Aug 29, 2017
The Russian Investigation Deepens

“If you check the timing of all of these stories, the commingling of them and look at the calendar, clearly, it was a marketing exercise, a branding exercise. His candidacy at the beginning — they did not think that they were going to win the presidency because he was more interested in his business assets and promoting them in Russia….The principal focus of the Mueller special prosecutor’s team right now is indeed Russia and one of the keys is General Flynn and his role in pulling together the administration prior to the inauguration. And it has to do with the sanctions imposed on Russia, and if they can tilt Flynn, if they can flip him, the President indeed will be under oath and it will not be law school. It won’t be like a deposition. It will be professionals really grilling down,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a discussion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, following news that a top executive from Trump’s real estate company emailed Vladimir Putin’s personal spokesman during the presidential campaign to ask for help advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow. Listen to more of the conversation with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin.