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>>FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE LET’S PLAY “HARDBALL.” LET’S PLAY “HARDBALL.” GOOD EVENING GOOD EVENING I’M CHRIS MATTHEWS FROM I’M CHRIS MATTHEWS FROM WASHINGTON WASHINGTON DONALD TRUMP IS SMART TO FEAR DONALD TRUMP IS SMART TO FEAR THE MUELLER REPORT THE MUELLER REPORT IT MAKES SENSE THAT HE IS IT MAKES SENSE THAT HE IS PREOCCUPIED WITH DEFENDING PREOCCUPIED WITH DEFENDING HIMSELF IN THE WAKE OF MUELLER’S HIMSELF IN THE WAKE OF MUELLER’S FINDINGS FINDINGS THE FACT THAT HE IS SCREAMING THE FACT THAT HE IS SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER AND TWEETING WITH BLOODY MURDER AND TWEETING WITH SUCH NERVOUSNESS SHOWS HIS SUCH NERVOUSNESS SHOWS HIS CRITICS GRASP THE DANGER TO CRITICS GRASP THE DANGER TO DONALD TRUMP FROM MUELLER’S DONALD TRUMP FROM MUELLER’S CENTRAL FINDING THAT THE RUSSIAN CENTRAL FINDING THAT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT INTERFERED IN THE GOVERNMENT INTERFERED IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN SWEEPING AND SYSTEMATIC FASHION. SWEEPING AND SYSTEMATIC FASHION. WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING RIGHT NOW WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING RIGHT NOW IS A PRESIDENT WHO KNOWS HISTORY IS A PRESIDENT WHO KNOWS HISTORY WILL CHALK UP HIS ELECTION IN WILL CHALK UP HIS ELECTION IN 2016 TO THE HELP HE GOT FROM THE 2016 TO THE HELP HE GOT FROM THE RUSSIANS RUSSIANS TRUMP FEARS HIS PRESIDENCY WILL TRUMP FEARS HIS PRESIDENCY WILL HAVE AN ASTERISK NEXT TO IT IN HAVE AN ASTERISK NEXT TO IT IN THE HISTORY BOOKS LIKE A MAJOR THE HISTORY BOOKS LIKE A MAJOR LEAGUER WHOSE PERFORMANCE IS LEAGUER WHOSE PERFORMANCE IS CHALKED UP TO DRUG USE CHALKED UP TO DRUG USE THE PRESIDENT IS AFRAID THAT THE PRESIDENT IS AFRAID THAT REPORTS OF RUSSIAN ELECTION REPORTS OF RUSSIAN ELECTION INTERFERENCE MIGHT LEAD THE INTERFERENCE MIGHT LEAD THE PUBLIC TO QUESTION THE PUBLIC TO QUESTION THE LEGITIMACY OF HIS ELECTION LEGITIMACY OF HIS ELECTION IT’S SO PROFOUND IT IS CAUSING IT’S SO PROFOUND IT IS CAUSING AT THIS TIME WHITE HOUSE TO TURN AT THIS TIME WHITE HOUSE TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE RUSSIAN A BLIND EYE TO THE RUSSIAN THREAT COMING IN 2020. THREAT COMING IN 2020. THE “NEW YORK TIMES” REPORTS THE “NEW YORK TIMES” REPORTS BEFORE SHE WAS FIRED, KIRSTJEN BEFORE SHE WAS FIRED, KIRSTJEN NIELSEN TRIED TO FOCUS ON THE NIELSEN TRIED TO FOCUS ON THE WHITE HOUSE’S SECRETARY, WHITE HOUSE’S SECRETARY, PREPARING FOR NEW AND DIFFERENT PREPARING FOR NEW AND DIFFERENT FORMS OF INTERFERENCE IN THE FORMS OF INTERFERENCE IN THE 2020 ELECTION. 2020 ELECTION. HOWEVER, TRUMP’S CHIEF OF STAFF HOWEVER, TRUMP’S CHIEF OF STAFF TOLD HER NOT TO BRING IT UP IN TOLD HER NOT TO BRING IT UP IN FRONT OF THE PRESIDENT FRONT OF THE PRESIDENT ACCORDING TO THE “NEW YORK ACCORDING TO THE “NEW YORK TIMES” CHIEF OF STAFF, MICK TIMES” CHIEF OF STAFF, MICK MULVANEY SAID MR. TRUMP EQUATED MULVANEY SAID MR. TRUMP EQUATED ANY PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF ANY PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF MALIGNED RUSSIAN ELECTION MALIGNED RUSSIAN ELECTION ACTIVITY WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT ACTIVITY WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LEGITIMACY OF AS VICTORY THE LEGITIMACY OF AS VICTORY HE MAKES CLEAR THAT THE POSTURE HE MAKES CLEAR THAT THE POSTURE TOWARDS RUSSIA IS SEE NO EVIL, TOWARDS RUSSIA IS SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL HEAR NO EVIL THE SON IN LAW AND TOP ADVISER THE SON IN LAW AND TOP ADVISER DOWNPLAYED THE ROLE IN THE 2016 DOWNPLAYED THE ROLE IN THE 2016 ELECTION ELECTION YESTERDAY JARED SAID THE YESTERDAY JARED SAID THE INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE WAS WORSE THAN OF INTERFERENCE WAS WORSE THAN OF THE INTERFERENCE ITSELF. THE INTERFERENCE ITSELF. LET’S WATCH. LET’S WATCH.>>I THINK THE INVESTIGATIONS>>I THINK THE INVESTIGATIONS AND ALL OF THE SPECULATION THAT AND ALL OF THE SPECULATION THAT HAPPENED FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS HAPPENED FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS HAD A MUCH HARSHER IMPACT THAN A HAD A MUCH HARSHER IMPACT THAN A COUPLE OF FACEBOOK ADS COUPLE OF FACEBOOK ADS WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT THEY DID WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT THEY DID AND WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED, THAT AND WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED, THAT HAS BEEN WAY MORE HRMFUL HAS BEEN WAY MORE HRMFUL>>THIS WAS NOT JUST A COUPLE OF>>THIS WAS NOT JUST A COUPLE OF FACEBOOK ADS FACEBOOK ADS THE MUELLER REPORT MADE CLEAR THE