MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday uncovered an intriguing subtext to the House Intelligence Committee’s controversial memo released earlier in the day — that it may reveal a GOP scheme to turn former senior Trump campaign aide Carter Page’s surveillance warrants into a plan to exonerate the president.
The memo, Maddow argues, fleshes out the timeline of Page’s warrants that were granted by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — which would mean that when he appeared in a “nutty” interview with her coworker Chris Hayes in late October 2017, he was likely still under surveillance.
“All of Carter Paige’s interviews are a little nutty,” she conceded, “but he said this one now very intriguing thing, not really about his own case or about Donald Trump, but about House Republicans.”
“I think when the truth comes out, when Speaker Raul Ryan says the FISA warrant or the details about the dodgy dossier and what happened and all the documents surround that is gonna be released, that’s what I’m excited about,” Page said in the October 30 interview. “I think the truth will set a lot of people free.”
“Because of the way he talks and behaves in interviews, everything Carter Page says seems fuzzy,” Maddow admitted. “But what he just said there actually is what happened — and he knew about it months in advance.”
Though it “just sounded like another crazy thing that Carter Page said,” Maddow noted that his strange comment about Ryan and FISA warrants now seem oddly prescient.
“Months ago, there was a plan in the works that Carter Page knew about that involved Paul Ryan that they would try to use this warrant against Carter Page to make a public case to try to turn that warrant somehow into some sort of public information that presumably would be used to turn the Russia investigation into a scandal,” she concluded.
Trump campaign brags Mexico is paying for an imaginary wall — while Americans are stuck with the very real tab
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Ari Melber confronted Marc Lotter, a campaign official with President Donald Trump's 2020 efforts, on his broken promise to make Mexico pay for the wall. Lotter's response was to insist that Mexico was, in fact, paying for a wall — sort of.
"Donald Trump assured everyone, including his base, he says is going to be key, he promised them one thing about the wall. You know what it is. He promised them that somebody else would pay for it," said Melber, playing clip after clip of Trump saying Mexico would pay. "As president, Donald Trump has fought hard, shut down the government, and even used executive powers to seize funds to make Americans pay for the wall. Do you think that's sort of the toughest broken promise for the re-election campaign?"
Roger Stone ‘is going to jail’: Ex-prosecutor explains how it could blow open the legal case against Trump
Longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone is headed to jail, a former federal prosecutor explained on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber on Thursday.
"News in the Roger Stone criminal case, federal prosecutors tonight say Stone has broken his gag order, allegedly again," Melber reported.
"This judge has been somewhat resistant to put Stone in jail the way many other defendants are treated around the country. In fact, even after he posted a picture of the judge herself next to what many interpreted as crosshairs, she provided him a second chance," he explained.
Hope Hicks admitted she didn’t ask Trump if hush payments happened — before public denial during the 2016 election
On Thursday, CNN's Manu Raju reported that one of the topics of discussion in ex-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks' closed-door testimony to the House Judiciary Committee was the payoffs to women facilitated by President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, who is currently serving a three-year federal prison sentence for tax evasion and campaign finance violations.
During the course of that questioning, Hicks made a startling admission.