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‘So much worse!’ Morning Joe rips GOP for defending Trump after burying Clinton over classified info
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered Republicans for spending years excoriating Hillary Clinton's handling of classified materials and then turning around defending Donald Trump over far worse allegations.
The FBI carried out a search of Mar-A-Lago this week, where agents reportedly expected to find nuclear secrets among the classified materials Trump took from the White House, and Scarborough and "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski laid into Republicans for attacking law enforcement to protect the former president from serious allegations.
"The conundrum you just put out there," Brzezinski said, "about it being just as bad when a Democrat has some improper use of classified documents as when a Republican does, on this show, you will see us saying the same thing in each situation. Roll the tape, you know, rewind the tape -- critical of Hillary Clinton, everything to do with the email, very, very critical. Here, you have a situation where Trump's following and his friends on TV won't cover the story the same way. In fact, they will go to fantastical lengths to not ask the right questions, to twist the truth, to push his big lies. It is dangerous."
Scarborough said there was no comparison between what Clinton did and what Trump has been accused of doing, even as the facts remain scant.
"What is so maddening about the Republican response to this is, despite the fact -- and I hope our liberal friends can deal with this -- despite the fact we brought up Hillary Clinton's emails, in this same time, we're bringing up Donald Trump's classified information that he's reportedly taken to Mar-A-Lago, there is no moral equivalency," Scarborough said. "The two are brought up because what Donald Trump has done is so much worse, so much more dangerous."
An Ohio man tried to force his way into FBI headquarters in Cincinnati on Thursday, apparently prompted by Republican attacks on law enforcement officials over the Trump search, and Scarborough called out their violent rhetoric.
"The order of magnitude is overwhelming, and I bring it up to make a bigger point about Republican hypocrisy," Scarborough said. "They were worried about a former secretary of state's emails. They're completely discounting the possibility of nuclear secrets being stolen from the White House and taken down to Mar-A-Lago and hidden from the Department of Justice."
"Where are the Republicans? Where are the Republicans? Where are the Republicans?" he added. "Hold a press conference, condemn these actions, condemn the hate speech, condemn the targeting of law enforcement officers. Condemn the targeting of FBI agents and professionals at the Department of Justice. Is there not one that will do it?"
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Former President Donald Trump was up bright and early on Friday morning and lashing out at a Washington Post report that the FBI felt compelled to rush their search at his Mar-a-Lago resort because they believed he was holding onto top secret nuclear weapons documents.
Late Thursday night the former president gave his approval for the DOJ warrant information to be released, but on Friday morning, as part of his diatribe, Trump hyped up suggestions that the FBI was planting evidence against him.
Calling the nuke documents report a "hoax", the former president wrote, "Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more. Same sleazy people involved."
He then added, "Why wouldn’t the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-a-Lago with our lawyer’s, or others, present. Made them wait outside in the heat, wouldn’t let them get even close - said 'ABSOLUTELY NOT.' Planting information anyone? Reminds me of a Christofer Steele Dossier!"
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Trump allies accused FBI of planting evidence because there's 'no innocent explanation' for what he did: legal expert
Allies of former President Donald Trump accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of "planting" evidence during their search of his Mar-a-Lago resort, even before the FBI revealed any of the evidence they had gathered.
In light of revelations that the FBI was searching for nuclear documents and other highly sensitive intelligence at Mar-a-Lago, University of Michigan Law Professor and MSNBC legal analyst Barb McQuade chimed in to say she now understands why Trump allies are accusing the FBI of committing crimes.
In short, she says, it's the only thing they've got.
"If the documents contain information about nuclear capabilities, then the 'planting' of evidence fabrication makes sense because there is no innocent explanation for having such things in a box in your basement next to your high school yearbook," she writes on Twitter.
It has not been confirmed yet whether the FBI actually found the nuclear documents they were searching for at Mar-a-Lago, although sources told the Washington Post on Thursday night that investigators did find signals intelligence, which can include highly classified intercepts of communications between foreign leaders.
As former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal tweeted in the wake of the news, "Signals intelligence (like electronic intercepts) are some of the most sensitive and secretive material in the US. There are a host of special markings and protections on every such document."