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MSNBC 14 Feb 2020

Rule Of Law Already Broken Where It Involves Trump

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Rachel Maddow looks at reporting that shows a string of cases related to Donald Trump that are being influenced by William Barr either to help Trump's friends or publish Trump's enemies. And while Barr appears to prefer to do Trump's bidding quietly, Trump seems eager to make it known that he is flexing this power. Aired on 02/14/20.


Timothy Snyder, Yale history professor and author of "On Tyranny," talks with Rachel Maddow about the personal risks that come with standing up for the rule of law when it is threatened by an authoritarian like Donald Trump.
After President Donald Trump raised the possibility of striking Iranian cultural sites, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that all actions taken by the U.S. will be "consistent with the international rule of law."
The European Parliament has voted on a resolution saying that rule of law in Hungary and Poland is still deteriorating. Which means that the EU is failing to bring these countries to realign with the Union's core values.…
MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Vance discusses what Senate's refusal to hear witnesses means for the rule of law. Aired on 01/30/20.

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WILLIAM BARR INTERVENES TO BASICALLY PUT THE FIX IN ON THAT
BASICALLY PUT THE FIX IN ON THAT CASE ON BEHALF OF PRESIDENT
CASE ON BEHALF OF PRESIDENT TRUMP.
TRUMP. NBC NEWS TODAY NAILING THIS
NBC NEWS TODAY NAILING THIS DOWN.
DOWN. QUOTE, WITHIN THE PAST MONTH
QUOTE, WITHIN THE PAST MONTH THE -- TODAY’S FEBRUARY 14th,
THE -- TODAY’S FEBRUARY 14th, FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ON THE FLYNN
FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ON THE FLYNN CASE CAME UNDER PRESSURE TO
CASE CAME UNDER PRESSURE TO RECOMMEND A LIGHTER SENTENCE FOR
RECOMMEND A LIGHTER SENTENCE FOR FLYNN THAN THEY HAD PROPOSED.
FLYNN THAN THEY HAD PROPOSED. IN EARLY JANUARY PROSECUTORS HAD
IN EARLY JANUARY PROSECUTORS HAD RECOMMENDED FLYNN SERVE UP TO
RECOMMENDED FLYNN SERVE UP TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL.
SIX MONTHS IN JAIL. THEY WERE OVERRULED ON JANUARY
THEY WERE OVERRULED ON JANUARY 29th WHEN THE GOVERNMENT
29th WHEN THE GOVERNMENT SUBMITTED A NEW SENTENCING
SUBMITTED A NEW SENTENCING RECOMMENDATION SAYING FLYNN WAS
RECOMMENDATION SAYING FLYNN WAS MORE APPROPRIATE.
MORE APPROPRIATE. SENIOR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
SENIOR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS INTERVENED IN WHAT
OFFICIALS INTERVENED IN WHAT THEY WERE OTHERS WITH PURSUING
THEY WERE OTHERS WITH PURSUING IN THE CASE.
IN THE CASE. THIS AMID FURTHER REPORTING FROM
THIS AMID FURTHER REPORTING FROM NBC AND "THE NEW YORK TIMES"
NBC AND "THE NEW YORK TIMES" THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR HAS
THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR HAS INSTALLED A TEAM OF PEOPLE IN AN
INSTALLED A TEAM OF PEOPLE IN AN ONGOING WAY SPECIFICALLY TO,
ONGOING WAY SPECIFICALLY TO, SHALL WE SAY, OVERSEE CASES THAT
SHALL WE SAY, OVERSEE CASES THAT ARE SENSITIVE AND THAT HAPPEN TO
ARE SENSITIVE AND THAT HAPPEN TO BE OF INTEREST TO THE PRESIDENT.
BE OF INTEREST TO THE PRESIDENT. QUOTE, MR. BARR HAS INSTALLED A
QUOTE, MR. BARR HAS INSTALLED A HANDFUL OF PROSECUTORS TO HANDLE
HANDFUL OF PROSECUTORS TO HANDLE THE NATIONAL SECURITY CASES IN
THE NATIONAL SECURITY CASES IN WASHINGTON.
WASHINGTON. THE TEAM INCLUDES AT LEAST ONE
THE TEAM INCLUDES AT LEAST ONE PROSECUTOR FROM THE OFFICE OF
PROSECUTOR FROM THE OFFICE OF THE U.S. ATTORNEY IN ST. LOUIS,
THE U.S. ATTORNEY IN ST. LOUIS, ONE HANDLING THE FLYNN CASE.
ONE HANDLING THE FLYNN CASE. AS WELL AS PROSECUTORS FROM THE
AS WELL AS PROSECUTORS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL.
