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interview with bernie sanders tomorrow night including his opinion on trump's plutocratic cabinet picks and the man of the people campaign promises that don't seem to be square with the trump agenda. that's "all in" for this evening. rachel maddow show starts right now. >> good evening, chris. can you come over? >> i'm on my way. >> thank you very much. we'll see chris hayes in a different light, literally, in a moment. thanks to you at home for staying with us this hour. it's a weird night. we're officially having a weird night in the news. we just through the last hour just covered this. and it was interesting. the chyron at the bottom of the screen, that's like the -- see, there it is, the lower third thing, the red banner. the chyron on the screen for most of our coverage for that live event tonight said "trump holds first rally since election." and that's just weird. i mean, i'm not criticizing the producers who wrote that headline. it's true. it's just weird, right? it's weird. you have to sort of caption
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things that way as if it is a normal thing that there would be rallies since the election. right? as if this is the first one that we've been waiting for, as if it's a normal thing that a president-elect would keep holding campaign rallies after the campaign was over, after the election. i mean, presidents definitely hold big public events, right? presidents all the way back to the beginning of their being presidents, they have done big public events for their own re-election efforts or to try to elect other candidates who they support in other american elections or frequently presidents have done big public events after they're elected to try to sell the country on a specific idea like supporting the privatization of social security, we'll do rallies for that or supporting the auto bailout or something. presidents do public events. but this tonight, this trump thing that we just saw, this really isn't something that we've had before in american
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politics. this tonight, which we just covered, this was a campaign rally. this was trump holds first rally since election. this was a campaign rally. this was just a rally in support of donald trump. this was for no other purpose. it was not for an election, it was not for another candidate, not for a policy, not to get the country to do any specific thing. it was just a rally for him. as a country, this is not something we have a tradition of. outside of campaigns, we're not a country that is usually asked to convene a mass rally in support of our leader. in the absence of any other organizing imperative. but apparently now we're a country that does that. at least we did that tonight in cincinnati. and we're told that this rally for the new president, for the president-elect, this will be the first of many rallies like this that he holds. so that alone just covering that rallies since the election, that makes for a weird night. we have not heard from the
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president-elect for 3 1/2 weeks, since the election, until tonight. now that he has done this event, now we know what he has had on his mind all this time, what he's wanted to talk about all this time. turns out what he really wanted to talk about all this time is how much he won the election by and also how terrible the media is. >> remember when they said he cannot win north carolina. so we had just won ohio, iowa, and we had just won florida. breaking news, donald trump has won florida. they say, whoa. and we won it big. but then the people back there, the extremely dishonest press said -- right? very dishonest people. how about when a major anchor
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who hosted a debate started crying when she realized that we won? how about it? tears. no. tell me this isn't true. remember, you cannot get to 270, the dishonest press. remember when they said donald trump is going to lose to some guy i never even heard of. who is that guy? he is going to lose to this guy. they go, for weeks, texas is in play. then you turn on the television like two minutes later. donald trump has won texas. you know. these are very, very dishonest people. the bottom line is we won. we won. we won big. >> we have not heard from him in 3 1/2 weeks since the election,
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but now we know what's been on his mind ever since that he's been waiting to talk to us about. joining us now is my friend chris hayes, the host of "all in with chris hayes." i feel like i have to have another reality check with you. >> i know. i'm glad to be here because i was so processing what i had just seen on my own show that i had a hard time putting words to it. >> i should say just logistically, first of all, it was late. >> yeah. >> he was supposed to speak at 7:00, he didn't start speaking until an hour late. so it ended up eating most of your show. >> this is something that is evident early on. the man is who he is, temperamentally, personality wise, that would never change. people would always be talking about pivots. there would always be this intense desire from the republican establish libment and the media punditry to will him to be a different person. >> once he's elected he'll be sobered and changed. >> that is not true. that's what tonight was. the campaign will continue for four years, the rallies will
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probably continue. the presidency will look different than it has in modern time times -- ever. it will look different than it ever has. berlusconi is probably the best analog in italy. this kind of a constant, every day is a national drama with him at the center. the thing you said about kind of a rally to sort of luxuriate in the leader and pursue his vendettas. it's just all new. it has a lot of the features of kind of cults of personality, authoritarian populist leader in other places, erdogan, putin, berlusconi or victor orbin in hungary. that's what we saw. >> during the campaign and we're still seeing it now. no change. >> no change. the other thing, we saw the division, right, between like he wants to talk about the media and how much he won by and he
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wants to relive election night, then he'll go back to the prompter and the prompter is all steve bannon's vision of sort of america's nationalism, this ideological core for the republican party. it's an ideological core that comes from the john birch society circa 2005 when supporting the nafta superhighway, get our troops out of the meese, stop spending money there, shut down the wall with immigrants, stop these trade deals. the question of what this lks like as a governing strategy or whether it's because donald trump is out doing rallies, that's the big unanswered question now. >> there's an interesting question as to what's going on with the media, right? part of what you and i have to deal with is like, well, this is happening in our hours. >> right. >> he's the president-elect. how much -- >> this is first appearance. >> this is the first appearance. obviously it's important what he says. we haven't heard from him in 3 1/2 weeks.
