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Senator Chris Murphy talks with Rachel Maddow about the important role inspectors general play in oversight and informing Congress as a check on the power of the presidency, and remarks on the low expectations of Senate Republicans in holding Donald Trump to account. Aired on 5/18/2020.
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Trump Extends Assault On Oversight By Firing Inspectors General | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

77 Comments on "Trump Extends Assault On Oversight By Firing Inspectors General | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC"

  1. We are all the frog in the pot, where the temperature is turned up slowly & incrementally and very soon, if it is not already too late we will no longer be able to jump out. Voting Trump & ALL his enablers out is our only hope.

  2. Just Saying | May 19, 2020 at 1:51 AM | Reply

    So that’s how Jared Kushner got elected into office.

  3. Freddie Maré | May 19, 2020 at 1:52 AM | Reply

    Ooo it’s a perfect call don’t worry it’s a perfect call…

    • John Malloy | May 19, 2020 at 1:21 PM | Reply

      Ha. There was actually, in the real world, nothing wrong with the call. The entire episode after was to distract and impede Trump and anyone working for him. They released the transcript nearly immediately. Odd that the media and the left would call for that investigation but be totally incurious about how Biden went there and forced them to fire the person looking into shady dealings by Burisma. No quid pro quo there, though. Joe only bragged about it on camera and offered zero reasons why he demanded it. Couldn’t be that his son had a million dollar a year job with that company. A job that seemed to require very little of his time and no prior experience. I’d like one of those, please.

  4. Rome didn’t last forever. Sadly, we are seeing the end of our Republic. It is obvious that Trump is comprised by Putin. I think Mitch and others are as well. Republicans have no leg to stand on. Look at the state of the Nation at the beginning and end of the Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama and Trump administrations. It is obvious that Republicans are bad for the Republic.

    • John Malloy | May 19, 2020 at 2:19 PM | Reply

      @omi god You cannot have obstruction of justice in the face of no crime having been committed. They had nothing after all that time and money spent investigating. The only reason they worded it in that cumbersome language is because the entire thing was a biased, partisan fishing expedition and they hoped that people would later confuse that verbiage into meaning that they were pretty sure something bad happened but that the evidence was hidden from them. A pity anyone falls for it. they had nothing or they would have broadcast as far and wide as all the leaks they engineered to the compliant media.

    • John Malloy : Trump still denies Russian interference. He says it could have been “anyone, not necessarily Russia”. He has repeated that many times on camera.

    • @John Malloy It is not necessary to prove that the defendant committed a crime to successfully win a conviction on Obstruction. Obstruction of Justice does not mean “obstruction of conviction”.

    • @John Malloy You are following a villain. You are on the wrong side of history. If this was a movie, bud, you’d be wearing the black hat.

    • John Malloy The Mueller investigation actually paid for itself with Manafort seizures.

  5. FE RnKmaster | May 19, 2020 at 1:57 AM | Reply

    Trump for life…in prison

    • Well that doesn’t seem fair…. Unless you’re a fascist.

    • Langdon Alger | May 19, 2020 at 5:22 AM | Reply

      In 12 months time, we’ll either be recovering from this Presidency or we’ll have a complete maniac, marching us to war with China.
      The world is at risk while he gushes at his own reflection.
      He’s got to go!!!

    • John Malloy | May 19, 2020 at 1:07 PM | Reply

      @Langdon Alger Funny, he’s gone nearly an entire term without starting a war anywhere. He’s a businessman first. He understands that nobody wins in a war. China does, too and wants a war with us even less than we want one with them. This is just like when Reagan refused to play by the Russian’s rules and applied pressure. They did not expect it and neither did the ChiComs. Trump will force them to negotiate, doing so from a position of strength, not as a supplicant. Biden would let China run roughshod all over us.

  6. Dictatorship 101. Corruption in plain sight.

  7. redjalapeno | May 19, 2020 at 2:00 AM | Reply

    As long as the Republicans control the senate he will do whatever he wants.

    • When they don’t, he will just get rid of Congress like Hitler did in Germany.

    • Redjalapeno, I agree. That’s why, imo, though I hope Chump gets soundly beaten, it is just as important to flip the Senate. If the GOP retain their Senate majority, they will simply block every Biden policy, like they blocked Obama. And we simply cannot have McConnell left to continue nominating “conservative” judges to the courts, especially SCOTUS.

