The NSA’s spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel began as early as 2002, as the Morning Joe panel explained to a stunned Joe Scarborough Tuesday morning.
Along with co-host Mika Brzezinski, Eugene Robinson, Maggie Haberman, Donny Deutsch and David Ignatius discuss the issue with Joe Scarborough.
Joe Scarborough: “So, Mika, thank you so much for showing up. Just pop right in and defend the President, because God knows he needs somebody defending him this morning, given all the things going on.”
Mika Brzezinski: “Okay couple of things. This started in the Bush administration, so I guess you could ask if President Bush knew, too, and put those questions to him as well.”
Joe Scarborough: “What started in the Bush administration?”
Mika Brzezinski: “This monitoring of phone calls.”
Joe Scarborough: “Of foreign leaders? Because I haven’t seen any evidence of that.”
“I want you to educate us. What report suggests that George W. Bush tapped the phones of world leaders?”
Mika Brzezinski:“When did this start?”
Joe Scarborough: Mika Brzezinski: “Four or five years ago, about this same time…”
Mika Brzezinski and panelist Eugene Robinson: “2002.”
Mika Brzezinski: “The tapping of foreign leaders?”
Mika Brzezinski: “Yes, and so you have to apply the same questions to President Bush, first of all, whether they do or do not know.”
Joe Scarborough: “Gene, since you wrote on this, help me out. Is there evidence that George W. Bush had the NSA tap the phones of our top allies in germany? Or France or — is there evidence of that?”
Eugene Robinson: “Reports in my newspaper, and in other newspapers from the reporters who are well sourced in this, say that this program of, like, you know, spying on your friends started in, like, 2002.”
You can watch is all unfold below, courtesy of MSNBC: