After hyperventilating about the latest Trump-Russia story and claiming that Donald Trump Jr. talking to Wikileaks and Julian Assange was yet more evidence of “collusion,” on Tuesday, the Morning Joe crew were horrified to learn of the possibility that the Justice Department might appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton for engaging in pay-for-play corruption with the Russian government. Host Joe Scarborough was especially troubled by this development. He declared that investigating the politically powerful Democrats for criminal activity was a “horrific” violation of “constitutional norms” and “the rule of law.” He even insisted that going after people for breaking laws is “what Joseph Stalin would do.”
he segment in question began with co-host Mika Brzezinski reading a teleprompter detailing the latest on the Justice Department’s potential future actions:
BRZEZINSKI: So, uh, one more story here to get to, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken what could be the first steps toward a possible investigation into alleged international dealings by the foundation bearing Bill and Hillary Clinton’s name. NBC News has obtained a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Republican Bob Goodlatte, from Assistant Attorney General Steven Boyd saying that Sessions has asked top Justice Department prosecutors to look into certain issues recently raised by Republican lawmakers and evaluate whether a special counsel should be appointed. Boyd’s letter didn’t specify the nature of the allegations against the Clinton Foundation, but in a letter calling for the investigation, Goodlatte discussed Wikileaks disclosures concerning the Clinton Foundation and its potentially unlawful international dealings. That includes the sale of Canadian uranium interests to a Russian company in 2010 while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. There have been allegations that the deal resulted in donations being made to the Clinton Foundation. Along with Republican lawmakers, some conservative media outlets [showing NYT Clinton Uranium headline on screen] have also been raising the alleged issues for months.