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starts now. tonight, ending the russian investigation, they found no evidence in collusion. the president tweet in all capital letters and this goes against the intel community and the investigation continues. new reporting on the mueller investigation as he gathers information in all areas. plus, new developments on the stormy front. the president apparently back in line with the nra on guns and all eyes here on western p.a. where election day starts just hours from now as the"the 11th hour" gets underway on a monday night. and good evening to you, once again from our nbc news headquarters here in new york. day 417 of the trump administration, and by one measure, the whole investigation appears to be over.
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the news was so big, the president switched to all capital letters tonight to say this. the house intelligence committee has after a 14-month long indepth investigation found no evidence of collusion or coordination between the trump campaign and russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. in fact, there it is on the summery of the investigation quote we have found no evidence of collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the trump campaign and the russians. they go on to despite their intelligence agency findings that russia indeed developed a preference for then candidate donald trump during the 2016 campaign. so those are all accurate depictions there except this wasn't the finding of the house intelligence committee tonight. what the president wrote about in all capital letters is something from republicans. they didn't tip off the democ t democrats they were shutting
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this down. the investigation goes on in a number of different forms but the democrats were fuming tonight. the lead democrat on the now closed investigation, adam schiff of california put it this way this evening. by ending its oversight role in the only authorized investigation in the house, the majority has placed the interests of protecting the president over protecting the country and history will judge its actions harshly. schiff offered this sharp criticism while speaking with our own rachel maddow tonight. >> i think many of us could see that donald trump was going to be a very poor president. what we complicit in the service of that deeply flawed president. the constitution is only as good as the people that uphold it and
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by shutting down this investigation it shows the people upholding it are not living up to their responsibility. >> mike conaway who has been leading the investigation since last spring addressed democratic criticism tonight appearing on fox news. >> is it surprising folks would want to disagree. maybe some of the democrats didn't want this to coal to conclusion because it has an advantage to keep this wound open. we believe it's important to move forward. we have elections coming up. the primary season started. we have important things to discuss with the american people about protecting the elected process. >> as the house investigation comes to an end, we're learning about the wide ranging russia investigation that has dominated the news cycle in recent weeks. bloomberg reports it this way today, special counsel robert muell mueller's investigation into whether president donald trump obstructed justice is said to be close to completion but may set
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it aside while he finishes key parts of his probe such as possible collusion and the hacking of democrats according to current and former u.s. officials. that's because mueller may calculate that if he tries to bring charges in the obstruction case, the part that may hit closest to trump personally, witnesses may become less corporative in other parts of the probe or the president may move to shut it down all together. on that front, we are also hearing from deputy attorney general rod rosenstein tonight. he is offering support for the special counsel as the president continues to trash this investigation overall as a witch hunt. rosenstein in a rare interview told "usa today" quote the special counsel is not an unguided missile. i don't believe there is any justification at this point for material nat terminating the special counsel. the comments come after this weekend's report from "the new york times" that said the
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president is in discussions with a veteran lawyer who represented bill clinton during the impeachment process about joining the white house to help deal with the mueller investigation. let's bring in our lead off panel for a monday night talk about all of it, julia is back with us, nbc news security and justice reporter and robert costa reporter for "the washington post" and moderator of "washington week" on pbs and watergate special counsel. welcome to you-all. julia, you are batting lead tonight. why did this happen? why did the republicans on this committee want to pull the rip cord? >> brian, i think to an extent, this was expected. we know that this has been a largely po lly partisan investi. this is the same committee that put out the nunes memo saying it was based on the flimsy dossier and they eliminated key details that really under pinned the reason why this needs to be
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brought to the federal level of investigation. but i think that they went further than a lot of people were expecting that they went up against the findings of the intelligence community saying that it was actually not russian preference at all for trump that maybe they meddled but there clearly wasn't any case of them having a clear preference for the republican candidate and the intelligence community said there was a clear preference here when russians got involved in the election when they wanted to medal, they clearly tried to discredit the democrat hillary clinton and show a preference to trump. they are going up against them and the fact they cut the democrats out undermines it. it's still important, i don't think that, you know, we need to ride too much into the decision but it's important to think about the fact that the majority party in the house wants to dismiss this and pick siding with the boss, with the
