Attorney General Jeff Sessions Does The Right Thing And Pushes Back | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Does The Right Thing And Pushes Back | Morning Joe | MSNBC
    >> GARDEN. >> OH, IT TURN NOOSE A GUARDEN,
    DOES IT? LET'S START WITH THAT TESTIMONY
    ON CAPITOL HILL FEATURING TOMORROW JEFF SESSIONS WHO ONCE
    AGAIN FACED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND ALLEGED TIES
    TO RUSSIA. WE WILL GET TO WHAT HE DOES AND
    DOES NOT REMEMBER IN JUST A MOMENT, BUT FIRST --?
    WASN'T IT FASCINATING ACTUALLY THAT JEFF SESSIONS ACTUALLY
    STEPPED UP YESTERDAY AND DID WHAT OUR GUEST SAID HE MIGHT DO,
    AND THAT IS BE A PART OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THAT PUSHES
    BACK ON THE PRESIDENT TRYING TO INFLUENCE?
    >> WELL, THAT WAS THE NOTABLE EXCHANGE FROM THAT HEARING.
    SESSIONS SQUARED OFF WITH MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE WHO WERE
    ASKING HIM TO APPOINT ANOTHER SPECIAL COUNSEL TO LOOK INTO
    ALLEGATIONS RELATED TO HILLARY CLINTON.
    HERE IS AN EXCHANGE BETWEEN SESSIONS AND CONGRESSMAN JIM
    JORDAN. >> WHAT'S IT GOING TO TAKE TO
    ACTUALLY GET A SPECIAL COUNSEL? >> IT WOULD TAKE A FACTUAL BASIS
    THAT MEETS A STANDARDS OF THE APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL COUNT
    IS EL. >> AND IT SURE LOOKS LIKE THE
    FBI WAS PAYING THE AUTHOR OF THAT DOCUMENT AND IT SURE LOOKS
    LIKE A MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY WAS WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL
    GOVERNMENT TO THEN TURN AN OPPOSITION RESEARCH DOCUMENT
    THAT QUOTED SOME NATIONAL ENQUIRER STORY TO A DO YOU MEAN
    TO TURN IT INTO THE FISA COURT TO SPY ON THE PRESIDENT'S
    CAMPAIGN. SEASON THAT ALL THE THINGS WE
    KNOW ABOUT JAMES COMEY, DOESN'T THAT WARRANT NAMING A SECOND
    COUNSEL AS 23 COMMITTEE MEMBERS ASKED YOU TO DO.
    >> I WOULD SAY LOOKS SHRIKE NOT ENOUGH TO APPOINT A SPECIAL
    COUNSEL. >> WOW.
    >> KIND OF LIKE WHAT CHUCK ROSENBERG SAID YESTERDAY, HE
    SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, I DON'T WANT TO BE POLLY ANNISH, BUT
    THERE ARE A LOT OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.
    THEY HAVE BEEN THERE, THEY SEEN POLITICAL TIDES COME AND GO, I
    THINK THEY'RE GOING TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND JEFF SESSIONS,
    WE'RE GOING TO CRITICIZE HIM IN A MINUTE FOR FORGETTING OR
    OVERLOOKING ANOTHER RUSSIA MEETING, BUT AT THE SAME TIME,
    AS I POINTED OUT YESTERDAY, WHEN AMERICA, WHEN THE REPUBLIC
    NEEDED JEFF SESSIONS TO STAND UP AND RECUSE HIMSELF, SO JUSTICE
    MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE OF BEING BLIND, HE DID IT.
    >> HE'S DONE IT TWICE NOW. HE'S IN A TERRIBLE POSITION.
    HE'S GOT A PRESIDENT THAT'S BULLYING HIM.
    YOU KNOW, THROUGH TWITTER, WHICH IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO
    COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR STAFF. HE'S BEING PUSH AND PRODDED.
    HE'S GOT NOW THE GUYS ON THE HILL WHO ARE PUSHING AGAINST
    HIM. AND HE'S DONE THE RIGHT THING.
