Fox News' Tucker Carlson secretly cheered Biden when he told Trump to 'shut up' at debate: book

President Donald Trump's first debate was generally considered by political experts to be a disaster. According to a new book, that opinion wasn't exclusive to anti-Trump people.

In a slate of new books about the final year of the Trump administration, the president was told by everyone that he bombed.

In Michael Wolff's book, Landslide, Trump is described as having his entire world analyzed through the lens of what he saw on television.

"Accordingly, most of his perceptions about Joe Biden were based on Biden's inability to dominate the screen, with Trump cackling at Biden's lapses and mimicking his verbal hesitations and stutter," the book explained."He was certain that Biden could not survive a debate with a full-on Trump. The sleepster would wilt and sink into inarticulateness against his more voluble and charismatic (or at least hyperaggressive) opponent. Whatever had been wrong in the campaign, whatever challenging circumstances COVID had created, nonetheless, debating Biden was the simple solution."

Trump believed that there were scores to be settled. He hated Biden, and was ready to go on a full attack. "Trump was always at his most satisfied—most expansive, even—when he was set to settle a score," said the book.

Wolff characterized the debate as "the most disastrous" in the history of the United States.

"And compounding everything, there was Chris Christie afterward, being interviewed on television saying what a rotten job the president had done," he wrote.

In Michael Bender's book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election, Trump and Chris Chrstie shared an awkward phone call.

"I won, right? I did great," Trump told Christie.

"No," Christie said. "You did terribly. You interrupted him seventy-three times in ninety minutes. I didn't think that was possible. We have to totally change our approach."

"You're being too harsh," Trump said. "You always say I don't do well."

But Christie wasn't the only ally who thought Trump bombed, as Fox News host Tucker Carlson also told the president just how horrible it was.

"Others in Trump's orbit reached out to Tucker Carlson to talk to Trump," reported Bender. "Carlson had been blunt in his assessment of Trump's performance—he thought the president came off as unappealing and rude.

"When Biden told him to shut up, I agreed with him!" Carlson said according to the book. Carlson had no interest in talking to Trump. He'd done it once before and wasn't about to do it again.

It didn't matter, Trump picked up the phone to call Carlson himself. Sitting in the oval office with aides surrounding him, Trump called Carlson on his cell phone but the Fox host sent it to voicemail. Trump called it again, this time giving it one ring before Trump was denied.

He finally got through by an aide reaching out to Carlson's producer.

"Everyone says I did a good job," the book cites Trump saying.

"I don't know who told you that was good," Carlson said. "It was not good."

"Trump was taken aback," Bender writes. "Carlson told Trump it had been a mistake to spend so much time ahead of the debate describing Biden as senile. The Democratic nominee had easily cleared that bar."

The books are all available for purchase now.

Romney tells authors he couldn’t figure out why Rudy Giuliani would destroy his reputation for Trump

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) ultimately became one of Donald Trump's biggest foes, but a new book by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker, reveals it was Rudy Giuliani that confused him the most.

In their book, "I Alone Can Fix It," Romney opened up about a lot of his theories and conversations with the former president. But when it came to Giuliani, the normally polite Mormon made it clear that Giuliani disgusted him.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was worried about the election protests but was assured by Giuliani that "we're going to make sure it doesn't go too far," as they fought the result of the 2020 election.

Larry Kudlow was concerned, the book also said.

"The two men had served in the Reagan administration together, Kudlow as the number three official at the Office of Management and Budget and Giuliani as the number three at the Justice Department. They considered each other family friends. But Kudlow thought Giuliani was saying things about the election that would likely tarnish his legacy," the book revealed.

He passed notes to Giuliani's son Andrew, who is now running for governor of New York.

"Tell your dad to be careful," Kudlow said. "Tell your dad this is a high-stakes game."

"Giuliani disgusted Mitt Romney. The two had been rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, but both came up short to John McCain," the book recalled. "In 2012, Giuliani campaigned for Romney when he was the GOP nominee, and while they were never friends, they respected one another."

