POLITICAL ROUNDUP

February 20, 2019 at 4:30 am

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>> DID YOU ORDER A
COUNTERINTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATE
INTO THE PRESIDENT?
>> I DID.
>> IS THAT TANTAMOUNT TO SAYING
YOU FELT THERE WAS REASON TO
SUSPECT HE WAS A NATIONAL
SECURITY THREAT?
IS THAT WHAT IT MEANS?
>> IT IS SAYING THAT WE HAD
INFORMATION THAT LED US TO
BELIEVE THAT THERE MIGHT BE A
THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY, IN
THIS CASE, THAT THE PRESIDENT
HIMSELF MIGHT, IN FACT, BE A
THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES
NATIONAL SECURITY.
>> THAT WAS FORMER ACTING FBI
DIRECTOR ANDREW McCABE THIS
MORNING ON "TODAY" DROPPING
BOMBSHELL AFTER BOMBSHELL WHEN
IT COMES TO THE
COUNTERINTELLIGENCE
INVESTIGATION HE OPENED INTO
PRESIDENT TRUMP.
GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO
"METROFOCUS."
I'M JENA FLANNIGAN.
McCABE SAYS HE ORDERED THE
INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRESIDENT
AFTER THE FIRING OF JAMES COMEY
AND THAT HE TOLD CONGRESSIONAL
LEADERS ABOUT IT AND NO ONE
OBJECTED.
McCABE HIMSELF WAS FIRED LAST
YEAR AND NOW IS OUT WITH A NEW
TELL-ALL BOOK ABOUT THE
INVESTIGATION.
PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN LASHING
OUT ON TWITTER, CALLING THE
ACCUSATIONS OF McCABE AND OTHER
OFFICIALS, QUOTE, ILLEGAL AND
TREASONOUS.
>> JOINING US NOW TO TALK ABOUT
THAT AS WELL AS BERNIE SANDERS'
SECOND RUN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE,
THE PRESIDENT'S EMERGENCY
DECLARATION AND THE POLITICAL
RAMIFICATIONS OF AMAZON PULLING
OUT OF THEIR LONG ISLAND CITY
PROPOSAL IS POLITICAL ANALYST
AND AUTHOR ELLIS HANAGAN.
WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM.
>> GOOD TO SEE YOU.
IT IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN
TO PUBLISHING SINCE PAPER.
>> YES.
WE WERE ALL SELLING BOOKS OFF OF
THE COVER OF THE ADMINISTRATION.
WE'LL CONCEDE THAT.
>> OBVIOUSLY, McCABE HAS A POOK
TO SELL.
WE'VE SEEN THE INCREASE HAPPEN
RIGHT BEFORE THE BOOK DROPS.
>> THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH
SELLING BOOKS.
SPEAKING AS AN AUTHOR HERE.
>> AND BUYING BOOKS AND READING
BOOKS, I AM TOTALLY FOR THAT,
AND SO, THE EXPLOSIVE BOMBSHELLS
THAT HE'S BEEN ALERTING US TO,
WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ABOUT
THE WAY THAT NOT ONLY THE
ADMINISTRATION IS VIEWED FROM
WITHIN WASHINGTON, BUT ALSO
ABOUT WHAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO
EXPECT FROM THE MUELLER
INVESTIGATION?
>> LET'S JUST SAY IT'S SHOCKING.
THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE FBI,
COUNTERINTELLIGENCE
INVESTIGATION WAS DONE INTO THE
SITTING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES INVESTIGATING THE
QUESTION OF WHETHER HE WAS
SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER MEETING WITH
OUR PRIMARY ENEMY, THE RUSSIANS.
IT'S EXTRAORDINARY AND HAS NEVER
HAPPENED BEFORE IN AMERICAN
HISTORY.
IT'S STARTLING.
TRULY STARTLING.
>> WHAT ABOUT THE FACT WHEN HE
BROUGHT THIS UP WITH THE GANG OF
EIGHT, AS HE PUT IT, THAT NO ONE
OBJECTED THAT EVERYONE SEEMED TO
BE, THAT MAKES SENSE, THAT'S
FINE?
