Senate Judiciary Committee Poised To Probe Donald Trump Obstruction | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Senate Judiciary Committee Poised To Probe Donald Trump Obstruction | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


I’M GOING TO ASSUME THAT WASN’T
GOD AND IT’S A TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY.
THANKS FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT.
DAN RATHER IS HERE WHICH I’M EXCITED ABOUT.
WE HAVE A FEW NEW PIECES OF INFORMATION TO BREAK ON WHAT IS
GOING ON IN WASHINGTON WITH THE, WHAT APPEARS IT BE THE MUSH
ROOMING SCANDAL AROUND THE PRESIDENT.
WE HAVE A FEW NEW EXCLUSIVE PIECES OF INFORMATION ON THAT
TONIGHT. LAST NIGHT A COLOMBIA LOOSELY
PROFESSOR ASSESSED LETTER FROM CONGRESS.
THIS WAS THE LETTER. DEAR PROFESSOR, DANIEL RICHMAN
AT COLUMBIA, YESTERDAY IN THE SENATE THE FIRED DIRECTOR OF THE
FBI, JAMES COMEY, PUT THE SPOTLIGHTS ON PROFESSOR DANIEL
RICHMOND WHEN COMEY TOLD THE WORLD ABOUT HIS DECISION TO MAKE
PUBLIC HIS NOTES THAT HE WROTE UP AFTER THIS MEETING THAT HE
HAD WITH THE PRESIDENT IN WHICH THEY SAYS PRESIDENTS TOLD HIM
THAT THE FBI SHOULD LET GO ITS ONGOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
INTO THIS TRUMP NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MIKE FLYNN.
DIRECTOR COMEY EXPLAINED YESTERDAY UNDER OATH THAT THE
WAY HE DECIDED TO PUBLICIZE THOSE NOTES AND THAT MEMO HE
WROTE ABOUT HIS INTERACTION WITH THE PRESIDENT WAS THAT HE GAVE
IT TO HIS GOOD FRIEND WHO WORKED AT COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL, AND HE
GIVE HIS PROFESSOR FRIEND THE INSTRUCTION THAT HE SHOULD THEN
PASS ON THAT MEMO TO A REPORTER. AND SO AFTER THAT TESTIMONY
UNDER OATH YESTERDAY FROM JAMES COMEY, LAST NIGHT JAMES COMEY’S
PROFESSOR FRIEND AT COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL, HE GOT THIS LETTER FROM
CONGRESS, FROM THE SENATE EXPLAINING THAT DIRECTOR COMEY
HAD ALL BUT SAID THAT PROFESSOR RICHMOND HAD IN HIS POSSESSION
THIS POTENTIALLY INCRIMINATING MEMO ABOUT THE PRESIDENT, AND
COULD PROFESSOR RICHMOND PLEASE HAND THE MEMO OVER TO CONGRESS
RIGHT NOW. AND I MEAN I HAD THE WHEN I SAY
RIGHT NOW. MR. COMEY’S MEMORANDA WE ASK
THAT YOU PROVIDE COPIES OF ALL THE THEM THAT YOU RECEIVED NO
LATER THAN JUNE 19, 2017. CHECK YOUR WAUM CALENDAR.
IT’S JUNE 9th, 2017, TODAY. QUICK TURN AROUND, RIGHT?
THE SENATE HEARD YESTERDAY FROM JAMES COMEY THIS PROFESSOR AT
COLUMBIA HAD COMEY’S MEMO ABOUT TRUMP SUPPOSEDLY TRYING TO
KIBOSH THE INVESTIGATION. THEY HEARD THAT YESTERDAY THAT
THE PROFESSOR HAD THAT MEMO. THEY WROTE TO THE PROFESSOR LAST
NIGHT TELLING HIM TO HAND IT OVER, AND THEY GAVE HIM A
WHICH IS INTERESTING.
CNN’S MAN RAJ, HE FURTHER REPORTS TONIGHT THAT PROFESSOR
RICHMOND HAS BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THAT COMMITTEE AS OF TONIGHT,
BUT WE CAN REPORT THAT WHETHER OR NOT HE’S BEEN IN TOUCH WITH
THEM, HE HAS NOT HANDED OVER THE MEMO.
MICROBIOLOGY THIS IS KIND OF A STRESSFUL POSITION FOR YOUR
AVERAGE LAW PROFESSOR TO FIND HIMSELF IN.
BUT, HEY, IT’S TURNING OUT THESE ARE STRESSFUL TIMES.
NOW, THERE’S OBVIOUSLY A LOT GOING ON IN THE NEWS AT LARGE
RIGHT NOW. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THERE’S THE
U.K. ELECTION, WHICH IS FASCINATING AND A TOTAL SHOCKER
AND HAS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE U.K. AND EUROPE.
ALSO HAS INTERESTING IMPLICATIONS FOR US.
HE’D LOVE TO BE DEPOSED BY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATING
THE TRUMP RUSSIA MATTER. SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT HE REALLY
WANTS TO DO THAT, BUT HE SAID TODAY HE’D LOVE TO.
THERE’S ALSO THE MATTER OF THIS TICKING TIME BOMB THAT IS NOW
POTENTIALLY SET TO GO OFF IN THE U.S. SENATE WHEN IT COMES TO
HEALTH CARE. THE SENATE MAY BE MOVING TOWARD
AT A VOTE THAT WOULD KICK OVER 20 MILLION AMERICANS OFF HEALTH
INSURANCE. THERE’S A LOT GOING ON.
WE’RE GOING TO GET TO ALL THOSE THINGS THIS HOUR.
WE HAVE DAN RATHER HERE AND SOME EXPERT LEGAL ADVICE COMING UP ON
THE SHOW TONIGHT, ADVICE THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU.
BUT THERE ARE A FEW NEW THINGS WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO REPORT OUT
TONIGHT THAT I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW RIGHT OFF THE BAT.
THE FIRST IS THE NEWS OF THAT LAW PROFESSOR WHO HAS A COPY OF
JAMES COMEY’S MEMO DESCRIBING THE PRESIDENT SUPPOSEDLY TRYING
