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Democrats raise stakes with impeachment vote
"After weeks of factfinding behind closed doors the house is gearing up to vote on the best way to present it's impeachment inquiry to the public in what will likely be act to the investigation into the president's alleged quid pro With Ukraine the gathering political storm comes amid a flurry of damning testimonies from top officials most recent leap new Tannin Colonel Alexander Finland the Ukraine expert on the National Security Council who listened in on the phone call between President trump and you can Ukrainian presidents and landscape and said the White House those omitted details of the calls in its transcript today to more diplomats take the stand Christopher Anderson and Catherine craft both were for trump's former envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker who helped the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani contact Ukrainian officials close to President's landscape now former Defense Secretary William Cohen is being closely watching these hearings member of the Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings he was one of the handful of Republicans who actually voted for President Nixon's impeachment and now he's calling for politicians on both sides of the aisle to put country before party they the current evidence and he's joining me now from Washington Secretary Cone Welcome to the program good to be with you so I ask you first and I do you think the house and the Senate are in fact going to or have they showed any evidence that they're putting country before politics I think some of them are I believe the the Democrats who are now leading in the house are trying to get at all of the facts is best they can I think they've gone about it the right way and that is to have private hearings or secret hearings in order make sure nothing is classified comes out an open testimony that's what happened during the Watergate era where the Watergate Committee had private hearings before they went public and as a result of those public hearings it certainly educated the American people in terms of what was at stake and then it came over to the House of Representatives we conducted almost all of our hearings in private and only went public when we started to debate the articles of impeachment so this kind of a hybrid here because there was no Senate Watergate Committee investigating a Watergate type committee investigating the president trump and his actions and so it's a hybrid now where the House has been required to go and dig out some of the facts before they go public and then they'll go public I assume within the next two weeks so it's very interesting who are really hammering this this fact that they have been doing their job behind closed doors because they needed to get all the relevant facts before they could go public I mean I assume you're saying that to answer the chorus of criticism from the Republicans and from members of president trump's as that this is somehow as he says it a kangaroo process with everything happening in a non-transparent way well much else what is being said its faults number one Republicans have been in the hearings behind closed doors and the spectacle that we saw last week with I'm forty or fifty Republicans storming the intelligence committee room was just that it was a spectacle because many of those who were storming the who was actually had seats on the inside and could have sat there if they hadn't at any time during the course of all of these hearings so I think it was more for a show that had little to do with the facts and the facts were being gathered by Republicans behind closed doors as well as the Democratic majority and so now will go public and I think it's really important it's not enough to have Robert Muller just read from his testimony what he had gathered as his his finding Wchs it's really important that those who have key information go before the American people be subjected to a critical examination in cross examination so the American public can understand what's at stake and what's at stake is the rule of law and whether or not the president has breached that rule whether or not he has engaged in conduct which in my opinion on its face is impeachable namely to call upon a foreign government a to dig up critical information or dirt on a potential of campaign competitor in the following in next year's race yeah I think that is something which on the face of it would be an impeachable offense I'm let me ask you you mentioned the rule of law that's obviously the fundamental principle of one of the main principles the United States and the democracy that are you concerned that the rule of law itself is under threat and are you concerned that the from the consistent attack on institutions in the United States is having an impact on the democratic process I am during the time of Harry Truman Indianapolis and others it was called you know watching the president that the beginning I think we're present at the end of that process they were present at the beginning of setting up these institutions in the United States and elsewhere which helped to maintain for the most part peace and stability for the past seven years I believe the president trump is in the process of knocking down those pillars and so he feels that he doesn't need any of these other institutional guards such to make that he feels that he alone own can take action without regard to any of the other institutions which are there to make sure that the rule of law stays intact and so that only I can do that assume that has the sound of a dictator or dictatorship where only I can solve this problem I don't need you for consultation I know more than the generals I know more than the ambassadors and I alone can take this action without regard to you congress I don't need you know have to come you and therefore it becomes one man rule now if the president can do that in his first term what we would we expect if he has second term and which has no need to go before the electorate again there's no need to go to Congress to say I'm sorry I broke this rule they'll be no rules that will go on broken in my opinion because he feels that he is above the law that he is the face of the law that he is the face of the Justice Department et Cetera. So I worry about the future as much as I worry about the present in terms of what is happening I want the president to abide by the rule of law and I want Republicans to say Mr President when you step over this line you have to be held accountable you cannot go to a foreign government and ask for assistance against dirt on your future opponent that crosses the line which should not be crossed now whether the majority in the Senate supermajority in the Senate two thirds of the Senate will vote for removal I think at this point is rather doubtful but in any event even if doubtful it is important for the American people to listen to the facts to say you may think it's okay for this president but do you want to set the standard and lower the standards for every other president in the future because what is good for president trump will be good for them and I've always believed I want to look up to the president I want to see the president as a shining example of what the rule of law supposed to look like in America and why we treasure that rule of law