Listen: President, Peter And Muller discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"You. Can you rank what you saw from this president with anything else in your repertory all memory no not certainly with any president before him obviously I would start by saying that Jeff Mason you showed asking that question is also an all star for Heaven's sakes that guy is the best in the business and he was very unflappable in the face of what can only be described as presidential intimidation and I think he was asking an important question and I think that he didn't get the answer to the question he asked he stood there and eat any held his ground until till the president made clear he wasn't going to ask this question and I think you saw president today. WHO's agitated. WHO's riled up WHO's angry. He thought that the threat had gone away with the Muller Investigation Investigation over the summer with Muller's testimony. Not Changing the political dynamics very much he thought the threat was gone and suddenly just like this and the last two weeks basically we has world has changed his political world upside down but you also see a president who basically doesn't yet have a strategy for fighting back other than himself. He's a one man war room at this point there. There's no operation around him. There is no strategy around him other than to support you know one president and his twitter feed and that right now is his his defense defense his offense. It's all about the people it's about the whistle blower. It's about Adam Schiff. It's about the Democrats. It's about the media about everything except for himself. Elizabeth indeed need to Peter's point. People who came up the traditional way in politics are covering politics. Look at this president this West Wing and ask ask. How can there not be an overarching strategy here. How can there not be a rapid reaction shop well. The problem is for them is that they are divided about how much they should actually be doing and how serious the threat is there. There's also a lot of debate eight about who would run the war room and and president himself as Peter said has sixty five million twitter followers. He has the largest just megaphone. He is the most active and right now. He is the one that people pay attention to but I think that they don't have. There's talk that the White House counsel Mississippi Baloney would be taking charge of the impeachment inquire. They probably did not have enough lawyers in there for people but it's it's kind of extraordinary we keep asking asking what is the strategy. What is the strategy and we get back that there isn't a lot of focus just yet. What you see is what you get today. which is a very angry? President didn't lashing out numbers never a number of times every day and then of course starting the tweets early in the morning and going to late at night and they're getting more and more incendiary the tweets we've scene tweets about the civil war about treason and then all sorts of Profanity Carolina talked to us about your reporting around the records of I'm just that Ukraine phone call thus far the president today misspoke when he said we have a word for word recitation of that call we don't it says on the declassified document that they gave us. It warns us that this is not a verbatim transcript. Uh of the call specifically is there reason for Democrats to fear that they're not going to get their hands on what they want that is also so in that server because of its sensitivity you know this is such a great mystery and yet it's a hiding in plain sight. Brian we've interviewed many many many people who handle the transcripts and the records memorializing foreign leader calls with the president and it's basically Gli it breaks down like this situation room people in the White House staff take a voice to tech to text dictation so they have essentially created word for word transcript it is centered around the White House after the call and it is edited for clarity usually edited for care in getting the words words right the proper nouns the spellings what the president may have inadvertently told us all is there's a word for word transcript for this just as the whistle blower has said in his complaint there is a word for word transcript that we have not seen yet that seemed to be what the president was intimating the situation. Shen Room document. We've not seen yet and it would be really interesting if that were subpoenaed and we were able to view it frank first of all just as a point of order here. White House has stenographers throughout the building. Usually the president doesn't utter a word in front of witnesses without Steno there secondly voice notes. What's on your phone. What suffice well? The irony here Brian is that this is a complete abuse the classification process so the only halfway plausible defense they can make as week we classify this thing at top secret compartment because the president compromised himself in the conversation and of course at at that point we'd say well. It's"