Ed Meese An Unlikely Recipient Of Honor …Except By Trump | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Ed Meese An Unlikely Recipient Of Honor …Except By Trump | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


MADDOW SHOW, IT’S USUALLY LIKE, THAT TIME IS 1917, IN SEPTEMBER. THAT TIME IS 1917, IN SEPTEMBER. ANYWAY! ANYWAY! THANK YOU, MY FRIEND. THANK YOU, MY FRIEND. MUCH APPRECIATED. MUCH APPRECIATED.>>TAKE CARE.>>TAKE CARE.>>THANKS TO YOU AT HOME FOR>>THANKS TO YOU AT HOME FOR JOINING US THIS HOUR. JOINING US THIS HOUR. SPEAKING OF HISTORY, THE TWO SPEAKING OF HISTORY, THE TWO INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROSECUTORS INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROSECUTORS WHO PURSUED THE WATERGATE WHO PURSUED THE WATERGATE SCANDAL DURING THE NIXON SCANDAL DURING THE NIXON ADMINISTRATION WERE ARCHIBALD ADMINISTRATION WERE ARCHIBALD COX AND LEON JAWORSKI. COX AND LEON JAWORSKI. JAWORSKI ENDED UP GETTING JAWORSKI ENDED UP GETTING APPOINTED AFTER PRESIDENT NIXON APPOINTED AFTER PRESIDENT NIXON INITIATED THE SO-CALLED SATURDAY INITIATED THE SO-CALLED SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE, WHEN HE FORCED NIGHT MASSACRE, WHEN HE FORCED THE FIRING OF ARCHIBALD COX. THE FIRING OF ARCHIBALD COX. HE HAD TO FIRE HIS WAY THROUGH HE HAD TO FIRE HIS WAY THROUGH THE UPPER ECHELONS OF THE THE UPPER ECHELONS OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, UNTIL HE’D JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, UNTIL HE’D FIND SOMEONE WHO WOULD GO AHEAD FIND SOMEONE WHO WOULD GO AHEAD AND FIRE ARCHIBALD COX FOR HIM. AND FIRE ARCHIBALD COX FOR HIM. I MEAN, ULTIMATELY, WE KNOW HOW I MEAN, ULTIMATELY, WE KNOW HOW ALL OF THAT ENDED, RIGHT? ALL OF THAT ENDED, RIGHT? LEON JAWORSKI GOT ARCHIBALD LEON JAWORSKI GOT ARCHIBALD COX’S OLD JOB. COX’S OLD JOB. HE, MUCH TO NIXON’S DISMAY, HE, MUCH TO NIXON’S DISMAY, CARRIED ON WITH THE CARRIED ON WITH THE INVESTIGATION. INVESTIGATION. THE EVIDENCE THAT HAD BEEN THE EVIDENCE THAT HAD BEEN PRODUCED WAS ULTIMATELY HANDED PRODUCED WAS ULTIMATELY HANDED OVER TO CONGRESS IN A DOCUMENT OVER TO CONGRESS IN A DOCUMENT THAT HAS BECOME KNOWN AS THE THAT HAS BECOME KNOWN AS THE WATERGATE ROAD MAP. WATERGATE ROAD MAP. CONGRESS USED THAT EVIDENCE THAT CONGRESS USED THAT EVIDENCE THAT WAS COLLECTED BY THE WATERGATE WAS COLLECTED BY THE WATERGATE SPECIAL PROSECUTORS TO SPECIAL PROSECUTORS TO THEMSELVES DRAW UP REALLY THEMSELVES DRAW UP REALLY DAMNING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT DAMNING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST RICHARD NIXON. AGAINST RICHARD NIXON. AND THEN IT ALL CAME TO AN END. AND THEN IT ALL CAME TO AN END. NIXON, KNOWING THAT HE WAS NOT NIXON, KNOWING THAT HE WAS NOT GOING TO SURVIVE AN IMPEACHMENT GOING TO SURVIVE AN IMPEACHMENT VOTE, ENDED UP RESIGNING THE VOTE, ENDED UP RESIGNING THE PRESIDENCY. PRESIDENCY. BUT WHATEVER HAPPENED TO OLD BUT WHATEVER HAPPENED TO OLD ARCHIBALD COX. ARCHIBALD COX. THE FIRST WATERGATE SPECIAL THE FIRST WATERGATE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR. PROSECUTOR. THE GUY WHO WAS FIRED AT THE END THE GUY WHO WAS FIRED AT THE END OF THE SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE? OF THE SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE? WELL, TURNS OUT AFTER NIXON WELL, TURNS OUT AFTER NIXON FIRED HIM, HE LANDED AT A GOOD FIRED HIM, HE LANDED AT A GOOD GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION CALLED GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION CALLED COMMON CAUSE. COMMON CAUSE. AND AT COMMON CAUSE, JUST TEN AND AT COMMON CAUSE, JUST TEN YEARS AFTER NIXON RESIGNED IN YEARS AFTER NIXON RESIGNED IN THE YEAR 1984, COMMON CAUSE, THE YEAR 1984, COMMON CAUSE, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF WATERGATE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, WATERGATE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, ARCHIBALD COX, THEY DID ARCHIBALD COX, THEY DID SOMETHING THEY HAD NEVER DONE SOMETHING THEY HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE. BEFORE. THEY ISSUED A PUBLIC REPORT AND THEY ISSUED A PUBLIC REPORT AND SENT A LETTER TO EVERY SINGLE SENT A LETTER TO EVERY SINGLE UNITED STATES SENATOR, URGEING, UNITED STATES SENATOR, URGEING, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THAT A FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THAT A NOMINEE FOR A CABINET POSITION NOMINEE FOR A CABINET POSITION BE REJECTED BY THE SENATE. BE REJECTED BY THE SENATE. COMMON CAUSE HAD NEVER DONE COMMON CAUSE HAD NEVER DONE SOMETHING LIKE THIS BEFORE, BUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS BEFORE, BUT THEY DECIDED THAT THIS THEY DECIDED THAT THIS PARTICULAR NOMINEE WAS SO BAD, PARTICULAR NOMINEE WAS SO BAD, SO DANGEROUS, HAD SUCH A SO DANGEROUS, HAD SUCH A TERRIBLE RECORD, PARTICULARLY TERRIBLE RECORD, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT CAME TO ETHICAL ISSUES WHEN IT CAME TO ETHICAL ISSUES AND CORRUPTION ISSUES, THAT THEY AND CORRUPTION ISSUES, THAT THEY JUST DECIDED THEY HAD TO TAKE A JUST DECIDED THEY HAD TO TAKE A STAND. STAND. ARCHIBALD COX WARNED THE SENATE ARCHIBALD COX WARNED THE SENATE THAT THIS NOMINEE HAD A, QUOTE, THAT THIS NOMINEE HAD A, QUOTE, LACK OF ETHICAL SENSITIVITY, LACK OF ETHICAL SENSITIVITY, THAT HE HAD SHOWN A BLINDNESS TO THAT HE HAD SHOWN A BLINDNESS TO ABUSE OF POSITION. ABUSE OF POSITION. SO THAT GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUP, SO THAT GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUP, COMMON CAUSE, THEY DID KIND OF COMMON CAUSE, THEY DID KIND OF GO OUT ON A LIMB, TELLING GO OUT ON A LIMB, TELLING SENATORS, SAY “NO” TO THIS GUY. SENATORS, SAY “NO” TO THIS GUY. WE’VE NEVER SAID THIS BEFORE WE’VE NEVER SAID THIS BEFORE ABOUT A CABINET OFFICIAL, BUT ABOUT A CABINET OFFICIAL, BUT THIS ONE, DO NOT LET THIS ONE BE THIS ONE, DO NOT LET THIS ONE BE CONFIRMED. CONFIRMED. THAT NOMINEE THEY WERE SO THAT NOMINEE THEY WERE SO OPPOSED TO WAS NAMED ED MEESE. OPPOSED TO WAS NAMED ED MEESE. RONALD REAGAN HAD NOMINATED ED RONALD REAGAN HAD NOMINATED ED MEESE TO BECOME ATTORNEY MEESE TO BECOME ATTORNEY GENERAL. GENERAL. ED MEESE, BY THIS POINT, HAD ED MEESE, BY THIS POINT, HAD ALREADY HAD HIS SHARE OF ALREADY HAD HIS SHARE OF SCANDAL, EVEN BEFORE REAGAN SCANDAL, EVEN BEFORE REAGAN NOMINATED HIM TO BE ATTORNEY NOMINATED HIM TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL. GENERAL. MEESE HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MEESE HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN THE REAGAN CAMPAIGN WHEN REAGAN WON REAGAN CAMPAIGN WHEN REAGAN WON THE PRESIDENCY IN 1980, AND THE THE PRESIDENCY IN 1980, AND THE TRANSITION WAS UNDERWAY WITH THE TRANSITION WAS UNDERWAY WITH THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION GETTING CARTER ADMINISTRATION GETTING READY TO LEAVE AND THE REAGAN READY TO LEAVE AND THE REAGAN FOLKS GETTING READY TO COME IN FOLKS GETTING READY TO COME IN AND TAKE OVER, TO RUN THE AND TAKE OVER, TO RUN THE OPERATIONS OF THE REAGAN OPERATIONS OF THE REAGAN TRANSITION, THE INCOMING