Baker And Schmidt: It’s ‘Second Inning Of Robert Mueller Investigation’ | MTP Daily | MSNBC

Baker And Schmidt: It’s ‘Second Inning Of Robert Mueller Investigation’ | MTP Daily | MSNBC


FOR THE NEXT 1262 DAYS OF HIS PRESIDENCY?>>LET’S BRING IN TWO REPORTERS FROM “THE NEW YORK TIMES” WHO HAVE BEEN REPORTING ON THESE STORIES OVER THE WEEKEND. PETER BAKER IS THE CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR THE TIMES, AND NBC NEWS POLITICAL ANALYST. HE JOINS US FROM NEW JERSEY NEAR THE PRESIDENT’S HOME. AND MICHAEL SUBMIT IS A WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT FOR “THE NEW YORK TIMES” AND AN M MSNBC NATIONAL SECURITY CONTRIBUTOR. SO PETER, YOU WERE WRITING UP THE VICE PRESIDENT’S RESPONSE TO THIS STORY OVER THE WEEKEND. THE TIMES REPORTING THAT HE’S POSITIONING HIMSELF FOR 2020. THEY’RE VEHEMENTLY PUSHING BACK ON THIS.>>WELL, THEY ARE. LOOK, THE VICE PRESIDENT ISN’T DOING ANYTHING THAT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE POLITICALLY. HE’S NOT GOING TO RUN AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP. THAT’S NOT WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT. HE’S TALKING ABOUT WHAT IF THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T RUN FOR RE-ELECTION, I WOULD LIKE TO BE THAT PERSON. THAT’S IN EFFECT THE MESSAGE THEY’RE SENDING. IS IT LOOKS BAD TO AN AUDIENCE OF ONE. THAT WOULD BE THE GUY AT THE TOP WHO THINKS HE IS GOING TO RUN AGAIN IN 2020. AND ANY SIGN ANYBODY ELSE IS SEEN AS SOMETHING ELSE OF A BETRAIL. NOT BECAUSE HE CARES TOO MUCH ABOUT WHAT “THE NEW YORK TIMES” THINKS OR ANY OF THE RES OF US TO THINK BUT BECAUSE HE WANTS THE PRESIDENT TO THINK HE’S ON BOARD.>>HE WAS TWEETING THIS MORNING. HIS ADVISERS WANT HIM TO BE SILENT IN THE MORNING AND HE’S NOT DOING THAT. HE’S STILL TWEETING THIS ARCH AND HE’S GOING AFTER THE NEW YORK TIME. WHAT’S GOING ON OVER THERE?>>IT’S RANGE. THERE’S NO GOLF, YOU KNOW, HE’S OBVIOUSLY BEEN PRETTY ACTIVE TODAY ON TWITTER TWCHLT TWO FAVORITE TARGET “THE NEW YORK TIMES” AND SENATOR RICHARD BLUM THAT WILL. HE WHE WENT AFTER HIM AGAIN THI ARCH SAYING HE SHOULD GO ON A LONG VACATION TO VIETNAM SO AT LEAST HE CAN SAY HE WAS ACTUALLY THERE. CHIEDING HIM FOR HIS MISLEADING STATEMENTS HE’S MADE IN THE PAST ABOUT HIS SERVICE DURING VIETNAM. SO, YOU KNOW, HE’S DOING THE SAME THING HE DOES ON VACATION THAT HE DOES IN WORK, WHICH IS TO WATCH TELEVISION, TO GET MAD ABOUT SOMETHING AND TO EXPRESS IT IN A VERY VISCERAL WAY.>>SO HE’S MAD AND HE’S TWEETING, BUT THE REALITY IS THIS MUELLER INVESTIGATION, THE STORIES SURROUNDING THIS WHITE HOUSE ARE JUST NOT GOING AWAY. AND MIKEEL A, YOU HAD A STORY OVER THE WEEKEND ABOUT HOW BOB MUELLER IS ASKING THE WHITE HOUSE FOR DOCUMENTING PERTAINING TO MICHAEL FLYNN. SO HOW FAR OUT ARE WE FROM FORMAL SUBPOENAS?>>WELL, THIS IS SORT OF THE FIRST STAGE OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATIONS INTERACTIONS WITH THE WHITE HOUSE. THIS IS SORT OF SAYING, LOOK, I’D BE INTERESTED IN THESE DOCUMENTS, YOU KNOW, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOWIC GET THEM. BOTH SIDES WOULD PROBABLY WANT TO AVOID A SUBPOENA, ESPECIALLY THE WHITE HOUSE. THE WHITE HOUSE WOULDN’T LIKE THE IDEA OF BEING SUBPOENAED BY MUELLER. MY GUESS AT SOME POINT THEY PROBABLY WILL HAVE TO BE. BUT IT’S SOMETHING THAT LAWYERS ON BOTH SIDES TRY AND WORK OUT. MUELLER SAYS, LOOK,, I’M INTERESTED IN THIS THING AND THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS, OH, WE CAN ACCOMMODATE THAT OR WE CAN’T ACCOMMODATE THAT. AND IT’S THE BEGINNING PROCESS HERE. YOU KNOW, WE’RE IN LIKE THE SECOND INNING OF MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION, SO THIS IS A THING. THE NEXT PHASE WOULD BE INTERVIEWS AND STUFF LIKE THAT WHERE THEY REALLY START TO TALK TO PEOPLE AND GATHER AS MANY FACTS AS THEY CAN ABOUT THESE DIFFERENT AVENUES THAT THEY ARE LOOKING AT.>>ARE PEOPLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE GETTING NERVOUS? JUST MAYBE THE RANK AND FILE, NOT NECESSARILY ANY OF THOSE AT THE TOP?