"Rudy has such a fine history as a mayor, and his book, Leadership, was a bestseller," Romney told the book authors. "I found his participation in something so bizarre and irregular to be virtually incomprehensible. I wondered, how in the world can someone of that stature do something of this nature. And I have to be honest. My concern was not so much with my party. . . . I was again thinking about the cause of democracy."

Romney recalled the trips he'd taken overseas to war zones, remembering how important it was to him to spread democracy and promote freedom.

"And then to see people who are respected globally, like Mayor Giuliani, shred that credibility . . . was extraordinarily disheartening," Romney said.

"I Alone Can Fix It" is on sale now and Raw Story has been following the reports about the book.

Kellyanne Conway warned Trump not to reopen the country for Easter because 'you’ll own all the deaths'

During the worst of the COVID-19 crisis, President Donald Trump was convinced he could reopen everything because the warmth of the air would somehow kill the virus. While it's true that respiratory viruses see a decrease in warmer months, COVID was a whole different story.

A new book by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker, "I Alone Can Fix It," revealed that Trump was determined to reopen the country for Easter Sunday on April 12. Trump was certain that "voters would be heartened by images of church pews packed with parishioners on Easter Sunday and families out celebrating over brunch in neighborhood restaurants."

Kellyanne Conway was against it, saying it could be perilous.

"Mr. President, this is a huge mistake," Conway said according to the book. "You don't own the deaths right now, but you'll own all the deaths if you do this."

She explained that it was "too soon," and that a decision like reopening the country can't be arbitrary, it had to be strategic and based on experts.

"No, no, no," Trump insisted according to the book. "We have to open. It's killing people."

"I get it," Conway said. "But we can't even see this virus. It's transmitted through the air. And if you reopen now, you'll own it."

In the end, Conway proved to be correct.

"I Alone Can Fix It," is on sale now and Raw Story has been following the information from the release here.

MSNBC host visibly stunned after GOP senator claims people aren’t allowed to pray for someone’s health because of HIPAA privacy laws

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) appeared on MSNBC Thursday to discuss bills that are coming before the Senate. But in talking about COVID-19 and the vaccine, Cramer claimed that people can't even pray for someone's health anymore because of HIPAA laws.

It's a bizarre conspiracy that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) started because she doesn't want to reveal her vaccination status to her constituents or to supporters of the Republican Party.

"Your first question is a violation of my HIPAA rights. You see with HIPAA rights we don't have to reveal our medical records and that also includes our vaccine records," Greene told a reporter asking about her vaccine status.

According to Greene, vaccine passports, talking about your vaccine status, being asked about your vaccine status are all violations of HIPAA. Critics claim that it's an indication Greene doesn't want her supporters to know that she's vaccinated.

"People being hesitant, wanting to wait to see how it plays out is perfectly logical to me," said Cramer. "But North Dakotans are logical in other ways, they know how to take care of themselves, protect themselves and their children. I want to honor personal privacy by the way which is also critical. We can't pray for people's healing in church anymore because it would out their health situations, so I don't know why we should be outing everybody's personal decision on vaccinations."

The problem is that they're both factually wrong. The Department of Health and Human Services explains the law aimed to assure "that individuals' health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high-quality health care and to protect the public's health and well-being."

No one is required to give their status to a reporter, but there's no law that bars it or prevents a reporter or anyone else from asking about it.

MSNBC reporter and stand-in host Garrett Haake corrected Cramer before ending the interview.

"I'm not sure who is telling you that you can't pray for people's health in church," Haake said. "You're welcome to pray for mine, I will pray for yours. Thank you for coming on. I am going to ask a doctor on the panel later about questions about the vaccine. For folks that might be curious about that portion of the hesitancy question, we'll come back to it later. Thank you for raising it. We'll ask the professionals."

See the video below:

NO! HIPAA doesn't prevent anyone from asking you about your vaccine status

Brad Parscale convinced Trump to do an early attack ad against Biden — but it fell apart because of Trump's obsession over images: new book

Early on in the 2020 campaign, then-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale wanted to do an attack ad tying Joe Biden to China. According to Michael Bender's new book, "Frankly, We Did Win This Election," Kellyanne Conway was against it.