GENERAL. QUOTE, OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS,
QUOTE, OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS, THE OUTSIDE PROSECUTORS HAVE
THE OUTSIDE PROSECUTORS HAVE BEGAN GRILLING LINE PROSECUTORS
BEGAN GRILLING LINE PROSECUTORS IN THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
IN THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ABOUT VARIOUS CASES, SOME
ABOUT VARIOUS CASES, SOME PUBLIC, SOME NOT, INCLUDING
PUBLIC, SOME NOT, INCLUDING INVESTIGATIVE STEPS,
INVESTIGATIVE STEPS, PROSECUTORIAL ACTIONS AND WHY
PROSECUTORIAL ACTIONS AND WHY THEY TOOK THEM.
THEY TOOK THEM. SOME INVOLVED PRESIDENT TRUMP’S
SOME INVOLVED PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FRIENDS AND ALLIES, OTHERS HIS
FRIENDS AND ALLIES, OTHERS HIS CRITICS AND ADVERSARIES.
CRITICS AND ADVERSARIES. THEY AMOUNT TO IMPOSING MONETARY
THEY AMOUNT TO IMPOSING MONETARY CONTROL OVER WHAT CAREER
CONTROL OVER WHAT CAREER PROSECUTORS HAVE BEEN DOING IN
PROSECUTORS HAVE BEEN DOING IN THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.
THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. THE MOVE IS, QUOTE, HIGHLY
THE MOVE IS, QUOTE, HIGHLY UNUSUAL AND COULD TRIGGER MORE
UNUSUAL AND COULD TRIGGER MORE ACCUSATIONS OF POLITICAL
ACCUSATIONS OF POLITICAL INTERFERENCE BY TOP DEPARTMENT
INTERFERENCE BY TOP DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS.
OFFICIALS. IT COULD, COULD TRIGGER THOSE --
IT COULD, COULD TRIGGER THOSE -- CONSIDER THAT TRIGGER PULLED.
CONSIDER THAT TRIGGER PULLED. I MEAN, THIS IS NOT A WARNING
I MEAN, THIS IS NOT A WARNING ABOUT THE POSSIBLE MISTAKEN
ABOUT THE POSSIBLE MISTAKEN APPEARANCE OF POLITICAL
APPEARANCE OF POLITICAL INFLUENCE ON THE CRIMINAL
INFLUENCE ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
JUSTICE SYSTEM. I MEAN THIS IS DOCUMENTATION,
I MEAN THIS IS DOCUMENTATION, FURTHER DOCUMENTATION WE HAVE
FURTHER DOCUMENTATION WE HAVE PILED UP THIS WEEK THAT, IN
PILED UP THIS WEEK THAT, IN FACT, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
FACT, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS BEEN BREACHED.
SYSTEM HAS BEEN BREACHED. IT’S NOT THREATENED.
IT’S NOT THREATENED. IT’S HURT.
IT’S HURT. PROSECUTORIAL DECISIONS ARE
PROSECUTORIAL DECISIONS ARE BEING MADE SPECIFICALLY TO
BEING MADE SPECIFICALLY TO BENEFIT THE PRESIDENT AND TO
BENEFIT THE PRESIDENT AND TO RESPOND TO HIS DEMANDS AND TO
RESPOND TO HIS DEMANDS AND TO FREE HIS FRIENDS.
FREE HIS FRIENDS. IT’S NOT THAT THERE’S A THREAT
IT’S NOT THAT THERE’S A THREAT OF THIS.
OF THIS. WE ARE NOW LIVING WITH A JUSTICE
WE ARE NOW LIVING WITH A JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN MADE TO
SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN MADE TO WORK THIS WAY.
WORK THIS WAY. THIS CRISIS EMERGED ON TUESDAY
THIS CRISIS EMERGED ON TUESDAY THIS WEEK IN THE CASE OF ROGER
THIS WEEK IN THE CASE OF ROGER STONE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT
STONE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT COULDN’T KEEP QUIET.
COULDN’T KEEP QUIET. BUT THE STONE CASE FOLLOWED THE
BUT THE STONE CASE FOLLOWED THE EXACT PATTERN OF WHAT HAPPENED
EXACT PATTERN OF WHAT HAPPENED WITH MICHAEL FLYNN.
WITH MICHAEL FLYNN. PROSECUTORS RECOMMENDED A PRISON
PROSECUTORS RECOMMENDED A PRISON SENTENCE.
SENTENCE. THEN THERE WAS POLITICAL
THEN THERE WAS POLITICAL INTERVENTION ON BEHALF OF THE
INTERVENTION ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT TO REDUCE THAT PRISON
PRESIDENT TO REDUCE THAT PRISON RECOMMENDATION AND INSTEAD
RECOMMENDATION AND INSTEAD RECOMMEND NO PRISON SENTENCE AND
RECOMMEND NO PRISON SENTENCE AND SO A REVISED RECOMMENDATION WAS
SO A REVISED RECOMMENDATION WAS MADE TO THE COURT.
