New Details Emerge As Trump Fights To Quash Whistleblower Report | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

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New Details Emerge As Trump Fights To Quash Whistleblower Report | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


NOT HE DID IT NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE SAW HIM DO IT IN BROAD PEOPLE SAW HIM DO IT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. DAYLIGHT. AND THAT BRINGS US TO BY FAR THE AND THAT BRINGS US TO BY FAR THE BIGGEST NEWS OF THE DAY, WHICH BIGGEST NEWS OF THE DAY, WHICH IS THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER STORY IS THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER STORY WHICH IS NOW GOING OFFICIALLY WHICH IS NOW GOING OFFICIALLY NUTS. NUTS. NOW, THIS STORY’S BEEN NOW, THIS STORY’S BEEN PERCOLATING SINCE LATE ON FRIDAY PERCOLATING SINCE LATE ON FRIDAY NIGHT. NIGHT. IT REALLY BLEW UP IN THE 9:00 IT REALLY BLEW UP IN THE 9:00 HOUR LAST NIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HOUR LAST NIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR SHOW WHEN THE “WASHINGTON OUR SHOW WHEN THE “WASHINGTON POST” PUBLISHED THIS SORT OF POST” PUBLISHED THIS SORT OF HEADLINE FOR THE AGES. HEADLINE FOR THE AGES. “PRESIDENT’S COMMUNICATIONS WITH “PRESIDENT’S COMMUNICATIONS WITH FOREIGN LEADER ARE PART OF FOREIGN LEADER ARE PART OF WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT THAT WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT THAT SPURS STANDOFF BETWEEN SPY CHIEF SPURS STANDOFF BETWEEN SPY CHIEF AND CONGRESS.” AND CONGRESS.” PRESIDENT’S COMMUNICATIONS WITH PRESIDENT’S COMMUNICATIONS WITH FOREIGN LEADER, WHAT’S THAT FOREIGN LEADER, WHAT’S THAT ABOUT? ABOUT? THE “POST” REPORTING LAST NIGHT THE “POST” REPORTING LAST NIGHT THAT THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER THAT THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT THAT HAS BEEN BREWING COMPLAINT THAT HAS BEEN BREWING IN WASHINGTON HAS A SORT OF IN WASHINGTON HAS A SORT OF SPOOKY AND UNPLACEABLE STORY, SPOOKY AND UNPLACEABLE STORY, “POST” REPORTING LAST NIGHT IT “POST” REPORTING LAST NIGHT IT WAS SPARKED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WAS SPARKED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP’S COMMUNICATIONS WITH A FOREIGN COMMUNICATIONS WITH A FOREIGN LEADER. LEADER. “TRUMP’S INTERACTION WITH THE “TRUMP’S INTERACTION WITH THE FOREIGN LEADER INCLUDED A FOREIGN LEADER INCLUDED A PROMISE THAT WAS REGARDED AS SO PROMISE THAT WAS REGARDED AS SO TROUBLING THAT IT PROMPTED AN TROUBLING THAT IT PROMPTED AN OFFICIAL IN THE U.S. OFFICIAL IN THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO FILE A INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO FILE A FORMAL WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT FORMAL WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT WITH THE INTELLIGENCE WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY’S INSPECTOR GENERAL. COMMUNITY’S INSPECTOR GENERAL. SO THAT LANDS WITH A GIGANTIC SO THAT LANDS WITH A GIGANTIC THUD LAST NIGHT IN THE 9:00 THUD LAST NIGHT IN THE 9:00 HOUR. HOUR. SINCE THAT INITIAL “WASHINGTON SINCE THAT INITIAL “WASHINGTON POST” REPORTING 24 HOURS AGO, POST” REPORTING 24 HOURS AGO, THE MAIN SUBSTANCE OF THAT THE MAIN SUBSTANCE OF THAT REPORT HAS BEEN MATCHED BY NBC REPORT HAS BEEN MATCHED BY NBC NEWS, “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL,” NEWS, “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL,” CNN, “THE NEW YORK TIMES,” A CNN, “THE NEW YORK TIMES,” A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER OUTLETS. WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER OUTLETS. WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHO THIS WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHO THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER IS OR HOW EXACTLY WHISTLE-BLOWER IS OR HOW EXACTLY HE OR SHE CAME TO KNOW THE HE OR SHE CAME TO KNOW THE ALLEGED CONTENTS OF PRESIDENT ALLEGED CONTENTS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S COMMUNICATION WITH A TRUMP’S COMMUNICATION WITH A FOREIGN LEADER INCLUDING HIS FOREIGN LEADER INCLUDING HIS ALLEGED STARTLING PROMISE. ALLEGED STARTLING PROMISE. BUT WE DO NOW KNOW THAT WHOEVER BUT WE DO NOW KNOW THAT WHOEVER THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER IS, HE OR THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER IS, HE OR SHE HAS JUST HIRED A LAWYER AND SHE HAS JUST HIRED A LAWYER AND A REAL HEAVYWEIGHT LAWYER WHO A REAL HEAVYWEIGHT LAWYER WHO IS, HIMSELF, EX-DEPARTMENT OF IS, HIMSELF, EX-DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND AN EX-CIA OFFICER. DEFENSE AND AN EX-CIA OFFICER. ACCORDING TO HIS LAW FIRM, HE IS ACCORDING TO HIS LAW FIRM, HE IS CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE NATION’S LEADING EXPERTS ON NATION’S LEADING EXPERTS ON WHISTLE-BLOWER REPRISALS, WHISTLE-BLOWER REPRISALS, MEANING PEOPLE WHO GET ATTACKED, MEANING PEOPLE WHO GET ATTACKED, FIRED OR OTHERWISE PUNISHED FOR FIRED OR OTHERWISE PUNISHED FOR LEGALLY WHISTLE-BLOWING ON LEGALLY WHISTLE-BLOWING ON ALLEGED MISBEHAVIOR IN ALLEGED MISBEHAVIOR IN GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. THIS LAWYER APPARENTLY CREATED THIS LAWYER APPARENTLY CREATED THE PROGRAM INSIDE THE CIA TO THE PROGRAM INSIDE THE CIA TO INVESTIGATE AND PREVENT REPRISEA INVESTIGATE AND PREVENT REPRISEA REPRISALS AGAINST REPRISALS AGAINST WHISTLE-BLOWERS INSIDE THAT WHISTLE-BLOWERS INSIDE THAT AGENCY. AGENCY. SO WE DON’T MOE IFKNOW IF THIS U SO WE DON’T MOE IFKNOW IF THIS U WHISTLE-BLOWER RETAINED THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER RETAINED THIS HEAVYWEIGHT LAWYER BEFORE OR HEAVYWEIGHT LAWYER BEFORE OR AFTER THE WHISTLE-BLOWER FILED AFTER THE WHISTLE-BLOWER FILED HIS OR HER COMPLAINT ON AUGUST HIS OR HER COMPLAINT ON AUGUST 12th BUT IT SEEMS LIKE PICKING 12th BUT IT SEEMS LIKE PICKING UP THIS LAWYER MIGHT HAVE BEEN A UP THIS LAWYER MIGHT HAVE BEEN A PRUDENT THING TO DO BECAUSE WHAT PRUDENT THING TO DO BECAUSE WHAT HAS EMERGED OVER THE COURSE OF HAS EMERGED OVER THE COURSE OF THE PAST 24 HOURS, THE PAST 24 HOURS, ASTONISHINGLY, IS THAT THE TRUMP ASTONISHINGLY, IS THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AT MULTIPLE ADMINISTRATION AT MULTIPLE LEVELS APPEARS TO BE HANDLING LEVELS APPEARS TO BE HANDLING THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT IN THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY MAY BE SUCH A WAY THAT THEY MAY BE BASICALLY THREATENING BASICALLY THREATENING PROSECUTION OF THIS PROSECUTION OF THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER FOR COMING WHISTLE-BLOWER FOR COMING FORWARD WITH WHATEVER THIS FORWARD WITH WHATEVER THIS DISTURBING INFORMATION IS ABOUT DISTURBING INFORMATION IS ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ALLEGED PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ALLEGED BEHAVIOR. BEHAVIOR. NOW, THE COMPLAINT AT LEAST NOW, THE COMPLAINT AT LEAST APPEARS TO BE GETTING TREATED APPEARS TO BE GETTING TREATED HERE AS IF IT IS OUTSIDE THE HERE AS IF IT IS OUTSIDE