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3:00 p.m. check us out on social media. right now, you saw him. >> with the book. >> we're ready to watch you. all right. thank you for that. right now, open book. former fbi director james comey pulling no punches detailing his interaks wi interactions with the president p. >> i was floating above myself looking down saying you're sitting here briefing the incoming president of the united states about prostitutes in moscow. >> enough said. an nbc exclusive between president trump and robert mueller's team now seems unlikely in the wake of the fbi raid on the president's personal attorney. that despite this claim three weeks ago. >> would you still like to testify to special counsel robert mueller? >> i would like to.
>> i beg your pardon. the president planning to pardon scooter libby. convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the fbi more than a decade ago. what that move my indicate about potential pardons to come. >> the message being sent is you can commit perjury and i will pardon you if it protects me and i deem you're loyal to me. i think the message is very damaging to our democracy and the rule of law. good day. featuring former fbi director james comey as the political nightmare the president can't seem to escape. >> i'm about to meet with a person who doesn't know me. just been elected president of the united states by all
accounts and from my watching him during the campaign, could be volatile and i'm about to talk to him about allegations that he was involved with prostitutes in moscow and the russians taped it and leverage over him. >> how graphic did you get with him? >> i think as much add i needed to be. >> how weird was that briefing? >> really weird. how could you wife think there's a 1% chance with prostitutes peeing on each other in moscow. >> did you believe his denial? >> i don't know whether the current president of the yiet wa united states was with prostitutes peeing on each other. >> the president held back about an hour before unleashing two scathing tweets in reaction. writing james comey is a proven leaker and liar. virtually everyone in washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did until he was fired. he leaked classified information for which he should sb prosecuted. he lied to congress under oath.
he's a weak and untruthful slime ball as a terrible director of the fbi. his handling of the cooked hillary clinton case and events surrounding it will go down as one of the worst botched jobs of history. it was my honor to fire james comey. joining me kristen welker. nbc justice correspondent pete williams. thanks to all of you for joining us. kristen welker, at the white house let me start with you. we see what the president is saying on twitter. are we expecting to hear more and do we know what's going on behind the scenes as the tweets are prepare and pushed out there for public view? >> reporter: to the first part of your question, i think we're going to hear a lot more from this white house. suh sarah sanders briefs at 2:30 today. i think you will hear her kek koe some of the what the president laid out in those
tweets. white house officials have been hud ling behind closed doors trying to figure out how to respond to these first interview by james comey, the release of the book by james comey. one of the interesting things to note is the rnc is launching an all out campaign against him to discredit him. to say effectively in their words neither democrats nor republicans trust him. there would be a lot of push back from those in the law enforcement community. i asked administration official whether the white house was coordinating with the rnc. this official couldn't go that far, steve, but did acknowledge clearly the white house was aware of the rnc strategy. i wouldn't be spriedsed if we saw similar strategy to unfold at a very robust way throughout the weekend. >> pete williams, you have the special counsel's investigation of the trump administration going on right now. you now have the fbi director saying all these things in
print. he testified last year. he had those contemporaneous memos leaked. is there anything new you're seeing in this book that will have an effect on mueller's case or any other legal aspect of this? >> i don't think so. for a couple of reasons. the narrative of his dealings with trump has been laid out by mr. comey himself in his written statement and the oral presentation he made to the senate intelligence committee last year shortly after he was fired. secondly, we're told he did not discuss with mueller what was going to be in his book. he didn't run it past mueller's team. he didn't get it cleared. he was careful not to pre-judge what they are doing. he does make it clear up to the point when he was fired, the president was not under investigation. i think what stands out to me is the tone that he used to describe the president.
