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Revealed: What Robert Mueller Will Say In Blockbuster Hearing | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

August 26, 2019


>>>MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF>>>MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF EVERY ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES YOU EVERY ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES YOU SEE HERE BEFORE YOU AND AROUND SEE HERE BEFORE YOU AND AROUND THE WORLD, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO THE WORLD, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE FBI. WELCOME YOU TO THE FBI. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>WE ARE NOT ABOVE USING THIS>>WE ARE NOT ABOVE USING THIS OCCASION FOR RECRUITING OCCASION FOR RECRUITING PURPOSES. PURPOSES. [ LAUGHTER ] [ LAUGHTER ] BUT YOU ARE A WEE BIT PAST OUR BUT YOU ARE A WEE BIT PAST OUR AGE LIMIT. AGE LIMIT. [ LAUGHTER ] [ LAUGHTER ] HOWEVER, IT IS NOT TOO EARLY FOR HOWEVER, IT IS NOT TOO EARLY FOR SASHA AND MALIA — SASHA AND MALIA — [ LAUGHTER ] [ LAUGHTER ] — TO START THINKING ABOUT — TO START THINKING ABOUT JOINING THE FBI. JOINING THE FBI. AND SO WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND YOU AND SO WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND YOU HOME WITH TWO OFFICIAL BERRO HOME WITH TWO OFFICIAL BERRO TEDDY BEARS FOR THEM AS WELL AS TEDDY BEARS FOR THEM AS WELL AS T-SHIRTS. T-SHIRTS. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>TEDDY BEARS IN THE AIR.>>TEDDY BEARS IN THE AIR. THAT WAS FBI DIRECTOR BOB THAT WAS FBI DIRECTOR BOB MUELLER A DECADE AGO, OF COURSE, MUELLER A DECADE AGO, OF COURSE, SPEAKING THERE WITH THE FIRST SPEAKING THERE WITH THE FIRST FAMILY AND BARACK OBAMA FAMILY AND BARACK OBAMA WELCOMING THE NEW PRESIDENT ON WELCOMING THE NEW PRESIDENT ON WHAT WAS HIS FIRST OFFICIAL WHAT WAS HIS FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE FBI, AND HANDING VISIT TO THE FBI, AND HANDING THOSE TWO TEDDY BEARS OVER AS THOSE TWO TEDDY BEARS OVER AS GIFTS FOR THE PRESIDENT’S GIFTS FOR THE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTERS. DAUGHTERS. THAT’S ABOUT AS WARM AND THAT’S ABOUT AS WARM AND UNSCRIPTED AS MUELLER EVER GETS UNSCRIPTED AS MUELLER EVER GETS IN PUBLIC. IN PUBLIC. SMILING, LEANING INTO A SMILING, LEANING INTO A CEREMONIAL EVENT, HONORING THE CEREMONIAL EVENT, HONORING THE PRESIDENT AND THE BUREAU. PRESIDENT AND THE BUREAU. BUT YOU WON’T FIND MUCH FOOTAGE BUT YOU WON’T FIND MUCH FOOTAGE OF MUELLER EVER SHOWING MORE OF MUELLER EVER SHOWING MORE PERSONALITY THAN THAT TWO TEDDY PERSONALITY THAN THAT TWO TEDDY BEAR DAY. BEAR DAY. YOU CAN SCOUR THE ARCHIVES. YOU CAN SCOUR THE ARCHIVES. WE DID. WE DID. THAT’S ABOUT AS FAR AS IT GOES. THAT’S ABOUT AS FAR AS IT GOES. THE REST OF THE TIME, MOST OF THE REST OF THE TIME, MOST OF THE TIME, BOB MUELLER IS MORE THE TIME, BOB MUELLER IS MORE TIGHT LIPPED AND TACITURN. TIGHT LIPPED AND TACITURN. NEXT WEEK HE TESTIFIES ABOUT NEXT WEEK HE TESTIFIES ABOUT CONGRESS ABOUT A PROBE THAT IS CONGRESS ABOUT A PROBE THAT IS THE MOST ANTICIPATED HEARING OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED HEARING OF THE TRUMP ERA. THE TRUMP ERA. ONLY MUELLER KNOWS WHAT HE ONLY MUELLER KNOWS WHAT HE INTENDS TO SAY, BUT RIGHT NOW WE INTENDS TO SAY, BUT RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A SPECIAL REPORT FOR YOU ON HAVE A SPECIAL REPORT FOR YOU ON MUELLER UNDER OATH WITH SOME MUELLER UNDER OATH WITH SOME CLUES ON HIS APPROACH, AND SOME CLUES ON HIS APPROACH, AND SOME REPORTING ON HAI BOB MUELLER REPORTING ON HAI BOB MUELLER TESTIFIES AT HEARINGS. TESTIFIES AT HEARINGS. BECAUSE DESPITE HIS SECRETIVE BECAUSE DESPITE HIS SECRETIVE REPUTATION, MUELLER’S LONG REPUTATION, MUELLER’S LONG CAREER MEANS HE’S TESTIFIED MANY CAREER MEANS HE’S TESTIFIED MANY TIMES. TIMES. IN FACT, YOU SEE RIGHT HERE SOME IN FACT, YOU SEE RIGHT HERE SOME OF THEM. OF THEM. WE SCOURED DECADES OF HIS WE SCOURED DECADES OF HIS HEARINGS, OVER 60 APPEARANCES HEARINGS, OVER 60 APPEARANCES BEFORE CONGRESS FROM HIS SERVICE BEFORE CONGRESS FROM HIS SERVICE AT THE FBI AND D.O.J.. AT THE FBI AND D.O.J.. AND WE STUDIED HOW HE DEALS WITH AND WE STUDIED HOW HE DEALS WITH ASSERTIVE QUESTIONING, HOW HE ASSERTIVE QUESTIONING, HOW HE AVOIDS CERTAIN THINGS WITHIN HIS AVOIDS CERTAIN THINGS WITHIN HIS OBLIGATION ANDS HOW HE LIVES UP OBLIGATION ANDS HOW HE LIVES UP TO A LONG-STANDING REP AS THE TO A LONG-STANDING REP AS THE ULTIMATE RULE FOLLOWER. ULTIMATE RULE FOLLOWER. NOW, WE FOUND MANY SIMILAR NOW, WE FOUND MANY SIMILAR RESPONSES FROM MUELLER GOING RESPONSES FROM MUELLER GOING BACK TO HIS FIRST FBI DIRECTOR BACK TO HIS FIRST FBI DIRECTOR CONFIRMATION HEARING. CONFIRMATION HEARING. THIS WAS 2001, AND HE SPARD WITH THIS WAS 2001, AND HE SPARD WITH WITH A U.S. SENATOR ABOUT A WITH A U.S. SENATOR ABOUT A CONTROVERSIAL MEMO THAT WAS CONTROVERSIAL MEMO THAT WAS RELATED TO A PREVIOUS RELATED TO A PREVIOUS INVESTIGATION. INVESTIGATION.>>THE SHORT ANSWER, SENATOR, IS>>THE SHORT ANSWER, SENATOR, IS YES. YES. AND I THINK — I’M NOT CERTAIN AND I THINK — I’M NOT CERTAIN WHAT I WOULD DO IN THAT WHAT I WOULD DO IN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE, BUT I CANNOT TELL CIRCUMSTANCE, BUT I CANNOT TELL YOU TODAY THAT I ABSOLUTELY YOU TODAY THAT I ABSOLUTELY WOULD. WOULD.>>ARE YOU NOW SAYING,>>ARE YOU NOW SAYING, MR. MUELLER, THAT YOU WOULD, IN MR. MUELLER, THAT YOU WOULD, IN FACT, HAVE TURNED OVER THIS MEMO FACT, HAVE TURNED OVER THIS MEMO OF DECEMBER 9th, 1996, ON YOUR OF DECEMBER 9th, 1996, ON YOUR OWN TO THE SENATE OVERSIGHT OWN TO THE SENATE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE? COMMITTEE?>>I CAN’T SAY WITH>>I CAN’T SAY WITH DEFINITIVENESS NOW AT THIS TIME DEFINITIVENESS NOW AT THIS TIME I WOULD. I WOULD. I CANNOT PUT MYSELF, WITHOUT ALL I CANNOT PUT MYSELF, WITHOUT ALL THE FACTS, BACK INTO THE THE FACTS, BACK INTO THE POSITION OF THE DECISION MAKER. POSITION OF THE DECISION MAKER.>>IF THIS COMMITTEE — IF THOSE>>IF THIS COMMITTEE — IF THOSE TWO MEN, THE CHAIRMAN AND THE TWO MEN, THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER, CAN’T HAVE RANKING MEMBER, CAN’T HAVE ACCESS TO THIS MEMORANDUM, I ACCESS TO THIS MEMORANDUM, I DON’T THINK SENATE OVERSIGHT IS DON’T THINK SENATE OVERSIGHT IS WORTH A TINKERS DAM. WORTH A TINKERS DAM.>>I AM MAKING A DISTINCTION,>>I AM MAKING A DISTINCTION, SENATOR, IF I MIGHT. SENATOR, IF I MIGHT. I’M SAYING IN A CASE WHERE THERE I’M SAYING IN A CASE WHERE THERE HAS BEEN A REQUEST FOR THIS HAS BEEN A REQUEST FOR THIS MEMORANDUM, I WOULD EXPECT THAT MEMORANDUM, I WOULD EXPECT THAT THE REQUEST OF THE COMMITTEE TO THE REQUEST OF THE COMMITTEE TO GET THIS MEMORANDUM WOULD BE GET THIS MEMORANDUM WOULD BE ACCOMMODATED. ACCOMMODATED.>>WELL, MR. MUELLER, THAT>>WELL, MR. MUELLER, THAT DOESN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION AT DOESN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION AT ALL. ALL.>>THAT DOESN’T ANSWER THE>>THAT DOESN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION AT ALL, WHICH MAY HAVE QUESTION AT ALL, WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN MUELLER’S GOAL. BEEN MUELLER’S GOAL. OBSERVE THE RULES, TELL THE OBSERVE THE RULES, TELL THE TRUTH, BUT JUST DON’T ANSWER TRUTH, BUT JUST DON’T ANSWER CERTAIN QUESTIONS. CERTAIN QUESTIONS. HE HASN’T CHANGED, NOT EVEN HIS HE HASN’T CHANGED, NOT EVEN HIS OUTFITS. OUTFITS. THE DARK JACKET, THE WHITE THE DARK JACKET, THE WHITE SHIRT, THE RED CHECKERED TIE. SHIRT, THE RED CHECKERED TIE. THAT BRINGS ME TO A CLASSIC BOB THAT BRINGS ME TO A CLASSIC BOB MUELLER RIDDLE TO KEEP IN MIND MUELLER RIDDLE TO KEEP IN MIND FOR NEXT WEEK. FOR NEXT WEEK. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOB MUELLER AND A BOTTLE OF BOB MUELLER AND A BOTTLE OF WINE? WINE? WINE CHANGES, MUELLER DOESN’T. WINE CHANGES, MUELLER DOESN’T. WE CHECKED THESE TAPES AND WE CHECKED THESE TAPES AND HERE’S HOW HE SWATS AWAY HERE’S HOW HE SWATS AWAY HYPOTHETICALS AND QUESTIONS HYPOTHETICALS AND QUESTIONS EVERY TIME HE DOESN’T WANT TO EVERY TIME HE DOESN’T WANT TO ANSWER. ANSWER.>>I HESITATE TO SPECULATE>>I HESITATE TO SPECULATE BECAUSE I HAVE JUST A PIECE OF BECAUSE I HAVE JUST A PIECE OF THE PUZZLE ALSO. THE PUZZLE ALSO. I WOULD HAVE TO CHECK TO MAKE I WOULD HAVE TO CHECK TO MAKE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN. ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN. IN EVERY INVESTIGATION IN EVERY INVESTIGATION PARTICULARLY A FAST-MOVING PARTICULARLY A FAST-MOVING INVESTIGATION, THERE ARE STEPS INVESTIGATION, THERE ARE STEPS TAKEN THAT MAY NOT WORKOUT. TAKEN THAT MAY NOT WORKOUT. IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO GENERALIZE OR TO REACH SOME SORT GENERALIZE OR TO REACH SOME SORT OF UNDERSTANDING OR MAKE OF UNDERSTANDING OR MAKE PROGRESS WITH THAT PROGRESS WITH THAT GENERALIZATION. GENERALIZATION.>>THOSE ALL SOUND LIKE>>THOSE ALL SOUND LIKE BASICALLY TRUE STATEMENTS, BUT BASICALLY TRUE STATEMENTS, BUT THEY STOP SHORT OF WHAT THE THEY STOP SHORT OF WHAT THE CONGRESSIONAL QUESTIONERS WANTED CONGRESSIONAL QUESTIONERS WANTED TO KNOW. TO KNOW. THE POINT HERE ISN’T THAT THE POINT HERE ISN’T THAT MUELLER’S PAST HEARING SUGGESTS MUELLER’S PAST HEARING SUGGESTS HE’S TRYING TO ONLY BE EVASIVE HE’S TRYING TO ONLY BE EVASIVE OR PROTECT ANYONE, BUT RATHER OR PROTECT ANYONE, BUT RATHER THAT EVEN WHEN HE’S SITTING ON THAT EVEN WHEN HE’S SITTING ON BLOCK BUSTER EVIDENCE OR BLOCK BUSTER EVIDENCE OR DRAMATIC STORIES WHICH YOU ARE DRAMATIC STORIES WHICH YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE, HIS STYLE IS ABOUT TO SEE, HIS STYLE IS ALMOST ALWAYS JUST THE FACTS. ALMOST ALWAYS JUST THE FACTS. AND THAT BRINGS ME, AS I AND THAT BRINGS ME, AS I MENTIONED, TO A KEY PART OF THIS MENTIONED, TO A KEY PART OF THIS REPORT TONIGHT ON MUELLER UNDER REPORT TONIGHT ON MUELLER UNDER OATH. OATH. A HUGE LEGAL SCANDAL WHERE YOU A HUGE LEGAL SCANDAL WHERE YOU ACTUALLY CAN GET AN APPLES TO ACTUALLY CAN GET AN APPLES TO APPLES COMPARISON OF HOW BOB APPLES COMPARISON OF HOW BOB MUELLER TESTIFIES ABOUT A MUELLER TESTIFIES ABOUT A COMPARED TO A PEER. COMPARED TO A PEER. CONSIDER A SECRET SCANDAL THAT CONSIDER A SECRET SCANDAL THAT ROCKED THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ROCKED THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND IT BOILED DOWN TO WHAT AND IT BOILED DOWN TO WHAT MUELLER AND ONE OTHER OFFICIAL MUELLER AND ONE OTHER OFFICIAL KNEW ABOUT PRESSURE THAT WAS KNEW ABOUT PRESSURE THAT WAS APPLIED, POTENTIALLY ILLICITLY, APPLIED, POTENTIALLY ILLICITLY, TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHILE HE TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHILE HE WAS LYING IN HIS HOSPITAL BED WAS LYING IN HIS HOSPITAL BED AND HOW THESE TWO OFFICIALS, AND HOW THESE TWO OFFICIALS, WHO, SPOILER, HAVE BOTH SERVED WHO, SPOILER, HAVE BOTH SERVED AS FBI DIRECTORS, HOW THEY AS FBI DIRECTORS, HOW THEY ULTIMATELY ADDRESSED THIS ULTIMATELY ADDRESSED THIS SCANDAL WHEN LATER QUESTIONED BY SCANDAL WHEN LATER QUESTIONED BY CONGRESS UNDER OATH. CONGRESS UNDER OATH. SO, THIS IS LIKE PERFECT MUELLER SO, THIS IS LIKE PERFECT MUELLER OLOGY. OLOGY. IT AURLLL STARTED WITH A SEEN TH IT AURLLL STARTED WITH A SEEN TH COULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF “BORNE COULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF “BORNE IDENTITY.” IDENTITY.” LYING IN BED THE ATTORNEY LYING IN BED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASH CROFT. GENERAL JOHN ASH CROFT. THEY WANTED HIM TO APPROVE AN THEY WANTED HIM TO APPROVE AN EXTENSION OF THE SECRET NSA EXTENSION OF THE SECRET NSA WARRANTLESS EAVESDROPPING WARRANTLESS EAVESDROPPING PROGRAM OVER STRONG OBJECTIONS PROGRAM OVER STRONG OBJECTIONS EVEN THOUGH ASH CROFT WAS EVEN THOUGH ASH CROFT WAS SERIOUSLY ILL. SERIOUSLY ILL. EVEN THOUGH THIS ALL HAPPENED A EVEN THOUGH THIS ALL HAPPENED A FEW YEARS AGO, THE DETAILS JUST FEW YEARS AGO, THE DETAILS JUST REVEALED TODAY COULD SPELL NEW REVEALED TODAY COULD SPELL NEW TROUBLE FOR THE CURRENT ATTORNEY TROUBLE FOR THE CURRENT ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALEZ. GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALEZ.