‘Morning Joe’ Mocks Fox News, Lindsey Graham over ‘Deep State’ Theories

‘You have to make the argument in front of a mirror and if you start laughing, don’t make it in front of a jury…’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough mocked conservative reactions on Fox News following reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had discussed with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe the possibility of wearing a wire to record President Donald Trump.

Scarborough, host of “Morning Joe,” played clips of Fox News hosts and guests reacting to the Rosenstein story and said he wasn’t surprised at the conspiratorial claims made by Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro, but that others, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., should be embarrassed.

“First of all, Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro both say this is a setup, that the ‘deep state’ wants Trump to fire Rosenstein, and did not take the bait,” he said.

Scarborough derided Graham for lending validity to reports that DOJ and FBI officials, including McCabe and Director James Comey, tried to tilt the 2016 election for Hillary Clinton by colluding with her campaign to promote a debunked dossier on Russian collusion that would undermine her opponent, Donald Trump.

“I do not know how my friend Lindsey Graham could say that with a straight face — because I had a judge in torts class that would say if you can make an argument for a jury, it’s got to pass the straight face test,” he said. “You have to make the argument in front of a mirror and if you start laughing, don’t make it in front of a jury. Lindsey should have done that before going on Fox News.”

Rosenstein–who currently is in charge of the resulting special investigation into Trump’s Russia collusion–reportedly joked about wearing a wire in a meeting with McCabe and other FBI officials.

Graham told Fox News that Rosenstein was doing the country a disservice by not appointing a special counsel to investigate the Justice Department and FBI corruption and should be looking into the possibility of a “bureaucratic coup” more fervently.

Scarborough, ridiculing Graham’s claims, said trying to defend Trump by falling back on the ‘deep state’ narrative was becoming an overused trope among conservatives.

“[Graham was] saying that the FBI was furiously trying to elect Hillary Clinton before the election when, in fact, you had  McCabe leaking damaging stories about the Clinton Foundation to the Wall Street Journal,” he said.