Scarborough: Trump would arrest his media critics 'tomorrow' if he could

Scarborough: Trump would arrest his media critics 'tomorrow' if he could
MSNBC's Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough questions whether Warren, Klobuchar should drop out 'to help consolidate efforts' against Sanders Scarborough: Sanders, Trump two big winners last night Scarborough blasts Trump pardons, says 'political hacks' and 'co-conspirators' will be next MORE said Wednesday he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE would immediately throw his media critics — including the "Morning Joe" host and his wife and co-host, Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie Brzezinski15.8 million tune in to CBS, BET for SC Democratic debate Moderators come under criticism online over contentious debate Scarborough: Media 'parroting' Trump economy when Obama's 'was much stronger' MORE — in jail "if he could get away with it," in an effort to silence his critics. 

The opinion from the former GOP congressman comes after Trump criticized the seven- to nine-year sentence recommended for his former associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneStone judge under pressure over calls for new trial Stone juror: Trump 'attacking citizens for performing their civic duty' The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders takes incoming during intense SC debate MORE in a Tuesday tweet. The Department of Justice then announced it was changing its recommendation, which appeared to prompt the entire four-prosecutor team working on the case to resign from it.

“Would Donald Trump not do whatever he could do if he could get away with it? Seriously,” Scarborough asked rhetorically on Wednesday morning.  

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“If he could arrest every journalist he didn’t like, if he could arrest us tomorrow? Let me ask you a question: do you think he would arrest us tomorrow?" he continued. "Do you think he would arrest the editor of The New York Times, the editor of The Washington Post, Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosThe new American center Kickstarter union seen as breakthrough for tech activism Hillicon Valley: Officials worry about Nevada caucus technology after Iowa | Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei | Workers at Kickstarter vote to unionize | Bezos launches B climate initiative MORE? Do you think he would arrest them tomorrow and throw them in jail to silence them?”

Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO, is the owner of The Washington Post, while Marty Baron serves as editor-in-chief.

“If he felt like it," co-host Brzezinski replied.

"Because if you don't think he wouldn't, you're just lying to yourself," Scarborough said. 
 
Trump has not appeared on MSNBC since May 2016 after doing regular, extended interviews mostly by phone with Scarborough and Brzezinski on "Morning Joe" throughout the 2016 Republican primary season. 

The president on Wednesday congratulated Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrStone judge under pressure over calls for new trial The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders takes incoming during intense SC debate Congress eyes killing controversial surveillance program MORE for “taking charge” of the Stone case, which he dubbed "totally out of control" in a Wednesday tweet.

“Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought,” Trump wrote to his more than 71 million followers.
The change to the sentencing recommendation has prompted a firestorm in Washington and calls for an investigation, including from former 2020 hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. House passes historic legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (D-Calif.).