many have been struck by his comparison president president and the mafia. he says the meeting that he had with the president, the dinner at the white house, he said when the president asked him for loyalty, he said the man was like sammy the bull induction ceremony with trump in the role of the family boss asking me if i had what it takes to be made man. later in the book he muses on the quality of leadership. he said ethical leaders never ask for loyalty. those leading through fear require personal loyalty. >> it's interesting phil rutger, you read the entire book. i've seen the excerpts. i'm starting to read through the blanks here. this books seems to consist of what a lot of pete is describing. james comey giving a fuller version of his concerns about the nature of this president,
his leadership style and the administration. there's a couple personal shots he takes. in terms of new, hard information, what did you see in there? >> a lot of the scenes that are depicted in comey's book has been laid out in broad strokes in comey's testimony. i will say there are some new elements of those stories. there's additional dialogue. additional observations from comey from those interactions. the briefing that comey took, did at trump tower when trump was still the president-elect a couple of weeks before the inauguration. he out lines detail about the conversation he had with president-elect one-on-one to explain to him this infamous russian dossier or british intelligence dossier about trump's trip to moscow. no smoking gun.
if you're looking for articles of impeachment, that's not what this book is. >> thank you for joining us. appreciate that. the other piece of news that we're keeping an eye on, be president is poised to issue a pardon to scooter libby. the former chief of staff to vice president dick cheney. this connects in way to the name we talked about. james comey. remind you what this case was all about. we're going back 15 years here. it started in 2003. they leaked the name of an operative. here is the interesting thing. when that started arising, it was the deputy attorney general at the time, a man by the name of james comey who appointed a special counsel. a special prosecutor, patrick
fitzgerald to look into those accusations. what did he come up with? there was an indictment and conviction for lying to the fbi of scooter libby, the vice president, dick cheney's chief of staff. george w. bush commuted the sentence. i'm going to let the conviction stand. that conviction for more than ten years ago appears the president now is poised to offer a pardon for it. trump making pardon potentially of a conviction from a special prosecutor's case that was brought and instigated by james comey. that's how it all connects. the news of a pardon there. let's talk about the pending pardon of scooter libby. new jersey democratic senator robert menendez. scooter libby, if there's a pardon of former vice president
dict ck cheney's chief of staff what would your reaction be? >> it would be a message from trump saying if you're loyal to me and you don't spill the beans, that at the end of the day i'll make sure you're taken care of. i think that's the message. >> the president has been and you have an interesting perspective on this because the president, today, when you look at what he's saying about comey and the mueller investigation, in general, what he said about the raid on his lawyer's office this week, the president has been railing at the fbi, at prosecutors, at the special counsel saying they're out of control. you were just put on trial by federal prosecutors. they accused you of bribery. it was a hung jury. they're not going to re-try the case. you said you had concerns about how fbi handled that. when you look at the president complaining about the fbi, investigation. in your own experience, do you
have any sense there's validity to anything trump is saying on that front? >> first of all, they are two different things. you forgot a federal judge acquitted us. the bottom line is the rule of law is the rule of law. no one is above the law and no one is below it. at the end of the day when the president says that a federal judge who issued a swarnts on his lawyers offices and other locations is an attack upon our country and can say that russia si -- can't say that russia cyber attacks on our country, the president has it all wrong. that's the essence of the rule of law. he has his lawyers and have his opportunities throughout the process to establish itself. i don't find -- i find the president on the verge of a
constitutional crisis if he moves forward in attempting to fire rod rosenstein, the deputy attorney general or mueller. i think it will be huge consequences and a response by the congress if he seeks to do that. i hope he doesn't. i think that would be a constitution that will crisis. >> the president responding to this book by james comey. he talks about the decision made before the election. a lot of people have looked at that and wonder what impact has been this the explanation. i was making a decision in an environment where hillary clinton was sure to be the next president. my concern about making her an ill legitimate president bore greater weight if the election
were closer or if donald trump was ahead in the polls. it seems an interesting admission saying that politics and his reading of the polls influenced his decision on what to do with the clinton e-mail case. what was your interpretation of that? >> i think he view should have been independent of that. if anything, what i'm concerned about is that both he and the administration did not speak out to the american people about the knowledge that they were seeing take place about russia's attempts to influence the last election. the mere fact that be was taking place during the time of the election should have been something the american people knew about. that should have been his focus. >> how do you look back at the tenure of james comey? trump is saying i did the country a favor by firing him.