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president over fuller investigation over questioning witnesses more completely because that would be the body, brian, where you would have to bring an impeachment trial and if we come to that point with this probe and the republicans in the house don't think that this is anything but a witch hunt, they could block those efforts. >> robert, this next question is for all of us who grew up in a household where we used to hear this is why we can't have nice things. let's lay it out here. this was the least of the investigations that were going on, but the way they have behaved and the way they have handled this, what to do about putting our trust in this committee of the house that deals with our secrets as a nation, the next time we seriously have to deal with our secrets as a nation. >> well, voters will certainly evaluate them this fall. we also all grew up in homes where college football may have been popular. i went to notre dame and rooted
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for the irish. there were polls that determination l chae national c. they are making conclusions about the russia experience but the probe that really matters is the justice department. the special counsel. so while the senate intelligence committee and house intelligence committee are coming up to the various conclusions, what matters is mueller and his indictments and the voters may have a political cost they will put on the republicans for how they handled this probe but at this moment, mueller, he keeps an eye on what people are saying to the house committees and to the senate committees but not worried about it because he has grand juries going on at this moment. >> all right. a subset of that question, robert, can this be revived if in november the voters decide it's going to be chairman schiff and control of the house flips. >> you're not going to see these private investigations going on
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like we've seen in capitol hill where we have people, the camera shot where they walk in, corey l they will have white house officials, campaign officials so the public can see up close what these people are saying on the record under oath. >> how can you conduct a proper investigation now that it's over? we can talk about it in the rearview mirror without calling forward manafort, gates, papadopoulos or flynn. >> or the president. there are so many things missing from this investigation that it is absurd to call it over and the only explanation for saying that has to be partisan and the only thing i would quibble with in what julia said because i agree with everything except when she said it was largely partisan. it is totally partisan. there has been no bipartisanship in this investigation and that is a big difference from what we
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had during watergate where we operated as prosecutors side by side with the senate who operated in the totally bipartisan way where the democrats and the republicans had a public hearing, the american people were able to see what was happening to understand the witnesses and understand the evidence and there was legislation that came out of it that tried to solve the problems that had in part been the cause of watergate and here i don't see a real urge to solve the problems and protect us. we have an election tomorrow in pennsylvania but we have a big election for the midterms and we need to solve this problem and congress is the one who has to do it and public hearings would certainly be a good way to go about it. >> jill, last time i asked you about an obstruction case, it became a commercial that still area every six minutes but i'll go there again. do you believe this reporting on mueller that parts of this case
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can go on the shelf completed infect because to announce them now would be to color other witnesses and other parts of the case yet to get to. >> yes, i think that that's not bad thinking and strategy to put it off. there is no reason why it needs to be brought before the rest of the case. and keep in mind that you do not need to have any proof of collusion as we have started calling it or conspiracy or of working together to work with the russians in order for a violation of the law of obstruction to have happened. you can have obstruction as we did in watergate where there is no evidence that richard nixon knew about the break in before it happened. the evidence is that within days he was actively involved in covering it up. so that it wouldn't be disclosed that his campaign and that his white house were involved in the break in and so it is equally possible that president trump
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obstructed justice to protect other people even though he didn't know in advance that they were working with the russians although in this case, there seems to be a lot of evidence, things like it's hard for me to believe that don junior met with the russians and didn't tell his father about the meeting and that he was going to get dirt on hillary. so there is some evidence he may have been involved in the work with the russians. >> so julia, it wouldn't surprise you, i guess, if the president had met with an impeachment attorney, though he has pushed back hard. you have reporting on another front and that has to do and be gentle with us here, your lay audience members, has to do with qatar. >> that's right. and it's a complicated one. so thank you for asking about it. it's a little setup. of course, it seems brian that the politics overseas between golf cost countries are i'm packing politics here. it's been a huge surge in
