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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast

01:30 min | 9 months ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville

Radio Free Nashville

05:43 min | 2 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville

"World's most powerful office by Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes and this is from the interaction page five they've described how bill all the former presidents with the exception of Herbert Walker bush who is ill were there for trump's inauguration as well as secretary Clinton and her husband Bill Clinton and the then continues the clock mounted down to the key moment shortly before noon when Donald Trump stood before Chief Justice John Roberts trump's wife melania held two bibles on which he places left hand one was from trump's childhood the other was the Bible Abraham Lincoln used to take his oath of office in eighteen sixty one and then trump raised his right hand and repeat after hours swore the presidential oath of office a momentary silence hung in the air no lightning bolt struck grounded out open the passenger power in the United States had taken place as quietly as ever get in that moment an earthquake of sorts did occur because although the United States but it may have been more tragically misguided may have had more tragically misguided executives at its helm never before had it has as president a man more obviously miss placed in the office the mismatch reverberated across the country with the very words of the oath itself well for millions of trump supporters the moment is on trial for a great many others a sense of dread pervaded the deer that morning this dread had little to do with politics or policy programs it was not the normal apprehension what one might have at the swearing in of a politician one opposes even many people who cast their ballots for trump shared a collective recognition that the man swearing this oath was simply not the sort of man who is supposed to be president of the United States that mismatch and the challenge it poses to the office trump assume that they are the subjects of this book this mismatch is fundamentally a question of character at its core to a far greater degree than Americans commonly imagine the office of the presidency demands it depends on a measure of civic virtue we don't mean civic virtue in the loftier nostalgic sense of expected our elected leaders to be scholars statesmen who in theorize a system of government as easily as they can lead one nor do we mean virtue in the sense of personal personal righteousness and purity Americans have long since since given up the expectation that our country's leaders will be on a par with its founders even as the founders on luster has tarnished over time residency has had its share of rogues and villains and incompetence that said a certain common understanding the presidency has prevailed over more than two centuries and this understanding called the traditional presidency carries with a certain expectations it does not expect presidents to be paragons of virtue but it does expect them to spell shared values and to at least pose as role models it expects presidents to speak of service and putting others before self it expects presidents to at a minimum pay lip service to follow in the law and embracing ethos of civic duty and a pervasively depends on president's thinking that that they enforce and comply with the rules in good faith by contrast it was resoundingly clear on January twentieth twenty seventeen the Donald trump's life in candidacy when I'm going to rejection of civic virtue even if we define the term loosely from the earliest days of this campaign declared war on the traditional presidencies expectations of behavior he was flagrant in his personal immorality boasting a marital infidelity and belittling political opponents who blew the insults he constructed his entire professional identity around gold plated access and luxury and the branding of self as a candidate he remained on a bastion is greed and personal ambition even his namesake charitable foundation was revealed for me to be merely a shell for self dealing he bragged of finding ways to avoid paying taxes made him smart the overriding message of trump's life end of his campaign was that weakness kindness is weakness manners are for wimps in the public interest is for suckers he never spoke at the presidential office other than as an extension of himself in America in twenty sixteen that turned out to be a winning message the reasons why have been treated in depth elsewhere is a function of political polarization domestically American forces driving the appeal of authoritarian populist globally and of the dramatic loss of confidence and political elites and of a media eco system in which voters can increasingly choose their own realities it was a function no doubt of the resurgence of races a salient political identity for many white voters and critically for present purposes it was a function of political parties loss of control over their own nominating processes believed others the question of how to assess trump's appeal in the social conditions that allowed to flourish the rock well in fact for now is that the appeal is broad enough for trump to win three hundred and six electoral votes and thus require the privilege of taking the oath of office that day and saw a man who quite proper of proudly rejected personal and public virtue now occupied office designed by people who valued nothing higher George Washington had said that quote virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government John Adams and insisted the public virtue quote the only foundation of republics could not exist in a nation without private virtues Alexander Hamilton had written that virtue and honor where the foundation of confidence that underpin the institution of delegated power the contemporary Anglo Irish philosopher Edmund Burke had famously declared that because society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon.

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast

01:51 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

"On the Senate Foreign Relations committee, there is a new chairman whose name is Jim risch. She's a Republican from Idaho. And he is replacing Bob corker of Tennessee who is left the Senate. So doom rushed he's a he's a pre lucky guy. He's pretty supportive of the president and the president's policies. He gave a really interesting interview USA today couple of days ago, where he's laid out his his priorities for that committee. And he said that his biggest foreign policy concern is China's expanding geo political influence, and he he would be taking a broader look at the reemergence of a competition between global powers, and he indicated that his first set of hearings will be on that topic. He also indicated that he has no plans for hearing on Syria and no plans for legislation to ensure that the United States stays in NATO. So it's very interesting to read because it gives a little window into how? Oh, he is perceiving. What his new chairmanship is going to be like, I'm Matthew Kahn. And this is the law. Fair podcast January twenty second twenty nineteen. It's new year with a new congress and the Democrats now control the house of representatives. But how will that change affect the state of play for national security legal issues to find out Benjamin Wittes spoke last Friday to Brookings, senior fellow and expert on all things congress, Molly Reynolds and Brookings fellow law. Fair senior editor and former chief democratic counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations committee or grit Taylor. They talked about the dynamics of divided legislature, what committees law fair podcast listeners should keep an eye on. And how the new chairs of certain committees will affect key issues in national security law. It's the law fair podcast.

