Morning Joe Panel: Barr Is ‘Dictator’s Lawyer’ Doing ‘Banana Republic Stuff’
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and former Senator Claire McCaskill tore into Attorney General William Barr Thursday morning. Scarborough has accused Barr of committing perjury in his testimony to Congress, while the former Democratic senator from Missouri was astounded by his defense of President Donald Trump.
Following a clip of Barr evading senators questions, Scarborough and McCaskill launched a scathing attack.
“The contempt, just the utter contempt that man has for any oversight whatsoever. He is a dictator’s lawyer. Like, that guy could go to Turkey right now or to Russia and would fit right in. It’s incredible, Mika,” Scarborough said.
“First of all, he played rope-a-dope all day,” McCaskill said. “You know, he was wiggling, he was zigging, he was zagging. It was so obvious. I just wish a jury was listening to this guy all day because whatever he was charged with, they would have convicted him because was clearly evasive, clearly, as Sheldon [Whitehouse] said, splitting hairs.”
“But the thing I got to get off my chest, because my hair’s on fire about this: you’ve got Harvard and Yale-educated Republican lawyers on the US Senate judiciary Committee and they sat there and listened to the Attorney General of the United States say that any president, if he feels an investigation is unfair, can shut it down.”
“That’s Banana Republic stuff. That is North Korea. That is Russia. That is China. What separates us from the rest of the world, and those guys know it, is our respect for the rule of law. And this guy is trampling all over it.”
“Well that does appear to be America right now,” Mika Brzezinski said.
“It’s just amazing to me. You know, remember all the brouhaha about Bill Clinton getting on the Attorney General’s plane for 15 minutes?” McCaskill said. “This guy clearly is being told by the White House who to investigate, this guy clearly thinks it’s OK for the president of the United States to fire special counsel. It is crazy! And the fact that none of those Republican senators, none of them had the courage to say, wait a minute, now wait a minute, aren’t we going too far here? It’s disgusting.”
Watch the video above, via MSNBC.