because if you don't have the rule of law you have the law of rules and that's something the president seems really more akin to he likes President Putin he likes Kim Jong Hoon he likes presentation paying he likes spreading the Erawan he doesn't much like our allies in terms of paying the same kind of tribute to them that he does to those who the kind of one man rule I mean you've just laid out a pretty alarming scenario I mean if I had to sum it up you pretty much saying that potential elite the United States is is on route to anti democracy I mean almost tyranny you've just said and from from somebody like yourself who's a pretty moderate Republican who served a Democratic president you're not a flame thrower it's pretty alarming I wonder whether former colleagues or current members of Congress whether the House or the Senate listening and you of course signed a letter with with forty four other four most Republicans and others about this issue and yet the Boston Globe has said where are you all where are you all where all the Republican senators or Congress people who who actually did what they had to do according to the rule of law during the Watergate era Where are you all apart from US speaking out like this well many of the Republican Senators with whom I served L. exactly as I do they are worried about where the country is heading I would ask everyone to go back and read Orwell's nineteen eighty-four and look what he was writing about a fictional sense and saying is that where we're headed where you have a Ministry of truth in which you can tell the biggest is and you repeat them over and over again until they're accepted as the truth so you have a situation where the words like a war really means peace or ignorance really means wisdom or slavery is equal to freedom and two plus two week was five when you that's pretty fictional but it's not too for removed when you can have the president of the United States I yeah I wrote this letter and it's a perfect letter and I would say perfectly corrupt in the sense that you're trying to dig up dirt through a country that has beholden to us for its security in order to get that security delivered to them but only if you give this information on Joe Biden and his family and so you keep repeating it's perfect it's perfect perfect and people soon we'll say yeah it is perfect so that's why it's important to have these public hearing so you can have a ambassador Bill Taylor about Yvonne show you can have a lieutenant colonel come forward and say here is what I heard this is why alarmed me and this is why every American and should be alarmed about this because this is not what we do this is not how we act we don't ask we don't ask Russia Russia if you're listening come on in so you can we're open for business that's not something that we can accept which should not accept into the extensive the American people feel it's okay then I think we're headed down they very dangerous past one that every American should be concerned about so let me ask you about the American people because clearly the idea of an impeachment is a very I soon traumatic one for the nation they've been through it once or twice before it's rabbit it's happened and it is traumatic and people I will also say as president trump's allies of said that it's simply an attempt to rob an elected leader of his position do you are you concerned given what we're seeing in polls right now that this could be even more divisive even more traumatic than than than the all of law being upheld well we had the same arguments he met made back during Watergate there were people in the street we had bomb threats at our hearings I had to get special protection for my family as well and the argument was this will tear the country apart and my argument at that point was no it won't tear the country apart there'll be a vice president who will take office of removing the head for head of state for actions that are antithetical to what we believe in will not result and tearing the country apart we'll we'll tear the country apart is if we watched the slow the unraveling of the rule of law in the name of the power of the president and when you confuse the office of the president with the Individual President and His undoing becomes our undoing I tried to make that very clear I believe it's still obtains The president is there a temporary occupant we have our allegiance to who is the office of the President and to the The constitution into the country and so I know the president trump was trying to get members of like Mr Komi the actress FBI? I want you to pledge loyalty to me yes there was no MR president. I don't pledge my loyalty to you I pledge my loyalty to the Constitution. that's something that has been going on now insisting upon loyalty to the person and it has to be loyalty to the office of the president why do you think then sorry to interrupt you but why think then so many Republicans are in fact not doing what you're saying in other words they are pledging their loyalty to him rather than do the pro the the
"mr komi" Discussed on News-Talk 1400 The Patriot
"Very excited to have him back on the show Conrado you with us. I am grateful to be there. I would love to discuss more of your analysis of the president, especially off the recent events with the speaker of the house, perhaps also discuss. I'm sure it's great interest. What is going on in the UK today as we speak? But for for those who aren't familiar with your case, and what the president recently did would you explain to them? Why the president of the United States did what he did on your behalf? Yes. Needless to say there elements on the left claiming just back-scratching exercise because I'm one of comparatively few coming tater is whoever gets real clear politics. So because what I ride. Review American greatness that is generally supportive of the president, not uncritically, so, but that was just, you know, pay off to a political leaves, I'm sort and indeed I have known president alone. But the answer is that I. Him and actually had a business with him in Chicago. This whole business started, and it would be legal travails and. Give this for one point. But the prosecutors started that American throwing spaghetti at the wall seventeen counts against me, including racketeering, money, laundering, perjury nonsense. Of course they banned for the counts. Jurors acquitted nine the supreme court of the United States even Adam asleep vacated the remaining counts, but in that strange American men kick them down to a lower court to close. Assess the gravity of your steaks. And, and, you know, that's like asking somebody to ratify. They treats curiously to counts one was that. What was judged by the trial, judge to be a clerical error on the part of our company secretary was talked up to be a mail fraud parts receiving in my office in Toronto when I was in England, two hundred eighty five thousand dollars that had voted by the independent directors was put up in the company's public filings for two years. And then also to, to, to claim that I had obstructed Justice by helping remove boxes of material ESE already had from my office. When I had to leave my office of twenty seven years in a building. And. And moving these things was approved by the acting president of the company, and the senior member of the court appointed spector was present can I slip the little black, this sounds cuff