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lobbying. we were able to gather that from some of the great data report es at nbc since trump endorsed the qatar lobbyists from both sides and another thing that's been gathered is qatar can look at the influence at the white house by the meetings reported on by george n n george nador and the qatar people believe tried to sway the trump administration toward policies like endorsing the blockade like they did in june. they gathered this information and you would think they want to take this to robert mueller because he's looking into elicit influence, especially by countries that could have done business with the white house with jared kushner but didn't go forward. they were actually in d.c. last january, they had all these meetings set up and stopped
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short of talking to mueller because, brian, they were worried about burning their bridges on dim plom splomacy. they came into town and went to the fbi but stopped short of going to the special counsel's office. in a nutshell, this shows what happens when there is a conflict of interest when the foreign countries can't decide whether or not they should compile, come forward in a national security level investigation or if they should try to preserve diplomacy with this white house and there are a number of considerations they had to weigh here and ultimately decided not to go forward. we can be sure robert mueller is getting this information through other channels. >> mr. costa, you get the last word tonight because tomorrow morning everyone in a hilton garden inn and mooariott will lk down and rod rosenstein says
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everything is fine here. we're chugging along. this case takes up no more than 5% of my energy but nobody should consider mueller an unguided missile. what do you make of his decision to speak at all? >> brian, as a reporter, i'm not a big believer in coincidences in politics. you saw rod rosenstein having dinner with jeff sessions. michelle's restaurant in d.c., a sign perhaps many reporters think of solidarity as this investigation faces scrutiny from the white house and today rod rosenstein talks to u"usa today" knowing they will becoming out with no collusion. he's trying to protect the probe and protect mueller. >> our great thanks to our lead off panel tonight. julia ainsley to robert costa who spoke irish and french restaurant names tonight and will wine banks, thank you. really appreciate it.
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coming up as we approach the first break, stormy daniels, gun politics, forth korea, tomorrow's trip to california and viewing samples of the wall. all the things that just happened to also be on the president's plate right about now and a preview of election day in western p.a. now just hours away. what the results might mean for donald trump. "the 11th hour" just getting started on a monday night. my husband is probably going to think i'm crazy. he thinks i'm going to see my sister! ♪ ♪ sometimes the confidence to be spontaneous starts with financial stability. once i heard it i was shocked. i just thought, i have to go get it! ♪ ♪ it's our tree! ♪ ♪ see how a personalized financial strategy and access to j.p. morgan investment expertise can help you. chase. make more of what's yours.
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i think we're doing a great job. we have done more than any first term administration in the history of our country, we have. you take a look. our new slogan when we start running in can you believe it two years from now is going to be keep america great exclamation point. keep america great. >> president trump this weekend in southwestern p.a. supposed to be talking up rick saccone for the 18th congressional district but he spent a lot of time on his favorite topic as he begins a new week at the white house, here is a brief look at what he'll have to contend with. a lot of people are saying his latest proposal for gun control was released late yesterday seems to be a concession to the nra even though he vowed to stand up to the gun lobby in the days after the park land school
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shooting in florida mounting questions about the president's decision to sit down with the leader of north korea and announcement that has been followed by few details from the white house or anybody else about plans for the summit. there is a battle for the house seat in pennsylvania, the election tomorrow races tighter than a lot of republicans ever would have expected and tomorrow the president gets an up close look at the prototypes he's ordered up for his border wall. that will take place in california, which has resisted his tough line on immigration and other policies and then there is stormy daniels, the porn star offered to return the $130,000 that donald trump's lawyer michael cohen paid her for her silence so that she can speak freely about mr. trump. the white house says an alleged relationship between the two of them didn't happen. daniel's attorney appeared on this network this evening to talk about his client's offer. >> we haven't heard anything
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back but we don't believe it's a big challenge. we think it's a fair settlement offer and one that should be seriously considered and accepted by mr. cohen and the president. my client wants a forum to tell her story. she's prepared to return the $130,000 and if they do not accept the settlement, this is yet another step, another process by which they are going to seek to silence my client. what are they afraid of? >> here to talk about all of it with us tonight, kimberly atkins and msnbc contributor and jonathan lamarre, msnbc political ann list. kimberly, it has been reported that the president is now going to live like somebody left the gate open that a lot of the gate keepers in the west wing are now gone, don't have their influence, so what we saw this weekend was him enjoying the warm bath of his base.
