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‘It’s put up or shut up time’: Dan Rather says special counsel means Trump ‘now becomes the hunted’

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Famed journalist Dan Rather spoke with Rachel Maddow on Wednesday about the “surreal” developments in the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump campaign associates and Russian operatives, arguing the president “now becomes the hunted.”

“I do think there is something reassuring about this,” Rather said of news that a special counsel has been appointed to oversee the Department of Justice’s investigation. “For most of the early stages of the Trump presidency, the question begged: are we still a country of laws or have we become, or are we becoming, a country of men and man?”

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“Today’s events with the appointment of this special counsel gives a resounding answer we’re still—this is one of the things that unites us—we’re still a nation of laws, not of men,” he added.

“Now facts are going to tell us what our destiny is and what our history will be,” Rather explained. “Not Donald Trump’s version of anything.”

Rather also praised media outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post for their efforts in exposing the Trump-Russia investigation.

“Thank god for the American press,” Rather said.

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Rather said the question that arises from news the president’s transition team knew Michael Flynn was under investigation is “what is that Flynn knows about Donald Trump and his campaign that Donald Trump wants to keep hidden?”

“Obviously, Flynn knows something,” Rather said.

“Up until today, President Donald Trump has had the ability to control almost every news cycle,” Rather said. “From this day forward, he no longer has control. And instead of being the hunter, he becomes the hunted.”

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Referring Trump’s threat to former FBI Directory James Comey that he has “tapes” of their conversations, Rather said “it’s put up or shut up time for him.”

“Either he has tapes or he doesn’t,” Rather said, “And if he has them, he’s got to come forward with them.”

“In many ways, the dam broke today,” Rather said. “Tomorrow morning is different from any morning we’ve had so far in the trump presidency. And I repeat for emphasis, he is on the defensive.”


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WATCH: Trump’s collusion with Russia is now a topic for impeachment — along with obstruction and racism

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President Donald Trump's interactions with Russia are now a topic of the impeachment investigation.

"There was an important development in support for impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives today," MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported Tuesday. "Important both in who the new support comes from and what that support is based on."

"Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Illinois is one of the freshmen Democrats who flipped a Republican district last year in winning her election. She brings the total number of House Democrats supporting impeachment now to 126 -- a majority of the Democrats' 235 members of the House," he explained.

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Scientist who correctly predicted 2018 midterms says Democrats can win 18 more seats in 2020

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The political scientist who correctly predicted the 2018 elections says Democrats left seats on the table in the midterms -- and can win them in 2020.

Rachel Bitecofer, assistant director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, was interviewed by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on "The Last Word."

"Could you explain to the viewers how it is you determine what it was that actually did win a given congressional district?" O'Donnell asked. "When there is this common belief that, oh, well, the Democrats ran because the Republicans threatened their health care and so some swing voters switched over from Republican voting to democratic voting."

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Maddow reveals how Chinese group Falun Gong went from disrupting events to running a shadow campaign for Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday detailed the remarkable journey of the group Falun Gong shifting from disrupting White House events to dominating the conversation on Facebook.

Maddow hilariously recounted the "major embarrassment" for the George W. Bush White House when a protester interrupted remarks by President of China Hu Jintao.

The protester was credentialed to cover the event for the Epoch Times, which is controlled by Falun Gong.

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