THE BOUNDS OF THE LAW THAT PROTECTS BOUNDS OF THE LAW THAT PROTECTS WHISTLE-BLOWERS. WHISTLE-BLOWERS. THE LAW THAT PROTECTS THE LAW THAT PROTECTS WHISTLE-BLOWERS FROM AMONG OTHER WHISTLE-BLOWERS FROM AMONG OTHER THINGS BEING PROSECUTED FOR THINGS BEING PROSECUTED FOR BRINGING FORWARD SENSITIVE BRINGING FORWARD SENSITIVE INFORMATION LIKE THIS THROUGH INFORMATION LIKE THIS THROUGH THE APPROPRIATE CHANNELS. THE APPROPRIATE CHANNELS. NOW, WHY WOULD THAT BE? NOW, WHY WOULD THAT BE? IT HAS EMERGED EDD OVER THE PAST IT HAS EMERGED EDD OVER THE PAST HOURS THAT THE JUSTICE HOURS THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LED BY WILLIAM BARR DEPARTMENT LED BY WILLIAM BARR FOR SOME REASON THEY HAVE BEEN FOR SOME REASON THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO THIS PROCESS. BROUGHT INTO THIS PROCESS. THEY’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THEY’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE WITHIN THE WHISTLE-BLOWER WITHIN THE WHISTLE-BLOWER PROCESS, BUT THE JUSTICE PROCESS, BUT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS NOW BEEN BROUGHT DEPARTMENT HAS NOW BEEN BROUGHT INTO THIS AND IT APPEARS THAT INTO THIS AND IT APPEARS THAT THEY HAVE PROVIDED SOME SORT OF THEY HAVE PROVIDED SOME SORT OF LEGAL ARGUMENT, WHICH NOBODY HAS LEGAL ARGUMENT, WHICH NOBODY HAS SEEN, BUT THE LEGAL ARGUMENT IS SEEN, BUT THE LEGAL ARGUMENT IS REPORTEDLY THAT THIS COMPLAINT, REPORTEDLY THAT THIS COMPLAINT, THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT, THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT, ISN’T A REAL WHISTLE-BLOWER ISN’T A REAL WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT AND SHOULDN’T BE COMPLAINT AND SHOULDN’T BE TREATED THIS WAY. TREATED THIS WAY. THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER SHOULD NOT THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS A REAL BE TREATED AS A REAL WHISTLE-BLOWER WHO WAS PROTECTED WHISTLE-BLOWER WHO WAS PROTECTED BY THE LAW. BY THE LAW. AND, THEREFORE, THIS AND, THEREFORE, THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT DOESN’T WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT DOESN’T NEED TO BE HANDED OVER TO NEED TO BE HANDED OVER TO CONGRESS. CONGRESS. THAT APPEARS TO BE THE LEGAL THAT APPEARS TO BE THE LEGAL ANALYSIS PROVIDED HERE BY THE ANALYSIS PROVIDED HERE BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNDER WILLIAM JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNDER WILLIAM BARR, NOBODY KNOWS WHY THEY WERE BARR, NOBODY KNOWS WHY THEY WERE EVEN CONSULTED BUT THIS IS EVEN CONSULTED BUT THIS IS APPARENTLY HOW THEY HAVE INSERT APPARENTLY HOW THEY HAVE INSERT INSERTED THEMSELVES INTO THE INSERTED THEMSELVES INTO THE PROCESS. PROCESS. CNN IS REPORTING TODAY IN CNN IS REPORTING TODAY IN ADDITION TO THE JUSTICE ADDITION TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GETTING INVOLVED DEPARTMENT GETTING INVOLVED HEREBY THE TRUMP HEREBY THE TRUMP HERE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE HAS HERE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE BEEN DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE HANDLING OF THE COMPLAINT WHICH HANDLING OF THE COMPLAINT WHICH IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT IS IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT IS BIZARRE, RIGHT? BIZARRE, RIGHT? HERE’S CNN’S REPORTING “THE HERE’S CNN’S REPORTING “THE WHITE HOUSE AND JUSTICE WHITE HOUSE AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ADVISED THE DIRECTOR DEPARTMENT ADVISED THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE THAT OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE THAT THE COMPLAINT REGARDING THE COMPLAINT REGARDING PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT COVERED PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT COVERED BY LAWS COVERING INTELLIGENCE BY LAWS COVERING INTELLIGENCE WHISTLE-BLOWERS.” WHISTLE-BLOWERS.” IT SEEMS CLEAR FROM MULTIPLE IT SEEMS CLEAR FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES INCLUDING CONGRESS THAT SOURCES INCLUDING CONGRESS THAT THIS IS THE ADVICE WILLIAM BARR THIS IS THE ADVICE WILLIAM BARR AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAVE AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAVE PROVIDED ON THIS ISSUE. PROVIDED ON THIS ISSUE. CNN IS REPORTING IT’S ALSO CNN IS REPORTING IT’S ALSO ADVICE THE WHITE HOUSE IS ADVICE THE WHITE HOUSE IS PROVIDING AS WELL. PROVIDING AS WELL. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND. THE FACT THAT THE WHITE HOUSE THE FACT THAT THE WHITE HOUSE WAS CONSULTED ON THIS AT ALL, WAS CONSULTED ON THIS AT ALL, THIS IS A WHISTLE-BLOWER THIS IS A WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT ACTBOUT ALLEGEDLY VERY COMPLAINT ACTBOUT ALLEGEDLY VERY TROUBLING BEHAVIOR BY THE TROUBLING BEHAVIOR BY THE HIGHEST RANKING OCCUPANT OF THE HIGHEST RANKING OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. WHITE HOUSE. SO YOU BRING THAT COMPLAINT TO SO YOU BRING THAT COMPLAINT TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO ASK HOW YOU THE WHITE HOUSE TO ASK HOW YOU SHOULD HANDLE IT? SHOULD HANDLE IT? I MEAN, THAT, ITSELF, IS A I MEAN, THAT, ITSELF, IS A COMPLETE DEVIATION FROM HOW COMPLETE DEVIATION FROM HOW WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINTS ARE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HANDLED. SUPPOSED TO BE HANDLED. YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO GO TO THE YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO GO TO THE SUBJECT OF THE COMPLAINT, THE SUBJECT OF THE COMPLAINT, THE PERSON ABOUT WHOM THE COMPLAINT PERSON ABOUT WHOM THE COMPLAINT HAS BEEN REGISTERED AND ASK THEM HAS BEEN REGISTERED AND ASK THEM HOW THEY THINK THIS MATTER HOW THEY THINK THIS MATTER SHOULD BE TAKEN UP. SHOULD BE TAKEN UP. IF THIS MATTER WAS, IN FACT, IF THIS MATTER WAS, IN FACT, BROUGHT TO THE WHITE HOUSE, HAS BROUGHT TO THE WHITE HOUSE, HAS THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER’S IDENTITY THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER’S IDENTITY BEEN PROTECTED EVEN TO THE WHITE BEEN PROTECTED EVEN TO THE WHITE HOUSE? HOUSE? BUT THAT’S APPARENTLY HOW THE BUT THAT’S APPARENTLY HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS HANDLING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS HANDLING THIS MATTER. THIS MATTER. AFTER THE INTELLIGENCE AFTER THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY’S INSPECTOR GENERAL COMMUNITY’S INSPECTOR GENERAL MICHAEL ATKINSON MET BEHIND MICHAEL ATKINSON MET BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH THE HOUSE CLOSED DOORS WITH THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE FOR HOURS INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE FOR HOURS TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THAT TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THAT COMMITTEE, ADAM SCHIFF, RAISED COMMITTEE, ADAM SCHIFF, RAISED THE PROSPECT PUBLICLY THAT NOT THE PROSPECT PUBLICLY THAT NOT ONLY IS THIS UNKNOWN ONLY IS THIS UNKNOWN WHISTLE-BLOWER POTENTIALLY AT WHISTLE-BLOWER POTENTIALLY AT RISK OF BEING RETALIATED AGAINST RISK OF BEING RETALIATED AGAINST NOW AND POTENTIALLY EVEN NOW AND POTENTIALLY EVEN PROSECUTED BY WILLIAM BARR, BUT PROSECUTED BY WILLIAM BARR, BUT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL WHO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL WHO RECEIVED THE COMPLAINT MIGHT RECEIVED THE COMPLAINT MIGHT ALSO BE AT RISK HERE FROM THE ALSO BE AT RISK HERE FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR REPRISALS. REPRISALS.