FOLKS TRANSITION, THE INCOMING FOLKS HAD SET UP A FINANCIAL ENTITY HAD SET UP A FINANCIAL ENTITY CALLED THE TRANSITION TRUST. CALLED THE TRANSITION TRUST. AND DURING THE TRANSITION, AND DURING THE TRANSITION, BEFORE THE START OF THE REAGAN BEFORE THE START OF THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION, THAT TRANSITION ADMINISTRATION, THAT TRANSITION TRUST WROTE ED MEESE A $10,000 TRUST WROTE ED MEESE A $10,000 CHECK. CHECK. HMM, WHICH HE THEN PROMPTLY HMM, WHICH HE THEN PROMPTLY DEPOSITED IN HIS OWN PERSONAL DEPOSITED IN HIS OWN PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT. BANK ACCOUNT. AND WHAT THE TRANSITION TRUST AND WHAT THE TRANSITION TRUST SAID THAT $10,000 WAS FOR WAS SAID THAT $10,000 WAS FOR WAS SOMETHING THEY RECORDED AS SOMETHING THEY RECORDED AS MOVING EXPENSES. MOVING EXPENSES. NOW, IT’S, OF COURSE, KOSHER FOR NOW, IT’S, OF COURSE, KOSHER FOR THERE TO BE A REASONABLY THERE TO BE A REASONABLY WELL-FUNDED EFFORT TO SET UP TO WELL-FUNDED EFFORT TO SET UP TO GIVE THEM OFFICE SPACE AND GET GIVE THEM OFFICE SPACE AND GET ALL THEIR DUCKS IN THE ROW AND ALL THEIR DUCKS IN THE ROW AND START DOING BRIEFINGS WITH THE START DOING BRIEFINGS WITH THE OUTGOING ADMINISTRATION. OUTGOING ADMINISTRATION. BUT $10,000 CHECKS FOR MOVING BUT $10,000 CHECKS FOR MOVING EXPENSES. EXPENSES. THAT’S NOT RIGHT. THAT’S NOT RIGHT. AND AFTER ED MEESE WAS INFORMED AND AFTER ED MEESE WAS INFORMED THAT HIM TAKING A $10,000 CHECK THAT HIM TAKING A $10,000 CHECK FROM THE TRANSITION FOR MOVING FROM THE TRANSITION FOR MOVING EXPENSES IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD EXPENSES IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD LIKELY BE CONSIDERED A CRIME, HE LIKELY BE CONSIDERED A CRIME, HE TOOK SWIFT ACTION. TOOK SWIFT ACTION. AND YOU MIGHT THINK IN SUCH A AND YOU MIGHT THINK IN SUCH A CIRCUMSTANCE, PARTICULARLY AT CIRCUMSTANCE, PARTICULARLY AT THE OUTSET OF A NEW THE OUTSET OF A NEW ADMINISTRATION THAT REALLY ADMINISTRATION THAT REALLY WASN’T LOOKING FOR SCANDAL RIGHT WASN’T LOOKING FOR SCANDAL RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE, YOU MIGHT THINK OUT OF THE GATE, YOU MIGHT THINK WHAT YOU WOULD DO IN SUCH A WHAT YOU WOULD DO IN SUCH A CIRCUMSTANCE, IF ONLY TO AVOID CIRCUMSTANCE, IF ONLY TO AVOID BEING A DISTRACTION AT THE START BEING A DISTRACTION AT THE START OF YOUR CANDIDATE’S NEW OF YOUR CANDIDATE’S NEW PRESIDENCY, YOU MIGHT THINK WHAT PRESIDENCY, YOU MIGHT THINK WHAT YOU WOULD DO IS RETURN THE YOU WOULD DO IS RETURN THE 10,000 BUCKS, RIGHT? 10,000 BUCKS, RIGHT? OH, NO, IN ED MEESE’S CASE, THEY OH, NO, IN ED MEESE’S CASE, THEY JUST HAD THEM ERASE THE JUST HAD THEM ERASE THE DESIGNATION THAT THE CHECK WAS DESIGNATION THAT THE CHECK WAS FOR MOVING EXPENSES AND HE FOR MOVING EXPENSES AND HE INSTEAD HAD HIM RECATEGORIZE IT. INSTEAD HAD HIM RECATEGORIZE IT. SO NOW THE $10,000 CHECK TO ED SO NOW THE $10,000 CHECK TO ED MEESE WOULD BE LISTED AS MEESE WOULD BE LISTED AS CONSULTING FEES. CONSULTING FEES. AND THEN HE JUST KEPT THE MONEY. AND THEN HE JUST KEPT THE MONEY. OH, IT CAN’T BE MOVING EXPENSES? OH, IT CAN’T BE MOVING EXPENSES? THAT’S A CRIME? THAT’S A CRIME? WELL, WE’LL JUST ERASE THAT AND WELL, WE’LL JUST ERASE THAT AND CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE. CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE. KA-CHING KA-CHING KA-CHING! KA-CHING! THAT WAS ED MEESE DURING THE THAT WAS ED MEESE DURING THE TRANSITION BEFORE RONALD REAGAN TRANSITION BEFORE RONALD REAGAN WAS EVEN SWORN IN. WAS EVEN SWORN IN. ED MEESE THEN BECAME A STAFFER ED MEESE THEN BECAME A STAFFER DURING THE REAGAN WHITE HOUSE AS DURING THE REAGAN WHITE HOUSE AS A WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL. A WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL. HE GOT HIMSELF INVOLVED IN HE GOT HIMSELF INVOLVED IN FURTHER SCANDAL. FURTHER SCANDAL. HE CAME UNDER INVESTIGATION BY A HE CAME UNDER INVESTIGATION BY A COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL COUNSEL, COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL COUNSEL, WHO LOOKED AT HIM FOR MULTIPLE WHO LOOKED AT HIM FOR MULTIPLE ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION, ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION, SPECIFICALLY, ED MEESE WAS SPECIFICALLY, ED MEESE WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE GIVEN A WHOLE ALLEGED TO HAVE GIVEN A WHOLE BUNCH OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE JOBS BUNCH OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE JOBS IN THE ADMINISTRATION AFTER IN THE ADMINISTRATION AFTER THOSE PEOPLE HAD PROVIDED HIM THOSE PEOPLE HAD PROVIDED HIM VARIOUS FORMS OF FINANCIAL VARIOUS FORMS OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. ASSISTANCE. SO WHEN RONALD REAGAN SAID, SO WHEN RONALD REAGAN SAID, AFTER ALL OF THAT SCANDAL, THAT AFTER ALL OF THAT SCANDAL, THAT HE WOULD PUT ED MEESE IN CHARGE HE WOULD PUT ED MEESE IN CHARGE OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND MAKE HIM THE TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT MAKE HIM THE TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL IN THE COUNTRY, THIS OFFICIAL IN THE COUNTRY, THIS GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUP, YOU KNOW, GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUP, YOU KNOW, COMMON CAUSE, RUN BY ARCHIBALD COMMON CAUSE, RUN BY ARCHIBALD COX OF WATERGATE INVESTIGATION COX OF WATERGATE INVESTIGATION FAME, THEY TOOK A HARD LOOK AT FAME, THEY TOOK A HARD LOOK AT ED MEESE’S RECORD, INCLUDING THE ED MEESE’S RECORD, INCLUDING THE INDEPENDENT SPECIAL COUNSEL’S INDEPENDENT SPECIAL COUNSEL’S REPORT ON THOSE ALLEGATIONS OF REPORT ON THOSE ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION AGAINST MEESE AS A CORRUPTION AGAINST MEESE AS A WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL. WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL. MEESE WAS NOT CRIMINALLY CHARGED MEESE WAS NOT CRIMINALLY CHARGED AFTER THAT INDEPENDENT COUNSEL AFTER THAT INDEPENDENT COUNSEL DID THAT INVESTIGATION INTO HIM. DID THAT INVESTIGATION INTO HIM. AND BECAUSE HE WASN’T INDICTED, AND BECAUSE HE WASN’T INDICTED, HE CLAIMED HE HAD BEEN TOTALLY HE CLAIMED HE HAD BEEN TOTALLY VINDICATED BY THAT VINDICATED BY THAT INVESTIGATION, TURNS OUT IF YOU INVESTIGATION, TURNS OUT IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOKED AT THE REPORT OF ACTUALLY LOOKED AT THE REPORT OF THAT INVESTIGATION, MEESE HAD THAT INVESTIGATION, MEESE HAD NOT BEEN TOTALLY VINDICATED. NOT BEEN TOTALLY VINDICATED. THE REPORT WAS VERY CRITICAL OF THE REPORT WAS VERY CRITICAL OF HIS JUDGMENT AND HIS ETHICAL HIS JUDGMENT AND HIS ETHICAL STANDARDS. STANDARDS. ARCHIBALD COX TOOK A HARD LOOK ARCHIBALD COX TOOK A HARD LOOK AT THAT REPORT. AT THAT REPORT. COMMON CAUSE PRODUCED A DIGEST COMMON CAUSE PRODUCED A DIGEST OF THAT REPORT, THAT WAS EASIER OF THAT REPORT, THAT WAS EASIER TO UNDERSTAND FOR THE PUBLIC. TO UNDERSTAND FOR THE PUBLIC. THEY TOOK A LOOK AT MEESE’S THEY TOOK A LOOK AT MEESE’S HISTORY AND DECIDED THAT FOR THE HISTORY AND DECIDED THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF COMMON CAUSE, THEY WOULD PREVAIL COMMON CAUSE, THEY WOULD PREVAIL UPON SENATORS TO PLEASE NOT VOTE UPON SENATORS TO PLEASE NOT VOTE FOR THIS GUY. FOR THIS GUY. PLEASE, NOT CONFIRM THIS GUY AS PLEASE, NOT CONFIRM THIS GUY AS ATTORNEY GENERAL. ATTORNEY GENERAL. HE NEVERTHELESS WAS CONFIRMED AS HE NEVERTHELESS WAS CONFIRMED AS ATTORNEY GENERAL. ATTORNEY GENERAL. AND THUS STARTED ONE OF THE MORE AND THUS STARTED ONE OF THE MORE DISASTROUS TERMS IN U.S. HISTORY DISASTROUS TERMS IN U.S. HISTORY FOR A SITTING ATTORNEY GENERAL. FOR A SITTING ATTORNEY GENERAL. I MEAN, PROBABLY THE THING FOR I MEAN, PROBABLY THE THING FOR WHICH ED MEESE IS BOTH WHICH ED MEESE IS BOTH REMEMBERED BY BOTH HIS REMEMBERED BY BOTH HIS SUPPORTERS AND DETRACTORS IS SUPPORTERS AND DETRACTORS IS THAT RONALD REAGAN PUT HIM IN THAT RONALD REAGAN PUT HIM IN CHARGE OF A PRESIDENTIAL CHARGE OF A PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION ON PORN. COMMISSION ON PORN. ED MEESE WAS ASSIGNED TO HEAD UP ED MEESE WAS ASSIGNED TO HEAD UP THE ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY CRUSADE OF THE ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY CRUSADE OF THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION, WHICH THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION, WHICH RESULTED IN, AMONG OTHER THINGS, RESULTED IN, AMONG OTHER THINGS, A 2,000-PAGE REPORT, WHICH WAS A 2,000-PAGE REPORT, WHICH WAS VERY POORLY RECEIVED, BECAUSE IT VERY POORLY RECEIVED, BECAUSE IT DID NOT APPEAR TO BE AT ALL DID NOT APPEAR TO BE AT ALL BASED ON ANY EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE. BASED ON ANY EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE. NEVERTHELESS, ATTORNEY GENERAL NEVERTHELESS, ATTORNEY GENERAL MEESE FORMED WHAT HE CALLED AN MEESE FORMED WHAT HE CALLED AN OBSCENITY STRIKE FORCE INSIDE OBSCENITY STRIKE FORCE INSIDE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. HE THEN LED THE JUSTICE HE THEN LED THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO PRIORITIZE NEW AND DEPARTMENT TO PRIORITIZE NEW AND CREATIVE MEANS OF BRINGING CREATIVE MEANS OF BRINGING PROSECUTIONS TO TRY TO BLOT OUT PROSECUTIONS TO TRY TO BLOT OUT AND ELIMINATE THE SCOURGE OF AND ELIMINATE THE SCOURGE OF PORNOGRAPHY FROM AMERICA. PORNOGRAPHY FROM AMERICA. AND WHILE THAT MUST HAVE BEEN AND WHILE THAT MUST HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTING, ED MEESE ALSO BECAME EXHAUSTING, ED MEESE ALSO BECAME THE SORT OF ANIMATING LEGAL THE SORT OF ANIMATING LEGAL FORCE IN THE REAGAN FORCE IN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION BEHIND THE ADMINISTRATION BEHIND THE IRAN/CONTRA SCANDAL. IRAN/CONTRA SCANDAL. SOME DAY, SOMEONE WILL MAKE AN SOME DAY, SOMEONE WILL MAKE AN AMAZING BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE ABOUT AMAZING BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE ABOUT HOW ASTONISH THE IRAN CONTRA HOW ASTONISH THE IRAN CONTRA SCANDAL WAS. SCANDAL WAS. SOME HOLLYWOOD PERSON OUT THERE, SOME HOLLYWOOD PERSON OUT THERE, YOU SHOULD OPTION JANE MAYOR’S YOU SHOULD OPTION JANE MAYOR’S OLD BOOK ABOUT THE IRAN CONTRA OLD BOOK ABOUT THE IRAN CONTRA SCANDAL. SCANDAL. IT SHOULD BE — ANYWAY. IT SHOULD BE — ANYWAY. BUT FOR ALL OF THE CRAZINESS OF BUT FOR ALL OF THE CRAZINESS OF THAT SCANDAL AND THE INDICTMENTS THAT SCANDAL AND THE INDICTMENTS AND THE CRAZY COWBOY ADVENTURING AND THE CRAZY COWBOY ADVENTURING OF THAT SCANDAL AND THE MIRACLE OF THAT SCANDAL AND THE MIRACLE THAT RONALD REAGAN DID NOT GET THAT RONALD REAGAN DID NOT GET IMPEACHED FOR THAT SCANDAL, THE IMPEACHED FOR THAT SCANDAL, THE BULL’S-EYE AT THE CENTER OF IRAN BULL’S-EYE AT THE CENTER OF IRAN CONTRA IS THAT IT WAS JUST SO CONTRA IS THAT IT WAS JUST SO BLATANTLY, BLATANTLY AND KNOWING BLATANTLY, BLATANTLY AND KNOWING KNOWINGLY ILLEGAL. KNOWINGLY ILLEGAL. RIGHT BEFORE THE IRAN CONTRA RIGHT BEFORE THE IRAN CONTRA SCANDAL HAPPENED, RIGHT BEFORE SCANDAL HAPPENED, RIGHT BEFORE THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION DID THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION DID WHAT THEY DID, CONGRESS KIND OF WHAT THEY DID, CONGRESS KIND OF KNEW WHAT REAGAN WANTED TO DO KNEW WHAT REAGAN WANTED TO DO AND THEY PASSED A LAW TO STOP AND THEY PASSED A LAW TO STOP HIM. HIM. CONGRESS PASSED A LAW, THERE WAS CONGRESS PASSED A LAW, THERE WAS AN AMERICAN LAW IN EFFECT AND ON AN AMERICAN LAW IN EFFECT AND ON THE BOOKS, WHICH SAID, THE THE BOOKS, WHICH SAID, THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION CAN’T GIVE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION CAN’T GIVE AID TO THE CONTRAS IN NICARAGUA. AID TO THE CONTRAS IN NICARAGUA. AND THEN THE REAGAN AND THEN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION DEFINITELY GAVE ADMINISTRATION DEFINITELY GAVE AID TO THE CONTRAS IN NICARAGUA, AID TO THE CONTRAS IN NICARAGUA, SECRETLY. SECRETLY. EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS AN EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS AN EXPLICIT LAW PROHIBITING THEM EXPLICIT LAW PROHIBITING THEM FROM DOING SO. FROM DOING SO. THEY SOLD MISSILES ILLEGALLY TO THEY SOLD MISSILES ILLEGALLY TO IRAN TO GET THE MONEY. IRAN TO GET THE MONEY. THIS WHOLE CRAZY THING. THIS WHOLE CRAZY THING. BUT THE REASON THE REAGAN BUT THE REASON THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION ENDED UP GETTING ADMINISTRATION ENDED UP GETTING IN SO MUCH TROUBLE FOR IRAN IN SO MUCH TROUBLE FOR IRAN CONTRA IS BECAUSE THEY JUST PLAY CONTRA IS BECAUSE THEY JUST PLAY ACCOUNTANTLY BROKE THAT LAW, ACCOUNTANTLY BROKE THAT LAW, WHICH SPECIFICALLY SAID THEY WHICH SPECIFICALLY SAID THEY COULDN’T DO WHAT THEY DID. COULDN’T DO WHAT THEY DID. AND THE REASON THEY BROKE THAT AND THE REASON THEY BROKE THAT LAW, ULTIMATELY, IS BECAUSE OF LAW, ULTIMATELY, IS BECAUSE OF ED MEESE. ED MEESE. BECAUSE ED MEESE, RONALD BECAUSE ED MEESE, RONALD REAGAN’S ATTORNEY GENERAL, VERY REAGAN’S ATTORNEY GENERAL, VERY SOBERLY CONCLUDED, WHEN IT COMES SOBERLY CONCLUDED, WHEN IT COMES TO FOLLOWING THE LAW, PRESIDENTS TO FOLLOWING THE LAW, PRESIDENTS DON’T REALLY NEED TO DO THAT. DON’T REALLY NEED TO DO THAT. YES, THERE WAS AN EXPLICIT LAW YES, THERE WAS AN EXPLICIT LAW JUST PASSED BY CONGRESS THAT JUST PASSED BY CONGRESS THAT VERY CLEARLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY VERY CLEARLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY INTENDED TO STOP THE REAGAN INTENDED TO STOP THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION FROM DOING THIS ADMINISTRATION FROM DOING THIS THING THAT EVERYBODY KNEW THEY THING THAT EVERYBODY KNEW THEY WANTED TO DO. WANTED TO DO. WHEN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION WHEN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION WENT AHEAD AND DID IT ANYWAY, ED WENT AHEAD AND DID IT ANYWAY, ED PLEASE PLEASE MEESE WAS LIKE, EH, I KNOW MEESE WAS LIKE, EH, I KNOW THERE’S A LAW, BUT IF THE THERE’S A LAW, BUT IF THE PRESIDENT DOES IT, IT’S NOT PRESIDENT DOES IT, IT’S NOT REALLY ILLEGAL. REALLY ILLEGAL. THE LAWS DON’T ACTUALLY APPLY TO THE LAWS DON’T ACTUALLY APPLY TO