>> HE LAYS OUT A CASE.
NOT A CASE OF PROOF, BUT A CASE
THAT SAYS HEY, THIS IS SOMETHING
WE SHOULD BE LOOKING INTO THAT
INVOLVED THE FIRING OF DIRECTOR
COMEY AT THE FBI, THE URGING
THAT THE FBI GO EASY ON MICHAEL
FLYNN, HIS NEW NATIONAL SECURITY
ADVISER WHO DID SEEM TO BE
AWFULLY COZY TO THE RUSSIANS AND
SEVERAL OTHER FACTS THAT SAY,
LISTEN, WE'RE NOT SAYING THERE
WAS PROOF AND ACTUAL
-- BUT THERE ARE ACTUAL
ARTICULATING FACTS HERE THAT
MAKES US THINK WE SHOULD LOOK
INTO SERIOUSLY.
ALL EIGHT LEADERS, THE
LEADERSHIP OF THE CONGRESS AND
THE SENATE BOTH, ACCORDING TO
McCABE, RAISED NOT A SINGLE
OBJECTION TO V TO THAT
INVESTIGATION.
>> WELL, WE'LL PUT A PIN IN IT
THERE BECAUSE, OF COURSE, WE
STILL HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO
UNFOLD WITH THE MUELLER
INVESTIGATION AND THE REST OF
McCABE'S BOOK AND TURN TO THE
PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE PRESIDENT.
TODAY WE JUST FOUND OUT THAT
SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS IS
JOINING THE RACE AGAIN.
>> GOOD NEWS FOR THE BERNIE
BROTHERS.
YOU'RE RIGHT.
LISTEN, HE RAN AN EXTRAORDINARY
CAMPAIGN LAST TIME AND HILLARY
CLINTON HAD EVERY IMAGINABLE
ADVANTAGE, AND HE DIDN'T WIN.
HE DIDN'T GET THE NOMINATION,
BUT HE RAN A CAMPAIGN THAT FAR
SURPASSED ANYBODY'S
EXPECTATIONS.
CAN HE DO IT AGAIN?
THERE ARE 417 DEMOCRATS IN THE
RACE OR THINKING ABOUT GETTING
IN THE RACE.
>> THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.
>> PRETTY MUCH, YOU AND I ARE
NOT RUNNING, BUT A WHOLE LOT OF
OTHER PEOPLE ARE.
>> YEAH.
>> WHETHER THE SANDERS MESSAGE
WILL BE AS EFFECTIVE THIS TIME,
POLITICS OFTEN TEACHES THAT YOU
HAVE YOUR MOMENTS AND SOMETIMES
IT'S HARD TO REPEAT THEM FOUR
YEARS ON.
>> THAT SEEMS TO BE THE QUESTION
BECAUSE IT SEEMS THAT ONE OF THE
THINGS HE WAS SUCCESSFUL AT WAS
MOVING THE CONVERSATION WITHIN
THE PARTY A LITTLE BIT TO THE
LEFT AND AFTER THE MIDTERMS
WE'VE SEEN SOME OF THE FRESHMEN
DEMOCRATS, AOC FROM QUEENS PUSH
IT EVEN FURTHER TO THE LEFT.
SO DOES HIS PLATFORM RING AS
REVOLUTIONARY AS IT WOULD HAVE
AGAINST HILLARY WHEN YOU HAVE
OTHER PEOPLE SAYING I STAND FOR
MEDICARE FOR ALL AND I TAKE A
SECOND LOOK AT I.C.E., ET
CETERA?
>> IT'S CLEARLY NOT AS UNIQUE A
MESSAGE AS IT WAS FOUR YEARS AGO
AND THE COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE IS
SO DIFFERENT WITH ALL THOSE
CANDIDATE
IN ORDER TO STAND OUT IN SUCH A
LARGE FIELD YOU DON'T NEED THAT
MANY VOTES IF IT'S BEING DIVIDED
UP INTO SO MANY LITTLE SLICES
AND HE'S GOT HUGE NAME
RECOGNITION AND HE HAS
EXPERIENCE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
AND WE DON'T KNOW YET WHETHER
IT'S GOING TO FLY, BUT IT
CERTAINLY IS SOMETHING TO KEEP
AN EYE ON IN THE RACE.
