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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 ScarboroughBrzezinski scolds Scarborough over mask mockery: 'Done with being polite' How Trump's election lawsuits became his worst nightmare Scarborough says he'll never return to Republican Party after GOP supported Trump MORE said Wednesday he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE would immediately throw his media critics — including the "Morning Joe" host and his wife and co-host, Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiBrzezinski scolds Scarborough over mask mockery: 'Done with being polite' Mike Barnicle blasts Trump for 'mentally ill rant' on election Scarborough says he'll never return to Republican Party after GOP supported Trump 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 StoneBiden, Harris pledge to keep politics out of DOJ Flynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 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 BezosElon Musk passes Bill Gates to become world's second-richest person in Bloomberg rankings How space exploration will help to address climate change Bezos makes first donations from billion Earth Fund 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 BarrBill BarrKellyanne Conway acknowledges Biden as apparent winner Trump Pentagon nominee alleged Biden 'coup': report Ex-FBI lawyer who falsified document in Trump-Russia probe seeks to avoid prison 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.