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so much media gnashing of teeth over whether or not trump has too much of just a camera just put on him. there's a good argument to be had about that. good argument on both sides as to why that happened during the campaign. but now that he's president, the sign that says you should put the camera on him wins, now that he's president-elect, going to be president, you just put the camera on the president when he speaks. that feels different for him as a president than it does for anybody else that's had that job since we've been in media. >> absolutely. >> there's a question of what's going on with him attacking the media the way he is and what that means for the first amendment and the kinds of journalistic coverage he's going to get. >> absolutely. today we know at the carrier factory, one of the investigative reporters, local reporter who had been looking into carrier was denied credentials. it looks like carrier was the one that denied him credentials during this visit, but that's not good. and you know, the trump people are very clear it wasn't them, so be clear about who did that. >> but then he gets up at the
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podium and he goes after an anchor who hosted a debate who cried, to intimidate somebody like that in the press -- >> -- to essentially get rid of the white house press corps. all of these traditions might fall by the wayside. we don't know. but the fact of the matter is he feels confident that he has a channel to talk to the people he needs to talk to without, you know, the quote dishonest media. at the same time he also loves the media playing the foil. one of the things that the press is in the midst of figuring out is are you playing the role of the heel in the wrestling match to his face even if you're mixing it up with him? >> mm-hmm. >> because there's some way in which this national psycho drama around him has been constructed when he's fighting with the press, even if the press are fighting with him over legitimate things and really trying to hold him to account, which happens often, it is still this psycho drama, this professional wrestling
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enterprise that he's created. berlusconi was the same way. i know berlusconi better than other leaders because i studied italy and i have italian friends. there was this constant soap opera around silvio and who he was fighting with. the other time he was fighting with the media and the other half he owned and they were broadcasting silvio's message. >> the only thing he couldn't frame at the end was the child prostitution prosecution. chris hayes from "all in with chris hayes" thank you for staying late and coming here. they've done this unprecedented campaign rally as chris was just saying, a campaign rally basically without a campaign. they also had the president-elect give victory lap remarks today at a company that is about to send 1300 american jobs to mexico. we'll have more on that later on in the show. but this is the coming out day
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for the new president-elect. the first we've heard from him since the election. first, we heard from him for 3 1/2 weeks. and they've been planning this return to the stage for him. but in the middle of all that tonight in this very carefully messaged day, this big day, he's back in the middle of all that, we also got an interruption. we also got a big new totally unrelated announcement unexpectedly. trump has chosen retired marine general james mattis for secretary of defense. leaked by the people, quote, familiar with the decision. that's a big deal. secretary of defense. this is one of the biggies. this is huge news. or maybe not. after "the washington post" published that scoop tonight, the trump folks took it back. the trump transition spokesman tweeted out quickly, no, no, a decision has not been made with regard to the secretary of defense. okay, right? so the article is wrong, the choice has not been made, at least not yet. good thing because that big news would step all over everything else they were so carefully
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trying to convey today. but then it was back on. then donald trump's son who is involved in the transition alt the highest levels, then he tweeted a link to the article that said mattis would be the choice. then trump's son deleted that tweet. so the message of the day is victory lap and for a minute it was also we have a secretary of defense and then they took it back and said no, we do not have a secretary of defense, then maybe we do, maybe we don't. then tonight in cincinnati turns out we do have a secretary of defense after all. >> i don't want to tell you the this because i want to save the suspension for next week. so i will not tell you, i refuse to tell you -- and don't let it outside of this room. do you promise? raise your hand. promis promise. so i will not tell you that one of our great, great generals --
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don't let it outside, right? and, of course, the press is very honest, so they'll never let this go. even though it's all live. we've got about seven stations live. we are going to appoint mad dog mattis as our secretary of defense. but we're not announcing it till monday, so don't tell anybody. mad dog. he's great. he is great. >> marine general james mattis not formally announced as the new administration's pick for secretary of defense. not announced yet but also announced by the president-elect as that news, which is really
