Despite the constant refrain coming from Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, and Trump’s assorted mouthpieces over at Fox News: it turns out that the whole issue of whether our president colluded with a hostile foreign government thing actually is something Americans would like to resolved.
The most compelling evidence of this is the meteoric rise of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Maddow has been following the Trump-Russia scandal more doggedly than anyone else in the media. It’s largely due to this that the The Rachel Maddow Show recently beat none other than Sean Hannity himself to became the most watch cable news program.
In March, The Rachel Maddow Show finished as the highest-rated show in cable news, with an average total audience of 3.058 million viewers–the show’s best-ever performance in the 9 p.m. ET hour. FNC’s Hannity was second, with 3.000 million viewers. Maddow also won among viewers 25-54, the demographic most valued by advertisers, finishing March with an average audience of 671,000 compared to Hannity’s 616,000. CNN finished a distant third in the hour, with 382,000 viewers 25-54.
In stark contrast to Hannity, Maddow also has an uncanny habit of being both correct and ahead of the rest of the news cycle.
Exclusive: Handwritten notes we believe were written by Dana Boente on his talking with James Comey about the “cloud” of the Russia investigation: pic.twitter.com/7VkJtX2WHb
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) April 11, 2018
In this particular instance, Maddow released the hand-written notes taken by Dana Boente, a highly respected federal attorney and Justice Department official. When James Comey testified, he disclosed that not only did he take notes himself on his dealings with Trump — he also had other people he trusted do the same.
Boente’s notes, in which he recounted information discussed with James Comey prior to Comey’s termination appear to contradict everything President Trump has said publicly about their encounters. Since Trump’s primary firewall against an obstruction charge is that his behaviors and actions towards the former FBI director did not include things such as, I don’t know, trying to call him off the FBI Russia investigation (which preceded the special counsel) — that’s a big problem for Trump.