republicans are not happy with what happened with his relationship with president trump. when you look back at the tenure of james comey as fbi director, how do you assess his performance in that role? >> i think director comey attempting to do what he thought was right at any given time. it doesn't mean at times his judgment may not have been totally on point. i think his purpose was to do what was right. i think he got fired by president trump not because of any errors or judgment. i think he got fired because he wouldn't be absolutely loyal in the context the president insist upon people including in the highest ranks of the law enforcement in our country. >> your committee is holding confirmation hearings for mike come p pompeo to replace rex tillerson. you had an exchange with him. let me play that and ask you about it. >> i spoke with special counsel
mueller who interviewed me, requested an interview. i cooperated. >> you have spoken to special counsel mueller? >> that's correct. >> what was the subject of the conversation? >> i'm not going to speak to that. >> did the special counsel tell you not to speak about these things? >> i have cooperated with multiple investigations. >> senator, some suspense about whether the votes are going to be there to confirm mike pompeo for secretary of state. what do you think? will he get confirmed? >> i think many members were looking at director pompeo and wondering would he be someone who would stop the president's worst instincts in terms of foreign policy. would he be someone who would try to be an advocate for robust d diplomacy instead of pulling the trigger as president trump seems
inclined to do so. the problem with his testimony throughout is that he didn't speak to those issues in way that assured members that he would be that check and balance with the president. the answer he gave me to the question of the march 27th meeting where he and director coats were asked to stay and then trump railed on about the russia investigation and his unwillingness to speak to it and then changing his answer several times as i pressed him on it is troublesome. that meeting was about russia. one of the things the secretary of state will have to do is enforce the mandatory sanctions that i helped write on russia that still have not been invoked by this administration. my question was getting to the heart of are you going to be someone who will enforce the law or someone who will facilitate the president in way that it's both inappropriate and worrisome
in terms of his worst instincts. in that respect i don't think that he resolved many members ang anxieties. >> thanks for taking the time. coming up, lordy are there tapes. the president's personal lawyer adviser to record his conversations. who can be on the tapes? the ans ahead. well, here's to first dates! you look amazing. and you look amazingly comfortable. when your v-neck looks more like a u-neck... that's when you know, it's half-washed. add downy to keep your collars from stretching. unlike detergent alone, downy conditions to smooth and strengthen fibers. so, next time don't half-wash it. downy and it's done.
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the washington post is reporting that president trump's personal attorney, michael cohen, sometimes taped business and political conversations. the article sites that cohen was known to store the conversations using digital files and replay them for colleagues according to people who have interacted with them. now supporters are worried those tapes were seized during the raid of cohen's office and residence. let's bring in jennifer rogers. thanks for joining us. we have a report there may be some tapes here. we don't know how many. we don't know what kinds of conversations. we know there was a raid. if he did have a habit of taping these conversations, that's something these prosecutors would not be able to look at. >> well, they'll be able to look at them if they fit within the definition of what they were supposed to seize. they have a whole search warrant
that says they were seizing. one of the things were communications about these specific issues. the stormy daniels payment, the access hollywood tape. the karen mcdougal payment. if those communications are about those things then they fall within the warrant and they can review them. >> the tainting, they get their hands on everything that's seized. they get everything that was taken from the office. they listen to every tape. they look at every document and it's up to them to decide what's germane and what's not in. >> it's to protect the attorney client-privilege. if you don't have attorney-client impressive lenl issues then you have the team go through. because it's a lawyer's office and looking for lawyer-client m communications. you have to have a separate team that will weed out those and only send over things relevant. >> trump's personal attorney is
saying this should not have happened. he's trying to get an injunction here against these materials being used. the latest news we have, i can read this now is there's no decision today on whether that search warrant can remain sealed or who will review the materials. the question of whether cohen can get this thrown out. is that on the table? >> the question is who is going to review the materials. cohen's lawyer wants cohen's lawyer to take the first cut at these. that's called a subpoena. that's not going to happen. they got the warrant to seize these. they are asking for a special master which would be a third independent party who would take the place of the team and make sure there's no attorney-client privilege being used.
