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July 17, 2019

NBC has resurfaced an old tape of President Trump laughing and seeming to discuss women with Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who would later be convicted on state prostitution charges and register as a sex offender, at a party in 1992.

Footage that aired on MSNBC on Wednesday, which Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski said was found in the NBC archives after being shot in November 1992 for a talk show appearance, shows Trump partying at Mar-a-Lago with Epstein. Trump seems to point a woman out to Epstein and say, "she's hot," although it's difficult to hear due to the loud music. Epstein also laughs after Trump says something to him that isn't audible. The footage also shows Trump grabbing a woman at the party.

Epstein was recently arrested on sex trafficking charges as prosecutors say he abused dozens of underage girls. The financier has pleaded not guilty to new charges.

A lawyer for Trump has denied the two ever had a "social relationship," The New York Times reports. Trump also recently said he had a falling out with Epstein 15 years ago and "was not a fan" of him after previously describing him in a 2002 interview as a "terrific guy." Brendan Morrow

March 21, 2018

Former CIA Director John Brennan appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday to unload his candid thoughts about President Trump's leadership, as well as Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"He is mean-spirited; he is dishonest; he has shown a lack of integrity; he has continued to, I think, demean the office of the presidency," Brennan said of Trump. Brennan served as CIA director under former President Barack Obama, from March 2013 until January 2017.

Brennan has been a vocal opponent of Trump on Twitter, taking issue with his recent firing of Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI. He said that Trump's "impetuousness" and "ignorance" compelled him to speak out, even as he admitted he'd never criticized a president's character so harshly before.

"I worked for six presidents," said Brennan. "I didn't agree with some of their policies, but all of them, all of them, were trying to do what they thought was best for the United States. That's not Mr. Trump, he is self-absorbed and he is trying to just promote his own interests."

Trump's "fawning over Putin" also struck Brennan as problematic, as he theorized that Trump had reason to fear the Russian president and speculated that Russian officials may "have something" to hold over Trump. Watch the rest of Brennan's appearance below, via MSNBC. Summer Meza

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