MUELLER REPORT MADE CLEAR THIS IS A LINE FOR THE HISTORY THIS IS A LINE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS. BOOKS. THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCED IN TWEEPSWEEPING A INTERFERENCED IN TWEEPSWEEPING A SYSTEMATIC FASHION SYSTEMATIC FASHION IT’S THE LINE OF THE WHOLE IT’S THE LINE OF THE WHOLE REPORT REPORT I WANT TO START WITH YOU ON THIS I WANT TO START WITH YOU ON THIS LINE LINE WHY IS HE BEHAVING SO WACK FE HE WHY IS HE BEHAVING SO WACK FE HE WON. WON. WHAT DOES HE CARE MORE ABOUT WHAT DOES HE CARE MORE ABOUT HIS LEGITIMACY HIS LEGITIMACY LOOK, MOMMY, I DID IT, I DID IT. LOOK, MOMMY, I DID IT, I DID IT. THIS SAID YOU DID IT WITH HELP THIS SAID YOU DID IT WITH HELP FROM MOSCOW. FROM MOSCOW.>>AT NO STAGE HAS HE ACTED LIKE>>AT NO STAGE HAS HE ACTED LIKE AN INNOCENT MAN. AN INNOCENT MAN. AS YOU SAID, CONFIRMING THE AS YOU SAID, CONFIRMING THE REALITY OF RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE REALITY OF RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE DOES CALL INTO QUESTION THE DOES CALL INTO QUESTION THE LEGITIMACY OF THAT VICTORY LEGITIMACY OF THAT VICTORY WHAT GETS TO THE CORE OF OUR WHAT GETS TO THE CORE OF OUR DEMOCRACY OTHER THAN WHETHER OR DEMOCRACY OTHER THAN WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE AIDED TO GET INTO NOT YOU ARE AIDED TO GET INTO THAT OFFICE. THAT OFFICE. THE MORE CONCERNING THING IS THE MORE CONCERNING THING IS MAYBE HE WANTS THEM TO HELP HIM MAYBE HE WANTS THEM TO HELP HIM AGAIN. AGAIN. YOU HAVE RUDY GIULIANI SAYING YOU HAVE RUDY GIULIANI SAYING IT’S OKAY TO ACCEPT RUSSIAN IT’S OKAY TO ACCEPT RUSSIAN HELP HELP HERE’S A BLINKING GREEN LIGHT TO HERE’S A BLINKING GREEN LIGHT TO HELP US AGAIN IN 2020. HELP US AGAIN IN 2020.>>I AM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE>>I AM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE PSYCHO BABBLE HERE IN THIS CASE PSYCHO BABBLE HERE IN THIS CASE UNDERSTANDING TRUMP. UNDERSTANDING TRUMP. HE HAS FIRED KIRSTJEN NIELSEN. HE HAS FIRED KIRSTJEN NIELSEN. THEY ARE GOING AND HE SEEMS TO THEY ARE GOING AND HE SEEMS TO NOT WANT TO HEAR IT ANYWHERE NOT WANT TO HEAR IT ANYWHERE WITHIN HIS COUNSEL WITHIN HIS COUNSEL DON’T BRING THAT UP, HE DOESN’T DON’T BRING THAT UP, HE DOESN’T LIKE THAT. LIKE THAT.>>THIS IS LIKE FDR AFTER PEARL>>THIS IS LIKE FDR AFTER PEARL HARBOR SAYING I DON’T WANT TO HARBOR SAYING I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THE JAPANESE. HEAR ABOUT THE JAPANESE. DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT THE DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT THE JAPANESE OR THE GERMANS. JAPANESE OR THE GERMANS. THIS IS A PART OF THE MUELLER THIS IS A PART OF THE MUELLER REPORT THAT I’M GLAD IS GETTING REPORT THAT I’M GLAD IS GETTING ATTENTION. ATTENTION. IT WAS OVERLOOKED. IT WAS OVERLOOKED. THE VOLUMINOUS REPORT AND THIS THE VOLUMINOUS REPORT AND THIS IS NOT OVER. IS NOT OVER. IT IS NOT JUST THE PAST. IT IS NOT JUST THE PAST. IT IS ONGOING AND GIVEN THE IT IS ONGOING AND GIVEN THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF THE INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION, WE ARE GOING TO SEE ELECTION, WE ARE GOING TO SEE NEXT YEAR MAYBE EVEN BROADER AND NEXT YEAR MAYBE EVEN BROADER AND MORE DRAMATIC. MORE DRAMATIC. IS THIS PRESIDENT GOING TO DO IS THIS PRESIDENT GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT? ANYTHING ABOUT IT? IS HE GOING TO MOBILIZE THIS IS HE GOING TO MOBILIZE THIS GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT OUR GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY? DEMOCRACY? THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CONGRESS THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CONGRESS HAS TO LOOK INTO HAS TO LOOK INTO I GET THE FOCUS ON THE I GET THE FOCUS ON THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE WHICH IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE WHICH IS IMPORTANT, BUT THE REALITY IS, IMPORTANT, BUT THE REALITY IS, THERE IS NO DOUBT THIS COUNTRY THERE IS NO DOUBT THIS COUNTRY WAS ATTACKED, IS UNDER ATTACK WAS ATTACKED, IS UNDER ATTACK AND WILL BE ATTACKED AND THE AND WILL BE ATTACKED AND THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR PRESIDENT DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT ABOUT IT THAT’S A PROBLEM THAT’S A PROBLEM>>THE FDR QUOTE THAT IS BETTER>>THE FDR QUOTE THAT IS BETTER THAN THE ONE YOU MENTIONED, THAN THE ONE YOU MENTIONED, NEVER MENTION THE WORD ROPE IN A NEVER MENTION THE WORD ROPE IN A FAMILY WHERE THERE HAS BEEN A FAMILY WHERE THERE HAS BEEN A HANGING. HANGING. HE DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT HE DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE RUSSIANS AND WHAT THEY