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on AM Joy

AM Joy

04:06 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on AM Joy

"Joan Pierre Jason Johnson for Nandi are back with me for non-eu disadvantage. Not with us. He just let me get your reaction to that reporting. Is that Trump will float five point seven billion? He still wants for his border wall for in exchange for Dhaka and TPS good offer. Democrats should consider what you think. Joy, call me old fashioned. But I'm just not really keen on the idea of the speaker of the house of representatives who's third in line to the presidency, by the way, continuing to negotiate in good faith for the real pinning of our government. When it's talking about a president who is currently being investigated by the FBI for possibly being a hostile foreign agent of a hostile foreign government that being said, it's interesting that now the president is introducing DACA. I'll give speaker Pelosi what I think is some free advice. I think they should take the deal with one caveat add to the mix that in exchange for the five billion for the wall and the extension of DACA protections that the president release his tax returns immediately something that he promised to do by the way during the campaign. We're now two years into the administration. I think it's time for leader Pelosi continued play hardball. She clearly has the upper hand she clearly has the negotiating advantage. Because for my perspective. Joy, I go back to the comment that Benjamin Wittes made a week ago. Very Stewart when when he pointed out in reaction to the New York Times story that he's starting to believe that the obstruction of Justice is the collusion. If you look at this from the frame that says Donald Trump is a hostile foreign Russian agent, which I believe he is in which congressman Eric swallow who sits on the committee confess last night. He also believe is I believe that the shutdown is the policy accomplishment by Donald Trump. He is literally shut down the United States government for historic length of time who else besides water Putin with one exactly that. So that's my reaction to this news about the negotiation. And you know, I have to say that just from the standpoint of the United States constitution, right? The Coequal branch of government the house and Senate. They have the independent power to reopen. They fund the government the executive power administers the executive branch the legislative power the article one power funds the legislative branch. So technically, a government shutdown is the funding running out, and they're needing to be bills passed and signed into law by the president that reopen the funding the challenge here is that Donald Trump is trying to establish is that he may shut down the government put people in existentialist peril of their homes. Their jobs, their food food stamps are gonna run out in March and that he can hold an entire nation hostage. In order to force the article one power to pass laws. This does not feel like a sustainable prononce point form of government. And it certainly doesn't sound like democracy, right? He's holding the nation hostage for his bigoted racist border wall, which we knows a failed policy and. This is why Democrats can't give in they cannot give into this. Because if you give into Donald Trump, he will do it again feeling debt ceiling it's coming. It's coming like you said, and so we cannot it is look we've been here before where we're Democrats which I did not agree with them a year ago, presented DACA and gave him twenty five billion dollars. Right. And the moment that I think is actually a little bit earlier than that that dick Durbin in that meeting that meeting with Republicans that they had and he mentioned TPS, what did he say African nations, you know, black black and Brown countries, those whole countries, and he did not want to go there. He blew it up. That was the first time he blew it up. And then they gave him the twenty five billion for Docker. And then what his folk said it was all with Bill actually built a wall. It's not going to happen. And his folks will not let him do this. And here's the other challenge at all throw to you as somebody who covers politics Jason Johnson..

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030

WBZ NewsRadio 1030

02:16 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030

"Bush. How would you have liked it? If President Obama had shared top secret information with the Russians later, Trump fired attorney general Jeff Sessions because he would not end the special counsel investigation that resulted in the firing of Komi. As law. Fair editor Benjamin Wittes argues. The obstruction was the collusion. Trump has been effectively protecting the Russians by trying to impede the investigation of their attacks on the United States. Trump has refused. Consistently acknowledged that Russia interfered with US election or mobilize government wide effort to stop future injured interference. He has accepted. Putin's protest stations at the Russians did not meddle in the election over the high confidence of assessment of US intelligence community. The which is you remember that that is shocking. Yes, enemy leader. I will believe you over our own intelligence agencies who fight and die to protect us. Next like, no, previous President, Trump tax and undermines the Justice department and the FBI calls it a cancer in our country. Yep. Yeah. In the Justice department to institutions that stand on the frontlines of combating Russian espionage and influence operations in the United States. Next again, like, no previous President Trump attacks and undermines European Union. And NATO is a gesture that France should leave the EU and the United States should leave NATO saying NATO is as bad as NAFTA, the EU and NATO are the two major obstacles to Russian designs on Europe. Right. This is me. Now, Russia has designs on Europe. What stands in the way? Nato and NAFTA. And from is gestion suggesting that they go away. France should leave the EU United States should leave NATO. Again, that.

