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Maddow: Mueller Team Paints Picture Of Donald Trump Russia Investigation


Rachel Maddow reviews the people known so far to have been hired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to work with him on the President Donald Trump Russia investigation, and notes what their various qualifications say about the focus of the investigation.

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Rachel Maddow Reacts To News Alexandria Shooter Was A Fan Of Her Show: “Wait To See Where Evidence Leads”


MSNBC's Rachel Maddow responds to the revelation that the man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise and three other people yesterday was a fan of hers: "His local paper in Illinois he once submitted a letter to the editor that cited statistics about political donations that he says he heard on this TV show, because he said he watched this TV show," she explained. "I should tell you we went through our correspondence today as soon as we got his name, as soon as we got that detail about him. We didn't find evidence he ever sent anything to this show or tried to contact us at all." "But obviously the combination of the target of his attack — these Republican members of Congress — and the online evidence of his political views. This has driven speculation, drawn concern about whether this was a politically motivated shooting today," she continued. "And although we have a lot of shootings in this country, there have not been a lot politically motivated shootings over the history of this Republic." "We will wait to see where the evidence leads," she said. During the scheduled re-air of her program at midnight, this segment was cut out and replaced with a segment about Trump and Russia. Flashback, 2015: Rachel Maddow Reports On Alleged "Steve Scalise/David Duke KKK Neo-Nazi Scandal"

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Andrea Mitchell: Clinton “Probably” Affected By Gender “Double Standard” In Race Against Trump


On MSNBC Wednesday night, NBC's Andrea Mitchell said Hillary Clinton initially "tried to take advantage of gender" when she announced her 2016 campaign for the presidency, but backed off when polling showed "resistance to accepting a woman candidate for president." Earlier in the day Clinton participated in a question and answer session at the Recode convention where she made news weighing in on why she believed she lost the race. While Clinton said she takes "responsibility" for decisions made by her campaign, she laid the blame on her loss on several different factors: sexism and misogyny, the DNC, Russia, former FBI Director James Comey and more. Mitchell said while voters accepted the fact Clinton "could be tough enough to be Secretary of State," she believes the data "probably" supports the failed candidate's theory there was a gender "double standard" when it came to a being as "passionate" as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail. Mitchell also said she thought "there is something" to a woman who is running for president being "angry" that affected her chances. Mitchell acknowledged it was accepted that Clinton "should have" been farther ahead than she was when the "Comey hit" happened days before voters went to cast their ballot. The NBCer contended polling showed she was showing momentum before the FBI announced they would take another crack at the investigation into her private home server that hosted classified material from her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State. "Now it's also affect," Mitchell surmised. "It's the way we react to a voice and seeing a woman getting more high pitch and being angry. I think there is something to that." "That said, people will argue that she should have been a lot farther ahead so that the Comey hit… 11 days out didn't hurt so badly as it did. But she really believes it was determinative. She has polling data from plenty of people, Nate Silver and others to she was going up and then she flat line and started heading down." Mitchell also took a swipe at President Trump when he responded to Clinton's assessment of the race earlier in the day. Trump tweeted about "Crooked Hillary" Wednesday evening and Mitchell noted, "last I knew there was no FBI investigation into her, but there is an FBI investigation into his campaign." Earlier in her report, Mitchell said Clinton was drawing a "conspiracy theory" by accusing Americans of coordinating with Russian hackers to "weaponize information" without evidence. "She doesn't have the evidence, but she obviously is hoping that this is what Robert Mueller and what the Congressional committee's going to do," Mitchell told MSNBC viewers.

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Maddow: Flynn Revelations May Be “Biggest Presidential Scandal Of All Time”; Tonight Is Third Biggest Story


MSNBC's Rachel Maddow says that during a normal time, the news that the Trump administration found out about Mike Flynn being under investigation for being a Turkish agent in January, and then hired him anyway, would be the "biggest presidential scandal of all times." Wednesday night, she said, it was the third biggest story.

