• ‘Something weird happened with the NRA in 2016’: Maddow says their ‘money just doesn’t make sense’

    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday examined the intersection of the National Rifle Association, Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and accused Russian spy Maria Butima — who has reportedly been flipped by prosecutors and intends to plead guilty as part of a plea agreement. “The National Rifle Association — the NRA — is thought of, and has long been thought of, as a powerhouse in Washington and American politics when it comes to lobbying and influence

  • Scrambling Trump dusts off past arguments against Russian collusion in desperate tweets

    As news about his chief of staff’s exit and the mounting collusion and obstruction investigations reached a head Monday, President Donald Trump decided to resurrect a favorite topic on Twitter. “James Comey’s behind closed doors testimony reveals that ‘there was not evidence of Campaign Collusion’ with Russia when he left the FBI,” the president tweeted — failing to mention that Comey left his post as FBI director early in his administration because he fired him.

  • Anthony Scaramucci says Trump needs someone as the chief of staff who 'doesn't care' and 'doesn't need the job'

    During a CNN interview with Chris Cuomo, brief communications director Anthony Scaramucci explained what characteristics are needed for someone applying to be President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. After discussing Nick Ayers turning down Trump, “The Mooch” explained that bringing in “the general” obviously wasn’t something that worked for the White House. I think general Kelly, I honor his service as a Marine and to the military but yes, I do think so. He said

  • 'Furious' John Kelly left detailed notes on Trump and Kushner in view of his staff: report

    Outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly is reportedly “furious” at Donald Trump and his son-in-law adviser Jared Kushner for pushing him out of the role. A senior Trump administration official told The New York Times that Kelly kept written notes about Kushner and Trump “and the things that they had done or requested” — and that he “conspicuously” left in view of his staff on his desk. The report did not mention whether those notes

  • Intel expert Malcolm Nance goes on epic rant about Trump's 'unquenchable ego' that can be 'easily manipulated in blackmail'

    MSNBC commentator Malcolm Nance had an epic dialogue Monday about the president’s availability to be manipulated and blackmailed due to his “unquenchable ego.” Nance, who is an expert in terrorist strategy, torture and Russian cyber warfare, spoke about Russian gun activist Maria Butina, who made a plea deal with prosecutors. Butina ran a small NRA-like organization in Russia where guns are banned. “When you go backward and see them creating these networks of social and

  • Ex-Solicitor General explains Trump’s best option: 'Resign and avoid a criminal trial'

    The former acting Solicitor General of the United States during the Obama administration counseled President Donald Trump to cut a deal with federal prosecutors to resign from office to avoid criminal prosecution. Neal Katyal joined guest-host Ali Velshi on MSNBC’ “All In” on Monday evening. “The question is whether or not, at some point, Donald Trump faces justice,” Velshi noted. “And maybe that’s while he is the sitting president of the United States, or maybe

  • 'Give me a pizza and a Diet Coke': Ex-CIA official ready to settle in and hear Maria Butina sing like a canary

    A former CIA agent and current CNN analyst explained why he’s ready to settle in with some snacks and hear what alleged Russian spy Maria Butina has to say amid news of her plea deal with federal prosecutors. Butina, a former American University graduate student who interfaced with well-heeled GOP donors, previously denied she was an agent of the Russian government when reports first emerged about the government’s accusation — a reversal that made news

  • Trump already gave Nick Ayers an assignment as chief of staff -- now he's 'humiliated' and 'super pissed' he's back to the drawing board

    CNN reported Monday that President Donald Trump is “humiliated” and “super pissed” that Nick Ayers was going to be his chief of staff but then pulled out at the last minute. Ayers tweeted that he was turning down the job because he wanted to spend more time with his family and he refused to commit to working in the position for the full two years. The president is not a fan of the press reporting

  • 'Deliverance sequel': Internet in stitches as Jon Voight throws his name in the ring for Trump's next chief of staff

    Pro-Trump actor Jon Voight was seen cavorting at the White House on Monday — and suggested to a reporter that he’s ready to be the president’s next chief of staff. The hilarity began when CNN’s Kaitlin Collins, who flagged his arrival at the White House earlier in the afternoon, asked the actor if he was going to be outgoing chief of staff John Kelly’s replacement. He reportedly told Collins that his “credentials are ready,” per

  • 'Exactly what the president needs': Republican strategist pushes Kellyanne Conway for chief of staff

    President Donald Trump, who once worked as a reality TV star character hyped for his ability to hire and fire, is having a difficult time finding a third White House chief of staff. “Let’s talk about Trump’s chief of staff woes,” MSNBC anchor Katy Tur suggested. “He announces John Kelly is leaving, everyone looks to Nick Ayers and oh, no Nick Ayers doesn’t want to stay.” “That would be embarrassing for any presidency,” Tur added.

  • US has arrested 170 immigrants who tried to claim migrant children

    U.S. immigration authorities arrested 170 people between early July and late November who came forward to claim migrant children in government custody, according to official data released on Monday, a crackdown advocates say is discouraging relatives from volunteering to take in some of the 14,000 detained children. Of those arrested, 61 were classified as criminal while the other 109 had only committed immigration violations, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Matthew...

  • Ex-Trump campaign staffer ordered to pay $25K for violating NDA when she sued for discrimination

    A former Trump campaign official was ordered to pay $25,000 for violating her nondisclosure agreement — which the campaign claims happened when she sued for discrimination. BuzzFeed News reported that Jessica Denson, who served as a national phone bank administrator and Hispanic outreach director, was served the order in October but that it was only made public when the outlet obtained her non-electronically filed rebuttal. In November 2017, Denson sued the Trump campaign for $25