Entries from Oct 2019
The Republican Response to the Impeachment Inquiry

Join the Morning Joe conversation with Lanhee Chen, an American policy expert and research fellow at the Hoover Institution, as he discusses with Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle the Republican defense to President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, including the position of his former boss Sen. Mitt Romney, the only Republican senator to speak out against Trump’s efforts to enlist the aid of foreign governments to probe a leading political opponent.

Next Steps in the Impeachment Inquiry

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle and the Daily Beast’s Sam Stein discuss House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strong leadership skills in handling the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and the Republicans’ stance amid the mounting evidence. “The hypocrisy involved in this process is kind of amazing,” says Barnicle. Listen to what Stein believes is next for the White House.

Barnicle: “This is a great American day”

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle about the highly anticipated testimony of the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who reportedly planned to tell House impeachment investigators that he was so troubled by President Donald Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s President that he reported his concerns to a superior, according to a copy of his opening statement. “My view is this is a great American day because of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who came to the United States with his parents when he was 3 years of age, made a life for himself, spent 20 years in the American military, fought for the United States in Iraq and, as you pointed out, was awarded the Purple Heart,” says Barnicle. Hear the rest of the discussion here.

Justice Dept. to Appeal Another Ruling

Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg discuss a federal judge ruling that the Justice Department must turn over former special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury evidence to the House Judiciary Committee. “The same thing was ruled during the Nixon Administration,” says Barnicle. “Where does the Trump Administration go from here other than an obvious appeal?” Listen to Aronberg’s answer and why “irony is not dead.” Only on MSNBC.

White House Warnings

Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Jonathan Lemire and Mike Barnicle about former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly having said he warned President Donald Trump that hiring a “yes man” in his place would result in impeachment and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s statement refuting Kelly’s claim. “Where is Mick Mulvaney?” asks Barnicle about the current, acting Chief of Staff to the President. “You never see him, you rarely hear from him. When you do hear from him, he implicates himself in all sorts of impeachable offenses potentially. Where is he?”

US: Let’s Calm Down

“A lot of people in this country just want the entire situation calmed down. They want the country to calm down. They want candidates to calm down. It would be tough to have the crowd last night calm down because they were really into it, unfortunately; but I think it’s important going forward —especially today as we talk about the events that occurred over the weekend—that we take the time and the thought to separate Donald Trump and, whatever you feel about Donald Trump, to separate him and how he behaves, and how he speaks, from the actions of the Delta Force team, the special operators, who flew in and conducted that mission. It’s two separate things, and the best of us, the best of who we are, and what we do around the world, and why so much of the world still relies on us, was in operation,” says Barnicle after this weekend saw President Trump receive “lock him up” chants at Game Five of the World Series and U.S. forces kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in Northwestern Syria.

Republican support of Trump

“Nearly 300 elected officials representing the United States of America, our country, don’t have the character, the courage, or the confidence in their own beliefs to stand up against a man, Donald Trump, who is totally ill-equipped to be President of the United States—and they know it,” says Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle during a conversation with hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough about impeachment proceedings of presidents past and Republican lawmakers who continue to protect the controversial actions of President Donald Trump. More of the discussion is here.

What do voters want?

Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle discuss the latest polls and what’s on the minds of the public as the 2020 presidential race approaches. “They want someone who will calm the situation down—get it back to a state of semi-normalcy, if we can ever get back to a state of semi-normalcy. (Vice President) Joe Biden does that for them, for many people,” says Barnicle about the Biden’s presidential candidacy. Join the conversation here.

The Trump Ukraine “novel”

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal following congressional testimony from William Taylor, the top American diplomat in Ukraine, that tied Trump to withholding foreign aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. “It’s a story well told by a man who took notes. The statement reads like the first chapter of a novel or a treatment for a movie. It has everything that the public can understand. It has good guys and bad guys. It has heroes and villains, and it has an ending that you can guess at—but you kind of know where the ending is going,” says Barnicle. Hear more of the discussion and what this testimony means for the Republicans who still support the president.

World Series Game 1

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, Jonathan Lemire and Mike Barnicle as they review and discuss the Washington Nationals having defeated the Houston Astros in Game One of the 2019 World Series. Join the conversation here.

What’s next for President Trump?

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and USA TODAY Washington bureau chief Susan Page discuss the “extraordinary change” in the opinion of many Americans on the impeachment proceedings involving President Donald Trump and the impact of his presidency on the credibility and character of the American commitment around the globe. Only on MSNBC.

The damage caused on conspiracy theories

Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Lawfare Blog editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes discuss how oft-repeated conspiracy theories can become salient in the context of an election regardless of merit, and how that applies to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton being cleared by the State Department of any deliberate mishandling of classified information contained in her emails. Listen in on the conversation here.

POTUS losing Republican support

Listen in on this Morning Joe discussion between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about Republican senators beginning to distance themselves from President Donald Trump. “We all know that—privately in the cloakroom—they speak very disparagingly of him,” Barnicle said of the senators reaction to President Trump. “And if there was a secret ballot in the United States Senate, I think Trump would lose 90 to 10….” Hear Joe’s response and weigh in on the conversation here.