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big news. that news was breaking then unbreaking, then breaking again tonight. i have to tell you, msnbc also tonight reported some truly astonishing news about the other most high profile job in the new administration about which the transition has yet to make an announcement. you've probably noticed there's been an incredible amount of attention to the meetings, funny and otherwise, between mitt romney and the president-elect after mitt romney spent the whole campaign denouncing donald trump as a fraud, a conman and fundamentally dishonest danger to the public. it's been a spectacle to see that same mitt romney fawn over donald trump now that he's president-elect and musing that mitt romney might conceivably make a good secretary of state. the other named candidates, possible candidates for the secretary of state job have been former mayor rudolph giuliani and former general david petraeus, which would be an unusual choice right now if only
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for the sheer fact that petraeus is literally on probation right now after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information and lying to the fbi about it. hard to say i've got to go to my confirmation hearings but i have to check with my probation officer to see if i'm cleared to cross state lines. the three biggest jobs in the cabinet are attorney general, that willy alabama senator jeff sessions, secretary of defense, we learned that james mattis and the third is secretary of state, still outstanding. after all the attention to the romney thing, giuliani, petraeus, tonight msnbc reports that the secretary of state search is no longer confined to those candidates that have been previously named by the trump folks. believe it or no, msnbc reports there are two new men being considered for the secretary of state job. are you ready? recognize either of these two guys? if you don't, the good news is
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that even though you are going to have to memorize their names, you're only going to have to memorize one job title between them because msnbc reports tonight that the two new people in contention for secretary of state are the current ceo of exxonmobil, rex tillerson, and the former ceo of exxonmobil, lee raymond. really? joining us now on short notice, i should say, because we just got in this news. tom stier is president and founder of nextgen chimt. thank you for your time particularly on short notice. >> thank you for having me, rachel. >> i have not been reporting on every name that's been floated for every job including the secretary of state job. but when the current and former ceo of exxonmobil were reported tonight as possibilities, i feel flabbergasted. i wanted to get your response to this news. >> i think this is completely
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chilling news. the idea that we with turn over the secretary of state to the head of, the head of or the former head of the largest private oil and gas company in the world, a company which is a partner with vladimir putin in russia, which is currently being investigated criminally for misleading the american public about climate change is something that should scare every american. >> how do you see the issue of climate change, the issue of exxonmobil's business? how do you see that fitting into international diplomacy? obviously if we were talking about energy secretary, this might be a different discussion. this would, i think, flabbergast different people. but how does exxon function in international relations? >> the largest agreement ever was the paris agreement on climate last year. 194 countries agreed that we needed to control greenhouse gas emissions for the safety and welfare of people around the
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world. to basically throw that agreement away, to say we're going to follow the lead of international oil, the interests of international oil and vladimir putin is to take american leadership of the world and oppose it to 193 other countries. it's to isolate us and a chilling prospect. >> he wrote a private empire about exxon, which is one of the best books i read in the last decade. one of the things i found absolutely striking and sort of paradigm changing for me, his portrayal of exxon, was that they basically -- if they look around the world at their international interests and their basic take on it as a company is, you know, governments come and go. countries come and go, but exxon is forever. international oil interests transcend countries, outlast
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countries, are bigger and richer than most of the countries we have to deal with. they are the a private empire. that's the thing that i wanted to talk to you as an expert on climate issues and the politics of these things, that's the part of it that i feel i can't grasp. how a company that sees itself as bigger than countries could represent our country in any way that made any sense for the people of the united states of america. >> the idea that a company based in the united states of america would put itself ahead of the interests of its fellow citizens i find shocking and awful. the idea that somehow an oil company has interests that go further than the interests and are deeper than the interests of the american people, i find shocking. and the idea that they can ignore science and proceed to line their own pockets and make as much money as possible, regardless of the impact on their fellow citizens, i find shocking. >> tom steyer, founder and
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president of nextgen climate. appreciate it. that news tonight from msnbc, reporting that the secretary of state job is wide open, that the names that you've heard before tonight are not necessarily the only names in contention and that the two new names that should be seen as in the hopper for secretary of state are the current and immediately past ceo of the largest oil company in the world. exxonmobil. much more to come on this very strange news night. stay with us. for lower back pain sufferers, the search for relief often leads... here or here. today, there's a new option. introducing drug-free aleve direct therapy. a tens device with high intensity power that uses technology once only available in doctors' offices. its wireless remote lets you control the intensity, and helps you get back to things like this or this. and back to being yourself. introducing new aleve direct therapy.
