Morning Joe's Mika claims Trump team members are going to jail 'for the rest of their lives' in latest outburst over Russia probe
- A discussion was underway about associates of the president, including his son and son-in-law, who were found out to have had contact with the Russians?
- 'Knowing them, I think they’re shocked that the noose is tightening,' Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski said, wondering if they 'were arrogant' or 'really dumb'
- She said of the Trump officials: 'I think they just thought they’d go in there and flimflam and riff through it...People might go to jail for the rest of their lives'
- Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, and K.T. McFarland were all invoked during the panel's conversation?
- Co-host Joe Scarborough went on to claim in the segment that Trump is 'going down' for his own ham-handed handling of DOJ's election meddling probes
Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski alleged Tuesday that Trump administration officials under the eye of the feds for possible crimes 'might go to jail for the rest of their lives.'
A discussion was underway about associates of the president, including his son and son-in-law, who were found out to have had contact with the Russians after initially omitting the information.
'Knowing them, I think they’re shocked that the noose is tightening. I don’t know if they were arrogant or just incredibly un-self-aware and really dumb about what the job was about, how important it was, and how under the microscope every move you made would be,' Brzezinski said.?
She added: 'I think they just thought they’d go in there and flimflam and riff through it. And I think they’re shocked that the noose is tightening and that people might go to jail for the rest of their lives.'
Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski alleged Tuesday that Trump administration officials under the eye of the feds for possible crimes 'might go to jail for the rest of their lives'
Once on friendlier ground with the president, Brzezinski and Scarborough have been at odds with Trump for much of the last year. They engaged in a full-scale war with him this summer after Trump claimed they came to him on New Year's eve while Mika bleeding badly from her face.
Co-host Joe Scarborough, also her fiance, chimed in as she was finishing to say, 'You’re exactly right.' He went on to claim that Trump is 'going down' for his own ham-handed handling of the Department of Justice's election meddling investigations.
Once on friendlier ground with the president, Brzezinski and Scarborough have been at odds with Trump for much of the last year. They engaged in a full-scale war with him this summer after Trump claimed they came to him on New Year's eve with Mika bleeding badly from her face in the wake of a lift.
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Paul Manafort: former Trump campaign chairman faces 12 1/2 to 15 1/2 years in prison for alleged money laundering, CBS News reports.
Rick Gates: former Trump deputy could go to the slammer for 10 to 12 1/2 years, the news network says.
George Papadopoulos: foreign policy adviser could go away for up to five years, although it's more likely he face zero to six months in prison.
Michael Flynn: a plea deal the special counsel's office struck with Trump's ex-national security advisor calls for no more than six months in prison.
Others: Trump campaign and White House officials caught lying to the feds could suffer the same fate as?Papadopoulos.
Trump hit Scarborough last week with an implication that the former lawmaker was involved in the death of an aide discovered in his congressional office in 2001 that was ruled an accident.
With Trump calling for an investigation into the allegation, Scarborough tweeted: 'He is not well.'
Tuesday on Morning Joe, the Trump administration came under fire from the panel for the missteps that put them at the center of a special counsel investigation.
Willie Geist, a co-anchor of the program, commented on the long list of Trump associates who say they did not meet with former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak or left some other contact with a foreign official off a federal disclosure form.
He specifically mentioned Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, the president's son and son-in law, Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama senator who's now the attorney general and K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser to Trump who was later appointed ambassador to Singapore.
'I don’t know if it’s ignorance or arrogance or some combination of the two to under sworn testimony say, "I’m going to say this thing and they’ll never find out about it,'" Geist assessed.
Scarborough narrowed the omissions down to Trump officials' contacts with the Russians.
The television show host wagered that Trump did not think he would win the election so 'it was all about money' and contacts for future business deals.
'But the most remarkable thing about it is that even now that he’s president, it’s still all about money,' Scarborough posited. 'He’s thinking every day, "How can I leverage this so when I get out of the White House I can make even more money?" '
Brzezinski remarked then that they can feel the noose of the special counsel investigation tightening following their obtuse efforts to hide the conversations.
Scarborough a former Republican congressman who hails from Florida, said the Trump associates were in a jam because of their 'gross misunderstanding of the rules of Washington, the laws surrounding public service and constitutional norms' and their immense 'arrogance.'
They came in thinking 'people in Washington were just dumb local yokels' who would get out of their way.
'"You’re just a bunch of hicks in Washington D.C. Let the big city developers come in and we’re going to show you,"' he said they were thinking.
'They wouldn’t listen to anybody, and they stumbled into one possible crime after another possible crime,' he said. 'And then Donald Trump goes into his mode. He thinks taking on Bob Mueller is the same as taking on Rosie O’Donnell.'
He specifically mentioned Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, the president's son and son-in law, Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama senator who's now the attorney general and K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser to Trump who was later appointed ambassador to Singapore
Josh Earnest, the last press secretary for Barack Obama when he was president, told Scarborough, 'I think that’s right.'
'He does. He thinks, "This worked with Rosie. I’ll do with this Comey. I’ll do this with Mueller." He has no idea that he’s going down,' Scarborough said.
Robert Mueller is the prosecutor DOJ brought in to oversee its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The former FBI chief was tapped to lead the investigation after Trump fired James Comey, the head of the federal agency at the time.
Mueller brought down the hammer last month on three members of the Trump campaign, including former chairman Paul Manafort. He entered a plea deal last week with former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pertains to a falsehood he told about his contact with Kislyak in the transition.
Kushner was recently interviewed by the special counsel's team about the meeting he and Don Jr. had last year with a Russian lawyer and other Russian nationals in Trump Tower about sanctions on adoption that they thought was to facilitate damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Other current and former White House officials have also had interviews with Mueller about incidents during and after the transition, including Trump's firing of Comey in May.
Critics of the president are accusing him of obstruction of justice over the firing of the law enforcement official who was looking into his campaign workers' ties to the Kremlin.
He is not known to have personally had an interview with Mueller - yet - and personal lawyer to the president argued this week that Trump could not have obstructed justice because he's technically the nation's top law enforcement official.
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