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"robert costa" Discussed on The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated
"Finally, by Robert Costa back in his radio Wheelhouse after authoring peril with Bob Woodward, good morning, Robert, how are you? You, it is great to be back with you. Well, thank you. You've had a long book laby had a great bestseller parallelism bookstores everywhere continues to sell. It continues to make news. In fact, let's go back to the most recent headlines Robert Costa from peril. What is the latest, it's really the John eastman memo, John is a friend of mine, and I've known him forever. He's a very fine lawyer. You put in the short form of the eastman memo. Did you have the long form available to you? Well, there are two versions of the eastman memo that eastman memo that matters in our report in peril is the one that goes to senator Mike Lee of Utah that was circulated by The White House. The January 2nd 2021. Did each man know it was going to go out from The White House because lawyers will often. I haven't talked to John yet. But they will often prepare talking point memos, summary memos that are not supposed to go a to the client or be to the top of the client chain and certainly not outside of the client's control. Well, I'm not sure what eastman knew about the circulation of this memo. I do know that John was in the Oval Office with Trump and Pence and Marc short and pence's advisers on January 4th, two days before the certification. Pushing the argument, eastman has made further comments about that meeting The New York Times in our book, which is we stand by. President Trump was really telling Trump, assuming Trump was really telling Pence, listen to Jon, listen to John, you can do this. You can walk away, try to allow this to go to the house, delay the certification. And so John eastman has said that his longer memo makes clear that he did not favor this. And I'll talk to John sometime about this. But let me ask you about the impact of peril. It certainly is going to make it less likely that lawyers will give their candid set of option advice on the far flung to the near certain legal options to a president. Don't you think that's going to happen? I think Hugh though, you got to have when you read the memo, the memo says there are alternate electors in the states and that just wasn't the case. And so it was eastman's memo says there's going to be a scenario where alternate slates of electors are available. Now, eastman is publicly made the case that he wanted to delay the certification if Pence went in that direction. He's making the recommendation that alternate slates would somehow appear, but they weren't no state legislature had recognized any alternate slate at that time on January 4th 5th or 6th. I think it was completely far fetched. I do not believe it was an option. I would tell John that, I don't think he ought to have put that in paper because I know how the president thinks, which is give I can talk Trump, which is give him an option that's far out there. And he'll seize upon it as though it's mainstream and viable. Assuming it's sort of like, how does an economist get out of a hole in the ground first to assume a ladder? Here they assumed an elector. And you can't. I mean, you just can't do that and give it to Donald Trump where he's going to assume the elector. Exactly. I mean, I can't read John's mind or Trump's mind, but Trump wholesale bought in. I spent 9 ten months digging into this. Trump was wholesale believing that this election could go to the house and he could win and that alternate slates of electors could somehow be brought quickly to the four that would allow him to have a victory in the house. Is this something he truly believed? I agree, Robert. What I try and tell everyone is that president Trump is first and foremost, a real estate developer. And real estate developers see houses and buildings and malls. They don't see empty ground. They don't see zoning restrictions. They don't say state law. They don't see sequence in Napa and endangered species. They don't say anything except their vision. And if you tell them at one time, it's possible we could get 5 units an acre, they'll want 6. I mean, that's just how developers think. That's why they get stuff done. It's also why they go bankrupt and then get things done. And it's Donald Trump. And if you give him a memo that says, maybe if electors show up from one state, we'll be able to have the vice president to put that aside. He's going to will it into existence. Is that your experience with the president? Well, I've had interviews with him, but I do know that the story we've reported is that Trump really believed at the end that this was a viable option. And someone like Mike Lee and I think the lead component's important, we report that Lee himself is a serious lawyer on the right. Is trying to look at this and say, is this just isn't possible? This is not and that's why we also detail in the book how senator Ted Cruz is telling Trump at the end on January 5th. Look, we're going to object to Arizona. We're going to propose a commission to look into these issues with even at that moment Trump saying to cruise based on our reporting, hey, you got to do more. You got to object to every state. There was an expectation that many Republicans found unreasonable that Trump they wanted to help Trump Lee likes Trump, Cruz likes Trump. Eastman likes Trump. But there was an expectation by Trump at the end of these things could really move forward in a way that didn't seem legally or politically possible to a lot of people around the president. I'm reminded of PJ o'rourke. You don't give whisky in the car keys to a teenage boy. You don't give scenarios on the Electoral College to a president who's facing defeat. When those scenarios simply can not happen. Let me turn now to the consequences of Donald Trump's continued interest in the 2024 election. I moderated a Senate debate in Ohio among GOP candidates on Sunday Night. 6 candidates all with 7 figures budgets and rising Robert Koch. These are all deeply well financed candidates. 5 of them are clearly trying to grab the former president's attention. One of whom, Matt Dolan is running if rob Portman do you think that's going to be replayed in every race in the United States in 2022? It's certainly possible. I think if Virginia turns toward youngkin and I think the young can model could become something you see a lot of states in a lot of states that Republican candidates are going to go hey, we may not want to be totally with Trump, but we can't walk away from Trump and there's going to be a competition for how you navigate that in a primary. I don't think it's going to be Marjorie Taylor green in every single primary winning, that type of a true through and through Trump style Republican, but you're not going to be a never trumper. I would expect and win a lot of Republican primaries. Should you tied continue to move in that direction? A never trumper. The interesting thing is the fusion of both with Glenn young and Glen and his public said, I've got the forever trumpers in the never trumpers both supporting me over education. And I think that's the model. And the latest Monmouth pole is its tied. I actually think mcauliffe is losing and junk and is winning. And this morning, the idea, well, Terry mcauliffe yesterday told WRC channel 6 WTV our channel 6 this cut number 5. But you know, this is junk in China stir up this critical race theory, which I'll be honest with you Bill, I find highly offensive. Critical race theory is not taught in Virginia. It has never been taught. It is a racist dog whistle. And I'm really tired of it. Now the daily caller this morning Robert Costa reports that loudon county forces parents to sign an NDA style form to view the CRT inspired curriculum. They're clearly a CRT and its legacy in some school boards..
Robert Costa on the Eastman Memo
"You. You've had a long book laby had a great bestseller parallelism bookstores everywhere continues to sell. It continues to make news. In fact, let's go back to the most recent headlines Robert Costa from peril. What is the latest, it's really the John eastman memo, John is a friend of mine, and I've known him forever. He's a very fine lawyer. You put in the short form of the eastman memo. Did you have the long form available to you? Well, there are two versions of the eastman memo that eastman memo that matters in our report in peril is the one that goes to senator Mike Lee of Utah that was circulated by The White House. The January 2nd 2021. Did each man know it was going to go out from The White House because lawyers will often. I haven't talked to John yet. But they will often prepare talking point memos, summary memos that are not supposed to go a to the client or be to the top of the client chain and certainly not outside of the client's control. Well, I'm not sure what eastman knew about the circulation of this memo. I do know that John was in the Oval Office with Trump and Pence and Marc short and pence's advisers on January 4th, two days before the certification. Pushing the argument, eastman has made further comments about that meeting The New York Times in our book, which is we stand by. President Trump was really telling Trump, assuming Trump was really telling Pence, listen to Jon, listen to John, you can do this. You can walk away, try to allow this to go to the house, delay the certification.
'American Marxism' Tops Best-Sellers List on Amazon
"This link was just sent me in and I pulled it up and I put it on the cutter and parlor Amazon's best sellers of 2021 so far Remember my book came out I think it was June wasn't it mister producer Yeah June Maybe it was July I remember By far American Marxism Number two a book called atomic habits Number three the four agreements Number four is a novel Number 5 is a novel Number 6 is a kid's book Number 7 is a kid's book Number 8 is a novel 9 is a novel number ten is a kid's book no 11 is a kid's book Number 12 looks like an adult comic book Number 13 is a novel Number 14 is a novel Number 15 is a Dr. Seuss book Number 16 is power The 48 laws of power 17 rich dad poor dad that book goes on forever 1819 84 same with that one Number 19 5 love language is big book Number 20 kids book Number 21 novel Number 22 peril Bob Woodward's book Robert Costa is a loser book for the amount of money no doubt that they were paid The book that tried to take out Trump like so many of them people are sick of books like that So that book did very very poorly overall
Bob Woodward Busy Promoting 'Peril,' Should Be Covering Clinton Lawyer's Charges
"Talking about the biggest story that should be wall to wall coverage on every network tonight should be in the front page of every newspaper And that is the indictment of one of the top warriors with a Quentin campaign and when it's clearly a conspiracy to commit one of the biggest frauds in the history of this country Certainly when it comes to politics You know I go back to Watergate and those two guys that were riders that we've now turned into like gods of journalism Guys Woodward where the hell is that guy right now Seriously Why isn't he doing his job talking about this Why isn't Woodward an American investigative journalist started working for The Washington Post right Guy that helped bring down Nixon Why isn't he telling the truth on this story You know what he's doing today 8 hours ago Yahoo News headline Bob Woodward weren't warned Donald Trump wants to be president again for one worrying reason Let's land The president Bob Woodward thinks he knows that what Donald Trump wants to do if he wins the presidency again On Tuesday's MSNBC morning Joe Woodward and fellow Washington Post journalist Robert Costa spoke about the reporting that went into their newly released book peril The book details the final months of the Trump administration lifts the lid on many of the expletive laden rants and attempts over turn the 2020 election results
House Jan. 6 Committee Seeking Records on Gen. Milley's China Calls
"Hi Mike Rossi you're reporting the house January sixth committee is seeking records on general mark believes China calls the select committee investigating the January sixth insurrection at the US capitol is seeking records related to calls from joint chiefs of staff chairman general mark Milley to his Chinese counterpart the calls were made in the final months of president Donald trump's administration according to a soon to be published book by Washington post journalist Bob Woodward and Robert Costa Millie told general lease Jeng he would warn him in the event of a pending US attack Republican representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois tells the Associated Press there's a lot that needs to be answered that could really change the story one way or another well he was appointed chairman of the joint chiefs by trump in twenty nineteen and he remains in that post Mike Rossi Washington
Boycott the Upcoming Bob Woodward and Robert Costa Book
"The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Based on revelations in the forthcoming book from Woodward and And cost. You should boycott this book. Because these two clowns, reporters Even if we assume the information is accurate. Sat on newsworthy information. This is what I've been saying for the last 72 hours. It's now being regurgitated by the geniuses are K V and radio. For months and months and months, which could have affected the outcome of Afghanistan. You have the chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Who is rogue. According to their own writing. He's rogue. Now I'm going to predict that Woodward and or cost a will be on all the major Sunday shows, maybe 60 minutes. The Sunday morning shows hawking their book. This is what Woodward does he drop stuff the week before his books come out. He stirs the pot. Then they're pushed like hell by the news media. He has a lot of friends in the news, and then they pushed like hell on all the Sunday shows. I'm telling you the boycott it
Milley Defends Calls to Chinese as Effort to Avoid Conflict
"The nation's top military officer is defending phone calls to his Chinese counterpart during the trump administration's final days in upcoming book by The Washington Post Bob Woodward and Robert Costa describes joint chiefs chairman mark Emily as worried about what trump might do before leaving office and telling China's top officer he would warn Beijing in case of a U. S. attack Millie spokesman says the general was acting within his duties as the president's top uniformed adviser trump says Millie should be tried for treason if the reports true at the White House president Biden was asked if the joint chiefs chair did the right thing hi generally sadr mag ani Washington
Trump expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg seat
"CBS News and other news outlets reporting that federal Judge Amy Cockney Barrett is expected to be President Trump's nominee to fill the open Supreme Court seat that, according to multiple sources, involved in or familiar with the process. The Washington Post Robert Costa also saying every indication is Barrett will be the pic. But it's not a done deal yet would add the caveat that the president has said he will announce on Saturday evening at 5 P.m. eastern. His Dick and with President Trump, having covered him for nearly 10 years, even as a businessman, you know, he can always change his mind. So every indicator from my top Republican sources that the president's leaning toward Coney Barrett Barrett is the only potential nominee known to have met with Mr Trump in person.
