Entries from May 2019
POTUS: Indictment v. Impeachment

NBC News Correspondent Heidi Przybyla and Morning Joe’s Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle discuss former Rep. Trey Gowdy’s (R-SC) declaration that President Donald Trump should consider being indicted to avoid an impeachment investigation. “This would be so great. It would be a gift from heaven if he ever acceded to Trey Gowdy’s request—just simply for the cross-examination. It would be the highest rated TV program ever: Donald Trump being cross examined by a skilled prosecutor,” says Barnicle about the hypothetical situation. Listen to more of the conversation here.

Elizabeth Warren Turns Fox Down

Listen in on this Morning Joe debate about the merits of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) decision not to participate in Fox News’ town halls in her 2020 presidential bid. “This fits Elizabeth Warren, this is who she is,” says contributor Mike Barnicle. “Elizabeth Warren arguably is the only candidate—whose policies she articulates very well—who speaks to the needs of not only everybody else in the country, but the Fox audience specifically. Hear more of the conversation with Donny Deutsch, Nicholas Confessore, and Willie Geist here.

New Tariffs on Mexico

Listen in as the Morning Joe panel discusses the inherent problems in President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will impose 5 percent tariffs on all Mexican goods, a tax that would “gradually increase” until Mexico steps up its immigration enforcement actions. “Part of it gets to the root of this presidency. He issued a statement—the White House issued a statement on the President’s behalf…surrounding this trade policy. It’s a lengthy statement, it’s an incoherent statement and it begs the question, is there still a White House staff?” Asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about the Trump Administration. Join the conversation here with Republican strategist Susan Del Percio and CNBC’s Brian Sullivan.

The 5G Revolution is Coming

The Morning Joe panel of Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle discuss with Accenture executive and “Pivot to the Future” author Omar Abbosh the upcoming revolution of new 5G technology, which is “more than faster networks” as President Trump announced it’s a race “America must win.” Hear more about what the next five to 10 years might bring and who will be most impacted and benefited by the new technology.

Mafia Spies

Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation with Thomas Maier, author of the new book “Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangsters, JFK, and Castro.” Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Maier: “In the course of living this book as you reported and wrote this book, do you think there is a truth out there that the American public does not know and might never know?” Listen to Maier’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

Memorial Day 2019

“There’s a certain sadness with me about Memorial Day because you think of the word ‘memorial’ and part of that word incorporates memory. And with all the tools we have today—with Snapchat, and Twitter, and our smartphones, they’re incredible instruments—but they’ve caused a loss of memory in America: Memory about who we are and who we’ve been. Memorial Day used to be a time that was not just the start of summer, it was a time when nearly everyone remembered the fallen because nearly everyone in this country had been touched by the fallen…in the people they knew. That’s gone. We now live in a 1 percent world, where less than 1 percent of people serve in the military,” says Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Mika Brzezinski and Jon Meacham about the very essence of Memorial Day and the decline in recognition of the significance of this national holiday. Listen in here.

The Trump Show

Listen in on the conversation between Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about “The Trump Show” presidency. “This is a simple question: Is he competent to do the job?” asks Barnicle of Schumer after President Donald Trump angrily walked out of a White House meeting on the nation’s infrastructure, insisting he would not work with Democrats unless they drop their inquiries into his businesses, presidency and personal finances. Listen to Schumer’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

Avenatti’s Fall

Listen in as Vanity Fair senior reporter Emily Jane Fox tells Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle about her “stunning” interview with Stormy Daniels’ former attorney, Michael Avenatti, against the advice of his attorney. Avenatti has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan in two alleged schemes, charged with fraud and aggravated identity theft involving Daniels, and with attempting to extort more than $20 million from Nike. “Every once in a while in the course of this business that we’re all in, you get an interview like this, and I assume that at some point during the interview you had to be thinking, ‘I can’t believe he’s just talking like this,’ comments Barnicle. Hear more of the interview here.

McConnell: “The Enabler”

Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle and former Treasury official Steve Rattner discuss how history may look back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the longest running Majority Leader in the history of the Senate. “Do you think it’s possible that the focus on the most important and dominant figure in this period of history will be Mitch McConnell?” asks Barnicle. Hear Rattner’s assessment. Only on MSNBC.

