tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC July 20, 2021 9:00pm-10:00pm PDT
off the air tonight with thanks of course to the republican party for the raw material none of that would be possible without them. that is our broadcast on a tuesday evening. with our thanks for being here with us, on behalf of all our colleagues at the networks of nbc news, good night. >> thanks for joining us. early none the last presidency on this show we used to try to keep up with the turnover, the almost unbelievable amount of turnover in the trump administration. we put turnover and the trump administration. we put up on screen, altogether, the names, or the titles, of each new trump administration official who had quit or been fired. and we started off being able to do that on a single screen. but as the number kept growing, we had to move ultimately to a large size wall panel because it wouldn't fit in our normal small screen. then if as we kept keeping
track of this, we had two extended to a couple of wall panels. eventually, there is so many of them, so many washouts and resignations people leaving in mysterious system stances, that we had to expand the list to an entire wall of the big studio and then wrapping around the corner. i don't even know -- i don't even use the wall like that anymore. but now that that one term, short national nightmare is over, there is this other tally sheet from that experience. a rap sheet if you will. that not only do we have to maintain now, it is still growing now, it is still the news now. and it's -- i just wanna say, from the outside, this is not normal. warren harding was a bad president. richard nixon was bad. some people do some very bad things that was really.
bad. people got in a lot of trouble. what people got in trouble during presidencies, even high-ranking people from various presidents. a little bit of trouble in all of those areas, and others. but in what universe is it possible that an american president has his campaign chairman arrested, that's pullman ford, his deputy -- rick gates, his campaign manager, steve bannon, his national security adviser, mike flynn, his personal lawyer arrested, that's michael cohen, and his long term political advisor, roger stone, and his campaign foreign policy advisor that is, george papadopoulos, tom barrack, just arrested today. his inaugural vice chairman, arid brady, his private company indicted, the trump organization, the chief organizer arrested, weisselberg, his charity shut down as a
fraud, that's the trump foundation. his quote, unquote, school, shut down from fraud suits. and, not to mention, during his one single term as president, not one, not to, not three, not four, but five of his cabinet secretaries were referred for criminal prosecution, in one term. just today, we got the inspector general report that wilbur ross, and all the details of how that investigation concluded on how wilbur ross lied to congress on multiple occasions to cover up with the trump administration's work to cover up the census. which we just got in detail today it gave us all the details that we don't have before, on this fifth trump's cabinet secretary who was brought to court. and all four of those course -- all five of those cases, it was the trump justice department that refused to bring criminal
justice despite those criminal referrals. but, like, why didn't the lens a little bit, meanwhile, the lawyers who brought the cases, brought the lawsuits that the former president wanted after the election to get the courts to somehow over throw the election results and keep him in office. those lawyers were acting on his behalf. they are all facing court sanctions and potential disbarment in at least four different jurisdictions. his other personal lawyer, not the one who went to prison, the other one, has just gotten his law license suspended it, both in new york and washington d.c., for his role in making the same false claims in front of the court. he himself was impeached twice, and he is facing a criminal prosecution and georgia state law. there is also a second row of indictments -- tax fraud screen, the tax fraud scheme, that has led to the
indictment of his company that bears his name and its longtime cfo. i mean, not only is that not normal for an american presidency. but in what countries that normal? right? and in what universe is that the person you pick to be the prohibitive front runner of the republican nomination. wow. imagine trying to recruit people for the next trump presidential campaign. listen, if you play your cards right, you might become cabinet secretary, and if the last time he was in offices and knee indication, that only gives you a one and three chance of being referred for a criminal prosecution during the four years of his term. if you want to run the campaign or the inaugural vote, the odds are pretty good you're gonna end up in the probe our hotel. just hope that it happens soon enough for him to pardon you.