PRESIDENTIAL BEHAVIOR. PRESIDENTIAL BEHAVIOR. YOU WANT TO BREAK THE LAW, MR. YOU WANT TO BREAK THE LAW, MR. PRESIDENT, I GOT YOUR BACK. PRESIDENT, I GOT YOUR BACK. THAT WAS HIS LEGAL ADVICE. THAT WAS HIS LEGAL ADVICE. THAT WAS THE LEGAL SPINE ON THAT WAS THE LEGAL SPINE ON WHICH THEY BUILT THE WHOLE IRAN WHICH THEY BUILT THE WHOLE IRAN CONTRA SCHEME, FOR WHICH I CONTRA SCHEME, FOR WHICH I CONTEND, IT IS A MIRACLE THAT CONTEND, IT IS A MIRACLE THAT REAGAN NEVER GOT IMPEACHED. REAGAN NEVER GOT IMPEACHED. DURING THAT IRAN CONTRA SCANDAL DURING THAT IRAN CONTRA SCANDAL AND THE SUBSEQUENT BIG AND THE SUBSEQUENT BIG INVESTIGATION INTO IT, A WHOLE INVESTIGATION INTO IT, A WHOLE BUNCH OF DOCUMENTS THAT ED MEESE BUNCH OF DOCUMENTS THAT ED MEESE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SECURING AND WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SECURING AND PRESERVING FOR THAT PRESERVING FOR THAT INVESTIGATION MYSTERIOUSLY ENDED INVESTIGATION MYSTERIOUSLY ENDED UP GETTING SHREDDED BY WHITE UP GETTING SHREDDED BY WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS. HOUSE OFFICIALS. THE STUFF THAT MEESE WAS THE STUFF THAT MEESE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MAKING SURE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MAKING SURE WAS RETAINED. RETAINED. MIRACULOUS, ALL THAT STUFF ENDED MIRACULOUS, ALL THAT STUFF ENDED UP IN THE SHREDDER. UP IN THE SHREDDER. THIS IS WHEN HE WAS SERVING AS THIS IS WHEN HE WAS SERVING AS ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES. STATES. ED MEESE ALSO, AS ATTORNEY ED MEESE ALSO, AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, CAME UNDER SCRUTINY YET GENERAL, CAME UNDER SCRUTINY YET AGAIN FROM YET ANOTHER AGAIN FROM YET ANOTHER INDEPENDENT COUNSEL FOR A WHOLE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL FOR A WHOLE NEW RAFT OF NEW CORRUPTION NEW RAFT OF NEW CORRUPTION CHARGES AS HE WAS SERVING AS AG. CHARGES AS HE WAS SERVING AS AG. THAT WAS REPORTED THAT WAS REPORTED CONTEMPORANEOUSLY AT THE TIME TO CONTEMPORANEOUSLY AT THE TIME TO BE INVESTIGATING, QUOTE, WHETHER BE INVESTIGATING, QUOTE, WHETHER MEESE VIOLATED THE LAW IN MEESE VIOLATED THE LAW IN HELPING A NEW YORK DEFENSE FIRM HELPING A NEW YORK DEFENSE FIRM OBTAIN AN ARMY CONTRACT. OBTAIN AN ARMY CONTRACT. WHETHER MEESE VIOLATED THE LAW WHETHER MEESE VIOLATED THE LAW IN CONTACTING OFFICIALS ON IN CONTACTING OFFICIALS ON BEHALF OF A FRIEND WHO PUT BEHALF OF A FRIEND WHO PUT TOGETHER A $1 BILLION MIDEAST TOGETHER A $1 BILLION MIDEAST OIL PIPELINE PROJECT. OIL PIPELINE PROJECT. AND WHETHER MEESE VIOLATED THE AND WHETHER MEESE VIOLATED THE LAW IN PARTICIPATING IN LAW IN PARTICIPATING IN TELEPHONE REGULATION MATTERS AT TELEPHONE REGULATION MATTERS AT A TIME HE WAS TRYING TO SELL HIS A TIME HE WAS TRYING TO SELL HIS OWN STOCK IN PHONE COMPANIES. OWN STOCK IN PHONE COMPANIES. SO HE’S UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR SO HE’S UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ALL OF THAT ALLEGED CRIMINAL ALL OF THAT ALLEGED CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR WHILE HE’S SERVING AS BEHAVIOR WHILE HE’S SERVING AS ATTORNEY GENERAL. ATTORNEY GENERAL. THE FIRST ONE THAT I MENTIONED THE FIRST ONE THAT I MENTIONED THERE, THE ARMY CONTRACT THING. THERE, THE ARMY CONTRACT THING. THAT ENDED UP BEING A DOOZY. THAT ENDED UP BEING A DOOZY. MEESE’S FRIEND, WHO HE HELPED MEESE’S FRIEND, WHO HE HELPED HOOK UP WITH THAT ARMY CONTRACT, HOOK UP WITH THAT ARMY CONTRACT, AND HIS OWN FINANCIAL ADVISER, AND HIS OWN FINANCIAL ADVISER, WHO HE SHARED WITH THAT FRIEND WHO HE SHARED WITH THAT FRIEND AND A BUNCH OF OTHER PEOPLE ALL AND A BUNCH OF OTHER PEOPLE ALL ENDED UP GETTING INDICTED AND ENDED UP GETTING INDICTED AND CONVICTED AND GOING TO JAIL IN CONVICTED AND GOING TO JAIL IN THAT SCANDAL. THAT SCANDAL. IT WAS CALLED THE WEDTECH IT WAS CALLED THE WEDTECH SCANDAL. SCANDAL. MEESE ULTIMATELY HAD TO TESTIFY MEESE ULTIMATELY HAD TO TESTIFY IN SOME OF THOSE CASES AND WAS IN SOME OF THOSE CASES AND WAS FORCED TO ADMIT FROM THE STAND FORCED TO ADMIT FROM THE STAND THAT HE HAD BEEN WAY MORE THAT HE HAD BEEN WAY MORE INVOLVED IN THAT SCANDAL THAN HE INVOLVED IN THAT SCANDAL THAN HE HAD PUBLICLY ADMITTED TO. HAD PUBLICLY ADMITTED TO. BUT THIS, AGAIN, WAS WHILE HE BUT THIS, AGAIN, WAS WHILE HE WAS SERVING AS ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS SERVING AS ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, ALL OF OF THE UNITED STATES, ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS HAPPENING. THIS STUFF WAS HAPPENING. HE’S UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ALL HE’S UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ALL OF THOSE CRIMINAL ALLEGATIONS. OF THOSE CRIMINAL ALLEGATIONS. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, UNDER ED AND BECAUSE OF THAT, UNDER ED MEESE AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, MEESE AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THERE WAS A SORT OF FAMOUS THERE WAS A SORT OF FAMOUS REVOLT AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REVOLT AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SORT OF EXECUTIVE LEVEL RIGHT SORT OF EXECUTIVE LEVEL RIGHT UNDERNEATH HIM. UNDERNEATH HIM. I MEAN, HE’S THE ATTORNEY I MEAN, HE’S THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE NUMBER ONE OFFICIAL GENERAL, THE NUMBER ONE OFFICIAL IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE NUMBER TWO OFFICIAL IN THE NUMBER TWO OFFICIAL IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS THE DEPUTY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE JOB THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE JOB THAT ROD ROSENSTEIN FAMOUSLY HAD ROD ROSENSTEIN FAMOUSLY HAD EARLY IN THE TRUMP EARLY IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION. WELL, UNDER ED MEESE, HIS DEPUTY WELL, UNDER ED MEESE, HIS DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL RESIGNED IN ATTORNEY GENERAL RESIGNED IN PROTEST OF HAVING TO WORK UNDER PROTEST OF HAVING TO WORK UNDER SOMEBODY LIKE ED MEESE. SOMEBODY LIKE ED MEESE. ALSO, THE HEAD OF THE CRIMINAL ALSO, THE HEAD OF THE CRIMINAL DIVISION AT THE JUSTICE DIVISION AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RESIGNED IN PROTEST DEPARTMENT RESIGNED IN PROTEST AT HAVING TO WORK UNDER SOMEBODY AT HAVING TO WORK UNDER SOMEBODY LIKE ED MEESE, WHO WAS UNDER ALL LIKE ED MEESE, WHO WAS UNDER ALL OF THESE MULTIPLE CRIMINAL OF THESE MULTIPLE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS WHILE STILL INVESTIGATIONS WHILE STILL RUNNING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RUNNING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HIMSELF. HIMSELF. FOUR OTHER TOP OFFICIALS FOUR OTHER TOP OFFICIALS RESIGNED AT THE SAME TIME, ALONG RESIGNED AT THE SAME TIME, ALONG WITH THOSE TOP JUSTICE WITH THOSE TOP JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS. DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS. ALL OF THOSE OFFICIALS HAD ALL OF THOSE OFFICIALS HAD ACTUALLY CONVEYED A DEMAND TO ACTUALLY CONVEYED A DEMAND TO THE WHITE