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

04:26 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"Continuing our mission to connect protect explore and inspire. And game. Welcome to blame game. We have the first national polling out who do you blame when it comes to the government shutdown our friends over at the Washington Post ABC, they're out this morning. President Trump in the congressional Republicans. Fifty three percent deserve blame for the shutdown. Congressional Democrats twenty nine percent Peggy Noonan those numbers aren't close. Now, they're not. But I think what will end this thing. First of all, I think both sides are obviously dug in I think this is a moment in which politics is totally triumphing over reason. I think neither party is looking to the country. I think they're both looking to their base. I think the solution is a trade of border security for Dhaka for the dreamers. So so that's the side thing. But I think what settles this home mess is the public coming forward and saying we're mad up both of you. You are screwing this up. It's been twenty years. Get a policy this pet Peggy. Which is not surprising. We disagree with each other. Sometimes listen, the holy isn't close. Right. And by thirty five points, women, blame Trump Republicans more more more, the Democrats and by twenty points independence, blame Trump. And so when you look at this from electoral and political standpoint, we hadn't what nine million more voters vote for for Democrats this past time from a political standpoint shutting down government for an extreme position that the vast majority Americans. In fact, don't want to have happen is not good politics. And it's going to it's only sort of seals in your base. And again, what I've said about about Trump anytime before is he has not someone who has grown the Republican party over the last couple of years. He has not made it a bigger tent party. Al inside this number. I got here's the thing. And this is where you wonder if there's a perverse incentive structure here inside this poll, a plurality of Democrats say Democrats should not move from their position even. It means the shutdown to go on a by forty two thirty seven narrow margin. But more Democrats want him to stick to their guns than compromise. Fifty eight percent of Republicans want the president to stick to his guns. Only twenty two percent wanna see compromise. So the basis of both parties more people don't want him to compromise compromise. Well, you know what everybody's worrying team jersey. Everybody's supporting their particular base. Regardless of marital, the case truth matter is that you know, a center Tillerson dealer days. Look Democrats voted for the one point six billion dollars for the wall just weeks ago, the building pass a Senate, but we voted for it. And then depressing came up with five billion and five point seven billion. Apparently didn't give them at recent why he up to the anti, but you could settle for two and a half billion dollar Wallis pay said throw into DACA kids, which precedents at before. And and get government back together. Again to me, this is putting politics over country politics over eight hundred thousand workers on both sides of the fence. I think frankly, they're equally to blame. There's no reason why you can't end they through this. At this wall is not the overall answer anything, it's one of many, potentially greediest and and. It just it's just my opinion. As silly recent keep government closed. This is an existential political crisis for the president because they're two things that are just incredibly important to his brand tied up in this one that he's a big negotiator, and he can get deals done and two is the wall. And I thought Newt Gingrich hose an ally of the president's had incredible quote in the Washington Post where he said that the president's entire reputation and relationship with the base is on the line. And the base is all he has if you if you look at his polls now the same Tony of Nancy Pelosi. This is our first big Mark. And she can't afford to to screw that up. And so what you see is the White House kind of trying to do this reverse policy making that we've seen them have to do before. Because the president's announced his endgame without actually having strategy. And you know, what they're going to try to do is pick off these Democrats that they think might come around and try want to compromise whether or not that's gonna work, you know, who knows? But the longer this goes on no one lineup looking. Are before I go Cornell. You're the pollster in the bunch..

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

02:35 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"Data download time when it comes to ideology, there's actually a degree of difference within the party's not just between them. There are conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans. But here's a question we had in response to data released from Gallup this week. Among Democrats is the term liberal no longer a dirty word oil that have some impact on twenty twenty twenty thousand was the first time majority of Democrats fifty one percent of called themselves. Liberal thirteen percent said they were conservative while only thirty four percent Democrats refer to themselves as moderate it's quite a change from where things stood when Bill Clinton was president in one thousand nine hundred ninety four twenty five percent of Democrats, call themselves liberal twenty-five percent, call themselves conservative the rest moderate, and such as Democrats, by the way or more comfortable calling himself liberal the public overall is more comfortable calling themselves liberal, the nineteen Ninety-two seventeen percent of Americans said they were liberal in two thousand eighteen the number is now twenty six percent nine point increase. And then. The same period of time. The percentage of folks calling themselves conservative remain, mostly flat among the electorate as a whole while the percentage of moderates has decreased by eight points, a low polarization now the shift in language, we use actually Mirroring the shifting attitudes in our politics, consider issues that used to be criticized as too liberal in the mid nineties only twenty five percent of Americans were in favor of marijuana legalization and only twenty seven percent believe gay marriage should be recognized Twenty-eight teen those numbers sixty six and sixty seven percent, respectively, and these are just random issues. Bill Clinton was the democratic candidate who felt that he had to say he didn't inhale marijuana, and he was the democratic president who signed the defensive Marriage Act. These issues were big part of his candidacy and presidency. Here's further evidence. The electorate has shifted left in one thousand nine hundred to forty one percent of Americans believe their taxes were about right or too low believe it or not in two thousand eighteen majority of Americans fifty. Percents of the same thing. None of this is to say the United States is now some fashion liberalism more people overall, still consider themselves, moderate and conservative. But the Democratic Party moves even more leftward in the age of Trump pay attention to how twenty twenty Democrats handle issues. The liberal base of the party is pushing like Medicare for all or abolishing and replacing. What are you come back end game? And why the second time around is looking a lot tougher for Bernie Saint. And game brought to you by Boeing.