the record is -- anyway, today the latest ceramic horse to fly by on the carousel of two zero and adventure alleged felonies of all the people trump put into power in his campaign, the latest run to fly by is 74-year-old tom barrack who used to be famous for having bought michael jackson's terrifying neverland ranch zoo thing in southern california. now, tom barrack will be famous as just another one of the people in the top orbit of the trump presidency to face serious felony charges. tom barrack is a very wealthy businessman, he was a top fund-raiser for the trump campaign, when trump won the presidency, he wanted chair for the committee. something that he was famous for was during the trump's inauguration. we covered this pretty
extensively on the show, he raised a lot more than 100 million dollars for the inauguration. in context, you should know that that is way more than anyone has ever raised for any other integration. that was double the previous -- including the mammoth and historic first barack obama inauguration in january 2009 which brought more than 1 million spectators to washington, and feature just about every lit a listening to trainer in the united states of america. the trump inauguration in 2017 was not that. they had a dj guy who played electronic drums sets that would light up and do special effects when he had them. they had a group called the piano counties, yeah, the piano guys! instead of a less entertainment, there was a trump parade, an empty bleachers because there wasn't enough people there to
even philip the parade room. big swaths of emptiness in the national while which infuriated trump. obviously, the tone from day one, was ordering people to lie for him. even though was obvious and petty things. the small size and the small crowds and the sad little events of the trump inauguration where a story unto themselves, of course. but more importantly, there was just this huge mismatch between the small scale of the event and the huge amount of money that they raised and supposedly spent on it. i mean, how do you do an event that is a sliver, a fraction, of the size of the previous version of that event, but you spend more than twice the money doing it? where did all the money go? in the years since, the wall street journal, and other news outlets have reported that not
one but two u.s. attorney offices have opened investigations into suspicious spending in the trump inaugural, although, as of yet, we haven't seen those investigations bear fruit in the form of public facing indictments. the attorney general in washington d.c. is now pursuing a case against the trump inaugural committee, it alleges that it was used as a piggy bank to dump money into trump's private business. and that suit in washington d.c. continues. meanwhile, the vice chair of the trump inaugural, a man named elliott broidy, pleaded guilty of working as a secret agent. he pardoned him. trump pardons his with -- tom barrack is charged with being a foreign agent while he was working on the trump campaign and for the trump transition and from the trump inaugural, and once trump was in office. and if this kind of crime
sounds like it's becoming a familiar theme, it might be because you remember trump national security adviser, mike flynn, was also charged with being a secret foreign agent. while he was working for trump's campaign and while he was working in the white house. mike flynn was also, eventually, pardoned by then president trump. but there was that truly unnerving foreign agent case against flynn's business partner, where prosecutors in point laid out the case that flynn and his business partner had been on the payroll of a foreign country! while trump had been working on things like, oh, i don't, no vetting candidates to be director of the cia. congratulations, trump's first cia director, mike pompeo, two of the guys who helped choose you for that job, were secret agents working for a different country when they picked youiffe nt flynn, of course, was pardoned. his business partner, who was charged in that case will of
the foreign agent charges, his case has been banging around in the courts for more than a year now, but we are expecting his case back in february -- back in federal courts, that might shed some for the like there. that but how is it uncanny, how many people were working at the top levels of the last administration in the campaign that created the last administration where, a, where felons, and work b for foreign powers. in the case of tom barrack, who was arrested -- arranged this afternoon in florida, he is pleading not guilty. his lawyer says that he is not guilty. he will be held in custody for the next week or so until he has another bail hearing next week on monday and court in los angeles. but it's interesting, in this tom barrack case with the indictment still today, the
prosecution here appears to derive, still, after all this time, from the mueller investigation. thanks to an epic spree of freedom of information at prying from buzzfeed reporter, jason liu bold, we actually have the fbi notes from the interview tom barrack did with the mueller team back in january of 2018, it was a wide ranging interview that he did with them. the notes covered 19 pages, single spaced. but if you read it all the way through, page 18 through 19, is tom barrack telling the mueller's team of investigators, about a campaign speech that trump gave on energy while he was running for president in 2016. barrack tells mueller's investigators that he provided his own comments on the drafts that he was provided, but before he gave his comments,
the notes from this fbi interview show that tom barrack, quote, shared the draft with, rejected, redacted, redacted. barrack asked each and every technical aspects of the draft speech. before you gave comments on a speech that this candidate was going to give on energy, you showed it to blanket-y, blanket-y, blank, blank. why is that so redundant? those are the records from the mueller investigation. those have been rejected, we got that from a freedom of information request. two summers ago, in the summer of 2019, the new york times reported that whatever it was that was behind those redacted boxes, something about the mueller team's interactions with tom barrack, during their investigation, something about what he told them when he interviewed with them for their investigation, led robert mueller's team to refer tom barrack for potential