MADE TO THE COURT. THIS WEEK, WHILE THE PRESIDENT
THIS WEEK, WHILE THE PRESIDENT WAS FEELING HIS OATS, HE
WAS FEELING HIS OATS, HE COULDN’T RESIST MAKING HIS
COULDN’T RESIST MAKING HIS DEMANDS ABOUT THE PROSECUTION
DEMANDS ABOUT THE PROSECUTION OUT LOUD.
OUT LOUD. HE COULDN’T RISK SAYING HE
HE COULDN’T RISK SAYING HE COULDN’T WAIT FOR THE STONE CASE
COULDN’T WAIT FOR THE STONE CASE TO BE FIXED, PLEASE.
TO BE FIXED, PLEASE. AND THAT BROUGHT EVERYBODY’S
AND THAT BROUGHT EVERYBODY’S ATTENTION TO IT.
ATTENTION TO IT. AND EVEN BEYOND THIS CASCADE OF
AND EVEN BEYOND THIS CASCADE OF VERY UPSETTING EVIDENCE ABOUT
VERY UPSETTING EVIDENCE ABOUT WHAT TRUMP AND BARR HAVE DONE TO
WHAT TRUMP AND BARR HAVE DONE TO BREAK THE RULE OF LAW.
BREAK THE RULE OF LAW. THE VERY DARK REVELATION, I
THE VERY DARK REVELATION, I THINK, IS THAT PRESIDENT SCREWED
THINK, IS THAT PRESIDENT SCREWED UP AND SET OFF THIS CRISIS THIS
UP AND SET OFF THIS CRISIS THIS WEEK BY CROWING ABOUT WHAT HE
WEEK BY CROWING ABOUT WHAT HE WANTED DONE IN THIS ONE CRIMINAL
WANTED DONE IN THIS ONE CRIMINAL CASE, SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE HE
CASE, SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE HE REALLY DOESN’T WANT THIS STUFF
REALLY DOESN’T WANT THIS STUFF TO BE DONE QUIETLY.
TO BE DONE QUIETLY. HE DOES WANT THIS STUFF TO BE
HE DOES WANT THIS STUFF TO BE DONE OUT LOUD.
DONE OUT LOUD. HE WANTS TO BRAG ABOUT IT
HE WANTS TO BRAG ABOUT IT BECAUSE THE THREAT IS THE POINT.
BECAUSE THE THREAT IS THE POINT. RIGHT?
RIGHT? I MEAN, ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM
I MEAN, ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR CLEARLY DOESN’T WANT THIS
BARR CLEARLY DOESN’T WANT THIS TO BE PUBLIC.
TO BE PUBLIC. WHO WANTS TO BE KNOWN AS THE
WHO WANTS TO BE KNOWN AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO FIXES CASES
ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO FIXES CASES ON THE PRESIDENT’S BEHALF.
ON THE PRESIDENT’S BEHALF. SO, HE’S ANNOUNCING PUBLIC
SO, HE’S ANNOUNCING PUBLIC CONSTERNATION ABOUT HOW IT MAKES
CONSTERNATION ABOUT HOW IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO DO HIS JOB.
IT DIFFICULT TO DO HIS JOB. BUT THE DARK TRUTH IS THE
BUT THE DARK TRUTH IS THE PRESIDENT WANTS THIS TO BE
PRESIDENT WANTS THIS TO BE BROADCAST AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE.
BROADCAST AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE. FIRST OF ALL, HE’S NOT ASHAMED
FIRST OF ALL, HE’S NOT ASHAMED BY THIS.
BY THIS. DOESN’T BELIEVE HE’S CONSTRAINED
DOESN’T BELIEVE HE’S CONSTRAINED BY THE LAW.
BY THE LAW. THAT’S HIS RECENT EXPERIENCE.
THAT’S HIS RECENT EXPERIENCE. HE BELIEVES THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
HE BELIEVES THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM SHOULD BE THERE FOR HIS
SYSTEM SHOULD BE THERE FOR HIS DISPOSAL.
DISPOSAL. THAT HE SHOULD USE THE CRIMINAL
THAT HE SHOULD USE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TO LOCK UP HIS
JUSTICE SYSTEM TO LOCK UP HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS, TO LOCK UP
POLITICAL OPPONENTS, TO LOCK UP ANYBODY WHO STANDS AGAINST HIM,
ANYBODY WHO STANDS AGAINST HIM, WHETHER AS A PART OF A LAW
WHETHER AS A PART OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OR A WHISTLE
ENFORCEMENT OR A WHISTLE EMPLOYEERBLOWER
EMPLOYEERBLOWER OR SOMEBODY WHO TESTIFIED
OR SOMEBODY WHO TESTIFIED TRUTHFULLY AS TO SOMETHING THEY
TRUTHFULLY AS TO SOMETHING THEY SAW.