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

04:39 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"And if it is airtight and is of high significance in this. This particular piece is is real then you'll see probably Ted Cruz, get even more. Would you get from this? Listen first thing, we can't forget is fact that this investigation, soap and to see what Russia's meddling in our election process was all about what fears was all about who else may be culpable. In addition Russia, we already have hard facts on during both -ment with social media. We have art factual other things at the beginning. You know, there's a lot of speculation that depressants objection was purely political based on the fact that, hey, they're questioning challenging by electa -bility the and so I'm going to fight back because I don't want people questioning integrity of being elected a lot of other things have happened since a lot of indictments of people into presence at ministration have taken place. All of a sudden, the, you know, the inquiry looks far more personal than political. And so we'll questioning worse. Thing going to lead us to the F B I's boasted turn suspicion into fact. That's what investigations about their suspicion as to why would you fire Komi why this beyond just political strategy? And so, you know, we'll see where it ends. We already know that there are a lot of people close to the president with Russia. Whether he personally got whatever recen-, we don't know. So we'll see. We are talking about a major newspaper report that the Federal Bureau of investigation in America has launched a counter intelligence probe against a sitting president based about plot. You know, what you would reject it at he'll were produced a little over the top. My only thought coming out of this beyond astonishment is thought that, you know, congress must know something about this because indeed they probably have been dealing with the FBI on this. They know a few things. I also think my goodness. This Muller report. If this is what we're talking about. Could we please get it out there quickly? Yeah. This it's funny. It's like we're sitting in the shutdown Cornell, and you have this out there. It does color everything that we're facing us right now. Well, you know, I think two things one is I want to underline the all the people around. The Trump campaign involvement sort of touching base with with Russians because we learned that that that they they pass polling information onto the Russians Chuck as as a campaign poster, our polls at our campaigns are sort of what you see. Hore shot the horse race, it is strategic. Right. What we're doing in? These polls. Are we are? We are outlining strategy in decisions, and where you should target and for a campaign to be giving it to the Russians. How was that not collusion? Right. I don't know if this collusion in court, but in certainly in the public opinion, it has to I smells like a duck south adult walk like a duck. It is. In fact, a duck is har- say this. That's not collusion. Well, say this the on the other side of the of situation. Here's where some recent immune investigation. Clear spreads and Trump. Yeah. I mean, that's that's a death blow to a lot of democrat hopes as well. That's point preparing they're ready for basically streetfight over this. I mean, they're saying that they're going to executive privilege and say that they want to see the report they're going to try to certain you've done a lot report on this. He's really Giuliani was blindsided that the obstruction. I can't figure this out. Do they know that obstruction encounter Intel of the same thing or not I think they know this? I think that new it until now, I mean, it's no it's hard to know know, sort of what they know. And I think that from their perspective that is the biggest problem that they have is that they're trying to go in there preparing to wage this battle against the report. They wanna write their own report. They want to review it. They won't challenge it and basically executive privilege to cover some portions. Of it up potentially. But the problem that they have is that they don't actually know what they're going into fight. And I think we've seen that particularly with the strong the pushback here. I don't think down is a democrat in most around going the president colluded. I don't think that's sort of the death wish for Democrats. I'm democrat a pretty liberal Democrat. I hold the president didn't collude because at the president colluded..

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

01:50 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"Panelists here democratic pollster Cornell Belcher Peggy Noonan columnist for the Wall Street Journal NBC news, national pickle, Puerta, Kerley and Republican strategist Al cardinals. Welcome. All okay. Like, everything in the Trump era Carolee, there's always a government uncertainty and then scandal uncertainty. I'm gonna start with this FBI story because on one hand, it seems gigantic and on the other hand you see because I found it interesting Senator Ted Cruz did not exactly dismiss the story. I do think it is landed with a level of concern in Washington. Yeah. It was interesting. He said, I don't know the details will need to learn a little bit more about this to look into it. I think what we've seen and we saw this a little bit with Michael Cohen developments several weeks ago that Republicans are getting a little bit more nervous. The big questions coming out of this near times report is. Whether this counterintelligence investigation bobbing, the president with the status of that is and then this question of whether he the question they're asking whether he was wittingly working for the Russians or unwittingly under Russian influence, and we've already seen in some of Muller's indictments that there are Americans out there who were unwittingly under the influence of Russians. I think it's interesting that a number of things that all of us have covered, and that Democrats then and presents critics have have used against him on these various data points. Whether it's changing the platform during the at the Republican convention or Russia, are you listening. Can you get Hillary Clinton's emails these various really raised very serious, and we're just political talking points. They were seen as very serious within the FBI. And then eventually that boiled over with the Komi firing. So I I think we're going we're supposed to see Muller's report soon..

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

04:49 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"But the obstruction itself would hurt our ability to figure out what the Russians had done, and that is what would be the threat to national security. It led you to write that the collusion question. And the obstruction question are now the same thing collusion is obstruction in vice versa. Explain well, so as Mike just described we had sort of thought of the obstruction investigation as this kind of separate criminal investigation that arose at the time of the firing in other words that you had this underlying election interference investigation going on this so called collusion investigation. Then the president comes along and kneecaps the investigation by firing the FBI director and a few weeks later, we learned that Bob Muller is investigating the weather. That's obstruction of Justice crime the significance of Mike's an Adam Goldman story is that it forces you to re imagine the how the FBI understood what it was doing which has Mike just said, and as the quote that you read from from Jim Baker reflects was we had this investigation for national security reasons of Russian active. Vity then somebody on the US side, the president of the United States took some action that kind of looks like they're trying to shut down the investigation that raises national security concerns about the weather. We will be able to find out what the Russians were doing whether we will be able to stop what the Russians were doing. So the bureau understood appears to have understood what happened in terms of whether the president was working with the Russians that's a very different thing. And it collapses the obstruction inquiry into that larger collusion inquiry. So Michael it made me think of another scoop of yours about how say month ago six weeks ago where you had rod Rosenstein, supposedly saying should I wear a wire talking about the twenty fifth amendment. And the question is was he serious was at just sarcasm when you open a counterintelligence investigation on the president United States. You have an FBI it's going to get sign off the Justice. One would assume it came from rod Rosenstein since he was overseeing. But is that where this may have come from when they're trying to figure out should I wear a wire with they're trying to figure out how do you investigate the sitting president United States? They were struggling with that in these two stories take us inside. Let us see what the FBI and the Justice department were looking at in this critical period of time a little more than a week in may of twenty seventeen Komi has just been fired. The FBI is thinks there could be this huge threat coming from them Rosenstein had just provided Trump with a rationale for firing Komi that wasn't Trump's rationale. So the FBI is looking at Rosenstein, who's overseeing the investigation skeptically. So they were not trusting him at that time. He had just provided incorrect or a not what the president's rationale was for the firing. He's supposed to be overseeing the investigation. So they're sitting there. They know there's this larger investigate. Action into Russia thing. No, there are these questions about the election, and they are struggling to figure out what to do. And it is in that context that they open this investigation. All right, legally, the obstruction question has always been you can't indicted sitting president, maybe they can't even interview him about his actions as a sitting president. But if it's part of a counterintelligence does that give Muller better shot at having the president and having it being upheld? So I don't think it affects the likelihood that a subpoena would be would have legs one way or the other. I do think it will profoundly it should profoundly condition. Our expectations of what Muller's report is gonna look like meaning so much more damning well, much much more of a continuous story. As in the Russians did this stuff to influence the election. And here are all the things that we investigated on the US side that May June done in support. Sort of that people lying people doing x y and z president trying to shut down our investigation. I think I think it provides a through narrative potentially to the report that is potentially quite profound. Michael schmidt. Ben witness Shitu trying to help us out here. Basically now instead of Trump is the hub and everything else is the spoke Russia's the hub Trump's spoke Russia, full, stop Veritas, you guys when we come back does President Trump hoped the government shutdown will deflect attention from the Russian destination..