>>AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IS>>AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IS DOING HIS VERY BEST TO BE VERY DOING HIS VERY BEST TO BE VERY CAREFUL THAT HE FOLLOW THE LAW. CAREFUL THAT HE FOLLOW THE LAW. AND IN SOME RESPECTS, THE AND IN SOME RESPECTS, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IS IN THE SAME INSPECTOR GENERAL IS IN THE SAME POSITION OF THE WHISTLE-BLOWER POSITION OF THE WHISTLE-BLOWER WHICH IS IF THE INSPECTOR WHICH IS IF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL STEPS ONE FOOT OUTSIDE GENERAL STEPS ONE FOOT OUTSIDE OF WHAT HE’S AUTHORIZED TO DO, OF WHAT HE’S AUTHORIZED TO DO, THEN HE IS NOT PROTECTED. THEN HE IS NOT PROTECTED. AND SO THIS SHOWS HOW SOMEONE IS AND SO THIS SHOWS HOW SOMEONE IS TRYING TO MANIPULATE THE SYSTEM TRYING TO MANIPULATE THE SYSTEM TO KEEP INFORMATION ABOUT AN TO KEEP INFORMATION ABOUT AN URGENT MATTER FROM THE CONGRESS. URGENT MATTER FROM THE CONGRESS.>>WHETHER OR NOT THE INSPECTOR>>WHETHER OR NOT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, HIMSELF, IS AT RISK OF GENERAL, HIMSELF, IS AT RISK OF BEING PROSECUTED BY WILLIAM BARR BEING PROSECUTED BY WILLIAM BARR FOR THE CRIME OF RECEIVING THIS FOR THE CRIME OF RECEIVING THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT ABOUT WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S BEHAVIOR, THE THE PRESIDENT’S BEHAVIOR, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL APPEARS TO BE INSPECTOR GENERAL APPEARS TO BE DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN UNDER DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN UNDER THE LAW TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE LAW TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS COMPLAINT IS ACTUALLY THIS COMPLAINT IS ACTUALLY INVESTIGATED. INVESTIGATED. AND THAT IT IS ACTUALLY HANDLED AND THAT IT IS ACTUALLY HANDLED OVER TO THE INTELLIGENCE OVER TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES IN CONGRESS WHICH ARE COMMITTEES IN CONGRESS WHICH ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE OVERSIGHT OVER SUPPOSED TO HAVE OVERSIGHT OVER THINGS LIKE THIS AND WHICH ARE THINGS LIKE THIS AND WHICH ARE SPECIFICALLY SUPPOSED TO RECEIVE SPECIFICALLY SUPPOSED TO RECEIVE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINTS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINTS WITHOUT ANY INTERFERENCE FROM WITHOUT ANY INTERFERENCE FROM THE SUBJECT OF THE COMPLAINT. THE SUBJECT OF THE COMPLAINT. THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TODAY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TODAY RELEASED A LETTER TODAY FROM THE RELEASED A LETTER TODAY FROM THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IN WHICH THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IN WHICH THE INSPECTOR GENERAL SAYS THAT HE INSPECTOR GENERAL SAYS THAT HE CONSIDERS HIMSELF TO BE BOUND BY CONSIDERS HIMSELF TO BE BOUND BY THE ADMINISTRATION’S DECISIONS THE ADMINISTRATION’S DECISIONS BUT HE RESPECTFULLY DISAGREES BUT HE RESPECTFULLY DISAGREES WITH THEIR DETERMINATION THAT WITH THEIR DETERMINATION THAT THIS COMPLAINT DOESN’T HAVE TO THIS COMPLAINT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HANDED OVER. BE HANDED OVER. HE SAID, “THE COMPLAINANT’S HE SAID, “THE COMPLAINANT’S DISCLOSURE NOT ONLY FALLS WITHIN DISCLOSURE NOT ONLY FALLS WITHIN THE DNI’S JURISDICTION BUT THE DNI’S JURISDICTION BUT RELATES TO ONE OF THE MOST RELATES TO ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT OF THE SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT OF THE DNI’S RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE DNI’S RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.” AMERICAN PEOPLE.” HE ALSO COMPLAINED THAT WHILE HE ALSO COMPLAINED THAT WHILE THE BACKSTOP HERE IS SUPPOSED TO THE BACKSTOP HERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE WHISTLE-BLOWER HIM OR BE THE WHISTLE-BLOWER HIM OR HERSELF SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HERSELF SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CONVEY THEIR COMPLAINT DIRECTLY CONVEY THEIR COMPLAINT DIRECTLY TO CONGRESS, THROUGH SECURE AND TO CONGRESS, THROUGH SECURE AND LEGAL CHANNELS MADE AVAILABLE TO LEGAL CHANNELS MADE AVAILABLE TO THEM FOR THIS PURPOSE, THE TRUMP THEM FOR THIS PURPOSE, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION APPEARS TO BE ADMINISTRATION APPEARS TO BE BLOCKING THE WHISTLE-BLOWER FROM BLOCKING THE WHISTLE-BLOWER FROM DOING THAT AS WELL. DOING THAT AS WELL. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ALSO SAYS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ALSO SAYS HE ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO AT HE ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO AT LEAST CONVEY THE GENERAL SUBJECT LEAST CONVEY THE GENERAL SUBJECT OF THE COMPLAINT TO THE OF THE COMPLAINT TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES TODAY INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES TODAY AND HE WAS DENIED PERMISSION TO AND HE WAS DENIED PERMISSION TO DO SO. DO SO. SO, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL GOT SO, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL GOT THIS COMPLAINT, HAS TRIED TO DO THIS COMPLAINT, HAS TRIED TO DO THE RIGHT THING WITH IT. THE RIGHT THING WITH IT. THIS INSPECTOR GENERAL WHO THIS INSPECTOR GENERAL WHO LOOKED INTO IT, FIND IT LOOKED INTO IT, FIND IT CREDIBLE, FOUND IT TO BE URGENT, CREDIBLE, FOUND IT TO BE URGENT, FOUND IT SOMETHING THAT NEEDED FOUND IT SOMETHING THAT NEEDED TO BE INVESTIGATED, THAT NEEDED TO BE INVESTIGATED, THAT NEEDED TO BE HANDED OVER TO CONGRESS, TO BE HANDED OVER TO CONGRESS, HE IS NOW IN THIS ANGUISHED HE IS NOW IN THIS ANGUISHED POSITION SAYING WHAT THE TRUMP POSITION SAYING WHAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS DOING HERE IS ADMINISTRATION IS DOING HERE IS BLOCKING HIM FROM PROTECTING BLOCKING HIM FROM PROTECTING THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER WHICH HE’S THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER WHICH HE’S LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO DO, TRUMP LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO DO, TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS ALSO BLOCKING ADMINISTRATION IS ALSO BLOCKING HIM FROM MAKING SURE THIS HIM FROM MAKING SURE THIS SERIOUS AND PROPERLY CONVEYED SERIOUS AND PROPERLY CONVEYED COMPLAINT IS DELIVERED TO COMPLAINT IS DELIVERED TO CONGRESS. CONGRESS. IT’S HIS STATUTORY IT’S HIS STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT AND THEY’RE BLOCKING HIM FROM AND THEY’RE BLOCKING HIM FROM DOING IT SO HE’S ABSOLUTELY DOING IT SO HE’S ABSOLUTELY STUCK AND CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF IS STUCK AND CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF IS SIGNALING THAT THAT INSPECTOR SIGNALING THAT THAT INSPECTOR GENERAL MIGHT, HIMSELF, FIND GENERAL MIGHT, HIMSELF, FIND HIMSELF PROSECUTED OR RETALIATED HIMSELF PROSECUTED OR RETALIATED AGAINST JUST FOR RECEIVING THIS AGAINST JUST FOR RECEIVING THIS COMPLAINT AND TRYING TO DO THE COMPLAINT AND TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING UNDER LAW WITH THIS RIGHT THING UNDER LAW WITH THIS MATTER. MATTER. CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF IS GOING CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF IS GOING TO BE JOINING US LIVE IN JUST A TO BE JOINING US LIVE IN JUST A MOMENT. MOMENT. WE STILL, OF COURSE, DO NOT KNOW WE STILL, OF COURSE, DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE COMPLAINT, ITSELF, IS, WHAT THE COMPLAINT, ITSELF, IS, BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU, THE BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU, THE “WASHINGTON POST” JUST MOMENTS “WASHINGTON POST” JUST MOMENTS AGO POSTED THE NEXT BIG AGO POSTED THE NEXT BIG DEVELOPMENT IN THIS STORY. DEVELOPMENT IN THIS STORY. THIS IS A STORY FROM “WASHINGTON THIS IS A STORY FROM “WASHINGTON POST” WHICH HAS JUST POSTED, IT POST” WHICH HAS JUST POSTED, IT CITES TWO SOURCES IN SAYING THAT CITES TWO SOURCES IN SAYING THAT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER’S COMPLAINT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER’S COMPLAINT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP INVOLVES ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP INVOLVES THE NATION OF UKRAINE. THE NATION OF UKRAINE. THERE’S BEEN A BUNCH OF THERE’S BEEN A BUNCH OF SPECULATION ABOUT THIS OVER THE SPECULATION ABOUT THIS OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 24 HOURS. COURSE OF THE LAST 24 HOURS. IN PART JUST BECAUSE OF THE TILE IN PART JUST BECAUSE OF THE TILE TIMELINE HERE. TIMELINE HERE. I DON’T MEAN TO BE WEIRD, THIS I DON’T MEAN TO BE WEIRD, THIS IS GOING TO SOUND WEIRD, BUT IS GOING TO SOUND WEIRD, BUT DON’T TAKE IT THAT WAY. DON’T TAKE IT THAT WAY. IF YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS IF YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS SHOW OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, SHOW OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, YOU ARE PROBABLY BETTER EQUIPPED YOU ARE PROBABLY BETTER EQUIPPED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON TO UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON HERE, THIS LATEST VERSION OF HERE, THIS LATEST VERSION OF THIS STORY. THIS STORY. YOU ARE PROBABLY BETTER EQUIPPED YOU ARE PROBABLY BETTER EQUIPPED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON TO UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON HERE THAN YOUR FRIENDS WHO HAVE HERE THAN YOUR FRIENDS WHO HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO AT 9:00 P.M. BETTER THINGS TO DO AT 9:00 P.M. EASTERN ON A WEEKNIGHT. EASTERN ON A WEEKNIGHT. SO, THIS STORY, THIS PART OF THE SO, THIS STORY, THIS PART OF THE STORY IN THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT STORY IN THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT THAT THIS COMPLAINT ABOUT THAT THIS COMPLAINT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP MAY INVOLVE THE PRESIDENT TRUMP MAY INVOLVE THE NATION OF UKRAINE, THIS IS — NATION OF UKRAINE, THIS IS — THIS OUGHT TO RING A BUNCH OF THIS OUGHT TO RING A BUNCH OF BELLS FOR YOU BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN BELLS FOR YOU BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN COVERING THIS PRETTY COVERING THIS PRETTY INTENSIVELY. INTENSIVELY. TWO WEEKS AGO ON SEPTEMBER 5th, TWO WEEKS AGO ON SEPTEMBER 5th, THE “WASHINGTON POST” RAN THIS THE “WASHINGTON POST” RAN THIS ON THE EDITORIAL PAGE AND EVEN ON THE EDITORIAL PAGE AND EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ON THE EDITORIAL THOUGH IT WAS ON THE EDITORIAL PAGE, IT CONTAINED THIS PAGE, IT CONTAINED THIS REMARKABLE CLAIM. REMARKABLE CLAIM. SEE THE HEADLINE THERE. SEE THE HEADLINE THERE. “TRUMP TRIES TO FORCE UKRAINE TO “TRUMP TRIES TO FORCE UKRAINE TO MEDDLE IN THE 2020 ELECTION.” MEDDLE IN THE 2020 ELECTION.” MEANING THE 2020 U.S. ELECTION. MEANING THE 2020 U.S. ELECTION. EXPLAINING THAT THE NEWLY EXPLAINING THAT THE NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE APPEARS TO BE A REAL REFORMER APPEARS TO BE A REAL REFORMER AND A REAL SMALL “D” DEMOCRAT AND A REAL SMALL “D” DEMOCRAT AND THAT, THEREFORE, OUGHT TO BE AND THAT, THEREFORE, OUGHT TO BE A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION IN A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION IN WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON. “POST” ARGUES THAT NEVERTHELESS “POST” ARGUES THAT NEVERTHELESS THE NEW UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT HAS THE NEW UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT HAS RECEIVED THE COLD SHOULDER FROM RECEIVED THE COLD SHOULDER FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. HE, QUOTE, HAS SO FAR FAILED TO HE, QUOTE, HAS SO FAR FAILED TO WINNING THE BACKING OF PRESIDENT WINNING THE BACKING OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. TRUMP. NOT ONLY HAS HE REFUSED A WHITE NOT ONLY HAS HE REFUSED A WHITE HOUSE VISIT, HE SUSPENDED THE HOUSE VISIT, HE SUSPENDED THE DELIVERY OF $250 MILLION IN U.S. DELIVERY OF $250 MILLION IN U.S. MILITARY AID TO THIS COUNTRY MILITARY AID TO THIS COUNTRY THAT IS STILL FIGHTING RUSSIAN THAT IS STILL FIGHTING RUSSIAN AGGRESSION IN ITS EASTERN AGGRESSION IN ITS EASTERN PROVINCES. PROVINCES. SOME SUSPECT MR. TRUMP IS ONCE SOME SUSPECT MR. TRUMP IS ONCE AGAIN CATERING TO RUSSIAN AGAIN CATERING TO RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN WHO, OF PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN WHO, OF COURSE, IS DEDICATED TO COURSE, IS DEDICATED TO UNDERMINING UKRAINIAN DEMOCRACY UNDERMINING UKRAINIAN DEMOCRACY AND INDEPENDENCE,” BUT THE AND INDEPENDENCE,” BUT THE “POST” SAYS “WE’RE RELIABLY TOLD “POST” SAYS “WE’RE RELIABLY TOLD THE PRESIDENT HAS A SECOND AND THE PRESIDENT HAS A SECOND AND MORE VENAL AGENDA. MORE VENAL AGENDA. TRYING TO FORCE THE UKRAINIAN TRYING TO FORCE THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO INTERVENE IN THE PRESIDENT TO INTERVENE IN THE U.S. 2020 ELECTION BY LAUNCHING U.S. 2020 ELECTION BY LAUNCHING AN INVESTIGATION IN UKRAINE OF AN INVESTIGATION IN UKRAINE OF THE LEADING DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE THE LEADING DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE JOE BIDEN. JOE BIDEN. MR. TRUMP IS NOT JUST SOLICITING MR. TRUMP IS NOT JUST SOLICITING UKRAINE’S HELP WITH HIS UKRAINE’S HELP WITH HIS PRESIDENTIAL RE-ELECTION PRESIDENTIAL RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN, HE’S USING U.S. CAMPAIGN, HE’S USING U.S. MILITARY AID THAT THAT COUNTRY MILITARY AID THAT THAT COUNTRY DESPERATELY NEEDS IN AN ATTEMPT DESPERATELY NEEDS IN AN ATTEMPT TO EXTORT IT. TO EXTORT IT. SO, AGAIN, WE STILL DO NOT KNOW SO, AGAIN, WE STILL DO NOT KNOW IF THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THIS IF THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT IS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT IS ABOUT THAT’S CURRENTLY BLOWING ABOUT THAT’S CURRENTLY BLOWING UP PROVERBIAL WASHINGTON. UP PROVERBIAL WASHINGTON. SHANE HARRIS FROM THE SHANE HARRIS FROM THE “WASHINGTON POST” TONIGHT IS “WASHINGTON POST” TONIGHT IS REPORTING THE WHISTLE-BLOWER REPORTING THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT HAS SOMETHING TO DO COMPLAINT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH UKRAINE, BUT THE TIMELINE WITH UKRAINE, BUT THE TIMELINE HERE MAY BE INSTRUCTIVE. HERE MAY BE INSTRUCTIVE. THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW OF THE THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW OF THE TIMELINE. TIMELINE. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A PHONE CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A PHONE CALL WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT OF WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE JULY 25th. UKRAINE JULY 25th. THREE DAYS LATER, THE DIRECTOR THREE DAYS LATER, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, DAN OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, DAN COATS, IS OUT. COATS, IS OUT. HE SUBMITS HIS RESIGNATION. HE SUBMITS HIS RESIGNATION. LESS THAN TWO WEEKS LATER LESS THAN TWO WEEKS LATER THERE’S A STRANGE INCIDENT IN THERE’S A STRANGE INCIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE FIRST REPORTED THE WHITE HOUSE FIRST REPORTED BY CNN IN WHICH THAT OUTGOING BY CNN IN WHICH THAT OUTGOING DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE DAN DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE DAN COATS FOR SOME REASON STEPS INTO COATS FOR SOME REASON STEPS INTO A MEETING BEING LED BY HIS A MEETING BEING LED BY HIS DEPUTY SUE GORDON AND TELLS HER DEPUTY SUE GORDON AND TELLS HER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MEETING IN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MEETING IN BUNCH OF A FEW BUNCH OF A FEW FRONT OF — FOUR DAYS LATER THE FRONT OF — FOUR DAYS LATER THE WHISTLE BLOWER COMPLAINT IS WHISTLE BLOWER COMPLAINT IS FILED WITH THE INTELLIGENCE FILED WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY’S INSPECTOR GENERAL. COMMUNITY’S INSPECTOR GENERAL. THREE DAYS AFTER THAT DAN COATS THREE DAYS AFTER THAT DAN COATS AND SUE GORDON LEAVE THE WHITE AND SUE GORDON LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE. HOUSE. BEFORE THAT WEEK IS OUT, BEFORE THAT WEEK IS OUT, PRESIDENT TRMP SAYS PUBLICLY, PRESIDENT TRMP SAYS PUBLICLY, THAT SHOULD BE FORGIVEN. THAT SHOULD BE FORGIVEN. RUSSIA AND VLADIMIR PUTIN SHOULD RUSSIA AND VLADIMIR PUTIN SHOULD BE LET BACK INTO THE G8. BE LET BACK INTO THE G8. POLITICO IS FIRST TO REPORT POLITICO IS FIRST TO REPORT TRUMP PUT ON HOLD $250 MILLION TRUMP PUT ON HOLD $250 MILLION IN MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE, IN MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE, MONEY THAT WAS APPROPRIATED BY MONEY THAT WAS APPROPRIATED BY THE CONGRESS TO HELP UKRAINE THE CONGRESS TO HELP UKRAINE STANDS UP TO RUSSIA. STANDS UP TO RUSSIA. BEFORE THE NEXT WEEK IS OUT, THE BEFORE THE NEXT WEEK IS OUT, THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES THAT IT IS WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES THAT IT IS CUTTING ALMOST THE ENTIRE CUTTING ALMOST THE ENTIRE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IN MILITARY CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IN EASTERN EUROPE THAT IS EASTERN EUROPE THAT IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED TO HELP SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED TO HELP OTHER NATIONS ON RUSSIA’S BORDER OTHER NATIONS ON RUSSIA’S BORDER STAND UP THEMSELVES AGAINST STAND UP THEMSELVES AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION OF THE TYPE RUSSIAN AGGRESSION OF THE TYPE FACED BY UKRAINE. FACED BY UKRAINE. TWO DAYS AFTER THAT, THE TWO DAYS AFTER THAT, THE “WASHINGTON POST” PUBLISHES ITS “WASHINGTON POST” PUBLISHES ITS OP-PED ABOUT TRUMP ALLEGEDLY OP-PED ABOUT TRUMP ALLEGEDLY DEMANDING HELP FROM UKRAINE FOR DEMANDING HELP FROM UKRAINE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION EFFORT AND HIS RE-ELECTION EFFORT AND THREATENING TO DENY CREW CRANE THREATENING TO DENY CREW CRANE U.S. U.S. UKRAINE U.S. MILITARY ASSISTANCE UKRAINE U.S. MILITARY ASSISTANCE UNLESS AND UNTIL HE GETS IT AND UNLESS AND UNTIL HE GETS IT AND NOW THERE’S A NEW ACTING NOW THERE’S A NEW ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE THAT ISN’T LETTING INTELLIGENCE THAT ISN’T LETTING THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT THAT’S REPORTEDLY ABOUT UKRAINE THAT’S REPORTEDLY ABOUT UKRAINE BE BARDFORWARDED TO THE INTELLIG BE BARDFORWARDED TO THE INTELLIG COMMITTEES WHICH THEY’RE LEGALLY COMMITTEES WHICH THEY’RE LEGALLY REQUIRED TO DO. REQUIRED TO DO. SOMEWHERE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW IN SOMEWHERE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW IN AMERICA IS A WHISTLE-BLOWER FROM AMERICA IS A WHISTLE-BLOWER FROM THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHO HAS GONE THROUGH CHANNELS AND HAS GONE THROUGH CHANNELS AND DONE THINGS BY THE BOOK AND DONE THINGS BY THE BOOK AND SOUGHT WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTION SOUGHT WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTION UNDER LAW TO ALERT CONGRESS IN UNDER LAW TO ALERT CONGRESS IN GOOD FAITH ABOUT A SERIOUS AND GOOD FAITH ABOUT A SERIOUS AND URGENT MATTER THAT REPORTEDLY URGENT MATTER THAT REPORTEDLY INVOLVES THE PRESIDENT, HIS INVOLVES THE PRESIDENT, HIS COMMUNICATIONS WITH FOREIGN COMMUNICATIONS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS, SOME SORT OF PROMISE LEADERS, SOME SORT OF PROMISE THAT HE HAS MADE TO FOREIGN THAT HE HAS MADE TO FOREIGN LEADERS, AND POTENTIALLY SOME LEADERS, AND POTENTIALLY SOME SHENANIGANS INVOLVING THE NATION SHENANIGANS INVOLVING THE NATION OF UKRAINE. OF UKRAINE. BIT BY BIT, THE SUBSTANCE OF THE BIT BY BIT, THE SUBSTANCE OF THE COMPLAINT SEEMS TO BE COMING TO COMPLAINT SEEMS TO BE COMING TO THE SURFACE WHILE HOUR BY HOUR, THE SURFACE WHILE HOUR BY HOUR, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION APPEARS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION APPEARS TO BE FIXING ITS CROSSHAIRS ON TO BE FIXING ITS CROSSHAIRS ON THE WHISTLE-BLOWER. THE WHISTLE-BLOWER. AND ON ANYBODY WHO HELPS HIM OR AND ON ANYBODY WHO HELPS HIM OR HER MAKE THIS STORY KNOWN. HER MAKE THIS STORY KNOWN. AT A FUNDAMENTAL LEVEL, THIS IS AT A FUNDAMENTAL LEVEL, THIS IS REPULSIVE. REPULSIVE. IN TERMS OF HOW WHISTLE-BLOWERS IN TERMS OF HOW WHISTLE-BLOWERS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TREATED IN ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TREATED IN OUR COUNTRY OR IN ANY. OUR COUNTRY OR IN ANY. BUT THIS IS ALSO ONGOING. BUT THIS IS ALSO ONGOING. THIS IS LIVE. THIS IS LIVE. IT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. IT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. SHANE HARRIS JOINS US NEXT.