esque? It sounds it sounds like Monty python. Well, it's a combination Monty python. All right. Kessler. And, and George Orwell the whole thing is insane. It was it was it was absolutely insane. And the president of the case, we knew each other. Well, the time is going on you'd have business with him over the is. That's how he knew. Where it started was, we owned the cargo, sometimes I don't know how familiar you are gone, but the building was Marshall field low rise, building become a an area, towering skyscrapers, right beside the building right on the Chicago river prime development site. Right. And, and we put the development of it up for bid Trump organization one, and, and he built a very fine. Ninety eight story building. It was a business partner came in right on deadline and right on budget. And, and I could appreciate how you know how this company, how well organized it was, but I don't want to listen to many. Just to make the point was nonsense. And, and. And I was sponsored by number people were familiar with the case, including Henry Kissinger, was director and Alan Dershowitz wrote up the legal analysis, and the point is legal team look through the case, look through what had been submitted and said that this never should have been charged. And so. That wasn't the president thinking me writing nice things about. I never should have been charged and the rules, I think the president made a comment to this affect as well. He's had his own experiences with overzealous. Prosecutors of late is when he phones me would be indiscreet of me to say exactly. To get into her bacon citations. But, you know, I had Mr. Muller is director of the FBI, and Mr. Komi is deputy attorney general and lawyer, then the US attorney in Chicago. It's gerald. Who, as everybody knows to screw up and scooter Libby as well. And so the president I had a complete meeting of the minds, we think of certain types of American prosecuted, I have to us just that of human curiosity. What, what point did you know that this was coming? The pod was in the offing. Well was it a surprise? I'm how much of a prize was it to you? Not that much prize because I was aware that some people that sponsored me. And, and then I got a rumor that it was being considered by the way, I was council. So I thought it might happen. But then it it was complete. From the blue when the lady events phone for me said, it's the White House, the president of the US, which is speaking. I must tell you Sebastian. I thought it was. In the London. Tabloid newspapers. The Daily Mail. Right. So I picked up the phone, so the lo and then the lady, I was just say this prank when she said, please hold for the president, and he came on in two seconds and hired rich little it was in. You know, it's a Melia was everybody. It's quite an experience quite an experience to get that call from work in the white has probably been blase. But you can never never be blessed. Before the only other time that I ever got a call from the incumbent president. The presence but not nothing. And you'll feeling since then is there you walk around a Ray of sunshine Koenaad black. Well, no, not quite as animated as that gratified. That, that, that horrible nightmare that went on for sixteen years in one way or another, these last years, we're better than earlier ones. But that's going on in the over. I one the cases close to very satisfactory feeling. It was it was day at the beach of Justice is nothing that joke about we are talking to load. Conrad black. Follow him on Twitter at Conran m black the full own of the telegraph Chicago times. Rousselin lem post national post of Canada. And both of Donald Trump, a president like no other.
"mr komi" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Americans. Mr. Komi is is not never was a mall enforcement professional mean, he's just a hack politician. It doesn't give me joy to say that I think he's worried an issue date that Mr. bar and the inspector general or going to look further into the. Genesis of the investigation of the Trump campaign and the investigation of the Clinton campaign, and I think they're gonna find that all roads lead to Mr. call me. But I know about that. But I definitely think there's going to be a look into how certain things came about. And we'll go from there. So I think that would be uncomfortable. We heard from from Biggs the other night. Congressman Biggs said look Mullen wanna show up because mo- it's going to be asked questions that quite frankly. Going to be uncomfortable for him. Like, how do we end? And it may not be him. It's uncomfortable for the agency and other people inside of the seas both past and present on how we got to that point three two three five three eight twenty four twenty three at Chadbensonshow is your Twitter. You can tweet at us love here from each and every single one of you. I will tell you this man it is. Uber would public today. And I'm still getting it's so funny. I get pushback from people who don't drive for Uber because I think you don't have to drive through ver- and the Uber drivers like now, you're right. I knew what I was getting into this is supposed to be a side gig, and the people that are like, oh, I should be able to unionize, and they should be able to do all of these things those people. It's so funny. The way that they're the ones who are getting mad very few. Uber. Drivers are mad when I said, you know, what? Uber wasn't designed for you to become wealthy on. It was designed as a gig economy, and in many cases, eight supplemental income, and I like Hoover I like lift I prefer Uber over lift. But that's just me. But it's so funny. The way that people look at stuff three two three five three twenty four twenty three at Chadbensonshow is your Twitter tweet at me. It is the Chad Benson.
"mr komi" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"Roads lead back to Mr. Komi, Mr. Komi is he's not the only one up here in Washington. But he's part of the Washington insider political newly they think they're smarter than the American people. They think they're more virtuous than the American people. They didn't think. The American people in two thousand sixteen was smart enough to pick a president show, Mr. Komi and others trying to put their thumbs on the scale. And he's hurt a lot of people. And he's hurt a lot of important institutions to our system of government in the process. And I think Mr. call me is lashing out now because he knows what's coming in Kirk win, the model report came out and the Democrats were banging and banging and banging John Kennedy said now that the motorsports come out all they've got. Now is what's the word was used? Cottage cheese and fried chicken. All they got now. Kurt kurt. What would have happened had Eric Holder not shown up for a appearance before the house and in order to show how afraid he was some Republican brought in a bucket of fried chicken and started the issues, Dan is fried chicken. It's time to move on. Can you? Call the racist. He would have been drawn right out of out of congress. This do we call him the chicken, man? Yeah. All right. Kamla Harris says ask what's the difference between you and Joe Biden whitewashed it somebody sports you versus Joe Biden. Here's what she said. I just wanted to ask you what what makes you Bernie was asked to similar question yesterday. So just ask you what's taught reason Democrats should vote for you over Biden. Democrats.