DID THE RUSSIANS AND WHAT THEY DID HELP HIM HELP HIM>>IT GOES TO THE CORE OF HIS>>IT GOES TO THE CORE OF HIS BIGGEST FEAR BIGGEST FEAR HE WON’T BE SEEN AS SOMEONE WHO HE WON’T BE SEEN AS SOMEONE WHO SHOULD RIGHTLY BE PRESIDENT. SHOULD RIGHTLY BE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT IS SOMEONE WHO IS THE PRESIDENT IS SOMEONE WHO IS FOCUSED ON HIS PERSONAL ISSUES FOCUSED ON HIS PERSONAL ISSUES AND I THINK THE WHITE HOUSE AND I THINK THE WHITE HOUSE WOULD SAY DON’T LOOK AT THE WOULD SAY DON’T LOOK AT THE RHETORIC RHETORIC LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE DONE. LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE DONE. WHEN YOU HAVE JARED KUSHNER WHEN YOU HAVE JARED KUSHNER CALLING THIS A COUPLE OF CALLING THIS A COUPLE OF FACEBOOK ADS FACEBOOK ADS THIS WAS NOT A COUPLE OF THIS WAS NOT A COUPLE OF FACEBOOK ADS FACEBOOK ADS TESTIFIES NOT ONLY ON SOCIAL TESTIFIES NOT ONLY ON SOCIAL MEDIA, BUT THERE WERE PROTESTS MEDIA, BUT THERE WERE PROTESTS SET UP AND WEBSITES TO TARGET SET UP AND WEBSITES TO TARGET AFRICAN-AMERICANS TELLING THEM AFRICAN-AMERICANS TELLING THEM NOT TO VOTE. NOT TO VOTE. THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS RUSSIA THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS RUSSIA DID. DID. SOURCES SAY MICK MULVANEY SOURCES SAY MICK MULVANEY DOESN’T REMEMBER TELLING DOESN’T REMEMBER TELLING KIRSTJEN NIELSEN IN. KIRSTJEN NIELSEN IN.>>I DON’T REMEMBER.>>I DON’T REMEMBER.>>THEY CANNOT REMEMBER.>>THEY CANNOT REMEMBER. I TALKED TO SOURCES AT THE DHS I TALKED TO SOURCES AT THE DHS AND THEY SAID TAKE IT WITH A AND THEY SAID TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. GRAIN OF SALT. NOW THAT HE IS NOT IN DHS NOW THAT HE IS NOT IN DHS ANYMORE, SHE WANTS HER OWN ANYMORE, SHE WANTS HER OWN REPUTATION AND HER OWN LEGACY. REPUTATION AND HER OWN LEGACY. THE BIG ISSUE IS OF COURSE THAT THE BIG ISSUE IS OF COURSE THAT WE ALL HAVE HEARD THE PRESIDENT WE ALL HAVE HEARD THE PRESIDENT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS SAYING I’M NOT SURE IF RUSSIA SAYING I’M NOT SURE IF RUSSIA HAD A BIG IMPACT HAD A BIG IMPACT THERE ARE SO MANY INTELLIGENCE THERE ARE SO MANY INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES THAT SAID THEY DID HAVE AGENCIES THAT SAID THEY DID HAVE AN IMPACT. AN IMPACT.>>ROBERT MUELLER’S REPORT>>ROBERT MUELLER’S REPORT CONFIRMS AND DOUBLES DOWN. CONFIRMS AND DOUBLES DOWN. THOSE WHO DOUBT THAT THE LITTLE THOSE WHO DOUBT THAT THE LITTLE RUSSIAN HELP LIKE BRINGING UP RUSSIAN HELP LIKE BRINGING UP THE E-MAILS FROM THE DN SKPRRKS THE E-MAILS FROM THE DN SKPRRKS JOHN PODESTA AND ALL THAT STUFF JOHN PODESTA AND ALL THAT STUFF WAS EMBARRASSING WAS EMBARRASSING WE KNEW THE STORIES BECAUSE OF WE KNEW THE STORIES BECAUSE OF THE HACKING OF THE DNC THE HACKING OF THE DNC I LOOK AT THE NUMBERS. I LOOK AT THE NUMBERS. TRUMP DIDN’T WIN BY A LANDSLIDE. TRUMP DIDN’T WIN BY A LANDSLIDE. HE WON MICHIGAN BY .3 OF 1%. HE WON MICHIGAN BY .3 OF 1%. JEFFERSON WAS RIGHT, YOU WIN, JEFFERSON WAS RIGHT, YOU WIN, YOU WIN. YOU WIN. IT WASSUCH A CLOSE ELECTION, H IT WASSUCH A CLOSE ELECTION, H MUST WONDER IF HE DOESN’T GET MUST WONDER IF HE DOESN’T GET REELECTION, HE IS THE GUY WHO REELECTION, HE IS THE GUY WHO WON A FLUKE ELECTION WITH WON A FLUKE ELECTION WITH RUSSIAN HELP RUSSIAN HELP THE RUSSIAN THREAT TO AMERICAN THE RUSSIAN THREAT TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY STILL LOOMS. DEMOCRACY STILL LOOMS. ACCORDING TO THE “NEW YORK ACCORDING TO THE “NEW YORK TIMES,” ONE SENIOR OFFICIAL TIMES,” ONE SENIOR OFFICIAL DESCRIBED HOMELAND SECURITY DESCRIBED HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIALS AS ADAMANT THAT THE OFFICIALS AS ADAMANT THAT THE GOVERNMENT NEEDED TO STEP UP GOVERNMENT NEEDED TO STEP UP EFFORTS TO URGE THE AMERICAN EFFORTS TO URGE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND U.S. COMPANIES TO PUBLIC AND U.S. COMPANIES TO BLACK FOREIGN INFLUENCE BLACK FOREIGN INFLUENCE CAMPAIGNS. CAMPAIGNS. IT WAS STYMIED BY THE WHITE IT WAS STYMIED BY THE WHITE HOUSE’S REFUSAL TO DISCUSS IT. HOUSE’S REFUSAL TO DISCUSS IT. AS A RESULT, THE OFFICIALS SAID AS A RESULT, THE OFFICIALS SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS FAILING TO THE GOVERNMENT WAS FAILING TO ADEQUATELY INFORM AMERICANS ADEQUATELY INFORM AMERICANS ABOUT CONTINUING INFLUENCE ABOUT CONTINUING INFLUENCE YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS. YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS. NOT POLITICS, GOVERNMENT NOT POLITICS, GOVERNMENT IN THIS CASE, GOVERNMENT IN THIS CASE, GOVERNMENT THE NUMBER ONE JOB OF THE THE NUMBER ONE JOB OF THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT IS TO PROTECT AMERICAN PRESIDENT IS TO