SAW. HE BELIEVES ANYBODY WHO DOES
HE BELIEVES ANYBODY WHO DOES SUCH A THING IS A TRAITOR AND
SUCH A THING IS A TRAITOR AND SHOULD BE LOCKED UP.
SHOULD BE LOCKED UP. AND ANYBODY WHO’S CONSIDERING
AND ANYBODY WHO’S CONSIDERING DOING SUCH A THING SHOULD FEAR
DOING SUCH A THING SHOULD FEAR BEING LOCKED UP AS TO SHUT DOWN
BEING LOCKED UP AS TO SHUT DOWN ALL OPPOSITION TO HIMSELF AND TO
ALL OPPOSITION TO HIMSELF AND TO ESSENTIALLY RENDER RESISTANCE
ESSENTIALLY RENDER RESISTANCE FEW TILE.
FEW TILE. HIS IDEA IS TO CREATE THAT FEAR
HIS IDEA IS TO CREATE THAT FEAR THAT WILL STOP PEOPLE FROM
THAT WILL STOP PEOPLE FROM STANDING UP AGAINST HIM AND IF
STANDING UP AGAINST HIM AND IF THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO,
THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO, THE LOUDER YOU CAN BE ABOUT THE
THE LOUDER YOU CAN BE ABOUT THE FACT YOU’RE USING THE CRIMINAL
FACT YOU’RE USING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM THIS WAY, THE
JUSTICE SYSTEM THIS WAY, THE BETTER.
BETTER. AND SO THE STONE CASE
AND SO THE STONE CASE INTERFERENCE HAPPENED OUT IN THE
INTERFERENCE HAPPENED OUT IN THE OPEN BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT
OPEN BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT COULDN’T STOP HIMSELF.
COULDN’T STOP HIMSELF. THE MCCABE CASE INTERFERENCE IS
THE MCCABE CASE INTERFERENCE IS BASICALLY LAID BEAR TODAY.
BASICALLY LAID BEAR TODAY. AND THE REST OF THE REPORTING’S
AND THE REST OF THE REPORTING’S POURING OUT.
POURING OUT. THE REPORTING THAT ATTORNEY
THE REPORTING THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR INSERTED
GENERAL WILLIAM BARR INSERTED HIMSELF IN THE HUSH MONEY CASE
HIMSELF IN THE HUSH MONEY CASE IN NEW YORK AND STONE WAS
IN NEW YORK AND STONE WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE INDIVIDUAL
IDENTIFIED AS THE INDIVIDUAL ONE, IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT’S
ONE, IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS AND EXECUTIVES WERE
BUSINESS AND EXECUTIVES WERE REPORTEDLY UNDER FEDERAL
REPORTEDLY UNDER FEDERAL SCRUTINY UNTIL WILLIAM BARR WAS
SCRUTINY UNTIL WILLIAM BARR WAS SWORN IN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND
SWORN IN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND HE GOT DOWN TO NEW YORK AND MET
HE GOT DOWN TO NEW YORK AND MET WITH PROSECUTORS ABOUT THAT VERY
WITH PROSECUTORS ABOUT THAT VERY CASE.
CASE. THAT VERY CASE WAS QUIETLY
THAT VERY CASE WAS QUIETLY CLOSED WITH NO ADDITIONAL CASES
CLOSED WITH NO ADDITIONAL CASES BROUGHT AGAINST ANYONE D SPITE
BROUGHT AGAINST ANYONE D SPITE THE FACT THEY BLOCKED STATE
THE FACT THEY BLOCKED STATE INVESTIGATORS FROM HAVING
INVESTIGATORS FROM HAVING ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE.
ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE. THEY SUPPOSEDLY HAD AN ONGOING
THEY SUPPOSEDLY HAD AN ONGOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. BUT IT INEXPLICABLY CLOSE WOULD
BUT IT INEXPLICABLY CLOSE WOULD NOBODY ELSE BEING CHARGED AT
NOBODY ELSE BEING CHARGED AT ALL.
ALL. BARR REPORTEDLY, PERSONALLY
BARR REPORTEDLY, PERSONALLY INSERTED HIMSELF INTO THE IGOR
INSERTED HIMSELF INTO THE IGOR AND RUDY JEWELGIULIANI CASE.
AND RUDY JEWELGIULIANI CASE. WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THAT LATER IN
WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THAT LATER IN THE SHOW.
THE SHOW. SO T
SO T SO, IT MAY NOT JUST BE THE ONE
SO, IT MAY NOT JUST BE THE ONE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.

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