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Maddow: Russia Still Helping Trump, Using Stolen Clinton Emails About Collusion With Ukraine


MSNBC: Rachel Maddow looks at the timeline of a Trump-promoted, hacked e-mail-driven conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton collusion with Ukraine as it made its way through the White House, a Russian web site, and Fox News on its way to Trump supporters.

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Rachel Maddow: Donald Trump Remarks Aid White Supremacists’s Political Ambitions


MSNBC: Rachel Maddow looks at the history of Ku Klux Klan in American politics and its quest for power and points out that it was no accident that Donald Trump helped give racists legitimacy with his remarks about the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Maddow & WP’s Ashley Parker: Donald Trump Asking Advisers About Pardoning Himself


On Thursday, Rachel Maddow hosted Ashley Parker, a reporter for The Washington Post, who discussed new reporting that President Donald Trump is trying to undercut Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and is asking advisers about pardoning himself, aides and family members. RACHEL MADDOW: On the specific question of whether the President can pardon himself, obviously that's like a classic law school debate topic. ASHLEY PARKER, WASHINGTON POST: You're right, it's a very sort of confusing question and one that it feels like from us just talking to outside legal experts, may end up, if he were to ever do that, getting kicked to the Supreme Court. As of now we know it is something that the President's Team is discussing. I don't know that they have necessarily reached a conclusion.

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‘Eurasia Group’ Founder Ian Bremmer: Found Out About Second Trump-Putin Meeting From Concerned U.S. Allies


On Tuesday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow discussed President Donald Trump's supposed second, undisclosed hour-long meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20. Maddow spoke with Ian Bremmer, the founder of the "Eurasia Group" regarding this encounter: IAN BREMMER: I got my PhD at Stanford almost 20 years ago now, so I'm getting a little grey. And it is the world's largest risk consultancy, so its a company of political scientists who look how politics affect markets all over the world. RACHEL MADDOW:: Ok, political risk consultancy. How did you come to know about this second meeting between President Trump and President Putin that the White House had never discussed? IAN BREMMER: I don't want to tell you who directly told me, but I know this is the meeting of the priniciples, so its the G20 heads of state and their spouses, most of them were in attendance. It was a very long dinner almost three and a half hours. I know a lot of the people in that group. And many of them including all of America's principle allies they found it remarkable, they were concerned by it, it was noteworthy, and so it got out. And I personally was surprised that there was no read out on it, whatsoever after the meeting happened, and so it was a consequence I felt… Especially because Trump himself had so much talk about what was and what was not discussed in the broader, formal meeting, in that two hour meeting you just spoke about. Did they talk about sanctions, did they, talk about the hacks, did he push them, did he not, Ukraine all of that. I mean none of that really matters if they then had an hour one on one at dinner with only the Russian translator. We have no idea what was in that conversation… So I don't know if we should call it a meeting, what we should do was say it was a dinner. The dinner was three and a half hours long, very long, not everyone that was supposed to attend actually showed up, there was a number of empty seats and about halfway through the dinner Trump gets up, goes around the table, sits down next to Putin and begins this conversation. Everyone that was there, this was in all full view, of all of these heads of state and their spouses, and it was very animated, it was extremely friendly, there was certainly a lot of hand motion going on between the two leaders, the two presidents. But no one knows what they, they were out of earshot, so unless the Russian translator has a tape and I think there's probably reasonable likelihood that he does, then nobody else is going to have a read out of this meeting.

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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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