Rep. Elissa Slotkin: Let’s Focus On The Big Picture—Protecting Our 2020 Elections | All In | MSNBC


OVER FROM DNIIUM BARR’S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TRIED TO DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TRIED TO KILL THAT. KILL THAT. PEOPLE ALL ACROSS HIS PEOPLE ALL ACROSS HIS ADMINISTRATION TRIED TO COVER IT ADMINISTRATION TRIED TO COVER IT UP, THEY ALL GOT CAUGHT. UP, THEY ALL GOT CAUGHT. ONE OF SEVEN FRESHMAN DEMOCRATS ONE OF SEVEN FRESHMAN DEMOCRATS IN FRONT LINE DISTRICTS CALLING IN FRONT LINE DISTRICTS CALLING FOR AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY ON FOR AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY ON MONDAY NIGHT, BEGINNING A FLOOD MONDAY NIGHT, BEGINNING A FLOOD OF OVER 90 NEW CALLS TO OF OVER 90 NEW CALLS TO INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT. INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT. ALSO A FORMER CIA ANALYST WHO ALSO A FORMER CIA ANALYST WHO SERVED AS THE SECRETARY OF SERVED AS THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY DEFENSE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. AFFAIRS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. CONGRESSWOMAN, REFLECT HOW YOU CONGRESSWOMAN, REFLECT HOW YOU FEEL FOUR DAYS LATER AFTER YOU FEEL FOUR DAYS LATER AFTER YOU CO-WROTE THAT OP-ED AND WE STILL CO-WROTE THAT OP-ED AND WE STILL I DON’T THINK HAD THE ROUGH I DON’T THINK HAD THE ROUGH NOTES OF THE PHONE CALL. NOTES OF THE PHONE CALL. DO YOU FEEL THAT OP-ED AND YOUR DO YOU FEEL THAT OP-ED AND YOUR DECISION OF THE IMPEACHMENT DECISION OF THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY HAS BEEN VIPDICATED? INQUIRY HAS BEEN VIPDICATED?>>THE REASONS WHY MYSELF AND MY>>THE REASONS WHY MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUES CAME OUT WERE VERY COLLEAGUES CAME OUT WERE VERY CLEAR AND BASED ON OUR CLEAR AND BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCE IN NATIONAL SECURITY. EXPERIENCE IN NATIONAL SECURITY. WE HAD THE PRESIDENT OF THE WE HAD THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HIS LAWYER UNITED STATES AND HIS LAWYER ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THEY USED, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THEY USED, YOU KNOW, THE LEVERAGE OF BEING YOU KNOW, THE LEVERAGE OF BEING THE PRESIDENT TO GET A FOREIGN THE PRESIDENT TO GET A FOREIGN LEADER TO PROVIDE DIRT ON AN LEADER TO PROVIDE DIRT ON AN OPPONENT, AND THAT JUST CAN’T BE OPPONENT, AND THAT JUST CAN’T BE OKAY. OKAY. AND FOR US IT WAS DIFFERENT AND AND FOR US IT WAS DIFFERENT AND IT CALLED INTO QUESTION IT CALLED INTO QUESTION IMMEDIATELY THE OATH TO DEFEND IMMEDIATELY THE OATH TO DEFEND AND PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION. AND PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION. AND IT WAS PROPECTIVE, RIGHT? AND IT WAS PROPECTIVE, RIGHT? IT WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO 2020 IT WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO 2020 AND ABOUT PROTECTING THE FUTURE AND ABOUT PROTECTING THE FUTURE NOT JUST REVIEWING THE PAST. NOT JUST REVIEWING THE PAST. SO WE CAME OUT AND THINGS MOVED SO WE CAME OUT AND THINGS MOVED QUICKLY, AND I THINK A LOT OF QUICKLY, AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE JUST TAKEN BY THE PEOPLE WERE JUST TAKEN BY THE DIFFERENCES IN THIS PARTICULAR DIFFERENCES IN THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE FROM SOME OTHER THINGS ISSUE FROM SOME OTHER THINGS WE’VE SEEN BEFOREHAND. WE’VE SEEN BEFOREHAND.>>YOU WORKED AT THE CIA.>>YOU WORKED AT THE CIA. I WONDER YOUR REACTION TO THE I WONDER YOUR REACTION TO THE PRESIDENT SPEAKING TO THE STAFF PRESIDENT SPEAKING TO THE STAFF OF THE U.N. MISSION FROM THE OF THE U.N. MISSION FROM THE U.S. THE OTHER DAY AT A U.S. THE OTHER DAY AT A BREAKFAST IN WHICH HE SAID THE BREAKFAST IN WHICH HE SAID THE PERSON WAS ALMOST LIKE A SPY. PERSON WAS ALMOST LIKE A SPY. IN THE OLD DAYS WE WOULD TREAT IN THE OLD DAYS WE WOULD TREAT THEM LIKE TRAITORS, ESSENTIALLY THEM LIKE TRAITORS, ESSENTIALLY IMPLYING THEY SHOULD BE HANGED. IMPLYING THEY SHOULD BE HANGED.