"robert costa" Discussed on WTOP
"To talk more about the president's remarks is the Washington post's Robert Costa moderator of Washington this week well Robert how bout that the White House responding now in a proportional way to the crisis when that really hadn't gone this far before obviously but major challenges remain well corporate America stood at the president's side today at the White House you have a standoff with congressional Democrats speaker Pelosi trying to move her bill the president threw cold water on it this afternoon at the White House said it does not go far enough to include provisions he wants to see so as much as you see the president using executive power and invoking executive power emergency powers he still is yet to come to any kind of agreement with Congress so it was interesting at various points during the week the president didn't seem like he really wanted to declare a national emergency why was that and and why now based on my reporting the president is very anxious at times privately about the stock market and he does not want to take dramatic action in that way that could rattle the markets he has seen the market the rise today after one of the biggest dips in modern history just a day ago but he he is calibrating all of his decisions at times not only about the health effects but about the economic impact and Robert also the the president says he doesn't take responsibility for what has been viewed as a lack of testing so far saying the system wasn't set up for that they seem to be making some plain changes they'll be more test drive through tests what do you make of what he had to say about testing today you see him Italian a public private partnership working with places like CVS and Walmart and Walgreens to try to establish these drive through test and we've seen drive through test work in other parts of the world like South Korea which is team success through drive through the procedures at the same time the president did not accept responsibility for the pace of testing expansion in this country hi defended his own conduct but there's a lot of scrutiny just months before the election about whether the president has done enough whether the Congress has done enough but particularly the president as the pet person at the head of the executive branch questions continue to mount well Bob every week it seems like we say I we haven't seen a week like this before but we definitely have not seen a week like this before so of all the things we've heard this week what is the most interesting thing you for this week well I would just say the one thing you can't forget about it the twenty twenty presidential race Joe Biden the former VP had a big win in the Michigan primary and several other states that race has come to a standstill because of corona virus the fighting continues to consolidate support and gave a speech where he tried to cast himself as presidential and said he would always tell the truth C. C. biting quietly admit all this positioning himself for a general election fight all right thank you Robert Robert Costa moderator of Washington week airs tonight at eight on TV twenty six all right let's find out what happened again with the numbers on wall street let's check in with Jeff Clabaugh good ones to report the Dow up nineteen hundred eighty five points by the close that's nine and a third percent money news in ten minutes on WTOP sports.
House Speaker Pelosi to unveil coronavirus aid package for workers
"House speaker. Nancy Pelosi is expected to unveil legislation tomorrow aimed at helping workers who may be at financial risk because of the grow virus outbreak. Nbc News reports. The House will likely pass that bill as for the impact. This crisis is having on our daily lives. There are new developments almost hourly the NC Double A. announced March madness will go on at all venues but without fans in the arenas Seattle public schools will close for a minimum of two weeks beginning tomorrow. Tomorrow is also when the containment zone in the New York City. Suburb of new Rochelle. Officially begins officials. Say They hope that will control the spread of the corona virus in what has become the largest cluster of illness in the United States? So far here for our leadoff discussion on a Wednesday night. Anita Kumar White House correspondent and associate editor for Politico Robert Costa National Political reporter for the Washington Post and moderator of Washington. Week on PBS. And we welcome to the broadcast Austin Goolsbee former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for President Obama and a professor of economics at the University of Chicago. Welcome to all of you. Anita the president made a number of announcements this evening He did not declare a state of emergency. I do want to remind our viewers. There is a state of emergency that continues to be in effect in America because of the border the southern border. But that's not. As far as the president's gone he also suggested earlier. Today that jared Kushner is is sort of in charge of this and he's studying it more right while the president is expected in the next few days even perhaps next week to declare this emergency of very limited emergency that would basically free up. Forty billion dollars that is sitting there that The government has sitting there for disaster relief so he wants to free up some of that money and and the thinking here is that he wants to go ahead and act quickly He he was on the hill yesterday on Capitol Hill and he didn't hear from Republicans or Democrats Anything that would make him believe that they were going to quickly accept some of his ideas for economic relief and he wanted to bypass them and really just get some funds freed up so he could go ahead and do that Robert. You were reporting this evening about the fact that the president had a bit of a shouting match with his treasury secretary about the measures that the Fed and others have taken. This is his fed chief. Jay Powell who he put into place. Apparently he's very very frustrated with the Fed and things more can be done. He is unhappy with the Federal Reserve Chairman Pal on Monday afternoon while the president was in the Oval Office meeting with top advisers including treasury secretary. Mnuchin he lashed out about pal saying to the Treasury Secretary. You need to try to get him to lower rates if at all possible to try to see if you can have a conversation with him to stimulate the economy. The president knows he's being stymied on Capitol Hill about his payroll tax cut and just a couple of minutes ago house. Democrats formerly released publicly released. Their virus relief. Bill just have been reading it over for the past. Couple of minutes includes paid sick. Leave Food Security It also includes free testing unemployment benefits. You see Speaker Pelosi tonight. A after the president's speech trying to take the lead on the legislative answer to all of this Austin the stock market the Dow was down another fourteen hundred and some odd points. Today we're now off twenty percent from recent highs which puts the Dow into the bear a bear market. The five hundred is not far behind. The president has a what one might say unhealthy preoccupation with both the stock market and interest rates. What do you make of this though? Because the market is responding even after the president's announcement market futures were were lower. What do you make of what has to be done from from the perspective of the government whether it's a stimulus or what? The House is proposing. Well you know I think two things. The first is as we've spoken many times. Vulgar used to tell me over and over and the financial crisis that when crisis hits the only asset you have is your credibility and I think when you see the stock market plunging. The way did today the way it did this evening. It is a judgment about the credibility of the White House that we've had the president of the United States going out and saying people are finding that when they get sick they can still go to work. We only have fourteen cases and pretty soon. That's going to go down to zero when the president himself says that and when people cannot be tested no amount of stimulus is going to be sufficient because the reason that the economy is going into this tailspin because people are afraid and they are withdrawing from the economy and if you gave them a thousand dollar payroll tax cut. They're not going to spend it because the root of the problem when you get into a virus situation is that the greatest economic stimulus comes from slowing the rate of spread of the virus. And we've seen South Korea's succeed at it by having extensive testing and by finding the people who are sick and saying look. Don't go visit your grandma and stay isolated. For fourteen days. They've been able to slow the spread of the virus and their economy is gonNA come rebounding in a rapid basis the longer. We pretend that there aren't cases here and try to blame it on Europe and say. Oh we're going to block cargo boxes from Europe and that's GonNa help us without doing the testing the the more fear is going to be generated in people's minds and the worst the economy's GonNa get Robert this whole issue credibility this. This thing has developed very quickly. I want to just go back to starting really the last week of February the last couple of days of February when the President I started talking about Corona virus compared to what he said tonight. Let's listen together. We're finding very little problem very little pro now. You treat this like a flu. This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history. It's going to disappear one day. It's like a miracle it will disappear. We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States. For the next thirty days we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by sitting around even going to work. Go to work. If you're sick or not feeling well stay home. Democrats are politicizing the corona virus. This is new hoax. We must put politics aside. Stop the partisanship and unify together. As One Nation Robert this becomes a complicated call to arms for the president because he has been the one saying that the Democrats are politicizing. He and Fox News talking about the media blowing this out of proportion and now the president has got to step up there and do something that is unusual Primetime Oval Office address saying let's come together and take greater action to solve this and there are real world implications for so many the leaders around the country outside of the White House who are dealing with this in an interview. This week with Maryland governor Larry Hogan Republican. He told me that he's deeply concerned about the mixed messages coming out of this administration. He said he had a ninety minute. Meeting with Vice President Pence who said one thing and then he listened to the president who was talking in an entirely different way about the entire crisis. And that's a governor. A sitting governor dealing with cases in his State and when I was on Capitol Hill. There are also expressing concern. Democrats and Republicans about how the president is handling this. There's private concern among some of my top. Gop sources that the president's antennas to attuned to the stock market and his own reelection campaign and Anita in fact the rate cut that the president seemed to be agitating for which occurred last week did not have the desired effect in the market. Nothing the president he's doing is having the desired effect. But at this point you have competing plans the president's plan and then the Republican the Democratic Plan. That's come out who reconciles this. This is not been a White House at a congress. That's managed to come together on many things but at this point is necessary. Who reconciles the fact? That what the president thinks looks like stimulus and success is very different than what Nancy. Pelosi team do right. This is the problem this has been problem on a variety of issues. Obviously we've never been in this place before but on so many policy issues you know the Democrats and sometimes even the Republican Republicans on Capitol Hill can't agree with the White House. And so what happens is they don't do anything. That's not going to be the case this time because everybody believes that something needs to be done. That's why you're seeing the president saying that he's going to act should've unilaterally and then take the you know go ahead with a speech and and call on Congress tact but but you know going back to what Bob said the the president's in this place where he's trying to do two things he's talking about. How this isn't that big of a deal. It's going to go away as you've played but he also has to show that he is doing something tonight. He took a different action showing that he's doing something while he's also trying to downplay parts of it exactly for his reelection and for his popularity. What's going to happen in the future? The trump campaign and some of his allies are very much aware. Now that this is going to probably be the issue that he's going to be judged on in the next few months up until the election Austin during the president's address he said all travel from Europe to the United States will stop not even cargo will go there within correction came out says. Well no cargo is going to go. And then a correction came out to say no. Actually it's just non-americans coming to the United States. I wasn't clear that the virus makes that distinction all that well look this exactly what I mean if the president gets up and says something literally three minutes after he finishes saying it they say no. What he said is not what the policy is. It undermines your credibility the what also undermines the credibility on one hand to say we need a big stimulus and then this afternoon. The secretary of HHS was reached as you know. The president has a plan to cut seven hundred thousand people off of food stamps low income people and they said do you still plan to cut them off of food stamps on April first when those are the very people who are going to be losing their jobs and they say yes they do intend to cut them off of food stamps. So you you've got a we need relief but we're GONNA have a filibuster to hold up paid sick leave for all Americans and I think that I something is going to have to give. They're either going to have to start telling the truth. Doing tests and have a stimulus and an antivirus program or else. They're going to have to just declare. We don't care we all we WANNA do is make. The the problem seems small as possible.