100 Comments

Full on Roopist · September 20, 2019 at 8:18 am

Sounds like a disgruntled employee

valiantfreak · September 20, 2019 at 8:18 am

The damage done to the presidency is astounding.

Robert Green · September 20, 2019 at 8:18 am

A corrupted system top-down of Trump's administration is rotten from the core, starting from the Oval Office.

Hugo Downs · September 20, 2019 at 8:18 am

Let’s hope this is the one, if such exists, that will sink his gross orangeness!

Greg k · September 20, 2019 at 8:19 am

I now believe there are three genders man woman and Rachel Maddow

r B · September 20, 2019 at 8:19 am

trump supporters have no brains whatsoever none they are zombies and we all know how to get rid of zombies.

Alphonzoe Elrich · September 20, 2019 at 8:19 am

Why don't women have to grow their hair out to get a job?

Logan Harrison · September 20, 2019 at 8:19 am

32 months of non stop investigation by the fbi, 30 million tax payer dollars were spent, yet nothing was found. At all. Y’all are still barking up this tree. Trump did nothing wrong and you all are completely brainwashed by msnbc and cnn. When he wins again in 2020 I will laugh extra hard for all the haters😂😂 see y’all when his 2 terms are over

gert jan de groot · September 20, 2019 at 8:20 am

Trump to Ukraine, "So you help me to screw Biden and I will not take away our money and military support, and maybe give even more"

Luedog · September 20, 2019 at 8:20 am

Trump may have power right now but when he loses the election the crimes he committed aren't going away and he wont have anymore power to stop criminal prosecutions.

Greg k · September 20, 2019 at 8:21 am

The newest attack Trump sceme

this is me · September 20, 2019 at 8:22 am

Not even bothering to hide or, disguise it anymore.

Tom Jones · September 20, 2019 at 8:22 am

Fake news. Nothing will come of this. Watch.

ghetso girl · September 20, 2019 at 8:22 am

Tax Protest because the Constitution is not being protected, enforced or followed by the Administration. This is hysterical! If the safe guards to protect Democracy are not being followed by the Government then the people are financing a dictatorship based on Fascism. Just pathetic

THE TRACKCAR · September 20, 2019 at 8:23 am

Impeach the guy already and undue all the damage he has done while in office. 🇺🇸

Eric W · September 20, 2019 at 8:25 am

How come actual names aren't used where names are available??
Acting Director of National Intelligence = Joseph Maguire
Inspector General = Michael Horowitz

OhPlease a · September 20, 2019 at 8:25 am

This is just another wow. There has been so many whistle blowers in usa, however this on the PRESIDENT OF USA………… wtf?

Carol Irvine · September 20, 2019 at 8:26 am

Unfortunately a lot of good people are going to have to break the law (Barr's law) in order to protect the country

Pissed Off · September 20, 2019 at 8:26 am

AND AMERICA THINKS IMMIGRATION IS THE CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER ….LOL

RUNNING MAN · September 20, 2019 at 8:27 am

Private conversations are protected. This will fall apart. Washington Post? Fake news will let its supporters down again. MSNBC has been pushing lies for years. Someone reporting about a presidents private conversation is not a whistle blower,it's an unprofessional TRUMP DERANGEMENT Syndrome PATIENT. . LOL.

Onehuman Onearth · September 20, 2019 at 8:27 am

Can't believe a word this chick says.

Lilitha11 · September 20, 2019 at 8:27 am

The inspector general over the intelligence is a Trump guy, he wouldn't say the whistle blower was credible and urgent unless there was something there.

