The Sunday morning TV talk show host and former Fox News host Joe Scarborough says his network has found a story that “could be very big” for the Donald Trump campaign and the Trump administration.
“We are reporting this now that we are told that this story could be very, very big for the Trump transition and Trump campaign,” Scarborough said on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”
“This is a person who was never considered a threat to the White House or the president of the United States, but he could become a potential president of this country, so I think it is an incredible story.”
I mean, I think this is a ‘snotty’ story.
He is a snowflake, he is not a threat.
And so this could be a big story.
“The former MSNBC host and political analyst, who was fired from the network in March for “insensitive” remarks, said he would “absolutely” be willing to interview the Trump campaign chairman and his former campaign manager if he wanted to.”
We have no information about any of this,” he added.””
I would absolutely interview anybody that I thought could talk to anybody.”
“We have no information about any of this,” he added.
“They are just putting out the word that they have the scoop.
I think there is something there.
But it is just speculation.”
The story, which first broke on Sunday, said that the campaign manager for Trump and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in Manhattan on June 4.
Scarborough said that Gates said that he and Manafort “just talked about a lot of things that they were interested in doing.”
“So they are talking about how they want to get things done and how they could get the Russian people to do things that could benefit Trump’s campaign,” he said.
“And so he said that Paul Manafort talked to him about how to get them involved in the election, and that Paul told him he was interested in this,” Scarborough continued.
“He also said he thought it would be a good idea to do a deal with Russia to help Donald Trump win the election.
And I don’t know what else that they could possibly be talking about.
I mean, this is just so crazy.”
The report also said that Manafort and Gates had discussed a plan to “buy time” for Trump to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and Manafort said Gates “told him that Russia was going to help him in this, and would be very good to him.”
“I think this was a very, really good deal,” Scarborough added.
“And it was a deal that was never discussed or discussed with the president or any other administration official.”
“The Trump transition has never been involved with Russian-sponsored interference in the 2016 election, nor have they communicated with any foreign entities that are in violation of the Magnitsky Act,” the law that bans foreign officials and businesses from engaging in human rights abuses.
“Any information on the Trump team or any contact with any Russian officials or officials, other than Manafort, should be immediately investigated by the Justice Department,” the report said.
“This is not the first time that Trump surrogates have been accused of trying to influence the 2016 presidential election in the name of the Trump presidential campaign.
In October 2017, a Russian investment fund linked to Putin donated more than $100,000 to the Trump Victory fund, the New York Times reported.
In May, former Trump campaign aide Carter Page said he had “consulted with Russians on a number of matters,” including trying to buy time for Trump during the election and on a trip to Moscow.”
The Trump campaign denied the report, and Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian officials.”
So I think I did talk to a lot about the Russia-related stuff.”
The Trump campaign denied the report, and Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian officials.