Another Former Donald Trump Aide Convicted; Mike Flynn Strategy Suffers Blow | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Another Former Donald Trump Aide Convicted; Mike Flynn Strategy Suffers Blow | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


>>>SO HERE’S HOW IT STARTS.>>>SO HERE’S HOW IT STARTS. AND I WILL TELL YOU, IT GOES BY AND I WILL TELL YOU, IT GOES BY FAST. FAST. FROM THE MOMENT THEY ENTER THE FROM THE MOMENT THEY ENTER THE COURTROOM TO THE MOMENT THEY ALL COURTROOM TO THE MOMENT THEY ALL FILED OUT, THE WHOLE THING TOOK FILED OUT, THE WHOLE THING TOOK LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES. LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES. HERE’S HOW IT STARTS IN THE HERE’S HOW IT STARTS IN THE TRANSCRIPT. TRANSCRIPT. THE JURY ENTERS AT 2:21 P.M. THE JURY ENTERS AT 2:21 P.M. THE JUDGE, “ALL RIGHT. THE JUDGE, “ALL RIGHT. PLEASE BE SEATED. PLEASE BE SEATED. WILL THE FOREPERSON PLEASE STAND WILL THE FOREPERSON PLEASE STAND AND BE IDENTIFIED? AND BE IDENTIFIED? I UNDERSTAND YOU’VE REACHED A I UNDERSTAND YOU’VE REACHED A VERDICT, IS THAT CORRECT?” VERDICT, IS THAT CORRECT?” THE FOREPERSON, “YES, SIR, WE THE FOREPERSON, “YES, SIR, WE HAVE.” HAVE.” THE JUDGE, “IS IT UNANIMOUS?” THE JUDGE, “IS IT UNANIMOUS?” THE FOREPERSON, “YES, SIR.” THE FOREPERSON, “YES, SIR.” THE JUDGE, “HAVE YOU COMPLETED THE JUDGE, “HAVE YOU COMPLETED THE VERDICT FORM?” THE VERDICT FORM?” THE FOREPERSON, “YES.” THE FOREPERSON, “YES.” THE JUDGE, “WOULD YOU GIVE IT TO THE JUDGE, “WOULD YOU GIVE IT TO MR. BURNS, PLEASE?” MR. BURNS, PLEASE?” THE COURT CLERK. THE COURT CLERK. THE VERDICT FORM IS GIVEN TO THE THE VERDICT FORM IS GIVEN TO THE COURT CLERK. COURT CLERK. THE JUDGE, “ALL RIGHT. THE JUDGE, “ALL RIGHT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE ARE NOW LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE ARE NOW GOING TO READ YOUR VERDICT. GOING TO READ YOUR VERDICT. PLEASE LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE PLEASE LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE VERDICT AS IT’S READ BECAUSE VERDICT AS IT’S READ BECAUSE ONCE THE VERDICT IS READ EACH OF ONCE THE VERDICT IS READ EACH OF YOU WILL BE ASKED WHETHER THIS YOU WILL BE ASKED WHETHER THIS IS, IN FACT, YOUR VERDICT.” IS, IN FACT, YOUR VERDICT.” AND THEN THE COURT CLERK SAYS, AND THEN THE COURT CLERK SAYS, “WILL THE DEFENDANT PLEASE RISE “WILL THE DEFENDANT PLEASE RISE AND FACE THE JURY.” AND FACE THE JURY.” THE DEFENDANT RISES AND FACES THE DEFENDANT RISES AND FACES THE JURY AND THEN THE CLERK THE JURY AND THEN THE CLERK READS FROM THE VERDICT FORM. READS FROM THE VERDICT FORM. “WE, THE JURY, UNANIMOUSLY FIND “WE, THE JURY, UNANIMOUSLY FIND THE DEFENDANT, BIJAN KIAN THE DEFENDANT, BIJAN KIAN GUILTY AVENUE CONSPIRACY TO ACT GUILTY AVENUE CONSPIRACY TO ACT AS AN UNREGISTERED AGENT OF A AS AN UNREGISTERED AGENT OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AS CHARGED IN FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AS CHARGED IN COUNT 1A OF THE INDICTMENT. COUNT 1A OF THE INDICTMENT. WE THE JURY UNANIMOUSLY FOUND WE THE JURY UNANIMOUSLY FOUND THE DEFENDANT BIJAN KIAN GUILTY THE DEFENDANT BIJAN KIAN GUILTY OF CONSPIRACY TO MAKE OF CONSPIRACY TO MAKE WILLFUL AND MATERIAL FALSE WILLFUL AND MATERIAL FALSE STATEMENTS AND OMISSIONS IN A STATEMENTS AND OMISSIONS IN A FOREIGN AGENT REGISTRATION ACT FOREIGN AGENT REGISTRATION ACT FILING AS CHARGED IN COUNT 1-B FILING AS CHARGED IN COUNT 1-B OF THE INDICTMENT. OF THE INDICTMENT. AND WE, THE JURY, UNANIMOUSLY AND WE, THE JURY, UNANIMOUSLY FIND THE DEFENDANT, BIJAN KIAN, FIND THE DEFENDANT, BIJAN KIAN, GUILTY OF ACTING IN THE UNITED GUILTY OF ACTING IN THE UNITED STATES AS AN UNREGISTERED AGENT STATES AS AN UNREGISTERED AGENT OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AS OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AS CHARGED IN COUNT II OF THE CHARGED IN COUNT II OF THE INDICTMENT. INDICTMENT. SO SAY WE ALL, THIS 23rd DAY OF SO SAY WE ALL, THIS 23rd DAY OF JULY, 2019.” JULY, 2019.” SIGNED BY THE FOREPERSON. SIGNED BY THE FOREPERSON. THE JUDGE SAYS, “PLEASE POLL THE THE JUDGE SAYS, “PLEASE POLL THE JURY.” JURY.” THE TRANSCRIPT NOTES EACH JUROR THE TRANSCRIPT NOTES EACH JUROR UPON BEING ASKED BY THE CLERK, UPON BEING ASKED BY THE CLERK, “IS THIS YOUR TRUE VERDICT?” “IS THIS YOUR TRUE VERDICT?” ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. THE JUDGE THEN SAYS TO THE JURY, THE JUDGE THEN SAYS TO THE JURY, “THANK YOU. “THANK YOU. THE DEFENDANT MAY BE SEATED. THE DEFENDANT MAY BE SEATED. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE JURY, YOUR SERVICE HAS NOW JURY, YOUR SERVICE HAS NOW ENDED. ENDED. YOU ARE EXCUSED WITH THE THANKS YOU ARE EXCUSED WITH THE THANKS OF THE COURT.” OF THE COURT.” AND THE JURY EXITS AT 2:25 P.M. AND THE JURY EXITS AT 2:25 P.M. WHICH MEANS THE WHOLE THING TOOK WHICH MEANS THE WHOLE THING TOOK FOUR MINUTES. FOUR MINUTES. THAT WAS IT. THAT WAS IT. GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS. GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS. IT HAD TO HAPPEN TODAY OF ALL IT HAD TO HAPPEN TODAY OF ALL DAYS, RIGHT? DAYS, RIGHT? I MEAN, EVEN IF TOMORROW WASN’T I MEAN, EVEN IF TOMORROW WASN’T GOING TO BE ROBERT MUELLER’S GOING TO BE ROBERT MUELLER’S TESTIMONY IN CONGRESS, THERE’S TESTIMONY IN CONGRESS, THERE’S ALREADY A LOT GOING ON, RIGHT? ALREADY A LOT GOING ON, RIGHT? I MEAN, TODAY, FOR EXAMPLE, JUST I MEAN, TODAY, FOR EXAMPLE, JUST TONIGHT WE JUST GOT A NEW TONIGHT WE JUST GOT A NEW SECRETARY OF DEFENSE. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE. ANOTHER LOBBYIST. ANOTHER LOBBYIST. SO NOW THERE’S A LOBBYIST FOR SO NOW THERE’S A LOBBYIST FOR COAL COMPANIES RUNNING THE EPA, COAL COMPANIES RUNNING THE EPA, A LOBBYIST FOR OIL COMPANIES A LOBBYIST FOR OIL COMPANIES RUNNING THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, RUNNING THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, A GUY WHO RAN THE LOBBYING A GUY WHO RAN THE LOBBYING EFFORTS FOR BIG PHARMACEUTICAL EFFORTS FOR BIG PHARMACEUTICAL FIRMS RUNNING HEALTH AND HUMAN FIRMS RUNNING HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND NOW A LOBBYIST FOR SERVICES AND NOW A LOBBYIST FOR RAYTHEON, ONE OF THE BIGGEST RAYTHEON, ONE OF THE BIGGEST DEFENSE CONTRACTORS ON EARTH, DEFENSE CONTRACTORS ON EARTH, RUNNING THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. RUNNING THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. PERHAPS YOU ARE NOTICING A THEME PERHAPS YOU ARE NOTICING A THEME HERE. HERE. THE PRESIDENT LITERALLY GAVE IN THE PRESIDENT LITERALLY GAVE IN HIS BIG RE-ELECTION KICKOFF HIS BIG RE-ELECTION KICKOFF RALLY, LITERALLY GAVE THIS RALLY, LITERALLY GAVE THIS SPEECH ABOUT HOW HE WAS SPEECH ABOUT HOW HE WAS DESTROYING THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE DESTROYING THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE OF LOBBYISTS AND SPECIAL OF LOBBYISTS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO WERE BLEEDING OUR INTERESTS WHO WERE BLEEDING OUR COUNTRY DRY. COUNTRY DRY. WE’VE NOW GOT LOBBYISTS RUNNING WE’VE NOW GOT LOBBYISTS RUNNING EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENCIES IN THE CABINET. AGENCIES IN THE CABINET. INCLUDING THE PENTAGON. INCLUDING THE PENTAGON. TODAY ALSO, OUR CLOSEST OVERSEAS TODAY ALSO, OUR CLOSEST OVERSEAS ALLY, THE UNITED KINGDOM, WENT ALLY, THE UNITED KINGDOM, WENT THROUGH ITS OWN ITERATION OF OUR THROUGH ITS OWN ITERATION OF OUR 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WHEN 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WHEN THE TRAGICOMIC BUMBLING THE TRAGICOMIC BUMBLING TRUMP-LIKE PRO-BREXIT CHARACTER TRUMP-LIKE PRO-BREXIT CHARACTER BORIS JOHNSON BECAME, BELIEVE IT BORIS JOHNSON BECAME, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, PRIME MINISTER. OR NOT, PRIME MINISTER. YEAH, HIM. YEAH, HIM. PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, ACTUALLY. KINGDOM, ACTUALLY. AND THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL NOW AND THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL NOW FACE STRONGER PRESSURE THAN EVER FACE STRONGER PRESSURE THAN EVER BEFORE TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, BEFORE TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, BREAK ITSELF UP INTO BITS. BREAK ITSELF UP INTO BITS. AS A RESULT OF BORIS JOHNSON AS A RESULT OF BORIS JOHNSON ASCENDING TO THIS JOB BECAUSE ASCENDING TO THIS JOB BECAUSE BORIS JOHNSON IS HELLBENT ON BORIS JOHNSON IS HELLBENT ON BREAKING THE UK OUT OF THE BREAKING THE UK OUT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, NO MATTER WHAT EUROPEAN UNION, NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES, BUT THE UK’S IT TAKES, BUT THE UK’S CONSTITUENT PARTS INCLUDING CONSTITUENT PARTS INCLUDING SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND AND TO SOME EXTENT WALES, THEY AND TO SOME EXTENT WALES, THEY DO NOT WANT TO GET OUT OF THE DO NOT WANT TO GET OUT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. EUROPEAN UNION. AND WITH BORIS JOHNSON NOW AND WITH BORIS JOHNSON NOW BECOMING PRIME MINISTER, BECOMING PRIME MINISTER, PRO-INDEPENDENCE LEADERS IN ALL PRO-INDEPENDENCE LEADERS IN ALL OF THOSE CONSTITUENT PARTS OF OF THOSE CONSTITUENT PARTS OF THE UK ARE NOW STARTING TO THE UK ARE NOW STARTING TO LOUDLY INSIST THAT IF BORIS LOUDLY INSIST THAT IF BORIS JOHNSON REALLY DOES INSIST ON A JOHNSON REALLY DOES INSIST ON A HARD BREXIT, IF HE REALLY DOES HARD BREXIT, IF HE REALLY DOES TRY TO FORCE THIS, IF HE REALLY TRY TO FORCE THIS, IF HE REALLY TRIES TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON WHAT TRIES TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT BREAKING THE UK HE SAYS ABOUT BREAKING THE UK OUT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, WELL, OUT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, WELL, THOSE OTHER PARTS OF THE UK THOSE OTHER PARTS OF THE UK MIGHT INSTEAD BREAK THEMSELVES MIGHT INSTEAD BREAK THEMSELVES OFF FROM BORIS AND HIS BREXIT OFF FROM BORIS AND HIS BREXIT PLANS SO THAT THEY CAN STAY PLANS SO THAT THEY CAN STAY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES BECAUSE THEY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES BECAUSE THEY ALL WANT TO STAY IN THE EUROPEAN ALL WANT TO STAY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION. UNION. THAT HAPPENED TODAY. THAT HAPPENED TODAY.>>>ALSO TODAY, AFTER SOME OF>>>ALSO TODAY, AFTER SOME OF THE BIGGEST PROTESTS IN THE THE BIGGEST PROTESTS IN THE HISTORY OF PUERTO RICO HISTORY OF PUERTO RICO YESTERDAY, TONIGHT THE YESTERDAY, TONIGHT THE GOVERNOR IN PUERTO RICO STILL GOVERNOR IN PUERTO RICO STILL HAS NOT RESIGNED, ALTHOUGH WE HAS NOT RESIGNED, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE LEARNED AS OF TONIGHT THAT HAVE LEARNED AS OF TONIGHT THAT THE PUERTO RICAN GOVERNOR HAS THE PUERTO RICAN GOVERNOR HAS APPARENTLY BEEN CONFRONTED WITH APPARENTLY BEEN CONFRONTED WITH A LAW ENFORCEMENT WARRANT TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT WARRANT TO SEARCH HIS ELECTRONICS AND SEARCH HIS ELECTRONICS AND TONIGHT THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO TONIGHT THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR RICARDO REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR RICARDO ROSSELLO HAS RESIGNED. ROSSELLO HAS RESIGNED. HIS CHIEF OF STAFF HAS RESIGNED HIS CHIEF OF STAFF HAS RESIGNED AS OF TONIGHT. AS OF TONIGHT. SO THAT MEANS THAT WE ARE ON SO THAT MEANS THAT WE ARE ON RESIGNATION WATCH FOR THAT RESIGNATION WATCH FOR THAT REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR AS OF RIGHT REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR AS OF RIGHT NOW AND INTO THE OVERNIGHT NOW AND INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. HOURS. IT IS HARD TO SEE HOW HE STAYS IT IS HARD TO SEE HOW HE STAYS ON IN THAT JOB. ON IN THAT JOB.