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

04:16 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"It's it's got we've got to protect them investigation. You're right. I was very worried about this in in two thousand sixteen because the president took a public stage in July and encouraged Russia to cyber hack the election at the same time as my son in his entire battalion were deployed helping allies on the border of Russia. Protect themselves against Russian aggression. I found that highly unusual for any American much less somebody who wanted to be president. But now what we have is more nearly one hundred documented instances of ties between the Trump campaign transition and administration with Russia bazaar failure to be honest about meetings. And now this. Education. The President Trump has gone to unusual lengths to hide the content discussions with Vladimir Putin. But the right answer as you suggest it is to protect the Muller investigation at all costs. Let it gets to its end. Make sure that the results are made. Are you concerned side? Are you concerned though that the FBI look like at overreacted in trying to investigate a sitting president this? This is a pretty alarming investigation that the city president was acting against the interests of of the United States of America. Well, I flip the question around shock. I think it's less did the FBI overreact. I think the question is this they had to have a very deep level of concern about this president to take this staff. And that's again, why we need to protect the Muller investigation. And I think that's going to be a critical issue in the judiciary committee hearings about the attorney general nominee would you guarantee to protect this investigation. And will you make sure that the American public and congress get the results of it? Senator Tim Kaine. Democrat from Virginia. I have to let you go there. Thanks for coming on onto views. Scher absolute. When we come back. We're going to have more on that story about Russia. The FBI and President Trump talked to Michael Schmidt. He's one of the New York Times. Reporters broke the story in NBC news legal analyst Benowitz on why this store maybe even bigger than. Welcome back. We're going to dig a little deeper into the New York Times story about President Trump and Russia, frankly, we think it deserves an explainer. So with me now, Michael Schmidt, one of the reporters who broke the story about the counterintelligence investigation into whether Mr. Trump as sitting president was working as an agent for Russian. We also have been with us. He's an NBC news legal analyst editor in chief of the national security. Bog law actually worked with Mr Schmitt on this story, gentlemen? Welcome to both of you. So michael. Walk us through the piece here the designation is a counterintelligence investigation. We've always thought of the Komi firing and the Muller aspect is simply obstruction of Justice as sort of separate, but we're calling counterintelligence and it's a bit confusing. Why? So it was a two pronged investigation. It had a criminal aspect did the president break the law in trying to obstruct the investigation interfere with it and this other Russia question, and it's important as as you said because our collective understanding was much narrower. It was just on instruction did the president break the law there. And now, we know that it was for broader at had national security concerns. The FBI was afraid that the firing of Komi was a way to help the Russians. Stop the FBI from figuring out what they did in the election. Are they is this still a counterintelligence investigation to whether Mr. Trump himself is acting as a Russian agent. That with the Muller probe inherited. We know the Muller probe inherited it, we know the Muller profe- spent an enormous amount of time trying to figure out what the president has done in office in regards to the investigation his interference with if talked all these White House officials do we know if there is still this belief in aspect at the president's working for the Russians I can't answer that. All right been. This was all the base sort of not of the scoop by the time it was based on testimony by now a former FBI general counsel James Baker. And this is what he told congress. And this was in the New York Times story about why viewed it as counterintelligence he said this not only would it be an issue of obstructing investigation..

