Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christopher Steele

Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who wrote the infamous Trump dossier. TRMS recently aired a special report on the Steele dossier which thoroughly went over the timeline of events leading up to the dossier’s release. The expose took over a year to compile and focused on the dossier and the Russian attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It aired in 6 parts which can be viewed here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bob Bauer

Bob Bauer, former White House counsel. Here Bauer addresses Donald Trump’s lawyer’s claim that Trump cannot obstruct justice because he is the president. Further in the segment Bauer discusses if Trump has the power to interfere with the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller by firing Mueller and perhaps ending the investigation.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Paul Fishman

Paul Fishman, former U.S. attorney. Here Fishman talks about Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI and the likelihood of other members on Trump's team possibly making deals with special counsel, Robert Mueller. Previously Trump repeatedly ignored warnings that Flynn was compromised 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Michael Flynn Guilty

Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI. Flynn led chants of "lock her up" against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. Flynn is now the 4th Trump team member to be charged with a crime. Flynn's son, Michael Flynn Jr was also previously fired from the Trump transition team for spreading false allegations against Hillary Clinton, the infamous pizzagate story that led to a DC shooting.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


This year I'm thankful for people who have never called me a faggot. I'm thankful for people who respect me and understand the sacrifices I've made in my life. I'm thankful for people who understand the importance of education. I'm thankful for people who have an understanding that caring for an individual with Alzheimer's disease is tremendously hard work that deserves respect, sympathy and esteem.  I'm thankful that in my heart I know that treating people with love, kindness and respect will always be more important than money or any material thing. I'm NOT thankful for people who have hurt me, attacked me, threatened me, disrespected me, bullied me, assaulted me. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Shannon Pettypiece

Shannon Pettypiece White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. Here Pettypiece discusses new reporting from Bloomberg about why the Trump re-election campaign and the RNC have been using campaign donor’s money to pay for the legal fees of Donald Trump and his son, Trump Jr.,

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Julia Ioffe‏

The Atlantic's Julia Ioffe  Here Ioffe talks about her piece for The Atlantic that describes how WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. traded secret direct messages during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.  According to The Atlantic, Wikileaks asked Donald Trump Jr. to spread its work, contest the election results if Hillary Clinton had won and have WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange appointed as Australia’s ambassador to the United States. Most troubling is the reporting that Donald Trump tweeted about hacked Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta emails approximately 15 minutes after WikiLeaks asked Trump Jr. to ask him to.

John Archibald

John Archibald columnist for the Birmingham News. Here Archibald talks about why allegations against Republican Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore that he molested a 14-year old girl won’t hurt him but rather help his chances of winning in the deep red state of Alabama. Archibald more recently said he believes conservatives will still elect Moore to the U.S. Senate even after a fifth victim has come forward with allegations that Moore raped her when she was 16 years old.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Henry Meyer

Henry Meyer, senior government reporter for Bloomberg News. Here Meyer talks about the quid pro quo that was discussed between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya at the infamous Trump Tower meeting before the 2016 election.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Michael Beschloss

Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian talks with Rachel Maddow about the unprecedented but also non uniqueness of Trump’s foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos has plead guilty to lying to the FBI and is rumored to have been wearing a wire since July for Mueller in the Russia probe

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Eric Holder

Former Attorney General Eric Holder made a rare appearance on Rachel Maddow last night. They discussed the Justice Department, Trump's attacks on Jeff Sessions, his work with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and his confidence in Robert Mueller  The highlight of the night was when Maddow asked, "are you ever going to run for office?" and he answered, "I don't know."  We can only keep hoping.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Stranger Things

Oh, Stranger Things. Ever since you came into my world I’ve been living in The Upside Down. Season 2 starts October 27th

Friday, October 6, 2017

Elijah Cummings

Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s use of private email accounts. Within 24 hours of being told by congress to preserve all government business they had done on their private email accounts Ivanka and Jared rerouted their private email accounts to computers used by the Trump organization.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Caitlin Dickerson

Caitlin Dickerson national immigration reporter for the New York Times. Here Dickerson talks about the piece she wrote for New York Times Magazine detailing how Russia and right-wing media outlets weaponized social media at the height of the 2016 election.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Matt Apuzzo

Matt Apuzzo, reporter for The New York Times. Apuzzo appeared on TRMS recently to discuss new reporting from the Times about how prosecutors on the special counsel run by Robert Mueller have told Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to expect to be indicted.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Massimo Calabresi

Massimo Calabresi, deputy D.C. bureau chief for Time Magazine. Calabresi authored this cover piece for Time back in May detailing Russia's role in the 2016 election. Calabresi appeared on Maddow recently, revisiting the story as Facebook is now revealing Russia paid for campaign ads in 2016. A key admission that was missing from the piece back in May. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Carol Leonnig