PROTECT US US>>AND PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY>>AND PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY THIS IS A GREEN LIGHT NOT JUST THIS IS A GREEN LIGHT NOT JUST TO RUSSIA, BUT THEY ARE LOOKING TO RUSSIA, BUT THEY ARE LOOKING AT US NOT MAKING THESE AT US NOT MAKING THESE PREPARATIONS AND NOT TAKING PREPARATIONS AND NOT TAKING DEFENSE OF OUR DEMOCRACY DEFENSE OF OUR DEMOCRACY IF YOU ARE CHINA OR IRAN, I AM IF YOU ARE CHINA OR IRAN, I AM GOING TO COME IN AND HAVE MY OWN GOING TO COME IN AND HAVE MY OWN INFLUENCE. INFLUENCE. THEY’RE GETTING AN OPEN DOOR THEY’RE GETTING AN OPEN DOOR THE TRUMP PEOPLE ARE HOLDING THE THE TRUMP PEOPLE ARE HOLDING THE DOOR OPEN FOR FOREIGN DOOR OPEN FOR FOREIGN ADVERSARIES TO ATTACK OUR ADVERSARIES TO ATTACK OUR ELECTIONS. ELECTIONS. WE SHOULD BE CHANGING OUR LAWS WE SHOULD BE CHANGING OUR LAWS IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO DO WHAT IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO DO WHAT THEY DID IN THE MUELLER REPORT THEY DID IN THE MUELLER REPORT I WAS ON A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN I WAS ON A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN I DIDN’T NEED TO MEET WITH THE I DIDN’T NEED TO MEET WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF A FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES OF A FOREIGN ADVERSARY. ADVERSARY. THE ONLY REASON IT WAS NOT THE ONLY REASON IT WAS NOT ILLEGAL YET IS NOBODY KNOWLEDGED ILLEGAL YET IS NOBODY KNOWLEDGED A NOMINEE WOULD DO THAT. A NOMINEE WOULD DO THAT. WHAT IF THE RUSSIANS TRIED TO WHAT IF THE RUSSIANS TRIED TO CHANGE THE VOTE? CHANGE THE VOTE?>>IF YOU WERE A CONCERNED>>IF YOU WERE A CONCERNED AMERICAN OFFICIAL IN THE AMERICAN OFFICIAL IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY AREA, WHAT NATIONAL SECURITY AREA, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO SMACK THE WOULD YOU DO TO SMACK THE RUSSIANS SO YOU WOULDN’T TRY IT RUSSIANS SO YOU WOULDN’T TRY IT AGAIN. AGAIN. HOW DO YOU TEACH THEM A LESSON HOW DO YOU TEACH THEM A LESSON>>THE FIRST THING YOU DO IS>>THE FIRST THING YOU DO IS UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE IN THE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A CYBER WAR AND THE MIDDLE OF A CYBER WAR AND THE PRESIDENT IS THE COMMANDER IN PRESIDENT IS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THAT WAR. CHIEF OF THAT WAR. BEN IS RIGHT BEN IS RIGHT THIS IS WHAT IS TERRIFYING ABOUT THIS IS WHAT IS TERRIFYING ABOUT ALL THIS ALL THIS THE SIGNAL THAT SAID IT’S A HOAX THE SIGNAL THAT SAID IT’S A HOAX OR HAVING THE SECRETARY OF OR HAVING THE SECRETARY OF EVERYTHING, JARED KUSHNER SAYING EVERYTHING, JARED KUSHNER SAYING IT’S A FEW FACEBOOK ADS. IT’S A FEW FACEBOOK ADS. WHAT YOU HAVE IS THE PRESIDENT WHAT YOU HAVE IS THE PRESIDENT NOT ONLY NOT LEADING THE COUNTRY NOT ONLY NOT LEADING THE COUNTRY IN DEFENSE, BUT PROVIDING SORT IN DEFENSE, BUT PROVIDING SORT OF A COVER TO MINIMIZE THE OF A COVER TO MINIMIZE THE DANGER OF ALL OF THIS. DANGER OF ALL OF THIS. THAT IS ACTUALLY THE KIND OF THAT IS ACTUALLY THE KIND OF THING THAT OUGHT TO BE THING THAT OUGHT TO BE BIPARTISAN CONCERN BIPARTISAN CONCERN IF REPUBLICANS WANT TO PROVIDE IF REPUBLICANS WANT TO PROVIDE COVER, THAT IS ONE THING COVER, THAT IS ONE THING THEY HAVE TO TAKE LEGISLATIVE THEY HAVE TO TAKE LEGISLATIVE STEPS TO MAKE SURE THAT IN FACT STEPS TO MAKE SURE THAT IN FACT THIS COUNTRY IS PROTECTED. THIS COUNTRY IS PROTECTED. THAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THAT IS THE NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESIDENT GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESIDENT ALL OF THIS RHETORIC THAT YOU ALL OF THIS RHETORIC THAT YOU ARE GETTING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ARE GETTING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE MAKES YOU WONDER MAKES YOU WONDER ARE WE COMMITTED TO DOING ALL ARE WE COMMITTED TO DOING ALL THIS THIS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT JOHN BOLTON DID AS NATIONAL JOHN BOLTON DID AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER WAS TO A POLISH SECURITY ADVISER WAS TO A POLISH THE POSITION OF CYBER SECURITY THE POSITION OF CYBER SECURITY COORDINATOR IN THE WHITE HOUSE COORDINATOR IN THE WHITE HOUSE HE WANTED TO GO TO JEFF SESSIONS HE WANTED TO GO TO JEFF SESSIONS AND TELL HIM TO UNRECUSE AND AND TELL HIM TO UNRECUSE AND LIMIT IT TO FUTURE ATTACKS THAT LIMIT IT TO FUTURE ATTACKS THAT WOULD HAVE LET EVERYONE OFF THE WOULD HAVE LET EVERYONE OFF THE HOOK FOR THE 2016 ATTACKS. HOOK FOR THE 2016 ATTACKS. ALL OF THIS IS A BLINKING GREEN ALL OF THIS IS A BLINKING GREEN LIGHT AND AN INVITATION. LIGHT AND AN INVITATION. DEMOCRATS, WHATEVER THEY DO