>> what about the idea of a lawyer who tapes these kinds of conversations as a matter of practice. as a layman looking at this, you never want anything on tape because you knnever know. is that common? are you aware of lawyers that do this? >> it's highly unusual and it seems risky. you never know who will end occupy hearing things. if it's not kept confidential, it's no longer privileged. not everything he recorded is going to be privileged because it's not all for the purpose of getting legal advice. still seems like a risky proposition especially when you're talking to someone with as much concern about secrecy as donald trump. >> i paused for a minute when i saw the headline and i said i'm not sure i've heard of this before. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. high stakes.
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it is russia alone that used its veto 12 times to protect the assad regime. to make matters worse, it is russia alone that had agreed to be the guarantor of the the removal of all chemical weapons in syria. if russia have lived up to its commitment, there would be no chemical weapons in syria and we would not be here today. >> ambassador nikki haley slamming russia at today's emergency meeting of the u.n. security council on syria. haley also saying the president hasn't made a decision about possible action in syria. this as the russian foreign minister says it has irrefutable proof that the deadly chemical attacks in syria was staged. joining me is nick burns.
we have this reporting from the a.p. that says the alleged chemical attack was directed by britain. ambassador haley was correct in blasting the russians today. they signed an agreement in 2013 that chemicals would be out. the russians have a lot of responsibility for what happened. >> we should say that report from the ap there about russian military saying the britains, the brits did this. the uk military saying that's a blatant lie. not a surprising response there. it seems and this issue of potential military action by the
administration, by the united states in syria now, the question that arises to me is the purpose of any military response here from the united states simply to deliver a message that something like this doesn't go without a response or is the purpose of the response to disable this sort of program, this capability going forward. seems you have two different levels there. >> you do. i think this is what's very complicated right now for the trump administration, for britain, france, israel. we're seeing the dangers of the twitter diplomacy in full view. he tweeted this out before talking to the generals and ambassadors. they have painted a picture of him of how difficult, tricky and complicated this is. we ought to want to downgrade the commanding control abilities of the syrian military to go after their fixed wing and
aircraft and helicopter gun ships. that's how they are delivering the chemical weapons. they have to pay for this because there's a chemical weapons convention of 1997 that out laws the use of chemical weapons. if you don't respond then you'll see it normalized. you fire off tweets and if you don't act, you have the same credibility problem that president obama encountered back in 2013. i think actually, secretary mattis and others are right to say we should take our time here. ultimately we have to act but we have to do so in a way, thread the needle that we don't target russians and only target syrian military. >> what kind of timetable.
what kind of window are we talking about there? >> very hard to say. i would say still only a matter of days. you can't respond three months from now. you got to look at this very carefully and now you have other countries involved, particularly britain and france. they have to move their air assets and naval assets. the military will know when it's right. >> thanks for the time. coming up, fast forward with a meeting no longer expected with the special counsel and the president. robert mueller moving full steam ahead. exclusive reporting, that is next.
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not likely to take place. for more i'm joined by nbc news national justice reporter. thanks to all of you. rod rosenstein, the deputy ag because of sessions recusal has become central here. you have reporting he's waiting to get fired now? >> it seems he's at peace. i've spoken to three people who are close confidants. they have talked to him through his tenure as deputy attorney general and there were times he was incredibly anxious. they describe late night phone calls. someone worried about the way the public would perceive him for his decision to fire james comey and under the public criticism to appoint special counsel mueller. now it seems he's sort of come
to this resolved state. he says the phrase here i stand. it's the same phrase jim comey used when he spoke to george w. bush in his administration. it's something we see people say when they are in public service and they want to say, no matter the political wins, i'm here to stand and take whatever be befall me. i believe what i have done is the right decision. he's telling people that he thinks there are more facts that will come out later that will justify his decision to write that memo from may 2017 that allowed the former fbi director jim comey to be fired. there's a lot of unpacking and it seems the state is changing. >> that's what's going on inside the justice department. then there's the question of robert mueller, the special counsel office.