    HE DID RIGHT THING BY RECUSING HIMSELF, HE DID THE RIGHT THING
    BY PUSHING BACK YESTERDAY. HIS MANDATE, ATTORNEY GENERAL'S
    MANDATE IS TAKING A AN AGGRESSIVE STANCE ON CRIME THE
    OPIOID INVESTIGATION. IF WE RUN AWAY WITH THESE THINGS
    BLUSHED OUT, THAT'S TAKE I AWAY WITH WHAT HE WANTED TO ACHIEVE.
    I THOUGHT HE DID A GOOOOD JOB YESTERDAY.
    >> WE WERE TALKING BE EVERY THE SHOW, WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT
    STORY? WE CAN TALK ABOUT ROY MOORE THE
    POLLS, THE CALLING, BOERNE MY BERNSTEIN OR WHATEVER.
    WE COULD HAVE -- OWE BERNIE BERNSTEIN OR WHATEVER.
    WE COULD HAVE TALKED ABOUT -- >> PAPADOPOULOS MEET SOMETHING.
    >> WHAT ITSELF THE MOST IMPORTANT TING THAT HAPPENED
    YESTERDAY? >> WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IT RIGHT
    NOW. >> WE SAID WE HAD AN ATTORNEY
    GENERAL THAT STEPPED UP AND DID NOT LOOK LIKE HE WAS NOT GOING
    TO ALLOW, LOOKED LIKE HE WAS NOT GOING NO ALLOW OUR PRESIDENT,
    OUR REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS TURN THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INTO
    SOME DEVICE FOR A TYRANNICAL AUTOCRAT IN THE MAKING.
    >> YEAH. WE WILL GET TO THE FACT THAT
    HE'S PRONE TO AMNESIA. WE WILL GET TO THAT.
    >> IT'S JUST WITH HIS MEMORY. >> ON THIS SPECIFIC FACET OF
    WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY, THIS IS AN ATTEMPT, A CONSIDERED ATTEMPT
    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND ALLIES IN THE HOUSE
    OF REPRESENTATIVES YESTERDAY, JIM JORDAN, THE GUY WITHOUT A
    COAT FROM OHIO TO TURN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INTO JUST A
    POLITICAL PROPERTY OF THE PRESIDENT, TO INFLICT POLITIC
    NOOSE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHICH WOULD AFFECT THE MORALE OF
    THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. >> IT WOULD SHATTER
    CONSTITUTIONAL NORMS. AGAIN, THAT'S WHY WE ARE
    STARTING WITH THIS, BECAUSE IF HE LISTENED TO DONALD TRUMP.
    >> IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TELLING. >> THIS WOULD SHATTER
    CONSTITUTIONAL NORMS AND WOULD BE CHILLING.
    >> YEAH. AND THIS THING IS ALL OVER A
    CANADIAN COMPANY PURCHASED BY THE RUSSIANS.
    THE PURCHASE AS IT INVOLVED THE UNITED STATES WAS APPROVED BY A
    COMMITTEE THAT REPRESENTED NINE DIFFERENT FEDERAL AGENCIES OF
    THE GOVERNMENT. THAT'S SOME CONPIER IS TRACY YOU
    HOLD TOGETHER. -- CONSPIRACY.
    NINE DIFFERENT AGENCIES. >> PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN
    HAMMERING THEM CALLING THE URANIUM MODERN DAY WATERGATE.
    ONE OF FOX'S LEADING JOURNALISTS SHEPP SMITH TOOK ON THE
    PRESIDENT'S STATEMENTS, CALMING THEM INACCURATE IN A NUMBER OF
    WAY, NOTING THE CLINTON STATE DEPARTMENT HAD NO POWER TO VETO
    OR APPROVE THAT TRANSACTION. >> EVEN SO, THE ACCUSATION IS
    PREDICATED ON THE CHARGE THAT SECRETARY CLINTON APPROVED THE
    SALE. SHE DID NOT.
    A COMMITTEE OF NINE EVALUATED THE SALE.
    THE PRESIDENT APPROVED THE SALE. THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY
    COMMISSION AND OTHERS HAD TO OFFER PERMITS AND NONE OF THE
    URANIUM WAS EXPORTED FOR USE BY THE U.S. TO RUSSIA.