>>>AND ON TOP OF THAT, NOT FOR>>>AND ON TOP OF THAT, NOT FOR NOTHING, I SHOULD TELL YOU THAT NOTHING, I SHOULD TELL YOU THAT TONIGHT A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE TONIGHT A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE HAVE SUPERGLUED THEMSELVES TO HAVE SUPERGLUED THEMSELVES TO THE U.S. CAPITOL. THE U.S. CAPITOL. THEY HAVE SUPERGLUED THEMSELVES THEY HAVE SUPERGLUED THEMSELVES TO THE DOOR JAMS AND THE TO THE DOOR JAMS AND THE HALLWAYS AND THE DOORS THAT HALLWAYS AND THE DOORS THAT CONNECT THE U.S. HOUSE OFFICE CONNECT THE U.S. HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING TO THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING TO THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING. BUILDING. THESE PROTESTERS ARE PROCLAIMING THESE PROTESTERS ARE PROCLAIMING A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. THEY WANT CONGRESS TO DECLARE A THEY WANT CONGRESS TO DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. CLIMATE EMERGENCY. WE HAVE ALL SEEN LOTS OF PEOPLE WE HAVE ALL SEEN LOTS OF PEOPLE CHAIN THEMSELVES TO THINGS. CHAIN THEMSELVES TO THINGS. IN THIS CASE, THEY HAVE GLUED IN THIS CASE, THEY HAVE GLUED THEMSELVES, THEY HAVE GLUED THEMSELVES, THEY HAVE GLUED THEIR SKIN TO THE DOORS AND THEIR SKIN TO THE DOORS AND HALLWAYS CONNECTING THE U.S. HALLWAYS CONNECTING THE U.S. HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING TO THE HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING TO THE U.S. CAPITOL. U.S. CAPITOL. THAT IS ONGOING. THAT IS ONGOING. SO, I MEAN, TODAY HAS ALREADY SO, I MEAN, TODAY HAS ALREADY BEEN KIND OF A MOMENTOUS DAY ALL BEEN KIND OF A MOMENTOUS DAY ALL AROUND, BUT ON THE EVE OF ROBERT AROUND, BUT ON THE EVE OF ROBERT MUELLER’S TESTIMONY TO THE HOUSE MUELLER’S TESTIMONY TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, STARTING OF REPRESENTATIVES, STARTING EARLY TOMORROW MORNING, IT IS EARLY TOMORROW MORNING, IT IS PRETTY REMARKABLE THAT ROBERT PRETTY REMARKABLE THAT ROBERT MUELLER’S TEAM TODAY, THIS MUELLER’S TEAM TODAY, THIS AFTERNOON, GOT THEMSELVES AFTERNOON, GOT THEMSELVES ANOTHER LANDMARK VICTORY IN ANOTHER LANDMARK VICTORY IN COURT. COURT. I MEAN, THERE HAVE BEEN DOZENS I MEAN, THERE HAVE BEEN DOZENS OF INDICTMENTS. OF INDICTMENTS. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY GUILTY THERE HAVE BEEN MANY GUILTY PLEAS. PLEAS. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY COOPERATION THERE HAVE BEEN MANY COOPERATION DEALS THAT HAVE SPRUNG FROM DEALS THAT HAVE SPRUNG FROM MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION INTO MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIA INTERVENING IN OUR RUSSIA INTERVENING IN OUR ELECTION TO HELP PUT DONALD ELECTION TO HELP PUT DONALD TRUMP INTO THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT TRUMP INTO THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT FOR ALL OF THOSE DOZENS OF FOR ALL OF THOSE DOZENS OF INDICTMENTS, MUELLER’S INDICTMENTS, MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION HAS ONLY LED TO INVESTIGATION HAS ONLY LED TO TWO TRIALS BEFORE A JURY. TWO TRIALS BEFORE A JURY. THE FIRST ONE, OF COURSE, PUT THE FIRST ONE, OF COURSE, PUT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN PAUL MANAFORT IN PRISON CHAIRMAN PAUL MANAFORT IN PRISON FOR AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS. FOR AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS. THAT’S HIS FEDERAL PRISON THAT’S HIS FEDERAL PRISON SENTENCE. SENTENCE. AND THAT IS SEPARATE AND APART AND THAT IS SEPARATE AND APART FROM ANY TIME HE MAY GET IF HE’S FROM ANY TIME HE MAY GET IF HE’S CONVICTED ON THE STATE CHARGES. CONVICTED ON THE STATE CHARGES. HE’S ALSO NOW FACING AT THE SAME HE’S ALSO NOW FACING AT THE SAME TIME. TIME. SO MANAFORT WAS ONLY THE FIRST SO MANAFORT WAS ONLY THE FIRST JURY TRIAL THAT CAME OUT OF JURY TRIAL THAT CAME OUT OF MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION. MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION. ONLY THE SECOND JURY TRIAL THAT ONLY THE SECOND JURY TRIAL THAT HAS COME OUT OF MUELLER’S HAS COME OUT OF MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION ENDED IN DRAMATIC INVESTIGATION ENDED IN DRAMATIC FASHION TODAY, THIS AFTERNOON, FASHION TODAY, THIS AFTERNOON, WITH THAT JURY WALKING INTO THAT WITH THAT JURY WALKING INTO THAT COURTROOM IN THE EASTERN COURTROOM IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA AT 2:21 DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA AT 2:21 P.M. EASTERN TIME TO ANNOUNCE P.M. EASTERN TIME TO ANNOUNCE THEIR UNANIMOUS DECISION TO THEIR UNANIMOUS DECISION TO ISSUE GUILTY VERDICTS ON ALL ISSUE GUILTY VERDICTS ON ALL COUNTS AGAINST BIJAN KIAN, WHO COUNTS AGAINST BIJAN KIAN, WHO WAS A TRUMP TRANSITION OFFICIAL WAS A TRUMP TRANSITION OFFICIAL THE NUMBER TWO OFFICIAL IN THE THE NUMBER TWO OFFICIAL IN THE TRUMP TRANSITION WORKING ON TRUMP TRANSITION WORKING ON INTELLIGENCE ISSUES. INTELLIGENCE ISSUES. NOW, KIAN INITIALLY CAME UNDER NOW, KIAN INITIALLY CAME UNDER INVESTIGATION AS PART OF INVESTIGATION AS PART OF MUELLER’S PROBE. MUELLER’S PROBE. MUELLER’S TEAM THEN HANDED OFF MUELLER’S TEAM THEN HANDED OFF THE BIJAN KIAN CASE TO OTHER THE BIJAN KIAN CASE TO OTHER FEDERAL PROSECUTORS IN THE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA. EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA. THEY ULTIMATELY BROUGHT CHARGES THEY ULTIMATELY BROUGHT CHARGES AGAINST KIAN FOR HIM ACTING AS AGAINST KIAN FOR HIM ACTING AS AN UNREGISTERED AGENT OF A AN UNREGISTERED AGENT OF A FOREIGN POWER AT THE TIME HE WAS FOREIGN POWER AT THE TIME HE WAS WORKING AS A TRUMP TRANSITION WORKING AS A TRUMP TRANSITION OFFICIAL. OFFICIAL. AS THE NUMBER TWO IN THE TRUMP AS THE NUMBER TWO IN THE TRUMP TRANSITION ON INTELLIGENCE TRANSITION ON INTELLIGENCE MATTERS, MR. KIAN APPARENTLY MATTERS, MR. KIAN APPARENTLY PARTICIPATED IN KEY HIRING PARTICIPATED IN KEY HIRING DECISIONS FOR THE NEW DECISIONS FOR THE NEW ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION. THINGS LIKE WHO WOULD RUN THE THINGS LIKE WHO WOULD RUN THE NATION’S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES NATION’S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES UNDER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. UNDER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. BIJAN