"Kellyanne was so confident Brad was wrong that she went to both Trump and the press," Bender wrote. "Brad's idea wasn't unwise—it was unripe, she said. Americans were focused on the pandemic, not the presidential race, and she told Trump his best bet to close the gap was to use his bully pulpit to take on the virus, not Biden. She viewed the political fight over coronavirus as between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. "

Conway explained that "injecting Biden into that equation risked elevating the former vice president, who was, for now, stuck on the sidelines of the debate."

But Trump was reluctant, fearful that ads from his campaign would make it clear their campaign believed Biden was the nominee before the voting was even over.

"And he obsessed over the images in the spots," Bender wrote. "He regularly asked the campaign to find pictures that made Biden look worse, and shots that made himself look better."

While there are plenty of photos of Biden goofing around, playing with his dogs, eating ice cream, driving muscle cars and hugging grandmothers, none of them were enough to make Biden look worse than Trump.

"You just spent half the ad making him look fifty years younger than he is," Trump complained.

Over and over, Trump shot down the ads being crafted by Larry Weitzner, "because he didn't think Biden looked unappealing enough."

"Weitzner explained that distasteful images, at a certain point, would make the ads ineffective, but Trump didn't care," wrote Bender.

"'Use sh*ttier pictures,' Trump ordered him."

But it took to the end of the race before the campaign had a "Bad Biden" file of photos they knew Trump would approve looked bad enough.

Bender's book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election, is on sale now and you can read more excerpts here.

Jared Kushner hated 'overconfident idiots' like Kellyanne Conway and tried to 'box her out' early: book reveals

A slate of new books about President Donald Trump and his final year in the White House has revealed some of the inner workings of the West Wing. Michael Bender's book "Frankly, We Did Win This Election," recalls Kushner's problems with the former campaign manager.

According to Bender, Kushner wasn't paying much attention to Trump's campaign when he was running.

"But this time he wanted his hands on the levers of the reelection bid," said the book. "Jared started laying groundwork in the early days of the new administration to box out Kellyanne, Corey, Bossie, and anyone else whom Trump might suddenly decide to put in charge. Jared described his role to others as protecting Trump from 'overconfident idiots.'"

Kushner understood that Trump would make decisions at the moment and not give any long-term rational thought to anything.

"Jared was concerned that management style left him vulnerable to brash promoters, especially on television," Bender wrote.

"You get to run one more time," Jared had told Trump. "So just let me know what you want to do. This is your campaign, but I'm not going to let you hire any idiots."

At one point, Trump looked around the West Wing and discovered that most of his 2016 staff was gone.

"Derek Lyons, his staff secretary, had worked for Jeb Bush, not Trump, during the primary. Mark Meadows, who was effectively chief of staff but who wouldn't formally be given the role for another month, was a late supporter," Bender wrote. "Jared had kept Corey mostly out of the White House, and always seemed to forget to invite Kellyanne to the political meetings."

At another point in Bender's book, he explained that all of Trump's chiefs of staff worked to keep the president's biggest "enablers" out of his office. He wrote that it was the classification for "troublemakers" who would whisper in Trump's ear and ultimately destroy any efforts around policy or plans. But every Trump insider had a different person or group of people they didn't trust.

"It was a surreal, kaleidoscopic corner of Trump World where the colors and shapes often remained the same but the exact scene depended on who looked through the eyepiece," wrote Bender. "For Brad, this demographic included two of his 2016 predecessors, Corey and Kellyanne. For Jared, it was Corey, Bannon, and Kellyanne. For Bannon, it was Jared and Ivanka."

"Frankly, We Did Win This Election" is on sale now and Raw Story has some of the excerpts here.

The View's Meghan McCain blames 'pathetic bureaucrat' Nancy Pelosi for Jan. 6 committee hitch

"The View's" Meghan McCain went off on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday morning, blaming her and Republicans for being unable to come to an agreement about a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission.

When working with Republicans, Democrats gave them everything asked including the ability to nominate anyone they wanted and as many as they wanted to the commission. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tried to convince Republicans to vote against the commission, throwing broker Rep. John Katko (R-NY) under the bus. McCarthy then convinced Republicans in the Senate to filibuster the commission.

As a result, the idea of a bipartisan committee was effectively canceled by the GOP. Pelosi then introduced a special select committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi even added Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) to the committee.

McCarthy, on the other hand, appointed two GOP firebrands who deny the seriousness of the Jan. 6 attack. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who was nominated with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), already demanded accountability from the Biden administration for Jan. 6. The problem, however, is that Biden wasn't even in office on Jan. 6. Now, McCarthy is threatening to pull all Republicans from the committee.

McCain said that she thinks both sides are bad and attacked Pelosi for refusing to "play ball" with McCarthy. At the same time, McCarthy is blaming Pelosi for the attack on the Capitol, telling Fox News Wednesday night that she may have had some kind of death wish.

She also said that McCarthy should have acted in good faith, but he hasn't thus far in the process, leading many to assume he won't now either.

"I think they're all bad and why Americans are so disgusted and overwhelmed with the vast majority of what happens on Capitol Hill," McCain said, throwing all members in the same bucket. She went on to cite polls that say Congress is the worst it's ever been, which is a frequent poll number. Americans often complain about Congress, but then approve of their individual members.

"I think part of the problem is, you know, Nancy Pelosi better start getting something done with the other side, because her time in power is coming to an end fast and furiously," McCain ranted. "More than likely I would bet literally my life on it that Republicans are going to take over Congress in the midterms and Kevin McCarthy's the new speaker. These two have to learn how to work together. Republicans and Democrats have to learn to live together."

It's the same position President Joe Biden has taken, only to be slapped down over and over again by Republicans unwilling to work with him.

See the video below:

Republican Ronny Jackson schooled after whining media never asks Democrats if they're vaccinated

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) lashed out at reporters in front of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday after they asked questions about GOP members being vaccinated.

Jackson whined that it was unfair because the media never asks if Democrats are vaccinated. As CNN's fact-checker Daniel Dale explained, Democrats have been vaccinated for months, where some Republicans are only now deciding to get vaccinated.

A May report at boasted the 100 percent vaccination rate among Democrats. At that time, only 95 Republicans got the vaccine, which was about 44 percent of the GOP members. Now that the delta variant is spreading, unvaccinated communities that are in red states are once again filling up hospitals.

Jackson, who is a doctor, was ridiculed on Twitter for his error and lack of information. See the comments below:

WATCH: Here's why one Florida reporter thinks Jeffrey Epstein couldn't have killed himself without help

Speaking to MSNBC on Thursday, Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown walked through her extensive research for a new book on Jeffrey Epstein.

In her book "Perversion of Justice," Brown argues that it's impossible, based on everything known about Epstein, that he killed himself alone.

"We still don't really know for sure," Brown told Stephanie Ruhle. "It is a theory of mine based on the information that I know about, and you know, there are a lot of people of course that believe the same thing. Epstein's brother, for example, Epstein's lawyers, among the last to see him don't believe he committed suicide. And knowing Epstein the way I have gotten to know him through all of the research that I have done, this was a man who really believed he was above the law, who had a lot of political connections."

She explained that it was so early on in the case that she doesn't believe Epstein would have been willing to give up.

"Aside from that, the doctor, the forensic pathologist that reviewed the autopsy, was at the autopsy, Dr. Michael Baden, has also ruled that he doesn't believe that this was a suicide. It could have been an assisted suicide, a question of whether he hired somebody or somebody hired somebody to kill him, but there are just too many coincidences."

She listed off the questionable pieces like that Epstein had just been removed from suicide watch, his cellmate was removed before it happened, two guards were either asleep or distracted and the video of the incident disappeared.

"He had three, not one, but three bones broken in his neck," Brown continued. "This is a man who had everything done for him almost down to his butlers tying shoelaces. The idea he would be able to do that, tying bedsheets to the top bunk of his cell, pull hard enough to break three bones in his neck, and leave all the items sitting on the top bunk undisturbed raises a lot of questions about exactly how he died."

Ruhle noted the many famous people that Epstein knew and had dirt on who would have an interest in ensuring he kept his mouth shut. In the end, however, the only people in the case who have suffered at all have been women.