"mr komi" Discussed on WBSM 1420
"Studio, professor John Eastman, from Chapman university. Now joins us. Professor as always thank you very much for taking the time. I really appreciate it. The lead in. Professor, no further indictments, no evidence of obstruction, at least at least no finding of obstruction. No, finding of collusion. No finding of conspiracy. No finding of coordination. No allegation that the DOJ in any way interfere with the mother report. Well, that's right. But I do want to say this. I we do have a lot of evidence of collusion, but on the other side of the political aisle, the Clinton the Clinton foundation receiving millions and millions of dollars from Russian sources for Hillary to sell out our uranium reserves, the funneling of money illegally through through a law firm, a campaign expenditures to pay for a dossier. That was routed on third third and knowledge from a Russian agent there was collusion with Russia. But it was Hillary and Obama it was not President Trump the Buehler Buehler report complete completely vindicated President Trump. They look we've all known that for a long time. This was a phony story from the get go in search of facts to try and support it and after two and a half years they weren't able to come up with anything not as a prize because it wasn't based on reality. In the first place, professor eastern. I don't understand why the special counsel said, quote, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime it does not exonerate him close. It's not his job. To exonerate him. Well, I know what he's trying to do is play both sides of the political aisle in this report or or in the summary of the report that we thus far have from attorney general bar. We don't know exactly what Mueller says the report we have the summary from from bar. But, you know, look, I mean, he's trying puppet I think to protect some of his friends. Most notably Mr. Komi who were in this thing up to their eyeballs in scandal. I mean, we have we have funneling of Russian money to secretary of state to to sell out our uranium. We have we have campaign violation. We have the outgoing administration conducting spying operation on on the political opponents presidential campaign for the incoming administration. This is this is not this is beyond what Richard Nixon tried to do. They actually succeeded in doing it. And nobody's talking about that. And I think the whole Mueller story and Russia collusion designed to kind of get our eye off the ball of what really went on here, which is a auto Watergate scale, what about all the colluding that Hillary the campaign did with the Ukrainians and all the things you've outlined is the DOJ going to do anything about that. Well, you know, there's some intimation that they're going to and and the calls for full disk. Closer that you're seeing now not just on a Mueller report, but Lindsey Graham calls for a broader disclosure of the fight a warrant that led to the Obama administration spying on the Trump campaign during the presidential election. That's what we really need would disclosure on. Because this is stunning that this occurred in America. It's kind of you know, the banana Republic tag stop and yet it was done at the highest Thatcher. Lonzo the Obama administration? My guess is professor John Eastman of Chapman university. Professor nineteen lawyers a team of forty FBI agents intelligence analysts forensic accountants and other professional staff. Twenty eight hundred subpoenas five hundred search warrants to and thirty orders from communication records thirteen request a foreign governments for evidence interviewed five hundred witnesses. What are all these continuing investigation by the house going to uncover that the Muller investigation did not well what they're going to try and do is find little snippets that are ambiguous. It can put a different spin on it and try and salvage. Some sense of propriety for the last two years of effort Euler should have never been appointed in the first place. There was no evidence of a crime and are FBI at department of Justice guidelines and regulations. There was absolutely no basis for appointing a special prosecutor in the first place rod Rosenstein, went went beyond his legal authority to do that. But then once it had been done everybody's saying, well, you can't get rid of it everybody'll claim collusion and claim obstruction of Justice. And all that. So we had to let it run its course. But it was a monumental waste of time and effort and more importantly now, this is the real sad note here the Russians to the extent they tried to interfere with the election wasn't to put some on the scale for Hillary or or Donald Trump. It was to rip the country apart. No matter how the election came out. And all they've done with his Mueller report is, you know, play the Patsy for what Putin wanted wanted to accomplish in the first place here is what beta or professor said after the. Malo report came out and after the four page summary with released here's what beta works at. My.
"mr komi" Discussed on WDTK The Patriot
"Pardon me. Hillary should be locked up. Well, she liked it under oath before congress. She live and destroyed evidence. She intimidated witnesses. She pays no penalty. Mr. Komi, Mr. Brennan, Mr. McCabe. Mr. general, Clapper, Hillary Clinton. They all lied under oath regarding material matters of great consequence. I am falsely accused of lying under congress, which I did not do when are the day being prosecuted. Where's the equal? Application of the law. Yeah. And as I asked last week when do we see twenty nine law enforcement units units with lights blazing officers with guns drawn in bullet resistant body armor and helmets rushing any of their houses in a pre dawn raid when when are we going to be treated to that video video eight hundred nine two three nine three eight five eight hundred nine to three WD TK. I mean, if it's good enough for guys like Mr. stone, a former associate of Donald Trump who says he will not bear false witness against the president because there's nothing to see here. Then what about those folks who really lied to the federal authorities shouldn't we at the very least see them frogmarched out of their residences. First thing in the morning. This John McCullough for mabul services,.
"mr komi" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"According to people familiar with their thinking that all changed apparently with the firing of James Comey in may two thousand seventeen and two other actions at the president took around combs firing. According to the New York Times the first action was quote, a letter Mr. Trump wanted to send Mr. Komi about his firing, but never did in which he mentioned the Russia investigation in the letter, Mr. Trump thanked Mr. Komi for previously telling him he was not a subject of the FBI's Russia investigation. Now the second event that troubled investigators was one we all watch. It was this interview with NBC news Lester Holt, which occurred two days after James Comey's firing. The president said this regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire. Call me knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it. I said to myself, I said, you know, this rusher thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story this rusher thing. Now the times notes that special counsel Robert Muller took over this inquiry into President Trump when he was appointed just days after the FBI opened it, and it is unclear whether Mr. Muller is still pursuing the counter intelligence matter. No evidence has emerged publicly Donald Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from the Russian government. Let's just be clear about that. But one final note that caught our I in this bombshell New York Times report is that officials belt that they're decis..