HOUSE. THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY TOLD WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF THEY TOLD WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF JAMES BAKER THAT REAGAN STAFF JAMES BAKER THAT REAGAN NEEDED TO REMOVE ED MEESE FOR NEEDED TO REMOVE ED MEESE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. NEEDED TO GET HIM OUT AS NEEDED TO GET HIM OUT AS ATTORNEY GENERAL. ATTORNEY GENERAL. GET HIM OUT FOR THE GOOD OF THE GET HIM OUT FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY, THE GOOD OF THE JUSTICE COUNTRY, THE GOOD OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, IF REAGAN WOULDN’T DEPARTMENT, IF REAGAN WOULDN’T DO THAT, THEY SAID THEY WOULD DO THAT, THEY SAID THEY WOULD ALL RESIGN IN PROTEST. ALL RESIGN IN PROTEST. THEY ALL ENDED UP RESIGNING IN THEY ALL ENDED UP RESIGNING IN PROTEST, BECAUSE REAGAN WOULDN’T PROTEST, BECAUSE REAGAN WOULDN’T REMOVE ED MEESE. REMOVE ED MEESE. HE STILL LIKED ED MEESE. HE STILL LIKED ED MEESE. HE WAS HIS LONGTIME FRIEND. HE WAS HIS LONGTIME FRIEND. HE WOULDN’T LET HIM GO. HE WOULDN’T LET HIM GO. ULTIMATELY, THE ONLY WAY THEY ULTIMATELY, THE ONLY WAY THEY WERE ABLE TO PRY ED MEESE OUT OF WERE ABLE TO PRY ED MEESE OUT OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS WHEN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS WHEN THAT LAST INDEPENDENT COUNSEL THAT LAST INDEPENDENT COUNSEL WHO WAS INVESTIGATING HIM WHO WAS INVESTIGATING HIM RELEASED HIS OWN SORT OF MAMMOTH RELEASED HIS OWN SORT OF MAMMOTH REPORT ON THE CORRUPTION REPORT ON THE CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MEESE. ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MEESE. THE DAY THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL THE DAY THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL SUBMITTED HIS REPORT ON WEDTECH SUBMITTED HIS REPORT ON WEDTECH AND ON THE WORKING ON PHONE AND ON THE WORKING ON PHONE STUFF WHEN HE WAS TRYING TO SELL STUFF WHEN HE WAS TRYING TO SELL HIS PHONE STOCKS AND ALL THOSE HIS PHONE STOCKS AND ALL THOSE OTHER INVESTIGATIONS, IT WAS OTHER INVESTIGATIONS, IT WAS ONLY THE DAY HE SUBMITTED HIS ONLY THE DAY HE SUBMITTED HIS REPORT ON THOSE CORRUPTION REPORT ON THOSE CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ED MEESE, ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ED MEESE, THAT DAY WAS THE DAY MEESE THAT DAY WAS THE DAY MEESE FINALLY RESIGNED. FINALLY RESIGNED.>>WHERE I INTEND — ATTORNEY>>WHERE I INTEND — ATTORNEY GENERAL EDWIN MEESE TODAY WITH A GENERAL EDWIN MEESE TODAY WITH A SURPRISING ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT SURPRISING ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT HIS FUTURE. HIS FUTURE.>>I HAVE INFORMED THE PRESIDENT>>I HAVE INFORMED THE PRESIDENT THAT I WILL BE LEAVING THE THAT I WILL BE LEAVING THE ADMINISTRATION TOWARDS THE END ADMINISTRATION TOWARDS THE END OF JULY OR EARLY IN AUGUST. OF JULY OR EARLY IN AUGUST. IN ORDER TO ACCEPT NEW IN ORDER TO ACCEPT NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PRIVATE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. SECTOR.>>”NBC NIGHTLY NEWS” WITH TOM>>”NBC NIGHTLY NEWS” WITH TOM BROKAW. BROKAW.>>GOOD EVENING.>>GOOD EVENING. ATTORNEY GENERAL EDWIN MEESE’S ATTORNEY GENERAL EDWIN MEESE’S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE WILL RESIGN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE WILL RESIGN BY THE END OF JULY OR EARLY BY THE END OF JULY OR EARLY AUGUST CAME SHORTLY AFTER THE AUGUST CAME SHORTLY AFTER THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TODAY FILED A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TODAY FILED A LENGTHY REPORT. LENGTHY REPORT. AS NBC’S JAMES FOLK REPORTS AS NBC’S JAMES FOLK REPORTS TONIGHT, EVEN IF MEESE ESCAPES TONIGHT, EVEN IF MEESE ESCAPES PROSECUTION, HE LEAVES BEHIND A PROSECUTION, HE LEAVES BEHIND A RECORD THAT HAS BEEN CRITICIZED RECORD THAT HAS BEEN CRITICIZED BY REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT BY REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT ALIKE. ALIKE.>>WHEN THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR’S>>WHEN THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR’S REPORT WAS CARRIED INTO THE REPORT WAS CARRIED INTO THE COURTHOUSE AFTER A YEAR-LONG COURTHOUSE AFTER A YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION, MEESE WAS ON A INVESTIGATION, MEESE WAS ON A DRUG-BUSTS TRIP TO CALIFORNIA. DRUG-BUSTS TRIP TO CALIFORNIA. MEESE DID NOT WAIT TO READ THE MEESE DID NOT WAIT TO READ THE REPORT BEFORE TELEPHONING THE REPORT BEFORE TELEPHONING THE PRESIDENT TO RESIGN. PRESIDENT TO RESIGN.>>ED MEESE NEVER ENDED UP GOING>>ED MEESE NEVER ENDED UP GOING TO PRISON THE WAY THAT NIXON’S TO PRISON THE WAY THAT NIXON’S ATTORNEY GENERAL, JOHN MITCHELL, ATTORNEY GENERAL, JOHN MITCHELL, DID. DID. BUT AMONG ALL OF THE ATTORNEYS BUT AMONG ALL OF THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL WE HAVE EVER HAD IN THIS GENERAL WE HAVE EVER HAD IN THIS COUNTRY, HE’S REALLY RIGHT UP COUNTRY, HE’S REALLY RIGHT UP THERE IN TERMS OF HAVING ONE OF THERE IN TERMS OF HAVING ONE OF THE MOST SCANDAL-RIDDEN, THE MOST SCANDAL-RIDDEN, ETHICALLY CHALLENGED TENURES AT ETHICALLY CHALLENGED TENURES AT THE TOP OF THE JUSTICE THE TOP OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. DEPARTMENT. UP TO AND INCLUDING THE FACT UP TO AND INCLUDING THE FACT THAT HE WAS THE SUBJECT OF THAT HE WAS THE SUBJECT OF MULTIPLE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS MULTIPLE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS HIMSELF, AND THAT LAST HIMSELF, AND THAT LAST INDEPENDENT COUNSEL ENDED UP INDEPENDENT COUNSEL ENDED UP REFERRING INGRING MEESE’S CONDUC REFERRING INGRING MEESE’S CONDUC OWN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FOR OWN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FOR REVIEW AND POTENTIAL CENSURE. REVIEW AND POTENTIAL CENSURE. AND I MEAN, I KNOW WE IN SOME AND I MEAN, I KNOW WE IN SOME WAYS, WE’VE KIND OF GOT IT BAD WAYS, WE’VE KIND OF GOT IT BAD RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW. I THINK IT’S HELPFUL TO LOOK I THINK IT’S HELPFUL TO LOOK BACK ON OTHER TIMES IN U.S. BACK ON OTHER TIMES IN U.S. HISTORY AND REMEMBER THAT WE HISTORY AND REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE HAD IT BAD IN SOME OF THE HAVE HAD IT BAD IN SOME OF THE SAME WAYS IN OTHER TIMES OF OUR SAME WAYS IN OTHER TIMES OF OUR HISTORY, TOO, AND WE’VE FIGURED HISTORY, TOO, AND WE’VE FIGURED OUT A WAY TO MAKE IT THROUGH. OUT A WAY TO MAKE IT THROUGH. SO LIKE THE ED MEESE STORY IS SO LIKE THE ED MEESE STORY IS GOOD TO REMEMBER, THE JOHN GOOD TO REMEMBER, THE JOHN MITCHELL STORY IS GOOD TO MITCHELL STORY IS GOOD TO REMEMBER, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE REMEMBER, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNDER WILLIAM JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNDER WILLIAM BARR AND YOU THINK ABOUT HOW BAD BARR AND YOU THINK ABOUT HOW BAD IT COULD GET AND HOW ABUSED THE IT COULD GET AND HOW ABUSED THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT COULD