Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski alleged Tuesday that Trump administration officials under the eye of the feds for possible crimes ‘might go to jail for the rest of their lives.’
A discussion was underway about associates of the president, including his son and son-in-law, who were found out to have had contact with the Russians after initially omitting the information.
‘Knowing them, I think they’re shocked that the noose is tightening. I don’t know if they were arrogant or just incredibly un-self-aware and really dumb about what the job was about, how important it was, and how under the microscope every move you made would be,’ Brzezinski said.
She added: ‘I think they just thought they’d go in there and flimflam and riff through it. And I think they’re shocked that the noose is tightening and that people might go to jail for the rest of their lives.’
Co-host Joe Scarborough, also her fiance, chimed in as she was finishing to say, ‘You’re exactly right.’ He went on to claim that Trump is ‘going down’ for his own ham-handed handling of the Department of Justice’s election meddling investigations.
Once on friendlier ground with the president, Brzezinski and Scarborough have been at odds with Trump for much of the last year. They engaged in a full-scale war with him this summer after Trump claimed they came to him on New Year’s eve with Mika bleeding badly from her face in the wake of a lift.
Trump hit Scarborough last week with an implication that the former lawmaker was involved in the death of an aide discovered in his congressional office in 2001 that was ruled an accident.
With Trump calling for an investigation into the allegation, Scarborough tweeted: ‘He is not well.’
Tuesday on Morning Joe, the Trump administration came under fire from the panel for the missteps that put them at the center of a special counsel investigation.
Willie Geist, a co-anchor of the program, commented on the long list of Trump associates who say they did not meet with former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak or left some other contact with a foreign official off a federal disclosure form.
He specifically mentioned Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, the president’s son and son-in law, Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama senator who’s now the attorney general and K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser to Trump who was later appointed ambassador to Singapore.
‘I don’t know if it’s ignorance or arrogance or some combination of the two to under sworn testimony say, “I’m going to say this thing and they’ll never find out about it,'” Geist assessed.