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Attorney Daniel Goldman wondered if Republican staff working for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence could be implicated in the scandal over Donald Trump's Department of Justice subpoenaing communication records for congressional Democrats, their staff, and families.
Goldman, who served as majority counsel in Trump's first impeachment, was interviewed on Friday by MSNBC's Brian Williams.
"It's because of your resume that we asked you to be on tonight," Williams said. "So you are both a DOJ veteran and worked closely with [Intel] Chairman [Adam] Schiff -- for all we know your name is on one of these lists and your data has been shared. What is your personal reaction to story and can you explain why this is such a deadly serious matter?"
"Im horrified to see this," Goldman replied.
"It's not for a lot of the reasons others have said. I think the Department of Justice has every right, broadly, to investigate crimes," he explained. "But knowing the people who received these subpoenas or whose records were sought through these subpoenas, I find it very hard to believe that there was any legitimate and real and credible evidence that would have led an objective prosecutor to issue these grand jury subpoenas. And that means that it was a purely political hatchet job, if that's accurate."
"Now, we haven't seen what the basis was for the investigation for the subpoenas," he continued. "Apparently, according to reports, Chairman Schiff's office has requested that information and the Department of Justice has declined to give it to them thus far."
"I'm suspicious as to what's behind there and I'm somewhat suspicious of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle within the House Intelligence Committee and whether they were part and parcel of providing the telephone numbers, some of these email addresses, to the Department of Justice," he explained. "Because they would have had access to more of that information than just about anyone, as the majority staff for the House Intelligence Committee."
At the time in question, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) chaired the House Intelligence Committee.
"Wow," Williams said. "That last bit is certainly food for thought."
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Donald Trump has legal exposure for a "crime wave" committed while serving as president of the United State, a former federal prosecutor explained on MSNBC on Friday.
Glenn Kirschner told MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi "Donald Trump was an unabated crime wave as president."
"Even before he became president he committed campaign finance violations with Michael Cohen, for which Michael Cohen went to prison," he reminded. "Ali, then once he took office he could tick through the felony crimes that we can prove based on the information that has been publicly reported alone, whether it's the bribery and extortion of President Zelenskiy, the ten counts of obstruction of justice meticulously documented by Bob mMueller in volume 2 of the Trump-Russia report for which Bob Mueller famously testified Donald Trump could be prosecuted upon leaving office."
"There's something we often forget about which is obstructing congressional proceedings," he continued. "Remember, Donald Trump instructed all of his executive branch officials, do not comply with lawfully issued congressional subpoenas. And that's very different from saying let's go in and assert executive privilege and fight it legitimately."
"There are so many other offenses. There are countless, avoidable COVID deaths that I think could be pursued by the states. Then, of course, there is inciting the insurrection. We saw it with our own eyes," he reminded.
"If he is not held accountable, Ali, if we don't prosecute him then what we are doing is we are encouraging tomorrow's version of Donald Trump," he warned. "We have to prosecute today's version of Donald Trump to send the message that we will not tolerate a run away criminal president."
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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC called on President Joe Biden to take responsibility for fixing the mess at the Department of Justice.
Maddow reported on efforts by congressional Democrats to investigate what went on at the DOJ during Trump's presidency.
She noted the House Judiciary Committee "basically issued a threat."
"A threat that the Justice Department, now, under Merrick Garland, needs to clean this up themselves and quickly — or else. Not sure I have ever really seen a statement like this before, but it's pretty remarkable."
She also noted the Department of Justice announced there would be an inspector general investigation.
"And that means, you know, some number of years down the road, we'll get the result of that inspector-general investigation, presumably," she explained. "It is upsetting, to realize — as jaded as we all are now — it is upsetting, still, to realize that officials involve understand that are, still, at the Justice Department today, people who were briefed on this, while it was happening. People, who were in the chain of command while decisions were being made to do this. People who took part in it, are still there under Merrick Garland."
"It is clear that the Justice Department, under President Biden, does not want the job of investigating and rooting around what went rotten inside their own department under the previous president. But even if they don't want that job, that is the job they have now," she said.
"The stakes of them getting that job done get higher with each new revelation about what else happened there under Jeff Sessions and under William Barr," she explained.
"In particular, I think that President Biden — just my, personal opinion — think President Biden put really high-quality, good people at the Justice Department. His appointees there, thus far, have been excellent choices — really good people with great experience and, presumably, great intentions. But wake up, you guys," she instructed. "You're going to work every day at an active crime scene and there's no other cops to call here. You have to fix this, you're the only ones who can. The country needs you to do this."
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