Trump Trying to Calm Coronavirus Fears Gives Investors Reason to Panic
"Today. The Dow closed down more than a thousand points largest drop in two years on fears over the impact of the corona virus. The number of reported infections continues to grow tens of thousands of cases now in China that we know of and new signs of rapidly spreading outbreaks and other countries about half hour after. Us markets closed today. The traveling president posted this quote. The Corona virus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone. And all relevant countries CD and World Health have been working very hard very smart stock market. Starting to look very good to me. Robert Costa of The Washington Post will join us in just a moment tonight. He reports this quote. The trump administration's disjointed handling of the outbreak has faced mounting criticism. As the president's allies of scrambled to take preventative steps while seeking to reassure the public times struggling to explain their decisions and offer a consistent message tomorrow morning the full Senate is scheduled to get a classified briefing on the virus from Homeland Security Public Health Officials State Department the intelligence community and the like so it was concerning today to see Ken. Kuch Anneli the acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. Ask his twitter followers if he was doing something wrong if it was just him why he couldn't see the maps of the spread of the virus on the Johns Hopkins website. Mr Coochie Anneli. A fervent and vocal trump supporter is on the White House. Corona Virus Taskforce Politico reporting. That very same. White House is going to ask for nearly two billion in emergency funding for the corona virus president. Meanwhile is on day two of his thirty six hour trip to India. His Monday started with a campaign style. Rally at the world's largest cricket stadium visit follows reports that intelligence officials had indeed brief lawmakers about Russian attempts to interfere in our next election and that their efforts are aimed at helping both trump and Bernie sanders as he left the White House. Yesterday trump tried to cast doubt wall assigning blame. Nobody said it. I read where Russia's helping Bernie Sanders. Nobody said it to be at all. Nobody freaks me about that at all. They leaked it Adam. Schiff and his group they leaked to the papers as as usual investigate Adam Schiff for leaking that information they don't want Bernie Sanders representative it. Sounds like his sixteen all over again but verdy says trump's national security advisor was also asked about Russian interference. And as you listen to his response again please remember this. Is the National Security Advisor? The White House was briefed on February fourteenth. Where you not in that briefing when the president was informed. Well there's no briefing that I received that the presence received that says that President Putin is doing anything to try and influence the elections in favor of president trump. We just haven't seen that intelligence. Are you denying that that is happening? No no what. Look what I've heard from the FBI. What I've heard is that That Russia would like Bernie Sanders to to win the Democrat nomination. They'd probably like him to be president understandably because he wants to spend money on social programs and probably would have to take it out of the military so that would make sense. New York Times puts it this way in the fourth year of his presidency and in his fourth national security adviser. Mr Trump has finally gotten what he wants a loyalist who enables his
"robert costa" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"Bernie could win don't vote for the weakest candidate a lot of Democrats crossed over and voted for Donald Trump not realizing that he become the disruptor in the better candidate the only one who could take on Hillary I'm voting for Bernie because it's the clear choice let's put socialism on the ballot let's compare socialism to free market economics let's see his judges versus trump's judges let's see his military budget first of trump's military budget let's compare his regulatory state versus trump's regulatory state trouble when don't vote for him because he's weak because you don't know who can mobile Albert is pretty strong Robert Costa by the way was on MSNBC with Nicole Wallace our friend casa summed up I had a mom before the debate hello everybody thought after the debate here's what he told Nicole Wallace cut number fifteen for many moderates in the party last night was a disaster because they were hoping either mayor Bloomberg would take control of the race for mayor Rudy judge presented a club which are vice president Biden would take control of them the message in that wing of the party instead it remains scattered it remains balkanized in the centrist wing of the Democratic Party in senator Sanders when you look at national polling continues to surge ahead and this is why they don't invite me on the call show there is no centrist wing of the Democratic Party there is left far left it over the edge laughed there is no centrist wing but they don't want me to say that to it and put me on the call shop Tom's tire on with CNN's Alisyn Camerota yesterday he declared the winner of the debate cut number one well I saw the person who won the debate last night his name is Donald Trump that's the first thing I'd say what do you mean by that resident trump win because I saw so much bickering between democratic candidates tearing each other down and going after each other and forgetting the fact that what really counts is beating Donald Trump in November of twenty twenty people going after this dire you're here has been to I mean people are throwing away your votes on anybody except burning or Bloomberg or build a judge John Kerry is out there stumping for Joe Biden it's like what was that movie the Walter Matthau was in the old guy movie overbilled when Kapil met John Kerry and Joe Biden doing grumpy old men he walked into a room there are literally two dozen a dozen people there customer sixteen but I know that each one of you here since this country.
DOJ won't pursue criminal charges against McCabe
"D. O. J. will not prosecute former FBI director Andrew McCabe deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe although he was acting director for a while McCabe of course a frequent target of the president's tweets and this as we learn the justices taking another look at the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and of course all eyes got wider jaws dropped yesterday to hear Attorney General bill Barr tell the president to stop tweeting about his department in light of the Roger stone case and how many years that presidential confidante may go to prison for well it's now checking with Washington post reporter Robert Costa who is also the moderator of Washington week great to have you back Bob thank you so much right to be with you well so much going on here let's start with Michael Flynn the the the store your paper has that been reported today what's going on here between this is the in this investigation you see Attorney General bill Barr in a stand off with president trump about the integrity and independence about the department justice not only to Roger stone case from earlier this week and his sentence scene that led bar to give an interview to ABC news but now you see the department is making its own decisions on moving forward did it look at general flow at the lieutenant general Flynn and whether he his case was properly prosecuted if the Attorney General doing his own thing taking his own initiative about bar still has an uncertain future as the classes with the president right this is the the new set of arguments between the president and I one of the people that works with him what about McCabe could that be a big gear into irritant for Donald Trump it is in president trump facing a lot of challenges right now and because at one level you have an Attorney General who is defended him throughout the Muller investigation you have an Attorney General as The Washington Post reports today has passed outside prosecutors in this is in the deputy Attorney General's office in Saint Louis to review handling the criminal case about former national security adviser Michael Flynn and others political figures two on one level he's very much a loyalist to president trump but the the DOJ's refusal to prosecute McCabe the sentence scene of Roger stone earlier in the week has infuriated the president and you see HIM lashing out in this post acquittal phase of his presidency all right let's switch gears to the democratic presidential race and of course New Hampshire primary just few were few days past that now it's on to Nevada and South Carolina what's going on here with the front runner Bernie Sanders said how strong of a front runner he is he at this point he's strong winning the New Hampshire primary is no joke but it was a narrow win over former south and mayor Pete booted judge they now heading to South Carolina which was a tough state for Sanders in twenty sixteen secretary Clinton came back after Sanders beat her in New Hampshire if she came back in South Carolina but Sanders has made a lot of ground with African American voters in the last four years what really matters is not just South Carolina and the Nevada caucuses but super Tuesday in early March fourteen states will vote a huge amount of delegates will be awarded Sanders looks perhaps strong it's in the California primary estate full of progressives and liberals and his campaign feels good about that and and that the the fact that they feel like they're in it for the long haul finals two seconds here to talk about Joe Biden not dead yet by far especially if he does well in South Carolina but if his campaign flames out cannot be attributed to president trump painting him not as a great statesman or as a long time senator but as hunter Biden's daft that could be part of the factor the impeachment and the wear and tear but don't count out the Bloomberg factor as well mayor Bloomberg has been hovering over the biting campaign for months and that's only escalated in recent weeks as Bloomberg has spent millions in advertising in early states and he's seen a poll numbers rising now black voters in moderate voters in the Democratic Party have another option a well funded option and that's been a big problem for biting Bob good to talk again thanks so much thank you Washington Post Robert Costa moderator of Washington week airs tonight at eight on TV
"robert costa" Discussed on WTOP
"November former vice president Joe Biden in Friday night's debate in Manchester New Hampshire on A. B. C. said he would likely take a hit but survived Tuesday's primary he says the best way to win in November is to overcome president trump's lies we have to be authentic with the American people about what we're gonna do and how we're going to do it senator Bernie Sanders says they are United on one issue the model with this damn thing we're all going to stand together Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren notes a troubling trend if people around this country are losing faith in our government and while agreeing on ousting president trump the candidate cited their differences former south bend Indiana mer people to judge calling for change leave the politics of the past in the past turn the page I'm Jim acquire WCW's Dino one twenty one CBS news update two prominent witnesses and president trump's and peace with investigation were relieved of their duties CBS is Tanya Rivero that includes Gordon song Lynn who announced his departure Friday evening the U. S. ambassador to the European Union was one of several administration officials who testified before Congress he implicated president trump in a quid pro quo scheme to pressure Ukraine during his testimony lieutenant colonel Alexander Benjamin is also out he served on the National Security Council at the White House been men's lawyer issued a one page statement that accuse Mr trump of taking revenge on his client notebook binder of citizens for responsibility and ethics says the firings send a message that Mr trump is one who demands loyalty over all else the only way that he has learned is that he can get away with a parent me anything as he sees it and that now it's time for pay back CBS news update on that one twenty two on double Robert Costa this morning also moderator of Washington week for his day he won order from the White House grounds I reported for the Washington post that it was expected he would be leaving his position on the National Security Council and.
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"Once again from Washington moderator Robert Costa good evening we begin tonight with the latest on president trump's impeachment trial it remains a fast moving story and we have gathered five of the best reporters on the beat to discuss the developments just days before the Iowa caucuses in the state of the union address here is what you need to know first the Senate debate over witnesses was jolted on Thursday when retiring Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander declared that the president's conduct was inappropriate but he decided to not push for witnesses I agree did something inappropriate by don't agree he did anything they can to be treason bribery high crimes and misdemeanors I think there's a big gap there his decision left Democrats struggling to find for Republicans to support their efforts to summon former national security adviser John Bolton and others and by Friday afternoon democratic hopes were dashed when the remaining holdout senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announced that she too would not support calling witnesses she criticized house Democrats for sending over quote articles of impeachment that a rushed in flawed second the New York Times reported early Friday that Bolton's upcoming book accuses the president of directing Bolton to quote help with this pressure campaign to extract damaging information on Democrats from Ukrainian officials and by Friday night right now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held his members in line in the vote to call witnesses it did fail with only two Republicans voted in favor forty center Mitt Romney of Utah and senator Susan Collins of Maine joining us tonight from Capitol Hill in the center of the action car in the margin congressional reporter for The Washington Post Jake Sherman senior writer and co author of political playbook Carl Hulse chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and here with me at the table I used to Roscoe White House reporter for national public radio and Susan page Washington bureau chief for USA today let's start with the dean of Senate reporting Carl holes Carl there has been an agreement tonight about the timing of the final vote on the articles of impeachment what can you tell us about the politics in negotiations behind that decision lot of lot of wrangling going on here Jake trying to get to in a in game here so what has happened is that there's been a decision that was cleared with president trump to have a final vote on Wednesday I think it's four PM now that's important because the state of the union and corpses on Tuesday so be impeachment will still be going on the trial so first on Monday you'll have closing arguments from the defense and the house managers and then the floral be open that Chief Justice won't be in the chair for speeches by senators and that can go on for a few days but the what happened was there was put there was pushed back from moderates Republicans who didn't really like the rush to finish up today so Mr McConnell as he usually does found a way to keep you as people United and and move forward over democratic objections of course Jake when you look at leader McConnell able to keep that conference United what explains his ability to do so how did he do it get those fifty one Republicans together it is a very important.