KIAN WAS TAKING PART IN BIJAN KIAN WAS TAKING PART IN THOSE DECISIONS WHILE HE WAS THOSE DECISIONS WHILE HE WAS SECRETLY ON THE PAYROLL OF A SECRETLY ON THE PAYROLL OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY, AS DETERMINED FOREIGN COUNTRY, AS DETERMINED TODAY BY A FEDERAL JURY. TODAY BY A FEDERAL JURY. AND I MEAN THAT ALONE SHOULD BE AND I MEAN THAT ALONE SHOULD BE KIND OF A SHOW-STOPPER, RIGHT? KIND OF A SHOW-STOPPER, RIGHT? FOR THIS OR ANY PRESIDENCY. FOR THIS OR ANY PRESIDENCY. YOU PLAYED A ROLE IN PICKING THE YOU PLAYED A ROLE IN PICKING THE CIA DIRECTOR WHILE YOU WERE CIA DIRECTOR WHILE YOU WERE BEING PAID BY ANOTHER COUNTRY BEING PAID BY ANOTHER COUNTRY SECRETLY? SECRETLY? THAT’S WEIRD. THAT’S WEIRD. YOU WOULD THINK THAT WOULD BE YOU WOULD THINK THAT WOULD BE KIND OF A — HMM. KIND OF A — HMM. BUT, YOU KNOW, THIS KIAN CASE IS BUT, YOU KNOW, THIS KIAN CASE IS ONE OF A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON ONE OF A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION AND IT WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION AND IT ALONE HAS BEEN OVERSHADOWED A ALONE HAS BEEN OVERSHADOWED A LITTLE BIT, EVEN FROM THE LITTLE BIT, EVEN FROM THE OUTSET, BY WHAT IT HAS TOLD US OUTSET, BY WHAT IT HAS TOLD US OVER TIME ABOUT SOMEBODY ELSE IN OVER TIME ABOUT SOMEBODY ELSE IN TRUMP’S ORBIT, ABOUT BIJAN TRUMP’S ORBIT, ABOUT BIJAN KIAN’S BUSINESS PARTNER AND KIAN’S BUSINESS PARTNER AND FELLOW TRUMP TRANSITION FELLOW TRUMP TRANSITION OFFICIAL, THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIAL, THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE MICHAEL FLYNN WHO WOULD GO AIDE MICHAEL FLYNN WHO WOULD GO ON TO BE NAMED NATIONAL SECURITY ON TO BE NAMED NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. ADVISER BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND THE FLYNN STUFF THAT CAME AND THE FLYNN STUFF THAT CAME OUT IN THE KIAN CASE STILL IS OUT IN THE KIAN CASE STILL IS SLIGHTLY MIND BOGGLING. SLIGHTLY MIND BOGGLING. PROSECUTORS, FOR EXAMPLE, LAID PROSECUTORS, FOR EXAMPLE, LAID OUT IN COURT IN THE KIAN CASE OUT IN COURT IN THE KIAN CASE PART OF WHAT MIKE FLYNN’S DAY PART OF WHAT MIKE FLYNN’S DAY WAS LIKE ON THE FATEFUL DAY OF WAS LIKE ON THE FATEFUL DAY OF OCTOBER 7th, 2016. OCTOBER 7th, 2016. DURING THE CAMPAIGN. DURING THE CAMPAIGN. BASICALLY EXACTLY A MONTH BEFORE BASICALLY EXACTLY A MONTH BEFORE THE ACTUAL ELECTION. THE ACTUAL ELECTION. YOU REMEMBER THAT DATE, OCTOBER YOU REMEMBER THAT DATE, OCTOBER 7th, 2016, IF YOU REMEMBER ANY 7th, 2016, IF YOU REMEMBER ANY OTHER DATE FROM THE CAMPAIGN OTHER DATE FROM THE CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THAT IS THE SINGLE DAY BECAUSE THAT IS THE SINGLE DAY WHEN IN QUICK SUCCESSION THE WHEN IN QUICK SUCCESSION THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED U.S. GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED OFFICIALLY THAT RUSSIA WAS OFFICIALLY THAT RUSSIA WAS INTERFERING IN THE ELECTION. INTERFERING IN THE ELECTION. THAT WAS THAT JOINT STATEMENT THAT WAS THAT JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE DIRECTOR OF SECURITY AND THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. “THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY “THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS CONFIDENT THAT THE RUSSIAN IS CONFIDENT THAT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT IS” — SHORTLY GOVERNMENT IS” — SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE “ACCESS THEREAFTER, THE “ACCESS HOLLYWOOD” TAPE CAME OUT, WHICH HOLLYWOOD” TAPE CAME OUT, WHICH THREATENED TO END TRUMP’S THREATENED TO END TRUMP’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ONE MONTH PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ONE MONTH BEFORE THE ELECTION BECAUSE THAT BEFORE THE ELECTION BECAUSE THAT WAS THE TAPE IN WHICH HE WAS WAS THE TAPE IN WHICH HE WAS HEARD BRAGGING ABOUT WHAT HE HEARD BRAGGING ABOUT WHAT HE COULD DO TO WOMEN, WHAT HE COULD COULD DO TO WOMEN, WHAT HE COULD GRAB THEM BY AND WHEN YOU ARE A GRAB THEM BY AND WHEN YOU ARE A STAR THEY LET YOU DO IT. STAR THEY LET YOU DO IT. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, VERY SHORTLY SHORTLY THEREAFTER, VERY SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THAT SAME DAY IS THEREAFTER, THAT SAME DAY IS WHEN WIKILEAKS STARTED RELEASING WHEN WIKILEAKS STARTED RELEASING THE E-MAILS THAT RUSSIAN THE E-MAILS THAT RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE HAD HACKED FROM INTELLIGENCE HAD HACKED FROM HILLARY CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN HILLARY CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN AND THEN PROVIDED TO CHAIRMAN AND THEN PROVIDED TO JULIAN ASSANGE AND WIKILEAKS TO JULIAN ASSANGE AND WIKILEAKS TO DISTRIBUTE TO TRY TO — TO TRY DISTRIBUTE TO TRY TO — TO TRY TO CAUSE MAXIMUM HARM TO HILLARY TO CAUSE MAXIMUM HARM TO HILLARY CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN AND TO BOOST CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN AND TO BOOST DONALD TRUMP AS BEST THEY COULD. DONALD TRUMP AS BEST THEY COULD. ALL OF THOSE THINGS ALL HAPPENED ALL OF THOSE THINGS ALL HAPPENED ON THE SAME DAY, ON OCTOBER 7th, ON THE SAME DAY, ON OCTOBER 7th, AND IN THE KIAN TRIAL THIS PAST AND IN THE KIAN TRIAL THIS PAST WEEK, WE LEARNED THAT ON THAT WEEK, WE LEARNED THAT ON THAT SAME DAY, ON OCTOBER 7th, MIKE SAME DAY, ON OCTOBER 7th, MIKE FLYNN WAS FIELDING PHONE CALLS FLYNN WAS FIELDING PHONE CALLS FROM HIS FOREIGN PAYMASTER, FROM FROM HIS FOREIGN PAYMASTER, FROM THE TURKISH GUY WHO WAS PAYING THE TURKISH GUY WHO WAS PAYING HIM OVER $500,000 DURING THE HIM OVER $500,000 DURING THE CAMPAIGN TO ESSENTIALLY ACT AS A CAMPAIGN TO ESSENTIALLY ACT AS A FOREIGN AGENT REPRESENTING THE FOREIGN AGENT REPRESENTING THE INTEREST OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT INTEREST OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT WITHOUT DECLARING HIMSELF AS WITHOUT DECLARING HIMSELF AS SUCH IN THE U.S. SUCH IN THE U.S. WHILE HE WORKED ON A U.S. WHILE HE WORKED