MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were conspiring to obstruct justice in the special counsel probe.
The "Morning Joe" host and his guests discussed the memo that originated with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), who says the document proves wrongdoing by the FBI -- which has disputed the claims as intentionally misleading.
"(Nunes) is coordinating with the White House," Scarborough said. "He coordinated with the White House on the unmasking information, and he's clearly coordinating with the White House here. That's not oversight -- that's actually being in a conspiracy to obstruct an investigation against a president of the United States. Pretty cut and dry."
Frank Figliuzzi, the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, agreed that Nunes could be in legal jeopardy for obstruction -- and the memo could be further evidence against the president.
"He's waving around a very dramatic memo that he's going to release, essentially in the form of a press release," Figliuzzi said. "It clearly goes toward his intent, and his intent appears to be obstruction."
Scarborough said congressional Republicans "care more about being subservient" to Trump than protecting national security, and MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch said Democrats should hammer them on that during this year's midterm election campaigns.
"Going forward, are you going to bet on the people that keep this country safe, the men and women that have lost their lives and dedicated their lives in the FBI, or a reality TV guy?" Deutsch said. "That's the choice you put in front of the American people."