Mueller to testify before Congress tomorrow. TRANSCRIPT: 7/23/19, All In w/ Chris Hayes.
CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: But I have to leave you on this eve of a big
hearing with a thought as to the Republican mission tomorrow. A GOP member
of the Judiciary Committee laid that out quite well. “We are going to
reelect the President.”
That`s HARDBALL for now. “ALL IN” with Chris Hayes starts now.
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CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST: Tonight on ALL IN.
ROBERT MUELLER, FORMER SPECIAL COUNSEL: If we had had confidence that the
president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so.
HAYES: Donald Trump`s depraved behavior finally take center stage.
MUELLER: We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the
President did commit a crime.
HAYES: Tonight, the final preparations and the expectation setting as
Robert Mueller will finally answer questions on his devastating report for
the president. Plus, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on how Democratic
leadership plans to handle the fallout from Mueller, alarming new details
about the MAGA bomber`s path to radicalization, and why the Trump
administration is planning to kick millions off of food stamps as they
throw billions at agribusiness.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We`ll use that toward the
farmers and distribute it. This way nobody gets hurt.
HAYES: When ALL IN starts right now.
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HAYES: Good evening from New York, I`m Chris Hayes. In just over 12
hours, we will hear from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller for not only
the second time since the Russia investigation began. He will testify
before both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees tomorrow. And
last night we learned the Justice Department sent Mueller a letter warning
“any testimony must remain within the boundaries of your public report.”
Today Attorney General Bill Barr who has misrepresented Mueller`s words in
the past said that more asked for written guidelines. Today NBC News
learned that Mueller requested that one of his deputies Aaron Zebley also
attend the hearings tomorrow.
Tonight a spokesman for Mueller said “Aaron Zebley was the deputy special
counsel and had day-to-day oversight of the investigations conducted by the
office. He will accompany special counsel Mueller to the Wednesday
hearings as was discussed with the committees more than a week ago.
Mueller`s 448-page report clearly shows conduct by the president that at
the absolutely most charitable, if you really bend over backwards,
demonstrates a profound failure to uphold his oath to faithfully execute
the laws of the United States. At the worst, it constitutes not only high
crimes and misdemeanors but actual crimes.
For all the coverage we`ve seen about how the American people haven`t read
the Mueller report, and don`t care about it, and don`t know what`s going
on, a Quinnipiac poll taken just after the report was released found that
57 percent of voters said Trump committed crimes before he became
president. 54 percent said the Trump attempted to derail or obstruct the
investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election. And 51
percent said the Mueller report did not clear Trump of any wrongdoing. But
that was almost three months ago.
At a certain point, the idea tomorrow for this spectacle is really just to
reset the basic truth. The basic truth that Donald Trump and his campaign
actively sought out and encouraged and solicited foreign criminal sabotage
in American elections that aided him and helped him to become president of
the United States.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: Russia if you`re listening, I hope you`re able to find the 30,000
e-mails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily
by our press.
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HAYES: And then when the Trump campaign and the criminal conspiracy
overseen by him and Michael Cohen and the Russians all work together to get
him to office, he then took several steps that could be easily construed as
rewards for that criminal Russian assistance. He then also used the powers
of the White House that he had won through those means to then subvert the
investigation into the initial interference.
Even in the most generous interpretation, none of that is defensible
conduct. The less generous interpretation is that there is the very least
probable cause that Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors as
the Constitution calls them worthy of an impeachment inquiry.
Joining me now for more on tomorrow`s hearings Ian Bassin, former Associate
White House Counsel to President Obama, now Executive Director of Protect
Democracy, Zerlina Maxwell Senior Director of Progressive Programming for
Sirius XM and an MSNBC Political Analyst.
Let`s just start zooming out for a second like what tomorrow means from
sort of both political and legal – not in the narrow legal sense but a
rule of law sense, Ian.
IAN BASSIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PROTECT DEMOCRACY: So today Donald Trump
said that Article Two of the Constitution gives him the power to do
whatever he wants. He said that today. He believes that.
HAYES: To a room of teenagers.
BASSIN: To a room of teenagers who want to get involved in politics who
are taking –
HAYES: That`s right. This was their civics education today.
BASSIN: That didn`t come out of nowhere.
BASSIN: Freedom House which is a center-right organization since the end
of World War Two has been studying democracy around the world. And what
they have studied and discovered is that democracies spread to more
countries and improved in the countries that it was in, in a pretty much
upward trajectory through the latter half of the 20th century until about
2005 when it started to go into recession.
And by their measures, the quality of United States democracy began going
in recession at the same time. We see this in Turkey, in Hungary, in
Venezuela. China and Russia led by autocrats are rising global powers.
Donald Trump is stepping in on the day that Boris Johnson is becoming the
prime minister of the U.K. at a moment when democracy itself is in danger.