    >> THAT IS YOUR RAINIUM ONE. >> SO THIS WAS SIX MINUTES OF
    BEAUTY. WE WILL HAVE MUCH MORE OF
    SHEPP'S SURGICAL DEBUCKS OF SESSIONS AHEAD ON THE SHOW.
    IT'S INCREDIBLE SMR SHEPP UNDERCUT THIS ENTIRE CONSPIRACY
    THEORY. IT IS.
    >> THE CLOWN SHOW -- >> IT'S CALLED THIS WASN'T
    HILLARY CLINTON SAYING GIVE ME MON I WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS.
    >> THERE WERE NINE DIFFERENT ENTITIES.
    SHE HAD A PROXY THAT SIGNED OFF ON IT.
    IT WASN'T HER THAT SIGNED OFF ON IT.
    IT'S DIFFICULT HOW YOU CAN ORCHESTRATE A CONSPIRACY WITH
    NINE OTHER AGENCIES. >> THERE ARE LOT OF THINGS TO
    CRITICIZE. >> BE I THE WAY, THIS WAS BARACK
    OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION, AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IN MANY
    QUARTERS HAD A HOSTILITY TOWARDS HILLARY CLINTON.
    IN FACT, A LOT OF PEOPLE VERY CLOSE TO THE CHECKPOINTS AS WE
    ALL KNOW HAD A HOSTILITY TOWARDS THE CLINTONS AND IF --
    >> I THINK -- >> IT WASN'T AN INSIDE GAME,
    ANYBODY THAT KNOWS THAT RELATIONSHIP.
    >> CORRECT. IT'S ALMOST SILLY WE ARE TRYING
    TO DEBLUNK U BUNK IT. IT'S BEEN DEBUNKED SO MANY
    TIMES. TO YOUR POINT THERE IS A
    PROPENSITY TO LEAD US TO THESE CONSPIRACY FEVERS.
    WHATEVER YOU THINK ABOUT JEFF SESSIONS, THE ABILITY TO SAY WE
    WON'T DEVOTE RESOURCES OR A HINT OF THAT IS NOBLE.
    IT REMINDED ME A LITTLE BIT OF THE MOMENT WHERE THERE WAS A
    TOTAL DIFFERENT CONTEXT. OBAMA COMESES IN IT'S 2009 AND
    THERE WAS INTENSE PRESSURE FOR HIM TO INVESTIGATE THE BUSH
    ADMINISTRATION. IT'S TORTURE.
    >> THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS WAITING.
    THERE IS A LEGITIMATE CASE REMAINING.
    OBAMA'S STANCE AT THE TIME I NEED THE LOOK FORWARD, NOT
    BACKWARDS, WE CAN'T BEAR THE IDEA OF HAVING TO HAVE THIS
    POLITICAL SEEMING INVESTIGATION SO SOON INTO MY ADMINISTRATION
    AND HE MOVED FORWARD AND I JUST KEPT THINKING ABOUT THAT
    YESTERDAY AS JEFF SESSIONS KEPT TALKING ABOUT CLINTONS.
    >> AND THAT'S WHAT WE WERE DISCUSSING YESTERDAY.
    WE JUST CAN'T START A PRECEDENT WHERE PRESIDENTS COME INTO
    OFFICE AND IMMEDIATELY GO AFTER THEIR PREDECESSORS, WHERE THEY
    CRIMINALIZE POLITICS. YES, THERE WERE A LOT OF THINGS
    EVERY PRESIDENT I'M SURE CAN GO BACK AND INVESTIGATE FROM A
    PREVIOUS PRESIDENT. WHY THIS IS SO SHORT SIDED FROM
    THE DAY TRADENER CHIEF F. HE STARTS THIS PRECEDENT AND TELLS
    THEM, LISTEN, YOU AND YOUR FATHER WILL BE INVESTIGATED BY
    THE NEXT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT EVERY DAY.
    >> IF IT EVEN GETS THERE. >> OH THERE IS SO MUCH TO
    INVESTIGATE. IT WILL NEVER STOP.
    SO THIS IS A PRESIDENT NOT ONLY DO THE CLINTONS NOT WANT AND
    AMERICA DOESN'T WANT. THIS IS A PRESIDENT THAT THE
    TRUMPS SHOULD NOT WANT. >>
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