TO SHUT DOWN ON ONGOING FBI INVESTIGATION.
THAT LAW PROFESSOR NOT TURNING OVER THAT MEMO TO THE SENATE
DESPITE THE SENATE TELLING HIM HE HAD UNTIL TODAY TO HAND IT
OVER. THAT OBVIOUSLY RELATES TO THE
POSSIBILITY OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, WHICH IS THIS CENTRAL
QUESTION IN TERMS OF THE FATE PRESIDENCY.
DID THE PRESIDENT TRY TO STOP ONGOING FBI INVESTIGATIONS?
NOW, THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, ROBERT MULLER, HE WAS APPOINTED TO LOOK
INTO THE RUSSIA ISSUE, RIGHT? HE WAS APPOINTED TO LOOK INTO
THE SPECIFIC QUESTION OF WHO WEATHER THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN OR
ANY TRUMP ASSOCIATES HELPED OR COOPERATED WITH THE RUSSIANS IN
THIS RUSSIAN ATTACK ON OUR ELECTION LAST YEAR.
THE ORDER APPOINTING BOB MULLER TO BE SPECIAL COUNSEL SAID I
DON’T HAVE ANY IDEA THAT INVESTIGATION HE COULD ALSO
INVESTIGATED AND PROSECUTE ANY OTHER MATTERS THAT, QUOTE, ARISE
FROM THAT RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONS. WELL, IT NOW SEEMS CLEAR THAT
ONE OF THE MATTERS THAT HAS ARISEN FROM THE RUSSIA
INVESTIGATION IS THIS POSSIBILITY THERE’S BEEN AN
ATTEMPT TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE IN THIS MATTER POTENTIALLY BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HIMSELF.
AND ALTHOUGH THE MULLER INVESTIGATION, THE SPOKESPERSON
FOR BOB MULLER IS NOT CONFIRMING THAT OVERTLY, THAT BOB MULLER IS
NOW INVESTIGATING WHETHER THE PRESIDENT OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE,
WE’RE SURE THAT’S WHAT HE’S WORKING ON.
FIRST REASON IS BECAUSE JAMES COMEY SAID SO UNDER OATH
YESTERDAY TWICE. >>DO YOU SENSE THE PRESIDENT
WAS TRYING TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE OR JUST SEEK FOR A WAY FOR MIKE
FLYNN TO SAVE FACE GIVEN HE HAD ALREADY BEEN FIRED.
>>GENERAL FLYNN AT THAT POINT WAS IN LEGAL JEOPARDY.
THERE WAS AN OPEN FBI CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF HIS STATEMENTS
IN CONNECTION WITH THE RUSSIAN CONTACTS AND THE CONTACTS
THEMSELVES. SO THAT WAS MY ASSESSMENT AT THE
TIME. I DON’T THINK IT’S FOR ME TO SAY
WHETHER THE CONVERSATION I HAD WITH THE PRESIDENT WAS AN EFFORT
TO OBSTRUCT. I TOOK IT AS A VERY DISTURBING
THING, VERY CONCERNING, BUT THAT’S A CONCLUSION I’M SURE THE
SPECIAL COUNSEL WILL WORK TOWARDS TO UNDERSTAND THE
INTENTION THERE. >>DO YOU BELIEVE THIS WILL
ARISE TO THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE?
>>I DON’T KNOW THAT’S BOB MULLER’S JOB TO SORT THAT OUT.
>>THE SPECIAL COUNSEL WILL TRY TO WORK TO UNDERSTAND WHETHER
THE OBSTRUCTION INTENT WAS TLFT THAT’S THE FIRST OBVIOUS REASON
WE BELIEVE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, BOB MULLER IS INVESTIGATING
WHETHER ANYONE POTENTIALLY INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT MIGHT
HAVE TRY TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE IN THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION.
FIRST REASON WE THINK THAT IS BLUNTLY BECAUSE JAMES COMEY SAID
SO YESTERDAY UNDER OATH TWICE. THE OTHER REASON WE BELIEVE THAT
THE SPECIAL COUNSEL BOB MULLER IS INVESTIGATING WHETHER THERE
WAS AN OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE IS BECAUSE OF THIS.
>>SO YOU DIDN’T CONSIDER YOUR MEMO OR SENSE OF THAT
CONVERSATION TO BE A GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT?
YOU CONSIDERED IT TO BE SOMEHOW YOUR OWN PERSONAL DOCUMENT THAT
YOU COULD SHARE WITH THE MEDIA AS YOU WANTED TO?
>>CORRECT>>THROUGH A FRIEND? >>I UNDERSTOOD THIS TO BE MY
RECOLLECTION REPORTED OF MY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT
AS A PRIVATE I SEE CITIZEN. I FELT THAT IMPORTANT TO GET IT
OUT. >>WERE ALL YOUR MEMOS THAT YOU
REPORTED ON CLASSIFIED OR OTHER DOCUMENTS MEMOS THAT MIGHT BE
YOURS AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN? >>I’M SORRY.
I’M NOT FOR THAT THE QUESTION. >>YOU USED CLASSIFIED —
>>NOT THE CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS. UNCLASSIFIED I DON’T HAVE ANY OF
THEM ANYMORE. I GAVE THEM TO THE SPECIAL
COUNSEL. >>SO THAT MEANS ANY NOTES, ANY
MEMORANDA JAMES COMEY WROTE ABOUT HIS INTERACTIONS WITH
PRESIDENT TRUMP, HE HAS HANDED THEM OVER TO THE SPECIAL
COUNSEL, ROBERT MULLER. AND THAT’S A SIMPLE THING, BUT
IT HAS A COUPLE OF REALLY IMPORTANT IMPLICATIONS.
THE FIRST OF WHICH IS THAT MAY BE WHAT’S COMPLICATING THE ISSUE
OF THIS POOR LAW PROFESSOR. THE FACT BOB MULLER HAS THESE