prosecution. specifically to refer him to the justice department, in the eastern district of new york for potential criminal prosecution as a foreign agent. new york times was the first to report that in the summer of 2019. well now, almost exactly two years later, it is in fact that u.s. attorney's office in the eastern district of new york that has in fact brought a prosecution today against, in fact, tom barrack for, in fact, being a secret foreign agent. i don't know why he took two years for mueller's criminal referral of tom barrack as a potential foreign agent, to steal a new indictment to that end, but almost two years since it has been reported, here it is. and in the indictment, until today, prosecutors allege that the people tom barrack show that draft speech to might have been redacted in his fbi notes from the mueller investigation. but in the indictment, they spell it out. they say the people who he showed the draft speech to were
representatives of a foreign government. representatives of the government of the united arab emirates. they allege that tom barrack would go on to run trump's inauguration, that he allegedly let a foreign government right portions of that speech to their liking. it's a 45-page semi count felony indictment seal today. and in names to defendants other than tom barrack. it's also somebody who worked for him at his company, matthew grimes, and a businessman from the united emirates -- ,. rashid.
,. . >> after he spoke with the mueller investigators himself, he spoke with the fbi again in june of 2019. four of the felony counts against mr. barrack are for him lying to investigators during that second round of questioning. the indictment until today say that he lied to investigators when he told them he was never asked to do anything on behalf of the united arab emirates. he lied when he denied that he got a special phone and especially encrypted apps to communicate with officials from the uae. the indictment says he lied when he denied putting then-president elect trump in
contact with government officials from the uae. and again tom barrack has pled not guilty to all of it. the for lying to investigators, the conspiracy counts, he's pled not guilty to any of it. here is one thing i want to know about, what's the indictment of trump's inaugural chairman, tom barrack, makes clear -- and again, while, a lot of people from the trump administration have been arrested, and wow, a lot of them are ledge our confessed secret agents. that remains unsettling, right? that could happen once, it can presumably happen again, but what damage was done there. more specifically in this case though, the picture that has been laid out in the indictment -- usually i would read from the court documents, i'm not doing that today because the indictment is really dense. it's a little bit like reading
math, in some cases. if you can read all of it, it's worth reading, 45 pages, not long. you sit with it for a second, you do get this scary overall picture which is scott would prosecutors say happened here, with the secret foreign agent, prosecutors are saying is that this was a successful operation. this worked, very well. for the united arab emirates and for tom barrack it was a very successful lucrative thing for both sides, right up until the handcuffs moment. as laid out in the indictment, the united arab emirates got a lot out of having this guy, highly placed source in this highly placed part of the u.s. government. they got a heads up on who the administration was picking for
their top foreign security position. they got to exert influence over who was considered by the trump administration to be ambassador to the united arab emirates. they literally got to script language from this adviser to the new president that he used in all of his media interviews around the campaign, praising emirates and its leaders in bootlicking terms, they wrote the language for him to use in those interviews. from him, according to prosecutors, they got inside our help turning the united states in the uterine, one 80, against a country that's their rival cutter. they turned us against qatar even though the u.s. has a long-standing relationship with qatar and a gigantic u.s. military base there, prosecutors allege that tom barrack, as an inside meant for this country got the trump administration and the u.s. government to do that. they got language they wanted from trump in that big energy speech that he did on the campaign, the one for which tom barrack sent his notes on the
draft. they got inside our help inside the trump administration, scuttling a trump administration planned that there should be a big meeting involving the warring gulf states. the united arab emirates didn't want that, they got tom barrack to call it off. over and over, they got what they wanted because they had this highly placed source at the very top of the u.s. government. they got what they wanted, it worked for them. and thomas barrack, it worked for him to. the new york times reporting that in the three years after trump became the republican nominee for president in the summer of 2016, in the three years following him getting the nomination, the uae and our close allies, the saudis, collectively shoved 1.5 billion dollars into thomas barrack company. one and a half billion dollars over three years. nice work if you can get it. according to the portrayal in this indictment, tom barrack,
the head of strength inauguration, was a great investment for a foreign power. they appear to have been a great investment for him. again, up until the moment that the handcuffs were snapped on him, this morning. because they have the men on the inside, because this was so successful, because for the last months of the trump campaign, they had this guy working for them on the inside, getting them everything they wanted, showing them draft speeches, running language by the, doing interview where they would say everything that they wanted them to say. because it was working for them, because they had according to prosecutors, a secret foreign agent working for them inside this presidential campaign, was that a sweet enough situation for them? that it made them want to try to ensure that trump actually got elected as president.