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a guy that there are people in this network that remembered him, he's an entertainer and he can be an entertaining guy in front of a live audience. >> yeah, and we saw that in pennsylvania. he brought the full trump show. it had very little to do with rick saccone enjoying millions of dollars from the republican party and outside spending to try to hold on to a seat in the belt that it should be easy for a republican to win but suddenly isn't. he didn't make it about the candidate. he launched the reelection bid in front of the crowd and he's gone, trusted his guts on a number of issues from the announcing north korea talks to going ahead with the tariffs. we've seen him now shift away from the process that had been put in place in the white house and sort of more free willing, trusting himself, being his own counsel and we're getting the full trump, if you will. >> jonathan, this is too good.
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i'll go back to the well before i allow you to speak. we have another mash up from pennsylvania. we have to do this. >> that washington d.c., got a lot of evil there but we're getting it out. step by step. a lot of evil. a lot of bad people. a lot of bad people, a lot of fake media look at them. a lot of fake media. fake, fake media. if i don't win the election, their ratings will go so far down, they will be out of business, every one of them. can you imagine? can you imagine covering bernie or pocahontas? i would love to beat oprah. i know her weakness. maxine waters, low iq. ever seen her? when i was in china and other places, by the way, i said mr. president, do you have a drug
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problem? no, no, no. i said what do you attribute that to? the death penalty. so is there any more fun than at a trump rally? >> jonathan lamarre, let's make that your question, is there any more fun than a trump rally? >> have we been to 100 of them covering that campaign. they are fun. they are entertaining. we got a lot of greatest hits there. >> i left out chuck todd and other greatest hits. he makes part of the story about the media. promoting us the most antagonistan ta antagonistic way. it was a rally short on policy specifics as we come to expect. it was long on mentions of himself. you know, we got his unveiling of his campaign slogan complete with the exclamation point, which is an excellent touch. this does come at a time you mentioned there is a lot swirling around for the president.
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stormy daniels, that is creating more headlines by the day. he's going to california where the heart of the resistance where he'll face a lot of not just protest but pressure to show hey, this wall, the signature item of the campaign might come to be because to this point hasn't and we saw today on guns where he a couple weeks ago made a point, less than two weeks ago called out republican senators and said you're afraid of the nra, he would be the one to change things and today offers a very watered down proposal where it seems like he's the one that backed off trying to fight the powerful gun lobby. >> as you know about kimberly atkins, she's a journalist and lawyer. let me ask you about stormy daniels. i'm starting to read, we all are and starting to hear the wise people saying collusion, russia, this is the one that could really get this president in deep trouble. e why are they saying that?
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>> you see them trying to get out of this agreement offering back this $130,000 paid to keep her quiet so that she won't tell the story. there has got to be a reason why they want her out there. she's already given the story to other outlets that's been reported so if it's this -- if the president and his team or if allegedly his team, the president allegedly to have anything to do with this which is hard to believe is trying this hard to keep it key equiet there more? is there more information we don't know? is there an effort to tie this money directly to the president to offer this money back and there is the campaign finance potential campaign finance violation if this money was given in an effort to keep her quiet before the campaign that can be seen as a contribution and would violate campaign finance law. that's a crime. that's against the law. there is intrigue of course but there is also a legal under
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pinning that could tie him to something more serious and certainly land in trouble with the fcc. >> jonathan, give me a quick preview of california. this president fond of relegislating his victory may not do it on the west coast. >> no, he didn't do well there. declaring war on the state over sanctuary cities and comes after the president to pull ice officers out of the state and see what they think about illegal immigration then. it's a place he's not expected to be well received. he does start in san diego which is a military town and will address troops there. that i will assume will be a warm reception. he's going to tour some of the border wall prototypes but leads into los angeles for a private fundraiser where we expect there will be protesters in the streets and spending the night in california which is something he rarely does, sleep away from his bed in the white house. this will be something where he
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is taking longer than any other president since eisenhower to make the first trip to california, home of one-eighth of the population and it's likely he won't be very well received. >> two of our best pals around here, kimberly adkins, jonathan lamarre. another break for us. when we come back, what did we just witness on this president and guns? a member of congress from florida will join us to talk about that. tomorrow, it's a day filled with promise and new beginnings, challenges and opportunities. at ameriprise financial, we can't predict what tomorrow will bring. but our comprehensive approach to financial planning can help make sure you're prepared for what's expected and even what's not. and that kind of financial confidence can help you sleep better at night. with the right financial advisor, life can be brilliant.
