One thing that we're still hung up on: Steve Bannon's lawyer is the same lawyer that White House counsel Don McGahn has (and also the same lawyer as Reince Priebus). How does that not present a conflicted situation? Last night, the Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff explained her exclusive reporting that Steve Bannon intends to "tell all" to Robert Mueller: http://on.msnbc.com/2DlEOB7
Since the news of the Steve Bannon subpoenas broke, this is what Rachel has been like: http://on.msnbc.com/2ERXiWn (You'll want to hear the answers we got today because it's all getting a little closer to making sense.) Why subpoena Steve Bannon? Why not do a voluntary or informal interview with him the way they have done with so many other White House people and Trump campaign people? I mean, there's a ton of people who have been questioned by the Mueller inquiry, but they didn't get a subpoena. They didn't get told to turn up as a witness before the grand jury. Why is Steve Bannon, the one and only senior Trump advisor, senior White House official who is being treated this way? Who's been given a subpoena and told to testify to the grand jury? Does that necessarily mean that they asked him to do a voluntary interview like all the other White House officials but he refused? So, should we therefore see the subpoena as an indication that they asked Bannon to come in for an interview like everybody else and he said no? Is there any other reason why prosecutors might want him to be subpoenaed, might want to get him in front of the grand jury besides a negotiating tactic, besides trying to you know give him a little shove and make him understand the seriousness of this matter? I have more questions: Can you refuse to answer questions in the face of subpoena? Is it unusual for the White House to have told a White House adviser not to answer questions from Congress? Is it unusual that the committee in Congress had a subpoena for him ready to go in the room as soon as they came to that standoff? And last but not least, why did both of these things happen on the same day? I mean, twice. Did one of these subpoenas make the other one happen? Do they tend to arrive in pairs? Is one of them going to interfere with the other one? Is this more orderly than it seems?
When it comes to Donald Trump's public standing, the White House is convinced that "the American people love him." In fact, the president is even under the false impression that his support among African Americans has "doubled."
Today Donald Trump met with the president of Kazakhstan. That might seem like an obscure encounter unless you watched last night's opening segment of The Rachel Maddow Show. It turns out, an awful lot of money from deals that do not seem to be on the up-and-up in Kazakhstan ended up in the orbit of Donald Trump. Watch: http://on.msnbc.com/2mD5d1X