President Trump blamed the stock market drops of Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday night's Democratic debate, not market concerns about the coronavirus. Chris says “There are times and events, like the threat of the coronavirus, when we need to trust what government health officials are saying. That includes the person at the top. This isn't about the crowd size at his inauguration.”
President Donald Trump said two Supreme Court justices appointed by Democratic presidents should recuse themselves from cases involving him, apparently because of a recent dissenting opinion written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Maya Wiley says, "She's got receipts on this because on the Obama/Bush Administrations combined, this happened about 8 times. And then the Trump Administration in 3 years ... it's already been over a dozen."
The New York Times reports that Trump didn’t want Congress briefed on Russia supporting his re-election. Steve Schmidt says, "What this is is an attack on the USA by a hostile foreign power, an attack on our elections ... is tantamount to an act of war and to see the president complicit with it, is as grave as abuse of power coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave."
Trump says he has the right to direct any criminal investigation. He openly admits that he *did* send Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to get information on his rivals. Trump and his allies question if America is ready for a gay President. And it's been two years since Parkland -- what has Trump done on comprehensive gun reform?
Chris asked Pete Buttigieg for his response on Senator Bernie Sanders saying the Buttigieg campaign is backed by billionaires. Buttigieg says, "I'm the only candidate on those debate stages and in this race among the major candidates who's not a millionaire or a billionaire."
Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, who was another prominent witness in the impeachment inquiry has also been recalled from his post by the president. In a statement Sondland writes "I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as the Untied States Ambassador to the European Union."
Zerlina Maxwell thinks it’s time to reconsider the Iowa Caucuses coming first in the Democratic nomination: "I think the caucus structure is undemocratic … the base of our party, it’s shifting to more and more people of color impacting outcomes.”
Lesson one: win Iowa. An astounding number of Democrats and Republicans won their party's nomination after winning first in the Iowa caucuses—but America's first battleground hasn't always been a priority for campaigns. Jimmy Carter was the first to realize that a win there could propel a candidate into the national spotlight.
Chris Matthews examines Carter's approach to the 1972 campaign with Gerry Rafshoon, who handled political advertising for the candidate, and veteran journalist Judy Woodruff, who covered the campaign in her early years with NBC.
According to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s resolution, McConnell intends to cram 24 hours of arguments into two days per side, rather than three days as was done during Bill Clinton's impeachment. In another break with precedent, the evidence collected by the House won't be entered into the record until after that vote.
The House released new material tonight from Lev Parnas, including text messages that show extensive contact between Parnas and a staffer to Republican Congressman Devin Nunes. The new evidence also includes a slew of new pictures of Parnas with the President's son, Rudy Giuliani and Indiana Senator Mike Braun.
Lev Parnas is breaking his silence in an exclusive interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Parnas says President Trump lied when he said he didn't know Parnas and fellow Giuliani associate Igor Fruman. The full interview airs on The Rachel Maddow Show, 9 p.m. ET on MSNBC.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier calls new evidence released by the House Judiciary Committee ‘explosive.’ House Democrats released additional evidence in impeachment case, including phone records and documents from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas. Parnas provided a letter that Giuliani wrote to President-elect Zelensky requesting a meeting on Trump's behalf in May.