  8. Lloyd James | May 19, 2020 at 2:02 AM | Reply


  9. Think if every defendant had the ability to fire as many prosecutors as he or she wanted in a court trial until the defendant found one most advantageous to their acquittal. How long would it be before the rule of law was completely repudiated and daily life dissolved into a series of struggles to merely survive?

  10. Colleen McWhan | May 19, 2020 at 2:04 AM | Reply

    he keeps firing
    he’s gonna move his family into the White House, and barricade themselves in and everyone else out.

  11. America’s democracy and Constitutional republic, has never been in more peril than it is right now. Trump and republicans, are attempting to reverse our victory in our War of Independence, that began 1775 and ended in 1783. They are attempting to throw it all away….as if it never happened, and install a new King, a new monarch, a new tyrant, to rule over the American people.

    “If there is one fact we really can prove, from the history that we really do know, it is that despotism can be a development, often a late development and very often indeed the end of societies that have been highly democratic. A despotism may almost be defined as a tired democracy. As fatigue falls on a community, the citizens are less inclined for that eternal vigilance which has truly been called the price of liberty; and they prefer to arm only one single sentinel to watch the city while they sleep.” 
    ― G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

    “Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may” 
    ― Daniel Webste

    “There’s no English equivalent for silovik. It doesn’t translate succinctly because to create something as Machiavellian as a silovik requires both the KGB and the GRU, and then a shift from communism to capitalism, followed by a gear-grinding reverse into despotism.” 
    ― Tanya Thompson, Red Russia

    “The actions of government, we are told, bear down only on imprudent souls who provoke them. The man who resigns himself and keeps silent is always safe. Reassured by this worthless and specious argument, we do not protest against the oppressors. Instead we find fault with the victims. Nobody knows how to be brave even prudentially. Everyone stays silent, keeping his head low in the self-deceiving hope of disarming the powers that be by his silence. People give despotism free access, flattering themselves they will be treated with consideration. Eyes to the ground, each person walks in silence the narrow path leading him safely to the tomb.” 
    ― Benjamin Constant, Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments

    • Dave Ponsford | May 19, 2020 at 2:36 AM | Reply

      The thing that a lot of people miss is the danger for the future. Trump is a stupid child, doing this for petty self interest. But a future president can use this to inflict real damage. The people who are OK with this because they like Trump, will cry when its someone they don’t like.

    • Stephen Briggs | May 19, 2020 at 4:59 AM | Reply

      Even in the 19th century the corruption between the two rivals of this two party state have been in evidence. It was never about what is good for the American people. The corruption is endemic and has always been there.

    • As B Franklin said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” It was always going to be tough, but if Trumpism is the alternative, then we have to go on fighting for democracy, worldwide. Trumpism is spreading globally.

    • Thumb up. Same to all

    • You got it backwards

  12. Left Is Best | May 19, 2020 at 2:14 AM | Reply

    Republican Senators have enabled and protected Trump’s corruption and attack on democracy. Red States have betrayed the United States *AGAIN.*

  13. WTF are they planning in the run up to the election with all these IG firings and lack of oversight.

  14. Land of the free, home of the brave and corrupted.

  15. iAbuse Artemis | May 19, 2020 at 2:36 AM | Reply

    Donald “I don’t take responsibility at all” Trump is a clown

  16. When there is no consequences on his actions, why follow the laws? There is no check and balance in this banana republic. #VoteBlue2020

  17. Ahhar Leong | May 19, 2020 at 2:48 AM | Reply

    He is turning the US into a Facist state. Where is the “check and balance”?

  18. Martha Martha | May 19, 2020 at 2:49 AM | Reply

    Trump has violated our CONSTITUTION since he took office nothing new. Why no one stop him.

  19. Time 4 Change | May 19, 2020 at 2:58 AM | Reply

    It’s sad to hear American news media speak of democracy with this facist regime.

  20. Langdon Alger | May 19, 2020 at 3:26 AM | Reply

    He’s restructuring the Presidency.
    He’s removing oversight from all branches of Government and usurping their power. Welcome to fascism. ☹

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