So what we are at right now is a fulcrum point and Robert Mueller is not
going to save us tomorrow or next year. It`s going to be up to us as
Americans to save ourselves.
ZERLINA MAXWELL, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: Yes. I think one of the things
that`s important to – as a reset before tomorrow is there`s a narrative
that`s been built that he has to go beyond what`s in the report somehow or
break news and say something new and then that`ll be bad for the president
as if what`s in the 448 pages is not terrible for the president.
And not just in the section where it outlines specific crimes but in the
section where it`s a deep portrayal of American values, patriotism, his
oath of office, and the entire country by working with the foreign
adversary in volume one.
And so if the Democrats sort of lay that case out, this is a deep betrayal
of the country, and then when we were investigating it like we`re supposed
to, he tried to shut the investigation net down. And this goes to the core
of the election because without that help, who knows what would have
happened. So I think that that`s a compelling case. We need a reset to
get back to that place.
HAYES: You know, what hangs over all of this is just the – is the point
about Congress` power right, their power under the Constitution to impeach
the President of the United States as the sort of ultimate check on the
I thought what Jerry Nadler said here was very interesting because he`s
part of leadership. I don`t think he`s formally called for impeachment but
he`s sort of been moving between the two. Take a listen to what he said
about high crimes and misdemeanors.
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REP. JERRY NADLER (D-NY): I think there was very substantial – well, the
report presents very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of
high crimes and misdemeanors, and we have to present that – or that
Mueller present those facts to the American people and then see where we go
from there. Because the administration must be held accountable and no
president can be – can be above the law.
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HAYES: No president can be above the law, high crimes and misdemeanors.
High crimes and misdemeanors is the inescapable subtext of the whole thing,
or am I crazy? I`m not projecting that right?
BASSIN: You`re not. And in fact, it`s not just as high crimes and
misdemeanors but as you pointed out earlier, it`s actual crime. So our
organization Protect Democracy helped organize a letter of more than a
thousand former federal prospectors who had served under both Democratic
and Republican administrations that set a simple thing, who had prosecuted
hundreds and hundreds of cases.
If any other American had engaged in the acts that Mueller describes Donald
Trump have engaged in, they would have been in their way to prison? And in
our system of government just because you`re the president, doesn`t mean
you can get away with it.
HAYES: And the test here to me – I mean, so there`s a sort of factual
question but it`s interesting when you look at that polling. It`s like –
it`s not like the public doesn`t – like they`re – they are kind of –
they`re a plurality favored the opening impeachment inquiry.
This – I thought Brian Beutler wrote this interesting thing today about
basically the main access of dividing the large Democratic caucus isn`t
ideologically, it`s just fight or accommodate. Essentially like is the way
to deal with this person to accommodate him and you know you`ll see him in
2020 or is it to fight him?
MAXWELL: I think it`s to fight him because I think that when you
accommodate, you normalize this behavior, and he`s obstructing still. He`s
saying no to every single thing they`re asking for and that is – that
cannot be normalized because we need a functioning government. We need all
of the branches of government doing what they`re supposed to be doing.
And I think that the Democrats not at least saying look, we can open an
inquiry and who knows where it goes, but we need to take this seriously
because as you said, there are actual crimes. We`re not just talking about
the high crimes and misdemeanors that is outlined in the Constitution.
HAYES: There`s also the fact that – I think there`s a case and people
made this that he will – that he`s taking on impeachment as an acquittal
essentially, right. Like if the Democrats – if the Democrats don`t
impeach him, they`re basically saying like it wasn`t that bad. And that`s
not a crazy deduction for the American public to draw.
BASSIN: No. And it`s one of the reasons why Congress needs to at least in
the House put down some markers on what is not acceptable. Larry Tribe,
the Harvard Professor had a piece recently where he talked about how the
House of Representatives could draw conclusions after it conducts an
investigation that says that we find as a House that this conduct is
unacceptable, that this conduct violates certain norms. So there are steps
that yes our government can take.
HAYES: Yes. What do you see as a sort of goal for the House Democrats
MAXWELL: I think that what they need to do is really just get Robert
Mueller to say some of the most damning reports of – the damning parts of
the report out loud like Reading Rainbow, like full-on just like OK, can
you read passage you know, page 85, right because some of the – there are
parts of the report that really read like a spy thriller.
Essentially there was a foreign government and their spies attacking us in
the Trump campaign was having secret meetings and cigar bars, you know,
having meetings in Trump Tower with lawyers and Russian spies.
I mean, this all happened. These are facts now. Robert Mueller is saying
these are the facts and that`s the case that needs to be laid out for the
HAYES: You know, we sit in second meeting, he`s talking about Reading
Rainbow and it`s like oh do we have a shot for that which means can we play
sound is it a full screen, is it text, and like there`s a big difference
when we can play sound.