>>THE SCANDAL WAS GONZALEZ>>THE SCANDAL WAS GONZALEZ TRYING TO STRONG ARM THE TRYING TO STRONG ARM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO APPROVE A ATTORNEY GENERAL TO APPROVE A PROGRAM THAT COMEY AND MUELLER PROGRAM THAT COMEY AND MUELLER THOUGHT MIGHT BE ILLEGAL. THOUGHT MIGHT BE ILLEGAL. WHEN THE STORY FINALLY CAME OUT, WHEN THE STORY FINALLY CAME OUT, JAMES COMEY GAVE A DRAMATIC JAMES COMEY GAVE A DRAMATIC RENDERING OF IT TO A RAPT RENDERING OF IT TO A RAPT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING. CONGRESSIONAL HEARING.>>I RACED TO THE HOSPITAL ROOM,>>I RACED TO THE HOSPITAL ROOM, ENTERED, AND MRS. ASHCROFT WAS ENTERED, AND MRS. ASHCROFT WAS STANDING BY THE HOSPITAL BED. STANDING BY THE HOSPITAL BED. MR. ASH CROFT WAS LYING DOWN IN MR. ASH CROFT WAS LYING DOWN IN THE BED. THE BED. THE ROOM WAS DARKENED. THE ROOM WAS DARKENED. THE IF IN FIB INSTRUCTED AGENTS THE IF IN FIB INSTRUCTED AGENTS PRESENT NOT TO ALLOW ME TO BE PRESENT NOT TO ALLOW ME TO BE REMOVED FROM THE ROOM UNDER ANY REMOVED FROM THE ROOM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. CIRCUMSTANCES. AND I WENT BACK IN THE ROOM. AND I WENT BACK IN THE ROOM. ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHCOST THEN ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHCOST THEN STUNNED ME. STUNNED ME.>>STUNNED ME.>>STUNNED ME. COMEY GOES BEYOND WHAT HAPPENED. COMEY GOES BEYOND WHAT HAPPENED. HE FAXED THE CONFRONTATION. HE FAXED THE CONFRONTATION. HE WAS STUNNED BY WHAT HAPPENED HE WAS STUNNED BY WHAT HAPPENED NEXT. NEXT. AND COMEY WANTS HIS LISTENERS TO AND COMEY WANTS HIS LISTENERS TO BE STUNNED, TOO, BECAUSE, WELL, BE STUNNED, TOO, BECAUSE, WELL, WE KNOW THIS BY NOW. WE KNOW THIS BY NOW. HE’S A VIVID STORY TELLER. HE’S A VIVID STORY TELLER. AT THAT HEARING THEN COMEY AT THAT HEARING THEN COMEY ACCOUNTS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S ACCOUNTS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S NEXT MOVE. NEXT MOVE.>>HE LIFTED HIS HEAD OFF THE>>HE LIFTED HIS HEAD OFF THE PILLOW, AND IN VERY STRONG PILLOW, AND IN VERY STRONG TERMS, EXPRESSED HIS VIEW OF THE TERMS, EXPRESSED HIS VIEW OF THE MATTER, RICH IN BOTH SUBSTANCE MATTER, RICH IN BOTH SUBSTANCE AND FACT, WHICH STUNNED ME, AND FACT, WHICH STUNNED ME, DRAWN FROM THE HOUR-LONG MEETING DRAWN FROM THE HOUR-LONG MEETING WE’D HAD A WEEK EARLIER, AND IN WE’D HAD A WEEK EARLIER, AND IN STRONG TERMS EXPRESSED HIMSELF, STRONG TERMS EXPRESSED HIMSELF, AND THEN LAID HIS HEAD BACK DOWN AND THEN LAID HIS HEAD BACK DOWN ON THE PILLOW. ON THE PILLOW. SEEMED SPENT, AND SAID TO THEM, SEEMED SPENT, AND SAID TO THEM, BUT THAT DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE BUT THAT DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE I’M NOT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. I’M NOT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.>>THE LAST LINE SHOWED ASH>>THE LAST LINE SHOWED ASH CROFT’S COMMITMENT TO THE RULES. CROFT’S COMMITMENT TO THE RULES. THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL IS THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL IS IN CHARGE. IN CHARGE. THAT THE MAERS FOR WHO IS GOING THAT THE MAERS FOR WHO IS GOING TO APPROVE THAT PROGRAM OR WHO TO APPROVE THAT PROGRAM OR WHO APPOINTS A SPECIAL COUNSEL. APPOINTS A SPECIAL COUNSEL. IT MATTERS A LOT. IT MATTERS A LOT. COMEY’S TESTIMONY WAS ACCURATE COMEY’S TESTIMONY WAS ACCURATE AND GRIPPING, BUT IF YOU HAD TO AND GRIPPING, BUT IF YOU HAD TO RELY ON MUELLER’S TESTIMONY TO RELY ON MUELLER’S TESTIMONY TO LEARN ABOUT THAT SAME EVENT, LEARN ABOUT THAT SAME EVENT, MUELLER BEING THE OTHER OFFICIAL MUELLER BEING THE OTHER OFFICIAL WHO KNEW WHAT WENT DOWN, YOU’D WHO KNEW WHAT WENT DOWN, YOU’D GET A PRETTY DIFFERENT PICTURE. GET A PRETTY DIFFERENT PICTURE. HERE WAS MUELLER’S TESTIMONY HERE WAS MUELLER’S TESTIMONY ABOUT THAT INTERACTION IN THAT ABOUT THAT INTERACTION IN THAT HOSPITAL ROOM, AND THIS Q & A IS HOSPITAL ROOM, AND THIS Q & A IS LIKE PULLING TEETH WITH MUELLER LIKE PULLING TEETH WITH MUELLER INTENT ON SAYING AS LITTLE AS INTENT ON SAYING AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. POSSIBLE.>>WERE YOU SURPRISED WHEN YOU>>WERE YOU SURPRISED WHEN YOU RECEIVED THE PHONE CALL FROM RECEIVED THE PHONE CALL FROM MR. COMEY INDICATING THAT THERE MR. COMEY INDICATING THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE THIS VISIT TO WAS GOING TO BE THIS VISIT TO MR. ASHCROFT BY GONZALEZ AND MR. ASHCROFT BY GONZALEZ AND CARD? CARD?>>IT WAS OUT OF THE ORDINARY.>>IT WAS OUT OF THE ORDINARY.>>YOU’RE THE FBI DIRECTOR, A>>YOU’RE THE FBI DIRECTOR, A SENIOR OFFICIAL CALLS YOU AND SENIOR OFFICIAL CALLS YOU AND SAYS, MAKE SURE THAT I’M NOT SAYS, MAKE SURE THAT I’M NOT EVICTED FROM THE ROOM — AND I’M EVICTED FROM THE ROOM — AND I’M SURE THAT MUST HAVE STRUCK YOU SURE THAT MUST HAVE STRUCK YOU AS BEING AN UNUSUAL REQUEST, AS BEING AN UNUSUAL REQUEST, DIDN’T IT? DIDN’T IT?>>YES.>>YES.>>DID YOU TAKE NOTES AND>>DID YOU TAKE NOTES AND MEMORIALIZE YOUR CONVERSATION MEMORIALIZE YOUR CONVERSATION WITH MR. COMEY AT THAT POINT? WITH MR. COMEY AT THAT POINT?>>I DON’T KNOW.>>I DON’T KNOW. AT THAT POINT I DID NOT. AT THAT POINT I DID NOT.>>AT SOME POINT DID YOU>>AT SOME POINT DID YOU MEMORIALIZE YOUR CONVERSATIONS MEMORIALIZE YOUR CONVERSATIONS REGARDING THIS VISIT WITH REGARDING THIS VISIT WITH MR. COMEY? MR. COMEY?>>I MAY HAVE, YES.>>I MAY HAVE, YES.>>DO YOU STILL HAVE THOSE>>DO YOU STILL HAVE THOSE NOTES? NOTES?>>YES.>>YES.>>AND ARE THEY AVAILABLE TO THE>>AND ARE THEY AVAILABLE TO THE COMMITTEE IF THE COMMITTEE WERE COMMITTEE IF THE COMMITTEE WERE TO ASK FOR THEM? TO ASK FOR THEM?>>I WOULD HAVE TO GET BACK TO>>I WOULD HAVE TO GET BACK TO YOU ON THAT. YOU ON THAT.>>TELL ME WHY YOU DECIDED TO>>TELL ME WHY YOU DECIDED TO MAKE NOTES OF YOUR CONVERSATION MAKE NOTES OF YOUR CONVERSATION WITH MR. ASH CROFT. WITH MR. ASH CROFT.>>IT WAS OUT OF THE ORDINARY.>>IT WAS OUT OF THE ORDINARY.>>WHAT WAS OUT OF THE ORDINARY,>>WHAT WAS OUT OF THE ORDINARY, MR. MUELLER? MR. MUELLER?>>BEING ASKED TO GO TO THE>>BEING ASKED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND, AND BE PRESENT AT HOSPITAL AND, AND BE PRESENT AT THAT TIME. THAT TIME.>>THIS IS INCREDIBLE.>>THIS IS INCREDIBLE. I MEAN, LET’S HAVE REAL TALK. I MEAN, LET’S HAVE REAL TALK. WHEN A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS WHEN A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS GOES DOWN IN A HOSPITAL ROOM AND GOES DOWN IN A HOSPITAL ROOM AND PEOPLE WITH GUNS HAVE TO PROTECT PEOPLE WITH GUNS HAVE TO PROTECT THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL FROM THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL FROM THE PRESIDENT’S COUNSEL, YEAH, THE PRESIDENT’S COUNSEL, YEAH, IT’S OUT OF THE ORDINARY. IT’S OUT OF THE ORDINARY. IT’S A PRETTY UNDERSTATED WAY TO IT’S A PRETTY UNDERSTATED WAY TO PUT IT. PUT IT. YOU CAN SEE THIS CONTRAST AND YOU CAN SEE THIS CONTRAST AND HOW COMEY DESCRIBES THE FALLOUT HOW COMEY DESCRIBES THE FALLOUT FROM THAT INCIDENT, AND THESE FROM THAT INCIDENT, AND THESE OTHER OFFICIALS WHO WERE OTHER OFFICIALS WHO WERE BASICALLY PREPPING A SATURDAY BASICALLY PREPPING A SATURDAY NIGHT STYLE MASSACRE OF SORTS NIGHT STYLE MASSACRE OF SORTS FOR BUSH. FOR BUSH.>>I PREPARED A LETTER OF>>I PREPARED A LETTER OF RESIGNATION INTENDING TO RESIGN RESIGNATION INTENDING TO RESIGN THE NEXT DAY, FRIDAY, MARCH THE THE NEXT DAY, FRIDAY, MARCH THE 12th. 12th.>>YOU BELIEVED THAT OTHERS WERE>>YOU BELIEVED THAT OTHERS WERE ALSO PREPARED TO RESIGN, NOT ALSO PREPARED TO RESIGN, NOT JUST YOU? JUST YOU? IS THAT CORRECT? IS THAT CORRECT?>>YES.>>YES.>>OKAY.>>OKAY. WAS ONE OF THOSE DIRECTOR WAS ONE OF THOSE DIRECTOR MUELLER? MUELLER?>>I BELIEVE SO.>>I BELIEVE SO. YOU’D HAVE TO ASK HIM, BUT I YOU’D HAVE TO ASK HIM, BUT I BELIEVE SO. BELIEVE SO.>>COMEY’S TOUTING HIS READINESS>>COMEY’S TOUTING HIS READINESS TO RESIGN. TO RESIGN. COMEY CHANGED UNDER THAT COMEY CHANGED UNDER THAT PRESSURE. PRESSURE. MUELLER FOUND A WAY TO EVEN MUELLER FOUND A WAY TO EVEN AVOID CONFIRMING THIS DIRECTLY. AVOID CONFIRMING THIS DIRECTLY. HE QUOTED COMEY AND WAIVED OFF HE QUOTED COMEY AND WAIVED OFF REQUEST TO INTERPRET THIS REQUEST TO INTERPRET THIS EPISODE. EPISODE.>>I DON’T DISPUTE WHAT>>I DON’T DISPUTE WHAT MR. COMEY SAYS. MR. COMEY SAYS.>>OKAY.>>OKAY. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT WHOLE WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT WHOLE EPISODE — EPISODE –>>UNFORTUNATELY, CONGRESSMAN, I>>UNFORTUNATELY, CONGRESSMAN, I DON’T THINK IT APPROPRIATE TO DON’T THINK IT APPROPRIATE TO SPECULATE. SPECULATE. I CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS AS TO I CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS AS TO WHAT HAPPENED TO THE EXTENT THAT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE EXTENT THAT I’M ABLE TO, BUT BEYOND THAT I’D I’M ABLE TO, BUT BEYOND THAT I’D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY FURTHER BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS — QUESTIONS –>>CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU AND>>CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU AND SOME OF YOUR AGENTS WERE SOME OF YOUR AGENTS WERE PREPARED TO RESIGN BECAUSE OF PREPARED TO RESIGN BECAUSE OF LEADING UP TO THIS CONTROVERSY? LEADING UP TO THIS CONTROVERSY?>>AGAIN, I’M UNCOMFORTABLE>>AGAIN, I’M UNCOMFORTABLE GETTING INTO CONVERSATIONS I HAD GETTING INTO CONVERSATIONS I HAD WITH INDIVIDUALS BECAUSE I DO WITH INDIVIDUALS BECAUSE I DO BELIEVE THAT INDIVIDUALS ARE BELIEVE THAT INDIVIDUALS ARE ENTITLED TO MY UNFETTERED ENTITLED TO MY UNFETTERED THOUGHTS. THOUGHTS.>>THEN THE TRICKY LEARNING>>THEN THE TRICKY LEARNING KICKS IN. KICKS IN. THE CONGRESSMAN PRESSES MUELLER THE CONGRESSMAN PRESSES MUELLER ON WHETHER HE DID PREPARE TO ON WHETHER HE DID PREPARE TO RESIGN OVER THIS, AND MUELLER RESIGN OVER THIS, AND MUELLER EVADES IT BY EMPHASIZING, WELL, EVADES IT BY EMPHASIZING, WELL, COMEY’S TESTIMONY SAID YOU’D COMEY’S TESTIMONY SAID YOU’D HAVE TO ASK MUELLER. HAVE TO ASK MUELLER.>>WAS HE CORRECT?>>WAS HE CORRECT? BETTER YET, WERE YOU THAT BETTER YET, WERE YOU THAT PERSON? PERSON?>>WELL, I WAS THAT PERSON TO>>WELL, I WAS THAT PERSON TO WHOM HE REFERS, YES. WHOM HE REFERS, YES.>>DID YOU CONSIDER RESIGNING?>>DID YOU CONSIDER RESIGNING? THIS IS YOUR OWN MIND. THIS IS YOUR OWN MIND.>>I UNDERSTAND — I UNDERSTAND>>I UNDERSTAND — I UNDERSTAND WHY I CANNOT SAY THAT I DO NOT WHY I CANNOT SAY THAT I DO NOT DISPUTE WHAT MR. COMEY SAYS DISPUTE WHAT MR. COMEY SAYS BECAUSE MR. COMEY SAYS ASK BECAUSE MR. COMEY SAYS ASK MR. MUELLER. MR. MUELLER. I WILL TELL YOU THAT I DON’T I WILL TELL YOU THAT I DON’T BELIEVE IT’S APPROPRIATE FOR ME BELIEVE IT’S APPROPRIATE FOR ME TOE GET INTO CONVERSATIONS I’VE TOE GET INTO CONVERSATIONS I’VE HAD WITH PRINCIPALS ON THAT HAD WITH PRINCIPALS ON THAT ISSUE. ISSUE.>>THERE WAS A CENTRAL QUESTION.