ON A U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. ON THAT DAY, ON OCTOBER 7th, THE ON THAT DAY, ON OCTOBER 7th, THE TURKISH GUY WHO WAS PAYING MIKE TURKISH GUY WHO WAS PAYING MIKE FLYNN APPARENTLY GOT ON THE FLYNN APPARENTLY GOT ON THE PHONE WITH FLYNN AND REAMED HIM PHONE WITH FLYNN AND REAMED HIM OUT ABOUT HOW TURKEY WAS OUT ABOUT HOW TURKEY WAS BASICALLY NOT GETTING ITS BASICALLY NOT GETTING ITS MONEY’S WORTH FROM THE MONEY’S WORTH FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF DONALD PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF DONALD TRUMP. TRUMP. THAT DAY, OCTOBER 7th, MICHAEL THAT DAY, OCTOBER 7th, MICHAEL FLYNN’S TURKISH PAYMASTER GOT ON FLYNN’S TURKISH PAYMASTER GOT ON THE PHONE WITH FLYNN DEMANDING THE PHONE WITH FLYNN DEMANDING TO KNOW WHY REPUBLICAN TO KNOW WHY REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP WAS NOT SAYING NICER TRUMP WAS NOT SAYING NICER THINGS ABOUT TURKEY. THINGS ABOUT TURKEY. WHY HE WAS NOT ATTACKING THE WHY HE WAS NOT ATTACKING THE ENEMIES OF THE PRESIDENT OF ENEMIES OF THE PRESIDENT OF TURKEY. TURKEY. AFTER ALL, WASN’T FLYNN BEING AFTER ALL, WASN’T FLYNN BEING PAID FOR JUST THAT? PAID FOR JUST THAT? WAS TURKEY GETTING ITS MONEY’S WAS TURKEY GETTING ITS MONEY’S WORTH? WORTH? OUT OF THIS GUY THEY SECRETLY OUT OF THIS GUY THEY SECRETLY HAD ON THEIR PAYROLL WHO WAS HAD ON THEIR PAYROLL WHO WAS WORKING ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. WORKING ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. I MEAN, THAT IS THE KIND OF CALL I MEAN, THAT IS THE KIND OF CALL THAT MIKE FLYNN WAS HAVING TO THAT MIKE FLYNN WAS HAVING TO TAKE ON “ACCESS HOLLYWOOD” DAY. TAKE ON “ACCESS HOLLYWOOD” DAY. RIGHT? RIGHT? GET ON IT, MIKE. GET ON IT, MIKE. YES, SIR. YES, SIR. RIGHT AWAY, SIR. RIGHT AWAY, SIR. WE DO KIND OF HAVE A FEW OTHER WE DO KIND OF HAVE A FEW OTHER THINGS ON OUR PLATE TODAY, SIR, THINGS ON OUR PLATE TODAY, SIR, BUT I WILL TRY TO GET YOU YOUR BUT I WILL TRY TO GET YOU YOUR MONEY’S WORTH, FOREIGN COUNTRY MONEY’S WORTH, FOREIGN COUNTRY PAYING ME SECRETLY WHILE I WORK PAYING ME SECRETLY WHILE I WORK ON THIS CAMPAIGN. ON THIS CAMPAIGN. I MEAN, WE STILL DON’T KNOW HOW I MEAN, WE STILL DON’T KNOW HOW THIS IS ALL GOING TO SHAKE OUT THIS IS ALL GOING TO SHAKE OUT FOR FLYNN. FOR FLYNN. EVEN NOW THAT HIS BUSINESS EVEN NOW THAT HIS BUSINESS PARTNER, THIS OTHER GUY FROM THE PARTNER, THIS OTHER GUY FROM THE TRUMP TRANSITION, BIJAN KIAN, TRUMP TRANSITION, BIJAN KIAN, HAS BEEN CONVICTED AN ALL COUNTS HAS BEEN CONVICTED AN ALL COUNTS TODAY. TODAY. BUT IT IS WORTH PAUSING TO JUST BUT IT IS WORTH PAUSING TO JUST APPRECIATE, JUST SAVOR THIS FOR APPRECIATE, JUST SAVOR THIS FOR A SECOND, THAT THE PRESIDENT OF A SECOND, THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, HIS TOP THE UNITED STATES, HIS TOP CAMPAIGN FOREIGN POLICY ADVISER CAMPAIGN FOREIGN POLICY ADVISER WAS LITERALLY ON THE PAYROLL OF WAS LITERALLY ON THE PAYROLL OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY BEING PAID TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY BEING PAID TO INFLUENCE THE FUTURE PRESIDENT INFLUENCE THE FUTURE PRESIDENT AND THEN EVEN AFTER THAT WAS AND THEN EVEN AFTER THAT WAS NOTIFIED TO THE PRESIDENTIAL NOTIFIED TO THE PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION AND THE TRUMP TRANSITION AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION — THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION — THE INCOMING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THE TRUMP TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THE TRUMP TRANSITION KNEW IT, THAT FLYNN TRANSITION KNEW IT, THAT FLYNN HAD BEEN ON A FOREIGN HAD BEEN ON A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT’S PAYROLL, GOVERNMENT’S PAYROLL, NEVERTHELESS, THE PRESIDENT NEVERTHELESS, THE PRESIDENT PICKED THAT GUY TO BE HIS TOP PICKED THAT GUY TO BE HIS TOP NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIAL. NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIAL. I MEAN, I KNOW THIS WILL I MEAN, I KNOW THIS WILL PROBABLY BE A TINY FOOTNOTE IN PROBABLY BE A TINY FOOTNOTE IN THE HISTORY OF EVEN JUST THIS THE HISTORY OF EVEN JUST THIS INSANE YEAR OF THIS INSANE INSANE YEAR OF THIS INSANE PRESIDENCY, BUT HONESTLY, THAT PRESIDENCY, BUT HONESTLY, THAT DESERVES ITS OWN FULL CHAPTER. DESERVES ITS OWN FULL CHAPTER. THAT WOULD BE THE KIND OF THING THAT WOULD BE THE KIND OF THING THAT WOULD, LIKE, DESTROY A THAT WOULD, LIKE, DESTROY A WHOLE OTHER PRESIDENCY. WHOLE OTHER PRESIDENCY. BUT IN THIS ONE IT’S LIKE, OH BUT IN THIS ONE IT’S LIKE, OH YEAH, THAT HAPPENED. YEAH, THAT HAPPENED. RIGHT. RIGHT. AND YOU MIGHT REMEMBER, IN MIKE AND YOU MIGHT REMEMBER, IN MIKE FLYNN’S OWN CASE, HE RECENTLY FLYNN’S OWN CASE, HE RECENTLY TRADED IN HIS SORT OF NORMAL TRADED IN HIS SORT OF NORMAL LAWYERS FOR INSTEAD A NEW LAWYERS FOR INSTEAD A NEW LAWYER. LAWYER. HE INSTEAD RETAINED A NEW SORT HE INSTEAD RETAINED A NEW SORT OF FOX NEWS REGULAR WHO OF FOX NEWS REGULAR WHO LITERALLY SELLS ANTI-ROBERT LITERALLY SELLS ANTI-ROBERT MUELLER T-SHIRTS ON HER WEBSITE. MUELLER T-SHIRTS ON HER WEBSITE. THAT’S MIKE FLYNN’S NEW LAWYER. THAT’S MIKE FLYNN’S NEW LAWYER. FLYNN IS STILL AWAITING FLYNN IS STILL AWAITING SENTENCING FOR HIS OWN CRIMES. SENTENCING FOR HIS OWN CRIMES. HE HAS PLED GUILTY TO LYING TO HE HAS PLED GUILTY TO LYING TO INVESTIGATORS. INVESTIGATORS. HE ADMITTED IN HIS PLEA DEAL TO HE ADMITTED IN HIS PLEA DEAL TO LYING IN HIS FEDERAL FILINGS IN LYING IN HIS FEDERAL FILINGS IN WHICH HE INSISTED THAT THE WHICH HE INSISTED THAT THE WASN’T, OF COURSE, A PAID WASN’T, OF COURSE, A PAID FOREIGN AGENT, BUT SINCE HE HAS FOREIGN AGENT, BUT SINCE HE HAS SWITCHED HIS LEGAL TEAM, THE SWITCHED HIS LEGAL TEAM, THE BEST WE CAN TELL THE STRATEGIC BEST WE CAN TELL THE STRATEGIC LEGAL ADVICE FLYNN SEEMS TO HAVE LEGAL ADVICE FLYNN SEEMS TO HAVE RECEIVED FROM HIS NEW FOX NEWS RECEIVED FROM HIS NEW FOX NEWS LAWYER IS THAT HE SHOULD TRY TO LAWYER IS THAT HE SHOULD TRY TO BLOW UP THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL BLOW UP THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL CASE THAT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS CASE THAT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS WERE PURSUING AGAINST BIJAN WERE PURSUING AGAINST BIJAN KIAN, AGAINST FLYNN’S FORMER KIAN, AGAINST FLYNN’S FORMER BUSINESS PARTNER. BUSINESS PARTNER. FLYNN HAD BEEN DUE TO BE THE FLYNN HAD BEEN DUE TO BE THE STAR WITNESS AGAINST KIAN. STAR WITNESS AGAINST KIAN. HE WAS EXPECTED TO TESTIFY FOR HE WAS EXPECTED TO TESTIFY FOR THE PROSECUTION IN KIAN’S TRIAL. THE PROSECUTION IN KIAN’S TRIAL. HE WAS EXPECTED TO TESTIFY ABOUT HE WAS EXPECTED TO TESTIFY ABOUT ALL THE WORK THAT HE AND KIAN ALL THE WORK THAT HE AND KIAN DID FOR FLYNN’S CONSULTING FIRM DID FOR FLYNN’S CONSULTING FIRM ON BEHALF OF THIS FOREIGN ON BEHALF OF THIS FOREIGN GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. THAT ALL GOT UPENDED WHEN FLYNN THAT ALL GOT UPENDED WHEN FLYNN GOT HIS NEW LAWYERS WHO GOT HIS NEW LAWYERS WHO APPARENTLY TOLD HIM IT WOULD BE APPARENTLY TOLD HIM IT WOULD BE FINE FOR HIM, IT WOULD BE A GOOD FINE FOR HIM, IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA FOR HIM TO CHANGE HIS MIND IDEA FOR HIM TO CHANGE HIS MIND ABOUT WHAT HE HAD PREVIOUSLY ABOUT WHAT HE HAD PREVIOUSLY ADMITTED TO PROSECUTORS. ADMITTED TO PROSECUTORS. THEY APPARENTLY ADVISED HIM THAT THEY APPARENTLY ADVISED HIM THAT HE SHOULD JUST GO AHEAD AND HE SHOULD JUST GO AHEAD AND CHANGE HIS STORY NOW. CHANGE HIS STORY NOW. I THINK THE IDEA MUST HAVE BEEN I THINK THE IDEA MUST HAVE BEEN THAT IF THESE PROSECUTORS LOST THAT IF THESE PROSECUTORS LOST FLYNN AS THEIR STAR WITNESS FLYNN AS THEIR STAR WITNESS AGAINST KIAN, THE WHOLE CASE AGAINST KIAN, THE WHOLE CASE AGAINST KIAN WOULD COLLAPSE. AGAINST KIAN WOULD COLLAPSE. YOU KNOW, KIAN WOULD BE YOU KNOW, KIAN WOULD BE ACQUITTED OR THE CHARGES WOULD ACQUITTED OR THE CHARGES WOULD BE DROPPED AND THAT WOULD BE A BE DROPPED AND THAT WOULD BE A TERRIBLE BIG BLACK EYE FOR THE TERRIBLE BIG BLACK EYE FOR THE PROSECUTORS AND FOR ROBERT PROSECUTORS AND FOR ROBERT MUELLER IN PARTICULAR. MUELLER IN PARTICULAR. I MEAN, PERHAPS WHEN YOU HAVE AN I MEAN, PERHAPS WHEN YOU HAVE AN ANTI-ROBERT MUELLER CRUSADING TV ANTI-ROBERT MUELLER CRUSADING TV LAWYER REPRESENTING YOU, THAT LAWYER REPRESENTING YOU, THAT SEEMS LIKE A SUREFIRE STRATEGY SEEMS LIKE A SUREFIRE STRATEGY TO GREASE YOUR OWN SKIDS AND GET TO GREASE YOUR OWN SKIDS AND GET YOURSELF OFF THE HOOK. YOURSELF OFF THE HOOK. YOU KNOW, BLOW UP MUELLER’S YOU KNOW, BLOW UP MUELLER’S PROSECUTION OF THIS OTHER GUY. PROSECUTION OF THIS OTHER GUY. THAT WILL MAKE MUELLER LOOK BAD THAT WILL MAKE MUELLER LOOK BAD AND THEN THE WHOLE DEEP STATE AND THEN THE WHOLE DEEP STATE CHARADE OF THE MUELLER CHARADE OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION WILL COME CRASHING INVESTIGATION WILL COME CRASHING DOWN AND ALL THE CHARGES WILL BE DOWN AND ALL THE CHARGES WILL BE DROPPED AGAINST MIKE FLYNN, OR DROPPED AGAINST MIKE FLYNN, OR AT LEAST HE’LL GET A LIGHT AT LEAST HE’LL GET A LIGHT SENTENCE AND, YOU KNOW, SENTENCE AND, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY WILL GET A FOX NEWS EVERYBODY WILL GET A FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR CONTRACT AND WE’LL CONTRIBUTOR CONTRACT AND WE’LL ALL LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE ALL LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK. BANK. I GUESS THAT’S HOW THEY THOUGHT I GUESS THAT’S HOW THEY THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO GO. IT WAS GOING TO GO. TODAY THAT STRATEGY TOOK A TODAY THAT STRATEGY TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF A HIT WHEN LITTLE BIT OF A HIT WHEN PROSECUTORS ACTUALLY WON THEIR PROSECUTORS ACTUALLY WON THEIR CASE AGAINST KIAN AND GOT CASE AGAINST KIAN AND GOT CONVICTION OF HIM ON ALL COUNTS, CONVICTION OF HIM ON ALL COUNTS, EVEN WITHOUT MIKE FLYNN AS A EVEN WITHOUT MIKE FLYNN AS A WITNESS. WITNESS. AND NOW IN THE WAKE OF THAT, IN AND NOW IN THE WAKE OF THAT, IN THE WAKE OF THAT UNANIMOUS JURY THE WAKE OF THAT UNANIMOUS JURY VERDICT THAT HE IS GUILTY ON ALL VERDICT THAT HE IS GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS. NOW MIKE FLYNN, COUNTS. NOW MIKE FLYNN, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NATIONAL PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, IS IN THE SECURITY ADVISER, IS IN THE UNENVIABLE POSITION OF HAVING UNENVIABLE POSITION OF HAVING HIS BUSINESS PARTNER CONVICTED HIS BUSINESS PARTNER CONVICTED FOR SOMETHING FLYNN ALREADY FOR SOMETHING FLYNN ALREADY ADMITTED TO PROSECUTORS THAT HE ADMITTED TO PROSECUTORS THAT HE HIMSELF DID. HIMSELF DID. AND IN A FAILED EFFORT TO AND IN A FAILED EFFORT TO PREVENT THAT CONVICTION FROM PREVENT THAT CONVICTION FROM HAPPENING, FLYNN HAS JUST BLOWN HAPPENING, FLYNN HAS JUST BLOWN UP HIS OWN POSITION AS A UP HIS OWN POSITION AS A COOPERATING WITNESS FOR COOPERATING WITNESS FOR PROSECUTORS. PROSECUTORS. WHICH WAS HIS BEST BET FOR WHICH WAS HIS BEST BET FOR AVOIDING A PRISON SENTENCE FOR AVOIDING A PRISON SENTENCE FOR HIMSELF. HIMSELF. AND NOW HIS BUSINESS PARTNER IS AND NOW HIS BUSINESS PARTNER IS LOOKING AT A POTENTIAL 15 YEARS LOOKING AT A POTENTIAL 15 YEARS IN PRISON. IN PRISON. AND FLYNN STILL HAS HIS OWN AND FLYNN STILL HAS HIS OWN SENTENCING IN HIS OWN CASE AHEAD SENTENCING IN HIS OWN CASE AHEAD OF HIM. OF HIM. WHICH, AGAIN, WILL HINGE ON JUST WHICH, AGAIN, WILL HINGE ON JUST HOW VALUABLE HE HAS BEEN TO HOW VALUABLE HE HAS BEEN TO PROSECUTORS ALL THIS TIME. PROSECUTORS ALL THIS TIME. THE SAME PROSECUTORS HE JUST THE SAME PROSECUTORS HE JUST DOUBLE CROSSED AND CHANGED HIS DOUBLE CROSSED AND CHANGED HIS STORY ON AND TRIED TO KILL THEIR STORY ON AND TRIED TO KILL THEIR CASE AGAINST HIS BUSINESS CASE AGAINST HIS BUSINESS PARTNER AND HE FAILED IN THAT PARTNER AND HE FAILED IN THAT EFFORT. EFFORT. OOPS. OOPS. GOOD LUCK AT YOUR SENTENCING. GOOD LUCK AT YOUR SENTENCING. I MEAN, IT’S WEIRD. I MEAN, IT’S WEIRD. IT’S LIKE THE WHOLE ANTI-ROBERT IT’S LIKE THE WHOLE ANTI-ROBERT MUELLER T-SHIRT ARGUMENTS DON’T