BASSIN: And it`s more than just the Democrats in Congress because after
Justin Amash who has now become an Independent held a town hall recently, a
woman was interviewed at the town hall who said I didn`t realize that the
report actually didn`t exonerate the president. We all live in filter
And so there`s a role for all of us and by all of us I mean not just us
here but everyone watching this right now on television. We think it`s
uncomfortable to talk to our friends, our co-workers, our family members
about politics, but this is a moment where if we care about democracy the
next generation, we need to do those uncomfortable things.
Invite a neighbor over to watch tomorrow night. Talk about what`s
happening. Share the stories. It`s up to us.
HAYES: All right. Ian Bassin and Zerlina Maxwell, thank you both.
MAXWELL: Bring alcohol.
HAYES: Joining me now, one of the members of the House Intelligence
Committee who will be questioning Robert Mueller tomorrow Democratic
Congressman Mike Quigley of Illinois. Congressman, what do you see as your
REP. MIKE QUIGLEY (D-IL): I think your guest has spelled it out pretty
well. We`re overcoming the misleading – dramatically misleading
statements of the Attorney General and educating the American public. I
think there`ll be a variety of means to list exactly what the key points of
that report are coming from the special counsel.
I think that if you read the report or watch tomorrow`s hearing, an
educated understanding person will come to the conclusion that the Trump
campaign was filled with conspirators, crooks, profiteers, liars, and
people who were using Russians attack on a democratic process to profit
themselves, and only a carnival barker, that P.T. Barnum would be proud of
the Attorney General could say otherwise.
HAYES: Have you – have you coordinated – what are the sort of different
lanes as you see them between the House Judiciary Committee and your own
House Intelligence Committee?
QUIGLEY: Look, obviously the Judiciary Committee is going to be focused on
obstruction and the Intelligence Committee will be focused on the Russian
interference and those that cooperated with them to move forward their
goals. Aside from that, most congressional hearings require some
preparation. You`ve seen that work to a certain degree sometimes other
I don`t know that I`ve ever seen a time where I`ve seen the members so
focused, so determined to do this the right way to again educate inform the
American public as to what took place and why it matters.
HAYES: Do you think – you know one of the summaries that both the
Attorney General United States in his press conference prior to the release
of the full report and the president and the president`s allies and
supporters in Trump T.V. they say no collusion no obstruction. Is
collusion or that concept for what it means important to you to talk about
tomorrow or get Robert Mueller to talk about?
QUIGLEY: Well, it is to an extent. I think a broader question for him on
that because collusion as says you know, isn`t a legal term.
HAYES: That`s right. He says that explicitly.
QUIGLEY: Even if you believe that the special counsel`s collusion was
correct, and I don`t, that there wasn`t the sufficient evidence to prove a
criminal conspiracy, getting the Attorney General to admit that it was
horribly wrong using the colloquial treasonous for those that were involved
to do the things they did, you know Manafort passing on polling data to
Kilimnik, someone tied to Russian intelligence, the president welcoming
talking about WikiLeaks actions. I think in the last month of the campaign
he talked – he referenced WikiLeaks over 100 times. This is horribly
wrong. The American public needs to know what took place.
HAYES: What do you expect – your committee has had some remarkable
moments over the last two years since Donald Trump became president
particularly when Devin Nunes was the chair of that committee. What do you
expect from your Republican colleagues?
QUIGLEY: I think the best way to put it is the Russians attacked our
country. To a certain extent, the Republicans joined in on that attack,
right. They didn`t call the FBI when these things happen, they attacked
the FBI. And I suspect that`s what you`re going to see tomorrow.
They have done permanent damage to the entire Intelligence Community and
its integrity. They`ve also done a great deal to hurt and it continues the
independence of the Justice Department or the Justice Department holding
press conferences to defend the president, the Justice Department saying –
telling the Attorney General what he can and can`t say before Congress. It
is legal fiction, it is dangerous, it is misleading.
HAYES: Final question. I believe you are on the record supporting the
opening of an impeachment inquiry. How do you see what happens tomorrow in
relationship to the fundamental constitutional question of impeachment?
QUIGLEY: I think an impeachment inquiry has took place under the Watergate
process, the Watergate hearings is the right way to go. And in the final
analysis, the American public is the jury, it`s not just the Senate, right.
This has to come organically from the American public forcing their
lawmakers to do the right thing.
Tomorrow, hopefully, will take a giant step forward educating the American
public and letting the Senate know they can`t just brush this off.
HAYES: All right, Congressman Mike Quigley, thank you so much your time.
QUIGLEY: Anytime. Thank you.
HAYES: Next, the day before our Mueller`s public testimony, the NAACP
votes unanimously in favor of impeaching the president. Congressman Hakeem
Jeffries on the civil rights rebuke and the divisions in the Democratic
coalition in two minutes.
HAYES: Today the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the
country voted unanimously to support the impeachment of the President of
the United States. The leader of the NAACP saying in a statement “Trump
needs to know he`s not above the law and the crimes that he is committed
and he must be prosecuted.
