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Joe Scarborough likens Sean Spicer to 'an old Soviet propagandist'

Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday skewered White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for his press briefing performance Monday afternoon. Spicer claimed during the briefing that "there was nothing as far as we know that would lead anyone to believe" that a meeting Donald Trump Jr. attended in June 2016 was not focused on Russian adoption policies. Donald Trump Jr.'s emails, which he released, and a tweet from President Trump himself have both offered unequivocally clear confirmations that Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the presidential election in the hopes of gathering negative information about Hillary Clinton.

Spicer's lines reminded Scarborough of "what we used to hear from the old Soviet Union spokespeople." "They would come out and say things that had already been disproven, that the whole world knew had been disproven. And when Sean Spicer comes out yesterday and say it's just about adoptions, that lie, which the president signed off on on Air Force One, was proven to be a falsehood over a week ago, and everyone in Washington, everyone in America, knows it," Scarborough said. "And yet, like an old Soviet propagandist, you have White House people going out and actually quoting something that was proven to be a falsehood eight, nine, 10 days ago."

Watch Scarborough draw the comparison below. Becca Stanek