"mr komi" Discussed on The Dan Bongino Show
"They're getting ready to throw him under the bus let me read to you the new york times piece again to show you how he will be in fact the fall guy the fbi's thinking crystallized by mid august after the cia director at the time john o brennan shared intelligence with mr komi showing that the russian government was behind an attack on the twenty sixteen presidential election where do you think he got the information maybe the dossier that was fake notice they don't write that the new york times the new york times against preparing to cover up they're going to shift the blame to the cops in the fbi but on the political side they're going to limit exposure in the doj on the criminal leaks and jim john brennan is going to go down intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation the crossfire hurricane team that's the code name for the trump spying operation was part of that group but largely operated independently three officials say here we go again efforts to limit to eliminate exposure into the white house into the doj into the political appointees into the democrat party focusing on john brennan the fbi and joke just knows five people in the justice department all right just those five no one else joe of course by the way you can always count on marco rubio to come through for the rhinos say marco rubio said that if they're studying it not much to see you you rubio total waste.
What we learn from Mueller's 'Trump questions
"ABC's world news this week will begin after this. Are you hiring with? Indeed you can post a job in minutes set up screener questions than zero in on qualified candidates in an online dashboard. Get started at indeed dot com. Slash higher. From ABC news world news this week. Chuck's Iverson in New York coming up forty, nine questions for the president's clean. Did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting stormy Daniels payments, no campaign finance violation. So through lawful. Then the president, he North Korea summit. We now have a day and we have a location. Paradise ignites a difficult thing to watch the floor is unpredictable in his own words. Here, maybe I'll have another five years. Maybe I'll be gone before you hear this. People in events that made headlines when world news this week continues. There's a lot coming at you right now, turmoil tweets, an insane amount of chatter. I'm Brad milkey with ABC news and I'm here to throw you a lifeline. It's a new podcast called start here or are experts give you on the ground access to the biggest stories of the day. We're going to give you some context, some clarity among the chaos, twenty minutes every weekday subscribe now on apple podcast or wherever you get your podcast and start here. What did you know about phone calls that Mr Flynn made with the Russian ambassador? What did you mean in your interview? With Lester Holt about Mr.. Komi in Russia. Those are two of the forty nine questions. Robert Muller's special council wants to ask President Trump in a sit down interview according to a document leaked to the media this week, ABC's congressional correspondent MAry, Bruce on what else is in those questions. The list of nearly fifty probing questions. Special counsel, Robert Muller has for President Trump lines of questioning, Muller shared with Trump's own legal team. The list now published by the New York Times and what the president is now calling a disgraceful leak Russian collusion. Give me a break. Trump insists. Molars list has no questions on collusion, but that's not true. The special counsel has questions about Paul Manafort once the president's campaign chairman according to the times, Muller wants to ask Trump what knowledge did he have any outreach by his campaign, including by Paul Manafort to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign. Muller also wants to ask the president win. Did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting that infamous sit down Don Jr. Jared, Kushner? Manafort in Russians, they were told had dirt on Hillary Clinton much of Muller's list centers on possible obstruction of Justice by the president. The special counsel wants to know what if I were made to reach out to Trump's fired national security adviser, Michael Flynn about seeking immunity or possible? Pardon. And what did Trump mean when he said this about firing his FBI director, James Komi when I decided to just do it. I said to myself, I said, you know, this rusher thing. Thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story N when Trump told Russian diplomats and this Oval Office meeting that firing Komi had taken the pressure off, what did he mean by that? Another question Muller wants answered, what discussions did the president have regarding terminating the special counsel with the release of those questions also came word that the special counsel has warned President Trump's legal team, that if the president refuses an interview, Muller could issue a subpoena ABC news, chief legal analyst. Dan Abrahams says, this raises the stakes, let's say it works its way all the way through the courts. The supreme court then says, sorry, this is a valid subpoena and the president says, well, I don't think so, and I'm not going to show up. That's when you have the real potential crisis. We use this word constitutional crisis all the time. I think that the only real crisis occurs if you have in the end, a real war between two branches of government were one of saying, you can't tell me what to do the president. However, maintaining he's still willing to sit down with Muller despite what his legal team is telling him. I would love to speak. I would love to nobody wants to speak more than me back against my lawyers because most lorries they never picked another. I would love to say, what is it like to sit down with a special counsel's team former Trump campaign adviser. Michael Caputo recently did so, and he's detailing the experience to ABC news, chief Justice correspondent Pierre, Thomas former Trump political adviser. Michael Caputo helped in the early stages of a campaign from Trump Tower says he won't soon. Forget the grilling. He says, he took from two FBI juice and a prosecutor with a special counsel's team three hours. Plus they weren't pulling any punches at at some points in time. I, it got kind of frightening. Caputo says the agents knew so much about his life. It scared him. They know everything here. They know more about what I did in two thousand sixteen than I do, but will the investigators after they're talking about the timing of some things that happened at the campaign and at the convention. I think they're completely focused on collusion. With Russia. According to Caputo, there was a lot of focus on the hack of the DNC by Russian operative known as goussev for and WikiLeaks, which published stolen information. This is his stark assessment on whether Muller's anywhere near done, investigating possible collusion. I'm hoping this end soon, but it sounds to me like they have more dating to do today. Give you any sense that they have anything. I believe that they, they think they're onto something what that is. I don't know. They're not messing around. Caputo, says investigators Pepperdine with questions about his friends. The president's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Paul Manafort who's been indicted