MSNBC’s Joy Reid Floats Idea of Biden Administration Empaneling a ‘Trump Crimes Commission’ After Election
MSNBC host Joy Reid floated the idea of a future Biden administration empaneling a “Trump Crimes Commission” to investigate past misconduct of the current White House in a discussion of the just-released Senate Intel Committee’s massive Russiagate probe.
During a discussion with former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Reid pointed to the bipartisan Senate report that confirmed much of the Mueller report and verified Russians conducted election interference in 2016 as well as deep connections between Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a member of Russian military intelligence. The report concluded the Russian meddling posed a “grave counterintelligence threat.”
“It strikes me in just reading through this that Paul Manafort did to the United States what he had previously done to Ukraine,” Reid said. “He had messed with their elections in the past in order to put a [Vladimir] Putin puppet in charge. And now you have a president who’s rumonating apparently on meeting with Vladimir Putin in New York has talked about putting him back in the G7 and seems to be doing everything — you know, if there was a Christmas list that Vladimir Putin would have put together, it couldn’t have gotten any better than what Donald Trump is doing.”
“If Joe Biden becomes president,” she asked, “should be something like a Trump Crimes Commission. Should he empanel such a commission? And do you think that members of the Trump campaign including up to the president should be at least looked at for prosecution?”
Reid is not the first to suggest a kind of a backward-looking probe of Trump campaign or administration criminal activity. Last Friday, Democratic Congressman and (briefly) former 2020 presidential candidate Eric Swalwell suggested a similar idea on Twitter, amidst the outrage over the Trump White House’s proposed cutbacks and meddling with the performance of the U.S. Postal Service.
I don’t say this lightly: when we escape this Trump hell, America needs a Presidential Crimes Commission. It should be made up of independent prosecutors who look at those who enabled a corrupt president. Example 1: Sabotaging the mail to win an election. #SaveThePostOffice
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 14, 2020
Rhodes, who served on the Obama White House’s national security council for all eight years, agreed up to a point, although he did not endorse criminal investigations.
“There is no question in my mind, Joy, that there has to be an accountability process if Joe Biden wins, to protect the integrity of our democracy,” he told Reid. “It’s not about getting revenge. It’s not about going after political opponents. That’s what Donald Trump does. It’s about sending a message that if you collude with, facilitate, coordinate with a foreign adversary and hacking private materials and releasing them that there are going to be consequences.”
“Because think of the message it sends,” Rhodes added. “If you have this criminal enterprise behavior and this multi-year obstruction of justice. To this day, Joy, there are Republicans in the Senate, Ron Johnson, a Republican senator, is still laundering this Russian-created conspiracy theory that we learned that Ukraine was somehow behind the interference in the election. We deserve the truth about what happened and there needs to be accountability for the people responsible. We cannot just say we’re going to turn the page. We have to deal with this as a country. And so I really think it’s essential that we have some accountability process if Joe Biden wins the election.”
Watch the video above, via MSNBC.
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