>>YEAH, I MEAN THIS PRESIDENT>>YEAH, I MEAN THIS PRESIDENT HAS UNFORTUNATELY ATTACKED THE HAS UNFORTUNATELY ATTACKED THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SINCE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SINCE NEARLY HE WAS SWORN IN. NEARLY HE WAS SWORN IN. AND IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE ANY AND IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME AS A FORMER CIA SENSE TO ME AS A FORMER CIA OFFICER BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THE OFFICER BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THE FOLKS WHO ARE COMING TO CIA FOLKS WHO ARE COMING TO CIA EVERY DAY ARE RISKING EVERYTHING EVERY DAY ARE RISKING EVERYTHING TO TRY AND PROVIDE INFORMATION TO TRY AND PROVIDE INFORMATION THAT HELPS US PROTECT THE THAT HELPS US PROTECT THE COUNTRY. COUNTRY. SO I DON’T KNOW IT’S KIND OF SO I DON’T KNOW IT’S KIND OF LIKE THE COACH OF A FOOTBALL LIKE THE COACH OF A FOOTBALL TEAM ATTACKING HIS OWN RUNNING TEAM ATTACKING HIS OWN RUNNING BACK PUBLICLY. BACK PUBLICLY. IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE. IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE. AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK WITH HIS AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK WITH HIS LANGUAGE THIS IS WHY WE HAVE LANGUAGE THIS IS WHY WE HAVE WHISTLE-BLOWER PRECES. WHISTLE-BLOWER PRECES. THIS IS WHY, YOU KNOW, THIS IS WHY, YOU KNOW, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY OFFICIALS INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY OFFICIALS ARE NOW ALSO PROTECTED BY THOSE ARE NOW ALSO PROTECTED BY THOSE PROTECTIONS BECAUSE YOU DON’T PROTECTIONS BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT RETRIBUTION. WANT RETRIBUTION. AND FOR THE PRESIDENT, THE AND FOR THE PRESIDENT, THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF TO TALK ABOUT COMMANDER IN CHIEF TO TALK ABOUT IT LIKE THAT IT’S JUST — IT’S IT LIKE THAT IT’S JUST — IT’S DEEPLY I THINK DISAPPOINTING AND DEEPLY I THINK DISAPPOINTING AND FRANKLY SCARY FOR A LOT OF FRANKLY SCARY FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY.>>HAVING WORKED AT THE CIA AND>>HAVING WORKED AT THE CIA AND ALSO AT DOD AND HAVING I WOULD ALSO AT DOD AND HAVING I WOULD IMAGINE INTERACTED WITH ALL IMAGINE INTERACTED WITH ALL SORTS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, SORTS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS USE OF WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS USE OF ESSENTIALLY CODE WORD LEVEL ESSENTIALLY CODE WORD LEVEL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS TO BURY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS TO BURY WHAT ARE PERCEIVED NOT AS WHAT ARE PERCEIVED NOT AS NATIONAL SECURITY SECRETS BUT NATIONAL SECURITY SECRETS BUT POLITICALLY EMBARRASSING POLITICALLY EMBARRASSING DOCUMENTS AND REPORTING TONIGHT DOCUMENTS AND REPORTING TONIGHT THAT CONVERSATIONS WITH PUTIN THAT CONVERSATIONS WITH PUTIN AND MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN ARE ALSO AND MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN ARE ALSO IN THAT SYSTEM? IN THAT SYSTEM?>>YEAH, SO I WAS ALSO A CIA>>YEAH, SO I WAS ALSO A CIA DETAILEE DOWN TO THE NATIONAL DETAILEE DOWN TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNSEL AND I WORKED SECURITY COUNSEL AND I WORKED UNDER GEORGE BUSH AND THEN UNDER UNDER GEORGE BUSH AND THEN UNDER BARACK OBAMA. BARACK OBAMA. SO I’VE USED THESE SYSTEMS. SO I’VE USED THESE SYSTEMS. AND, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A WHOLE AND, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A WHOLE SET OF RULES AROUND HOW YOU SET OF RULES AROUND HOW YOU CLASSIFY DOCUMENTS. CLASSIFY DOCUMENTS. AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS YOU AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS YOU LEARN WHEN YOU’RE A NEW CIA LEARN WHEN YOU’RE A NEW CIA ANALYST IS YOU CAN’T JUST ANALYST IS YOU CAN’T JUST CLASSIFY SOMETHING IF IT’S CLASSIFY SOMETHING IF IT’S EMBARRASSING OR POLITICALLY EMBARRASSING OR POLITICALLY SENSITIVE. SENSITIVE. THERE ARE REASONS AND RULES WHY THERE ARE REASONS AND RULES WHY WE CLASSIFY THINGS, SO IT WAS WE CLASSIFY THINGS, SO IT WAS INAPPROPRIATE AND FRANKLY INAPPROPRIATE AND FRANKLY VIOLATED, YOU KNOW, AN EXECUTIVE VIOLATED, YOU KNOW, AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT’S ON THE BOOKS HOW ORDER THAT’S ON THE BOOKS HOW YOU CLASSIFY THINGS BY MOVING IT YOU CLASSIFY THINGS BY MOVING IT FROM AN UNCLASSIFIED TO A FROM AN UNCLASSIFIED TO A VERIFIED CLASSIFIED SYSTEM. VERIFIED CLASSIFIED SYSTEM. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY IN COMMUNICATING WHY ESPECIALLY IN COMMUNICATING WHY THIS WHOLE THING IS DIFFERENT THIS WHOLE THING IS DIFFERENT THAT WE FOCUS ON THE BIG THAT WE FOCUS ON THE BIG PICTURE. PICTURE. AND AGAIN IT’S ABOUT WHAT THE AND AGAIN IT’S ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGED HIMSELF, PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGED HIMSELF, USING HIS ROLE TO LEVERAGE, YOU USING HIS ROLE TO LEVERAGE, YOU KNOW, A FOREIGN LEADER. KNOW, A FOREIGN LEADER. AND THAT I JUST TRY TO IMAGINE A AND THAT I JUST TRY TO IMAGINE A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT GOING TO DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT GOING TO CHINA FOR DIRT ON A POLITICAL CHINA FOR DIRT ON A POLITICAL APOPE WANT. APOPE WANT. THAT WOULD NEVER BE OKAY. THAT WOULD NEVER BE OKAY. SO IT’S A DIFFERENT THING AND SO IT’S A DIFFERENT THING AND YOU’VE GOT TO FOCUS ON THAT TOP YOU’VE GOT TO FOCUS ON THAT TOP LINE ISSUE AND NOT GET STUCK IN LINE ISSUE AND NOT GET STUCK IN THE WEEDS. THE WEEDS.>>SO THEN IS IT YOUR>>SO THEN IS IT YOUR UNDERSTANDING ON THAT POINT THAT UNDERSTANDING ON THAT POINT THAT THAT WILL BE THE FOCUS OF THE THAT WILL BE THE FOCUS OF THE NOW FORMAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY NOW FORMAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY THAT WAS LAUNCHED IN THE WAKE OF THAT WAS LAUNCHED IN THE WAKE OF THESE REVELATIONS AND GOING THESE REVELATIONS AND GOING FORWARD? FORWARD?>>SO CERTAINLY MANY OF US HAVE>>SO CERTAINLY MANY OF US HAVE MADE OUR VOICES KNOWN TO OUR MADE OUR VOICES KNOWN TO OUR LEADERSHIP WHO HAS BEEN VERY LEADERSHIP WHO HAS BEEN VERY RECEPTIVE. RECEPTIVE. FOR ME IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR ME IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT THIS PROCESS BE DIFFERENT, THAT THIS PROCESS BE DIFFERENT, THAT IT BE STRATEGIC, THAT IT BE THAT IT BE STRATEGIC, THAT IT BE CLEAR AND THAT IT BE EFFICIENT. CLEAR AND THAT IT BE EFFICIENT. STRATEGIC MEANING WE FOCUS ON STRATEGIC MEANING WE FOCUS ON THE BIG PICTURE, THE STRATEGIC THE BIG PICTURE, THE STRATEGIC PROBLEM HERE WHICH IS PROTECTING PROBLEM HERE WHICH IS PROTECTING OUR 2020 ELECTIONS AND WHAT THE OUR 2020 ELECTIONS AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ACKNOWLEDGED WHAT PRESIDENT HAS ACKNOWLEDGED WHAT HE’S DONE. HE’S DONE. CLEAR MEANING WE HAVE TO CLEAR MEANING WE HAVE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE AMERICAN COMMUNICATE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, WITH NO OFFENSE TO YOU KNOW, WITH NO OFFENSE TO ANYONE IN THE MEDIA, THE DRIP, ANYONE IN THE MEDIA, THE DRIP, DRIP, DRIP OF INFORMATION FOR DRIP, DRIP OF INFORMATION FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS NOW MEANS A LOT ALMOST TWO YEARS NOW MEANS A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE TUNED OUT. OF PEOPLE HAVE TUNED OUT. AND WE HAVE TO BRING THE PUBLIC AND WE HAVE TO BRING THE PUBLIC ALONG WITH US. ALONG WITH US. IT CAN’T JUST BE AN INSIDER IT CAN’T JUST BE AN INSIDER WASHINGTON CONVERSATION. WASHINGTON CONVERSATION. AND THEN EFFICIENT. AND THEN EFFICIENT. WE DON’T NEED A YEAR AND A HALF WE DON’T NEED A YEAR AND A HALF TO WORK ON THIS. TO WORK ON THIS. WE NEED TO BE CLEAR WE’RE GOING WE NEED TO BE CLEAR WE’RE GOING TO GET IT DONE QUICK LAESH WHERE TO GET IT DONE QUICK LAESH WHERE AND THAT’S WHY I WAS SO GLAD AND THAT’S WHY I WAS SO GLAD SEEING SOME OF THE COMMITTEES

