President Donald Trump to learn a lesson from Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child: Pay our bills! In a segment dedicated to the president’s campaign promise that Mexico would pay for his proposed southern border wall, Melber likened Trump to “a scrub who runs up the tab” at a bar and makes someone else pay for it at the last minute. In Trump’s case, that would be saying Mexico will pay for the wall and then getting the money from taxpayers instead. “We all know someone like this… when the bill comes, all of a sudden they’re acting dumb,” Melber says. “Beyoncé diagnosed that type of person in the classic, Bills, bills, bills by Destiny’s Child.” “‘Can you pay my bills? Can you pay my telephone bills? Do you pay my automobiles? If you did, then maybe we could chill,'” Melber sounded off, adding, “But we can’t Continue reading "‘We Can’t Chill’: Ari Melber Invokes Destiny’s Child to Teach ‘Scrub’ Trump to Pay His Bills"