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MSNBC’s headline “Joe: Rudy Giuliani made the president look foolish,” runs atop a “Morning Joe” segment about Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, who has given recent press interviews critical of the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation, calling it the most corrupt investigation the former New York Mayor has ever seen.

Without providing evidence or historical context, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called Trump’s White House “[e]asily the most corrupt president the first year and a half of his presidency.”

Scarborough, an American commoner, deigned to speak on behalf of British royalty.

“It would be breathtaking if he had not beclowned himself such a long time ago,” Scarborough said. “He will tell you that he’s been knighted by the Queen of England. The Queen of England would probably tell you she wishes she could have her knighthood back. But since Rudy mentioned ‘most corrupt,’ let’s take a better look at some examples of corruption.”

But the examples of corruption resulting from the Mueller investigation Scarborough cited are not directly related to actions that occurred during the campaign; they are actions taken before or after the campaign. Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos both pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents following the campaign.

Rick Gates pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States prior to the campaign and he also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI after the campaign. Paul Manafort’s first indictment was related to work that he did prior to joining the Trump campaign, and a subsequent indictment of witness tampering was for behavior after the campaign.

Scarborough offered no counterpoint to respond to his anti-Trump monologue and no acknowledgment Giuliani has the right to question the investigation.

Scarborough makes no mention of the strong evidence showing that the FBI spied for Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidential campaign, as the Wall Street Journal reported, “On the president’s orders, the bureau wiretapped Barry Goldwater’s plane and headquarters.”

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