BE, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT COULD BE, LIKE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS LIKE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN IN PRETTY BAD HANDS BEFORE. BEEN IN PRETTY BAD HANDS BEFORE. AND THERE’S BEEN CONSEQUENCES AND THERE’S BEEN CONSEQUENCES FOR IT. FOR IT. AND IT’S WORTH KEEPING THAT IN AND IT’S WORTH KEEPING THAT IN MIND. MIND. AND YOU KNOW, IN THE ED MEESE AND YOU KNOW, IN THE ED MEESE CASE, IT TURNS OUT TO BE CASE, IT TURNS OUT TO BE PARTICULARLY INSTRUCTIVE FOR US PARTICULARLY INSTRUCTIVE FOR US TODAY IN 2019, IN PART BECAUSE TODAY IN 2019, IN PART BECAUSE OF WHERE ALL OF THESE FOLKS WHO OF WHERE ALL OF THESE FOLKS WHO WERE INVOLVED IN HIS WERE INVOLVED IN HIS SCANDAL-RIDDEN TENURE IN SCANDAL-RIDDEN TENURE IN WASHINGTON, WHERE THEY ALL ENDED WASHINGTON, WHERE THEY ALL ENDED UP. UP. I MENTIONED THAT DURING MEESE’S I MENTIONED THAT DURING MEESE’S DISASTROUS TENURE AS ATTORNEY DISASTROUS TENURE AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, OTHER SENIOR OFFICIALS GENERAL, OTHER SENIOR OFFICIALS RESIGNED WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE RESIGNED WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE WOULDN’T REMOVE MEESE FROM HIS WOULDN’T REMOVE MEESE FROM HIS POSITION. POSITION. ONE OF THE VERY HIGH-PROFILE ONE OF THE VERY HIGH-PROFILE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GUYS TO JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GUYS TO RESIGN, THE GUY WHO WAS THE HEAD RESIGN, THE GUY WHO WAS THE HEAD OF THE CRIMINAL DIVISION AT THE OF THE CRIMINAL DIVISION AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHO STEPPED JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHO STEPPED DOWN IN PROTEST AGAINST MEESE’S DOWN IN PROTEST AGAINST MEESE’S ALLEGED CORRUPTION, HIS NAME WAS ALLEGED CORRUPTION, HIS NAME WAS WILLIAM WELD. WILLIAM WELD. BILL WELD. BILL WELD. WHERE DID HE END UP? WHERE DID HE END UP? WELL, TODAY IN 2019, HE’S WELL, TODAY IN 2019, HE’S RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AS A RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AS A REPUBLICAN PRIMARY CHALLENGER TO REPUBLICAN PRIMARY CHALLENGER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP. WHERE DID ED MEESE HIMSELF END WHERE DID ED MEESE HIMSELF END UP? UP? WELL, ED MEESE IS STILL AROUND WELL, ED MEESE IS STILL AROUND AND KICKING. AND KICKING. ED MEESE HIMSELF TODAY TURNED UP ED MEESE HIMSELF TODAY TURNED UP AT THE WHITE HOUSE! AT THE WHITE HOUSE! BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY AWARDED HIM THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARDED HIM THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM, THE HIGHEST MEDAL OF FREEDOM, THE HIGHEST AWARD HE CAN GIVE. AWARD HE CAN GIVE. AND IF TIME IS A CIRCLE, IT’S A AND IF TIME IS A CIRCLE, IT’S A CIRCLE IN THE FORM OF A SNAKE CIRCLE IN THE FORM OF A SNAKE BOTH BITING ON AND CHOKING ON BOTH BITING ON AND CHOKING ON ITS OWN TAIL. ITS OWN TAIL. BECAUSE THERE IS IS ED MEESE, BECAUSE THERE IS IS ED MEESE, LITERALLY THE ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY LITERALLY THE ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY CRUSADER, THE GUY WHO LAUNCHED CRUSADER, THE GUY WHO LAUNCHED THE OBSCENITY STRIKE FORCE AT THE OBSCENITY STRIKE FORCE AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND DEDICATED HIMSELF TO ELIMINATING DEDICATED HIMSELF TO ELIMINATING THE SCOURGE OF PORNOGRAPHY FROM THE SCOURGE OF PORNOGRAPHY FROM AMERICA, THERE’S HIM TODAY AMERICA, THERE’S HIM TODAY RECEIVING HIS MEDAL FROM THE MAN RECEIVING HIS MEDAL FROM THE MAN YOU CAN SEE HERE IN ONE OF HIS YOU CAN SEE HERE IN ONE OF HIS SEVERAL ROLES IN PLAYBOY SEVERAL ROLES IN PLAYBOY FEATURES. FEATURES. THIS WAS THE PLAYBOY FILM’S THIS WAS THE PLAYBOY FILM’S CENTERFOLD FEATURE, SORT OF A CENTERFOLD FEATURE, SORT OF A SOFT CORE NUMBER FROM THE YEAR SOFT CORE NUMBER FROM THE YEAR 2000. 2000. HE ALSO APPEARED IN PLAYBOY HE ALSO APPEARED IN PLAYBOY MOVIES IN THE YEAR 2001 AND EVEN MOVIES IN THE YEAR 2001 AND EVEN WAY BACK IN 11994, WHICH WAS WAY BACK IN 11994, WHICH WAS STILL WITHIN VERY REASONABLE STILL WITHIN VERY REASONABLE MEMORY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL ED MEMORY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL ED MEESE LAUNCHING HIS PRESIDENTIAL MEESE LAUNCHING HIS PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION ON PORNOGRAPHY AND COMMISSION ON PORNOGRAPHY AND HIS OBSCENITY STRIKE FORCE WITH HIS OBSCENITY STRIKE FORCE WITH WHICH HE INTENDED TO WIPE OUT WHICH HE INTENDED TO WIPE OUT ALL PORNOGRAPHY IN AMERICA. ALL PORNOGRAPHY IN AMERICA. ATTORNEY GENERAL ED MEESE TODAY ATTORNEY GENERAL ED MEESE TODAY APPEARED DELIGHTED TO BE APPEARED DELIGHTED TO BE RECEIVING HIS MEDAL TODAY FROM RECEIVING HIS MEDAL TODAY FROM THE PRESIDENT WHO HAS BEEN THE PRESIDENT WHO HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS INDIVIDUAL ONE IN IDENTIFIED AS INDIVIDUAL ONE IN A KISS THAT PUT HIS OWN LAWYER A KISS THAT PUT HIS OWN LAWYER IN PRISON FOR BREAKING FEDERAL IN PRISON FOR BREAKING FEDERAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS IN ORDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS IN ORDER TO PAY HUSH MONEY TO A VERY TO PAY HUSH MONEY TO A VERY WELL-KNOWN PORN STAR BEFORE THE WELL-KNOWN PORN STAR BEFORE THE 2016 ELECTION AT THE DIRECTION 2016 ELECTION AT THE DIRECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. MR. OBSCENITY STRIKE FORCE MR. OBSCENITY STRIKE FORCE MEESE, AS I SAID TODAY, JUST MEESE, AS I SAID TODAY, JUST APPEARED TO BE HAPPY TO BE APPEARED TO BE HAPPY TO BE GETTING HIS MEDAL. GETTING HIS MEDAL. AND AT THIS EVENT TODAY, WITH AND AT THIS EVENT TODAY, WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, HE DID GO OUT PRESIDENT TRUMP, HE DID GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT, OF HIS WAY TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT, SPECIFICALLY, TO PRESIDENT SPECIFICALLY, TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CURRENT ATTORNEY TRUMP’S CURRENT ATTORNEY GENERAL, WHO WILL LIKELY BE ON GENERAL, WHO WILL LIKELY BE ON THE SAME PAGE OF THE HISTORY THE SAME PAGE OF THE HISTORY BOOKS ABOUT A CERTAIN TYPE OF BOOKS ABOUT A CERTAIN TYPE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL IN THE ANNALS ATTORNEY GENERAL IN THE ANNALS OF THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. OF THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.>>YOU HAVE RISEN TO CONTINUE>>YOU HAVE RISEN TO CONTINUE THE STRING OF GREAT ATTORNEYS THE STRING OF GREAT ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN THIS COUNTRY AND I GENERAL IN THIS COUNTRY AND I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU’RE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW. DOING NOW. I MUST SAY, FROM MY OWN I MUST SAY, FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE, I UNDERSTAND WHAT EXPERIENCE, I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH NOW. YOU’RE GOING THROUGH NOW.>>HATS OFF TO YOU, BILL BARR, I>>HATS OFF TO YOU, BILL BARR, I KNOW YOU’RE AT! KNOW YOU’RE AT! I’VE BEEN THERE!