>>THERE WAS A CENTRAL QUESTION. MUELLER SLICES IT INTO PIECES, MUELLER SLICES IT INTO PIECES, DANCES AROUND IT AND SAYS, HEY, DANCES AROUND IT AND SAYS, HEY, I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU. I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU. I DON’T THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE. I DON’T THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR NEXT WEEK, AND THE CRIMINAL NEXT WEEK, AND THE CRIMINAL EVIDENCE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. EVIDENCE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. CONGRESS NEVER GOT A FULLER CONGRESS NEVER GOT A FULLER ANSWER ON THAT ISSUE THERE, SO ANSWER ON THAT ISSUE THERE, SO YOU CAN CONTRAFRT NOW THESE TWO YOU CAN CONTRAFRT NOW THESE TWO TOP OFFICIALS DISCUSSING THE TOP OFFICIALS DISCUSSING THE SAME INCIDENT AS A PREVIEW FOR SAME INCIDENT AS A PREVIEW FOR NEXT WEEK. NEXT WEEK.>>I RACED TO THE HOSPITAL ROOM,>>I RACED TO THE HOSPITAL ROOM, MR. ASH CROFT WAS LYING DOWN IN MR. ASH CROFT WAS LYING DOWN IN THE BED, THE ROOM WAS DARKENED. THE BED, THE ROOM WAS DARKENED.>>IT WAS OUT OF THE ORDINARY?>>IT WAS OUT OF THE ORDINARY?>>I PREPARED A LETTER OF>>I PREPARED A LETTER OF RESIGNATION TO RESIGN. RESIGNATION TO RESIGN.>>I DON’T BELIEVE IT’S>>I DON’T BELIEVE IT’S APPROPRIATE FOR ME TO GET INTO APPROPRIATE FOR ME TO GET INTO CONVERSATIONS I’VE HAD WITH CONVERSATIONS I’VE HAD WITH PRINCIPALS ON THAT ISSUE. PRINCIPALS ON THAT ISSUE.>>MUELLER WILL HAVE EVEN MORE>>MUELLER WILL HAVE EVEN MORE RATIONALES NEXT WEEK FOR WHY RATIONALES NEXT WEEK FOR WHY SOME ANSWER IS UNAPPROPRIATE. SOME ANSWER IS UNAPPROPRIATE. GRAND JURD I LAW, D.O.J. RULES, GRAND JURD I LAW, D.O.J. RULES, THE CREDIBLE CONSIDERATION THAT THE CREDIBLE CONSIDERATION THAT PEOPLE MUELLER INDICTED ARE PEOPLE MUELLER INDICTED ARE STILL AWAITING TRIAL FROM THE STILL AWAITING TRIAL FROM THE RUSSIANS AT LARGE TO ROGER RUSSIANS AT LARGE TO ROGER STONE. STONE. THOSE RATIONALES ARE LEGIT, BUT THOSE RATIONALES ARE LEGIT, BUT WE ALSO KNOW MUELLER ERRS ON THE WE ALSO KNOW MUELLER ERRS ON THE SIDE OF LESS COMMON REGARDLESS. SIDE OF LESS COMMON REGARDLESS. PAST COUNSELS HAVE SPOKEN PAST COUNSELS HAVE SPOKEN FREELY. FREELY. MUELLER’S TEAM NEVER DID. MUELLER’S TEAM NEVER DID.>>IF YOU’RE THE SPOKESMAN FOR>>IF YOU’RE THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE, THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE, YOUR JOB IS TO NEVER SAY YOUR JOB IS TO NEVER SAY ANYTHING. ANYTHING.>>NO COMMENT FROM THE SPECIAL>>NO COMMENT FROM THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE. COUNSEL’S OFFICE.>>THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE>>THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE BASICALLY NEVER SAYS ANYTHING BASICALLY NEVER SAYS ANYTHING EVER ABOUT ANY STORY EVER. EVER ABOUT ANY STORY EVER.>>THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE>>THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE DECLINED TO COMMENT. DECLINED TO COMMENT.>>THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SPECIAL>>THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE IS DECLINING TO COUNSEL’S OFFICE IS DECLINING TO COMMENT. COMMENT.>>THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE>>THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE DECLINED TO COMMENT. DECLINED TO COMMENT.>>THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE>>THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE ALMOST NEVER MAKES PUBLIC ALMOST NEVER MAKES PUBLIC COMMENTS. COMMENTS.>>THAT’S JUST A CHOICE.>>THAT’S JUST A CHOICE. WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE OTHER WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE OTHER PROSECUTORS WOULD SPEAK OUT FAR PROSECUTORS WOULD SPEAK OUT FAR MORE STARKLY. MORE STARKLY. HERE’S A PROSECUTOR WHO PROBED A HERE’S A PROSECUTOR WHO PROBED A DEMOCRATIC WHITE HOUSE AND TOLD DEMOCRATIC WHITE HOUSE AND TOLD AMERICA HIS OWN CONCLUSIONS. AMERICA HIS OWN CONCLUSIONS.>>THE PRESIDENT REPEATEDLY>>THE PRESIDENT REPEATEDLY TRIED TO THWART THE LEGAL TRIED TO THWART THE LEGAL PROCESS. PROCESS. THE PRESIDENT CHOSE DECEPTION. THE PRESIDENT CHOSE DECEPTION.>>HERE’S A PROSECUTOR WHO>>HERE’S A PROSECUTOR WHO PROBED A REPUBLICAN WHITE HOUSE PROBED A REPUBLICAN WHITE HOUSE AND TOLD AMERICA HIS OWN AND TOLD AMERICA HIS OWN CONCLUSIONS. CONCLUSIONS.>>THE IRAN CONTRA COVER UP HAS>>THE IRAN CONTRA COVER UP HAS CONTINUED FOR MORE THAN SIX CONTINUED FOR MORE THAN SIX YEARS. YEARS. A PART OF A DISTURBING PATTERN A PART OF A DISTURBING PATTERN OF DECEPTION AND OBSTRUCTION OF DECEPTION AND OBSTRUCTION THAT PERMEATED THE HIGHEST THAT PERMEATED THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE REAGAN AND BUSH LEVELS OF THE REAGAN AND BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS. ADMINISTRATIONS.>>IT CAN BE DONE.>>IT CAN BE DONE. YOU CAN HIT THE PRESIDENT WITH A YOU CAN HIT THE PRESIDENT WITH A 2 BY 4 AFTER YOU INVESTIGATE HIM 2 BY 4 AFTER YOU INVESTIGATE HIM IF YOU WANT. IF YOU WANT. RHETORICALLY, BUT BOB MUELLER RHETORICALLY, BUT BOB MUELLER DOESN’T DO THAT, AND THAT BRINGS DOESN’T DO THAT, AND THAT BRINGS ME TO THE OTHER THING YOU NEED ME TO THE OTHER THING YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU WANT TO TO KNOW IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE PREDICATE AND THE UNDERSTAND THE PREDICATE AND THE FACTS FOR NEXT WEEK’S BLOCK FACTS FOR NEXT WEEK’S BLOCK BUSTER HEARING. BUSTER HEARING. I’M TALKING ABOUT BEEF. I’M TALKING ABOUT BEEF. HOW DO PEOPLE WHO WIELD THE HOW DO PEOPLE WHO WIELD THE GREATEST POWER TO INVESTIGATE, GREATEST POWER TO INVESTIGATE, TO DETAIN, TO EXECUTE, HOW DO TO DETAIN, TO EXECUTE, HOW DO THEY ACT WHEN THEY SURRENDER THEY ACT WHEN THEY SURRENDER THOSE POWERS WHEN THEY HAVE THOSE POWERS WHEN THEY HAVE RIVALRIES, BEEF WITH THE NEW RIVALRIES, BEEF WITH THE NEW FOLKS WHO COME INTO OFFICE? FOLKS WHO COME INTO OFFICE? WELL, SOME USE THEIR POSITION TO WELL, SOME USE THEIR POSITION TO BLAST THEIR FOES IN THE NEW BLAST THEIR FOES IN THE NEW ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION. WITH TRUMP SHATTERING NORMS, WITH TRUMP SHATTERING NORMS, WE’VE SEEN SOME VETERANS OF WE’VE SEEN SOME VETERANS OF PUBLIC SERVICE GO AFTER HIM AS PUBLIC SERVICE GO AFTER HIM AS BASICALLY A LIAR WHO IS, QUOTE, BASICALLY A LIAR WHO IS, QUOTE, WORSE THAN WATERGATE AND EVEN WORSE THAN WATERGATE AND EVEN GUILTY OF, QUOTE, TREASONOUS GUILTY OF, QUOTE, TREASONOUS CONDUCT. CONDUCT.>>WHEN I USE THE TERM THIS IS>>WHEN I USE THE TERM THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF TREASONOUS, I’D NOTHING SHORT OF TREASONOUS, I’D EQUATE IT TO THE BETRAYAL OF EQUATE IT TO THE BETRAYAL OF ONE’S NATION. ONE’S NATION. AIDING AND ABETTING GIVING AIDING AND ABETTING GIVING COMFORT TO AN ENEMY. COMFORT TO AN ENEMY.>>WATERGATE PALES, REALLY, IN>>WATERGATE PALES, REALLY, IN MY VIEW, COMPARED TO WHAT WE’RE MY VIEW, COMPARED TO WHAT WE’RE CONFRONTING NOW. CONFRONTING NOW.>>THOSE WERE LIES, PLAIN AND>>THOSE WERE LIES, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. SIMPLE.>>>I’M ABOUT TO TALK TO HIM>>>I’M ABOUT TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT ALLEGATIONS THAT HE WAS ABOUT ALLEGATIONS THAT HE WAS INVOLVED WITH PROSTITUTES IN INVOLVED WITH PROSTITUTES IN MOSCOW AND THE RUSSIANS TAPED MOSCOW AND THE RUSSIANS TAPED IT. IT.>>THAT’S ONE WAY TO DO IT.>>THAT’S ONE WAY TO DO IT. OUR REPORTING, THOUGH, TONIGHT OUR REPORTING, THOUGH, TONIGHT IS AFTER REVIEWING MUELLER’S 60 IS AFTER REVIEWING MUELLER’S 60 DIFFERENT TIMES HE TESTIFIED DIFFERENT TIMES HE TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS, THAT’S NOT BEFORE CONGRESS, THAT’S NOT MUELLER’S WAY, WHICH GIVES YOU MUELLER’S WAY, WHICH GIVES YOU TWO IMPLICATIONS FOR NEXT WEEK. TWO IMPLICATIONS FOR NEXT WEEK. THOSE WHO WANT A BARRAGE AGAINST THOSE WHO WANT A BARRAGE AGAINST TRUMP THAT GOES BEYOND THE TRUMP THAT GOES BEYOND THE EVIDENCE IN THE REPORT, EVIDENCE IN THE REPORT, MUELLER’S TESTIMONY TYPICALLY MUELLER’S TESTIMONY TYPICALLY DOES NOT OPINE. DOES NOT OPINE. IT DOESN’T TRAFFIC IN THE IT DOESN’T TRAFFIC IN THE RHETORIC OF LIES OR TAMPA BAY RHETORIC OF LIES OR TAMPA BAY RAYS TREES ON OR UNVERIFIED RAYS TREES ON OR UNVERIFIED INFORMATION. INFORMATION. HE’S NOT JUST THE ANTI-TRUMP IN HE’S NOT JUST THE ANTI-TRUMP IN A WAY. A WAY. MUELLER IS ALSO THE ANTI-COMEY MUELLER IS ALSO THE ANTI-COMEY AND THE ANTI-BRENNAN, AND REALLY AND THE ANTI-BRENNAN, AND REALLY WHILE WE’RE AT IT, THE WHILE WE’RE AT IT, THE ANTI-MEDIA. ANTI-MEDIA. TRUMP IS A REALITY TV PRESIDENT. TRUMP IS A REALITY TV PRESIDENT. HE’S ADEPT AT THAT PART. HE’S ADEPT AT THAT PART. MUELLER IS A FACTS PROSECUTOR. MUELLER IS A FACTS PROSECUTOR. HE’S ADEPT AT THAT PART. HE’S ADEPT AT THAT PART. THE MUELLER REPORT IS ABOUT THE MUELLER REPORT IS ABOUT FACTS. FACTS. WHAT THEY FOUND, WHAT THE WHAT THEY FOUND, WHAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWS, WHAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWS, WHAT THE PROVABLE FACTS ARE. PROVABLE FACTS ARE. THAT IS WHY, REMEMBER, SO MANY THAT IS WHY, REMEMBER, SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN CHARGED PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN CHARGED AND CONVICTED FROM THE MUELLER AND CONVICTED FROM THE MUELLER PROBE. PROBE. IT’S WHY DONALD TRUMP BROKE THE IT’S WHY DONALD TRUMP BROKE THE RECORD FOR MOST ADVISORS RECORD FOR MOST ADVISORS CONVICTED THIS EARLY IN HIS CONVICTED THIS EARLY IN HIS PRESIDENCY, WHAT YOU SEE ON YOUR PRESIDENCY, WHAT YOU SEE ON YOUR SCREEN. SCREEN. NOT A RECORD MOST PRESIDENTS NOT A RECORD MOST PRESIDENTS WANT TO WIN. WANT TO WIN.>>>A USEFUL HEARING HERE COULD>>>A USEFUL HEARING HERE COULD FOCUS ON THE FACTS IN THE FOCUS ON THE FACTS IN THE MUELLER REPORT. MUELLER REPORT. BE READY FOR CRITICS WHO THEN BE READY FOR CRITICS WHO THEN SAY THIS HEARING IS JUST ANOTHER SAY THIS HEARING IS JUST ANOTHER ROUND OF THE SAME OLD THING. ROUND OF THE SAME OLD THING. PRESIDENT TRUMP RECENTLY TRIED PRESIDENT TRUMP RECENTLY TRIED OUT A VERSION OF THAT TALKING OUT A VERSION OF THAT TALKING POINT. POINT. IT’S OLD NEWS. IT’S OLD NEWS. BUT THE POINT NEXT WEEK WILL NOT BUT THE POINT NEXT WEEK WILL NOT BE ABOUT THE AGE OF THE EVIDENCE BE ABOUT THE AGE OF THE EVIDENCE AGAINST TRUMP. AGAINST TRUMP. IT WILL BE ABOUT THE TRUTH. IT WILL BE ABOUT THE TRUTH. I DON’T KNOW IF BOB MUELLER HAS I DON’T KNOW IF BOB MUELLER HAS EVER LISTENED TO THE RABER LEC EVER LISTENED TO THE RABER LEC RAE, BUT HE HAS SOME BARS THAT RAE, BUT HE HAS SOME BARS THAT APPLY EXACTLY. APPLY EXACTLY. PEOPLE SAY I TALK ABOUT THE SAME PEOPLE SAY I TALK ABOUT THE SAME OLD THING. OLD THING. THE REASON WHY I SOUND THE SAME THE REASON WHY I SOUND THE SAME IS BECAUSE THE TRUTH DON’T IS BECAUSE THE TRUTH DON’T CHANGE. CHANGE. THE TRUTH IS THE MUELLER REPORT THE TRUTH IS THE MUELLER REPORT LISTS SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THE LISTS SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THE PRESIDENT OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE PRESIDENT OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE SEVERAL TIMES IN OFFICE. SEVERAL TIMES IN OFFICE. NEXT WEEK, AMERICANS WILL HEAR NEXT WEEK, AMERICANS WILL HEAR BOB MUELLER PRESENT HIS FINDINGS BOB MUELLER PRESENT HIS FINDINGS UNDER OATH FOR THE FIRST TIME. UNDER OATH FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE TRUTH AS HIS INVESTIGATION THE TRUTH AS HIS INVESTIGATION DETERMINED IT. DETERMINED IT. PEOPLE CAN ASSESS WHAT THOSE PEOPLE CAN ASSESS WHAT THOSE FINDINGS MEAN. FINDINGS MEAN. SHOULD CONGRESS DO ANYTHING SHOULD CONGRESS DO ANYTHING ABOUT THEM? ABOUT THEM? SHOULD THEY IMPACT WHETHER THIS SHOULD THEY IMPACT WHETHER THIS PRESIDENT IS REELECTED? PRESIDENT IS REELECTED? THOSE ARE OPEN QUESTIONS THAT, THOSE ARE OPEN QUESTIONS THAT, ACCORDING TO OUR RESEARCH, BOB ACCORDING TO OUR RESEARCH, BOB MUELLER WILL NOT ANSWER. MUELLER WILL NOT ANSWER. IT WILL BE JUST THE FACTS.

