How Trump’s Pardons Of Russia Figures Could Backfire If He Is Prosecuted | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

How Trump's Pardons Of Russia Figures Could Backfire If He Is Prosecuted | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC 1


Andrew Weissmann, former lead prosecutor for Robert Mueller, talks with Rachel Maddow about how pardoned individuals can be compelled to testify where the Fifth Amendment no longer applies, which could mean people like Roger Stone and Paul Manafort being called to testify if prosecutors pursue a case against Donald Trump. Aired on 12/24/2020.
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How Trump's Pardons Of Russia Figures Could Backfire If He Is Prosecuted | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

78 Comments on "How Trump’s Pardons Of Russia Figures Could Backfire If He Is Prosecuted | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC"

  1. kelvynification | December 24, 2020 at 4:20 AM | Reply

    How is this not the most ridiculous, embarrassing, unbelievable situation that these kind of conversations are even taking place.
    Look how low the political situation in America has sunk to.

  2. Reailze our responsibility to protect our constitution

  3. LavishPatchKid | December 24, 2020 at 6:53 AM | Reply

    “Whatever definition we may give of the term ‘public opinion’, only a very small part of
    it originates from personal experience or individual insight. The greater portion of it
    results from the manner in which public matters have been presented to the people
    through an overwhelmingly impressive and persistent system of ‘information’.”

  4. There’s two incredibly important, critical and very delicate elements here.

    1st – if the new AG goes after Trump and is cronies, we run the very real, likely risk of making _firm presedence,_ of the atrocious abuse of Justice throughout the last 4 years. Rather than leaving his despotic, tyrranical and corrupt ways, in the rearview mirror as abhorrent exceptions to general rule.

    2nd – the need to learn from this, to enable the establishment of new _legal_ checks and balances on the Admin, the AG, DoJ and POTUS, to prohibit this kind of abuse to happen again. The flaws and weaknesses of our systems have truly been laid bare, showing how much relies only on ethical norms, that should be established in law. However, for legislators, the courts and the people at large, to fully understand, take wisdom and learn from all this – there is also a need to uncover the inner workings of all this. If we do not, we’ll be basing a lot of those new checks and balances on _assumptions,_ which holds significant risks of the legislation not being able to serve its purpose. Another reason for needing to uncover the details, is to enable wide public trust in the ensuing legislation being fair, just and reasonable.

    Balancing these things is not an easy thing. We cannot do both – it’s gonna have to be a compromise between them.

  5. Trump already did that! Over and over again for 4 yrs!!! This is BS!!

    • KEK Freedom Heritage | December 24, 2020 at 8:22 AM | Reply

      Are democrats perfect? What about the issues of Joe Biden who was caught lying, quid pro quo with Ukraine’s prosecutor, and fondling people? Do the democrats tend to hold allegations against persons if they are not democrats? Who else does that? Could it be the China CCP?

    • @KEK Freedom Heritage where’s the case? That’s a fake new, don’t spread lies. You Republicans just project everything on the opposition

    • @KEK Freedom Heritage The only thing exposed in Ukraine was the president and drunk @ss Rudy’s debacle of a plan to get dirt on BYEDON before he announce his candidacy! This was an attempt for dirt because National Enquirer are not in Donald’s back pocket anymore ! At best get your brain checked out by a proctologist please !

    • @KEK Freedom Heritage Deaf, dumb, and blind!

  6. I hope that trump pays to justice, at least I can say he paid for something in his fraud ridden and rotten life.

  7. Eagle American | December 24, 2020 at 8:23 AM | Reply

    One can run or pardon, but can’t hide… Small change to a common saying ))

  8. Don’t run interviewslike this. It will give him a heads up and enough time to cover up the quid pro quo. Let the due process take place in its own time and hit him by surprise. That’s the only way to corner him. This is the biggest crook in post WW II political history

    • I’ve been thinking the same for a long time but you’re the first I’ve seen address it. Why does the news feel the need to just hand Trumps dopey legal team advice and then next thing you know he changes his strategy and they get bent up. I just want to scream “keep your mouth shut!!!”

    • @rhonda drop They got convicted of other crime not Russian collusion 🤷. No one got convicted for that just saying. Not saying that they should be pardon I’m just saying they have this million dollars investigation but only got “some” people for lying to them.

    • He’s surrounded by lawyers. He knows. The thing is there’s always wiggle room. And this is going to blow up in his face.

    • @Massey 4business As dumb as they look, there are some very accomplished lawyers in his circle. He doesn’t need the media to give them tips, these guys already know this might blow up but they’re grasping at straws.

    • Fabio Fox Music | December 24, 2020 at 11:19 PM | Reply

      @Mel Jones

      So smart that he looked directly at a solar eclipse…….

  9. Maleigh Johnson | December 24, 2020 at 8:30 AM | Reply

    We WANT an extremely aggressive new AG then


  11. SilentWolf 655 | December 24, 2020 at 8:47 AM | Reply

    At this point, trump will pardon the modern day Stalin and add Hitler to the mix as well

  12. If ifs and butts were candy and nuts oh what a party we’d have.

  13. Trump and his administration really need to be held accountable. This is a really bad precedent to set for future administrations.

    TOO …

  15. Douglas Vasque | December 24, 2020 at 9:50 AM | Reply

    I just got one question … what billionaire do you know has been locked up ? Money talks specially when you a celebrity

    • El Chapo. Al Capone. Allen Stanford. Leona Helmsley. Carlos Rivas. Khun Sa. Viktor Bout. Pablo Escobar.

    • Bernie madoff was a billiionaure in the double figures, he is currently serving 150 year sentence, stfu with the money talks, people with morals exist in the goverment too and put away corrupt billionaires

    • @Dirk Diggler
      Thank you, I couldn’t remember Madoff, is he still luving

    • he is not a billionaire he is a he is a thief only time will tell after he leave the white house and all the people whom he own money start come after him god help him he dont have the power no more to hide is tax return

  16. Anthony Corbett | December 24, 2020 at 10:32 AM | Reply

    Living in real gangster times. Mob boss in the white house.

  17. When you see so many down votes on a Rachel Maddow clip, know it’s stings the Russians and their little agent Orange.

  18. According to the Constitution, the President must “Faithfully Execute the Law”!?!? And be “Indicted NEVERTHELESS of Impeachment”!?!?

  19. Manafort looks like he’s been at a spa. See the smug look on his face!

  20. James Williams Junior | December 24, 2020 at 1:43 PM | Reply

    “Law and order” Party. What a joke.

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