Carol Leonnig, staff writer for The Washington Post. Leonning was one of the first reporters to break the story about a business deal Donald Trump was pursuing with VEB, a Russian government bank who would finance a Trump Tower in Russia. Trump was seeking the deal during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Barbara McQuade

Former U.S. attorney, Barbara McQuade. Here McQuade talks with Rachel Maddow about the possibility of Donald Trump being guilty of obstruction of justice in the Robert Mueller probe. More recently McQuade talked with Ari Melber about Trump sending a message to Mueller with his Arpaio pardon.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

"Many Sides"

After being criticized for claiming there were “many sides” to the story, Donald Trump doubled down on his comments defending white supremacists after liberal activist Heather Heyer was murdered by a white supremacist, Nazi sympathizer in Charlottesville, VA.  After Trump's doubling down, Republican House speaker, Paul Ryan condemned white supremacy but didn't mention Trump. 

Shortly after the news broke of Heyer's murder by a white supremacist, former vice president, Joe Biden tweeted, "There is only one side."  Recently thousands gathered for a candle light vigil held to honor Heyer on the University of Virginia campus.

HT to Stephanie Stevenson-Sawyer for the image idea.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Adam Davidson

Adam Davidson, staff writer for The New Yorker. Here Davidson discusses with Rachel Maddow his in-depth piece he wrote for The New Yorker about a sketchy Trump hotel deal in Georgia that could make the president an easy target for blackmail by a foreign enemy. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson, chair of African-American studies at Emory University and author of the book White Rage talked with Rachel Maddow about how the affliction of white supremacy is like a national drug addiction. 

Michael Signer

Michael Signer, Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, talked with Rachel Maddow about the gathering on Aug 12th, 2017 of hundreds of white supremacist Nazi sympathizers in Charlottesville.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Greg Farrell

Greg Farrell, reporter for Bloomberg News. Farrell broke the news that the Trump/Russia probe issued subpoenas looking into former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's financial records. This comes after the news of the FBI raiding Manafort's home. The plot thickens. When will justice be served?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Julian Borger

Julian Borger, world affairs editor for The Guardian. Borger wrote a story for the Guardian about how Trump staffer Devin Nunes secretly sent two people to London to talk with Christopher Steele, the author of the infamously salacious Trump dossier. If the dossier is a fake, which Trump and his supporters claim, then why did republican staffers try to meet secretly with the author of the dossier? Seems kind of suspicious to me.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore recently gave a rare interview to Chris Hayes to discuss American democracy, climate change and his new movie, 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.' The interview is in two parts and can be seen here and here

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Del Quentin Wilber

Del Quentin Wilber, Justice Department reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Wilber was first to report the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller convened a grand jury in the Trump/Russia probe.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Nahal Toosi

Nahal Toosi, foreign affairs correspondent for Politico. Toosi broke the news that Trump Secretary of State, former Exxon Mobil CEO, Rex Tillerson rejected $80 million in money approved by congress to fight Russian propaganda.

This comes on the heels of Trump reluctantly signing a bipartisan Russia sanctions bill, Trump introducing a new anti-immigration bill that would limit immigration to people who only speak English and Trump White House aide Stephen Miller getting into a tiff with CNN reporter Jim Acosta over the Statue of Liberty.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

David Folkenflik

David Folkenflik, reporter for NPR. Folenflik recently broke the bombshell story about a new lawsuit filed August 1st against Fox News. According to the new lawsuit, Fox News worked with the Trump White House and a wealthy Trump supporter to manufacture a fake story about Seth Rich, a young DNC aide who was killed in 2016, to deflect attention away from the Trump Russia scandal. Here Folkenflik talks with Joy Reid about the new lawsuit.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Naveed Jamali

Naveed Jamali, former FBI double agent and author of the book How to Catch a Russian Spy. Here Jamali reacts to the Wall Street Journal report about how GOP operative Peter W. Smith, who hunted Hillary Clinton hacked emails from Russians, cited top Trump aides Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon in a document obtained by the journal.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Sari Horwitz

Sari Horwitz, Justice Department reporter for The Washington Post, keeping us informed of all the juicy details at the White House. Horwitz recently reported on Donald Trump's public verbal attacks on AG Jeff Sessions. Most likely to get support from his base to turn on Sessions. The rumor regarding Trump's bizarre behavior is that Trump is planning to fire Sessions in an effort to derail the investigation into his collusion with Russia. Because Sessions has recused himself from the Russia investigation for lying under oath about his ties to Russia, Trump is anticipated to replace sessions with a different AG who is not recused from the investigation. In turn the new AG would be free to fire Robert Mueller, the head lawyer in the Russia probe.  Some experts have hinted that if Mueller is fired it could start a constitutional crisis the likes of which the U.S. has never seen. Meanwhile democrats have claimed they have a way to block any efforts by Trump to replace Sessions while the senate is in recess. Get your popcorn ready.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Shane Ortega