i know julia was part of this but you're reporting on the state of the mueller investigation and the headline is no presidential interview and a quicker timetable till there's some sort of conclusion to this. >> that's right. it turns out that the raid on michael cohen could wind up being the deciding factor in whether or not the president would sit for an interview with robert mueller. the president's legal team and robert mueller's office have been in discussions about this for months. the president has said that he wants to do an interview. however his mood on that has changed for now. he is known to change again. for now, he's kind of digging in and more against a sit down with mueller and so from our reporting we have learned that both sides are essentially proceeding as if an interview is not going to happen. the way in which that relates to the obstruction of justice piece of the overall investigation is that sources have told us that
mueller is essentially finished with that piece of the investigation. he's talked to witnesses that he needs to review the documents and was waiting on the decision on an interview with the president and if that is not going to happen then he chooses not to subpoena him then he could move up the time line that he would finish the report on the obstruction piece. >> what is that time line? are we talking days, weeks, months? >> originally the president's legal team was trying to ask mueller to complete a report within three to four months of interview the president. without any sort of agreement on voluntary interview, mueller can do whatever he wants. he could move up the time frame to as early as next month or within the next couple of months or choose to delay it.
it really leave a lot of things in mueller's hands. >> all of this that boowe're ta about playing out against the backdrop of james comey. back in the news with this book. what do you may of what he is saying in this book? the republican national committee supporting the president. they are going after comey in very aggressive, very personal terms there as well. what do you make of this? >> comey's trying to defend his honor against the schoolyard bully in trump. i perfectly understand that. as we've just been discussing, if indeed comey's book and cohen's raid is all leading to situation where trump just
refuses to be interviewed, trump wants to get rid of rosenstein, this would be the third time that gjim comey puts himself at the center of controversy and acts as a spoiler to the point the president won't be interviewed. if rosenstein does go, we're looking at a very ramped up timetable for mueller to act on obstruction of justice. without that interview of trump, in one hand you can say, look, there's never going be any practical substantive impact of interviewing trump. it's highly unlikely trump would say you got me. i fully intended to obstruct your inquiry when i fired comey and lied about the trump tower meeting. it leaves both parties with the ability to say he wouldn't cooperate, on both sides. i never got sbents from the president. here's the big question. what is mueller do now with no
trump interview and a deadline perhaps looming with rosenstein's departure. he's got to write that report. press send, get it to rosenstein and he gets it to congress for possibly impeachment or send it to court. who will replace rosenstein and what would they do with such a report? would they just put it in their top drawer and close the door. >> let me bring in on that point. if rosenstein does go, if the president fires him, do we have a sense who is next? >> that's a good question. technically in the line of succession -- it would go to the number three. at this point that's an acting position because rachel grant stepped aside a few months ago. it would go to the next person in the line who is confirmed by the senate who is the solicitor general noel francisco. it could be anyone from his
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on that score you see comey at 48%. trump, 32%. comey is the more credible person in this match. when it comes to that question of public opinion in james comey and public figures being polarizing. comey seems to cause something closer to whiplash. let me show you what i mean. think back to when we first sort of heard about him as a big public figure, the 2016 campaign. he held that press conference where he excoriated hillary clinton. days before the 2016 election, he reopened very publicly the e-mail investigation. democrats did not like that. a lot of them thought that's the reason hillary clinton lost. look at this. this is a poll taken just shortly after the 2016 election. what did you see? democrats by a massive margin, very negative view of comey at that point, 41-12 negative. republicans were kind of split on the matter, basically 26-27. a lot of people just didn't have an opinion. guess what happened then? he went to war with president trump, president trump fired him, of course this was in may
of 2017. now he's out with a book blasting him and here in this new poll today, look at the partisan divide now. very, very different today. republicans, they overwhelmingly dislike james comey now that he's an antagonist of president trump. democrats, remember, it was 4 41-12 negative before. now 47% have a favorable view of comey and only 19% have a negative view. we have seen polarization but we don't often see one person get both sides of it in the course of about 18 months. that is the story with james comey. let's go for the inside scoop from yamiche alcindor and jonathan swan. thanks to both of you for joining us. yamiche, you have some reporting about this book. obviously it is being read closely inside the white house. what particular passages are resonating, maybe particularly negatively, over there? >> the sources i have talked to say the passages that are really resonating are the personal