"All the way down to the prosecutors who handled this, the state female prosecutor, her career was destroyed, the federal female prosecutor, Ann Marie Villafaña, was basically forced out of there, had to take another job," Brown explained. "Then there are victims themselves. And it is concerning that the only people seem to have paid a price in this are women."

See the video below:


'Fox News is killing us': Lincoln Project smacks down conservative news network in new ad

The Lincoln Project is out with a new ad Thursday accusing Fox News of killing people with its misinformation about COVID-19.

For the past several months hosts like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham have implied everything from the vaccine doesn't work to the vaccine is killing people and other disinformation.

"Rupert Murdoch's network has become the leading voice in the United States against COVID-19 vaccination," said Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson in a release about the ad. "At a time in which the deadly Delta variant is ravaging unvaccinated communities across the country, night after night Fox News hosts like Tucker Carlson are delivering anti-vaccine propaganda. Does anyone really believe Tucker Carlson isn't vaccinated?"

Many online have criticized Carlson in particular because his show has spread so many lies about COVID-19 and the vaccine. He does it by claiming that he's just "asking questions" that everyone should.

"The science is clear: Not only are vaccines safe and effective, they pose significantly less risk to your health than contracting COVID-19," Wilson said. "Fox News has blood on its hands."

See the video below:

Fox is Killing Us

Stephen Colbert identifies shocking new pathogen: The GOP

Stephen Colbert couldn't help but crack up at Republicans who have finally decided to get vaccinated since the COVID-19 has become a red state disease.

Referring to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as "a condom filled with baby food," Colbert played the clip of the GOP leader saying that people should get vaccinated. For the first time possibly ever, Colbert said that he agrees with McConnell.

"We've also seen a vaccine change-of-heart from Louisiana Representative and frog who got kissed and turned into a personal injury attorney, Steve Scalise," said Colbert. "Scalise finally got his first dose of vaccine last week, and yesterday, encouraged others to do the same."

"I've been vaccinated, many of my colleagues have been vaccinated, and the vaccine is safe, effective, and it's widely available," he said in a press conference.

Colbert held out his hands, assuring Scalise, "yeah, Steve. We know. We all got it months ago. Steve Scalise is like the guy who just found out about 'Bridgerton.'"

Meanwhile, as Scalise tries to have it both ways by criticizing public health outreach and masks, he's getting the vaccine because he doesn't want to die but still wants to get reelected.

"But until we get more people their shots, COVID will keep steaming along, which is why some places are reinstating mask mandates. Like Clark County, Nevada, home of Las Vegas, which passed a resolution to require employees of indoor public spaces to wear masks while at work," Colbert explained. "Tough news for many Vegas employees, unless you're a ventriloquist because your job just got a lot easier. But before Clark County voted on the mask rule, they held a meeting for residents to voice their concerns, and I'm concerned about their residents."

Colbert played a video of one person saying that "masks probably work as good as a whiffle ball as a condom."

"First of all, masks work," said Colbert. "Second of all, a Wiffle ball is actually a great way of preventing pregnancy. Because no one will have sex with you if you've got a Wiffle ball on your penis."

Colbert went on to call "complete tool" Kevin McCarthy out for complaining about the Jan. 6 committee.

"Well, Monday, McCarthy picked his five Republicans, and there seemed to be one common denominator in all of the minority leader's choices: no minority choices," Colbert continued. "It's like an ad for inferior bleach because those are a bunch of dull whites."

McCarthy voted against the Jan. 6 Commission where Republicans would get to have as many people as they wanted on the commission but it passed the House anyway. Then McCarthy convinced Republicans in the Senate to filibuster the bill, eliminating it from passing. Now, McCarthy is furious that he has no control over the committee after voting against a commission where he would have control.

As Colbert explained it, it's like if someone asked, "Hey, we're ordering pizza, do you want any," and McCarthy said, "No! I don't believe in pizza!" Now that the pizza has arrived, McCarthy is mad that "it's mushroom and onions instead of pepperoni and fascism."