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

03:55 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"Let me put a put up a quote here from your from the Virginia delegation Abigail span Berger who just one from district that President Trump carried and she she said this. If I am getting comments and contact from my constituents expressing concern that the Democrats are not prioritizing security than I think we can do better. She's obviously concerned that it looks like the Democrats aren't for any border security. Do Democrats have. To meet the president somewhere north of where they are. Now, Chuck the willingness of Democrats to invest billions of dollars in border security is not in doubt in twenty thirteen. We did a Bill in the Senate that Ted Cruz voted against that was going to invest forty plus billion dollars over ten years. Crews voted against it house. Republicans killed a democrat support border security in February of this year. We took a deal to the president twenty five billion dollars in border security, forty six out of forty nine voted for it. Senator Cruz voted against it. President Trump killed the deal at the end of December. We reached a deal with the Republicans ample border security funding that they supported in committee and on the floor. We supported it just three weeks ago. But when President Trump put out a tweet suggesting hidden like it now Republicans have fled for the hills. Democrats invest over. Over and over and over again and border security just this week. Republicans led by Lindsey Graham, tried to negotiate a deal of border security and President Trump blew up than ago, she mentions this is a guy who is prayed for a shutdown and get this Chuck who is the injuring. We've got thirteen thousand F B I agents more than ten thousand bureau of prison prison guards air, traffic, controllers coast guard folks, who interdict drugs all of them working without pay because of this president shutdown and yet he says he cares about national security when he's taking paychecks away from hardworking public safety professionals. It makes no sense. All that has to happen is the Republicans have to be willing to vote the way they did just weeks ago open up government, and then we'll dialogue about border security. Does sound like though, you're willing to support some fencing barriers if they call it something else if if it reopens the government. I say this we I should reopen government. Why punish people who are applying for food stamps because the president is having a temper tantrum open government, I but Democrats have always been willing to invest in border security. Check all we wanna do is make sure that it spent the right way drugs come in through ports of entry. Let's beef up ports of entry the biggest group of undocumented people in the country come in on legal visas and overstay if you build a million foot wall it won't deal with that problem. What we don't want to do is waste taxpayer money on vanity project. That's ineffective that the president said Mexico would pay for but spending massive amounts on border security to keep us safe demonstrate over and over again. And it's been Republicans that have been blocking Senator on the campaign trail in two thousand sixteen you spent the last two months regularly questioning the president at that time candidate Donald Trump's ties to bladder Putin complementary ways he talked about things. So you have you have those questions that you had a candidate? Now, you have this story in the New York Times that has the FBI. Worried that the president acted on Komi at the behest of the Russian government. What does that tell you where things are now does that mean to Democrats should be looking at actually beginning impeachment proceedings? Or is this something you think let the Muller probe go first how much more, you know?.

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

03:36 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"You wanna talk about what actually makes a difference standing up to Russia that on policy was car, far more important than much of the weakness and appeasement we saw under Obama. And finally before I let you go. Gonna get you to comment on on your colleague. Tim Scott's Ed in the Washington Post about Steve king Iowa. Congressman who is your national co chair for president. He said, he writes this summit. Our party wonder, why Republicans are constantly accused of racism. Well, it is because of our silence when things like this are said king's comments are not conservative us, but separate views that should be ridiculed at every turn possible in question in your times interview, why we find phrases like white white nationalism somehow be offensive where you on the, sir. Well, let's at Tim is a good good man and a good friend. He and I worked together on many many issues. What Steve king said was stupid. It was stupid. It was hurtful it was wrong. And he needs to stop it. I I think all of us ought to be United regardless of party and saying writes, white supremacism white nationalism is hatred. It has bigotry it is evil. It is wrong. And I think we need that clarity. And I'm certainly going to urge everyone to provide that clear are you going to support him in the future. You know, what I'm gonna do is urge everyone to stand for principles that matter this same weekend in Texas. There was a movement from some activists that asked to remove a local official in Fort Worth who was a Muslim. I spoke out actively because it was my home state. I smote act actively against that. I said, listen, we believe in in religious freedom. We believe in free speech. We believe in diversity, and ultimately the voters in in in the Tarrant county GOP did the right thing that didn't remove that official. So I'm going to speak out and engage and when it comes to speaking out against bigotry, whether it is the clan or Nazis or anything else. I have a lifetime of standing up to that bigotry, and I'll continue it Senator Cruz Republican from Texas you coming on sharing views this morning. Thank you, sir. Thank you for joining me. Now from the other side of the information is democratic Senator Tim Kaine Virginia, welcome back to meet the press and Senator I'm gonna start with this. Why are you guys not here? Okay. Why aren't you in Washington this weekend? Trying to force a force away to open up. This government. Will we are trying to work a deal over the weekend to open the government? But I'll tell you why we're not here. I objected to journey in the Senate on Thursday because I have been talking to all these victims of the Trump shutdown. It was President Trump who said he would be proud to shut down the government that it would be on him. He's done that. And people are hurting miss worried about missing mortgage payments, having to reschedule medical appointments, so I have jetted to the adjournment on Friday Thursday, which is very very rare. And then I ended up working deal with the majority leader where we would be in Friday today on which people missed their paychecks the day on which the shutdown became tied for the longest ever and the Republican. Nhs agreed to fast track and pass might guarantee of back pay. I was a co sponsor of a Bill to guarantee back pay for every federal worker. We got it passed unanimously in the Senate President Trump is agreed to sign at the house passed Friday morning. So I think we should be in. But I was able to get the Senate and the house to act to protect our federal employees and I've been on the phone all day yesterday. And I'm going to be on the phone today with Republican colleagues trying to find that pass we can reopen government. Is it time to give the president something here?.