The NAACP came – vote came after months of internal conflict among
Democrats around the issue of impeachment, and it came one day after the
organization heard from two of the leading voices on either side of the
impeachment debate. Rashida Tlaib who came to Washington D.C. vowing to
quote impeach this MF`er and Nancy Pelosi who once said of impeaching the
president “he`s just not worth it.
Joining me now one of the key members of Pelosi leadership team Congressman
Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus who
will be questioning Robert Mueller tomorrow when he appears before the
House Judiciary Committee.
I will begin with a question that I just asked your colleague Mike Quigley
which is the relationship between high crimes and misdemeanors as a sort of
constitutional threshold that you have to consider as a member of the House
and the testimony tomorrow. Aren`t they inextricably bound? Isn`t it the
case that you can`t be thinking of that in the back of your head as you
talked to Robert Mueller?
REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES (D-NY): Well, they are certainly connected based on
historical precedent. Of course, some of the articles of impeachment that
triggered the resignation of Richard Nixon related to obstruction of
justice and the article of impeachment that was passed out of the House of
Representatives in addition to one or two others related to the impeachment
of Bill Clinton which of course I opposed but also involved obstruction of
One of the things that we need to establish tomorrow is that obstruction of
justice is a serious crime under federal law that undermines the integrity
of judicial system and prohibits investigators from seeking the truth on
behalf of the American people.
I would expect that that is something that Bob Mueller will affirm and
we`ll take it from there as it`s applied to Donald Trump and his behavior.
HAYES: I want to give you a theory of the ways in which you and Nancy
Pelosi and others in House leadership sort of view this moment and get your
response to it. So I think there`s some people who view the leadership as
basically thinking that it is tactically unwise to impeach the President of
the United States politically, that it`s just unwise, but that it`s hard to
keep the reins on the caucus. And ergo the more derogatory information you
uncover about Donald Trump, the harder it makes your job and leadership in
restraining the caucus from wanting to impeach.
JEFFRIES: Well, our job is pretty simple. Follow the facts, apply to law,
and be guided by the Constitution. That is what Speaker Pelosi has
eloquently laid out. The case should be compelling, the evidence should be
overwhelming. The case for impeachment and the sentiment around this
should be bipartisan in nature.
And so we`re just marching toward undertaking our constitutional
responsibilities as a separate and co-equal branch of government. Tomorrow
will be an important step in that direction with the testimony of Bob
HAYES: I want to ask about the budget funding deal that appears to be cut
which looks like I think probably is a pretty good chance of passage.
There`s lots of ways in which it is responsive to Democratic priorities on
social spending particularly.
But there`s one question I`ve seen raised which is that it creates a debt
ceiling time bomb in the first quarter of the next president of the United
States, right. It gets rid of it for the rest of Donald Trump`s term and
then let`s say a Democratic president were to be sworn in and Mitch
McConnell was running the Senate, are you worried that you have handed
Republicans a loaded weapon that they have already used once against Barack
Obama back in 2011?
JEFFRIES: What we need to get through the week, let alone a month, the
year, and the next election, and so particularly under this presidency –
HAYES: Is that the – wait, is that the thinking though?
JEFFRIES: Well, listen, I think that it was important to remove the
uncertainty of a potential debt ceiling explosion at this particular moment
which could have had devastating consequences with an irresponsible
president. And so the deal that was negotiated by Speaker Pelosi and
leader Schumer was an incredibly important one.
It will elevate House Democratic caucus priorities in areas of investing in
education and job training and infrastructure and affordable housing
creation as well as childcare, and then we`ll deal with what we have to
deal with in the aftermath of the next election. But there`s a lot of work
that we have to execute upon before then and we`re going to continue to do
HAYES: Before the president`s tweets about four of your colleagues and
them going back to their countries and the send them back chants,
immediately preceding that, there was a quite open rift in the Democratic
coalition and caucus. You know, the House Democratic Caucus official
Twitter account tweeting at the chief of staff for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
to keep congresswoman`s name out of your mouth. Tensions obviously very
high and spilling out to the public. What is the current state of things
in that caucus?
JEFFRIES: Well, we are a diverse caucus, we`re robust caucus, we`re very
passionate caucus. But at the end of the day, we understand that we`re
stronger together than we are moving in different directions. And so every
single member of the caucus is incredibly important from Alexandria Ocasio-
Cortez to (INAUDIBLE) and everyone in between.
The progressives are important, the new Dems are important, the Blue Dogs
are important. And we have a job to do on behalf of the American people
with respect to lowering health care costs and driving down the high cost
of life-saving prescription drugs and acting a real infrastructure plan,
and fighting for everyday Americans. And ultimately that`s what unites us.
