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 US 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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