>> I WOULD LOVE TO KEEP TALKING
ABOUT RELITIGATING 2016.
>> DON'T WORRY.
WE'LL KEEP TALKING ABOUT THAT,
>> AND LET'S TURN NOW TO THE
SITTING COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND
HIS DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY FOR
THE SOUTHERN BORDER TO BUILD A
WALL.
>> IT'S GOING TO THE COURTS.
LAWSUITS, MORE THAN A DOZEN
STATES ALREADY SIGNING UP WITH
ONE OF THE LEGAL ATTACKS ON IT
AND THERE WILL BE MANY, MANY
OTHERS.
I THINK WE HAVE TO SEPARATE IT
INTO TWO -- IS IT A POLITICALLY
CEMENTED MOVE FROM THE TRUMP
BASE AND I THINK IT PROBABLY IS.
IS IT GOING TO FLY LEGALLY?
I YTHINK ER JUDST DON'T KNOW.
>> THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS TO
DOUBT IT AND IT DOESN'T SEEM
LIKE AN EMERGENCY THE WAY MOST
OF US THINK OF AS AN EMERGENCY
AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HANGING
ON THE FACT THAT HE INITIALLY
ANNOUNCED IT.
I DIDN'T NEED TO DO IT.
>> DIDN'T HAVE TO DO IT.
THIS IS A LITTLE QUICKER, BUT
YES.
AS IN MOST LEGAL FIGHTS THAT GO
THROUGH THE FEDERAL APPELLATE
DECISION, THE FEDERAL APPELLATE
SYSTEM THAT THE FINAL DECISION
WOULD BE BASED ON A BUNCH OF
TECHNICAL LEGAL STUFF THAT MAY
BE BEYOND THE COMMONSENSE
CONSIDERATION.
>> ONE FINAL QUESTION ON THAT
SUBJECT.
THAT THERE HAVE BEEN CONCERNS ON
BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT
WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS A RED
LINE AND TOO MUCH OVERREACH ON
THE PART OF THE EXECUTIVE.
>> YOU KNOW, LIKE SO MUCH WITH
TRUMP, IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU
START OUT.
THE SUPPORTERS ARE LIKELY TO
STICK WITH HIM AND THE OPPONENTS
WILL FIND ANOTHER REASON TO
OPPOSE HIM.
AT THIS POINT WE ARE SO TRIBAL
AROUND THE QUESTION OF DONALD
TRUMP.
IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT THEY
WILL DRIVE THE SUPPORTERS AWAY
AND MAKE THE SUPPORTERS LOVE
HIM.
>> OK, WELL, SPEAKING OF PEOPLE
PICKING SIDES, PEOPLE CAME TO
THE CITY WHEN THEY CAME TO
AMAZON.
THEY DECIDED THEY DIDN'T WANT TO
BE ON LONG ISLAND CITY ANYMORE.
>> I'M STILL SHAKING MY HEAD ON
THAT ONE, HONESTLY.
I UNDERSTAND THAT WE CAN DEBATE
WHAT THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF
THE SUBSIDY IS FOR A WEALTHY
COMPANY TO CREATE JOBS IN OUR
COMMUNITY.
THAT SAID, DO WE REALLY WANT TO
CHASE 25,000 WELL-PAYING JOBS
OUT OF WESTERN QUEENS?
I DO UNDERSTAND SOME OF THEM
MIGHT BE GASPING, AND GEE, DID
WE REALLY WANT TO WIN THAT?
LIKE THE BREXIT VOTE.
YOU KNOW, WE STILL NEED PLACES
FOR NEW YORKERS TO WORK, AND I
GUESS WE'RE STILL PICKING UP THE
PIECES ON THIS ONE.
>> WE'LL DEFINITELY HAVE YOU
BACK TO TALK ABOUT THAT AS WE
ALL PICK UP THE PIECES ON THAT.
ELLIS, I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY
MUCH FOR JOINING US ON THE
PROGRAM.
SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT IN THE
COMING MONTHS.
>> GOOD TO SEE YOU.
>> THANK YOU.

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