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  1. Just one question Mr Mueller. Weren't you trying to prove that President Trump was not presumed innocent, by searching for something he was guilty of?

  2. How can you “assume” to know what Mr. Mueller will say? To “ assume” makes an
    “ a.. “ out of “ u & me”. Let Mr. Mueller speak for himself. He has always been an honorable man. God bless him for his many years of service to our country.

  3. i would love to see mueller go in there sit down, swear in, and then just say " im retired now, not bound by DOJ policy or any other nonsense, im going to for once in my life give my full opinion" then he just lets loose every fact in his report on trump crimes. that would just make my day next week.

  4. Mueller has got to bring his 'A' Game on the 17th ie: Explanations & Answers in a language that everyone can understand…No Lawyer talk 🗣

  5. I don't know what ppl think this guy is going to say. He has proven no hack of the DNC by the Russian Govt or a link between Wikileaks and the Russian gov. He didn't even want to speak with Assange, He has shown no link from the troll farm to the Russian govt either, other than the guy who owns it knows Putin. In fact the whole spend from this troll farm before the election was a grand total of $47 000 certainly a lot less than the political parties who spent tens of millions and considering many weren't even political.

  6. Tell me Mr. Mueller, when did you first become aware that the Russia investigation was a hoax, you know, like "there's no there, there," when did you first know that?

  7. Will he tell absolute facts or obfuscate his testimony? From the clips you show it seems he is more intent on intentionally being unclear or unintelligible. If he is such a straight and honest person he should be clear and precise. That I did not see in the clips you show in this video. Instead he was being unclear and clearly circumvented every answer. I don't think much will be learned from his testimony. I don't see him as a honest, clear and precise person. I wouldn't hire him in my business.

  8. Mueller is about to be exposed as a democratic corruption FIXER.
    Trust me, he didn't resign because he's tired of working.
    He resigned due to embarrassment.

  9. The Trump Administration has so much hate surrounding it. Enabling much more hate amongst Americans, Extremists, and the enemies they create.
    You know what else doesnt change? BERNIE SANDERS! He has been consistent while fighting for the struggling American since 1963. The same consistency MSNBC is applauding right here while criticizing Bernie for it.
    * BERNIE SANDERS 2020 *
    Bernie & Civil Rights in Chicago – Arrested in 1963 – https://youtu.be/UTZgerssSrU
    I Know Where I Came From – https://youtu.be/FynNrU76dto
    Lordstown Tough – https://youtu.be/tSLKEo0x9g0

  10. This is where the congress has to be tough. I believe Mueller to be honorable, but if he testifies in this way, congress needs to make it clear that what he thinks is appropriate does not matter.

  11. Here is a question that must be asked – "If not for DOJ guidlines preventing a President from being indicted would you, knowing what you do, indict President Trump today if you had the authority?"

  12. Happy days are here again!

    Obviously a little sarcastic, but I have had it with this outrageous failure of Trump and his Administration. Out with the trash and in with a president America can be proud of! 🇺🇸

  13. sigh, a blast from the past..a smiling, happy Mueller, proud of his president..how times have changed.

  14. Following the damp squib denouement of the Mueller report, I finally discovered Jimmy Dore. I'd recommend watching his video "Mueller repeatedly contradicts himself and undermines Russiagate" as an aperitif to Mueller's upcoming testimony.

  15. Ari, y'know what else is criminal? You not ending your segment with 'Just the facts, ma'am' and then finishing off with the Dragnet theme, because I really do get a 'Joe Friday' vibe from Mueller.

  16. It's incredible how the quality was so bad 10 or 15 years ago. Didn't we already have HD back then ? On the broadcaster back end at least.

  17. Just the facts … except when he's lying to congress about WMD to get into an illegal war in Iraq. Oh yeah, straight-up stand up guy.

  18. Democratic Senator: "Mr. Mueller, do you like apples?"
    Mueller: "I can't speculate as to what I may or may not think when presented with such produce as the circumstances of my salivary, gastro-intestinal, and hippo-campus may not at that point be synchronized with the type of cravings you have heretofore indicated."
    Republican Senator: "Is it true that Hillary Clinton has an unnatural predilection towards wet, red objects and should therefore be investigated and go to jail?"

  19. (for the record, I highly respect Mueller. I'm ONLY disappointed that he downplays the significance of the Mueller report through the way he approaches questioning and in his one public statement on that. I certainly don't want him to LIE nor be hypothetical when it's not germane, however we need Mueller to present the facts in a way that is clear to somebody who hasn't read the report and/or has been beaten over the heat with lies via Fox, Trump and most Republican Senators… quietly mumbling "due to the OLC opinion… bla bla… I can not exonerate" doesn't remotely resemble saying "Trump would likely go to jail if I could charge him with THESE CRIMES that he committed!")

  20. I am a 54 year old Black Democrat, who has voted since I was 18, I can honestly say I am confident that someone who has kept such a tight grip on those that helped him in this investigation and he is a Republican, which I have lived through, can be trusted, He truly seems to be BOUT IT BOUT. He shouldn't have too show the evidence that is in your face, but I see must choose not to see, "Spoiler Alert" Oh Boy (Trump) and his family are stealing America's Money, peep game.

