MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday discussed the shakeup at the National Security Council since “John ‘Great White Death’ Bolton” became Donald Trump’s third national security adviser.
Maddow detailed the departures of members of the National Security Council who “have gone suddenly in the past three weeks, at least a half dozen of them. John ‘Great White Death’ Bolton has cleaned the place out quickly,” Maddow said. “But he’s not replaced them.”
The host brought out “the wall” of Trump White House departures, zeroing in on “this guy”—former national security analust Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who served on the National Security Council under Michael Flynn. Cohen-Watnick later played a major role in the “unmasking” conspiracy created by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and other Trump loyalists in Congress.
“That guy [Cohen-Watnick] was fired months ago as the intelligence director at the National Security Council,” Maddow said. ”He was fired apparently after he helped Devin Nunes pull off the weird stunt at the White House that got him investigated for mishandling classified material.”
“Nunes said he tried to say he had the proof that Trump Tower had been wiretapped,” Maddow explained. “President Obama did not wiretap Trump Tower.”
“The stuff that [Nunes] got from the White House he got reportedly from a young guy who Mike Flynn had installed on the National Security Council,” the host added.
Citing Bloomberg, Maddow reported that Cohen-Watnick was hired to work for Attorney General Jeff Sessions—and that “Donald Trump personally ordered the Department of Justice to hire him.”
“We don’t know why President Trump has ordered him to be hired again by the Trump administration, and specifically be ordered that he be given a job in the office of Jeff Sessions,” Maddow said. “We don’t know why the president would issue an order to put that particular guy in that particular place.”
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Biden finally unloads on Trump for smearing his son: ‘Release your tax returns or shut up’
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But the former vice president insisted that "corruption" in Trump's government should be the immediate focus.
"He is running the most corrupt government in the history of the United States of America," Biden charged. "He is running the most corrupt government in the history of the United States of America."
Biden then turned to the camera as if he were speaking directly to Trump.
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"Over the centuries, the Italian people have blessed our civilization with magnificent works of art, science, philosophy, architecture, and music. On Monday, we paid tribute to the Italian explorer who led a voyage of discovery to the new world. A gentleman known as Christopher Columbus. To me, it will always be called Columbus Day. Some people don’t like that. I do."
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Clinton filled in Wednesday as co-host on "The View" for Joy Behar, who's been out all week, and was asked right away to comment on rumors that she might run for the House seat vacated by the retiring Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY).
"I understand why people are asking, and someone has asked me some version of this question for literally as long as I can remember," Clinton said.