>>YOU KNOW, I’M NOT SURE. MY GUESS IS THAT THEY ARE PRETTY USED TO — I SENSE FROM TALKING TO THEM IS THAT THEY’RE PRETTY USED TO THIS. THIS IS THE DRUM BEAT OF RUSSIA HAS BASICALLY STARTED BEFORE THEY EVEN CAME TO THE WHITE HOUSE, SO THIS IS NOT NEW TO THEM. OBVIOUSLY MUELLER IS MORE SERIOUS THAN NOT HAVING MUELLER BEFORE COMEY WAS FIRED, BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THEY’VE BEEN LOOKING AT FOR A LONG TIME AND I GUESS THAT’S WHAT MAKES SOME OF IT INTERESTING IS THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DEAL WITH IT BECAUSE IT’S BEEN GOING ON NOW FOR 200 DAYS WHILE THEY’VE BEEN THERE AND THEY CAN’T SEEM TO PUT THE ISSUE TO REST.>>AND HAS MUELLER ASKED FOR DOCUMENTS RELATING NO ANYBODY ELSE IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAT YOU KNOW OF SO FAR, MICHAEL? ANYTHING MAYBE FURTHER ON JARED KUSHNER?>>NO. ALL WE KNOW IS STUFF FOCUSED ON FLYNN. AND, YOU KNOW, REMEMBER, FLYNN IS NOT JUST FLYNN’S INTERACTIONS WITH THE RUSSIA AMBASSADOR AND WHAT THAT MEANT TO HIS TIME AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR AND WHETHER HE LIED TO THE FBI. THOSE ARE ALL ONE ISSUE. BUT THE OTHER ISSUE IS WHETHER FLYNN WAS WORKING FOR THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT ILLEGALLY AND WHETHER HE HAD REGISTERED PROPERLY TO DO WORK FOR THEM AND WAS DOING THAT WORK DURING THE CAMPAIGN AND WHEN HE WAS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR. SO AS MUELLER SORT OF MOVES FORWARD HERE WE START TO REALIZE HOW COMPLEX AND HOW MANY DIFFERENT THINGS HE IS LOOKING AT AND SUFFICIENT THAT INCLUDES FINANCIAL STUFF, STUFF THAT INCLUDES OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND, YOU KNOW, STHUF THAT INCLUDES THE RUSSIA MEDDLING. SO THERE’S A LOT ON HIS PLATE.>>THERE’S THIS, THERE’S ALSO STAFF POSITIONS IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAT HAVEN’T BEEN FILLED. THERE’S NO COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR. AFTER SCARAMUCCI WAS OUSTED. THERE’S A LOT OF TALK, PETER, ABOUT STEVEN MILLER POTENTIALLY FILLING THAT ROLE. HE WAS THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH WRITER DURING THE CAPABLE. WE SAW HIM TAKE THE PODIUM IN THE BRIEFING THE OTHER DAY TO TALK ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND THIS NEW PROPOSAL THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS BACKING IN CONGRESS. IS HE SOMEBODY WHO IS ACTUALLY IN THE RUNNING OR IS THIS JUST A NAME THAT’S GETTING FLOATED OUT THERE, PETER?>>WELL, IT DOES SEEM TO BE A REAL POSSIBILITY, BUT THERE IS A PART OF ME THAT WONDERS WHETHER IT’S JUST NOT A WAY OF PUNKING THE MEDIA, GIVEN THE SORT OF VERY VIGOROUS WAY HE DEFENDED THE IMMIGRATION PROPOSAL THE OTHER DAY IN A VERY HEATED EXCHANGE WITH REPORTERS. THE IDEA THE VERY NEXT DAY OR TWO THAT HE WOULD BE FLOATED AS A COMMUNCOMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR OF SEEMS LIKE A-HA, JABBY THE PRESIDENT AT SOME POINT. NO QUESTION HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOMEBODY OUT THERE WHO IS A ROBUST AND AGGRESSIVE PROPONENT OF HIS POLICIES, WHO IS WILLING TO GIVE THE MEDIA WHAT HE BELIEVES THEY SERVE. THAT’S HOW YOU GET ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S GOOD SIDE IS A COMMUNICATE OR. AND THIS IS, YOU KNOW, STEVEN MILLER’S BACKGROUND ON THE HILL WAS A A COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR. SO IT WOULDN’T BE ENTIRELY SURPRISING, BUT HE WOULD BE A VERY BIG CONTRAST TO, SAY, ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI’S BRIEFING WHEN HE DPOT UP THERE VERY SMOOTH SAYING I WANT A RESET BEFORE HIS INTERVIEW WITH THE NEW YORKER. I THINK STEVE MILLER WOULD NOT BE A RESET IF HE WERE TO BE BRIEFING VERY OFTEN BECAUSE HE WOULD BE TAKING A MORE PUG NASHS POINT OF VIEW THAT THE PRESIDENT LIKES.>>STEVEN MILLER WOULD CERTAINLY BE A REVERSAL BACK TO THE ANTI-PRESS TIMES IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND DURING THE CAMPAIGN. PETER BA