McCarthy then said he didn't want to be part of the cool kids club anyway and that he'd make his own committee and investigation because they have their own police officers and military people. Good luck with that.

See the video below:

Prominent Republicans Speak Up About Vaccines As Delta Infections Soar

Kevin McCarthy's latest conspiracy is that Nancy Pelosi wanted rioters in the Capitol looking to kill her

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is scrambling to come up with a reason to blame Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the Capitol attack on Jan. 6.

First, Republicans were furious at President Donald Trump. McCarthy took to the House floor on Jan. 13 to attack Trump for his role in the attack. At that point, he never mentioned Pelosi, much less blamed her.

"The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters," McCarthy said at the time. "He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump."

"Some say the riots were caused by Antifa. There is absolutely no evidence of that," McCarthy also said. "Conservatives should be the first to say so."

But now the GOP has gone from there to embrace the theory that Antifa or Black Lives Matter was somehow behind the attack. Then they pivoted to claiming that Democrats were behind it, secretly dressed in Trump-support costumes and waving Trump flags. That infuriated some of those there that day, leading them to take to social media to complain that they were the real rioters and they are firmly Trump supporters.

Now, McCarthy is telling Fox News that Pelosi is to blame because she didn't demand that the National Guard be at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The rally was at The Ellipse, just south of the White House and about a mile and a half from the U.S. Capitol. For a city that is only 68 square miles in area total, anything over a mile is further away than in normal areas.

The National Guard was called to be on hand by the D.C. mayor and were near the Ellipse, where the rally was. No one knew that Trump was going to tell his crowd of people to march to the U.S. Capitol, tear it apart and attempt to assassinate Vice President Mike Pence and Pelosi.

In fact, Trump's own staff didn't know, because in the speech that they wrote for Trump that day, the call to walk to the Capitol wasn't written. Trump made it up as he stood there.

See the video of McCarthy below:

'Like Nixon drunk rambling': Anderson Cooper shocked by new Trump recording blaming Capitol police for Jan. 6

Reporters Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker's new book, I Alone Can Fix It, ends with a conversation with Donald Trump where he rattles off a random slate of conspiracy theories from attacking the 86 judges who wouldn't rule in his favor to the Supreme Court.

But one major part of the recording has Trump saying that the whole ordeal was the fault of the Capitol Police because they "ushered" the protesters inside the building. Nothing of the sort happened, so it's unclear where Trump got his information. Protesters used poles and stole police shields to break windows and doors in an effort to get into the building.

"We want to understand what did you want when you said 'go up there'?" Leonnig says in the recording, referring to Trump saying that he was going to march with the crowd to the Capitol.

"I would have said that you will show — not to go in, although they were ushered in by the police. I mean, in all fairness, the Capitol Police were ushering people in. The Capitol Police were very friendly, hugging and kissing -- you don't see that, but there's plenty of tape on that too, the Capitol Police, that's the way it is. I wanted -- personally, what I wanted is what they wanted. They showed up. Just to show support. Because I happen to believe the election was rigged. At a level like nothing has ever been rigged before. There's tremendous proof. There's tremendous proof. Statistically, it wasn't even possible that he won. I mean, things such as in Ohio, Iowa, there's never been a loss."

"Did you need better lawyers because they took it to court—?" asked Rucker.

"I needed better judges. The Supreme Court was afraid to take it, don't forget," said Trump.

Listen to the recording below:

trump recording

Rachel Maddow and ex-FBI agent explain why delaying the Tom Barrack indictment put US security in danger

Tuesday night Rachel Maddow connected the dots on the new indictment of Donald Trump's ally Tom Barrack for effectively being a foreign agent for the UAE.

Maddow noted that CNN reported Wednesday night that the prosecutors in the case had all of the evidence necessary to charge Barrack last year, but were waylaid by the U.S. Attorney overseeing the investigation.

"Prosecutors wanted to move forward on the case and believed they could obtain an indictment, one source familiar with the matter said. The source said the investigation was mostly done well before the time period when prosecutors are discouraged from advancing politically sensitive matters ahead of an election," reported CNN.