DOCUMENTS, THAT MAY BE THE COMPLICATING FACTOR AS TO
WHETHER OR NOT JIM COMEY’S FRIEND, THIS LAW PROFESSOR CAN
HAND OVER HIS COPY OF THE MEMO TO THE SENATE.
THAT MAY BE WHAT’S MAKING THIS A HARD NIGHT FOR THAT LAW
PROFESSOR. BUT THE FACT JAMES COMEY GAVE
HIS MODEMS ABOUT HIS CONVERSATIONS TO THE SPECIAL
COUNSEL THAT IMPLIES PRETTY STRONGLY THEY ARE INVESTIGATING
POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE BY THE APPROXIMATE PRESIDENT.
WE KNOW HE NEVER TALKED TO THE PRESIDENT ABOUT RUSSIA OR ABOUT
THE RUSSIAN ATTACK ON OUR ELECTION.
JAMES COMEY SAID UNDER OATH THE PRESIDENT NEVER BROUGHT THAT
ATTACK UP, NEVER EXPRESSED ANY CONCERN ABOUT THAT RUSSIAN
ATTACK TO HIM EVER, EVEN ONCE. SO BOB MULLER’S ONLY
INVESTIGATING THE RUSSIA ATTACK AND POSSIBLE TRUMP CAMPAIGN
INVOLVEMENT IN THE RUSSIA ATTACK.
THESE MEMOS AREN’T ABOUT THE RUSSIA ATTACK.
IF THAT’S ALL HE’S INVESTIGATING THERE’S NO REASON FOR HIM TO BE
REVIEWING JAMES COMEY’S MEMOS ABOUT HIS INTERACTIONS WITH
PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE ONLY REASON THEY WOULD NEED
THOSE MEMORIES IF HE’S INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITY OF
SOMETHING ELSE BESIDES THE RUSSIAN ATTACK.
>>DO YOU BELIEVE THIS WILL RISE TO THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE?
>>I DON’T KNOW. THAT’S BOB MULLER’S JOB TO SORT
THAT OUT. >>BOB MULLER, SPECIAL COUNSEL,
AS OF TONIGHT APPEARS VERY STRONGLY TO BE INVESTIGATING
WHETHER THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD TRUMP,
COMMITTED OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.
NOW, THE RACE IS ON TO CONFIRM THAT FOR A FACT, BUT IN THE
ABSENCE OF DIRECT CONFIRMATION, IT REALLY SEEMS CLEAR BY EVERY
INDICATION THAT THAT’S WHAT HE’S DOING.
SO WE’VE GOT JAMES COMEY SAYING UNDER OATH THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP
WAS NOT THE SUBJECT PERSONALLY OF A COUNTERINTELLIGENCE
INVESTIGATION BY THE FBI INTO THE RUSSIAN ATTACK ON OUR
ELECTION AND POSSIBLE COLLUSION. BUT IT APPEARS THAT HE VERY MUCH
MAY BE THE SUBJECT OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S INVESTIGATION
INTO THE POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.
SO HERE’S THE OTHER THING GOING ON ABOUT THAT TONIGHT THAT IS
TURNING INTO A REALLY INTERESTING QUESTION.
BOB MULLER APPEARS TO BE INVESTIGATING OBSTRUCTION OF
JUSTICE. IS CONGRESS INVESTIGATING THAT
TOO? WE KNOW THE INTELLIGENCE
COMMITTEES ARE INVESTIGATING THE RUSSIA SIDE OF THIS T RUSSIA
ATTACK, WHETHER THEY COLLUDED IN THE RUSSIA ATTACK.
MIKE FLYNN HANDED OVER THIS WEEK HUNDREDS OF PAGES TO THE HOUSE
AND SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES IN RESPONSE TO THEIR
SUBPOENAS AFTER INITIALLY TAKING THE 5th.
WE KNOW THEY’RE LOOKING AT RUSSIA.
IS ANYBODY IN CONGRESS LOOKING INTO WHETHER OR NOT THE WHITE
HOUSE TRIED TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE OR ILLEGALLY MEDALS WITH OR
BLOCK THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONS? IS THAT BOB MULLER ALONE OR IS
CONGRESS WORKING ON THAT TOO? AS OF TONIGHT WE HAVE A LOT MORE
INFORMATION ABOUT IT. IT LOOKS LIKE THE ANSWER TO THAT
IS POSSIBLY THE COMMITTEES IN CONGRESS THAT WOULD HAVE
JURISDICTION OVER OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE BY THE PRESIDENT OR
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE BY OTHER OFFICIALS IN THE EXECUTIVE
BRANCH, THE COMMITTEES THAT WOULD HAVE JURISDICTION OVER
THAT WOULD BE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEES.
THE CHAIRMAN. JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE
IS REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN BOB GOT LAT.
HE APPEARS TO HAVE NO INTEREST WHATSOEVER IN INVESTIGATING THIS
MATTER. HE’S CERTAINLY TAKEN NO STEPS TO
EXERCISE HIS COMPETE’S OVERSIGHT ROLE IN THIS AT ALL.
I SHOULD TELL YOU AS AN ASIDE, SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN
IN OFFICE, THE ONLY REASON HE’S MADE ANY NEWS AT ALL IS BECAUSE
HE BREWED UP A LOCAL CONTROVERSY HOME IN VIRGINIA WHEN HE GOT HIS
SPEEDING TICKET AMENDMENT, SO THEY DINGED HIM FOR A FAULTY
SPEEDOMETER. THAT’S THE ONLY WAY HE’S MADE
NEWS. AND HE’S GOT THE COMMITTEE IN
THE HOUSE THAT WOULD OVERSEE SOMETHING LIKE AN INVESTIGATION
INTO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. A DEMOCRAT ON HIS COMMITTEE,
CONGRESSMEN LEWIS GUTIERREZ WROTE AND SAID BASICALLY WE’RE
THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THIS IS OUR TURF, WE SHOULD BE
INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE NOW THAT
THE SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS HAVE BEEN LEVIED AGAINST THE
PRESIDENT, LET’S HAVE THE PRESIDENT TESTIFY UNDER OATH
BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE. BUT THAT’S JUST A REQUEST TO THE
CHAIRMAN BY ONE DEMOCRAT ON THE COMMITTEE.
DOESN’T SEEM LIKE HE’S GOING TO DO ANYTHING ON THIS.
ON THE SENATE SIDE THOUGH, DING, DING, DING.
>>COMEY SAID THIS WOULD BE THE ONLY TESTIMONY TOMORROW.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO ISSUE A SUBPOENA OR TRY TO GET HIM
BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE?
>>IF UNDER YOU ARE LAWS — OUR RULES OF OUR COMMITTEE, IF
SCENARIO FEINSTEIN WOULD AGREE TO SUBPOENA, I WOULD.
>>THAT’S THAT GOOD CNN REPORTER I MENTIONED BEFORE, MANU RAJ
FROM CNN. THAT’S HIM DOOR STOPPING
REPUBLICAN SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLY BEING QUESTIONED HE SAYS IF THE
TOP DEMOCRAT ON MY COMMITTEE, IF DIANNE FEINSTEIN WANTS TO ISSUE
SUBPOENAS IN THIS PART OF INVESTIGATION, LET’S SAY SHE
WANTS TO ISSUE A SUBPOENA, YES, WE WILL DO THAT.
I WILL AGREE TO THAT. YOU KNOW WHAT, I THINK SENATOR
DIANNE FEINSTEIN MIGHT WANT TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, TONIGHT
SHE HAS JUST ISSUED THIS. QUOTE, MR. CHAIRMAN, IN MY
CAPACITY AS RANKING MEMBER, IT IS MY STRONG RECOMMENDATION THAT
THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE INVESTIGATE ALL ISSUES THAT
RAISE A QUESTION OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.
THESE SHOULD BE DEVELOPED BY OUR LEGAL STAFF, AND SUBJECT TO FULL
COMMITTEE HEARINGS. THIS IS A LETTER FROM DIANNE
FEINSTEIN TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TONIGHT,
CHUCK GRASSLY. SHE SUMMARIZES COMEY’S SWORN
TESTIMONY, THESE ABSOLUTELY EXPLOSIVE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST
THE PRESIDENT THAT THE PRESIDENT PRESSURED THE FBI DIRECTOR TO
KIBOSH THIS ACTIVE INVESTIGATING INTO MIKE FLYNN.
AND, OF COURSE, JAMES COMEY SAYS THE PRESIDENT PUNISHED HIM ON
THAT, THE PRESIDENT SAYS NEW YORK CITY I DIDN’T.
THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT JAMES COMEY HAS ANYTHING TO BACK
UP HIS STORY. WE KNOW HE SAYS HE HAS A MEMO HE
WROTE AFTER THE MEETING. NOW EVERYONE’S TRYING TO GET A
HOLD OF THAT MEMO. BUT BEYOND THAT MEMO WHICH
THEY’RE TRYING TO PRY OUT OF THIS POOR PROFESSOR AND TRYING
TO PRY OUT OF COMEY AND PRY AWAY FROM MULLER AND PRY OUT OF THE
FBI, BEYOND THAT MEMO, TONIGHT SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN TAKES
IT ONE STEP FURTHER. JAMES COMEY SAYS THERE’S ANOTHER
WAY HIS SIDE OF THE STORY CAN BE CORROBORATED.
NUMBER ONE, HE’S SWEARING UNDER OATH, NUMBER TWO, HE HAS A MEMO
HE WROTE THAT NIGHT, AND NUMBER THREE, HE SAYS HE TOLD OTHER
PEOPLE RIGHT THEN WHEN IT HAPPENED WHO CAN BACK HIM UP.
AND WE SAW THIS COMING LAST NIGHT.
HERE IT IS. QUOTE, DIRECTOR COMEY TESTIFIED
THAT HE SPOKE TO A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS ABOUT HIS
CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT SHORTLY AFTER IT HAPPENED.
ACCORDING TO HISS ORAL TESTIMONY, THIS INCLUDED THE
FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS. ONE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE FBI,
ANDREW McCABE MUCH CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FBI DIRECTOR GYM
RIB BICCY. GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE FBI,
JAMES BAKER, ASSOCIATE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE FBI, NUMBER
THREE PERSON IN THE AGENCY, DAVID BOUGH DITCH, AND CHIEF OF
THE NATIONAL SECURITY BRANCH, CARL GAT TAS.
DIANNE FEINSTEIN LISTS THEM ALL BY NAME AND TELLS CHUCK GRASSLY
THAT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SHOULD HEAR FROM THOSE WITNESSES
BASICALLY TO SEE IF THEY CORROBORATE JAMES COMEY’S
TESTIMONY. SO REGARDLESS OF THE RUSSIA
ATTACK AND THIS HUGE EXISTENTIAL QUESTION OF WHETHER THE RUSSIANS
HAD AMERICAN CON FED RATS HELPING THEM IN THAT ATTACK,
SEPARATE ISSUE, REGARDLESS OF THAT, IF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES IS POTENTIALLY IN LEGAL JEOPARDY FOR HAVING TRIED
TO SHUT DOWN AN ACTIVE FBI CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, WE
BELIEVE THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED HOUSE SO
FAR IS BASICALLY GOING TO LET THAT GO.
JUST NOT INTERESTED. AT LEAST NOT SO FAR.
THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED SENATE, HOWEVER, MAY BE SHOWING
SIGNS OF LIFE, AT LEAST IF THE DEMOCRATS AND THE REPUBLICANS ON
THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THERE IF DIANNE FEINSTEIN CONTINUE TO
WORK TOGETHER. WE KNOW THE SPECIAL COUNSEL IS
ON THAT AS WELL. HE STILL THE POWER TO
INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE. AND ON THAT, THERE’S THREE
THINGS TO TAKE AWAY ON THAT TONIGHT WHICH WE HAVE JUST
LEARNED. ON THE MATTER OF WHAT APPEARS TO
BE NOW AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION BY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL INTO THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHETHER HE OBSTRUCTED
JUSTICE. FIRST, IF THE WHITE HOUSE
ULTIMATELY DOESN’T LIKE WHAT ROBERT MULLER CONCLUDES ABOUT
THE PRESIDENT, THEY’RE SMEARING ROBERT MULLER, THEY WILL HAVE A
HARD TIME SMEARING BOB MULLER THE SAME WAY, NOT JUST BECAUSE
OF HIS REPUTATION AS A PUBLIC CERTIFY HAVEN’T HAVEN’T, THEY
WILL HAVE A HARD TIME SMEARING HIM BECAUSE NPR REPORTS TONIGHT
THAT THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH THE
MOTIONS OF MAYBE HIRING BOB MULLER THEMSELVES.
THEY CONSIDERED HIRING BOB MULLER WHEN THEY WERE LOOKING
TAR REPLACEMENT FBI DIRECTOR AFTER THE PRESIDENT FIRED JAMES
COMEY. SO IN THE END, THEY MAY END UP
TRYING TO SMEAR BOB MULLER SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD, BUT
IT’S A MATTER OF RECORD THEY LIKED HIM WELL ENOUGH TO
INTERVIEW HIM AND CONSIDER HIM THEMSELVES FOR RUNNING THE FBI.
SECOND NEW THING TO KNOW ABOUT BOB MULLER AND THE POSSIBILITY
HE’S NOW INVESTIGATING THE PRESIDENT FOR POTENTIAL
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, WE CAN REPORT IT CONCERNS GRAND JURIES.
SO FAR WE’VE KNOWN OF AT LEAST ONE GRAND JURY THAT IS ALREADY
INVOLVED IN THIS CASE AND ISSUING SUBPOENAS.
THE FIRST ONE WE KNOW ABOUT IS IN VIRGINIA.
SO THAT INVESTIGATION INTO FLYNN OPERATED THROUGH THE U.S.
ATTORNEY’S OFFICE IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA THEY’VE
CONVENED A GRAND JURY, ISSUED SUBPOENAS AND FOLLOWING A TRAIL
THERE. THAT INVESTIGATION HAS ALREADY
REPORTEDLY BEEN FOLDED INTO WHAT ROBERT MULLER’S DOING AT THE
FBI. IN ADDITION TO THAT FLYNN
INVESTIGATION THOUGH, NBC NEWS HAS REPORTED THERE’S A SEPARATE
FEDERAL INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY INTO TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIR, PAUL
MANAFORT. AND I CAN TELL YOU IT’S
BELIEVED, BUT NOT CONFIRMED, THAT THAT INVESTIGATION, THE
MANAFORT INVESTIGATION, INVOLVES A SECOND GRAND JURY SEPARATE AND
APART FROM THE ONE CONVENED IN THE MIKE FLYNN MATTER.
SO THAT MANAFORT INVESTIGATION HAS ALSO NOW REPORTEDLY BEEN
FOLDED INTO WHAT ROBERT MULLER IS DOING AS SPECIAL COUNSEL.
SO IF YOU THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND, IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT
HE’S DOING IN WASHINGTON AND THESE OTHER ONGOING
INVESTIGATIONS INVOLVING U.S. ATTORNEYS OFFICES AND GRAND
JURIES, SUBPOENAS ALREADY ISSUED AND VEFRGSZ UNDERWAY, THOSE
BEING PUT UNDER HIS MANAGERIAL PURVIEW, IF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL
ENDS UP WANTING TO ISSUE SUBPOENAS OR BRING CRIMINAL
CHARGES, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT HE COULD DO THAT WORK, HE COULD
CONTINUE TO WORK WITH EITHER OF BOTH OF THOSE GRAND JURIES THAT
ARE ALREADY CONVENED AND WORKING ON SOME ASPECT OF HIS ISSUE.
THERE’S ALSO A POSSIBILITY HE COULD I AM PANEL A WHOLE NEW
GRAND JURY. AND THAT’S NOT THE KIND OF THING
THAT’S DONE IN PUBLIC. BUT AS THE FLYNN AND MANAFORT
CASES SHOW, AS THE HISTORY OF LOTS OF OTHER HIGH PROFILE CASES
SHOW, THE IMPANELLING OF A NEW GRAND JURY, THAT IS SORT OF
THING THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP SECRET FOREVER.
AND THAT BRINGS US TO THE LAST THING TO KNOW ABOUT THIS
TONIGHT. IT’S THIS GUY.
IN “THE WASHINGTON POST” TONIGHT, HE’S DESCRIBED BY A
FORMER SOLICITOR GENERAL WALTER DELL JER MOST BRILLIANT
KNOWLEDGEABLE FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAWYER IN AMERICA, PERIOD.
WOW. HIS NAME IS MICHAEL DREEBEN.
HE’S NOW PART OF THE ROBERT MULLER INVESTIGATION INTO THE
TRUMP RUSSIA AFFAIR WITH INCREASINGLY SEEMS LIKE THE
PARKING LOT OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE INVESTIGATION THAT HAS
ARISEN ALONG WITH IT. TOP FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAWYER IN
AMERICA,