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"We turn to the Washington post's Robert Costa also moderator of Washington week for his day my top democratic sources tell me that speaker Pelosi knew that the end game here was always likely to be she wouldn't ring many concessions out of Senate Republicans at the same time she wanted to take a stand on behalf of for members to say that the house wanted to see this trial be fair in the Senate to have witnesses and Democrats they're telling me they feel pretty good because they see senators like Susan Collins a Republican a main pushing to have witnesses so it's all about trying to push and pull the Senate to come a little bit more in the house's direction and what's the status on I having witnesses at the trial Bob so far no agreements have been made McConnell the Majority Leader in the Senate has resisted having any kind of negotiation until those articles are sent over by speaker Pelosi but in the coming days as those articles are sent over the speaker said she would do so in a letter that she would do so next week you're going to see Senate Republicans start to come up with the frame more Collins along with senator Romney and other moderate Republicans are are talking through what exactly they want the concessions they may have to make is the White House wants to see people like hunter biting called as witnesses and Democrats won't like that okay we now mark a week since the president ordered that deadly strike on Iran's top general since then so much has happened we've had Iran firing missiles at Iraqi bases where US forces stay we have the president announcing some tough new sanctions on Iran the house votes to limit his war making ability where are we right now with the Iran situation seven days later we're at a standstill but tensions are high not only between the White House and Congress about the amount of intelligence being shared with Congress but also between the US and Iran in different countries around the world a lot of unease about the president's decision to take out Qassem Soleimani he was seen as a ringleader of terrorism in the region at the same time this was done without Congress feeling like they were fully briefed so as much as the president pulled back this week from the brink of war with Iran questions continue about his conduct it with the coming impeachment trial ended his conduct in terms of foreign policy and whether he shared enough with the legislative branch what's the most interesting thing you heard this week not fall out of all of this played out in the twenty twenty presidential race keep an eye and senator Bernie Sanders I just interviewed him last week in Iowa vice president Joe Biden they really really represent the respective polls in the Democratic Party the antiwar wing was Sanders the more hawkish establishment wing with biting their clashing on foreign policy so rand is not just the White House president trump story to twenty twenty Democrats stories well that's the Washington post's Robert.
Presidential campaign turns to foreign policy amid tensions with Iran
"That okay we now mark a week since the president ordered that deadly strike on Iran's top general since then so much has happened we've had Iran firing missiles at Iraqi bases where U. S. forces stay we have the president announcing some tough new sanctions on Iran the house votes to limit his war making ability where are we right now with the Iran situation seven days later we're at a standstill but tensions are high not only between the White House and Congress about the amount of intelligence being shared with Congress but also between the US and Iran in different countries around the world a lot of unease about the president's decision to take out Qassem Soleimani he was seen as a ringleader of terrorism in the region at the same time this was done without Congress feeling like they were fully briefed so as much as the president pulled back this week from the brink of war with Iran questions continue about his conduct it with the coming impeachment trial ended his conduct in terms of foreign policy and whether he shared enough with the legislative branch what's the most interesting thing you heard this week the fallout of all of this played out in the twenty twenty presidential race keep an eye and senator Bernie Sanders I just interviewed him last week in Iowa vice president Joe Biden they really really represent the respective polls in the Democratic Party the antiwar wing was Sanders the more hawkish establishment wing with biting their clashing on foreign policy so ran it's not just the White House president trump story to twenty twenty Democrats story as well Robert Costa moderator of Washington week it's on Friday nights at eight on TV twenty
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"America Canada too thank you for joining me this morning I begin the hour with Robert Costa correspond to the Washington post N. B. C. an MSNBC contributor and host of Washington week in review every Friday night on PBS across the United States good morning Robert how are you. great to be with you it is a a mixed result in Israel were a deadlocked election as white edging out Likud thirty two to thirty one but basically the same number for center right versus right I think the president was hoping a Netanyahu win would make his peace plan more readily accepted by everyone in the Middle East what do you think happens that peace plan now Robert Costa. as long as Netanyahu hold on to power in build some kind of coalition he will still be a trusted ally of this president and this administration but they were looking when you talk to top officials in this White House for Netanyahu to get some more political capital get some better standi in order to protect that peace plan and for now they really feel like the US is having to take the lead in the Middle East when it comes to Ron if Netanyahu figure out his own standing on that point the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has welcome secretary state Mike Pompeii this morning according to Haaretz the secretary of state is there talking with the the crown prince and the question is what to do about Iran the president is reported to have rejected the options list he was given what you're reporting on that Robert. I've got a drive from flowing in yet you but I know the president's really a non interventionist moved operations some of his confidants in their conversations with me he's not leaning towards taking military action the option on the table now in terms of who is getting that advice from is that from secretary state pumped up because there's it's a bold less west wing right now so it seems to me that it will be all Pompeii input to the president and may be secretary asper but not many other people with any kind of let me Jared Kushner as well what do you think. with this decision I've been asking the same question in the Pompeii will come in more of an interventionist and less hawkish and I'm told by my sources that it's not about Pompeii he's trusted by the president is the one who's giving the president all these options as the president himself who has these non interventionist almost at times like senator rand Paul and things on foreign policy do not become engaged in any kind of military conflict it's a horrible you still trying to hold out the idea of negotiation with the Iranians well yesterday there was a back and forth on Twitter Wendy Gramm same as president don't appear weak presence England it's not weakness people don't understand it's interesting to me that the president even responded to that. thank you. stand more than anything to be seen as weak I covered in a twenty sixteen when any one would call and that is weak or not tough he would react and your reaction of this roadway senator Graham as someone who's golf with president trump making him well knows that that kind of comment will lose their response to that senator Gramm late plane president trump politically trying to see if you can bring him to his hawkish position that's it I think he's trying to pry him into a kinetic response to use the military term of the day meeting the use of force we'll see what happens there I want to go to the other big aftershock of the week before turning to presidential politics a new book about Brett Kavanaugh a book that actually doesn't reveal much that we didn't know and that Molly server Hemingway Carrie Severino had reported in justice on trial in the summer I think the blockbuster the summer but a new book causes after shocks how long is the cabin all star going to remain on the political landscape Robert Costa. the store will will need effect cultural flash point a political flashpoint that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon but as a political football it's an issue that's going to dominate the headlines if here's how this could change appears to be moving away spotlight and other issues come to the fore and this is mostly because house Democrats and Senate Democrats from Dick your available normally in house Judiciary Committee have featured a committee chairman Jerry Nadler said that their focus more on possibly impeaching president trump that order on anything the cat with a touch the hot stove I'm impeachment because of capital and boy did they back away from that in a hurry however how she sherry committee yesterday Bob cost if you watched it was a melt down our friend Jake Sherman called them without direction Nicole Wallace said it was a fiasco I I can't remember the exact words used what did you make of the proceedings yesterday with Corey Lewandowski. sites got what they wanted G. Democrats will be able to show their face in their core voters that they're bringing trump allies up to Capitol Hill and grilling them in revealing how some of these from ballot like willing to ask your and confrontational a. realistic way they operate. and they want to explore space with asking the contractor and actually go with every that relied on TV at that revealed he had lied to the media that that was a moment for democratic you let they reveal these people are but for the Republican instinct that they're moving further and further away from them Muller report in this won't really stick with the voter they need to win over in twenty twenty so they shrug it off a little bit we are in the in the Midwest we get stuck in the snow whether it's in south bend or Warren Ohio and you spin your wheels too long to get worse you have to eventually go get a board and put it under or fill it with sandy got to carry sandbag around because if you get stuck in the stone you spin your wheels you get in a worse position it seems to me that's what's happening and house judiciary they they have their big shot with Mahler and did not get them out of the snow bank and they've been spinning their wheels ever since and yesterday was a mass throwing up Salton crime all over the place but actually not moving anything forward if anything moved forward yesterday. not be really move forward and get the only thing that was notable saloon gasket not been put under sectional yet under the cash to buy about what mother movie although we had known before that he had this exchange with president trump about freshly naturally general Jeff sessions we had really seen wound asking less that out it will be asking guy under under a and that was what was new yesterday now we also swivel the camera from the house Judiciary Committee Saudi Arabia president trump over to the democratic presidential campaign Joe Biden Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders all septuagenarian set all very much in a different here than anybody else and this is contrary to what I thought I thought only to form was done but she's like John McCain in two thousand eight she's back what is the dynamic there Robert Costa. a new one each to consolidate on the left I think her. New York rally earlier this week will stand as a real moment twenty three twenty twenty primary because she is showing the. the blue of the Democratic Party that she possibly going to be their candidate their standard bearer senator Sanders a certain still in the fight he's holding strong with this call numbers but this is a real looking out for mayor. Eris and vice president Biden worn in years really you need a three way race who's going to now try to come back with a single digit dead in Iowa and New Hampshire not yet but close to it they got to start to revive their campaign for this really becomes a three way race in the eyes of most voters what last question Robert I miss that rally what we're well how big was it and what was Warren's message there was it anything new. what's new it was a culmination of her campaign getting more and more crowded and it was about warm ranting against corruption and it was populism to its core she was saying you may have like president trump and want to change the twenty sixteen but we need to go after the real target the economic villain the people who are taking money and that need to be taxed and need to be brought to heel and she got a lot of cheers innovation from people who want to see the richest of the rich pay for new programs and be held accountable the.