HAYES: If those are the priorities as you just enunciate them, I just want
to ask about today`s resolution that passed 398 to 17, a resolution
opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the global boycott
divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel. Why was that a
priority given the priorities as you just enunciated them, giving
everything that`s going on, why was that important for leadership to bring
up for a vote now?
JEFFRIES: Well, you know, the decision was made to move that legislation
out of the Foreign Affairs Committee which happened last week and a normal
cost of regular order would be to bring it to the floor today. It
obviously received an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote amongst both Democrats
I support the effort to make sure that we denounce any efforts to
delegitimize the State of Israel. There few members who have a
disagreement but we can agree to disagree without being disagreeable on
this issue and on many other issues.
HAYES: All right, congressman Hakeem Jeffries, thank you so much for
joining me tonight.
JEFFRIES: Thank you, Chris,
HAYES: Ahead, new details about where the MAGA Bomber was radicalized and
new details about the threat of white supremacist violence from the FBI
director. Up next, Senator Amy Klobuchar on what she`s heard from Director
Wray at his hearing today and what she expects to hear from Robert Mueller
HAYES: He was as super devoted Trump fan. Look, this is his Trump mobile
complete with pro-Trump right-wing stickers plastered all over it. He said
that attending a Trump rally was “like a newfound drug.” His name is
Caesar Sayoc, and as you may remember, this past year he was charged with
sending explosive devices to 13 people including President Obama, Vice
President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Caesar Sayoc, the MAGA Bomber pleaded guilty to mailing those devices.
Today, his lawyers filed with sentencing memo laying out in stark terms his
descent into violent extremism, calling him quote a Trump superfan who
truly believed wild conspiracy theories he read on the Internet.
He heard it for the present state, he saw it on Fox News which he watched
at the start and end of his day. Sayoc`s lawyers explaining how the
president and his propaganda network radicalized this guy. That comes as
FBI Director Christopher Wray told senators at a hearing today that there
have been about 100 domestic terrorism arrests just this year, majority of
the suspects were motivated by some version of white supremacy.
I`m joined now by 2020 presidential candidates Senator Amy Klobuchar of
Minnesota who serves on the Judiciary Committee and questioned Christopher
Wray earlier today. What did you learn from the FBI director specifically
about that, about arrests for domestic terrorism and their relationship to
right-wing political extremism or white supremacy?
SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MN), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, he was pretty
forthright about it and that he said there were increases. I`ve seen it in
my own state, we`ve seen it across the country. We`ve seen bombing of
mosques in Minnesota, we`ve seen of course horrible shootings at
synagogues, and he – I basically asked him, why do you think we`re seeing
this increase? I have my own theories, of course, when you have someone in
the White House who is constantly putting this of rhetoric out there, as
you saw in this case, people who have issues come forward. When you have
someone that says there are two sides to Charlottesville when the other
side is the Ku Klux Klan, it gets people going.
He said that it could have been reporting, increased reporting, they don`t
I think the big question is what do we do about it? And my answer is that
we need someone in the White House that isn`t constantly pushing the
envelope and looking for divides and saying racist things and basically
dividing our country. I think we need to bring people together.
HAYES: You had an exchange with the director about Russia and election
a number of you did, including the chair of your committee, Lindsey Graham.
What did you learn from him today?
KLOBUCHAR: Well, I was pushing on the fact that we need backup paper
ballots, and we need some rules of the road for social media companies.
And I was actually pleased by his answers.
First of all, he said that we do need – that paper ballots are helpful,
because they give us extra protection, and then he also said that when it
comes to social media, more information is better. And of course I`m
talking here about paid political ads.
And what I said today when a group of us got together with Senator Warner,
here`s my problem, every step of the way, despite the FBI director`s
warning about what`s happening in Russia and his testimony today that would
be helpful to protect us to have backup paper ballots, every step of the
way the White House has gut punched us.
The former White House counsel was literally making calls to stop the bill
for the backup paper ballots. He did that. He called Republicans.
Mitch McConnell also wanted to stop the bill. We know that. It is a very
HAYES: Wait, what is the articulated – so you mean Don McGahn was
lobbying for this behind the scenes?
HAYES: So Don McGahn – obviously Mitch McConnell hasn`t brought it up.
You`ve got bipartisan cosponsors, right. The thing would pass, right?
KLOBUCHAR: I`ve got James Langford, not exactly a liberal, and I also have
Lindsey Graham and we also had, of course, Burr, Richard Burr, the head of
the intelligence committee.
HAYES: What is the – is there a good faith stated rationale against the
KLOBUCHAR: Oh, they argue that some states, secretary of states didn`t
like it, some did, some didn`t. I`m telling you, it is very attenuated
given that all we are saying is if you want the get federal money for
elections, then you have to have got to have backup paper ballots. And we
now still have 11 states. The Russians know which states they are, that do
not have full paper ballots.
HAYES: You`re a former U.S. attorney, a former prosecutor. You serve on
the Judiciary Committee now. I`m curious how you are looking at the
testimony on the other side of Capitol Hill tomorrow from Robert Mueller.