on money laundering charges. The president's longtime friend and advisor, Roger stone. The one thing he says, surprised him from the interview. It was remarkable to me that the president was brought up. Nobody with last name Trump came up at all. Speaking of the president's legal team, there were major shakeups yet again this week with top White House lawyer, tie Cobb telling ABC news. Be leaving having, you know, stay longer than I intended, but believing that the end of this month ABC's chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl spoke with Cobb about his departure from the president's team out tie Cobb, the lead White House lawyer dealing with the special counsel replaced by Amit flood who was one of President Clinton's impeachment lawyers Cobb tells me he was ready to leave almost everything that I was brought on to do as Ben accomplished comet employed a strategy of patients with Muller cooperation. Definitely. What is the right move? And and definitely the path that would lead to the quickest resolution. But it was President Trump's newest lawyer, former mayor, Rudy Giuliani who created shockwaves this week when he told FOX's Sean Hannity, that money was not campaign money. Sorry, I'm giving you a fact now that you don't know, it's not campaign money, no campaign finance violation. So they've funneled through law firm. Frontal through over and the president. It. I didn't know Giuliani acknowledging for the first time that the president repaid that one hundred thirty thousand dollars to his personal attorney. Michael Kohn ABC's giancarl with a new explanation from the White House last month. The president, flatly denied knowing anything about the hush money Cohen claimed he paid Daniels out of his own pocket.
"mr komi" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"What did you think in do in reaction to the news that the special counsel was speaking to mr rogers mr pompeo and mr coates this seems new as noted here by michael schmidt in the times it is not clear whether mr muller knows something specific about trump's reaction to these interviews but the question shows that mr muller is keenly interested in how trump responded to each step of his investigation that is fascinating another question what was the purpose of your calls to mr komi on march thirtieth and april eleventh seventeen what was the purpose of your april eleventh 2017 statement to maria barreda room oh with the time says about that while the white house ultimately said mr comey was fired for breaking with justice department policy and discussing the hilary clinton email investigation mr trump expressed no such qualms in an interview with maria barreda romo of the fox business network on april eleventh two thousand seventeen he said in that interview quote director comey was very very good to hillary clinton that i can tell you if he weren't she would be right now going to trial quickly that indicates that they're trying to get to the president's mindset there if comey was supposedly fired for mistreating hillary clinton there why did you say that komi was very good hillary clinton what did you think can do about mr combs mayford 2017 testimony in this senate appearance mr komi described his handling of the clinton investigation in detail he was fired soon after mr molars questions suggests he wants to know why mr trump's soured on mr comi regarding the decision to fire mr call me one was it made why who played a role in that what did you mean when you told russian diplomats on may.
"mr komi" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Came to the white house physically to warn the white house that flynn had been lying about his secret communications with the russian government so the question again to the president what did you know about sally yates is meetings about mr flynn how is the decision made to fire mr flynn on february thirteenth two thousand seventeen after the resignations what is this after the resignations what efforts were made to reach out to mr flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon after the resignation i'm not sure what that means that's one of the questions listed here after the resignations what efforts were made to reach out to mr flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon i don't know what the after the resignations part of that is but talking to flynn about a potential partner immunity as obviously an obstruction of justice question all right questions related to james komi what was your opinion of mr komi during the transition what did you think about mr combs intelligence briefing on january six twenty seventeen about russian election interference this is an intelligence briefing we've actually got quite a bit of insight into impart because james comey just wrote a book where he detailed that right that's when american intelligence agencies their conclusion that russia had interfered in the election to try to help trump that was briefed to not only the president at the time president obama but also to president elect donald trump this was also the moment when mr komi briefed mr trump about salacious allegations related to him from the socalled steele dossier so one question of apparently that muller is going to ask trump what did you think about mr comey's intelligence briefing on january six twenty seventeen about russian election interference and then follow up.
"mr komi" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"And other leaks that we were seeing in the media i don't know what the result of that was i got fired before it was finished but i know i asked that it be investigated that answer from james comey here last night has gotten a good bit of attention in the wake of that interview mr komi telling us that rudy giuliani's comments during the campaign prompted him comey to order an fbi investigation into whether people inside the f b i were feeding the trump campaign non public information about the clinton investigation during the campaign james comey confirming to us last night that he ordered an investigation into that but he said he doesn't know what the result was of that investigation he ordered because of course he got fired well we're not one hundred percent sure what happened to that investigation but we think that what probably happened to it is that we think it got rolled into a broader investigation by the justice department inspector general and inspector general investigation into the fbi and its activities related to the two thousand sixteen election we think that leak issue is part of what the inspector general is due to report on very soon marco's and ball reuters reported yesterday that that inspector general report will be issued next month which means we may be able to get we may be about to get the results of the investigation james comey talked about so intriguingly last night including the part about rudy giuliani right as rudy giuliani is becoming the president's new lawyer on the russia case joining us now is congressman eric swallow is a member of both the intelligence committee and the judiciary committee congressman it's nice to see this evening thanks for being with us to ritual travel me back so the justice department inspector general we believe is still doing an investigation broadly speaking into the fbi's various activities related to the two thousand sixteen campaign we surmise.