The Lions Cub · September 20, 2019 at 8:28 am

Need to watch the interviews that, Meghan Kelly, had with Putin..watch all of them, to include the Exclusive one that is in Russian…any/all interviews she has with him watch…CONFRONTING Russian Pres…Mar 10, 2018 and the EXCLUSIVE…should find easily on Youtube…listen carefully, pay attention to details…alot speaks to that which has happened and is also now happening…even as I send this…this is no joke…hind sight…really can be 20/20…UGH…!!!

David Rook · September 20, 2019 at 8:28 am

I love MSNBC and Madcow because they don't realize and it is now apparent that the whistleblower apparently broke laws to why they would hirer a lawyer.

chimpakawanzelu · September 20, 2019 at 8:28 am

dictators in 3rd world shitholes can't even compete with the corruption of the usa.

2Legit 2BReal · September 20, 2019 at 8:28 am

Alleged, alleged, alleged? Must be a slow news cycle. I'd like to know who the whistle blower voted for and who is paying the high powered attorney? Could it be the DNC?

Steve · September 20, 2019 at 8:31 am

How does it feel Trump supports that your leader is a Putin stooge.

C W · September 20, 2019 at 8:31 am

This reporter is a kunt

Jason May · September 20, 2019 at 8:32 am

She said whistle blower 100 times.

Peter Mogensen · September 20, 2019 at 8:32 am

Democracy, sadly, doesn't work if a majority of the people don't care that they are being conned by a demagogue autocrat.

Americans… If you don't stop this man, you'll witness the end of the American experiment after 243 years.

Bert Nijhof · September 20, 2019 at 8:32 am

Trump, the fascist gets more blunt, because Pelosi is weak and without any spine. She is getting too old and should retire.

Psychotic Bob · September 20, 2019 at 8:33 am

There is no better thing to do at 9 pm on a weeknight than watch your program, Rachel.

James Hopkinson · September 20, 2019 at 8:33 am

I wonder how long it will be before the American people admit they have created a dictatorship

Marco Blanco · September 20, 2019 at 8:33 am

More lies from the liar…

Dr. Dingus · September 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

Rachel meadows is a bad man…

Pamela Garris · September 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

Protected. Everyone with info. Just tell it. TELL IT OUT LOUD. Let them know, no secrets aloud. Just say it. Their secrets are their best allie. Break their norm.

senghor · September 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

Impeach now

John Mamo · September 20, 2019 at 8:36 am

Rachel is having Joy Reid's baby!

Carly M · September 20, 2019 at 8:36 am

since when did the Executive branch get blanket immunity? In the last 34 months the rest of the Government apparatus has been made complete fools out of.

Gwen30 · September 20, 2019 at 8:36 am

Criminals are in OUR White HOUSE get them OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jenlopez · September 20, 2019 at 8:36 am

I'm sure you are going to report on Ed Buck and his close connections to the Clintons, David Brock; etc.. oh yea that doesn't fit the narrative… MSM is dead like the Clinton Body count… WE ARE THE NEWS NOW

CRIMNALSNEAK · September 20, 2019 at 8:37 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA CNN and MSNBC need this content to stay alive hahahahahahaha it's so pathetic
How many nothing burgers will you kids eat up?

StemCell · September 20, 2019 at 8:37 am

Good lord …. what a waste of 14 minutes! All you did is just yapped over and over… you could have made this a five minutes….

Michael Crawley · September 20, 2019 at 8:37 am

RACHEL MADDOW YOU JUST WONT GIVE UP WILL YOU? REMEMBER WHEN YOU GOT AHOLD OF TRUMPS TAX RETURNS LOL?

Steph Ss · September 20, 2019 at 8:37 am

JUST SPILL THE BEANS ALREADY!!! What? No leaks? What a joke…

TheHuskyK9 · September 20, 2019 at 8:38 am

Imagine if Obama did any of the stuff Trump is doing. Do you know how quickly Repubs would try to impeach him? Remember, these are the same people that ridiculed Obama for wearing a tan suit during a meeting when he was Pres…

John Mamo · September 20, 2019 at 8:38 am

Since wearing maga hat I won the lottery seven times! I'm worth 64 million dollars! God bless Trump and lotto 🙏 🙏😇 🙌! CNN and MSNBC just reported! Joe Biden dropped out of race!

briddle1 · September 20, 2019 at 8:38 am

Biden investigation in Ukraine

deez · September 20, 2019 at 8:38 am

The same network that claimed they had "evidence" during the Mueller investigation that trump was guilty is now pushing this?

Walter Ontiveros · September 20, 2019 at 8:38 am

Why would trump do that ? Why? Could it be that he's quilty.

Beastly Dookie · September 20, 2019 at 8:40 am

This is the most vague story i’ve ever seen 😂

The Lions Cub · September 20, 2019 at 8:40 am

This frustrates me though, how is it that the Washington Post says…it involves Ukraine…shut up !!! Even if it did/does…SHUT UP !!! WPost you'd put that WBlowers life in jeopardy for a story…wait til you at least…what counrty or leader..theres been enough speculations and smokebombs…and all you news/??? centers don't need running around…doing the looky here and looky there…bit again…Schiff is intelligent/intelligence…he will not let this pass through his hands…!!! No more illusions…theres more than enough each day…

tiDDies aTTic · September 20, 2019 at 8:40 am

This guy's journalistic integrity is non-existent at this point. He's been wrong about everything since election day 2016🤷🏿‍♂️

Mr X · September 20, 2019 at 8:40 am

Trump is like a cancer growing out of control…

Samuel Yeo · September 20, 2019 at 8:41 am

William Barr will ensure that Trump receives full protection.He is not serving as the Attorney General for the country,but as a personal lawyer for Trump !

Matthew Parmelee · September 20, 2019 at 8:41 am

Oh WOW! The intelligence community is manipulating the media again? No way…

Mistercharmz · September 20, 2019 at 8:42 am

Get him tf out of office!!

Konstantin Polyakov · September 20, 2019 at 8:42 am

TREASON TRUMP.

Donald Schrump · September 20, 2019 at 8:43 am

It's not like he told Putin he'd be more flexible after the election or something. 😃

gigi clarke · September 20, 2019 at 8:43 am

Please America 🇺🇸 get that bum out of there i am pleading to Republicans to vote no against this Bum an Chief

P Bo · September 20, 2019 at 8:44 am

Such a transparent admin… the tyrant directs everyone to unprecedentedly make up stuff to protect him.. his admin and DOJ.. and republicans allow this..
Imagine if the previous admin behaved this way how they would be behaving.. now the DOJ is obstructing justice..
If nothing to hide, let it come out..
Republicans want election interference, look how it helped them last time..and treasonous behavoir using military funding, to help Putin.. wow

Katie .Woodlief · September 20, 2019 at 8:45 am

Do it anyway ..

Beth D · September 20, 2019 at 8:46 am

They shouldn't be called whistleblowers they are patriots and heroes.

A Rivera · September 20, 2019 at 8:46 am

Russia will assassinate anyone

Myriam Gapella · September 20, 2019 at 8:47 am

is BARR planning a visit to the whistleblower ? better keep on eye on him!🤔🤔🐀🐀

IMJW1000 · September 20, 2019 at 8:48 am

So, I guess according to this rumor monger, Edward Snowden is covered by the whistle blower law, as well as Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Okay.

