MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday examined the bombshell New York Times report that some special counsel investigators believe Attorney General Bill Barr misled the American people with his summary of Robert Mueller’s report.
“Who could have seen this coming?” Maddow asked, as she displayed a New York Times article titled, “Some on Mueller’s Team See Their Findings as More Damaging for Trump Than Barr Revealed.”
“Who could have seen this coming?” she repeated.
Maddow then proceeded to recap the public debate occurring since Mueller submitted his findings to Barr.
“You mean to tell me when the newly-installed Trump Attorney General decided to sit on the Mueller report and not release to it anyone — not a single page?” she asked. “And instead the White House and Congressional Republicans and conservative media tried to claim total vindication for the president in Mueller’s report based just on attorney general Barr’s odd, vague characterization of what he says Mueller concluded — which the A.G. then later said shouldn’t even be taken as a summary of what Mueller concluded.”
“You mean to tell me that maybe the Mueller report isn’t as exactly as exciting and positive and exculpatory for the president as the Trump administration and conservative media and Congressional Republicans would have you believe?” Maddow asked. “Really? Who could have seen this coming?”
“Hope you’ve enjoyed your victory laps,” she added.
Former solicitor general Neal Katyal, who wrote the special counsel regulations while working at the Department of Justice, joined Maddow for analysis.
“I think what’s really extraordinary about this, as you were saying just towards the end of your discussion, is we’ve gone 22 months, we’ve never heard anything from team Mueller until tonight,” he noted. “And that just I think underscores that what Barr did in those two letters and the games he’s been playing are deeply damaging and the Mueller team is evidently not going to stand for it.”
“The whole idea behind the special counsel regulations, because the Constitution gives the Attorney General the full prosecution power, the idea is to say Attorney General, if you start messing with the special counsel, then it’s got to be public, there’s got to be sunlight on that,” he explained.
“And the ultimate safeguard is what we’re seeing play out tonight, which is if an Attorney General starts to abuse the special counsel’s report, abuse the special counsel’s findings, then the special counsel will come forward and shed sunlight into what might look like a cover-up,” he noted.
“And that is what we’re starting to see now, something that looks like a cover-up,” Katyal concluded.
Lincoln Project whacks the president: ‘We end COVID when we end Trump’s presidency’
President Donald Trump on Thursday held a campaign rally in Wisconsin with supporters "packed in like sardines."
At the rally, Trump ridiculed former Vice President Joe Biden for social distancing at campaign appearances with America's death toll over 200,000. Also on Thursday, Biden held a town hall meeting on CNN where he spoke in-depth about the challenges of a coronavirus vaccine.
The Lincoln Project, the group of former top GOP strategists working to defeat Trump, said that "only one candidate will protect your family from coronavirus" in a new video.
Trump mocked for 95-minute ‘slurring’ campaign speech — before crowd ‘packed in like sardines’ in Wisconsin
President Donald Trump gave a fear-filled and factually inaccurate campaign rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin on Thursday.
The rally, held in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, featured a large crowd closely packed together.
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's speech, which lasted approximately 95 minutes:
Trump is slurring and sounds tired pic.twitter.com/6MJLw2fpms
Trump: A Biden presidency would mean ‘no guns, no religion, no energy, no oil’
At President Donald Trump's rally on Thursday night in Mosinee, Wisconsin, he offered his supporters a dire — and baseless — warning about what a Joe Biden presidency would mean for America, and for their lives.
"Remember this in politics — it's always the thing that they say first. That's what they're going to do," said Trump. "No guns, no religion, no energy, no oil. Remember that, remember."
Contrary to Trump's claim, Biden has not called for eliminating any of those four things in his campaign, or indeed at any point of his career in politics.