that he wasn't just a candidate and they weren't just exerting influence in the campaign, did it make them want to go the extra step to try to get him elected? , if you have someone secretly working on your payroll secretly working for your country, right at the top of the presidential campaign in another country, that is great in itself, but think about how much greater would be for you in your country of that presidential candidate actually won into power? and that's sort of the cliff that this story runs up to at full speed, because in may of 2018, the new york times reported that the united arab emirates made the trump campaign and offer that they would run a multi million dollar expert, secret social media manipulation campaign to ensure that trump was elected in 2016. this is on top of and separate from what russia was already doing to try to elect trump. the times reported that it was never clear if that election
interference campaign that was being offered to the trump campaign and a meeting, never been clear whether or not it happened. but we now know from today's indictment of tom barrack, that on the same day that meeting was happening in trump tower, and donald trump jr., that same day tom barrack was overseas meeting with senior officials from united arab emirates. doing the bidding of that foreign country, at the top echelons of the republican nominee for president of the united states and presumably in the administration of that candidate, if and when he was elected president. same day he was meeting with them about that scheme, the united arab emirates had sent a letter to the trump tower to send them an interference campaign to get trump elected. we do know that after trump was actually elected, the firm that had come to trump tower that data offered to mess with the
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2016 election, foreigner donald trump's son, donald trump jr., met a man who was deeply -- an emissary of our princes. that emissary, from saudi and uae told don jr. that those two countries, saudi arabia and uae, were both eager to do what they could to help donald trump get elected president that november. that also at that meeting with
donald trump's son was a quote, specialist and social media manipulation. the times says that his firm drew up a multi -- war that could be used secretly, covered, lead to manipulate the electorate to get donald trump elected. it was groundbreaking back in 2018. and we never found out for sure whether that social media manipulation plan went into effect, whether saudi arabia or the united arab emirates supported, funded some sort of covert plan to help manipulate social media in the u.s. to what change voters views and get trump elected. his son said that he would never entertain such an idea. the man who was described as a social media manipulator
tonight into. but today we came -- we learn from today's indictment from the donald trump's inaugural chairman, we learned that tom barrack was allergic lee working with the uae at that time both trump come pain and u.s. policy. according to the indictment, barack flew to morocco in 2016 to present this major proposal to his friends in the uae and the new strategic alignment between that country in the united states. that date ends up being the important in retrospective, on august 3rd, 2016. where representative from the united arab emirates was trying to get trump a elected -- what was going on there? between the trump campaign and his advisers and the and united
arab emirates, yet another trump advisor indicted as a circuit asian. tom barrack accused by prosecutors for secretly working on you weighs payroll for affecting u.s. policy and the behavior of that campaign. but today's indictment, does it get us any closer to figuring out how we got messed up by both countries? potentially interference in our political affairs in 2016 and beyond? joining us now is david kurt patrick, he is one of the reporters by in line -- the kurt patrick, it is a pleasure to have you here, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> first, let me know if i got any of this wrong. i feel like i've learned all of this stuff as it has come out over the months and years, and then you never know part of it you're gonna have to go back to and learn again and remind yourself who's connected to who,
and who's been indicted, already and who's been pardon. let me ask you if i have scrooge anything up. >> i think that you've got it right. it's very confusing. i have to add one more confusing part of this. you've outlined a couple of parallel in -- operations. one that went through tom barrack, a businessman, his best friend, who's done business with trump in those persian gulf priest princes. and another one is john nader, a emissary of the uae who was convicted of pedophilia, who was in there in trump tower trying to set up this social media manipulation scheme. you have to add to that another leg of this which it, it turns out, mohammed bin sayah who the prince who is working through nader, was also playing matchmaker between the trump campaign and russians.
