September 19, 2017

Morning Joe regulars discussed last night's bombshell New York Times report that Paul Manafort was told he would be indicted in the Mueller probe.

"You know Bob Mueller and from the very beginning, you told us Mueller does not play around," Joe Scarborough said to Mike Barnicle.

"He is the antithesis of everything Donald Trump is. He is a man that repeatedly throughout his entire life believed that if you have integrity, nothing else matters and if you don't have integrity, nothing else matters. He is straight out of a sort of an Untouchables movie."

"That's right," Barnicle said.

"Bob Mueller's guideline for life involves character, that character defines all. Everybody knows, most people -- Princeton, United States Marine Corps, law school, Department of Justice, very serious guy. This is the very definition of a no-knock warrant with Paul Manafort -- into the house because they felt by tipping him off, warning him they were coming with an ordinary search warrant, vast material they were interested in would be destroyed, hidden. They were not, clearly.

"You will not get leaks out of Mr. Mueller's information. If it's there, it will be there. If it's not there, he will tell us it's not there."

Scarborough told Willie Geist this news "sends a message" to everyone in this investigation.

"Forget what Donald Trump has told you, forgot the nod through the winks. Forget the assurances, that everything is going to be okay. Everything is not going to be okay. Bob Mueller will figure out how to get to the facts. If you have information, you better give it to him or bad things are gonna happen, as we have been hearing -- if not on the federal level, they'll figure out how to get you on the state level, and there's nothing Donald Trump can do to help you there," he warned.

"The intersection will be the two stories, the New York Times reporting an indictment coming for Paul Manafort and this wiretapping of Paul Manafort. With the wiretapping, approved by a FISA court for a second time late last year, early into this year, was that to listen in on his conversation about his relationship with the Ukrainian president, the pro Russia regime, or was it directly about President Trump and his campaign and its relationship to Russia? If it was that and they have him on a wiretap talking to President Trump, from Trump Tower, you got a whole new ball game here."

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