MSNBC host Joe Scarborough comments on President Trump's admission in an interview with NBC News that he inquired three times about whether the FBI had any active investigation into him.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: I don't know if the viewers picked up on just how extraordinary that piece of tape... is. But the president of the United States just admitted on national television that he called the director of the FBI to get an update on the status of a possible criminal investigation against him.
Now, for Republicans, and editorial boards who rightly condemned Loretta Lynch for meeting Bill Clinton on the summer, to talk about golf and kids and grandchildren, I wonder if those Republicans are going to be just as critical of the president of the United States asking the FBI director if he was under criminal investigation. That -- I mean, Hillary Clinton -- what if -- what if Bill Clinton, what if it came out that Bill Clinton got on the airplane with Loretta Lynch and asked the status of the e-mail investigation?
And the president just admitted that he did this, and we know that since that's an admission against interest as we would say in the court, we know that part is true, but we know the other part is a lie. Because Jim Comey has sworn under oath that Donald Trump is under investigation, and we heard again today by the acting director of the FBI that it's an investigation that they take very seriously.
I know a lot of people are going to be focusing on all the lies that Trump White House told yesterday, as it pertains to Donald Trump making the recommendation himself, the more extraordinary part of this interview, I believe, is the part you played, that Donald Trump admitted that he was checking on the status of an investigation against himself with the FBI director. It's just -- it's mind boggling...
It was not illegal for Loretta Lynch to talk to President Clinton, but it was improper... So perhaps it is not illegal that the president is checking on the status of an investigation into him with the FBI director, but it is extremely improper. And she did the right thing after meeting President Clinton, and pulled herself from the investigation.
So perhaps it's not illegal that the president of the United States is checking on the status of an investigation against him with the FBI director, but it is extraordinarily improper ... and they actually talked about the investigation, unlike Loretta Lynch, and Bill Clinton. So, I await the same Republicans and the same conservatives and the same editorial boards who rightly condemned the Lynch/Clinton meeting to condemn Donald Trump for claiming that he checked on the status of his inquiry with the FBI director three times.