What I would like to see first of all – I have one focus is on the tax
returns. Did Director Mueller review the tax returns? Because I had asked
AG Barr. And know what he said, he was tired at the end. He said go ask
Mueller, on the record.
HAYES: So you would like to see one of your colleagues ask him that
KLOBUCHAR: Oh, very much so.
And you have this – it`s the same day, of course, where the president is
suing to not have his tax returns revealed. So what`s in there?
Second thing, those incidents of obstruction, which are very clear dangling
pardons in front
of Manafort and Cohen, how that connects with volume one and volume two,
how that obstruction connects to the investigation. Did that obstruction
stop Mueller in his investigation? Because I think it makes it very hard
to get information if Manafort stops cooperating.
And then the final thing, which we started out with here is just him
methodically going through
what Russia did. We need to put pressure on the Republicans to make sure
that we get the Honest Ads Act done, which is my bill, which would simply
say, hey, social media company, tell us where you`re getting the money for
these ads and tell what`s they are, as well as the backup paper ballots.
HAYES: That final question – I`m sorry, the middle question there about
obstruction is really interesting to me. So you`re suggesting that you
want to know if the obstruction undertaken by the president, as you see it,
was actually successful in preventing Mueller from getting to all of the
KLOBUCHAR: Exactly. And I think that that will be a very good line of
questioning. I`m sure someone will ask it. But remember, Chris, you still
haven`t seen those whole reports, right? There is volume one, which is
about Russia. Volume two is more on obstruction.
Volume two, which I was able to see the redacted versions of it, and that
was enlightening. Well, guess what? I can`t even see volume one as
ranking on the rules committee. They`re dividing us up. Intelligence gets
to see the Russia part. We get to see the obstruction part on Judiciary.
I`m sorry, these things aren`t divided. They are connected.
HAYES: All right. Senator Amy Klobuchar, thank you very much.
KLOBUCHAR: Thank you. It was great to be on.
HAYES: Ahead, President Trump`s sneak attack should try and throw millions
of Americans off of food stamps.
Plus, Britain gets their very own Trump. That`s tonight`s Thing One, Thing
HAYES: Thing One tonight, it was a little more than a year ago that Ivanka
photographed with a Donald Trump impersonator also known as Boris Johnson,
who as expected has
today become the brand-new prime minister of Britain.
Ivanka Trump, one of our country`s foremost diplomats, reacted to Johnson`s
victory today in
classic Trumpian fashion, much like when her father tweeted about meeting
the Prince of Wales, which was awesome, by the way. Ivanka today tweeted
congratulations, Boris Johnson on becoming the
next prime minister of the United Kingston.
Trump himself was very excited about Johnson`s election today.
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TRUMP: Good man. He is tough and he is smart. This ain`t Britain Trump.
They call him Britain Trump, and people are saying that`s a good thing.
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HAYES: They`re saying Britain Trump. Britain Trump. That`s what they`re
saying, Britain – the word Britain and the world Trump. Britain Trump.
He is Britain`s Trump all right, especially when it comes to whether or not
he can win the popular vote. And that`s Thing Two in 60 seconds.
HAYES: Less than 1 percent of registered voters in the United Kingdom made
Boris Johnson the entire country`s new prime minister today. It wasn`t a
general election. The Conservative Party`s 180,000 members got to choose
their new leader, and Johnson won by 45,000 votes.
But strange hair and winning an election with just a slice of the
electorate are not the only
things that Trump and Boris have in common, they`re both born in New York.
Boris Johnson has sometimes been called a bully.
As a member of parliament in 2006 at a charity soccer match, of all things,
he weirdly plowed
into this man. The press coverage later accused him of treating it like a
rugby match. That`s a weird thing to do.
In 2015, as mayor of London during a friendly rugby game in Tokyo, he
flattened this 10-year-old child who was fortunately unhurt. The child
saying, quote, “I felt a little bit of pain, but it`s
And like Trump, Boris Johnson was for a long time considered just too
buffoonish, too much of a laughingstock to ever become the leader of the
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BORIS JOHNSON, PRIME MINISTER OF BRITAIN: And I know that there will be
people around the place who will question the wisdom of your decision.
TRUMP: This ain`t Britain Trump.
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HAYES: As of this morning, there was an 18-year-old American citizen, a
rising high school senior on his way to soccer tryouts, who was detained in
this country by his own country and put in the custody of immigration
authorities for three entire weeks for no reason. Just hours ago, he was
finally released. His name is Francisco Irwin Galicia (ph). He was not
accused of a crime. He committed no infraction, other than having the
wrong skin color and the wrong last name and the wrong family members. He
was held without trial by the Trump administration for nearly a month
because he`s Latino, because he has family members who are unauthorized.
That`s the awful, but unavoidable truth.
