Rachel Maddow Has Faith In Republicans’ Morals


>>Stephen: WELCOME BACK,
EVERYBODY! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
WE’RE BACK WITH RACHEL MADDOW. TALKING ABOUT THE NEWS OF THE
WORLD. NOW, OKAY, ONE OF THE THINGS
THAT THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING RIGHT NOW IS THAT THIS WHOLE
RUSSIA THING, TOTAL WITCH HUNT, OKAY? ( LAUGHTER )
DO YOU THINK THERE IS A CHANCE THIS WILL TURN OUT TO BE A WITCH
HUNT? BECAUSE WHILE THERE IS A WHOLE
LOT OF SMOKE, WE HAVEN’T ACTUALLY SEEN THE SPARK OF THE
FIRE.>>WE WON’T KNOW TILL WE KNOW. EVERYBODY IS ENTITLED TO THE
PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE. IT’S POSSIBLE THIS IS A BIZARRE
SERIES OF COINCIDENCES, BUT WE NOW OWE IT TO OURSELVES AS A
COUNTRY TO FIGURE OUT BECAUSE THERE ARE TOO MANY THINGS THAT
HAPPEN — THAT WITH RESPECT EXPLAINED AHEAD OF TIME THAT
WERE EXPOSED AND ONLY BELATEDLY ADMITTED TO. LAST WEEK, REUTERS REPORTED ON
18 NEW PREVIOUSLY UNDISCLOSED CONTACTS BETWEEN THE TRUMP
CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT
OFFICIALS.>>Stephen: ONES THEY HADN’T
TALKED ABOUT BEFORE.>>18 NEW ONES NOW? YOU KNOW THERE IS INTEREST IN
THIS TOPIC. IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING
WRONG, YOU STILL HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT HAPPENED. THEY HAVEN’T EXPLAINED WHY IT
TOOK SO MANY DAYS TO FIRE MIKE FLYNN AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE
SAID, HE’S A RUSSIAN AGENT.>>Stephen: WITH A SIDE OF
TURKEY. ( LAUGHTER )
>>YEAH. ( APPLAUSE )
( PIANO RIFF ) SO, I MEAN, THERE’S JUST STUFF
THAT NEEDS TO BE EXPLAINED. THERE WERE SO MANY CONTACTS
BETWEEN THE CAMPAIGN AND PEOPLE CLOSE TO TRUMP WITH PEOPLE WHO
ARE CLOSE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN, AND THAT STUFF JUST — WE NEED TO
KNOW WHY THERE WERE SO MANY CONTACTS. IT’S POSSIBLE IT HAD NOTHING TO
DO WITH THE RUSSIAN ATTACK ON THE ELECTION THAT HAPPENED. THERE WERE A MILLION CONTACTS. WE KNEAD TO KNOW ABOUT THAT. WE NEED TO KNOW IF THE FIRING OF
THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR AND THE OTHER CONTACT THAT THE PRESIDENT
HAD WITH THE F.B.I. ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION WERE SOMETHING
OTHER THAN OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. I MEAN, HE’S SAYING HE WAS
THINKING ABOUT RUSSIA WHEN HE FIRED THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR
LEADING THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION.>>Stephen: WHAT ABOUT THE
PRESIDENT CANNOT OBSTRUCT JUSTICE, THAT ONLY POLITICAL
ACTION CAN BE TAKEN AGAINST HIM. IN OTHER WORDS, HE CAN’T GO ON
TRIAL FOR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE BUT COULD BE PUT ON IMPEACHMENT
TRIAL BY THE HOUSE AND THE
SENATE. DO YOU THINK THERE IS ANY CHANCE
THAT COULD HAPPEN IF THE DEMOCRATS COULD NOT GET BACK THE
HOUSE AND THE SENATE?>>I TRY NOT TO LOOK AT IT IN
PARTISAN TERMS. IF IT’S PROVEN THE INSPECTOR
GENERAL OR THE F.B.I. DETERMINES THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR WAS FIRED
AND OTHER ACTIONS WERE TAKEN TO IMPEDE THAT INVESTIGATION INTO
THE PRESIDENT AND HIS CAMPAIGN BECAUSE HE WANTED THAT
INVESTIGATION TO BE KNOCKED OFF COURSE, IT IS HARD FOR ME TO
BELIEVE THAT REPUBLICANS WOULD NOT RISE ABOVE THEIR PARTY IN
THAT INSTANCE.>>Stephen: THAT WOULD BE
NICE.>>I BELIEVE THAT. I WANT TO BELIEVE THAT.>>Stephen: THAT WOULD BE
LOVELY.>>THAT WOULD BE A VERY
IMPORTANT THING.>>Stephen: BUT A LOT OF
PEOPLE’S STANDARDS AND NORMS HAVE LOWERED BECAUSE DONALD
TRUMP IS PRESIDENT. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS YOU
SAY, OH, THAT’S OKAY. FOR INSTANCE, WHITE EVANGELICAL
VOTERS IN THE LAST ELECTION CYCLE, THE NUMBER ONE CRITERIA
FOR ELECTING A CANDIDATE WAS CHARACTER OR MORALITY, AND IT
WAS THE VERY LAST THIS TIME BECAUSE THEY HAD TO FLIP THEIR
STANDARD IN ORDER TO ELECT THE MAN THEY WANT. MY WORRY IS DONALD TRUMP WILL
DEGRADE EVERYONE’S STANDARDS AND MORALS AS WE, YOU KNOW, PICK
SIDES.>>YEAH, AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE
TO DECIDE IF WE’RE THAT COUNTRY OR NOT. I THINK WE’RE NOT. ( APPLAUSE )
WHEN CONFRONTED WITH ISSUES OF REAL NATIONAL INTEREST, THE
PEOPLE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING.>>Stephen: HAS THE PRESIDENT
EVER DONE THIS MUCH LEAKING PEOPLE ARE CONFIRMING? 12, 13 PEOPLE ARE CONFIRMING
LEAKS.
>>AND NOT THAT MANY WORK IN THE
WHITE HOUSE. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: WHAT KIND OF BOSS MUST HE BE IF THEY’RE WILLING TO
THROW HIM UNDER THE BUS?>>WE’VE ALSO NEVER HAD A WHITE
HOUSE THIS EARLY ON IN THE ADMINISTRATION WHERE IT’S JUST A
GOOD REPORTING STRATEGIES TO SEND YOUR STRINGERS TO PARK
OUTSIDE MAJOR LAW FIRMS TO WATCH AS WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS WALK IN
LOOKING FOR DEFENSE COUNSEL. THAT’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN THIS
ADMINISTRATION.>>Stephen: CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR
WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT MIKE
FLYNN. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>STEPHEN: “THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW” IS ON MSNBC. RACHEL MADDOW, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH BEN
PLATT. STICK AROUND!

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