"robert costa" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"Welcome back, America. Coming up next hour, Robert Costa, joins me congressman Tim Ryan as well. Josh Kraushaar right now, I'm joined by Michael shear of the New York Times. Good morning. Michael, always good to talk to you. Happy to be here. How are you great first question? Do you write the headlines on the stories carry your byline? No. We are editorial system. There's a way to suggest headlines which in some cases, I do if I have the time the other other other folks are headlight. Yeah. That, that is my situation where the Washington Post as well. So when I read the story on June eight the headline of which is Mexico agreed to take border actions months before Trump announced tariff deal. And then I read the story, the story, did not match the headline and I wondered I wonder if Michael Ropati headline, did you write that headline? I didn't write that headline. I throw anybody under the bus. I look, I think that sometimes headlights by definition simplify, and, and they never can kind of quite capture the nuance that you can capture, in, you know, thirteen fourteen fifteen hundred words. So what my take on this whole situation. I want your reaction in my take is months ago. Mexico told secretary Nielsen will send the national guard of the southern border made. The as many as thousand national guardsmen went down, but nothing really happened the president nine days ago, threatened at tariff Mexico came to the table in a hurry. Not only did they agree to up the deployment to six thousand they agreed to increase the number of efforts to keep a Silom seekers in Mexico. Moreover, my reporting yesterday with one of the participants in the negotiations is that there is a signed agreement that remains secret that there are copies of it that are floating around. I hope to get my hands on today. And so this represents a significant victory for the Trump administration if Mexico follows through on what they agreed to do over the last nine days, your comments, Michael, well, I look, I think part of that is very true, which is the, the, you know, the, the question of whether or not Mexico follows through the Trump administration in particular have been incredibly frustrated with what they say is Mexico's foot-dragging all of this. So I think to the extent that. The extent that disagreement and that sort of high profile nature of it, and continued tariffs, make the Mexico government for three their promises. I think that's true. I the one thing I would say think the agreements that were reached on, on troops in March and on the remained in Mexico. Call the MP program back in December mice horsing, my reporting suggests that those were much more significant than maybe your description would suggest that they were packed agreement thing. We're just sort of, you know, casual conversations between officials and, and so the, the question really is one as you write required out of follow through to let head of what the agreements themselves said, have you talked to any of the participants either on the Mexican and the American side who were in the final negotiations with Mexico or the weekend? Who are in? Well, look, I, I can't I don't want to talk about sources who, you know, agreed to speak to me and condition that I wouldn't buy them and I want to say anything that would identify. Let's just say that I am confident in the characterizations that we've that, that, that have rented or my line on the negotiations discussions this past weekend, as well as the negotiations discussions over the last six or seven months. I'm very confident of that, too. I'm just wondering if anyone who was in the in the negotiation has told you of the agreement that has been signed over the weekend of which copies exists because I did talk to participant in the agreement in the negotiations. There is a signed agreement that the president referred to it in passing in his tweets this morning. It's going to slip out. Did anyone tell you about that? So I am I would like to know more about what the president had been tweeted about all weekend. He guessed that the documents that the State Department released to the public into the crash Friday night, which was essentially a one page description or summary of what the two sides, agreed to the president seems to be gifting that, that there's a document with signatures, that would make said that, that would be the case, but be that there are provisions in that document that art that were at announced publicly that word you know, part of that document official documents at the State Department released on Friday night. I have not seen that I would like to see it. And obviously, if, if there are if there's more disagreement than, you know, the public knows that the two sides of admitted to that's interesting. And obviously, you know, one would have to then assess. You know, whether you're a partisan or an analyst or. What the agreement might do based on the, you know, the full contents of, of what they've agreed dime, both a partisan, Ana analyst and what I dug into this. I want to know if it was a real deal if it was a real breakthrough because I've been in California for thirty years. Mexico's been agreeing for thirty years to do stuff at the border that they don't do. And so if they actually got six thousand troops committed, and deployed to the Guatemalan border in the next three months, that would be huge. And if there's a, a side deal that has not yet been revealed that says, what my participants told me it says it would also be huge which brings me to the problem, though, after I wrote my piece about Trump's big win seven thousand people comment on it on the Washington Post six thousand nine hundred of whom said your piece contradicted might take. I don't think it does. I think your headline or the headline in the time contradicts my analysis. Yeah, but I don't think that's actually good journalism. Because if if it happened, what happened I'm told reported his happen. It is a huge deal. Is there in fact, a problem now that the media is rooting against the president Michel and second question to people think the media is rooting against the president? Right. And look, I read your column, I tend to agree with you. Let's put aside the headline criminals, I think you could, you know, focus too much on eight words or whatever it is. I think if, if you read our peace, he had our peace was was a net analyzing what our peace was Christ kind of point out, was that the deal as presented, and it's very clearly said that what we were talking about was what the that the deal that the president had announced on Friday, right? Was, and then we analyze the ways in which it wasn't wasn't a kind of a fully wholly new approach or a new deal. You know, to the extent that people are using people on both sides, use our reporting distort reporting to make their own points or make argument, you know, look, I think we have a responsibility to be accurate to say exactly what are, you know, we mean to not go beyond, what our sources are telling us, you know, to the extent that people are using that reporting to make a point that they wanna make because there are partisan on one side or the other. You know, I feel I feel bad for the state of our political discourse, but I'm not sure that the indicts journalism as much as it does the kind of nature of our political discussion. You know what I think, I think it increases the need for there are nonpartisan journalists. You're among the Maggie Mardom is among them. I am a partisan journalists Rachel, Maddow, was part of partisan journalists, so there are partisans and they're non-partisans nonpartisan. I think it increases the pressure on non-partisans to put up in the top nuts in the first graphs this graph. For example. We right Mexico promises, quote to deploy up to six thousand national guard troops larger than their previous pledge and the Mexican government agreed to accelerate the migrant protection protocols that could help reduce what Mr. Trump calls catcher, Lisa migrants in the United States, by giving the country a greater ability to make asylum seekers. Wait in Mexico to me, that's the key paragraphs, but it's in paragraph. Eight or nine and therefore, you know, in our in our age people don't actually read anything except have Michael, share it. Makes me crazy. Well, I think you can certainly argue, and I'm certainly not going to claim that, that everyone of my article is perfectly ordered and written you could make an argument that should have been moved up higher. I put that in for the reasons that you suggest would yes say, which is to say, you know, I mean in journalism we call it the to be sure graphs, right? Like, you know, the are reporting my reporting suggested that there was a lot of disagreement. That was not new. But I wanted to I wanted to the readers understand. And, you know, you hope is they reach at paragraph nine it's not that many paragraphs, but that you, you wanted them to understand that what my sources were telling me is that is that there were some things that could be perceived as new, especially if the Mexican government follows through on these promises, so, you know, yes, the, you know from what I can understand the pledges that they made on the, on the remained in Mexico proposal. If it suddenly exceleron instead of eight thousand people remaining in Mexico, you have fifty thousand migrants asylum seekers, that would be a huge change. But that's, but that's not that's not the nature of the agreement. It's whether or not the Mexican follow through and something that they have long said that they would follow through hundred percent agree with that last question. Michael, let's say the agreement reached on Sunday. Stay with the vice president occurs, state, and others associated with them was exactly the same agreement that secretary Nielsen reached with the interior secretary months ago. Exactly the thing that they did follow through with their commitments now and they had not followed through, since March would that be a significant victory in the Trump administration's negotiations with Mexico in your view. I mean, look, I don't know that I'm, I'm the one to be declaring victory for the Trump administration, they can do it. But look, if the what it would represent is a very dramatic shift in the next government. You know, actions vis-a-vis this administration, and I think if you were analyzing it, you would have to say, why did they shift assuming get work? We're playing your pedicle. They actually act in a more aggressive way. And I think that conclusion you would come to is that it was the president's threat of terrorists that would gotten there, so I don't even like the threat I don't threaten tests. It's free traders don't like to use trade as a means of national security. But if it worked at work than if it didn't work, it didn't work. I just I think it's going to become impossible to get news if people can't agree on narrative. Right. I mean, I think that's you know, that's part of the I think the, the. Dilemma with are really divided politics right now is that not that we argue about the fact I argue about what the facts need, but we are we argue about what the facts are, and that's, that's, that's a problem for democracy. Michael share, always a pleasure to talk to you. Follow at sheer 'em read everything he does read the story. Not the headline. He and Maggie Haberman piece is an important piece. Go and read it. Of course, you should read my column, which isn't even more important column. But nevertheless, read them both. Let me also remind you patriot. Mobile dot com. Come on over please come.
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"One one eight seven seven three eight one three eight one one. Nancy Pelosi at the Washington Post today being an viewed by Robert Costa. Listen to this cut four go, can you? Hold him in contempt. Mr. Mcgann for refusing congressional demands. Well, we don't know that he has yet. Let's take it. One step at a time. Let's see where it goes. And stop right here notice. Notice Nancy, Pelosi's controlling all these committees behind the scenes. Notice Robert Kosta is not really serving as a journalist here. Can you? Hold him in contempt. Mr. Mcgann for fusing congressional demands. They have a majority they can vote contempt while they want. That's not the question. The point is he was the president's lawyer. Congress can't force him the testify and get information from him since the discussions are covered by attorney client privilege and executive privilege the delivered a process and the documents don't belong to him either. Now, ladies and gentlemen, I know with Michael Cohen, and the prosecutors are all of a sudden attorney client relations have been destroyed in order to get Trump. This is another effort at that. Now, of course, the Democrats are creating the playbook for Republicans to use against a democrat president. But here's what they know. They know a Paul Ryan type, John bainer type and Mitch McConnell type will never do it. Because they don't play cutthroat like the Democrats. Go ahead. Goading us into wants to go to send to impeachment because he knows as do. I that that that's not a good thing that I told you yesterday. Unlike I'm sure the parade of backbenchers that this thing about Nancy Pelosi, really reluctantly looking at impeachment. Don't bring up impeachment. Let's hang back from impeachment. All the analysis is BS all the analysis out there that the Democrats are split. No. They're not. It's just that Nancy Pelosi is more diabolical. She's not going to be honest about it if they feel they can impeach Trump. They will they feel they can't they won't. But the point is to try and destroy them, regardless. She's not against impeaching him. And look how she circling. He he let's just keep doing the investigation. See what they get it? He he and as they do it. And as they plot in the back rooms, contempt an obstruction, and then they pull it all together and use these fancy words one day and put it in a document, and they list all the times the president wouldn't comply with a subpoena. These are outrageous subpoenas doesn't matter and they'll say seven hundred and fourteen times, the president ignored are subpoenas. Four hundred and fourteen times the president refused to allow people to testify. They think he's said he thinks he's a king. And so that's what they're doing. They are creating not a crisis. They are creating a case that they can take the media won't take much. To try and destroy the president. And then they're going to blame him for. Again, I want to remind you in the first hour. The president is the victim here. The president was already criminally investigated for no reason whatsoever. The prosecutors abused their power their affari and putting out a report like this. The Democrats are using the report in not using the report, they're using whatever they can. They just voted for contempt. He wasn't held in contempt yet. That vote comes in the full body of the house, but they just voted for contempt in the House Judiciary committee against a man who would have had to violate federal law in order to comply with their demand. Go ahead. But.
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"About Israel at what point do you say to her congressman, Omar, look, you're not on this committee anymore Easter part of your seat. Are you close to that? Or at that point. No, I am not close to it. I first of all it's not up to me. This is done by the the leadership. I don't know that that would do anything except exacerbate the situation even more. I'm looking to get rid of anti-semitism looking to punish anybody. I think that it's very important that we keep our I on the prize. And I think that whenever there is hatred being spewed or again, racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia. I think we have to speak out. And that's what I'm doing. Doing very similar to what Robert Costa just said that the Democrats mission seems to be here. First of all he said, he wants to get rid of antisemitism. But he doesn't want to get rid of anti Semites. Wouldn't one seem to serve the purpose of the other? If you get rid of the antisemites, you get rid of the antisemitism. It would seem rational and reasonable. But instead they want to lump it all together. There's also Islamaphobia we have to get rid of Islamaphobia, well and criticism of Islam. The moral equivalency of criticism of radical Islam, the moral quits equivalency of trying to say that radical Islamic terrorism is being being critical of that is the same as being critical of Israel or being anti semitic. Is despicable. It's disgusting. And I think that Eliot Engel, and I think that the democrat party for trying to find some moral equivalency. There owes an apology. There is only one nation on this earth that is being threatened with destruction being wiped off the map, and that is Israel and the individuals doing it are indeed Muslim dominated countries..
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"Now by Robert Costa. He is of course with the Washington Post. One of my colleagues at MSNBC contributor host though every Friday night on PBS of Washington week in review and Robert good morning to you. How are you? Good morning. I want to begin by talking about the shutdown now, I used to be the acting director deputy director and general counsel, VO PM, I know that a GS one step one makes less than nineteen thousand dollars a year and even a GS eight making about forty grand a year, all of these people are not living the high life. What do you hear from the actual federal employees who are about to miss paycheck, number two? The Washington Post is all over this. I mean now in day thirty three of the shutdown with the vote expected to fail today in the Senate to reopen the government and head to the president's desk. You have federal workers from the FBI to the TSA to agencies across the spectrum agitated frustrated, especially people who are making the lower salaries and living sometimes paycheck to paycheck really struggling to human stories much as a political story right now. Overdose PM in my day. And I'm sure it's still is that way. There was a whole section of people who answered the phones for retirees of the federal system. So we're not talking about merely the eight hundred thousand who are shut down. But everyone who's ever been a fed is retired their problems, they have issues they have federal employees health benefit program issues. Those phones aren't getting answered and I'm curious if you think even with the post being all over it, the American people get the impact on this population of not only people not working, but retirees. At this point. It's coalescing that kind of sediment you see when you talk to congress members of congress. I was at the capitol all day Wednesday. They started bringing up these ideas, and these themes it's not just about the federal workers. It's about the spillover effect from all the agencies and all the federal programs being stalled people's taxes and the IRS having issues potentially down the line. And it's just it's a cascades of anecdotes and stories that lead to a broader challenge for this administration. Yeah. It is said that anecdotal evidence is evidence of anecdotes. But if you get enough you have an avalanche of anecdotes people begin to look up. I wanna play for you a little bit of Kevin Hassett. The chairman of the council on economic advisers on CNN with poppy Harlow yesterday. Get your reaction to it Robert Costa cut number seventeen. Right. Well, of course, it looks like folks are gonna once again, Mr. check, and there's a lot of enormous focused personal cost. It's something that you over the White House. I everybody's not being paid the the people on my staff to not being paid. And and so that I think a lot of the costs that we're feeling right now is going to be like at the individual level at the macroeconomic level voted the overall economy, then there's a loss of about a little more than ten percent of GDP each week. But when the government reopens, you get that back. And so what would happen would be that? If it were closed for months he'd lose half a percent of the first quarter and then gained a half percent back in the second quarter of it. So, but but you lose the government output. That's right. I'm not too sandwiches for lunch when the government opens again or go by you know, three lots I didn't buy when it was closed, and you don't you don't get that. You don't get that back, but but according to your own calculations. I mean, that's that's a that's a really big deal. So so far because four weeks into the shutdown. We've shaved off about a half percent of GDP your outlook. I think last week was one point seven percent GDP for key one. If this extends into March, we're looking at one percent growth only for the first quarter by your calculation could. And then what do your calculation couldn't? We then see hero growth. If this persists through the end of the quarter there there is this thing that we're going to put your your viewers sleep for. But I guess I do that all the time. Right. Tonight at eleven. Grow first quarter. It has tended to be the first quarter has tended to be weak recently. It's called residual seasonality. And it is true that if we get a typically weak first quarter, and then have an extended shutdown that we could end up with a number. That's very very low. But again, you'll get it with the government reopens we get that growth back now. So what you're saying there Robert Costa is poppy trying to get a soundbite Kevin Hassett resisting. And actually losing the threat of the story, which is the individuals, and I'm wondering if people do lose the threat of the story again and again and again. Well, they're gonna lose it. If the growth is a Nemec this quarter that'll rattle Wall Street, but the stories especially here in Washington and Virginia and surrounding area have been growing for a long time. You hear a lot of stories, but it it's the lawmakers who are starting to crack I look at people like Cory Gardner ran into him at the Senate from Colorado up for reelection next year. He's calling for the government to reopen. He's going to be voting for both bills. He's an ounce. And that's that shows you the Republican party, which has a tough map in two thousand twenty. They're starting to say, hey, we feel the point on the wall. But it's time to move on. They will need sixty votes. That means thirteen Republicans would have to go with the democrat. I don't see that happening. And if the president would veto you need sixty seven that definitely not happening. So the question becomes I talked to senior administration official via DM last night. Going big is on the table. What do you? What's your reporting about going big? And how big is big because I wanted to go really big. I want them to fix the ten million people here at the same time that they get border security funding and the dreamers. So in the front page of today's post, my colleague, Josh, and I have written a story about Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser trying to go big grand bargain, an immigration working with Democrats to get some kind of DACA protections, some border wall funding and see if that can actually end the shutdown, but Democrats just refuse to negotiate until the government's reopened. And Kushner is seen as a positive force by some of the White House. But he's also seen as with some skepticism because they think it's a bit of a pipe dream that the Democrats are suddenly going to cut a grand bargain under these circumstances after Jared Kushner, cut the deal on the first step back. I mean, he worked hard he worked. Everybody hard on that. I am not skeptical. I think he might be open to having a the big big deal. Not just the DACA kids. But the ten million people in the country without permission only the purple card of some port if they're not involved in crime or or it's not an nasty then in going big would be sort of like Lyndon Johnson. I wrote this for the post this week Lyndon Johnson. Sixty four right. Some Rights Act. That was not expected. Do you think Trump you've spent a lot of time with them? Do you think the president has it in him to go for a Johnson like breakthrough at this point a Johnson like breakers? Maybe the only thing that could actually breakthrough the shutdown and get Democrats to the table. I mean, at this point, the Democrats may have political leverage thing that the president is watching it a party get nervous about this shutdown. So he at this point. I don't I don't see how anything that's piecemeal actually gets Democrats to the table. I agree. And by the way, I think he can win that to it. It would be a good thing. It would be is standing with not just Latino voters. But Senate Republicans would go up because there's only a fringe that worries about amnesty. It really is a loud fringe most people want to solve the problem. Robert. Let's talk about the other major issue on Friday night on Washington we can review you may be talking about a military intervention in Venezuela over the next twenty four hours. I don't think so. But it's possible. What's your reporting on the on the White House? The president the secretary of state the national security adviser all. Leaning into the story. Oh, they're all leaning into it. I mean by the administration and the president recognized Venezuelan opposition leader one guate-. You have a moment that's going to be on the horizon where it's a dramatic escalation of this diplomatic situation. The embattled president Madero he's he's saying he's gonna fight on. And despite the president's announcement that the US and you can try to cut ties with US diplomats within the next few days. This is something that's it's kind of bubbling up on the radar beyond the shutdown, but at the major foreign policy issue, and you see both sides now ratcheting up their rhetoric. Guadagno is the head of the legislature who proclaimed himself the legitimate president of Venezuela last yesterday, millions of people in the streets of Caracas and across the country. And those supporting Guadagno, not just the United States though. President Trump all over Europe, supporting them all many people in the ER and most importantly in South America Brazil Argentina Chile Canada. Peru. Of course, McCray Peru, Colombia, Paraguay Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama all in favor. Guadagno only people supporting Madero are surprisingly Mexico, and then Bolivia and Cuba, which are run by leftist. Cuba, of course, training and security forces have Madero when I talked to HR McMaster about this last summer. But when before he was replaced by John Bolton, he ruled out military intervention by the United States suggested obliquely that Brazil and Colombia might be a different matter what level of planning. Do you pick up Robert cost is underway at the Pentagon at this moment? Everyone's keeping an eye on whether Maduro really goes to war with guava and his followers, and because of the US has new position to that necessitate, a US response militarily or something else diplomatically, and the US is certainly moving in that direction to have options, but there's no direct reporting. I have an any kind of military plans being laid out you go either way, you'll go Berlin Wall in ninety one or tenement square in one thousand nine hundred nine we will see today. I mean, it is the. Driving story. The question becomes a week. Or so ago it was controversial leak from the Pentagon. And maybe from state that they were upset that John Bolton was asking for options vis-a-vis, Iran when Iran tried to bomb our Baghdad embassy any reporting Robert on whether Bolton's NFC is asked for options these Venezuela. Knowing John Bolton as you do have been covered him for years. He's someone who always wants options on the table military diplomatic. I wouldn't be surprised if he's directly involved, and I know this is more of a secretary upon peyot project taking the lead on foreign policy, but Bolton clearly involved in the discussion. Speaking of secretary Pompeo, you think he's in for Kansas in a year and a half the filing deadlines very late. He can stay at foggy. Bottom for another fifteen eighteen months and not do a thing and freeze the field. I think it's a great exit plan for him politically if he wanted to leave foggy bottom. But at this point, I think he waits long as he wants to make the decision and see if anyone in Kansas Republican politics really wants to take a chance of Pompeii getting into the race. He's going gonna try to scare some people out of the race by making these kind of comments he is. And then finally chairman Kim expressed quote, great satisfaction with President Trump's latest, quote good personal letter. That's the Chiron on MSNBC where I saw you earlier this morning in my studio. Robert, that's summits coming off do we know where it's going to be at this point. We don't I mean, it could be someplace like Singapore. It could be could even Hawaii. There are a lot of things being bandied about inside of this administration. But the administration wants another big Kim moment talking to officials there they say this is this is something they thought helped in last year, and they wanna do it again. And it would be easiest would it not to go back to where you did it because doing something a second time. It's always easier than doing it the first time well said you. Robert Costa will be watching you on Friday night on Washington week in review on PBS watching you on NBC and MSNBC doing meet the press this weekend. Robert, I am are you going to be on the panel this weekend. He's gone. That's gotta fight on who's.