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100 Replies to “Senate Judiciary Committee Poised To Probe Donald Trump Obstruction | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC”

  1. Why don't you stop waisting peoples time with your useless "he said/she said" smokescreen agenda against our president and start acting like Americans!!

  2. There are several instances in this video where Comey has made statements where it's clear he's not trying to make a definitive statement. However, Maddow keeps implying Comey was making definitive statements.

    She's being just as shady as the right slanted videos I've watched on the matter. I'm not going to say fake news, but both sides are clearly pandering to their audiences so they can get the ad revenue.

  3. Comey leaked the information because he wanted an investigation. Comey has been bullied by the Obama administration. He used Trump to get the ball rolling. He knows Trump is safe. However, this investigation will lead to the exposure of the DNC corruption. Comey is a patriot. That is why he exposed Loretta Lynch which is "obstruction of Justice." Comey knows the DNC is projecting when it comes to the "Russian" (matter) LOL. The "Russian" (matter) was a construct by the Obama crew!

  4. This crazy woman just throws out thoughts, and hypothesis, that are inflammatory. Just  typical emotional LBGTIQ delusions. LOL!

  5. Might have?? Might have lied to me – maybe ??? I Hope??? Obstruction???  According to this there is an open and shut case against Lynch for obstructing justice.

  6. Rachel, you are very compelling.
    But still, not so much of a substance…
    You are digging, digging, digging, but.. still only allegations.
    Ok, the best criminal lawyer. So what? It doesn't mean that Muller wants to indict Trump.
    The show looks very entertaining, though.
    Also it seemed to me that one of the senators during the hearings had questions given to him by Rachel. And HE was in her show the night before 🙂

  7. For the last 70 years #Russia has been our main enemy. What’s so important to the #trumpfamily that they turned traitors? Why does not @GOP stop them?

  8. What a joke….. "I had to take note because i thought he might lie" but when Loretta Lynch DID obstruct and order Comey to falsify information that's no big deal….. but hey keep trying snowflakes ur running out of lies to push……

  9. He's trying to figure out a way to fire Bob Muller, I'm sure they are trying to dig up dirt so they can have a somewhat legit sounding reason to get rid of him. Comey gave the law professor the memo cause it was insurance policy in case Trump tried to have him killed

  10. No matter what happens that creep can blow tax payers' money like candy. What arrogance, bold stupidity. Shameful! Disgraceful! Craven!

  11. The little weasel Sessions will lie his and off for the Donald…our little junior Jesus has no moral compass.

  12. The world outside the US knows about FELIX SATER who can be the downfall for The Donald with money laundering for the Russian mafia.  Forget impeachment.  Money laundering billions of dollars is federal incarceration.  But no words out of Rachel Maddow about FELIX SATER?  Why?  Because it's all a charade. 

    Rachel Maddow and all this dog and pony show is a JOKE!  The congress + FBI + U.S. Media = CHARADE!!!  Impeachment talks are just that.  Congress will not impeach the Donald.  The FBI?  They already know about Felix Sater and money laundering for the Russian mafia.  Actually, Felix Sater is an FBI asset (paid informant by the feds), so all this brouhaha about impeachment is all just a charade. 

    At the end of the day, Manafort and the rest of the Russian love fest will just say they NEVER linked their contacts with Trump (trump never knew about anything) even if there were evidence of Russian collusion.  Thereafter, Trump will just pardon all federal crimes to these cronies.  End of story. 

    Again, this is all a charade.  Rachel Maddow should be talking about FELIX SATER and money laundering for the Russian mafia and how The Donald should be investigated for money laundering!!!!!!  But all this will not come about.  Why Rachel?  Because you are a pawn and she knows it!!!!!

  13. The mushrooming problem has it's target, but you got it wrong. It is Mrs. Clinton, not Mr. Trump.

  14. who Is questioning Obama about RUSSIA'S ATTACK. Trump was not President, all the election was on Obama's watch.

  15. What is Rachel going to talk about when this also blows over? If you listen to her, you would believe that Donald Trump's hope is to Comey's a direct order. Did Comey immediately stop any investigation into Flynn based on that hope? If not, it seems there is evidence he did not take it as an order. Besides, why would Trump care. If Flynn is bound guilty of any crime, as the president, he can simply issue a pardon. After all, Obama handed out pardons and commutations like candy.

  16. Wait, don't forget Comey's UNDER OATH revelations:

    Loretta Lynch obstructed justice by instructing Comey not to prosecute Hillary, Comey illegally leaked to the NY Times, admitted under oath that stories about Russian collusion in all media were all "fake news", and admitted under oath that Russian collusion stories have no basis in fact.

    Waiting for in-depth coverage of these facts.

  17. wow. you've lost and yet you keep trudging on. your conspiracy theories are the laughing stock of the internet.

  18. Comey DESTROYED all of these fake narrative and now the spin is Comey is being "bullied"?! 😂😂😂😂

  19. She is a BADLY Brainwashed Self Serving CANCER ALONG with ALL of the Emotional cases that watch her SHE makes $$ by MASSIVE exageration and all the Liberal cancers hang on for emotional survival !

  20. The criminal corporate political  maggot needs to have a probe……electric probe….shoved sideways up his arsehole and set to high until it melts or explodes (either is fine).  Time to clean up the criminals in our society….government and corporate alike.

  21. Rachel.
    Excellent job.
    You are figuring it out.
    Keep on digging.
    Stay focused,pay attention,be patient.
    You are amazing.
    Keep on moving forward democrats.

  22. Anybody else think it looks a little awkward to have a whole cluster of photographers sitting on the floor in front of the panel? I think it's undignified and disorganized. In this day and age of small cameras, couldn't they just perch a few and operate them remotely?

  23. MSNBC clearly believes there is no news worthy of reporting – at weekends! What kind of a service is that for chrissakes? Not one of its anchors is to be seen outside taped clips from the previous week during Saturday and Sunday. Pretty disgraceful for a mainstream news channel!!!

  24. Because the United States constitution has a process for removing an individual from office. Draft the articles of impeachment in the united state House of Representatives and vote to convict in senate…probably won't happen and all this Russia false narrative only hurts the democratic party

  25. So what .. there is Russian influence in trump and that is of possible ties to the Russian mob. But again articles of impeachment would still need to drafted if the president has "lost the full faith and confidence" of the American people

  26. Is Maddow Mentally Insane?? There is no Evidence with Russia!! This woman is a total MORON!! Just listen to her insane Ramblings!!!! Makes up everything she reports!!! GET HER OFF THE AIRWAYS,Her garbage is making the Liberals even Dumber than they are already!!!

  27. Comey could not say there was obstruction because there was none! He is passing it on to Mueller to decide, just to keep it alive for the Democrats. Can't you see that? Besides Mueller has a conflict of interest here since they are good friends with Comey. If he is as honorable as Jeff Sessions, her should recluse himself or resign.

  28. This woman needs to be in a Mental Institution. How can any person in their right mind, believe one word she reports? Her Fake News is well known. Her extreme biased reporting about President Trump is beyond Fake News. Her (proven) Lies are Historical, and she should be ashamed of herself. She is not a Reporter, nor a Journalist, she is an "Opinionist", for this is all she does in her Reporting. But then, NBC, and MSNBC are known for their Fake News Stories and Extreme Fake News concerning our President. They are consistently fanatical in their efforts to undermine our President, and trying to give the Public their own hatred for our President. People of America – tune into a News Station that will give you real honest News Reports, they are out there – OAN, FOX, and others who you can count on for Truthful News.