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to wait until i'm 21 to get a handgun but can serve at 18. >> we didn't address it, mr. president. >> because you're afraid of the nra. >> i represent a december strict in central florida and we were affected by pulse and in the aftermath the american people want to see us, their elected leaders working together to do something. i'm heartened. >> this didn't happen after pulse. how bad was pulse and nothing happened? >> i have a bipartisan bill to remove the so-called dickie amendment that prevented over the last couple decades, the cdc and federal agencies from researching gun violence. >> that was president trump talking with lawmakers at a bipartisan meeting last month and that member of congress you
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just heard from is here with us and will join us in just a moment. the white house in the meantime outlined the gun plan over the weekend. it's in response to the park land florida school shooting that left 17 dead and sparked a student movement for gun control. maybe they will push the adults. the president's plan supports some expanded background checks and arming teachers notably missing is prior support for raising the age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21. he wrote on twitter today quote, things are moving rapidly on this but not much political support to put it mildly. the florida legislature actually pass the its own bill raising the age limit last week. the nra is suing to stop that florida law from taking effect. well, with us now is the last member of congress we heard from there. congresswoman stephanie murphy, democrat from the state of florida. her florida congressional district begins across the street from the pulse nightclub and her constituents were
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greatly affected by the shooting and the deaths of those 49 souls. congress woman, you're the first member of that meeting at that table to join us here at this table. what was that discussion like for you because it sure sounded to me listening all over again that he was supporting a hike in the minimum age. >> as you mentioned, the pulse nightclub shooting really affected my district so this is an issue that's deeply personal for me. sitting at that meeting, i felt maybe there was hope. here is a president who was doubling down on the idea that we should have strong background checks and challenging members of congress to defy the nra and so i was deeply disappointed to see what he rolled out today. it doesn't go far enough and it certainly doesn't come close to what he talked about us doing at the table that day. >> what do you think you'll get out of congress, out of the house of representatives and tell us a bit about the bipartisan bill you mentioned to
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the president. >> you know, brian, i think the conversation that we've been having as a country around gun safety has been so polarized and hasn't been grounded in facts. so the bill i introduced is the gun violence research act, which would allow the cdc and agencies to research gun violence so that instead of coming up with reactive policies based on the latest mass shooting that we actually get a chance based on facts and evidence develop a set of legislative policies that will help keep our communities more safe. so i'm really pushing that forward. i'm grateful to say i have 160 co-sponsors, seven of which are republicans. i don't think it should take a lot of moral courage to say we want the facts on a publish health issue. >> i assume you're fine with the fact these students appear to be saying to the grown ups among us, excuse us, get out of our way, you've had your chance to fix the problem. >> i am so inspired by the students and wonder if this
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isn't a moment for this generation that's similar to the anti vietnam war movement. i'm incredibly inspired. >> final question has to also do with the house of representatives but something you played no role in. your reaction to this, the ending of the house intel committee investigation by the republicans coming out to say it's over. as i asked robert costa at the top of the broadcast, how can we trust that committee now to deal with real national secrets that in a way are all of our business? >> what's missing from that decision is the fact that we were attacked by a foreign government, and they were attacking our democracy and yet, we can't conduct a non-partisan, an objective investigation into exactly what happened. it had become such a polarized conversation we're not putting the best interest of this
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country above our party politics. >> congresswoman, thank you very much for joining us in the studio tonight. congresswoman stephanie murphy of florida. coming up for us, both major parties are watching the pittsburgh suburbs where the polls open really just a few hours from now and there is great interest in the result will be announcing here tomorrow night. that and more when we continue. when you look at the mercedes-benz glc... ...with its high-tech cameras and radar... ...contemporary cockpit... ...three hundred and sixty degree network of driver-assist technologies... ...and sporty performance... ...what's most impressive about the glc? all depends on your point of view. the 2018 glc. starting at $40,050. mercedes-benz. the best or nothing.