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  1. Of course it makes perfect sense for Trump to attack the intelligence agencies. They would be the ones to have all the secrets on Trump and what he does on a daily basis. The whistleblower complaint makes that very clear. Trump would want to discredit them i.e. the "Deep State" conspiracy theory etc. They represent the biggest threat to his presidency.

  2. She worked for W. Bush?? How old was she? Twelve?? Talk about "aging well".This woman could do undercover work in a high school!

  3. At this point in our history, we really need lawmakers who have spent their adult lives protecting and defending for we the people.

  4. Another CIA agent under Obama..lol..Haven't we heard enough from these corrupted officials
    provide "DIRT" a bit of a stretch but even if he did that would be "opposition research" but he didn't
    although that "DIRT" may be your twisted take on it..Trump was doing what he should have done..and that is investigating Biden's basically
    admitting he committed quid pro quo..and he did..there's no doubt..why are you not investigating that?
    Of course you all did such a good job investigating Hillary's pay for play,Russian Collusion and obstruction of justice
    when she destroyed those emails that were under subpoena..or Uranium One oh wait a minute..you didn't do any of that
    and whistleblower with "HEARSAY" evidence..lol Not to mention we have a ratified treaty with Ukraine of
    Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters..and what Biden did.and admittingly so was Quid Pro Quo
    a criminal matter so of course Trump would investigate it.who is he to trust the CIA who also is tied to burisma
    . as a matter of fact there is an ex CIA agent on their board of directors of burisma Joseph Cofer Black
    ..simply by the CIA's past performance..not to mention with as much as you all have investigated Trump
    where was your investigation on Obama ..who has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood his fake birth certificate,
    fake social security card,fake name fake wife and fake kids..or fast and furious..not to mention
    he wasn't even a naturalized citizen..or Hillarys video on Anthony Weiner's lap top.Where are those investigations?
    Or how about those dealings with Iran and all those kick backs to various members in our government..
    Trump is getting too close to exposing the CIA and the Deep State ..isn't he…welcome to the 21st century
    the age of the internet..

  5. The people of the USA need to figure out how they elected someone like Trump in the first place,because if they don't it will happen again,maybe the electoral system needs to be brought into the 21'st century,it is nearly 250 years old after all.

  6. Fire Emily Shill Sussman! We're tired of seeing millionaires smear Bernie Sanders! Disgusting facile identity politics instead of policy arguments. MSNBC is trash. Try doing your jobs instead of suckling at the teet of corporate money. https://youtu.be/UzmxoAYSfGA

  7. It's fortunate for national security and democracy to have such elegant, ethical and professional Member of The House of Representatives in the Capitol Hill as Rep. Elissa Slotkin. Thank you, Rep. Slotkin. You have enlightened the hope of the nation.

  8. Moscow Mitch will be blamed along with the GOP to make America vulnerable, and also prove to us that 2016 was not a fluke, but a carefully orchestrated conspiracy by the Russians and GOP with their gerrymandering to steal this election. If Trump is impeached, we will have legislation to protect our election process because the GOP will not have seats come 2020 if they don't pass it. There are 22 GOP Senate seats up for reelection in 2020, and Moscow Mitch and Trump are trying their best to make sure they don't win, just like in 2018 when the Democrats were voted in by the people to get to the bottom of these scandals from this administration. in 2020 we will also vote the GOP out of control of the Senate and have both sides of Congress investigating all the people in this administration, as well as impeaching many of those appointed by Trump.

  9. Will this whistle blower be forced to reveal his or her identity? I wouldn't do it if it meant my family was thereafter placed in fear of revenge from a vengeful president or his minions.

  10. republicans are working to destroy american democracy and install a trump dictatorship.
    their 2020 goal is to enslave the working wage earner to the national debt

  11. The mi 8 th district is MOT happy with Slotkin who won only by a couple of points because Trump was not on the ballot and legalizing marijuana was. Republicans and Trump won the 8 th district by 17 points in 2016 and have raised over 500 k to her newly announced opponent that came out right after Slotkin decided to play partisan politics based on yet another hoax!!

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