"mr komi" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Did anything like that happen in terms of paul manafort can't answer that i mean i could but i can't i could but i can't it's becoming the story of my life i what he says you can't can't answer that i mean there's director call me saying that in some situations where someone is suspected of working with a foreign power the fbi has a number of different techniques to try to defeat the adversary nations actions what were those if any in the case of paul manafort when he became chairman of the trump's campaign of the trump campaign and the fbi knew what they knew about him i mean i mean as yesterday we now know from justice department prosecutors speaking in open court that paul manafort is being was being investigated possibly being a back channel between the trump campaign and the russian government well what did the fbi do when manafort took over a presidential campaign in the united states james call me last night left open the possibility that they did do something likewise when i asked mr komi about trump's first national security advisor mike flynn after the fbi had interviewed mike flynn about his contacts with russians after the justice department had warned the white house that flynn was compromised by the russians the appear to be vulnerable to russian blackmail i asked komi if after all that during the weeks that flim stayed on us national security adviser whether the fbi or any other intelligence agency took any measures to keep sensitive information away from flynn to protect national security since he was somebody who they believed to be compromised again mr komi told me and i quote directly i'm not permitted to answer that.
"mr komi" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Yeah and we also know from documents at the time that nixon actually was a little bit freaked out by the dnc lawsuit at the time even as everybody around him was publicly dismissing it partly i'm guessing because he knew they were onto something stuff michael beschloss nbc news presidential historian thank you my friend i was so excited to talk to you about this a really appreciate you might move to be willed good weekend much more to get too busy friday night stay with us last night former fbi director james komi was here for an hour while i asked him a gazillion questions about things he said he was not allowed to talk about if you able to answer but even when he was not able to answer a question sometimes that itself gave us some news something new and intriguing to consider here's one i wanted to bring your attention to last night i asked mr komi about paul manafort who the government has admitted in open court paul manafort has been under investigation by the fbi as far back as twenty fourteen the fbi obviously knew that when manafort unexpectedly became chairman of the donald trump presidential campaign in two thousand sixteen is there some duty to warn is there any sort of is there some action at the fbi should take you're not asked to do background checks on people for political campaigns but when you know what you know about these folks about ongoing investigations involving these people in serious matters should something have been set we don't wanna talk about those in particular but in general it depends on what the facts are that started the investigation of what you've learned the goal is always to disrupt and defeat the the adversaries actions so sometimes that means building a criminal case and then locking up the person who's been working with the foreign power sometimes it means going to the person and saying hey we know you're hooked up with them knock that off sometimes it's a it is laying in the weeds trying to develop sources of information to get close to them lots of different techniques the always the goal is to defeat the adversaries actions in an effort to influence the united states.
"mr komi" Discussed on The Jason Stapleton Program
"Out years later that you've done this and that potentially classified information was leaked to a foreign government because that server was hacked not once but technically would they say of close to nine times if i remember the story correctly what do you think would happen to that guy do you think that they will look at it and go it looks like you made a mistake but no harm no foul we didn't think he intended to do anything wrong or do you think that guy be in prison well let me save you the trouble he'd be imprisoned because there was a young man who worked for the nsa ended up taking pictures of his desk where he worked and ended up keeping those pictures on a private computer the guy did what was it six years because he had pictures of his desk where he worked when that was against the law the now you've got combing who's potentially only crime is releasing unclassified information that later became classified what do you think is going to happen to him do you think he's got a i got a feeling that there will he will not be judged by the same standard that the f b i judged hillary clinton the the standard by which komi judged clinton will not be the same standard that the f b i use to judge komi with absolutely not now komi says that he considers the most personal rather than government documents he told congress that he wrote them and authorized there released to the media as a private citizen so he is claiming that these are not government documents these are my private notes and i as a private citizen i authorized their release and there was no classified information in the when i released them as fbi director mr komi had the legal authority to determine what bureau information was classified and what wasn't but once he left the government the determination fell to other officials so this is from what i can tell an attempt by trump to nail komi to the wall because he doesn't like him and i i don't know i have no idea with the guys telling the truth i have no idea whether he is a legitimate concern citizen who doesn't like trump because he thinks trump is a threat to democracy and liberty or whether he is a jaded employees who didn't get along with trump and now he.
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"Sole public suitor for shire and us regulators reportedly plan to find wells fargo as much as one billion dollars multiple media outlets say the hefty fine could come today and his time onto abuses in wells fargo's auto lending and mortgage businesses we are watching reaction here to general electric's earnings the shares are jumping in early trading they're up two point seven percent and this is after it reported a first quarter profit that beat analysts estimates and honeywell also reported a firstquarter adjusted profit that beat analysts estimates it beat the highest estimate of analysts we surveyed honeywell also boosting its forecast futures this morning meanwhile little changed lower s and p futures are down about two points dow futures down thirty nine nasdaq futures down seventeen the ten year treasury down to thirty seconds yield two point nine one percent and again general electric two point three percent this is bloomberg karen thank you for that it is now six thirty three on wall street mr komi took notes now what the memo's tell us from bloomberg's michael barr good morning good morning bob the justice department sent to congress memos from former fbi director james comey detailing is account of interactions with president trump the associated press obtained redacted pages of the memos bloomberg's ed baxter has the story now the justice department provided the documents to congress just hours earlier one of the incidents deals with dinner on which mr call me says mr trump asked for his loyalty and a conversation the following month about former white house national security adviser michael flynn calms notes say the president said flynn had serious judgment issues he blamed him for a delay in returning the.