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  1. Trump is a Criminal and is Unfit for Office, he Must Resign or be Removed From Office ASAP, Meaning NOW !!!

  2. I agree with the general points here. BUT, Chris Matthews was the most appalling Clointonbot slathering DNC mouthpiece in 2016 – I see absolutely nothing to disabuse that he'll be even worse this time.
    Trump is appalling and a crook. So are the Clintons. By all means, Trump….and especially his ubercorrupt senior administrators and cabinet members, should be prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned.
    But meanwhile pretending the Clintons and DNC aren't appallingly corrupt as well undermines the left's arguments.
    Glass houses with slightly thicker glass don't help.

  3. McConnell is the key to Russia's ability and success and is getting his rewards via the Russian mafia!!! The turtle grand dragon member of the rethuglican crime syndicate who's wife is helping the Georgia state rethuglican crime syndicate with the faa!!!

  4. How someone who is found to not have colluded and not obstructed can now be looked into some more when nothing happened. It's all insanity.

  5. We all know if the shoe was on the other foot and Russia had helped Hillary. The republicans would have had strokes if they had to go through what has happened these last few years..

  6. Great sh!t show, Don the Con! We fully expect to see you in chains.
    Shame that you think your popularity is based on the level of B.S. you can produce. 
    We liked Obama because he had all those traits and characteristics that trump has no concept of.
    Obama was presidential; you Donny are a mobster.

  7. "Sweeping and systematically, couple of FB ads" wtf?
    The puppet only got to the presidential seat because of Putin. Let's make sure that never happens again PLEASE,

  8. I LIKE THE IDEA THAT NO ONE CAN STOP AN IMPEACHMENT. I N THIS CASE I LIKE IMPEACHMENT BECAUSE IT IS THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET RID OF TRUMP.

  9. Just how sick of Jared Kushner is it possible to get? That man is walking nepotism. He is using his security clearance to aid and abet the Saudi royal family

  10. While we're at it, let's look at domestic election attacks, Diebold election machine fraud, and what Matthews described as the 'embarrassing' DNC communications, which stacked the deck against Sanders. The primaries are not a formality, interference should be illegal.

  11. Good ol Charlie Sykes. I knew him in Young Dems back in the Gene McCarthy days and was part of his father Jay's Wisconsin gubernatorial primary run in 1970.

  12. Fact: Obama, Clinton and Deep State attempted a Coup de'tat against a duly elected President Donald J. Trump. Fact: Fake News Media stooge Puppets are complicit is the treasonous acts! Fact: The hammer is coming down … Trials and Tribunals happening!!! In case you need a little help reporting the truth : Obama knew and allowed Russian activity regarding elections. Mueller Reports absolutely NO collusion between Trump Campaign / Administration. If the issue is about Russia, it falls on Obama's head!!!

  13. That exactly what chump wants is Putin's help again not that he feels like his legitimacy was tainted😥 it's a cover story !

  14. Putin and his people interfered because he knew how gullible and uneducated most Americans are, he played them like an old fiddle.

  15. Why would the Russian's want to help TrumpF win the election if there was nothing for them to benefit from?
    We've known this from the begining. We now have insiders from the WH joining the effort to impeach TrumpF!
    The whole country should be yelling loudly for TrumpF to step down and stop disrespecting the Office of the Presidency!
    Frankly, his presidency should be declared invalid, and all his actions nulled and voided. He's wrecking what's left of our country whilst he's in office; I fear he'll burn it to the ground on his way out!!

