Scarborough: Pro-Biden White House Sending Justice Department Message About Hillary?

If you're Hillary Clinton or one of her supporters, this should make your blood run cold.  On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough said that the unequivocally pro-Biden statement from Obama spox Josh Earnest yesterday not only sent "a strong, strong message to Hillary" but, echoing the Wall Street Journal, "you wonder whether they're sending a message to the Justice Department as well."

Has there ever been anything quite like this in the history of American politics? It's one thing for a president to encourage his veep's presidential ambitions. It's entirely another for a president to put his 800-lb. thumb on the political scales by suggesting to his Justice Department that he'd like it to launch an investigation of the veep's main rival. 

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Boy, the White House yesterday, they sent a strong, strong message to Hillary Clinton --

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Yes they did.

JOE: -- and you can't—the Wall Street Journal is saying this morning—you know, you wonder whether they're sending a message to the Justice Department as well.

MIKA: Well who knows but when you got ready to hear Josh Earnest speak which we'll show you in just a matter of seconds, and others, you thought it was going to be tepid, stepping back, and then you're like: wow!

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JOSH EARNEST: The president has indicated his view that the decision he made I guess seven years ago now to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision he ever made in politics. And I think that should give you some sense of the president's view of Vice-President Biden's aptitude for the top job. 

JONATHAN KARL: So I assume that means the president would support if he were to run?  I mean this is obviously a better decision than the secretary of state he chose, you said it was the best decision he made? 

EARNEST: Yeah, it was, it was . . . I think all of you in some of the president's comments about Secretary Clinton have noted how warm those comments were. I'll just say that the vice-president is somebody who has already run for president twice. He's been on a national ticket through two election cycles now. Both in 2008 and the re-election of 2012. And so I think you can make the case that there is probably no one in American politics today who has a better understanding of exactly what is required to mount a successful national presidential campaign. 

JOE: All of us, when we're watching this went [spins head around] --

MIKA: What, what, what?

JOE: What? Willie, what did we just see? In any other situation, you would say -- 

MIKA: -- that's a choice. 

JOE: That's an endorsement. 

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