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  1. A guy gets sentenced for working for a foreign government and at the same time lots of senators and congressmen doing the same thing holding dual citizenship and no one raises an eyebrow. The difference is the countries. Israel is ok and every other country is no-no. Imagine that dual citizenship was USA-Iran would people trust them like they do now.

  2. Neddy Seagoon now runs the UK and God they need to laugh after the asynchronous years of Theresa May.

  3. Muller hearing turned up nothing hahahaha suffer now.
    You have weakened your party to the point that we are laughing not behind your back like a rat Democrat but straight in your faces you pack of stupid losers 🖕💩 this is just as good to watch as when this ugly boy proved Trump pays heaps of tax and started crying on national tv, all you did is make Trump stronger. You will never be in power again and you can't stand it 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  4. lobbiests running America's government agencies? Could these be lobbiests for business interests that bribed the Trump campaign in 2016? (or subsequently? )

  5. Notice how quickly the media tries to deflect your attention away from the Mueller debacle.  They want you to forget they've been flogging this Russian collusion dolphin for the better part of two years and their panties are still dry.  Plenty of calluses, I bet.  By now, everyone knows the Russians didn't hack the DNC servers – a DNC operative named Seth Rich – a Bernie bro – caught on to HRC and Blabbermouth Schultz's scheme to screw him out of primary victories and delegates.  He downloaded incriminating emails and handed them to WikiLeaks.  Intelligence/tech expert Bill Binney confirmed the time it took to download data from the DNC servers was brief – like someone used a thumb drive on site – which is exactly what Seth Rich did.  Had the Russians "hacked" the servers via the internet, the download would have taken a lot longer.  But the DNC never allowed the FBI to inspect their servers – because they knew what they would find.  Therefore, Mueller never could show proof the Russians did anything.  But when it comes to protecting the Clintons, the media will stop at nothing.  The administration insider QAnon has posted many times, "They never thought she would lose."  "These people are stupid."  "You are watching/witnessing the systematic destruction of the old guard."  "Nobody escapes this.  Nobody."  Ahh, I love the smell of braided nooses in the morning.

  6. It's always the same number of thumbs down on every single MSNBC and CNN YouTube video. Hmmm… gee wiz.. I wonder if it's the same people.

  7. It's like a disease and the UK caught it from the US. "Trump and Brexit are the same crime." And now the UK has their own blond conman in power. Bad news

  8. Who still watches this conspiracy theorist?.. seriously, this theory is so convoluted (and extremely easy to disprove) that I hope someone from her family gets her some help..

  9. REMOVE the Electoral Process – Every VOTE should count in a Presidential Election. This is not a State Issue, it is about Voters Rights and Representation. Boycott NRA who betrayed our country. #45* betrayed our country for money. Fake President, Fake Fear, Real Faith

  10. How can anyone believe trump isnt corrupt everything he does is sleezy and deceiving I don’t understand how anyone can support him he’s a rat

  11. As long as trumps lies set and control the narrative America
    remains in the sewer, broken and the laughing stock of the world.

  12. Thanks, Dr.Maddow.
    Next step: when will they FINALLY drag now-Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) off to arrest, trial, and conviction? And Pencey? And the Kids? And Jared? And Sessions? Etc.?

  13. The theme of the Trump adminstration is as in the words of Mitch McConnel – "not 'criminal' when we do it!"

  14. Rachel, the Fox TV lawyer, you never name, is Sidney Powell.   You might try reading a little bit about Sidney, that is if you should ever  have any desire to report   truth.  Try telling  the truth, leave out the facial contortions, hand waving, silly antics, try to be a  just a little professional in your delivery, PLEASE.

  15. Bob 'I-cannot-talk-about-that' Mueller avoided answering questions from the Republican 206 times. I do believe that beats Hillary 'I-can't-remember' Clinton. This was a disaster for democrats of Biblical proportions.

  16. uhmmm factcheck — the referendum to remain or leave the EU was a DEMOCRATIC majority LEAVE and should be followed through or else why call it a democracy?
    Also Johnson has been chosen by his party NOT elected by the people, he has yet to face the people in a general election! And further, Johnson maybe a buffoon but unlike your cretin in chief he is at lease EDUCATED and can manange to string coherent sentences together without offending the world entire. Thanks!

  17. Where the people of color at?   Trump did everything is claimed he wouldn't do while running for president, priceless!!!!

  18. Poor deranged Rachel, practically foaming at the mouth . Nothing to do with President Trump as usual.

    TRUMP WILL WIN 2020🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  19. Rachel your opening is just the response from the jury after their decision. Once again working on the Mountain out of a Mole Hill reporting! Why don't you add in the actual facts of the case where the judge was going to throw the case out of court for lack of evidence, that there are actually no ties to Trump as this was Flynn's old business partner working out of Turkey doing security. Also you might want to add that the prosecution just “single-mindedly focused on dirtying up Gulen, portraying him as a terrorist and a fraud and getting him extradited.”, when the facts showed that all of the $530K was approved by the Turkish government. You think all of us DEMs are as stupid and naive as many that have commented below, but WE"RE NOT! You wonder why CNN is going down the sh!tter and why so many have quit watching your program! I really don't know why I still tune in! I and many others expect more from you and fellow "news casters"!, but you continue to force the reality that you ARE "FAKE NEWS"! Pull your heads out and return the great news casting you once were! Disgusting and Disgraceful reporting…once again! SO SAD!!!