  29. I can't believe this freak has any one who takes her serious. and how this channel even stays on the air

  30. you folks who watch this channel and 'CNN I believe have a new sickness called sour losers, u can't impeach some one with no evidence, 10 months you liked to the public, get a freaking clue.

  31. Do you news people ever get tired of making fools out of yourselves. I used to love to watch the news but it has turned into a circus. I think it is funny how the ones that lie can't keep a straight face. If they were serious about what they are speaking on that would not happen.

  32. Hey, MSNBC, where is Rachel's video for June 12? I was going to watch it, but it was forty some minutes long and I was so tired that I just copied the link and put it into a document so I could find it on Tuesday. It was/is no longer available. Why? Rachel's presentation of news is so wonderful to truly understanding what's going on so I'm wondering why Monday's show is no longer able to be viewed! She is my number one source for news and I'm very unhappy that I can't watch her show for June 12, 2017. What gives???? Is it out there and I just can't find it?

  33. You should be on the congressional hearing!!! You're amazing! Keep up pushing these crooks! Expose this so called POTUS!!!

  34. Comey confessed that there was no evidence of Russian influence, the president was not in any investigation, the president said he hoped that Comey would let Flynn investigation go. Is "hope" a crime? Does Comey's confession mean anything? The left wingers would heap more witch hunt rhetoric on the president. The deep hatred and evil intentions are obvious. Comey leaked his "memo" to the professor and has the latter give it to the media? What dirty, underhanded behavior it is? Comey is a weasel. He is the leaker. He is likely one of the deep state leakers of confidential materials. Isn't leaking confidential government material a crime?

  35. PRESIDENT COWARD
    1 – President Coward does not attend the White House Correspondents Dinner, because fears the jokes that people will tell about him.
    2 – President Coward fires the FBI director, the man leading the Russia investigation, to take "pressure off", in President Coward's own words. He cannot handle pressure.
    3 – President Coward cancels a state visit to the United Kingdom, because he fears the hostile reception he will get there.
    4 – President Coward promises "100%" to testify under oath. I bet he won't. Prove me wrong, President Coward!
    5 – Special counsel Mueller is closing in on President Coward who appears to be panicking. I bet he will (try to) fire Mueller too. Prove me wrong, President Coward!

  36. Maddow, shame on you. You spew your garbage and give fuel to those wackos who want to cause harm. You are so full of hate and obstruction you incite violence.

  37. Hey Rocky Madcow really you can't believe that Killary Clinton is a crooked evil evil woman she lies about every thing the sad thing is you know she is corrupt she had dealings with Russia not Trump

  38. Hope Mueller and his staff are investigating Trump's money flow. He hides his money through charities and shell companies. Its fact he's been investigated for money laundering before he fired the attorney generals.

  39. my comment is not about this show, but a previous show which you aired President Reagan and Bill Casey. I noticed standing behind Bill Casey was, I think, a young Eugene Robinson. was that Eugene Robinson?

  40. Well, it looks like Pence is under investigation. When the smoke clear's and none of the "House Of Lies" did nothing wrong so be it. However, if Pence somehow gets cleared of any wrongdoing, and Frump resigns or steps down because of wrongdoing. Pence will be sworn in, I wonder how quick he will issue a Presidential Pardon?!?

  41. What about the House? Why isn't the House investigating? Who is the leader in the House of the committee that should be investigating Trump? "What's his name and phone #?

  42. Rachel Maddow

    WE KNOW YOU'RE SO HURT BECAUSE YOU LOOKED LIKE FOOL ON ELECTION DAY AND NOW YOU'RE ON A PERSONAL VENDETTA. IT WILL FAIL THE SAME WAY YOUR DUMB PREDICTIONS FAILED

  43. you need to stop fueling violence across the country. I personally accuse you Rachel Maddow of causing the shooting Scilise was victim of.

  44. YOU LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES WILL NOT WIN THIS BATTLE AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP.
    GOD PUT THIS MAN IN CHARGE OF THE USA AGAINST THE ODDS. AND NO LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE IS GOING TO DERAIL HIM OF HIS DUTIES UNTIL GOD FINISHES WHAT HE STARTED WITH TRUMP! PERIOD!
    WHEN GOD IS DONE WITH TRUMP…HE WILL TAKE HIM OUT. UNTIL THEN…SIT AND RELAX, AND ENJOY THE RIDE. IT'S GOING TO BE A ROUGH ONE FOR ALL YOU!
    BUT, HEY YOU WERE LOOKING FOR A FIGHT…YOU GOT ONE, BUT NOT WITH TRUMP.
    YOU KNOW THE REST!

  45. Rachel Maddow is a Cancerous constant Negative journalist that continues to cause More Frustration, More Division, and More Negative Mocking News against President Trump and administration. Rachel Maddow mentions No Positive issues; Always Negative. Rachel Maddow is a Cancerous Person.

  46. Probe yourself I no you got the toys to do it with arn,t you glade nobody reads this crap? I did hear Owen say madcow he probably came up with it himself oh lordy come on

  47. RACHEL MADDOW IS THE BEST AT GETTING ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS SHE'S THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING THAT YOU CAN GET INFORMATION ABOUT ANYTHING OR ANYONE GOD BLESS HER SOUL.YOU GOTTA LOVE HER.

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