  16. The interference has not ended. This is not just vanity. Trump is still getting help, still doing everything he can to stomp on the constitution, the law, and democracy. He's getting help from his criminal family who hes installednin the White House like only a corrupt dictator would do, and from Mitch McConnell, Barr, and others, who have decided that Russia is their friend. I guess it's all the money. How much money is Oleg Deripaska funneling into Kentucky? It's like Invasion of the Body Snatchers crossed with Red Dawn crossed with Inside Job crossed with The Untouchables

  17. You know who is least convinced that Donald J. Trump's victory in the Electoral College was legitimate? Who is most unsure? Hillary Clinton? Nope. Nancy Pelosi? Nope. Robert Mueller? Nope. Mika or Joe or Joy or Nicolle or Tapper or Blitzer or the bevy of Chrises (Matthews, Wallace, and Hayes)? Nope. The person most concerned and least confident that Donald J. Trump's victory was achieved fairly and squarely within our system (whether you like the Electoral College or not) is, ta-dah! Donald….J. Trump, 45th president of the United States. There is no other explanation for his fixation on the 2016 election to the exclusion of everything else he might be accomplishing if he'd make just a slight effort instead of being so lazy about anything that doesn't involve acting defensively and flailing randomly, even when he doesn't have to. In case he hasn't noticed, the Dems have 20 candidates lined up for 2020, none of whom is running like it's 2016. Contrast Pres. Trump's behavior with that of George W. Bush in 2001. You can't have your election questioned more than Dubya's, and yet, how did he and his administration act? As if he had won 60% of the vote. The last thing they wanted to do was to remind the citizenry of how they eked out a win. They didn't keep telling the country ad nauseam, "We won! Don't forget that we won. The other side lost. Really, they lost. They should've won, but they lost, and they don't want to believe they lost!" Who in their right mind would do that? Key phrase: "in their right mind". One piece of news for the president, who thinks that the House is acting as a partisan body: the Congress is a political institution in which, for the past 150 years, almost all the members have been members of one of two parties. You ran as a Republican, remember? You defeated the Democrat. It just occurred to me that Donald Trump didn't see it that way. For him everything is personal. Institutions are silly to him. The Republican didn't defeat the Democrat in 2016; Trump defeated Clinton. To him, the parties would have been irrelevant, except in the sense that the GOP as an institution saved him some money in paying for his campaign expenses.

  18. Making his money NOW and stashing in trusts so what is done afterwards won't matter. He's completed his mission. He is President of the US and by the time this process catches up….it won't even matter. He may even skate through a second term escaping statutes of limitation, all while you all are analyzing, deliberating and talking.

  19. Hi Chris.👋.
    Exceptional reporting, Chris.👍☺👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏.
    Keep on digging, Chris.👍.
    👉👉Patience democrats, patience.👍.

  20. Everyone keeps pointing to Trump's fragile ego as the reason he won't acknowledge that Russia interfered on his behalf to help him win the 2016 election. But there is an even more sinister reason. Another, perhaps even more valid, reason why he refuses to acknowledge it (and therefore take steps to prevent it happening again in 2020), is because he wants Russia's help once again to steal the election in 2020.

  21. Does not anyone remember that a reporter asked Putin at the Helsinki Conference with AHOTUS," Did you want Trump to win the election and Did You Help Him Win" ? The answer was YES ! to BOTH Questions !!!!!!!!

  22. Republican voters lack the critical thinking skills needed to realise that neither Trump nor Putin is 'on their side'. These men would take away their rights and freedoms in a heartbeat if they could and believed it was in their best interests to do so.

  23. Need to take computerized voting booths out of election. Paper ballots only. It would solve that problem. Also people, make up your own minds. The American people are not stupid. We see what's going on. If other countries can see it, we see it because it is slapping us in our faces.

  24. All that's going on, Today, in, America, is precisely why the ENDING OF THE DRAFT (which could have been reformed ) was the biggest mistake, America, has made-in the face of the possibility of tyranny. I believe, Trump, hates, America, because he could not get a loan here; and selling U.S. out for a profit meant nothing to him. America, is full of sleepers, and sleeper cells, who are well armed and trained by the IDF, and other such group embedded here.

  25. RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA IS FUN BUT THE REAL WORK HORSE FOR THE G.O.P IS DIRTY TRICK's. WHEN IT COMES TO STEALING ELECTIONS IT's WORKED VARY VARY WELL IN THE PAST ( TRUMP + PUTIN 2020 )

  26. of course Trump is happy to have Russian interference once again. Kushner would look great hanging from a noose.

  27. "That it" nielsen was fired because she was preparing for new and different Russian forms of interested in the 2020 election,trump doesn't want the Russian to be stopped now more than ever

  28. I don’t think this is about his ego. He’s trying to keep himself and his family out of jail. He has to win in 2020 or he’s doomed.

  29. This is all complete insanity. This monster should have been held accountable from the get go. And the republican party is completely complicit.

  30. Imagine a world where the only thing that anyone values is money. And money flows back and forth over international borders that don't really matter much. The banks take the dirty money from international crime organizations and Facebook will run ads from any source for any candidate because it helps their bottom line. It's pretty ironic that this scenario, that a lot of Trump supporters are accepting with open arms, is exactly the kind of boogieman globalism that they claim to be fighting against. Unlike the US/Mexico border, Russian interference actually is a threat to our national sovereignty.
    These oligarchs are the people that were brazen enough to just claim a portion of the Soviet Union's infrastructure/resources as their own because the people of their own country didn't matter to them. Trump has always wanted to "get in" with these people because he knows they have money and doesn't care where it comes from. It also helps that US banks (really all banks except Deutsche Bank which is known to launder Russian money) refuse to deal with him. These are the people that are going to rule the world if we aren't careful.