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Maddow: WH Just Straight Up Admitted They Fired Comey Over Russia Investigation; “Defining Moment Of Trump Presidency”


On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's 'Rachel Maddow Show,' Rachel highlighted what she said might be "the biggest story yet of this presidency": Comments made in today's press briefing by deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and by President Trump in an interview with Lester Holt about the firing of FBI director James Comey. Maddow explains: "For the last couple days, they made a half-hearted case that the president didn't fire the FBI director because the FBI director is leading an escalating investigation into the Russia scandal. The biggest story in the country now, what may be the defining story of this presidency at least thus far, on even those half hearted attempts at pretense, now they are just going for it. It's like a dare. Basically they're saying now, yeah, okay, you got us. Yeah, we fired the FBI director to kibosh the Russia investigation, we did. What are you going to do about it?" "We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity," Huckabee Sanders said at Thursday's press briefing. "And we think that we've actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen." Related Video: Trump WH: By Removing Comey, Trump Encouraging Russia Investigation To "Be Complete And End" Maddow says Huckabee Sanders' comments, combined with President Trump's elaboration in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt Thursday afternoon might be the "defining moment" of the Trump presidency so far. "I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won," Trump said in his interview with NBC's Holt. "I was going to fire Comey. There's no good time to do it, by the way." "A lot of people are looking at that clip, that tape, that statement by the president as if what he said there was like almost an accident. What he said there does not appear to have been an accident… That's just the way he talks," Maddow said about Trump's comments. "He said it calmly, he knew what he was saying, and he isn't the only one who said that today." "'By removing director Comey we have taken steps to make this happen.' That's why we removed Director Comey," Maddow said, before showing a video of Sarah Huckabee Sanders fleeing from a follow-up question about the above link. "So a lot of people are talking about obstruction of justice today. If the president did do what he said he did — if he removed the director of the FBI because he wanted to affect the FBi's investigation into [him] "That's the kind of example you might make up if you were teaching a low-level class on obstruction of justice, and you wanted to give your students a crystal clear example of what that looked like in a banana republic," Maddow observed about Trump's actions. "As far as that goes, the remedy for obstruction of justice when it comes to a president– There is only one remedy for this: impeachment." "Really. The only remedy for this is impeachent, and raise your hand if you think this Republican Congress is going to take up impeachment proceedings against the president… really…"

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Rachel Maddow: Donald Trump Loves The Media But He “Is Trying To Kill Us”


On Tuesday's edition of NBC's 'Late Night,' MSNBC host Rachel Maddow told Seth Meyers that the Trump era is "a dangerous time for the First Amendment and for the free press in this country." However, on the bright side, "we [the media] are oddly influential with the guy who wants to kill us." RACHEL MADDOW: There is a tension, because there's never been a presidency, an administration that was this overtly hostile to the press. I mean, they're talking about, like, revising the First Amendment. The chief of staff this weekend was saying that they're looking at those libel laws… But at the same time, there's never been a president who is more addicted to the news about himself, and who's more responsive to the news that he supposedly thinks is so worthless. So, it's — it is a weird tension. I think it's a dangerous time for the First Amendment and for the free press in this country. And at the same time, we're oddly influential with the guy who wants to kill us.

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Rachel Maddow Implies Tillerson Is A Plant For Russian Oil Interests


MSNBC's Rachel Maddow recounts the story of 'The Mother Of All Oil Deals' between Exxon-Mobil and the Russian state oil company to drill off Russia's Northern coast which has not been able to proceed because of sanctions levied by President Obama. Maddow points out that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received the 'Order Of Friendship' from the Russian government for his role in setting up the half-trillion dollar deal in his capacity as CEO of Exxon just months before President Obama's sanctions prevented the deal from materializing, but now Tillerson's State Department is working on getting Exxon an exception to the sanctions. She also implies that Putin got Tillerson the job as Secretary of State to make this deal happen. "It is still not clear how Rex Tillerson ended up being Secretary of State," Maddow wondered as a picture of the Russian dictator shaking hands with Tillerson appeared on screen. "Particularly because he and Donald Trump had never met before the November election." "How did Rex Tillerson get that job? He must have come very highly recommended," she said as a photo of Putin pinning a medal on Tillerson appeared on screen, "by someone."