Shane Ortega, retired U.S. Army and Marine veteran who now works as an advocate for transgender service members. Ortega spoke with Rachel Maddow after Donald Trump proclaimed on twitter that he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the military.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wendy Sherman

Wendy Sherman, former under secretary of State for political affairs. Here Sherman talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump’s gutting of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. under Trump changing to benefit Russia’s interests and shifting towards Vladimir Putin’s worldview.

Friday, July 21, 2017

David Corn

By now everyone already knows about the Trump Jr. emails exposing his meeting with a Russian government lawyer to get dirt on Hillary Clinton during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. What people might not know is the timeline of events that led up to Trump Jr. posting the incriminating emails on his own twitter page. The New York Times was all set to run the explosive story and they contacted the White House and Trump Jr. to let them know. The White House asked them for more time and while the Times was waiting Trump Jr posted the emails on his twitter page presumably in an attempt to beat them to the punch. Mother Jones' David Corn wrote a comprehensive piece about the meeting detailing the players involved. Here Corn talks with Lawrence O’Donnell about the Trump Jr. emails and the news cycle that led up to Trump Jr’s damning confession. Since Trump Jr’s confession more news has been revealed about previously undisclosed people who were at the meeting. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Michael E. Mann

Climatologist, Yale Ph.D graduate, Dr. Michael Mann. Mann is known for his involvement in constructing the hockey stick graph which documents the temperature record of the past 1000 years. It was coined the "hockey stick graph" because of it's resemblance to a hockey stick. Here Mann lectures on the human influence of climate change at the University of Iceland, May 27th 2016.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Adam Entous

Adam Entous, national security reporter for The Washington Post. Entous was one of the first reporters to break the news that Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner wanted to set up a secret back channel communication between Trump and the Kremlin. According to the Post, Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak told his superiors about Kushner’s proposal.  The proposal happened in a meeting with Kislyak in December of last year which Michael Flynn also attended. The FBI has considered the meeting, along with a separate meeting with Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, of interest to them. Later Reuters reported that there were at least 18 known contacts between Trump and the Kremlin before the election.. Terrorism analyst, Malcolm Nance said this is what the intelligence community calls "covert communications" and it would be considered espionage.   Former acting CIA Director John McLaughlin also said this would be espionage. Former House Intelligence Committee staffer, Mieke Eoyang made the point that these kinds of leaks are coming from U.S. intelligence agencies because they could possibly be worried about people inside the Trump administration deleting evidence

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs reporter for The Guardian. Jacobs became the story when he was assaulted by Trump-backed republican congressional candidate for Montana’s house seat, Greg Gianforte. When Jacobs asked him about the CBO score given to Donald Trump’s health care plan which would kick 23 million people off of their health insurance Gianforte grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground according to witnesses at the scene. In an audio recording of the assault Giamforte can be heard saying to Jacobs, “I’m sick and tired of you guys! The last guy that came in here, you did the same thing! Get the hell out of here!” Jacobs reported the assault to authorities however Gianforte wasn't arrested at the scene. As it turns out the Gallatin County Sheriff, Brian Gootkin who was overseeing the assault is a supporter of Gianforte’s who gave $250 to his campaign. It was only later that Gianforte was finally charged with misdemeanor assault.

Gianforte  released a statement accusing Jacobs of assault and calling him a “liberal journalist.” The narrative on the right is that it shouldn’t be illegal or wrong to assault a person if they are liberal. Tonight Gianforte won the election despite the assault charge. In normal times breaking the law would be disqualifying for any political candidate. But in the Trump-era America’s standards have sunk so low that this type of behavior has not only become normalized, it’s celebrated on the right. America officially has no rule of law anymore.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Devlin Barrett

Devlin Barrett, national security reporter for The Washington Post. Barrett was one of the first reporters to break the news that an unnamed senior White House adviser close to Donald Trump is under scrutiny by the FBI's probe of Trump's ties to Russia. Barrett appeared on Maddow to discuss the new reporting. The unnamed adviser is rumored to be Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Neal Katyal

A special counsel was finally announced for the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. It will be headed by former F.B.I. director, Robert Mueller. Former U.S. Solicitor General, Neal Katyal helped draft the special counsel regulations. In a more recent interview on Maddow, Katyal discussed some of the ways Trump could possibly try to sabotage the investigation and derail the special counsel.