For his entire career, Donald Trump has been obsessed with New York newspapers. In the early 90s, he would pose as John Barron to offer gossip about himself for the New York Post’s Page Six. And he has always been desperate to get positive press from the New York Times.While Trump often referred to the Times as failing, the paper thrived during his presidency. The former president has long had a relationship with top writer Maggie Haberman. During a Wednesday show, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell theorized that Trump is still giving the paper information.
O’Donnell discussed a story about Trump giving former White House staffers ‘permission’ to speak to the 1/6 committee. The host noted, “It’s such a strange bit in the story. And, beg my theory about it. Just a theory, just a theory. Is that the source for The New York Times was Donald Trump. Because the reporters of that story have direct access to Donald Trump. As they have in the past. And it sounds like Donald Trump just trying to say, I am in complete control of this. The white house, the former white house counsel did not go and testify there today on his own without checking with me. I authorized it. That is just a theory.”
Maddow then weighed in:
“I’m in complete control! He is definitely still deferential to me. There is nothing to worry about. All this is fine. I don’t smell anything burning. That’s exactly what I thought as well. I mean, people who, one time, delivered a newspaper to the white house while Trump was president. And we’re like executive privilege! I can’t testify! But the White House Counsel and Deputy White House Counsel showing up? The idea that this is something that doesn’t bother Trump at all in terms of privilege claims puts the lie to the whole thing. I would bet money that what you’re surmising here is correct.”
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