MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace said there is “no question” that former President Donald Trump “weaponized the government” to go after his political opponents. Wallace’s assertion was met with agreement from partisan prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who decried Trump’s “targeting” of disgraced former FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The two agents infamously discussed an “insurance policy” to undermine the Trump presidency and ultimately escaped without charges.
“I think it’s important that we talk about these issues as if there’s any open question. There is no open question. Trump weaponized the government and he tweeted about it ahead of time during and after. He’s a candidate now,” Wallace said during Monday’s episode of Deadline: White House. “We are learning from notes collecting dust in General John Kelly’s, wherever he kept his stuff in the White House for years. This is someone barreling toward the Republican nomination. What are your concerns about how much we don’t know about not just weaponization of the federal government with things that may have been illegal acts?”
Former FBI general counsel and lead prosecutor on Robert Mueller’s baseless Trump-Russia investigation Andrew Weissmann then enthusiastically agreed with Wallace’s assertion, adding that Trump will likely “weaponize” the government again if re-elected in 2024.
“There is so much blame to go around here. One, I’m sure Claire [McCaskill] will talk about Congress, and the House, and the irony of the House conducting ‘weaponization hearings’ when its blatant what the former president did and what he’s asking to do as soon as he regains the White House – if he were to do so,” Weissmann said.
He then called on former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to come forward with evidence of these “horrific acts.”
The panel also portrayed scrutiny of disgraced former FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok — who discussed an “insurance policy” to undermine Trump — as an unjust persecution.