Fancisco Irwin Galicia (ph) was on his way to a college soccer tryout when
he was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint in south Texas, quote, “as
many Hispanics do, he had brought with him numerous documents, including a
birth certification that showed he was born at a hospital in Dallas.”
He also carried, quote, his st ate ID issued in January by the Texas
Department of Public Safety and his Social Security card.
According to his attorney, quote, Border Patrol agents were telling
Francisco his birth certificate was fake, that he was Mexican. And with
that he was taken into custody.
Now, it`s not really hyperbole to say that literally the cardinal principle
of 1,000 years of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence is that holding someone without
cause is the very definition of lawless tyranny. Produce the body, habeas
corpus, you much show the man you hold. You must state your reasons and
allow him to petition for release.
And yet somehow, in America, in 2019, our immigration institutions are so
corrupted, so corroded, that as of this morning this man was still in his
21st Century dungeon.
But it`s not just this one case, there have been others. And there`s no
more chilling example of every day tyranny than free citizens being ordered
to show their papers simply because of the color of their skin and their
appearance, and yet that is the lived reality. It`s been the lived reality
along the border for years before Trump, but it`s getting worse as the
administration issues nonstop threats of enforcement, quite clearly meant
to put people of color and in immigrant communities, authorized and
unauthorized, under a permanent shadow of fear and contingency.
A free people will not allow this to stand. Just yesterday, the good folks
of the Nashville neighborhood of Hermitage, Tennessee, modeled what
effective resistance looked like when they formed a human chain to stop ICE
from apprehending a father and his 12-year-old son. Eventually, the father
and son were able to run into their home and ICE left.
One neighbor told Buzzfeed, quote, “they don`t bother anybody. Our kids
play with their kids. It`s just one big community. And we don`t want to
see anything happen to them. They`re good people. They`ve been here 14
years, leave them alone. To me, they`re considered Americans.”
They don`t bother anybody. That`s true. Because that`s not why these
people are being detained. And everyone knows it.
HAYES: There are two items in the news today that represent the two sides
of the same coin of
Trumpism. First, the president, in a typically weird and oddly
condescending tweet, took a victory lap bragging that he has managed to
bribe America`s farmers with welfare, quote “farmers are starting to do
great again after 15 years of downward spiral. The $16 billion China
replacement money didn`t exactly
By the way, that $16 billion this year on top of $12 billion last year.
That`s one item.
The other item, also today, the Trump administration proposed a rule that
would eliminate food
stamps for some 3.1 million Americans. It`s a move that was too cruel even
for Mitch McConnell. Last December, a bipartisan majority in the senate
rejected this exact proposal in the farm bill. So the Trump administration
is going around congress to kick 3 million people off of food assistance.
If you`re looking for Trumpism in a nutshell, that`s it. There you have
it. Big agribusiness gets $28 billion in subsidies the president snatched
out of thin air to make up for his own trade war while people getting
around $120 a month to meet the basic necessity of nutritional intake get
their benefits cut.
Joining me now to talk more about this, Sherrod Brown, senator, Democrat,
from Ohio, a member of the Senate agricultural committee.
Let`s – will you start out by laying out what this proposed rule does and
why it cuts people off from benefits?
SEN. SHERROD BROWN, (D) OHIO: Well, we know that a huge number of people
on food stamps are people who work for a living and make $8, $10, $12 an
hour. They`re also – I mean, many of them are on Medicaid. They are
working families that their employers don`t pay decent wages and their
employers don`t provide health insurance.
So the president, I think you have it exactly right, he helps – he does
that with farmers after hurting them with these tariffs. And tariffs as
you know, Chris, are a temporary tool to – to ultimately arrive at a long-
term trade policy not to be used as the trade policy itself.
At the same time, the president`s getting some pressure, not a lot, from
his right-wing base to do something about the budget deficit, which they
blew a huge hole in. It`s more than 70 percent of the tax cuts, the $1.5
trillion tax cuts went to the richest people in the country, the 1 percent
richest. So the way – so he starts with that and goes after the people
that are the most vulnerable.
It`s what he always does. It`s the mean-spiritness of this administration.
We`re a rich enough country, nobody should go hungry. And these are –
again, these are mostly workers. The expansion of Medicaid and most of the
food stamp beneficiaries in these cases are people who have jobs and simply
aren`t making a decent wage.
HAYES: Yeah, I should just say that basically it gives states the
flexibility for folks whose incomes fluctuate to keep the in this
eligibility category so they`re not being penalized for getting a job,
particularly if it goes away.
But so here is one just basic sort of institutional question. You and your
colleagues explicitly rejected this in the farm bill. The farm bill is a
subject of a lot negotiation. It`s a very important piece of legislation
that gets passed through congress and there`s lots of deals that go into
it. How are you going to just take them just doing an end-run around you?
