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Thursday’s Hardball didn’t disappoint as host Chris Matthews and his motley crew provided screaming Notable Quotables that will take multiple posts, but the first half provided plenty to start with, including an apocalyptic opening from Matthews, a first of many pleas for impeachment, and similarly doomsday-level talk from two guests.
Matthews began his MSNBC show by proclaiming that, concerning the President’s now-infamous f-bomb about Mueller’s appointment (as outlined in the report), “tonight, we know President Trump’s very first reaction to the appointment of a special counsel in 2017 was as dramatic as it was revealing” that signaled a “moment of political terror” for Trump.
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“That reaction certainly rings true in light of the evidence today that Special Counsel Robert Mueller believed he had a case of obstruction of justice against President Trump. Despite abundant evidence, Mueller declined to prosecute, however, because of the view that a sitting president should not be indicted nor even officially accused while in office,” Matthews continued before laying into Attorney General Bill Barr.
It was before introducing his lead-off set of guests that Matthews made the first of many pleas that would be heard on the show for the President’s impeachment (click “expand”):
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Well, the reports finds that Trump was clearly trying to shield himself from further inquiry at that point: “Substantial evidence indicates that the President’s attempts to remove the Special Counsel were linked to the Special Counsel's oversight of investigations that involved the President's conduct.” Mueller cites numerous other examples of the meddling in the investigation including his attempts to limited scope and his encouragement to witnesses not to cooperate and while there’s much more in the report — the Mueller report, which stands at almost 450 pages in total, the evidence of obstruction is substantial and could serve as a road map for U.S. Congress moving...
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