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we talked robert costa to rejoin us to talk about this congressional district that makes up the southern suburbs of pittsburgh and for the folks watching at home that want to know why it's so important they devote their time to a congressional district, make your case. why is what happens tomorrow vital? >> high stakes for the president and congressional republicans. brian, in this corner of pennsylvania, economic protection, the creed of president trump is as much of a passion in this area as the pittsburgh steelers are a passion. if the president can't win here in a district he won by 20 points, it's going to make congressional republicans who have his agenda in their hands very skiddish about the reelection chances. republicans are putting so much money into the race because they want to reassure the party. >> we're in the teeth of what seems like the third nor'easter in as many days here in new york tonight apparently there is going to be snow in western p.a. but they don't scare easily.
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talk to us about turnout and what could happen either way. >> turnout really matters because conner lamb has to thread the needle. he's the democrat, young 33-year-old former prosecutor. he needs to get the resistance out but win over republicans and you see him balancing the balls in the air. he's pretty moderate. he reminds me of candidates in 2006 when democrats took back the house at the helm and again she's still at the helm. he's more conservative and trying to win over moderate independents and hard core democrats and republicans are trying to get trump voters out. that's why the president was out, to rally them. >> i heard an analyst say i usually say all these congressional district races are unique and broader strokes can't be gleaned from them but she said in this point, in this case, the president did win this district by 20. so a democratic upset
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deservingly will make headlines across the country. >> it will make big headlines if the democrat wins. i was talking to people today, brian, and they started to tell me, hey, we blame rick saccone that has run a sluggish campaign. he's ran one and lagged behind the democrat but he's also embraced president trump. he's not been running really on the tax cut. he's been running as a trumper. he's been there with the president speaking passionately about the president. this is a referendum on the president of the united states. the white house doesn't see it that way. they don't like to say it that way but that's what most republicans see and they are counting on president trump to save them. if they can't see rick saccone, you may see more retirements coming up. >> covering more tomorrow night but tonight in typical fashion, he played like a champion today. appreciate it. coming up for us, a bad showing in front of a big audience for another of trump's cabinet secretaries.
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you can't say definitively today guns shouldn't be in schools? >> i'll reper back to tfer back senator and the school in wyoming. probably there i would imagine that there is probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies. >> one year ago betsey devoss and so-called school choice advocate who trump nominated as education secretary came under scrutiny for answers she gave at her senate confirmation hearing. critics said she seemed unprepared for basic questions. well, after 13 months on the
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job, the secretary of education seemed to struggle once again in an interview with "60 minutes." >> the public schools in michigan gotten better? >> i don't know. overall i can't say overall that they have all gotten better. >> have you seen the really bad schools maybe try to figure out what they are doing? >> i have not. i have not. i have not intentionally visited schools that are under performing. >> maybe you should. >> maybe i should, yes. >> do you see this disproportion and discipline as institutional racism. >> we're studying it carefully. >> randy wine garden, president of the american federation of teachers called out the performance of the education secretary. >> people pour their hearts out to her about what was needed, special needs parents, early childhood educators, high school kids. it's not unobvious. she doesn't want to learn.