35 thoughts on “Baker And Schmidt: It’s ‘Second Inning Of Robert Mueller Investigation’ | MTP Daily | MSNBC

  • MUELLER IS A BEAST SYSTEM FRAUD WHO COVERS UP IMP SKANK HILLARY'S CHILD TRAFFICKING PEDOPHILE RING. HE SHOULD BE ON TRIAL

  • 2nd inning and muellar picked a all-star team of clinton and dnc donors and supporters.Grand jury that can indict a ham sandwitch.the coup is on.

  • Scatalogical was not an accurate word for Scaramucci's phone rant. Scurrilous would have been an appropriate description.

  • obviously mueller has so much stuff on flynn that he is going to nail it down and then turn him. flynn is going to tell it.

  • Snarky and cynical comment of a rich boy that never served his country. And his base eat his schiytz for chocolate cake.

  • 71 years old, a billionaire and on vacation yet his heart is filled with hatred and vengeance. That my friends is SICK ON STEROIDS !!!!!!!! What's the point of all his money, beautiful wife etc etc if hates living his twilight years ?

  • I'm always amazed at how far the USA has fallen in such a short time. Not even a country I want to visit anymore. Dems and Reps need to band together and get rid of this cancer that is destroying their country. Start fresh with a sane person as president. You will find that the agenda of someone who actually has the countries interests at heart will be easier to accomplish.

  • Trump can't golf in the rain? What a Real Man! If he aspires to be Putin's brother then he has to harden up; pass on the second scoop of ice-cream and get his toes wet.

  • Trump needs to be worried about not being impeached and indicted in 2018…

    2020 should be the last thing on his Administration's mind. Lol

  • In an unearthed interview from 1997, Donald Trump claimed he was a “brave soldier” for avoiding STDs during his single years in the late ’90s.

    “It’s amazing, I can’t even believe it. I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world, it is a dangerous world out there. It’s like Vietnam, sort of. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier,”
    Donald Trump

    Please post this everywhere you can.

  • All day I've been hearing how Trump is judging someone else's service in Vietnam and no one in the press points out Trump was a draft dodging coward

  • wow getting a bit ahead of our skis. Really you guys are going to start covering 2020 election? for Mike Pense? unreal! worry about and report on serious things. all this crapola is getting old and boring. It just never stops. If the media can't address real issues or matters that show some sign of winding up in this decade, maybe they should just try entertaining us with something humorous or positive, instead of the same old saturation day in/day out.

  • As POTUS' Howard Stern comments relate…he had his own 'Vietnam' avoiding STD's.  Reflecting history, he avoided Vietnam, though likely lost the war. Syphilis is a neuro degenerative disease.

  • President Dump the draft dodger is really accusing some one else of misrepresenting their service to this country? Chump was quoted as saying his Vietnam was the dating seen in the late 60's and early 70's. President Rump is horrible petty little man.

  • Bloementhal should take Trump on his long vacation to Vietnam. Better yet, put a uniform on the president and send him into battle with the men and women in war torn Afghanistan

  • Robert Mueller has now expanded the Russia investigation by hiring special culinary counsel Gordon Ramsey to look into charges that Donald Trump eats his pizza with a fork, puts ketchup on his steak, and dined on a taco bowls during Cinco de Mayo. Stay tuned to MSNBC for all the action.

  • "Second Inning Of Robert Mueller Investigation"

    "Second inning" suggests Trump has seven more to pull a rabbit out of his ass.

    I like, "second round" as in boxing. Mueller will knock him out before the last round.

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