"mr komi" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"The man all potentially evidence of intent enough to sink the president on that but then just a few days later exactly one week after mr comey was fired we learned on may sixteenth from this new york times report that mr komi had written several memos contemporaneous memos documenting his interactions with the president interactions that lead up to him being fired mr komi had given at least one of those memos to a friend who shared it with the times it was a memo about a now very famous interaction in the oval office in which mr komi claims president trump asked him to drop the russia investigation into his national security advisor mike flynn the times reported quote mr komi also created similar memos including some better classified about every phone call and meeting he had with the president so the times reported the existence of those memos on a tuesday one week after comey was fired later that same day the fbi got the first request from a congressional republican to hand those memos over to congress republican congressman jason shaef it's was the chair of the house oversight committee then he has since left for gig at fox news but congressman chafe it's wrote to the fbi that same day the memos were first reported and he insisted that the bureau hand over quote all memoranda note summaries and recordings referring or relating to any communications between komi and the president which created this very interesting question with the f b i hand those over does the fbi even have the option to hand those over if those memos are going to end up being evidence in a alive fbi criminal investigation.
"mr komi" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"The way matters show we at nine eastern on msnbc our guest tonight is james comey who was the director of the federal bureau of investigation until president trump relieved him of that role last year that firing has reportedly led to the president himself coming under legal scrutiny for potential obstruction of justice now as me and the whole staff here were preparing for this interview tonight with mr komi some news broke about mr komi you will remember that he was fired last may may ninth the following day on may tenth president trump surprise hosted two russian government officials in the oval office where he told them quote i just fired the head of the fbi he was crazy a real nut job i faced great pressure because of russia that's taken off that was may tenth day after the president fired mr komi the following day may eleventh president trump told nbc's lester holt that what he'd had foremost in his mind when he decided to fire mr komi was the russia investigation now in terms of criminal law the president fired the fbi director because it was a tuesday or because he decided he just likes a lot of turnover and national security jobs or just because james comey rubbed him the wrong way for no meaningful reason that would basically be fine legally the president can fire presidential appointees without anybody telling him that he can't if however the president fired mr komi because of the russian investigation because he wanted to influence an ongoing fbi investigation into him in his campaign that komi was overseeing fbi director well that might be obstruction of justice criminal liability here hinges on intent evidence of the president's intent in that firing that's everything so the ninth copious fired the tenth the president tells russian officials that firing him will take off great pressure because of russia the eleventh he tells nbc news he's thinking about the russian investigation when he fires.
"mr komi" Discussed on 1A
"Shauna i mean i like many people in america watch the abc interview and thought george stephanopoulos did a good job but the one thing i was struck by from it was that if you already didn't like james komi for whatever reason that you didn't like him whether that be because of president trump whether that be because of hillary clinton you didn't come away from that interview suddenly deciding you liked james komi didn't like the president and if you already liked the things that mr komi has said in an open hearing in the senate what we already knew from the book experts then you still like james comey at the end i don't think games comey changed any minds about president trump and i think in some ways this conversation keeps us sort of in our corners even further to a certain extent that doesn't mean james comey has a right to write a book say what he wants he has a respected individual i think it's interesting but i don't think this is making us talk across lines by any means by the way is anyone read the book i have not i download on i got an advanced okay you got an advance so some of us one of us has read it in few of us have it on the on the to read list i wonder also you'll he about president trump's response he spent a lot of time this weekend on twitter railing against what he who you referred to as slippery james comey he referred to him as not smart as the worst fbi director in history by far called him a slime ball he also intimated that mr komi should go to jail for allegedly lying to congress and giving up classified information what's all that about what's what's what's going on here.
"mr komi" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"To be set in place by congress we have to stop pretending that this is just about cat videos this got to the core of our democracy with a foreign country actually buying ads in rubles and then also sending out propaganda and targeting innocent americans who didn't know that their profiles and their data and their friends had been stolen senator amy klobuchar member of the senate judiciary committee i live in hope without little note that you got from senator grassley today saying he was taking this under advisement please let us get it done yeah let us know let us know thank you thank you much appreciated i will note also what the what the senator said there about the value of facebook and it does get people's attention when you call for the ceos not just lower level executives but the ceo's of facebook and google and twitter to come forward and answer for some of this stuff the in the stock market today the hit to facebook on this in light of this scandal was was massive facebook loss tens of billions of dollars in valuation today with the hit their stock took on the skin'll stay with us james comey was director of the fbi and he believed that the president of the united states was directing him to shut down the russia investigation into the president's own campaign mr komi documented the president's behavior and his requests and their conversations after he was fired comey testified to congress that he wrote down what happened between him and the president in detail and crucially he also told other senior leadership at the fbi exactly what had happened he listed several senior officials he told at the time about what was happening those are there for people who can provide corroborating evidence of what the president did in his conversations with james comey ever since james comey listed those officials we've been watching one by one as those corroborating witnesses have been attacked and sidelined by the president and his allies there was jim rebecca who was chief of staff to the fbi director both under komi and under his successor chris wray earlier the.