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in fact, the only thing she seems to want to do is what she said years ago, defund and end public education as we know it and i think yesterday was an example of that. >> with us for more on all of this tonight, of this tonight, kaitlin emma, who covers education for politico, in addition to covering the policy making and the political angles of all of this. kaitlin, how badly did this go and does the administration care? >> it went pretty badly. i've been covering secretary devos as an education reporter for about the last year and i think this is the most attention that she has received from an interview since her confirmation hearing, which you just showed a clip of, when she infamously said maybe we need guns in schools to protect against potential grizzly bears. the clip of the "60 minutes"
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interview went viral in that way. cnn reported that white house officials were concerned about her inakinact -- inability to ar questions. not a lot of her answers raised a lot of red flags for us. we've been consistently hearing responses like this to base click policy questions. i think leslie stahl was able to pinpoint her on several different policy points. it had such a broad audience that it just took off. she had a tough day. she came out with a statement later this evening saying, you know, "60 minutes" did not run the entire interview, that it was edited carefully, that they left out data we had given to them and she was sort of tweeting about it this evening so clearly they're not happy with the performance either.
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>> i was reminded tonight, she was the closest vote of any of the cabinet nominees. they were so fearful, it took the vice president as a tiebreaker in the senate. she was that unpopular. her problem in addition is she only the latest trump cabinet member to bring a poor reflection on this government. >> right. we've seen a lot of news stories about how several cabinet members aren't coming from a very specific policy place that would prepare them for their job and education secretary betsy devos was a wealthy philanthropist and she has no experience with public schools, she was never a teacher. she doesn't have a lot of experience in education policy. for the most part she's coming from a place where she was wealthy and supportive of school choice, like the expansion of charter schools and that's
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predominantly where her expe expertise lies. as education secretary, she has to advocate and talk about way more things than she was prepared to do when she initially took the job from higher education to campus sexual assault to i'm sure she never imagined talking about equipping teachers with guns in schools but here we are. >> school choice is one of those euphemisms that can mean so many different things. kaitlin emma, thank you so much for joining us. when "the 11th hour" continues, the experts en route to investigate the trouble in texas. does this map show the
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last thing before we go here tonight, this is a nervous time for the folks living in austin, texas. while this is normally a great week to be in austin as the south by southwest festival is currently under way, for the folks who live there and have homes there it's unsettling. that's because someone is leaving package bombs on people's door steps. three people have been injured in three different incidents and people of austin are being warned not to go near anything left outside their door. investigators will look at the possibility of hate crime motives as only people of color have been targeted thus far. the good news for the people of austin is this -- the feds have
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arrived, the explosive experts from the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms, atf, and the fbi, just seeing them arrive and put on their jackets and go to work has put a lot of folks there at ease. and that's important because when you hear the very best in law enforcement come under fire from the very top of our government, the thought occurs to you what's it going to be like when we really need them? >> the fbi and the department of justice created a fraud in allowing hillary clinton to get away with her terrible, terrible crimes. >> it's an embarrassment. >> this is not the country that we know and love. >> it's worse than watergate. >> what is going on, right? >> the fbi's trying to look the other way. i don't believe they're going to get away with it. >> hillary clinton is guilty. she knows it, the fbi knows it, the people know it.
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>> nobody in this room can believe what's going on with the fbi. >> the fbi has been in turmoil. you know that, i know that, everybody knows that. >> well, it's a shame what's happened with the fbi. it's a very sad thing to watch, i will tell you that. >> are you concerned about the senior leadership at the fbi? >> thanks, everyone. >> let's see how it all works out. >> in light of those attacks, the fbi director has told all 37,000 employees to keep their heads down and keep doing their jobs. that's what they're doing tonight in austin. as an austin family prepares to bury a 17-year-old killed by a bomb this morning, federal agents, local, state, p.d. have left their homes and their families to make austin safer. and does anyone for a moment doubt that law enforcement will find this bomber? didn't think so. that is our broadcast for this monday night as we start off a new week. thank you so very much for being here with us and good night from nbc news headquarters here in new york.
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happy monday. don't think of it as an hour less of sleep. think about it as an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day. this is a new book from investigative reporters. that book comes out tomorrow morning. mike and david are here tonight in person for the first interview they are doing about this book. that means not only do you get to see michael and david, that means this show tonight is the first opportunity we have to break some of the news that is in this book. so that is coming up in moments. stand by for that because tonight one of those wacky coincidences, tonight, the night before "russian roulette" comes out, house republicans decided to surprise everybody by announcing with no warning that they're not doing any more interviews in the russia investigation, t

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