Morning Joe Contributor: No Question Trump Campaign Colluded With the Russians


Rick Tyler self-identifies on his Twitter bio as an American Conservative, a speaker, an actor, and a “Leadership Institute trainer.” He is also a “MSNBC Political Analyst” who landed the elusive Morning Joe panel seat on a mid-August Friday morning.

On a day of substitute morning show hosts, Aretha Franklin tributes and rehashed John Brennan security clearance news, Tyler delivered a well-worn chestnut with the sort of verve and confidence that cable news producers and bookers love, and that was averring with little doubt that there was the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians.

The context of his comment came after  Senator Richard Burr  — chair of the Senate Intelligence committee — released a statement critical of former CIA Director John Brennan’s NY Times editorial that claimed that Trump colluded with Russia, which read:

Director Brennan’s recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power. If Director Brennan’s statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn’t he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment released in 2017? If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach. If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New York Times.

If, however, Director Brennan’s statement is purely political and based on conjecture, the president has full authority to revoke his security clearance as head of the Executive Branch.

Tyler backed Brennan’s allegation saying:

There’s collusion with the Trump campaign with the Russians. That was clear. Whether it amounted to anything has not been proven. They were willing to meet with Russian operatives to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. I reject the notion that the idea — we all using political world opposition research and opposition research people base their reputation on providing accurate information.

Tyler finished by hedging a bit, adding “now whether it meets the definition of conspiracy or broke any particular laws that’s a different question,” before ending, for clarity “they colluded with the Russians that’s clear.”

Watch the clip above, courtesy of MSNBC.

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