so mbz and nader were setting up a meeting between the prince and an emissary of putin in the seychelles, also around the time that this was going on. which is one of the elements that has drawn all these figures into the scope of a mueller campaign. so if you're putting this under the umbrella of foreign countries trying to influence the trump administration, you have to look at several different uae paths and the possibility that there was some sort of overlap between what the emerati's were doing and what the russians were up to. and i am sorry that it is that confusing, but i did make all this up. >> no, it's sort of just confusing enough to give me a lot of follow-up questions to ask. you it's always stuck out to me that we know -- i mean even if you just say, let's look at the bipartisan senate intelligence committee, if you do want to look at what mueller did, the u.s. government has unequivocally, and, in a bipartisan manner, determined that russia did
mountain operation to try to influence the electorate in trump's benefit in the 2016 election. you and your colleagues reported on a proposal to do something that sounds very much like that, that was being organized and sort of offered by a guy in a private business context, presumably, the idea was that the emerati's on the saudis would pay the cost of that if the trump campaign agreed to let it go ford. they just sound so similar. obviously, there are aiming at the same thing. we know the russian operation happened. in the years that have passed, have we ever gotten any close to figuring out if the other operation that was going on in the trump tower, have we ever gotten closer to figuring out if that happened? >> i don't have any information indicating that it did. all we know is that money was still changing hands between george nader who was working for banzai up in the emirates.
money was changing between him and jewels animal, who was the social media expert it from israel, we he was in the transition showing some kind of slides or powerpoint presentations to the trump team. but i don't have any reason to believe, or any evidence, that anything was actually done. on behalf of the trump campaign by the saudis and the emerati, 's were anything like that. you have to look at the bigger picture here. what is happening is, mohammed bin sayah, the richest man in the world, he has 1.3 trillion and funds, he very much wanted to influence with the new team coming. and the trump team coming in takes and with the saudis described as a transactional mindset. here, people in charge, trump, kushner, who have all their lives been real estate developers and sellers in the real estate market, and over on
the other side, and the emirates you have the emerati's, the saudis, who, for decades, have been some of the biggest buyers for real estate assets. so hauling all over this business, political business being done between the trump white house and the saudis emerati, is there's also the awareness that once the trump administration is over, now, they're gonna go back to the other roles. where trump and kushner are still real estate developers and the saudis and emerati's are buyers. that created a sweetness around their relationship, if you will. >> david, i know that you have covered tom barrack closely and covered his importance to the trump campaign and his relationship to that world that you just described. i just have to ask if you were surprised to see him get indicted today? there has been reports of him being investigated, questioned, for very long time. did it shock you today when you found out he'd been arrested? >> it sure did. boy did it.
that guy could sell snow to the eskimo's. if you read the indictment, one of the things that comes through is how incredibly ingratiating he is with the people he's dealing with, both with the saudis and the emerati's. he used the word stock up. for a guy with -- he knows how to be humble and all shocks. but he has lied and lied, and lied. if what is indictments saying is true, his lies about his role with the emirates and the things he did for them had been just tremendous. i think it was really hard for me to believe that he could lie like that if he knew that people were out there, or messages were out there, that could eventually hang him up as the appear now to have done. david kurt patrick, national
correspondent in the new york times, i was so hoping that i would get you on the show to talk about this. thanks so much for making time. >> thank you. >> as we continue to absorb this sort of implications of the trump inaugural chairman being indicted as and alleged foreign agents, we have other stories that we're covering here tonight, including some important stuff that is going on with covid. stay with us. stay with us
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republicans are going to do in their states and other states. it has been eight days that they've been in washington thus far, and perhaps weeks before they can go home again. but this week, that battle over voting rights crashed headfirst into americas battling with covid. several of the texas democrats have tested pose positive for covid. the number of democrats from the week to test positive -- are staying in their respective hotel rooms as precaution. trey martinez fischer is one of them. you remember us talking to him in a bus the. he and the other five of the texas democrats also that they are fully vaccinated but none the less had these breakthrough infections. all of the texas democrats in