PhiL B · September 20, 2019 at 8:49 am

Kirk: Trump does only good to the USA.
Spock: It is not logical.
Scotty: It is human.
Spock: No common frame of reference.

Jeannie Winters · September 20, 2019 at 8:49 am

Ok…heres my take…maybe this "Promise " made by tRump was to Ukraine President that he will release those funds to Ukraine when he gets the "goods" on Bieden. OR….the "promise " was to Putin that he (tRump) will not release funds to Ukraine. Hmmmm wonder how close it is?

Cat Tracks · September 20, 2019 at 8:50 am

Vote Democrat ….our lives depend on it.

Jeano k · September 20, 2019 at 8:50 am

The person being investigated meddles in the investigation. Why does this sound so familiar?

Chris Gajda · September 20, 2019 at 8:52 am

traitor and a criminal and scandalist …and yet still a president and yet no consequences

briddle1 · September 20, 2019 at 8:53 am

If true that means the president should be impeached! yada yada. i get it every time he wins, they cry. 40 million tax payer usd for a fake russia collusion fishing expedition just to find nada. now we got yada yada for some fake whistle blower with fake info. yada yada for nada nada. wait in this pocket we have millions more usd and more time to ignore the nations business. i guess we can all put our lives on hold while they cry. this is not a nightmare, this is your life… sniff sniff. waaaaaaaaaaaa

Daryl Leckt · September 20, 2019 at 8:53 am

it's being reported the whistleblower is aware trump sold 50% of Americas uranium to russia in exchange for putins cyber attacks subverting Americas 2020 elections

Rabbit Snare · September 20, 2019 at 8:53 am

Here we go again.

In the beginning, it was fun to watch this hopelessly inept yo-yo/president and his stooges bumbling about, unable to figure out both important domestic and foreign policy and how to work an umbrella.

But it's not fun anymore. Trump has shown his true colors and he's exactly what most of us thought he would be: a corrupt huckster who is only in this for himself.

Impeach him already.

Nello Johnson · September 20, 2019 at 8:54 am

In these times Republicans go into hibernation. I sometimes wonder if the second branch of government is only run by democrats because the Republicans are nowhere to be seen.

Dale Cox · September 20, 2019 at 8:55 am

That's the Trump administration – never doing the right thing.

venombh21 · September 20, 2019 at 8:55 am

whos is the Whistleblower? What did Trump asked a foreign LEADER to do FOR HIM NOT THE NATION!

bernadette black · September 20, 2019 at 8:55 am

Barr is a KEEPER of secrets . His Father's , Epstein, Trump Family, The President and God knows who else's secrets he is protecting .

Lily Jade · September 20, 2019 at 8:55 am

When is IMPEACHMENT of trump??? Pelosi????
Hey, is Putin gonna be stupid enough to give trump more money when every one knows trump promises mean absolutely nada.

King Leo XVII · September 20, 2019 at 8:56 am

Of course you don't know who the whistleblower is……that's the point!

Caged63Man · September 20, 2019 at 8:57 am

Love to see this pos potus, swinging from a rope!

Nathan Tillim · September 20, 2019 at 8:57 am

The swamp creatures are so scared of him they’ll concoct the most ridiculous stories to try and take him down.
If so much wasn’t at stake it would be comical to watch.

Sevlija Blazevic · September 20, 2019 at 8:58 am

America is full of fools or explain how criminal can be u.s.a. president ! ANY PERSON WITH, ANY BRAIN, UNDERSTAND THAT TRUUMP IS DANGER FOR THE WORLD PEACE ! Only americans doesnt understand ! But hey, beautifull city of Belgium ! SHAME !

Jack Davis · September 20, 2019 at 8:58 am

Get a new job!!!

Wolfie · September 20, 2019 at 8:59 am

This is the biggest, most blatant, corrupt administration The U.S. has ever seen. Trump's been in Putin's back pocket since day one. He's 'owed' Putin since Putin bankrolled him…and Putin ''owns'' him too. So let's see how far this criminal gang can take it before being taken down by the law (although clearly proving difficult since one of Trump's henchmen took hold of the DoJ)

S A · September 20, 2019 at 9:00 am

I see a divorce happening and this was planned maybe by Melania because the dude looks somewhat Slavic, I hope i'm wrong.

William Davis · September 20, 2019 at 9:00 am

Maddow has no idea what he’s talking about.

TIMΞ СнΛИGΣ · September 20, 2019 at 9:00 am

Like for democrat reply for republican! Who will win?

timeforchange · September 20, 2019 at 9:00 am

Ahhh so that's why Giuliani was out on CNN blabbing like a stupid old fool! I don't think what Giuliani is trying to do will work somehow. We all know why Barr's been brought in – I hope the whistleblower has protection – they're going to need it.

Mike G · September 20, 2019 at 9:01 am

So an unknown “whistle blower” has made unknown accusations about Trump’s conduct during an unknown timeframe that the “news” has concluded must have to do with Ukraine, one of the only country’s on earth that’s more hateful of Russia than the U.S?
All of this conveniently timed to coincide with first term ending and election season? You don’t say!?
The Dems know they’ve got a losing candidacy and it’s time to go back to the familiar empty accusations.

Captain Swag · September 20, 2019 at 9:01 am

You know you've done something wrong when your own party controls the Senate and you still don't want them to know about it.

Cove Dweller · September 20, 2019 at 9:02 am

‘Someone’? Might that ‘Someone’ in fact be yet one more B.S. tactic of democrats to tarnish the President? I am amazed anyone with half a brain would consider all these smarmy accusations, especially coming from Schiff, are true! It has been one lie after lie after lie since before President Trump even took office!

S A · September 20, 2019 at 9:02 am

Again I don't see her being that smart but it'll be an aggressive anonymous move.

michelle stein-evers frankl · September 20, 2019 at 9:03 am

The illegitimate #45 has turned this country into what he claims he hates most, "shthole countries."

There are countries in Africa which are working HARD to clean their lower judiciaries of corruption, purge their medical facilities of fake and quack doctors and pharmacies. And guess who is able to produce the evidence to do it? Their journalists. What used to be called in the US, at the turn of the 20th century, "muckraking journalists" who made it their business to expose corruptions on all levels.
And they learned how to clean it up from the Americans of old.

Hannixander · September 20, 2019 at 9:03 am

It's truly amazing how easily you all get yourselves worked up again and again. Hahaha.

swimingbird88 · September 20, 2019 at 9:03 am

Giuliani admitted to asking Ukraine for help with Biden

Jeannie Winters · September 20, 2019 at 9:04 am

I'm beginning to wonder ….is Trump is so clueless that he really doesn't know that what he's doing is illegal?
Either that or he is simply beyond devious and deeply corrupt.🤬
Whichever it is…..it is beyond disgusting. He's going to find out sooner or later that he will shed that Teflon and end up in prison!!!!
Sitting president cannot be investigated? How the H are we going to prove Treason?
AND ….wait a sec…..Clunton was still in office when he did what he did…..he was investigated and impeached.
So, why is the law different for Trump? He has allegedly committed FAR worse crimes than Clinton did. Just sayin…

gap949 · September 20, 2019 at 9:04 am

I thought it was Barr who blows Trump's wee whistle !

Gary Diggins · September 20, 2019 at 9:04 am

This whistleblower is very possibly going to be "Epstiened" soon.

James Ritter · September 20, 2019 at 9:04 am

So let me get this straight, a sitting US president isn't allowed to have classified conversations with foreign leaders? You can't be serious?

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