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[captain rod] happy tuesday morning! captain rod here. it's pretty hairy out on the interstate.traffic is literally crawling, but there is some movement on the eastside overpass. getting word of another collision. [burke] it happened. december 14th, 2015. and we covered it. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ the new england patriots football team used to be called the boston patriots. and while they were base in boston, they played at a whole bunch of different fields including fenway park. they never had a regular home stadium when they were the boston patriots. but in the early '70s they got a stadium in a suburban town outside boston called foxborough. nobody thought they should change their names to the foxborough patriots because even till today nobody can spell
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foxborough. they stopped being the boston patriots, but they started being, instead, the new england patriots. that made sense not just for spelling purposes because new england is easier to spell than foxborough. it made sense because they're the only nfl team in the whole region of new england. now, the red sox baseball team, they still call themselves the boston red sox. they do have a home field in boston where they play. but like the patriots, the red sox are the only pro team of their kind in all of new england. they're the only major league baseball team in the whole region. and as a person who lives in new england, i'm a massachusetts resident, i can tell you culturally it's a bonding thing that there's just the red sox and just the patriots for all of new england. it's a defining thing about that whole region of the country that if we're rooting in baseball, we root for the red sox and in football we root for the patriots. that one small thing that holds that region of the united states
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together culturally. even though both of those teams are headquartered and play all their home games in massachusetts. i think the desire of the other new england states who love their pro teams, right, but they know that massachusetts is home field, right, i think the desire of the other new england states to exert a little ownership, to stake a little claim to these beloved new england pro sports teams, i think that desire on the part of nonmassachusetts new england states, i think that might have played a little bit of a role in one really, really, really stupid thing that rhode island did in 2010. there's a famous former red sox pitcher named curt schilling and curt schilling had retired from baseball and decided what he wanted to do was start a video game company. as of 2010, they hadn't yet released a single game. they weren't making any money. but they were headed up by this famous pitcher from the red sox. and they were operating out of
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massachusetts. they had their headquarters for this video game company in maynard massachusetts. the state of rhode island pounced. they decided they would steel this company out of massachusetts. they would lure curt schilling to leave maynard and instead plant their roots in rhode island. in order to get that company out of massachusetts and into rhode island, they threw a ton of money at him. the state did. the taxpayers of the state of rhode island took on loan guarantees of $75 million. so this company is borrowing money. the taxpayers of the state of rhode island said we'll guarantee your loan. if you can't pay it back, we'll be on the hook. $75 million to bring this one baseball pitcher's video game company over to their state. and it was a terrible idea. it was a disaster. the company did release one
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video game once and then they went bankrupt. and they fired everybody who worked for them. they got all that money in rhode island in 2010 by the spring of 2012 they were out of business, bankrupt, employing zero people. and the taxpayers were left holding the bag. ent wally there were lawsuits to try to get some of the money back, but those suits were able to recoup like a couple million here, a couple million dollars there. in the end, bottom line, rhode island got zero company, zero jobs, zero former red sox pitchers to claim as a business tycoon or whatever. they got no company, no jobs and the taxpayers of the state were on the hook for tens the of millions of dollars in this freebie money that they gave to this pitcher and his dumb failed company. incidentally that same pitcher says he wants to run against elizabeth warren for her u.s. senate seat. why not? you know, the public sector's been great to him already. is there free money when you run for the senate, too?