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effort to sound this alarm? >> in a way, we are getting more done because we're virtual and you're not going back and forth from the hill or running for meeting to meeting, running the risk of being late. this morning, we had a very intense, strategic conversation with majority james clyburn, and he shared his thoughts on voting reforms going forward. multiple strategies, multiple conversations, told us a lot of things that we did not know. and of course, we have had other motivational speakers joining us from doctor bernie's king, to dolores who eta, so we were actually able to cover more ground to make sure that we were not running any health risks to anyone else, until we can write this out for the next five or six days. >> in terms of the conversation with congressman blackburn, or any of the conversations that you've had about voting rights, can you tell us if anything
that you've heard has made you feel more hopeful about plans to potentially advance on on this issue. i know that a lot of americans looking about ought at this from the other side who feel anxious about this issue feel like that it's an impasse and that there's no way around it right now. are you hearing things are making you feel more optimistic? >> one thing that i heard this morning was when the majority whip said there's plenty of time. that's why we keep hearing over, and over again. that were running into this august 6th recess. ply burdened suggest that we have the time to do this. there is a way to do this if only we can build up the will. and i think that there multiple conversations taking place. echoed some of the remarks of senator clever shot of senator manchin evolving on this issue. them looking at multiple paths, perhaps --
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true, good. but missouri is one of the states struggling the most in the country right now with a new aggressive surge of covid cases. and a hospital system that is getting overwhelmed because of it. the governor also re-tweeted the new state hot spot warning which today adds three more missouri counties to the list. there is steep surges of covid infections in the last few weeks. there are six a new hot spot advisories in the state of missouri in the last two weeks. and the southwest corner of the state was first hit and it's crossing across the state. in southwest missouri, around springfield, missouri, as it is spreading across the state, it is not letting up and that center. they are reporting a record number of hospitalizations. there's a headline for that in the st. louis post dispatched quote, covid-19
hospitalizations in southwest missouri surpassed winter peak. a doctor rachel key who is treating's patients at the hospital saying, quote, there are so many covid patients. there are so many different units, they're everywhere. doctor keith was sir sent to springfield last week according to the people. she arrived, she said there was so little space for patients that were staying in the emergency room for long periods of time. local health officials in southwest missouri have been sounding the alarm that they are not they are at capacity, they do not have the space for the amount of space patients that is not letting up. they're asking for help, they have been asking for help for a week. remember, last wednesday, health leaders in springfield, missouri explicitly asked governor person, as the state, to set up an alternative care site in springfield to help
them cope with the huge uptake in hospitalizations. the site would allow them to transfer patients with two weeks -- last week, last wednesday, the state hadn't yet answered. they had not given the springfield county an answer to their request. yesterday, the springfield news leader went to person to ask whether or not he was going to penny up to the -- his answer to the paper was. probably. governor parsons said, we are in the process of kind of going through that now and that the state will, for the most part probably, fulfill the request. springfield-greene county health department phil doesn't today say that they haven't gotten an answer from the state but they are trying to work it out even though the state won't
tell them. meanwhile, cases and hospitalizations keep going up. green county remains an absolute hot spot epicenter. there are more hotspots every week. it is spreading in missouri. more hospitals are gonna need more space for patients, starting with springfield asking for help. they said that they needed help for days. tiktok, still no answer from governor parson. governor parson.
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for tonight, in terms of tomorrow's news you're gonna want to keep on things in washington around 2:30 pm eastern time, that's when we're expecting the first procedural vote on infrastructure. on the infrastructure bill that republicans are kind of sort of pretending to support, just so they can track out negotiations as long as possible, waste as much time as possible and then all vote against it anyway. tomorrow, 2:30 eastern, will be the first real vote on that as you can tell i do not have high expectations for what's going to come of that vote, but take comfort in knowing just how often i am completely wrong about things like this. we shall see, we'll talk about it tomorrow night. now it's time for the last word where ali velshi is in for lawrence. good evening, ali. >> you skip the part where they will delay, they will vote against it and yet like these other bills which are popular among americans somehow take credits for the passing of a bill that they didn't show any