100 thoughts on “Ed Meese An Unlikely Recipient Of Honor …Except By Trump | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

  1. innocent until proven guilty in a court of law not opinions. Go old man.get all the medals your canes can support.

  2. If justice existed in this God-forsaken world, Ed Meese would NOT be getting a medal of ANY kind, but would instead be bent over, tied to an iron bed, being buggered 23 hours a day by LARGE, IMPOLITE CONVICTS in some max security facility… if justice existed (sigh)…

  3. Honor does not exist in this white house….. in this White House Putin may recieve the medal as well. It doesn't have to make sense just FAVORS LOL joke and farce hahahahaha

  4. great to be in a room with people as corrupt as me,if not more.trump probaly took the medal,thats why he chose meese,one crook to another

  5. Meese the original traitorous criminal AG. Only in a traitorous criminals eye would he be deserving of anything but prison

  6. The GOPs sure are an historically criminal party. Last decent GOP was Eisenhower. After that they are mostly criminals and rougues. Of course the demon Trump would make it a point to honor one of the more famous made men so he could spit openly and viciously on our Democracy fir all to see. The man is a murderous traitor.

  7. Hey Trump is serious about being the corruption President. Now he can send Meese the professional to China and fabricate some dirt, ahh, mmmm I mean root out that corruption. Trump had heard that Reagan was successful in pulling off the same plot that he was caught doing in Ukraine. And from the looks of it it was the front end of the Iran Contra deal.

    A very suspicious event occured involving the Hostages in Iran. The Iranians released the Hostages one minute after Reagan took his oath. Coincidence I think not.

    Evedently the Iranians hated Carter so much for allowing the Sha of Iran into the US be treated for cancer. Who knew that Carter would inspire such angsst.

    The Irainians are not that stupid to release the Hostages for nothing. I sure everyone has forgotten that the US and Iran where aliies for decades. And as allies they were sold decades worth of military equipment and needless to say that equipment will be in need of spare parts. Looks like a delema for both sides, the new Iranian religious based government can't be seen dealing with the proclaim Great Satan the United State. And the US can't be dealing with radical religious fanatics whom had held US citizens as hostages. So the angry Iranians focus on Carter would be the cover story.

    Those Irainians showed Carter, apparently Carter being out of office was enough to return the hostages. It appears that the Gipper had a something arrange with the Iranians and his boy big Ed Meese Reagan's fixer most likely made something happen. I'm sure the Iran Contra affair had it's origins with a secret deal to release the Hostages for let's say military related parts to maintain their military equipment.

  8. GOP appears to have been historically corrupt. The entitlement mentality is rife among them and the belief that the law is for others not them. They are a disgrace and should all be voted out.

  9. I really wonder if Putin has something on Trump or Trump owes him a favor & is causing him to make a mockery of our Democracy. Otherwise he's lost it for the 92nd time. ~ 1000 DAYS OF SHAME IN THE USA!

  10. It seems like the system is primed for corruption when we allow government officials to profit financially from their decisions in office. Shouldn't somebody start a movement to pass a bill that requires all government officials to either divest from all investments in which their decisions would lead to conflicts of interests (like owning shares in a defense contractor before voting for war, etc.) or making it so law makers/presidents/judges/heads of departments like the FDA, FCC, EPA, etc. would abstain from making any decisions or trying to influence the decisions of others when they own stakes in companies that may profit from their input?

    Ed Meese seems pretty slimy, btw. Makes you wonder about Reagan, and after hearing that racist call to Nixon he made, I have no respect left for him. Trump is the slimiest of all slimeballs though – too bad Mucinex won't work on him.

  11. Youโ€™re so brilliant Rachel and you make it all so understandable in this crazy mad world we live in… Specially all of the very important historicโ€™s woven into your narrative that bring to the forefront of our mindโ€™s eyes how the corrupt oneโ€™s are opening the same bloody envelope over and over for their own personal gain – their lack of ethics, morality, etc … Your uber intelligent perspective is amazingly urgent for us all to hear, to know, to remember, and do something about; for instance; electing moral people into government, making sure your voice is heard around the world and on and on … What would we do without your voice!? God Bless you soooooooo much!!! P.S. The Ed Meese episode is particularly brilliant and you are so funny! VIVA Rachel! VIVA TRMS!!!

  12. Things are just getting more and more absurd by the minute. If it wasn't so disgusting it might be funny. I don't remember if Rachel said where this idea came from. Why in the world would they give this cheater a medal?! I can see somebody getting $10,000 for moving expenses. But if under the circumstances it was considered illegal, then his idea to change the description of the $10k was completely fraudulent!

    How do people like this wind up at the highest level in our justice system, where they have serious responsibilities and get paid an above average salary? Most people have been fired from jobs in spite of their desire to do well, be honest and hard-working. People lose jobs for being late, for having to take a lot time off for illness or for ordinary issues that have nothing to do with dishonesty.

    But when you compare those reasons with the types of intentional dishonesty that so many with our government officials get away with, it is OUTRAGEOUS and disgraceful.

    I'm beginning to see why congresspeople are afraid to rock the boat. They seem to have pretty cushy jobs and make VERY good money compared to most people. So I think their fear of acting aggressively when it's called for is out of fear of jeopardizing their quality of life. It's not a partisan issue for most of them. I believe it really comes down to personal selfishness, like Trump. But, not to the degree that Trump is openly revealing. No matter what I don't feel that many of our elected federal officials care about us sufficiently. It's sad and eye-opening.

