MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski unloaded on President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for spreading smears and lies to confuse the public and distract from apparent criminal wrongdoing.
The president's former attorney, Michael Cohen, backed out of his congressional testimony after Trump and Giuliani threatened to investigate his father-in-law, and "Morning Joe" analyst Mike Barnicle was gobsmacked by the former New York City mayor's comments.
"I was aware, I think most people were aware of the tweet, 'watch father-in-law,' but it's one of a bundle of tweets that you get sick of looking at that the president issues multiple times a day," Barnicle said. "I had not seen the Giuliani clip that we just saw. A former United States Attorney, a lawyer -- that's witness tampering what we just heard and what we saw from Rudy Giuliani."
"The stunning silence of members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, Republican and Democrat, about someone so associated closely with the president of the United States, witness tampering like that, they say nothing?" he added. "I don't blame Michael Cohen for fearing for what might happen to his family."
Cohen has said he would not accept an invitation to testify until Congress held Trump accountable for his threats, and Brzezinski said the evidence against the president was plain for all to see.
"There's so much happening in plain sight," Brzezinski said. "I believe Congresswoman Jackie Speier has brought this up -- Giuliani goes on the air so much, Trump does it, too, muddling the truth, throwing out bombs right and left about people -- ah, check it out, it might be true. This confuses people to the point where we don't see things happening in plain sight, like witness tampering."