attacks that comey launched on the president and that is the talking about the fact he was smaller, shorter than he looked than on tv, the fact he looked ovr orange, the fact his hands were small. these are things comey didn't have to put in the book. people expected legal bombshells but they didn't expect a personal accounting of what the president looked like and his kind of disgust with that. even though the president is also upset about the idea he's characterized as someone from the mob and that he's characterized as someone unethical, sources i talked to says the personal accounts are the ones that are really bothering him. >> the president certainly responding in very aggressive and personal terms today on twitter. jonathan, let me ask you about we had this nbc news reporting a few minutes ago, we talked about rod rosenstein, deputy attorney general, sort of de facto in charge of the russia side inside the justice department, he now is prepared to be fired. we also know among others, folks in the sort of president's circle there have been urging
him to make this firing. one of them is steve bannon. what can you tell us about steve bannon that effort outside the white house to sort of push him out, and sort of what the white house is making of that. >> i wouldn't make too much of steve bannon's influence over the president. i think it's minimal. the president already wants to fire rod rosenstein. what steve bannon is very good at is seeing a wave and then jumping on the wave just at the last moment and riding it beautifully into shore. he did that in the primary with roy moore and i suspect he's doing it here. donald trump has wanted to fire rod rosenstein for a long time. when we reported at axios we got a photograph of jeff sessions dining, having dinner with rod rosenstein. that sent the president into an absolute fury. he's got people around him not named steve bannon, outside the white house, who he listens to much more than steve bannon telling him he ought to get rid of him, that rod is against him,
that he's an obama guy even though the evidence of that is not forthcoming. so trump has wanted to do this for a long time. he's had some pushback from his legal team, just don't interfere with the mueller investigation, let it run its course, but i suspect gravity is overwhelming that. >> in terms of this other piece of news we talked about earlier, the pending pardon for scooter libby, dick cheney's old chief of staff, do you have a sense where the push for that is coming from? this is something from ten plus years ago. >> i think people should pay attention to scooter libby's lawyer for the pardon, victoria toensing, the wife of joe digenova. i suspect if he gets the pardon, victoria will be the one who has a big role there. really, there's not a whole lot of -- i mean, dick cheney, i don't know what conversations he's had with the president over
this. obviously john bolton was involved in that administration but i'm told he hasn't had a big role in this. i think she's the one to pay attention to. >> yamiche, you talk about the president, how he's responding to the new book here. more in general behind the scenes in the white house, can you tell us what the reaction is to this book? >> it's hard to say because people have been so tight-lipped, but the reaction, at least the reaction i have garnered apart from the president are people are shocked and upset by the fact this book is out there. i think one thing that's important to note when we talk about the pardon with scooter libby is if that actually happens, it might coincide with the release of james comey's book. some of the people who have been pushing for scooter libby's pardon are people who don't like james comey, who talked about the fact he acted unethically with scooter libby. when we think about it, these things are weirdly connected. back to what's going on at the white house, there is going to be a briefing at 2:30 and pretty rare for sarah sanders to be out there tweeting her own opinions.
she's been out there attacking james comey so we can imagine that around the white house, people are angry at james comey and when we see sarah sanders on camera for the first time today, she's going to have a pretty long rant about james comey or long conversation about james comey, because she herself is out there defending the president. >> we will be watching to see what she has to say on behalf of the white house. thanks to both of you for joining us. more ahead. this is "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. y got a e in the middle of the night. hold on dad... liberty did what? yeah, liberty mutual 24-hour roadside assistance helped him to fix his flat so he could get home safely. my dad says our insurance doesn't have that. don't worry - i know what a lug wrench is, dad. is this a lug wrench? maybe? you can leave worry behind when liberty stands with you™. liberty stands with you™. liberty mutual insurance.
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