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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to James Clapper: Is Trump Making Russia Great Again?


On Wednesday's edition of 'Hardball' on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews asked James Clapper, who served as the Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, whether President Trump is helping Russia become great again instead of America. Matthews asked: "Do you think our president is helping Russia be great again?" "Yeah, in a way, I guess he is. Particularly, if — as Putin gets his way in Syria, and if nothing is done to push back on the Russians in Ukraine, yes," Clapper agreed.

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Chris Matthews: Believe It Or Not, “Other People” Don’t View Trump The Way “You See” Him


On Tuesday night's broadcast of Hardball, Chris Matthews acknowledged to his viewers "other people" may not see President Donald Trump the way "you do." "Trump Watch, Tuesday, May 30th, 2017," the MSNBC host began his monologue. "The intriguing fact of Donald Trump is that what you see is not necessarily or even probably what some other people in this country see." "Well, not everybody sees the same thing when they look at Donald Trump," the MSNBC host remarked. "Believe this or not," Matthews told his listeners, "out of every five people out there in this country, at least two of them like exactly what he's doing." "Sleep tight," the MSNBCer warned.

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Chris Matthews: Jared Kushner Knows Everything About Donald Trump’s Involvement With Russia


Chris Matthews, on the Thursday broadcast of MSNBC's Hardball, asked viewers "follow me on this" as he rolled out a conspiracy theory of "the three people" who can bring President Trump down for "playing footsie" with Russians. "I would assume that Jared Kushner knows exactly, precisely, either through his wife or directly from his father-in-law exactly what his methods were, what his relationships were, what words were passed with the Russians," Matthews said. CHRIS MATTHEWS: It seems to me, and follow me on this. Check me. It seems to me that there are three people that can get this president, if there is guilt there, in terms of some sort of footsie, playing footsie with the Russians during the campaign and after the campaign. If one of the three people talks. Now, it seems that if Michael Flynn talks and I think the president is very wary of this. If he talks, he can say, 'Here's the following sort of marching orders I got from the president in those meetings I had with the Russians.' He wanted us to set some deal, convince them things are going to look a lot better after I get in office, blah, blah, blah. Keep up the good word. We don't know what it is. But that guy clearly doesn't want to talk right now. He's trying to get immunity. He's using everything including the Fifth Amendment to not have to talk. Then there's Paul Manafort, who is talking. Now, Manafort may be just talking about his own financial business, which may not be nice to look at, but it's totally legal. And then you have the son-in-law. What does Jared Kushner know about the father-in-law? I would assume everything. I would assume that Jared Kushner knows exactly, precisely, either through his wife or directly from his father-in-law exactly what his methods were, what his relationships were, what words were passed with the Russians. And my guess is we would like to hear on the record, under oath, all three of these gentlemen. Will we ever get to hear from all three of them on this matter?

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Chris Matthews: Mulvaney Said We Need A Budget For People Who Pay Bills; “In Other Words, The Wealthy”


On Tuesday's broadcast of his MSNBC show Hardball, host Chris Matthews reacted to Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney's description that the upcoming budget was written "through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the bills." "In other words, the wealthy people," Matthews said.

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Chris Matthews On Special Counsel: President Trump Has A “Tail On Him”


Chris Matthews delivers commentary on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI, being in charge of investigating Trump and Russia. On the Wednesday edition of his MSNBC program, Matthews said It will be his duty to the country discern between the charges thrown by Trump's critics and the reality of what Trump did. Matthews said all Americans should "root for the special counsel." MATTHEWS: Tonight the president of the United States has a tail on him. The U.S. Justice Department has assigned a special counsel to investigate Trump's role in dealing with the Russians during the 2016 campaign. What did he know and when did he know it? Those are the Watergate watch words and they will be thrown into battle with Trump… The credibility of the Trump presidency rests on what's discovered. We should all, all Americans, root for the special counsel to do the job effectively and comprehensively. The country needs the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

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Chris Matthews On FBI: “All It Does Is Dig Up Stuff On People All The Time. That’s All They Do”


On Tuesday night's edition of Hardball with Chris Matthews, the MSNBC host said all the FBI does is "dig up stuff on people all the time." Wall Street Journal reporter Eli Stokols called it "hubris" to think you can pick a fight with the FBI and that it will "end well" for you. Matthews agreed, noting "the Kennedys were afraid of the FBI." "[President Trump and Jared Kushner] are all mad at the press department as if it's Sean Spicer's fault that the president is sort of running his mouth in these meetings with the Russians, that he's running his mouth in a dinner with James Comey and that this stuff comes out. They feel like they should be able to stop it," Stokols said. "Welcome to Washington," Stokols said to Trump. "He said he'd drain the swamp. You're not going to fix Washington… the fact they thought they could pick a fight with the FBI and that it would end well for them, I mean the hubris is just off the charts. You can't make this stuff up. And, you know, everybody said you want an inexperienced president. You want somebody who is an outsider, You got him." "That's so smart," Matthews said. "The Kennedys were pretty sharp. The Kennedys were afraid of the FBI. The FBI, all it does is dig up stuff on people all the time. That's all they do."

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Chris Matthews: Trump Was Under Investigation By FBI, He Fired The Director; “What Else Do You Need To Know?”


MSNBC's Chris Matthews offers his take on the three people who defended President Trump's decision to fire James Comey: Russians. "The rest of the world –if you check world headlines– sees this clearly. Trump was under investigation by the FBI Director. Trump fired the FBI director. What else do you need to know?" Matthews wondered. "he's not making this clear how this happened, Trump," Matthews quipped. "Trump hates the straight reporting of what he's doing."

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Chris Matthews: Trump’s Obamacare Ceremony Like Events In North Korea Where People Who Don’t Smile Are Executed


MSNBC's Chris Matthews reacts to President Trump's Rose Garden celebration of the Obamacare replacement bill passing the House. Matthews on Friday's edition of MSNBC's Hardball: MATTHEWS: Yesterday, Donald Trump used Kennedy's [Rose] Garden for a smirking round of mutual self-congratulation. Well, let's face it. There was something forced about those smiles. It was like those public events over in North Korea where everyone has the same regimental expression on their face for fear, I assume, of a quiet execution once the party commissars have had their chance to examine those pictures.

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Chris Matthews: As A Member Of The Mainstream Media, I Am Here Because Of A Corporate Decision


The 'Hardball' host comments on rival Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox News Channel, noting that the event demonstrates how corporate media works. "I'm not a critic of the media… because I'm in the media," Chris Matthews said Wednesday night. "Depending on the source, I might even be in the mainstream media." "What grabs me… is the corporate decision. In the end, people like us are on air becsuse of corporate decisions. They hire. They renew. They fire," he said. "The 21st Centry Fox decision is a very big deal. They didn't make it because of ratings, they did it despite ratings. That means they paid a cost for their decision, at least in the short run. They made the choice they did because the stories that made it to the newspapers about Mr. O'Reilly struck the reader as wrong for the person and wrong for that corporation. How 21st Century Fox acted today will strike most of us as right."

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