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'Where Was He?' MSNBC Hosts Mock Trump for Saying Republicans 'Never' Investigated Obama, Ignoring Benghazi Controversy

The hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe laughed off the Thursday morning tweets from President Donald Trump claiming that Republicans had “never” investigated Barack Obama, pointing to the lengthy GOP probes into the Benghazi controversy.

In the tweets, Trump slammed Democratic Representative Adam Schiff’s announcement that House Intelligence Committee would expand the scope of its investigation into the president’s alleged collusion with Russia.

“Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment [sic],” the president wrote in his first tweet. “The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government,” he said in a follow-up post. Trump concluded with his preferred classification of the ongoing investigation, calling it a “Witch Hunt!”

After the president’s comments were read live on air, host Joe Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski burst into laughter.

“Let’s just stop right there,” Scarborough said. “Where was he?” he asked. “This Benghazi investigation, how long did the Benghazi investigation go on? And they literally kept it going until Hillary Clinton‘s campaign, for four years.”

Many others quickly drew the same connection, with Benghazi becoming the No. 1 trending term on Twitter, according to Mediaite. Members of the media listed other investigations into the Obama administration as well.

Mark Murray, the senior political editor for NBC News, pointed to investigations into the Fast & Furious Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation, Internal Revenue Service and Lois Lerner, the Obamacare website and Solyndra, in addition to Benghazi.

The Washington Post's fact checker Glen Kessler reminded the panel Trump had even personally commented on some of these investigations. “Time for everyone to dig out Trump's tweets on Benghazi, on Fast & Furious, etc. etc,” he wrote on Twitter.

On Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee broadened its inquiry into whether Russia, as well as other foreign powers, could be exerting influence over Trump and his administration. Schiff, who chairs the committee, announced that it had “just voted to release all witness transcripts from our Russia investigation to the Department of Justice and Special Counsel Mueller.”

The move came less than 24 hours after Trump blasted the investigations into him and his associates, six of whom have been criminally indicted, as “ridiculous” and “partisan” during his State of the Union address. “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” he said. “It just doesn’t work that way!”

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents California, responded hours later saying: “It’s our congressional responsibility, and if we didn’t do it, we would be delinquent in that,” according to The New York Times. She also characterized the president’s comments as “an all-out threat.”

Schiff said he could “understand why the idea of meaningful oversight terrifies the President,” in a Twitter post. He pointed out that “several of [Trump’s] close associates are going to jail, others await trial, and criminal investigations continue. The congressman also affirmed that the House Intelligence Committee “won’t be distracted or intimidated by threats or attacks.”

The Benghazi incident, for which the Obama administration was investigated extensively, centered on a 2012 attack by Islamist militants on two U.S. government facilities in the Libya. The attacks left the U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith dead. Critics accused the Obama administration of not preparing accordingly for such an incident and disregarding threats of violence prior to the attack. Ten investigations, six of which were led by Republicans, found that no high-ranking Obama administration officials had acted improperly.

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