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"And so you need to go and get to Andrew and Todd today. Triple eight triple eight eleven seventy-two what's going on in the market this morning. The s&p futures are down on the twenty points. The NASDAQ is down sixty seven that's one percent. And the Dow was down one hundred and eighty I wouldn't be surprised if we have a lot of turbulence today because of the news coming out over the weekend in the New York Times Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, which covered a moment with ROY. Robert Costa of the Washington Post, but remember Andrew and Todd dot com. Enter a couple of questions they'll get right back to you with your best home purchase option. Good morning. Robert costa. How snowed in are. You this morning. Hugh, I'm walking to the Washington Post in ten minutes. I played on you fight on your back in the day. When you were you were a short pants. I would I had to take the metro the opium to shut the government down at four in the morning and then walk back to Vienna Virginia. So I hope you are got your walking shoes on robbery let's start with by the way, Robert cost the host of Washington week in review terrific reporter for the Washington Post, my colleague at NBC and MSNBC on many, Robert the New York Times story, I that the FBI opened apparently. So as an investigation into whether Donald Trump was a Russian mall is one of the most stunning store just ask Susan Glasser of the New Yorker, do you think Donald Trump is a Russian ball? And she answered I don't know. I I just I'm stunned that she doesn't know it's an absurd idea. But what do you think is going on? Well, as a reporter, you wonder if federal agents at the leaders are investigating this or chose to investigate this and twenty seventeen what is the story behind it? I wanna hear from Andrew McCabe, and Jim Komi and others who may be familiar with the decision, but went into the decision more about that. Greg Miller is sharp reporter my colleague at the post. He's on top of all these people, and he knows the Russia's story as well as anyone. But there there are more questions that sit out there and the president's interview in judge didn't go far enough and really talking about what does he know about this investigation. I think he would want to know more about what actually happened here. Here's what Mike Pompeo told our friend Margaret Brennan on face the nation yesterday. When asked about this story, cut number eleven point. I'm not going to come on New York Times stories, but I'll certainly say this that the notion that President Trump is the threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous. Just to clarify since she works CIA director. Did you have any idea that this investigation was happening? Margaret, Margaret, Margaret, I've answered this question repeatedly indeed on your show. Idea that's contained in the New York Times story that President Trump was a threat to American national security is is silly on its face and not worthy of a response. This is why he answered I think judge Janine the way he did Robert you don't honor this the idea that Robert that that Donald Trump is a mall. I just tweeted out. He's a hell of a mole who gets the sequester rolled back. So DOD can rebuild demands. Nato increased defense spending provide lethal weapons to Ukraine has American military. Wipe out a Russian force of irregulars in Syria urges, the Russia pipeline to Germany be cancelled. And if he's a mall, he has successfully fooled not only former secretary of defense Mattis and not only Mike Pompeo, but John Bolton the original hawks hawk. I mean, it's just ludicrous to believe that. And I wonder whether or not this my question, you, do you know based on all your reporting and everything that you've read whether or not the FBI got rod Rosenstein to. Okay. This investigation. I do not know about that. But I do wonder why isn't secretary Pompeii peyot or national security adviser Bolton saying what you just said. I mean, where's the administration fighting back? I know you say they don't want to honor the idea. But I mean, they're under the markets are tumbling. You just laid out there. Hugh is quite an argument. And I don't hear anyone else making it started his administration. That's part of the problem for them, politically, I do think they ought to have somebody come out and say, this is the most. But I am very much aware of why the president and pump Pell refused to be drawn into soundbites that can be repeated endlessly in the militarize media industrial complex that we live in. They don't want to give a soundbite say you never deny a negative. That's one of the communication strategy. You never I'm not a Russian mole. I mean that will play. It's like, Richard Nixon. I am not a crook. Right. Let's go to the second story Wall Street Journal Washington Post great pieces today in both papers on the Pentagon allegedly being shocked that Bolton asked for. Options Iran to strike Iran after they attacked our embassy unsuccessfully in Iraq. And I spent five days with Bolton on the plane and a half dozen other journalists zipping around the world that Turkey and Israel. That's what the NFL does Robert why in the world does the Pentagon say it's shocked when that's what the NFC is supposed to do. Your look the administration is is doing what it's supposed to be doing with the NFC. You're right. But what's your what's your real question? You're I mean, are you thinking this is just like a dead story. I do I think what's going on here. This is my meta narrative tear it apart. If you want that the team Obama, and they're friendly allies that remained in the garment remain very very disappointed over the destruction of the JCP. Oh, and the return of Reagan era peace through strength doctrine. And that the appeasement crowd is fighting back in an attempt to marginalize, the Trump people and to Bolton and Pompeo end to drive wedges. I think I can quote John Bolton my show on Friday. There are people who want to drive wedges into this administration, and they are using leaks that the journal in the post report accurately to suggest that that which is ordinary normal for the NFC to do is somehow. Provocative and bizarre as part of the ongoing wake for the JCP. Oh, it's the echo chamber. Robert. Now, am I I'm very reluctant to say that, but I am now been driven to this point after the New York Times the post and the journal stories this is Trump is being embattled. Has he fixed it I mean at this point? If all the reporters are reported accurately on what they're being told by top people yet. You also think there's almost kind of like silent coup against him. You what's he how does he handle it? I may I'm asking you almost as a source. How does he because there is no end because then the store if the stories are accurate to appoint what's the endgame here? Remember that I'm the first person that said, this there are two narratives there's the seven days in may narrative, and there's the Manchurian candidate narrative, and I have tried not to buy into either of them because they're both absurd until the New York Times thing, and I do not know if Trump has if the president has the ability to successfully answer this, but Dalton and Pompeo are rhetorically skilled in the way that the president who's a blunderbuss ready to fledge hammer. These guys are night fighters rhetorically, and so I think you're going to see them getting together this week to figure out how to respond and I'm waiting for Bill bar. Robert costa. I'm waiting for Bill bar to arrive and clean, Bill bars. So important. Yeah. Ever ever more important than anything right now. Because he's gonna are worthy administration is on the Mueller investigation. How he's gonna handle the department of Justice how he's gonna handle is you're gonna clean house. What are the issues there? I mean, this is a really crucial confirmation hearing more than most. Absolutely it is. And I think that what Lindsey Graham was telegraphing yesterday's they're gonna do it quickly and Varas going to get in there and review that Muller report. I, and I think release it, and if Muller has nothing I mean, if there's nothing like this. How does the story shift Robert Costa in your mind, if the mullahs report turns out to be as I think it's going to be Paul Manafort was a very bad guy who did all sorts of bad things. And that's what we found that. If that's the Muller report. How does that play in DC? Oh, the question. What did President Trump? Now, what was his conduct? What was he aware of? What was he not aware of? And that's it's gonna come down to the president's action. You're right. Paul Manafort, I cover his hiring closely. I there for a lot of everything he did. He was clearly working a lotta angles during the campaign at the same time. The question is what did the President Trump? No, what was he involved with and President Trump's allowed to have a more favourable position toward Russia. It's an okay thing to have the question is what was the intent. What was the intense, and you know, as a lawyer that matters more than anything Curtis. In fact, I gotta go back and read your reporting on the time that Manafort was hired because it's clearly the great people say the most disastrous decision, the president made was not the fire. Call me right away. The most disastrous decision he made was to hire Paul Manafort, how could anyone have hired Paul Manafort give and isn't that the question, Robert Costa? I still think back to that moment. I remember it. Well, they Corey Lewandowski the fan. Got frustrated with Corey and Roger stone's than talking to the president recommend Paul Manafort. I mean the way that Manafort was able to get into this campaign looking back. It's really wild and absurd almost what had happened it happened, and it has been a burden ever since. So I always believe the simplest explanation that accounts for all the facts is the one that one ought to go.
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"The markets got the jitters and the ten year treasury down to two point seven zero unbelievable. And so you need to go and get the Andrew and Todd today. Aaa AAA eleven seventy-two what's going on in the market this morning. The s&p futures are down almost twenty points. The NASDAQ is down sixty seven that's one percent. And the Dow's down one hundred eighty I wouldn't be surprised if we have a lot of turbulence today because of the news coming out over the. Weekend in the New York Times Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, whichever will cover in a moment with Robert Costa of the Washington Post, but remember Andrew and Todd dot com. A couple of questions. They'll get right back to you with your best home purchase option. Good morning. Robert costa. How snowed in are. You this morning. Hugh, I'm walking to the Washington Post in ten minutes. I played on your on your back in the day. When you were you were in your short pants. I would take the metro the opium to shut the government down at four in the morning and then walk back to Vienna. Virginia. So I hope you are got your walking shoes on Robert let's start with by the way, Robert cost the host of Washington weekend review, terrific reporter for the Washington Post, my colleague and NBC and MSNBC on many asset. Robert, the New York Times story, I that the FBI opened apparently suicide Ponte an investigation into whether Donald Trump was a Russian mall is one of the most stunning store. I just ask Susan Glasser of the New Yorker, do you think Donald Trump is a Russian ball? And she answered I don't know. I I just I'm stunned that she doesn't know it's an absurd idea. But what do you think is going on? Well, as a reporter, you wonder if federal agents and FBI leaders are investigating this or chose to investigate this and twenty seventeen what is the story behind it? I wanna hear from Andrew McCabe, and Jim Komi and others who may be familiar with the decision about what went into the decision. More about that. Greg Miller is sharp reporter my colleague at the post. He's unhappy of all these people, and he knows the Russia's story as well as anyone, but there are more questions that sit out there and the president's interview in judge Janine didn't go far enough it really talking about. What does he know about this investigation? I think he would want to know more about what actually happened here. Here's what Mike Pompeo told our friend Margaret Brennan on face the nation yesterday. When asked about this story cut number eleven point come on New York Times stories, but I'll certainly say this the notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous. Just to clarify since you were CIA director. Did you have any idea that this investigation was happening? Margaret, Margaret, Margaret, I answered this question repeatedly indeed on your show. The idea that's contained in the New York Times story that President Trump was a threat to American national security is is silly on its face and not worthy of a response. This is why he answered I think judge Janine the way he did Robert you don't honor this the idea that Robert that that Donald Trump is a mall. I tweeted out a hell of a mole who gets the sequester rolled back. So DOD can rebuild demands. Nato increased defense spending provide lethal weapons to Ukraine has American military. Wipe out a Russian force of irregulars in Syria urges, the Russia pipeline to Germany be cancelled. And if he's a mole he is successfully fooled not only former secretary of defense Mattis and not only Mike Pompeo, but John Bolton the original hawks hawk. I mean, it's just ludicrous to believe that. And I wonder whether or not this my question to you, do you know based on all your reporting and everything that you've read whether or not the FBI got rod Rosenstein to. Okay. This investigation. I do not know about that. But I do wonder why isn't secretary pop Tayo or national security adviser Bolton saying what you just said. I mean, where's the administration fighting back? I know you say they don't want to honor the idea. But I mean, they're under sees the markets are tumbling. You just laid out there. Hugh is quite an argument. And I don't hear anyone else making it instead of this ministration that's part of the problem for them. I do think they ought to have somebody come out and say, this is the most. But I am very much aware of why the president and palm pale refused to be drawn into soundbites that can be repeated endlessly in the militarized media industrial complex that we live in. They don't want to give a soundbite say you never deny a negative. That's one of the communication strategy. You never I'm not a Russian more. I mean that will play it's like, Richard Nixon. I am not a crook. Right. Let's go to the second story Wall Street Journal Washington Post great pieces today in both papers on the Pentagon allegedly being shocked that Bolton asked for. Options vis-a-vis Iran to strike Iran after they attacked our embassy unsuccessfully in Iraq. And I just spent five days with the plane and a half dozen other journalists zipping around the world that Turkey and Israel. That's what the NFL does Robert why in the world does the Pentagon say it's shocked when that's what the NFC is supposed to do. Look the administration is is doing what it's supposed to be doing with the NFC. You're right. But what's your what's your real question? You're hugh. I mean, are you thinking this is just like a dead story. I do I think what's going on here. This is my meta narrative tear it apart. If you want that the team Obama, and they're friendly allies that remain in the government remain, very very disappointed over the destruction of the JCP and the return of Reagan era peace through strength doctrine. And that the appeasement crowd is fighting back in an attempt to marginalize, the Trump people and to isolate Bolton and Pompeo and drive wedges. I think I can quote John Bolton on my show on Friday. There are people who want to drive wedges into this administration, and they are using leaks that the journal in the post report accurately to suggest that that which is ordinary normal for the NFC to do is somehow. Provocative and bizarre as part of the ongoing wake for the J CPI. It's the echo chamber. Robert. Now, am I I'm very reluctant to say that, but I am now been driven to this point after the New York Times the post and the journal stories this is Trump is being embattled. Has he fixed it I mean at this point? Only if all the reporters are reporting accurately, unless they're being told by top people yet, you also think there's almost kind of like silent coup against him. You what's he how does he handle it? I'm asking you almost as the source. How does he because there is no end because then the stories are accurate to appoint? What's the endgame here? What remember that? I'm the first person that said, this there are two narratives there's the seven days in may narrative, and there's the Manchurian candidate narrative, and I have tried not to buy into either of them because they're both absurd until the New York Times thing, and I do not know if Trump has if the president has the ability to successfully answer this, but Dalton and Pompeo are rhetorically skilled in the way that the president who's a blunderbuss, right? He's a fledge hammer. These guys are night fighters rhetorically, and so I think you're going to see them getting together this week to figure out how to respond and I'm waiting for Bill bar. Robert costa. I'm waiting for Bill bar to arrive and clean, Bill bars. So important. Ever more important than anything right now. Because he's articulate worthy administration is on the Mueller investigation. How he's going to handle the department of Justice how he's gonna handle is you're gonna clean house. What are the issues there? I mean, this is a really crucial confirmation hearing more than most. Absolutely it is. And I think that what Lindsey Graham was telegraphing yesterday's they're gonna do it quickly and Boras going to get in there and review that Muller report. I, and I think release it, and if Muller has nothing I mean, if there's nothing like this. How does this story shift Robert Costa in your mind, if the Muller report turns out to be as I think it's going to be Paul Manafort with a very bad guy who did all sorts of bad things. And that's what we found that. If that's the Muller report. How does that play in DC? The question. What did President Trump now what was his conduct? What was he aware of? What was he not aware of? And that's it. It's gonna come down to the president's action. You're right. Paul Manafort, I cover his hiring closely. Yeah. I there for a lot of everything he did. He was clearly working a lotta angles during the campaign at the same time the question what did the President Trump? No, what was he involved with and President Trump's allowed to have a more favorable position toward Russia. It's an okay thing to have the question is what what was the intent. What was the intent? And you know, as a lawyer that matters more than anything Curtis. I in fact, I gotta go back and read your reporting on the time that Manafort was hired because it's clearly the great people say the most disastrous decision, the president made was not the fire. Call me right away. The most disastrous decision he made was to hire Paul Manafort, how could anyone have hired Paul Manafort give and isn't that the question Robert that I still think back to that moment. I remember it. Well, hey, Corey Lewandowski the fan. Got frustrated with Corey and Roger stone's than talking to the president recommend Paul Manafort. I mean the way that Manafort was able to get into this campaign looking back. It's really wild and absurd almost but it happened. It happened. It's been a bird and ever since. So I always believe the easiest simplest explanation that accounts for all the facts is the one that one ought to go with until proven.
"robert costa" Discussed on The Steve Deace Show
"This is what we believe we go to church. Democrats report we recite it every Sunday. Why are you asking me? This question next. This is preposterous either. You let me go on. And we stop this nonsense or you just admit right now that if you are a Christian who goes on to church on Sunday in recites, the creed you should not be getting a job within the federal government. That's what he believes. Yeah. And that's that's kind of the general direction that I was going with us. The the theology of Bernie Sanders is essentially the same theology of the North Korean government. That's what it is basically the power and authority and majesty forever and ever Ahmen goes to the state and whoever's running the state it is explicitly anti Christian because he has no problem in this exchange bigoted or being a bit towards Christianity. That's what he is doing in this exchange, and as far as we're not having super deep theological conversation here. I have you know, no aspersions that we are at the moment. But as far as Christianity and really conservatives and goes in the United States. But specifically Christianity in true Christianity. We ought to be praying. Ng that Bernie Sanders fill in the blank with your leftist leftist progressive in this country. We ought to be praying that this happens every single day every single week. So that at the very least goule have more opportunities to do what Todd said and fight back in expose even more than they're doing to themselves. What these people are in what they really want. Because this is not a message, politically speaking. Now, this is not a message that I don't think going to sell very well to the gen pop that it's okay to be anything except for a Christian, which of course, maybe it will because total depravity we ought to be for. So we could do that go on offense. And just for the reason of letting these people show who they really are. I think that's again his name rush vote is being dragged through the mud again by the Washington Post, and Robert Costa this week because of his role and managing the shutdown. We oughta. Be we ought to be hoping that these people do this. And if if they do this, and we we're already without excuse. But if they do continue to use this line of attack, and I saw you re tweeted something regarding Jack Phillips completely different case out of Colorado, right after he wanted supreme court battle some cross dressers walked into his cake shop and wanted to Bill wanted him to build a cake, celebrating their gender transition. And so he's back in court again in the court. I think found that there was the Colorado civil rights commission is acting in bad faith, these these examples should just serve notice as as Christians people faith conservatives. That if there is a day when we have no recourse, if there's a day that comes and we don't go to go don't go to court. We just go to jail or worse or better. I guess in our world view. We have no excuse because these people are showing you what they are who they are. And what they want Jack Phillips is an example of what the guy who's willing to be the poster child. I mean that guy bakes cakes man. I mean, look he from all of the interviews. I see it looks like this guy is not like fist in your face guy. But he's doing what needs to be done in all of these stories, it's important to pay attention to the details to see that. It is..
"robert costa" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Speaker Pelosi takes charge in divided government begins. I'm Robert Costa. Welcome to Washington week. I pledge at this congress will be transparent bipartisan and unifying the balance of power shifts as the government shutdown. We're now entering a period of divided government. But that is no excuse for gridlock or inaction the first order of business for speaker, Pelosi reopening the government, but refusing to fund a border wall. Politics. It has to do with the wall is an immorality after White House meeting a flicker of progress. We had a productive meeting today with speaker Pelosi and. Senator schumer. We're all on the same path in terms of wanting to get government open. Some Republicans are cracking calling for compromise and another assails the president's character. We cover it all next. Is Washington week. Funding is provided by. Was able to turn the aircraft around and the mission around and was able to save two men's lives at night. My first job helped me to grow up pretty quickly. That'll happen. When you're asked to respond to a coup in two thousand one I signed up for the air force two days later nine eleven happened. A language program that teaches real life conversations in.
President Trump, Trump Coen and Michael Cohen discussed on Morning Edition
"Struggle is with the sin. Of same sex, attraction the new film the mis education of Cameron post is about a teenage girl who sent to a gay conversion therapy center it's adapted from a novel. By, the same name we'll speak with. The book's author Emily Danforth and the film's director and, co writer desharnais Akhavan join us weekdays. At two on ninety three point nine FM WNYC It's morning edition from NPR news I'm Rachel Martin and I'm Newell. King good morning we've known since last week. That there are tapes of Michael Cohen talking with his then client Donald Trump now we can hear that audio CNN released parts of it last night the recording is of a meeting between. Cohen and Trump that happened two months before the twenty. Sixteen election and the two men appear to be discussing. Payments to a, news organization to suppress a story about a models alleged affair with Trump Coen's lawyer gave the tape to. CNN and President Trump's Lear Rudy Giuliani is taking, issue with how the tape is. Being interpreted Robert Costa with the Washington Post is listen through to the tape he joins us now from New York morning Robert Good to join you. Or I don't wanna play you two quick bits from this tape. The first is Michael Cohen talking to Donald, Trump.
President, Justice Department and Hillary Clinton discussed on KQED Newsroom
"On public radio bombshell indictment the justice department charges twelve russian military officers with election interference i'm robert costa inside the latest turns in the molar probe and president trump's confrontational diplomacy tonight on washington week the diving charges twelve russian military officers by name for conspiring to interfere with the twentieth sixteen presidential election the justice department has charged twelve russian military intelligence officers with hacking into hillary clinton's presidential campaign and the democratic national committee the announcement directly links the kremlin with election interference that went beyond just targeting democrats in a second related conspiracy russian gru officers hacked the website of a state election board stolen formation about five hundred thousand voters we have the latest on the expanding muller probe loss president trump sparks overseas when he criticizes british prime minister theresa may's brexit plan and warns that her position could put future trade deals in jeopardy they do they will most likely because we'll be dealing with the european union instead of dealing with uk so it will probably kill may remain calm and carried on the uk us relationship is also defined by the role we play on the world stage from the outset president trump is being clear about how he sees the challenges we face many we agree and after rattling allies at nato president trump takes a victory lamp on military spending tremendous progress has been made everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment but the french president mr trump's assertion saying there was no new agreement we discuss it.
Trump fumes over FBI's use of informant during campaign
"Looking at all those measures that's npr's john burnett john thank you you're welcome we're learning more about the fbi informant who reportedly made contact with several trump campaign advisors in two thousand sixteen as part of the fbi investigation into russian election interference npr hasn't independently confirmed the informant's name but a number of news organizations say they have including the washington post last night the post published his name robert costa co wrote the story the washington post held back institutionally last week when we first reported on a secret fbi source but as other news organizations in recent days published his name the post decided to publish the name stephan hopper we should note npr has made contact with steffan halperin he declined to comment on all of this university of cambridge website lists him as an emeritus senior fellow of the center of international studies i understand you actually took a class with them at cambridge he was my professor at cambridge i studied under professor helper in two thousand eight in two thousand nine he was a friend and a professor in american working at k cambridge and as an american student there myself studying american politics in british politics he was someone i sought out had dinner with him his wife on many occasions the easy gregarious academic someone who enjoys writing and debating and he always seemed highly connected to both me and people he came in touch with a cambridge someone who knew so many american presidents had worked for them in the white house going back to the nixon administration so how does somebody like this with one foot in academia another foot in republican policy government circles become an fbi informant if you look at stephan hopper's career he has been in academic to be sure for the last two decades or so but he has also been closely working with the federal government he's been contracted by the department of defense since two thousand twelve made over a million dollars in different kinds of contract fees for research and the social sciences but if you look back at his career he also took notes on campaigns for the white house in the nineteen seventies working for the chief of staff for president gerald ford he's someone who has always been a political.
White House stabilizers gone, Trump calling his own shots
"Dan bash man you gotta be careful look here's the rebate called you late last night i was reading the washington post after easter services philip rucker robert costa who are both terrific reporters regular contributors this program have a piece entitled tired of the weight gain quote white house stabilisers gone trump calling his own shots being president trump in the past week cutting into stakes at the white house residence on monday with his political soldiers including corey lewandowski and david bossie strategist brad pascal and jared kushner he ended it dining on the gilded patio of maralago states with don king no one was seeing john kelly trump is increasingly defiant singularly directing his administration with the same rapid and brutal style he honed leading his real estate and branding empire and they talk about bringing in ronnie jackson they talk about the arrival of mike pompeo gina hospital and just a number of of different developments larry cudlow showing up what do you think j similar you know i'm just about as well as anyone hasn't been his comms director throughout the the roller coaster ride of two thousand sixteen is the white house without stabilisers in the things that i think people forget here's this is exact same president trump who wasn't supposed to win twenty sixteen and we look at all the accomplishments and everything that the president has done this first year in office and quite frankly he had a lot of people around who didn't necessarily share his vision and weren't fully on board with what he was trying to do and look at it he was able to get done even with not necessarily having his entire team around him now you look at these different positions whether it be pompeii oh being bumped up to secretary of state whether you'll get kudlow replacing gary cohn whether you look at bolton coming into replacing hr mcmaster i mean these are significant improvements it every single position so if you're in the business world here in the sports world and you have the opportunity to upgrade it a position you take it and so i think the president's really getting kind of the right pieces into place and going back to your kind of your lead in and i went to reread the story again this morning but you know how why is it so terrible.