  31. Too late Donnie. EVERYONE questions your legitimacy!! You will be a footnote in history as the WORST, DUMBEST person to hold that office. The country will spend decades recovering from you and your spawn.

  32. TRUMP will not do anything about the interference of Russian in our election..Why not ask China to help us figth this Russian attack.The republicans won't do anything to stop this attack we need the help of China. And will know who is the best. Is that ok for you..

  33. this is a very, very forgetful white house. everybody does not remember or do not know so much all the way from the top on down.

  34. What if Russia goes into the 2020 election only to help the Dems? I could easily see them dumping Trump for chance at a better dunce in 2024.

  35. as regards russian interference, I have a different argument that applies also to drugs,

    rather than trying to stop the inflow of drugs, its better to educate young people at school and adults via public information campaigns to not go for drugs. ie to stop demand rather than supply.

    drug pushers cannot force people to use drugs. what usually happens is some schoolkids will tell their friends that drugs are really cool, and safe, and give some for free. But those kids are low level drug pushers, the free drugs eg the free puff of marijuana is to get them hooked. it is bait. They only use persuasion, usually based on disinformation, they dont use force. One of their main ideas is that to take drugs is cool, and to not take them is uncool.

    you have to get to the kids before their drug pushing friends get to them.

    you wont stop drugs with a wall, but with ideas. drugs are basically flown in on private jets and dropped out of the planes. You cannot stop the supply.

    my own opinion on drugs, is that if you are going to try drugs then only consider caffeine, alcohol and marijuana,
    those 3 are generally safe. the effect of marijuana is mostly the same as getting extremely drunk and edible marijuana is much safer than smoking it which can lead to paranoia and eventual cancer.

    I think most other drugs present danger.

    you should also never take any synthetic drugs as these are the most dangerous: some crooks set up a lab, they give the drug a catchy emblem and name, and the drugs havent been rigorously tested for bad side effects.

    also before taking any drug, one should read up about it and avoid really addictive drugs,

    marijuana for example isnt addictive. a dangerously addictive drug is eg crack cocaine where the addict will stop at nothing to get their next fix.

    with russian trolling, people need to be educated to think more critically, because the trolling doesnt withstand intellectual scrutiny. The typical russian trolling is to say something blatantly insulting without giving any basis to the thought.

    there isnt any development of ideas. it is just spit, run and guffaw brainlessly.

    they are trying to wreck norms of respect using force and repetition, but they lack subtlety. The repetition lowers the tone of discussion generally, where everything becomes a shouting match. Russian propaganda MO is mostly based on repetition of mindless ideas, it is rubbish propaganda. Hollywood has the most sophisticated propaganda.

    people should learn about ideas such as ad hominem attacks, where you attack the person not the thing said, and that these are not a proper argument.

    I try to avoid ad hominem attacks, I only use them if someone is really getting on my nerves.

    eg if you say "you are fat" that is an ad hominem attack,
    but if you say "your idea on keeping interest rates low is no good because it leads to inflation due to increased money printing" that is a valid point.

    whether the person saying it is fat or thin makes no difference to the truth of the comment. The fact you focussed on an irrelevance indicates a weak intellect.

    another important idea is that of the noble lie. A lot of politicians use this trick, eg Trump saying "vote for me because I will make america great again", when in fact he will just fill his pockets with russian thank you money. Make america subservient again.

    as a general rule I dont use swear words, because a swear word has low information content. I regard it as an admission of stupidity to use a swear word.

    eg if you say "Trump is a great leader" and someone says "that is BS", that has low information content,
    much more information content is if you say "Trump is a proven fraudster, he is a great misleader" that has much more information content and some appropriate humour.

    if you say "the democrat policies are sh*t" that has low information content, do you mean the policies wont win votes? or do you mean they will raise taxes too much? or do you think you will suffer from them personally? please specify how.
    which policies specifically do you disapprove of? do you approve of any of their policies?

    if you just say "sh*t" then its a bit of a brainless noncomment. If you said the policies are "f*cking sh*t", that adjective doesnt add any information content so why did you use it? why emphasise something that is very vague? what have you accomplished?

    Hollywood has a lot to answer for by glamourising swearing, with people swearing continually and this presented as cool or tough.

    it is not cool, it is stupid and tiresome. Hey man that is cool sh*t. Why not just say what you mean eg "I like this cigarette".

    swearing is at best intellectual laziness where you are too lazy to focus your ideas beyond an all encompassing expletive. If someone uses swearwords all the time, it usually means they are a troublemaker and should be avoided. They clearly are someone who doesnt think much. What are you doing? "I am doing some f*cking cool sh*t, dont mess with me you *ss hole".
    Wouldnt it be more efficient to say "I am doing something interesting, please come back tomorrow".

    the following comments are the same idea with increasing information content:

    1. this film is f*cking good
    2. this film has a good plot
    3. I like the way the villain in this film eventually becomes the hero due to his ineptitude.
    4. I like the way the villain eventually becomes a hero due to his ineptitude, but I found the film an hour too long, and the spaceship was obviously an egg carton covered with foil. The dialogue was a bit corny but there was the occasional funny moment. Overall it was a good film.

    if the way someone talks just sounds ugly and jarring, then you should trust your instincts and confront them. young people tend to side with the most insulting and delinquent person, young people are so immature.

    the russian trolling in fact is quite unsophisticated and easy to counter.

    Malcolm Nance says that the US should restart the cold war, and not just act defensively to russian interference but should take the offensive, eg they could troll the russian internet, eg create hordes of Putin insulting bots to infest all the russian forums,

    eg "mr putins head is a turnip" and "mr putin is an election thief", give the trollmeister some of his own medicine.