  13. Great episode Rachel! Any discussion of Iran-Contra is appreciated. So, what have we learned from history, re: presidential powers then and now? Republicans have a belief that the executive powers are supreme (but only when they are in power). This from someone who lived through Reaganomics, and survived the trickle-down economy. I was also a fresh Vietnam Veteran at the time, who protested for justice in Iran-Contra-gate, and was spat on while in uniform doing so many times. All for what? It's a crying shame we have had decades of political corruption with little change for the better.

  14. America, where one career criminal can award the Medal of Freedom to another career criminal… You might think something like that could only happen in a Dictatorship, but you would be wrong….

  15. Rachel Maddow, thanks again for this background check information as to Ed Needed and Trump TIMELY decision to Honor him at the White House. Just to recall the SWAMP is always filled with Creatures just as CORRUPT as TRUMP. The Republician are sure digging into their BLACK BOOK to bring in more of the same DEVILS OF THE TRUMP CULT. CAN'T MAJE THESE THINGS UP. WAKE UP AMERICA. ALL ABOUT DISTRACTION AND TO HONOR THE BAD CORRUPT MEN INTO THE TRUMP UNIVERSITY OF CORRUPTION. WHITE PRIVILEGE. THE BROKEN JUSTICE SYSTEM. OMLY WOULD GET WORSE. TRUMP THE MAFIA GODFATHER & FAKE POTUS.

  16. History again and again show the US people how rotten the Republicans areโ€ผ๏ธ BUT for some reason you keep voting for them to run your country๐Ÿคฌ itโ€™s like a merry go rounded the Dems get in save the country like President Obama. Then you vote GOP back in and down the hole you go again โ€ผ๏ธ WTF is wrong with you NO MEMORY๐Ÿคฌ

  17. That's Spitting Image squared.
    Pornstar #1 and the guardian of virgin gooleys. Trump makes all comedy show presenters redundant, really!

  18. Two criminal scoundrels. I hope when a new President gets in they rescind that award , because it has devalued and tarnished the award .

  19. One of the WORST (U. S.) Attorneys General โ€“ EVER. it is no wonder that Mr. Meese IS on par with the likes of both Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Barr.

  20. I saw Regan headed to the WH in 1980 and I sold everything I owned and headed for Europe for two years. One of the best moves I ever made. Wish I could repeat it today.

  21. Isn't it ironic…don't ya think? Imagine BoofheadBarr getting a medal in years to come, lol lol lol. Do they give medals in jail?

  22. They say history repeats….oh PLEASE…let's hope he copies Nixon.
    #TrumpRetireNow and we won't jail your entire family!

  23. So basically every Republican since Nixon, which is basically when the KKK switched sides and started supporting them, has been corrupt

  24. This Trump presidency is like a never ending nightmare. If the American people ever elect a Republican again for Presidency, I will realise that something is really wrong with the world and it should perish ASAP.

  25. The same people who Voted for(Mr Grab'em)don't think because you voted for him,that he's not gonna take your benefits away,how stupid can y'all be that's because he's taking all our Healthcare,Food programs and Social Security away so at the end of the day,we're all Screwed.

  26. i remember those days, the cartoons about meese, staying glued to the tv watching the iran-contra trials, the fury we all felt when north skated free. now he gets a medal…only trumputin would approve of and award it to him…

  27. The elites running this country sure do a great job rewarding the Hypocrites at best who speak with a forked tongue and are two-faced or criminals at worst. It's no wonder we cannot get any good people elected to congress or appointed to important positions who have some ethics about them and can stand tall. The propaganda machine is oiled well and the emperor however really is naked but the sheeples refuse to see it and their blinders are so thick it's a wonder they can even walk of course they're all holding hands in tribal fashion because they don't have a spine or independent brain.

  28. Do not for a moment believe that this woman knows what is going on in the halls of power. She is the best paid history teacher ever. The corruption in USA is rampant and have goon on since before the founding of the nation.

  29. Ed Meese?! Holy crap! I thought that stupid old dinosaur from the failed Ronnie Raygun regime died years ago ha ha!

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    ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”.๐’.๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ? ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ง๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐๐ž๐ง๐ง ๐€๐ฏ๐ž, ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค ๐๐จ๐จ๐ซ, ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐œ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ฌ, ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐Œ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ข๐š ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ-๐ฃ๐š๐œ๐ค๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ง, ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. ๐‹๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐‰๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ, ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿคฏ ๐’๐ก*๐ญ

  31. My conservative father, in a rest home, has been sending money to Meese who heads some right wing group.. I can't stop it either. (My inheritance)

  32. THIS my friends, is REAL NEWS. When you see something so random today, like Trump honoring Ed Meese, in the middle of a massive impeachment inquiry, and think…"hmm, that's a bit odd" …as it seems so out of left field. Then you watch Rachel break it down and realize "Um… no, it's definitely not random". It's just more corruption. Trump's "out-of-the-blue" honoring of the aged and corrupt Ed Meese is a direct signal to Bill Bar (Trump's current and corrupt AG) to say "look! Ed Meese did all this corrupt stuff, and he never went to jail and I'm honoring him, so YOU SHOULD DO THE SAME FOR ME and stick by me through all this". And NOW it makes total sense. And THAT my friends is why we love Rachel Maddow and why her long-form reporting is so crucial to understanding the dark underbelly of American politics and how searingly corrupt the Trump Administration is.

    Today, we are living through a major saga of American history that will be read and studied by school kids, college students, and legal scholars for centuries to come. About how American democracy was almost destroyed by a Hitler-like populist figure who tried to anoint himself King and was finally buried in disgrace and corruption of his own making.

  33. Ed Meese is still here…interesting. And the individual occupying the White House dug him up, which is creepy, if not nightmarish. Furthermore as judges of honor, neither Mr. Meese nor Mr. Trump have any standing, so I take all this in with a snippet of arsenic. But this is the thing — and it's RIGHT-ON time — a quote from 1961's CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller: โ€œIt was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.โ€ Citizens would do well to come to terms with the nature of the man who has become the GOPs lord and savior. WE THE PEOPLE must not let President Trump thwart America's ideals and the U.S. Constitution, which he pledged to protect, honor and defend. (KFB, 111019)

  34. For context, the same guy who criticized Miranda rights ("You have the right to remain silent," ect.) by saying people don't need Miranda because only guilty people get arrested, just got awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom by Donald Trump.

  35. Could be precedent for honoring the other criminal US attorney general: fred flint… I mean billy barr

    Seriously, when trump is done and dusted, its probably best to knock down the White House and rebuild it. We will never get the stain and stench of corruption and criminality trump has brought with him, out of its walls…

  36. wow…. we really need to face our truth if we want to learn how to actually be a great nation. We could start with taking money out of politics and locking up the people who break the law and hurt others.

  37. WOW!!! BAR'S FACE SAYS IT ALL…HOW EXCITED!!! HE WILL ALSO GET A MEDAL OF TRUMP FOR GOING ALONG WITH BREAKING THE LAW!!!

  38. I look forward to Trump posthumously honouring John Wayne Gacey for his interest in teenage boys, and Jeffery Dalmer for his service to American cuisine.

  39. When I first saw this segment I thought Olโ€™ Bonespurs was handing out a Medal of Honour to some old veteran that had been overlooked. But upon listening to the story I was quite shocked but, given the Multi-Draft Dodgers usual questionable behaviour, I was not overly surprised.
    Is it just my faulty chemo addled brain, or is impeachment the (almost) sole purview of Republican Presidents? At the moment I can only recall Bill Clinton as being the lone Democratic President that barely dodged the bullet. It appears, however, that the Republicans havenโ€™t done so well at avoiding such epic scandals that the average citizen (ie those that arenโ€™t rich/powerfully connected) would be gaoled for in very short order!

  40. I did not know that someone of such a lower caliber can be elected to lead such a great country. If Obama had been involved in ponography films there times, betrayed his country, bribed women to keep quiet. Would you have elected him ? or if you did would you leave him in office until term? Is that then democracy when others do not face justice at all!

  41. Geeeez, what a coincidence that the other times "we had it bad" in our history with corruption and abuse of public office, were during Republican administrations.

  42. In the end it shows that crime does pay – as long as you're doing it out of the WH. No prison sentence? I'd like to see somebody explaining this to all those people in jail for some ounces of Mariuana!

  43. So, what's the deal? The DOJ and the president are a black hole where they are above the law, or so they think? Disgusting.

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