Listen: Senator Thomas, Senate, Senator Jeff Flake discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"We'll say one other thing that left out to me about the statement of offense. And that is the discussion that Coursey and Roger stone had after our committee interviewed, Mr. stone. There's a lot of material that I think needs to be shared with a special counsel because as more and more of these facts come to the surface. It looks increasingly likely that witnesses committed perjury before committee, and that's something special counsel needs to consider as well in the plea agreement. One of the things they offer to not prosecute him for if he pleads guilty of that charge. A false statements is anything related to perjury to a congressional committee with Mr. Corsi saying he's rejecting that agreement. That means he's rejecting protection from prosecution for perjuring himself before your committee and others congress congressman Adam Schiff top democrat on the house intelligence committee. I really appreciate you being here tonight, sir. Thanks is busy news night. Thank you. All right. Thanks moorhead. Stay with us. Little bit of breaking news. This is the senate's to do list today. They made some headway on it. But they did not get to one important and controversial thing, and this was unexpected that didn't get to the nomination of Thomas far for federal judgeship in North Carolina. Maybe they'll get to it tomorrow. Maybe it was just a scheduling thing. But there might be trouble brewing with this nomination. Because it's not an office that Thomas far is going to have the votes to get confirmed. Republican Senator Jeff flake has said he will not vote to confirm any judicial nominations until the Senate votes on legislation that would protect special counsel, Robert Muller. There were reports today that Republicans might be considering allowing vote on legislation to protect Miller specifically to get flakes vote for these judicial nominees but late in the day, the Republican leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell made clear that no he's not going to do that. It's going to continue to block any legislation protecting Muller from coming to the floor. Even if it costs Jeff flakes vote. So that means for Tom. Mus far and all other judicial nominees. It's a no vote from Jeff flake and Thomas farce case that means he can't afford to lose one more Republican Senator Thomas far is exactly the kind of nomination though, that might reasonably pose a problem for Republican Senator Tim Scott, Republican senators mostly stick together like a bag of iron filings near a strong magnet. But over the summer, Tim Scott sunk a Trump judicial nominees named Ryan bounds. When it turned out that balance had written a bunch of racists articles, when he was in college Mitch McConnell had to withdraw the bounce nomination from the Senate floor after Tim Scott found that that Trump nominee with that kind of problem in his past. That was just maybe too much. Well, Senator Scott is not saying what he's going to do this time with Thomas far Thomas far has a history on the same issue. That is a bigger deal than articles in a college newspaper. When Thomas far was a campaign council for Jesse Helms in nineteen ninety the Helms campaign blasted out a hundred and twenty five thousand postcards to black. Households in North Carolina, postcards were scary by design. They warn sternly about how strict the residency requirements where if he wanted to vote and how voter fraud is punishable by imprisonment. It was Claritin to intimidate black voters Thomas far and Jesse Helms got busted for that. The Justice department filed a civil complaint against the Helms campaign in order to settle that lawsuit and official from the Helms campaign had to sign a consent decree the official that signed that consent decree for the homes campaign was Thomas far Thomas far then went onto a long prolific career in North Carolina developing and implementing some of the most racially specific voter suppressive techniques ever seen in this country. And that guy's now sweating as he waits to see if he can get the votes he needs to be confirmed. Maybe the Senate not getting around to Thomas far today was no big deal. Maybe that we'll get to it tomorrow.."