BROWN: Well, I`m not sure they can, but like many things that Trump does,
he thinks he has all power, he can issue an executive order or a rule,
someone – someone launches – someone sues him
about it and we end up in the courts and it costs a lot of taxpayer money,
and in the end Trump usually loses.
But congress spoke about this very strongly and very definitively. We got
87 votes on the farm bill, I believe, 87, 88, more votes than we`ve ever
gotten on a farm bill. It`s a nutrition bill. It`s an economic
development bill. It`s a bill that dealt with keeping Lake Erie clean, the
Great Lakes. I mean, we had a lot of things in it and it really made sense
by and large for our country. One of the things we did was protect food
stamps from the right wing wanting to cut it.
HAYES: So where – where are you and where are the farmers in your state
on the state of play right now? It is such a strange situation to watch it
unfold. The president sort of unilaterally using a national security
rationale to from his perch in the executive slap tariffs on China, an
escalating trade war that has had real material effects for farmers across
the country, particularly in places that grow a lot of soy and export a lot
to China, and then replace the income with these checks that they`re just
writing from the White House and bragging about it. Like how sustainable
BROWN: Well, it`s clearly not sustainable. On top of that, you can`t
ascribe any one weather pattern to climate change, but you can certainly
look at the influence of climate change and all the weather patterns around
the country and around the world.
Farmers in Ohio, in western Ohio especially, farmers, soybean and corn
farmers, usually have pretty much 100 percent of their crops planted by
June 20th, June 21st, July 1st at the latest. This time those numbers were
about 20 percent for soybeans…
BROWN: …I`m sorry, for corn, about 30 percent for soybeans. Now it`s
too late to plant, so they`re losing money because they can`t get their
crops in. And then they`re losing money that there`s not – they just
can`t – they can`t sell this stuff the way they could because of the
So there is beginning – I talked to Senator Stabenow tonight, the senior
Democrat on thing a
the AG committee. We were talking earlier this evening. And she really
begins to see, as I do, in Michigan and Ohio, some farmers are having
second thoughts about this president, not in huge numbers, but those are
areas that Democrats don`t do well in. We will do a little better if we
pursue – if we talk about the dignity of work and honor the work and
respect the work that farmers do and at the same time point out how Trump
has betrayed agriculture as he`s betrayed workers.
HAYES: This big spending bill just – it looks like it`s going to pass.
It got hammered out sort of between Pelosi and Mnuchin.
And I just wanted – I thought this was remarkable – you talked about this
at the top, sort of blowing this hole in the deficit and that kind of
revealing, I think, what the revealed preferences of the party are.
I wanted to get your response to this. I thought it was fascinating. Of
course Donald Trump one of those people who was saying they should use the
debt ceiling as leverage back in 2011. And Trump recently told West Wing
aides that Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told him no politician
ever lost office for spending more money. Two people confirmed McConnell
did deliver that message in a June phone call.
I mean, it`s probably right, but it`s a little tough to square with the
rhetoric for the entirety of the Obama administration.
BROWN: Well, you – I read The Wall Street Journal editorial page most
days. And January – up until January 20th, 2017, the worst thing in the
world was budget deficits and all of a sudden in came Trump, the tax cut
was the most important thing and budget deficits don`t matter anymore. I
mean, they`re hypocrites about it.
They always use the threat of the size of budget deficits to cut spending
on programs that affect people`s lives, on Medicaid and housing vouchers
and food stamps and investment in higher education and investment in
medical research and infrastructure, so it`s a ploy for them.
Some of their base cares about it, but in the end they don`t. They`d
rather have the tax cut and that`s what they did, blowing $1.5 trillion
hole in the budget, of course.
HAYES: You mentioned the dignity of work from our own sort of marginal
improvement with some of those rural voters, say in Ohio. You had toyed
with the idea of running for president. There was an interesting piece
about you I think it was in The New York Times about of where you are at
and your wife Connie Schultz who is pictured there as well. Do you regret
BROWN: No, I don`t regret it at all. I love the senate. I love what I`m
able to do. I think I`m having some impact on this presidential race. I
think you`re seeing more and more of the candidates talking about honoring
and respecting work and the dignity of work.
It`s not just a slogan in even how you run a campaign, it`s how we govern
in 2021. If you govern through the eye of workers – you know, it`s a
false choice that you either talk to the progressive base or you talk to
workers. You talk to workers in a way that you don`t compromise on civil
rights or to the gun lobby or concentrate – and you don`t ever – you
don`t – you don`t simply compromise on those issues that matter to
progressives, but you fight for workers whether you swipe a badge or punch
a clock or whether you work for tips or whether you`re raising kids, and
that`s how we will govern come 2021.
HAYES: No Eugene Scalia probably in a Democratic administration at DOL.
Senator Sherrod Brown, thank you for making time.
BROWN: Got it.
HAYES: That is ALL IN for this evening. “THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW” starts
Good evening, Rachel.
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