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

03:40 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"Tim Kaine coming on at a minute. He represents Virginia. There are a lot of federal workers in the in the Commonwealth of Regina. If Tim Kaine and Mark Warner were to say, we're going to put the jobs of the men and women Virginia ahead of our partisan interests ahead of the fact that our base hates nano. Trump Tim Kaine and Mark Morton, it would take only five more Democrats in the Senate to have the votes to say this second Schumer shutdown is over where reopening the government, and we're going to implement commonsense. Border security that the American people want, and I think they would say the same thing about you and your fellow Republicans of the political base. I think that's why we're in this stalemate, I wanna move to another topic here. Let me ask you this. Got him at point Chuck. There is a difference between one side the Democrats who are saying we will not move. We will not compromise. We will not negotiate and the other side the president who is saying I'm happy to negotiate and what he's hosing. The Democrats have already voted for. They're playing politics because they hate Trump. And that's not a good enough reason for Chuck Schumer, and the Democrats to shut down the governor. Let me ask you this. The New York Times reported on Friday night that the F B I after the Komi firing because of of what the president said both in a letter to mister Komi and to my colleague Lester Holt, they opened up a counterintelligence investigation concerned that a sitting president. Was working on behalf of a foreign agent. How much of a concern is this to you? Well, I don't know the details of the specifics there, I know what was reported publicly in the media, and I sit on the Senate Judiciary committee. So we will consider any allegations that come forward. But I'll tell you Chuck something that is really interesting you, and I all work in Washington. But I also come back to Texas just about every week. I'm back outside the beltway. There is an incredible divide between Washington and the rest of the country when it comes to to to Bob Muller and the rush investigation the mainstream media Washington is obsessed with it. And when you get outside the beltway. I I don't find anybody concerned with this at all they're concerned with jobs, lower taxes higher wages more opportunity there concern with secure the border. So the questions I get are not about the latest obsession and allegations about Russia. Russia Russia there about hey. When are we actually going to secure the border winner, we can keep making this country safer? So that's gonna stay my focus as a member judiciary committee are. Consider whatever evidence is produced, but I'm not going to base it on substantiated media report, how about on the foreign relations committee. The Washington Post is reporting that the president basically is is not sharing what he discusses with ladder Putin behind closed doors. Do you think you guys in the Senate ought to for instance, subpoena a translator so that you have a real readout of what the president and bladder? Putin are saying to each other. I think it's premature for that. I've seen the the allegations. I wanna find out a little bit more about about what happened there. I wanna learn more than just the allegations in the press. Listen, I will say if you compare of Jek devoutly President Trump's policies to Russia compared to President Obama's policies to Russia by any measure, President Obama was much easier was much more gentle on Russia you and I both recall Obama leaning over on a hot Mike and saying just before the twenty twelve election tells Ladimir, I'll have a lot more flexibility after the election. Now there they weren't keeping notes. It just happened to be a network had a camera going if you compare substance, for example, Trump went to NATO and urge the Europeans. Don't let the Russians Bill to pipeline through Europe..

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

01:42 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"The lowest is Spanish unemployment that's ever been. My question was abandoned McGregor sheet. He didn't he didn't. Let's take. He didn't do anything to try to actually get Republicans United on this any jammed it through at the last minute. Well, but that's not actually right. You you remember the fairly remarkable Oval Office meeting between Chuck Schumer Nancy Pelosi and the president. And that's Pelosi said, then she said, Mr President you can't pass this in the house. She basically said, I dare you don't have the votes. He said, yes, I do. And she said, no, you don't I dare you. So he turned around and took it to the house, which was Republican, and they passed it, and Chuck here's the ridiculous thing. The position of Senate Democrats this is not substantive. They voted for it before Chuck Schumer and every single democrat in the Senate in twenty thirteen voted for three hundred fifty miles of additional border fencing and border security. They've now shut the government down onto hundred and thirty four miles. And so I think an awful lot of people are asking, well, if you voted for three hundred and fifty miles why would you force a shutdown onto thirty four that is not reasonable and the president remains willing to come together and compromise. But so far, the Democrats don't wanna do that why not open up the government and just and move that the homeland security debate to the Cy and debate that while you pay government workers. Well, the house passed a Bill opening the government funding all of the government and securing the border and the Democrats position can't be. We've got a force shut. Now, we're going to hold what the Democrats are saying is we're gonna hold federal workers hostage. And let me know you've got my friend..

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

03:39 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"We wanna work we're not pawns we're not bargaining chips where people including Mr. Trump's own voters starting to get scared. Trump supporter, I think he's done a lot of wonderful things. But this is not one of one White House. Visor appeared to compare the shutdown for furloughed workers to vacation shutdown, and so they can't go to work. And so then they have the vacation, but they don't have to use their vacation days. And then they come back, and then they get their back pay. Then they're in some sense. They're better off. And joining me now from Houston is Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas Senator Cruz, welcome back to meet the presser jock. Always good to be with you. Let me start with the fact that you're in Houston and not here. And you're not the only one I'll have Senator Kaine on he's coming to me from Richmond and not here. Why isn't the United States Senate here, sir? Well, it's very simple. I'm here over the weekend. Most senators go home to the state and and come home during the weekend. I came back to Texas on Thursday to travel with the president to go down to the border and so working down here meeting with stakeholders on on the border meeting with border patrol agents meeting with ice officials meeting with families who've had family members murdered by criminal illegal aliens. And and so am down here doing my job will be back in Washington on Monday. I hope on Monday, what will see as finally Washington coming together and opening up the government, what that's going to take is for the Democrats to move off the position that they'd been taking so far of no compromise. No movement. There extreme position they've got to be willing to give him does the president though need to move. He hasn't moved at all publicly. And it's not clear what what the offers are other than concrete to steal. Chuck this actually not accurate. The president has said over and over again, I've been in the room when he said that he's more than willing to compromise. These more than willing to meet in the middle. The reason we have shutdown is let's go back to December December then Republican House passed funding for the entire federal government included five point seven billion dollars for an additional two hundred and thirty four miles of steel barrier. When it got to the Senate Chuck Schumer, and the Democrats filibuster that Bill every democrat said, no we will not allow the government to be funded so long as they're building even a single mile barrier. That's why we have shut down, and that's not a reasonable position. The president's position has been he's perfectly happy to negotiate a compromise. He said many times doesn't have to be five point seven billion. He could find some other number. But the Democrats said, no, they're the only thing they're willing to consider is zero zero zero. That's that is not reasonable. And that's why we have a shutdown. Senator you yourself. I think in two thousand. Seventeen. Was you were lamenting the fact that it that here you had all Republican control of the house the Senate and the White House and things weren't moving very quickly. He didn't make his case for a wall. He didn't. He didn't plow the field over the over that it's two years to try to make this work. And he tried to jam in in the last minute isn't this on the president for his lack of being able to get congressional Republicans to come together much earlier? I don't think that's true at all. I don't think it's the president's Volve Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are being political. You look at the two years we had Republican control of both houses, we saw incredible forward progress. We saw an stork tax cut. We're saying booming economic results. We've got the lowest African American unemployment that has ever been recorded..

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"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

NBC Meet the Press

04:21 min | 3 years ago

"benjamin wittes" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press

"By harshly criticizing Komi and other FBI leaders. We'll have New York Times reporter, Michael Schmidt and NBC news legal analyst, Ben witness on what this could mean for the Muller investigation going full. And joining me for insight and analysis, our democratic pollster Cornell Belcher Peggy Noonan column for the Wall Street Journal, Republican strategists Alcott nece and NBC news national political reporter, Kerley welcome to Sunday. It's meet the press. From NBC news in Washington. The longest running show television history. This is the press. Good Sunday morning. We have two stories that are driving this day. The first that explosive story posted by the New York Times Friday night that in twenty seventeen the F B I open an investigation into whether President Trump was working as a Russian asset as the sitting president against interest of the United States. The investigation was opened after Mr. Trump fired FBI director James call me because he mentioned the Russia investigation in his dismissal letter to call me, an because the president told my colleague Lester Holt that he fired Komi in part because of the Russian investigation. Now, it's important to note that the time says no evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was in fact, working with the Russians when he fired Mr. combing, the second big story of courses this government shutdown now in its twenty third day. And now officially the longest ever what we're seeing is not so much the consequences of divided government, which voters generally say they like because each party axes to break on the other. No what we're seeing the consequences of polarized government with two. Parties often don't talk to each other. Sometimes can't talk to each other. And right now may not want to talk to each other and caught in the middle some eight hundred thousand federal employees who are out of work and not currently getting paid that is actually lead some in Washington to ho President Trump follows through on his constitutionally questionable threat and declare a national emergency as a face-saving way out of this mess. If he does this would be a national emergency designed to solve his own political emergency shutting down the government is not governing for President Trump, the focus on a wall and the symbol it represents to a supporters, maybe the political crisis. He needs to deflect focus from his own legal jeopardy can name it, whatever they can name it peaches. I don't care what they name it. But we need money for that vary. But ultimately, the shutdown leaves the president boxed in and weakened him for the fights ahead. Mr. Trump responded to the time story. About the FBI's counter intelligence investigation tweeting that it was opened for no reason and with no proof and attacking James Komi as a total. Sleaze are you now or have you ever worked for Russia? Mr president. I think is the most insulting thing I've ever been asked. I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written. And if you read the article you'd see that they found absolutely nothing. The president's mounting legal problems are the backdrop to the shutdown stalemate. Mr. Trump had Democrats are both dug in with no end in sight. I don't wanna give an easy way out of something as simple as this. I'm five nine temper tantrum after floating the idea of a quote, national emergency. I would say it would be very surprising to me that I would not declare a national emergency on Friday. The president said he is not planning to declare one. After all the absolute right to do it. But I'm not going to do it so fast. We need to have an in game. If the end game is emergency declaration by the president. Do it do it now. But most Republicans pan the idea tomorrow, the national security emergency might be, you know, climate change. So let's seize fossil fuel plants or something. Democrats also see no incentive to negotiate. Let's put all of this in context. Right. The the president at this point is holding the American people hostage over his vanity project. Most Republicans are standing with the president for now in his laughable to thank you conceal a nineteen hundred mile border without some sort of barrier, but the shutdown is already causing pain..

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Alex van der Zwaan sentenced to 30 days in prison for lying in Mueller probe

All In with Chris Hayes

02:10 min | 4 years ago

Alex van der Zwaan sentenced to 30 days in prison for lying in Mueller probe

"Dutch lawyer alexander's one was sentenced today to thirty days in prison and a twenty thousand dollar fine the first person to receive jail time as a result of the special counsels russia pro vendors one pleaded guilty to a single count of lying to investigators about his contacts with rick gates if trump campaign official and business partner to paul manafort and a ukraine associate identified only person a whom the believes to be russian intelligent operative banners want is one of many characters the fringe of the russia story who look more import important it's time goes by and we got our expert panel here to break down this and other developments in the investigation barbara quaid of former federal prosecutor msnbc justice analysts frank fig figliuzzi from assistant fbi director for counterintelligence an msnbc national security analyst and benjamin wittes editor in chief of the law fair blog and also an msnbc legal analyst let me start with you frank on the vendors one sentencing and then i wanna move to this manafort filing what do you interpret as the reason to hammer this guy in the way that muller did so an even bigger story than the thirty day prison sentence which to most people would seem like small potatoes for lying to muller's team is what then or swan lied about and that's the message that muller is sending if you're lying about pertinent information and what's the pertinent information here vendors lied about conversations between rick gates the deputy campaign manager and this person believed to be a russian intelligence operative with connections right up to the campaign to the russian intelligence services that's a big deal you can't lie about that because that's what muller's investigating russian intelligence russian government connections to the campaign and that's what the messages tonight you lied to me about my investigation of russian collusion you go to prison and we should say that that person who's who believe is constant clinic constantine clinic who is trained in the gr you and his course was manafort.

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