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Maddow: British Intel Agency GCHQ First Reported Russian Ties With Trump Campaign


MSNBC: Rachel Maddow reports on the latest developments in the investigation into connections between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia, including a report by The Guardian that British intelligence agency GCHQ first raised concerns as far back as late 2015. March Flashback: Napolitano: Obama Admin Used British GCHQ To Spy On Trump During Campaign Flashback: Napolitano Returns: GCHQ Spying Story Is True, A Big Debate Is Coming THE INTERCEPT: In a 6-week period, Maddow has spent at least 53% of her show on the topic of Russia and Trump: The Intercept conducted a quantitative study of all 28 TRMS episodes in the six-week period between February 20 and March 31. Russia-focused segments accounted for 53 percent of these broadcasts. That figure is conservative, excluding segments where Russia was discussed, but was not the overarching topic. Maddow's Russia coverage has dwarfed the time devoted to other top issues, including Trump's escalating crackdown on undocumented immigrants (1.3 percent of coverage); Obamacare repeal (3.8 percent); the legal battle over Trump's Muslim ban (5.6 percent), a surge of anti-GOP activism and town halls since Trump took office (5.8 percent), and Trump administration scandals and stumbles (11 percent). Read the rest of the report here

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Ron Paul: Lies Told To Justify Attack On Assad “Could Be Worse Than With Saddam Hussein”


Board chairman of the Mises Institute Lew Rockwell joins Ron Paul on Tuesday's edition of 'The Ron Paul Liberty Report' to discuss the Trump administration's stance on regime change in Syria. "Who is it that says Assad has to go? Why does Assad have to go? It seems like a few of us might not claim that [Assad] is an angel," Paul said. "But there are people saing he's worse than Hitler. What is the truth about this?" "He's in the Hitler-of-the-Month Club," Rockwell joked. "There's always somebody who's worse than Hitler. But I think Bibi Netanyahu has been calling the longest for Assad to be kicked out… But we have all the neo-cons that hate his guts. Why is that? I always think he is like Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Qaddafi in Libya: You have a guy who is a secularist — not an Islamist, in fact an anti-Islamist. And he is pro-Christian. A pro-Christian Arab. He belongs to a very interesting sect called the Alawites, who are part Muslim, part Christian… I've always found him very interesting, he is not the typical dictator." "He was a physician, an opthamologist, he left Syria to study in London, had a practice in London and started a family there. And he didn't want to be in politics. It was only the death of his older brother that caused him to come back, and I'm sure many times he has wished he was still an opthamologist back in London," he added. "Certainly he's never done anything to America," Rockwell continued. "Whatever his sins are, faults, he's never done anything to us. Why is the U.S. now all of a sudden joining the chorus of people who say he should get the Qaddafi treatment and be brutally murdered and his family killed." "Trump has turned even faster than Reagan turned and they didn't even need a bullet this time to do it to him," Rockwell said later about Trump's decision to bomb Syria. "Very, very unfortunate." "ISIS has already benefitted from this," he continued. "They have started new attacks once the Syrian military was weakened. It seems like the U.S. despite all the propaganda may not really have it in for ISIS and al-Qaeda, they're actually helping cause the chaos that Empires always love. The Romans talked about divide and conquer. Make trouble and rule. That's the way Empires always work. So the U.S. wants constant trouble… It is sickening. Next they'll want to destroy Iran." "This stretch, it might be equal to, or it could be worse than with Saddam Hussein," Ron Paul said. "All these lies! People still want to believe them." Cohost Daniel McAdams comments: "Robert Perry, who I admire very much had a great piece the other day where he reported that the exact same journalist [New York Times reporter Michael B. Gordon] who was pushing the aluminum tubes story in Iraq is now pushing on Syria and this gas attack. Doesn't anybody see there is a problem here?" The story about Saddam Hussein using alumininum tubes for nuclear centirfuges turned out to be untrue — the tubes were for artillery. Gordon's co-author, Judith Miller, was the only U.S. journalist known to have lost their job over mistakes made during the leadup to the Iraq war.

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