  21. I don't think it is going to come out much different than the Hope Hicks questioning to be honest, the same crooked Trump lawyers will be there instructing the witness not to answer any questions, If Nancy Pelosi can't do her job I hope the house will Impeach her.

  22. Mueller, PLEASE answer questions openly. We the people deserve the true facts as YOU have stated them in your report. We are depending on you to bring the people to the understanding of the truth and facts of your report, not that of others interpretations of what they assumed you meant.
    We are counting on you to be the man we hold in the highest respect with the integrity you have shown.
    Bring this to where it needs to be so justice can be served!

  23. In watching Mueller….its obvious he doesn't know what the H–l he's doing…Weismann did that investigation and Mueller took all of the glory….

  24. Unfortunately, I don't think anything more is going to come out of a Mueller testimony. He's said it himself, everything he wants to say has been said in the report and there is nothing new to be shared. We can't charge Trump with any of these crimes at the moment due to the fine print in the Constitution of being unable to charge a sitting president. The only way forward is in the hands of Congress and the Judicial Committee to begin impeachment proceedings. Mueller said all he and his team needed to say in their report and I think it's redundant to have him testify before Congress.

  25. There is no Trump presidency, what we have is an illegitimate abomination, a cheesy, sleazy masquerade frauded upon America by Russia and Republicans!

  26. Megan Rapinoe and US WNST demonstrate America's very best, win or lose! Biggest Loser Trump demonstration of our very worst!

  27. Not Pelosi needs convincing; it's Mighty McCover-up, but he's too busy getting it on with Cash Cow Chou to impeach!

  28. No, it's case closed, remember? Case clooooosed….on McConnell's credibility, character, and reputation. Never truly possessed much of those, anyway. Just an illusion maintained for a delusion willingly obtained.

  29. Would this be the first time Muller testifies without being the Director of the FBI? Does that matter?

  30. Obama needs to answer as to why he allowed so many Republicans to remain in their positions. Comey – a Republican ruined the election & screwed Hillary. Obama left Mueller in place giving him the air of legitimacy YET both have actively worked against democracy. This is ALL Obama's fault. Because name 1 POTUS of any party that kept opposing operatives in place? Obama screwed the country as is Ruth Bader about to do worse,

  31. YO!! Loving that he brought out the Lecrae rap lyrics. He's an incredible and inspiring Christian hip hop artist and speaks the TRUTH of God's Word no matter what.

    SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE TRUTH SPEAKERS OUT THERE!! Speak with love. Blessings!

  32. Why would anyone trust Mueller,he misled the public to get us into the Iraq war.He has NO credibility !!!

  33. That's what it use to be. Decent people used to be in the White House . Not a laundry list of who's fault it is and people that hate him.

  34. If everyone is as truthful dignified as Mueller … America will not be in this greatest swamp of all !!!

  35. Easy: he will refer to the report…and nothing but the report. Which means, nothing will come of it because the Republican party has totally bought into Barr's anything but extensive summary of it.

  36. trump and barr are terrified of having mueller explain his report in camera in full view of the american people. barr is a disgrace o the LAW and to the DOJ . Barrs father was fired by his school for hiring epstein the pedophile as a teacher of high school kids, we know that barr is the propaganda wing of the GOP and more specifically for trump

  37. This is NOT "breaking news," nor is it "in-depth coverage." It might be entertainment, and it is well-produced, but you people should stop pretending to be journalists if you are going to insist on using current events and national partisan strife to create dramatic reality shows.

  38. Hopefully, the people of Congress will do their research and prepare with intelligent, focused questions so they don't waste their time and ours.

  39. Here's a question for Mueller: "When Republicans say 'The report totally exonerates Trump, is that a correct characterization of your findings?'"

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  41. More lies from msnbc . Advisors charged for process crimes, or crimes they committed during/ employed by previous administrations. Mueller is not the Anti Comey. He’s Comeys mentor, but he’s better than Comey at skirting the truth, specific facts, legal procedures and investigative agency’s / DOJ s ethics / protocols . MSNBC thought they could use these video clips, infused with their endless propaganda, to change people’s opinions ( based on the facts evidence) . So MSNBC actually reinforced what we already concluded. Thanks , idiots

  42. Whether he looked into the origins of the“investigation” , or ,what all evidence actually proves it to be -; a witch hunt.
    who what when where how it started .If mueller answered any of those questions, besides proving the investigation was based on fake “evidence” ,admitting his role in the cover up, he’d be exposing Obama , his intel agency directors, DOJ , HRC, the Dem Party , a number of foreign nationals ,foreign government officials for their involvement in an attempt to overthrow our duly elected President of the United States . Oh and let’s not forget about the considerable role, played by their msm propaganda puppets . Fortunately evidence of what really happened is safely in the hands of true patriots in our military and methodically chosen government officials.
    The DS Dems know mueller stands between their corruption as usual and bringing them to justice

  43. A few questions would be.
    1. When did you find out the dossier was fraudulent and paid for by Hillary and the DNC?
    2. Why did you lie in the report claiming that Mifsud was a Russian agent, when in fact, Mifsud has been a western asset for decades.
    2. Why did you perpetuate the lie about Russia handing the emails to Wikileaks?
    This is the funny part. The dossier info was obtained by Russian agents, close to Putin in the Kremlin, that info was handed to a foreign intel agent (Steele), who was hired by Fusion GPS (Glenn Simpson) who was hired by Hillary Clintons law firm.
    If you want to see what foreign meddling and interference looks like, there it is.
    But it gets even better. Mifsud, Downer, Halper and even the Trump tower Russian lawyer meeting were all attempted setups by the cabal. The Russian lawyer was handled by Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS. John Brennan was the director of this operation.

  44. Also, the Mueller report has factually false information in it. Primarily the emails to wikileaks, who Mifsud worked for and when they found out the dossier was Clinton paid for.

  45. I hope the Democrats are prepared to cut the Republicans microphones off or the truth may come out. Lets see if Mueller's going to involve the FBI, NSA and CIA in the spying on the Trump campaign and presenting false information.

  46. So this dbag is BRAGGING about Muellur being an expert in not answering a direct question.Do you know this guy is bringing up this point? He is AFRAID that the Republicans are going to expose him for the fraud that he is.Hey Bob,why did you allow peter sztrock's phone to be erased?Bob,i do not have that info in front of me.Hey bob,how come you let 4 months go by before kicking strock of the team and why was the entire counsel hillary supporters and one her ex attorney?Bob,i cannot factually answer that question today.Hey Bob,why did you change the words in trump's lawyer's testimony?Bob,i can not 100% answer that correctly so i pass on that question.Oh,time is up.

  47. For every liberal crying about transparency watch how much the fbi,doj,irs and the state department redacts the ig report.That report shows the corruption committed by those very departments.That would be like trump being able to redact the Mueller report.I bet not one of you will cry over them holding information on that report.

  48. This is a national travesty. The obama administration is about to be exposed by Horowitz, General Barr and eventually John Durham for a completely corrupt government at the highest levels, attempted a Coup D'etat on a sitting president, followed by a corrupt investigation on a sitting president costing $40+ millions of dollars and flawed with more Conflict of Interest then can be comprehended, and total bias on the spectrum of what it was mandated to investigate. The Mueller report stated clearly there was no grounds for indictments on the president and now a final punch out on Capital Hill instead of the government working together to legislate the needs of the American people. If all of that isn't enough the frenzied psychotic left wing media spewing one Josef Goebbels Nazi Propaganda fascist lie after another to keep this narrative going to squeeze out whatever ratings they can get. Truly pathetic.

  49. Shame on you MSNBC. Now you've seen his performance. Disappointed? Sure!
    Winston Churchill once said, "You have enemies? Good. It means you have stood up for something". Obama is loved because he couldn't stand up for anything. Trump is hated because he has stood up against a lot of things including the Fake media.

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