  36. Trump would NEVER prioritize protecting our elections over him potentially winning. He puts himself and those close to him above our country EVERY single time! That's the problem with making an immoral narcissist president. Whatever he perceives as best for him, will always come before what's best for our country. He's made his priorities and lack of values clear on a daily basis.

  37. traitor-trump is FAKE, ILLEGITIMATE, A TOTAL FRAUD, AND A LIFE-LONG CRIMINAL! traitor-trump DID NOT WIN THE 2916 ELECTION: HE LOST THE POPULAR VOTE, and the electopral college in 3 States was RIGGED!

  38. If Trump leaves the White house he will lose his freedom. Trump is NOT going to give up the presidency peacefully or willingly either by loss of the election or impeachment. Congress needs to prepare NOW for the VERY real threat of Trump digging his heels permanently into the White House.

  39. Trump is not going to do anything to prevent the Russians from interfering in the 2020 election, he has seen his poll numbers and knows he needs the help if he is to be reelected.

  40. How do we smack russia back into a corner to teach them a lesson..with more sanctions added to the ones we already placed on them, and expulsion of their national spies from the US. We only know about some of their attempts to intervene in our 2016 election, but for every new endeavor we discover they took and are planning on taking in the future, that equals to the further crippling of their economy through increasing sanctions and removal of their political operatives.

  41. His Ego .. !? Nnah.. it's his desperate need to win the election with the help of his RUSSKY friends is more likely the reason

  42. This is THEE best segment of information regarding this "presidency" issue of ALL the newscasting out there! Every American needs to see this ONE! Wake up 🇺🇸 America or we'll become the United States of USSR!

  43. The major news organizations are partly responsible for giving a TV personality free air time (while campaigning) without delving into 45's history of business practices and contacts which could've been an early warning of his unfitness for public office, not to mention the disparaging of a sitting POTUS' birth and educational attainment.

  44. Will Russia drop $5 billion into the 2020 quest? I am reminded of the FB fine. I have no idea how much they have or will spend, but I do know that tech and AI are shaking the pillars of heaven in the 21st century.

  45. Dump sees this discussion and any media discussion as a threat to him, that is why he tried to call it "fake news". And why he is so enamored with Russia, Korea, Phillipines presidents and leaders. They say the same things and so does Kushne. He is losing this battle and the Repugnants are helping him, unbelievably and almost terrifyingly, standing next to him and giving him cover and man-splaining his actions and crimes. Good Lord, where is the reasonable politician on their side who will stand up to him and the Repugnants who have swallowed the same koolaid? Well, drum roll please: William Weld!!!

  46. Yup trump says "im a self made man when his daddy gave him over 400 million and trump says I won the Presidency and it looks like he really didnt what a damm liar AGAIN.

  47. why would trump want to do anything about russian interference? He'll ask them for even more for 2020 to ensure he wins.

  48. Trump has all 20 characteristics of a psychopathic PDO, a dangerous man with a nuclear bomb at his hand. PLEASE! Quietly put that button in safer hands!

  49. More winning by Trump whilst Chrissy Tingles foams at the mouth over the collusion delusion.
    Having a Trumptastic day in America and love to hear all the bs about the voluminous documentation! 😍

  50. Black Box? I fear that those tiny margins were not accidental, but the result of hacked election counts. (Tiny tweaks in the decimals of the vote percentages in each district would be a hard-to-detect method of election hacking, since it would be done to the total district results and not individual ballots.) The Trump camp sent a swarm of lawyers in to gum up the recounts by challenging every single ballot they could, so there was no certification of the actual vote. Maybe that’s why he’s afraid of his presidency not being seen as legit?

  51. So Putin helps Trump get elected and Trump helps Netenyahoo aka bebe get re elected, interference the new norm? You need others to help you get elected?

  52. Trump knows he couldn't win without Russian interference. So much for “will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. This was Trump's first lie in office.
    Breaking his oath of office should be more than enough proof Trump's unfit.

  53. The biggest fight in America history. Dictator Trump regimes Vs. America constitution of laws and order. Dictator Trump regimes – Endgame 2020

  54. It's not his ego.
    Trump know he needs Putin's help to get reelected (just like he needed it to get elected in the first place…).

  55. Trump is an illegitimate President because of Russian interference in the election, and Trump LOST the popular vote.

  56. It as thousands and thousands of Facebook ads and I think he has been such a horrible president that his legitimacy should be questioned , but so should the whole ticket. Pence and Trump should not be in office.

  57. trump's 1st act with bolton; "eliminated cyber-security coordinator IN THE WH."
    hello, russian mafia, please come in and gut america.

  58. Trump and his ego is deliberately ignoring this because he wants interference in the election again so he can try n stay in the White House and avoid conviction of his crimes

  59. with god's the judennazi ag sulzberger. will recive .cancer paralysis blindness. daldness and glasses already have. an artist will do an attack on a newspaper like paris !!!

  60. He has reason to fear the legitimacy of his presidency with the history books….There is no legitimacy to it. Without Russia's social media help he would have lost even if Hillary wasn't a good candidate.. she wasn't one. Too much baggage and 20 years of right wing media efforts to make her and her last name the devil incarnate. If he fought any other candidate he would have lost the election by a sweeping margin… he got lucky and the candidate against him was the most despised one for the right wing, so despised they make up conspiracy theories that's as evil sounding as Hillary eats fetuses from planned parenthood clinics. Hint…. she doesn't nore does anyone else.

  61. Trump logic: trump has burned the constitution and all things American to massage his ego and make him look good to Putin and Kim. In his defence, a Liberal sold him the gasoline and he took the matchbooks from the strip club owned by a Democrat because he thought the strippers were all less than a ten and he wasn’t allowed to grab them. So blame the Liberals and Democrats for what’s happening in America today!

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