Congress v. Trump

The Morning Joe team talks with Abrams Media CEO/Founder Dan Abrams about unclear powers of Congress amid the Trump Administration’s refusal to cooperate with subpoenas from House Democrats. “What powers does Congress have historically, and what do they have today, and are they being stripped of that power?” asks contributor Mike Barnicle. Hear Abrams answer here. Only on MSNBC.

“Trump Taint?”

Watch the conversation between Vanity Fair senior reporter Emily Jane Fox and Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle about how having worked for the Trump Administration might impact the career of former White House communications director Hope Hicks, who has been subpoenaed by the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee to testify before the panel and hand over documents relating to her work for President Donald Trump.

Impeachment inquiry?

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), vice chair of the Judiciary Committee, joins Morning Joe to talk about the Trump Administration’s refusal to cooperate with subpoenas from House Democrats. Asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle: “Congresswoman, simple question here: How do you proceed with an impeachment inquiry when you can get no witnesses to appear before your panel?” Listen to Scanlon’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

Trump’s Tax Returns

Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and POLITICO senior writer Jake Sherman about a confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo that indicates President Donald Trump’s tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president take the rare step of asserting executive privilege, which contradicts Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s statement there must be a legislative purpose for demanding Trump’s tax returns.

Democrats’ challenges for 2020

Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle discuss some of the challenges facing Democratic presidential candidates, particularly former Vice President Joe Biden, in their quest to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 race. “A huge percentage of people in this country are living on a paycheck-to-paycheck economy…and they’re not often talked about, they’re not often addressed. A big day on the street for a lot of families is the fact that they’ve got enough money to pay the oil bill, or buy a pair of sneakers, or have their kids being able to go to the movies this weekend. Those are the issues that the candidates like Joe Biden have to address going forward,” explains Barnicle. Join the conversation here.

Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations

Retired four-star Admiral William McRaven joins Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle to discuss his new book ‘Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations,’ what it means to be a leader and how character and honor and the ultimate definition of public service. Watch the conversation here.


POTUS: “Phony tough guy”

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle as they continue to discuss blue-collar voters’ ongoing support of President Donald Trump despite it being “against their economic self-interest.” Says Barnicle: “A lot of them like the language that he employs. They like the swagger. They like the fake tough guy performance up on stage. Whether he’ll be unmasked by Joe Biden or anybody else that remains to be seen. But I think it’s a good bet that at some point he will be unmasked because he is a phony tough guy.” Join the conversation here.

Tensions between the US and Iran continue

The conversation continues between Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle and NBC News national security analyst Jeremy Bash about the upcoming meetings of House and Senate intelligence committees with top Trump Administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, about the rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. “From your perspective, do you think that the issue of the use and/or misuse of intelligence with regard to the situation in Iran right now will be raised and will we hear anything about it?” asks Barnicle. Listen to Bash’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

US v. Iran: What’s next?

The Morning Joe panel of Willie Geist, Jeremy Bash, Jonathan Lemire and Mike Barnicle discuss the growing distance between President Donald Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton on their positions and handling of the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Hear the latest on Trump’s reversal on the threat posed and what might happen next. Only on MSNBC.

What the Democrats need

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle as they underscore the significance of Democrats being able to reach and connect with blue-collar voters as the 2020 presidential election approaches, following a New York Times report that suggests blue-collar voters in Youngstown, Ohio, are sticking with President Donald Trump despite the lack economic boom in their community. “You have to wonder out there in the country, in Youngstown Ohio, people watching and listening to this, do they really grasp the importance of what’s going on? I think probably at some level they do, but on a day-to-day basis they don’t, and this story for the Democrats: To achieve some sense of victory or standing in this story, they need to improve their narrative. They need a storyteller, and they need Bob Mueller to appear before the House to testify,” comments. Join the conversation here.

Republican Party turmoil

“Why are so many people of one political party frozen in fear of Donald Trump? What is wrong with these people that they’re afraid to speak up?” asks Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle as he and host Joe Scarborough discuss the Republican Party’s reaction to Rep. Justin Amash’s (R-MI) pronouncement that President Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and Attorney General William Barr intentionally misled the public. Hear more of the conversation here.