  20. Shitface trump WILL not be president forever, IF he wins he will just delay his detriment. If he loses he WILL BE charged. Either way, HIS CELL has HIS NAME ON IT

  21. Rachel, what was the point of reading the court's transcript? You could summarize that to "the Jury found him guilty," and saved 400K people's time (counted up to now). And just a friendly suggestion. Save some minutes. Offer a session on why we average Americans pay 25% interest on our credit cards, pay exorbitant co-pay doctor visits, pay $1000 for one cup in the military. Why climate change is going to destroy us if we don't change it. Why a bachelor and graduate degree cost $100K+ at a public institution and double that in a private institution. Sorry, this seemed like a rant. Older generation like my dad watch you often, you should help make this country better for their grandchildren.

  22. This is so alarming – another one bites the dust~ so much for draining the swamp – corruption runs rampant in this administration! When will Congress ACT????

  23. England showed the world how tired they are if liberal short comings and just elected Their own Donald Trump in the form if Boris Johnson . The world is waking up to liberals bs and shut up Rachel Maddow you are sick

  24. Don't you know your history. The illuminati elite along with the Rothschild's gave Russia the Bolsheviks these same elitists brought in the American Democratic party. You Dems have closer ties to communism than does the opposition

  25. Dear Rachel… really enjoy and appreciate your thoroughness in reporting…. ran across a nickname for you on some comment somewhere and it just made me laugh…. hope you think it's as funny as I did….. people ARE inventive….." Radical Madcow."… not a supporter I'll assume more lol! hugs from a California grammaperson

  26. Trump is right about draining the swamp in our government. he is bringing his corrupted buddies there one-by-one to have it lock up. eventually, they'll find him at the bottom and use him to clog up the swamp

  27. Out of every one of those so called Patriots , Republicans that is,
    Robert Mueller is the only GOOD ONE on Earth ! Ronald Reagan appointed him , like all red blooded Republicans appointed a Republican!

  28. Trump is using his term to set the business climate in his favor and his millionaire friends favor once he leaves office.

  29. tRumpolini and his cohorts, ably supported by the gutless GOP, has dragged the US well and truly into the gutter.

  30. 2:42 I like the rundown of lobbyist cabinet members…the swamp is draining into the cabinet there goes the china !

  31. Well, to be fair, Trump IS putting special interest lobbyists out of work. By putting them in charge of government operations. It's more efficient, when you think about it. Why pay a lobbyist to bribe a government official when you can just skip the middle man and make them the same person?

  32. All the presidents men. Impeach, drain the swamp. Trump making money in Russia, Russia helping Trump. How American is it to take away the rights of Americans to vote and make their vote count. He is giving our votes to Russia to decide. Trump is laughing at the real Patriots. Russia is his country of love. Not America. He hates to lose. Sad for all the people who are blind and being led around like a dog on a chain in hopes of a better walk one day without the chain.

  33. Russia is good. If they can hide Trumps involvement the first time, they will do it again. Does America really want a dictator.? I don't. There will be concentration camps for all the people he decides that don't belong in America. The police will ask for papers as you walk down the street, the media and newspapers will be the enemy of the people and arrested for anything said to help our country stay free from dictators. People will be shot for no good reason. Putin is Trumps teacher. We see it in everything Trump does. Send her back was a big one. Trump hides all conversations with Putin. Why. Even his voters should know what is said. Don't be blind. Please. Trump is not a great American. Its not about Republicans and Democrats. Its about keeping America free from white nationalist wanna be dictators.

  34. "Don't want a career politician, you say? How about we hire the lobbyists who pay the career politicians. How's that, for dictatorship?".
    At this point, Trump just needs to die.

  35. true Americans cannot believe McConnell/Repubicons will not pass bill to protect our elections why ? tell me Minions tell me why you support these comrades

  36. The info is good but omg maddow is so full of herself this chick screams her own name while scissoring a hoe

  37. The govt has been bought and paid for. It belongs to big business so it's only normal they want hands on control. Good luck with that.

  38. Good luck at your sentencing? They won't need any luck. A long list, including Flynn, Kian, Manafort, and Trump himself, will be pardoned on November 4, 2020.

  39. Anyone want a good laugh?
    Read the comments made by the fans of the master of democrats propaganda Rachel Madcow.
    You can see the effect of of brainwashing in full view! The smart viewers have gone elsewhere while only the brainwashed still believe the Madcow propaganda show!

  40. Can we clear something up here. Johnson was not elected by the people of the UK but rather by less than 100,000 members of the Conservative Party. The people of the UK had no say in the matter. At least the American people got to vote for their President. Under UK politics we don't get that luxury, we get stuck with a PM by less than 0.2% of the population.

  41. Truly funny how Mueller hasn't the slightest idea who Fusion GPS is,
    when everything Russia revolves
    around it.
    As to Gen Flynn, his 30 years designing the most critical intel system that is second to none basically put him where he is. It's not even close that he'll be convicted in this complicated case.
    His case deals with Turkish agent hiding out in the US. And Turkey wants him real bad. There's more to the intel behind it.
    And its why they want Flynn very very quiet. Obama fired him for these reasons.
    The intelligence community withheld other evidence for Mueller’s team, such as intelligence showing Russia used Steele to interfere in the election.
    Getting to this line – is key.
    Maybe Maddow can decipher the data here – https://thefederalist.com/2019/07/19/latest-development-flynn-case-proves-special-counsel-cover-operation-taking-trump/
    One will be required to take notes. There's just too much.
    Cheers

  42. You'll need to post in notes the time stamp connected to topic titles.
    At 7:23, were finally back to jury trial.
    As to Russian influence – Obama guaranteed us that no effort by Russia can change anything.
    They've been doing this for 100 years.
    Just as Obama does in other countries, and the millions$ wasted by the attempt. So it's just normal campaign stuff as usual.

  43. Bijan Kian was charged as part of a conspiracy to violate federal lobbying rules and faces up to …. was the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign; and former Representative Vin  …

  44. What a bombshell!!
    This is the evidence they’ve been looking for. . Except for the fact that everyone has been convicted of “crimes” committed during prior administrations . They passed FBI background checks , led by??? The facts don’t help the msnbc narrative . It’s never about facts with msm propagandists like her . It’s about recycling already debunked accusations, to keep the sheep from knowing the real conclusions in the mueller report , which clearly states that there was NO evidence of collusion between Russia and anyone associated with the Trump campaign . Maddow Pushed the propaganda so hard that she can’t tell you the truth, because she’ll lose the rest of the people who still don’t know what’s really going on. Btw did she tell you what an epic failure the mueller hearing turned out to be? Hahahaha

  45. Unrelated to the Mueller investigation, Maddow needs to understand. What she is reading is not in the purview.

  46. Traitor evil mentally sick old dictator trump and his Coward GOP's are really destroying our beloved Nation. We all have to vote Blue in 2020 and kick these dirty traitors out of their job. Traitor evil dictator trump just RESIGN now.

  47. AG Barr is Investigating What Started the Dems Investigations into Trump's campaigners and the Steele Dossier ? ? ? to see if it was Justified ? ? ? you got to be Kidding, all these Convictions , Inditements , Sentences to Jail , if that's not enough

  48. What's in it for me trump. Looks like treason. Do trump and kushy get to keep the rewards from Saudi Arabia's attempts to get nukes

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