"But two sources tell CNN the US attorney in Brooklyn at the time, Richard Donoghue, expressed misgivings about the case. It's unclear if he delayed the case outright or if prosecutors chose not to move forward at the time knowing the US attorney would not support it," the report continued.

After Richard Donoghue expressed those misgivings, the prosecutors sat on the information. Richard Donoghue was then promoted to a top deputy position under Attorney General Bill Barr at the Justice Department.

"What CNN is reporting here is that federal prosecutors had their case last year," Maddow explained. "They had enough to charge Barrack last year. But this Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney apparently wouldn't let the charges be brought. Then he was brought to Washington and given a big promotion and made a senior leader at main Justice. Only after a new president took over and the Trump appointees got out of there was the case able to go ahead. But reportedly it's unchanged in character since the time they first put it together, it was just delayed and for a long time."

Maddow noted that she does take issue with the characterization CNN had for the indictment, saying that she's seen a lot of media outlets make this mistake. Maddow explained that this isn't actually a lobbying case, it's under federal statutes that name him as an "alleged agent of a foreign power." It's closer to calling someone a spy than a lobbyist. She noted it was the same penal code under which Maria Butina was charged previously before she was shipped off back to Russia.

Peter Strzok joined her, agreeing with her assessment that there is a national security and counterintelligence way of looking at the Barrack indictment.

"If you look at the indictment in April of '18, one of the three individuals from the UAE — or one of the three who was indicted, he's interviewed by the FBI," said Strzok. "Three days later, according to the indictment, he flees from his home in California where he's been living, goes overseas, and never returns to the United States again. He is intimately involved with not only Mr. Barrack but very senior high-ranking officials within the Emirati government. The moment he returns, it stands to reason that he is going to tell everybody he's been working with exactly what went on, what he was asked about by the FBI, the nature of the questions about his relationship with Mr. Barrack, the nation of the interactions between the White House and Mr. Barrack. and everybody that matters that he's been working with at the UAE knows what happened."

Strzok explained that it's clear that the UAE was likely watching for the announcement of the indictment or the arrest, but nothing happened, so "they know that there's something going on."

"They know that there's something really horribly politically damaging if it gets out, well, guess what, that gives the Emiratis leverage over not only Barrack but all the folks he's been dealing with in the White House," Strzok went on. "And guess what? Communications are no longer anywhere in this world where it's just between the two people who are talking. So if say, the Saudis were listening in on those conversations, if the Qataris were listening in on those conversations, if the Russians were listening in on the conversations, everybody who was aware of what was going on, suddenly by virtue of that information has leverage to be able to influence the actions of President Trump — the people around him and certainly Mr. Barrack and those people who allegedly were involved in the scheme with him."

Strzok went on to note that it wasn't just a law being broken that would eventually get prosecuted, it's part of a much larger picture that makes the United States vulnerable and the president of the United States vulnerable.

"And think of all the things we still don't know because we haven't yet done a really thorough look at all the different things that were going on by the administration from a counterintelligence perspective," he said.

Watch the videos below:

The Tom Barrack case

Peter Strzok analysis

Michael Cohen thinks that Jared Kushner has already flipped on Trump

Former Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen made a bold declaration on Wednesday when he tweeted that he thinks that Jared Kushner has already flipped on his father-in-law in conversations with prosecutors.

Cohen referenced a 2017 CNN report about Jared Kushner being the so-called "secretary of everything," because Trump handed everything off to him to accomplish.

"Interesting how Jared Kushner (#SecretaryOfEverything) name appears to be absent from all the controversy, indictments and arrests. Is he next to fall or a cooperating witness? Knowing what a snake he is, I bet the latter!" tweeted Cohen.

Tom Barrack's indictment will potentially lead to other indictments, as former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade explained on MSNBC earlier this week.

Meanwhile, rumors have been swirling that both Kushner and Ivanka are distancing themselves from the former president. Kushher, according to reports, wants to focus on his book and continue to pat himself for his diplomatic efforts in the Middle East -- including some initiatives that benefited the government of the United Arab Emirates, which Barrack is accused of illegally lobbying for.

See Cohen's tweet below:

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