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this kind of thing happens all over, though. one of the stories that wisconsin governor scott walker dragged into his presidential run like a big old paint can tied on to his bumper with string was the story of how he also found ways to give tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to give those tens of millions of dollars away to companies that were either moving into his state or that he wanted to keep from moving out of his state. scott walker had a particular knack as wisconsin governor for giving taxpayer money to companies that would take the money and then leave the state anyway. it didn't help him that companies he did that for tended to be run by his campaign contributors. it especially did not help when local reporters in wisconsin discovered they pocketed the taxpayer money, then they outsourced their jobs to another
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country anyway and then after the fact, after all of that, after they took all this money from scott walker and then fired their wisconsin workers, after they did that, scott walker then gave them more money. gave them more wisconsin taxpayer money. gave them a second grant since they'd been so good. this is a thing that politicians do now. it's not actually a republican or a democrat, not a very partisan thing. politicians do this all over the country. any time you hear some midwestern governor waxing rhapsodic ask them how this works in their state, ask them if they've been part of these sche schemes. they do it all over. credit where credit's due. during the presidential campaign, this was actually one of the economic arguments that was made by donald trump that made some sense. and i'm not kidding. i'm not being sarcastic. the arguments he made about that particular scam in policymaking, there was something to it. >> i've watched as politicians
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talked about stopping countries from leaving. here's a zero interest loan you don't have to pay. here's tax abatement. doesn't work, folks. they have money. they want to go out, they want to move to another country and because our politicians are so dumb they want to sell their product to us and not have any retribution, not have any consequence. all of that's over. >> all of that's over. our politicians are so dumb. they want to give these companies a zero interest loan, you don't have to pay this, you want to give them a tax abatement. that's so over, that's so dumb. that is exactly what donald trump announced today at the carrier plant in indiana where he did his big victory lap about saving jobs. he had campaigned threw his entire campaign on how he was going to stop companies from shipping jobs overseas. specifically he complained on how he'd stop carrier from shipping jobs overseas and a
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very specific way he'd stop them in doing it. not one of the dumb ways that other politicians had tried. he had his own way and his way will work. >> i will call the head of carrier and i will say, i hope you enjoy your new building, i hope you enjoy your stay in mexico. every single air conditioning unit that you build and send across our border, you're going to pay a 35% tax on that unit. you're going to pay a damn tax. if companies want to fire their workers and leave for mexico other oth or other parts of the world, there will be a tax of 35% for any product they want to ship into this country. we will charge them a 35% tax where they want to ship their products back into the united states. and they won't leave. believe me. those companies will not leave. and if you think you're going to make an air conditioning unit,
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carrier, you know about carrier, they're moving to mexico. thing they're going to make air conditioners and send them right back into our country. no tax, no tariff, 1400 people gone. not going to happen. because i'm going to just say very simply, you got a 35% tax to pay. with me, they have repercussions. okay? with me, they have repercussions. with me, we inform them that if you move, you're going to pay a 35% tax on every single air conditioner that pours across our now very secure borders. >> with him, it turns out they don't have repercussions. none of that is what he did. there's not going to be some new tax on carrier air conditioners being shipped from mexico, first of all. second of all, those units still are going to get shipped back to the united states from mexico because carrier is still sending
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1300 jobs down there. and shutting down their huntington, indiana, plant in order to do it. and third, what donald trump did to convince the company to keep some of the jobs here that they were going to ship to mexico, what he actually did was think curt schilling video game studio. that's what he did. he got mike pence to write them a check from the general fund of the state of indiana. he put indiana taxpayers, state taxpayers on the hook for $7 million that's going to be paid to this company. even though they're still sending 1300 jobs to mexico. trump got elected for invaing against that, saying you give these companies zero interest loans, tax abatements, all these dumb politicians do that. that's dumb. that's a terribly stupid thing that all of our terrible politicians have done in the past. it would not happen anymore under him. he would play hard ball. with him there would be
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repercussions. the only repercussion for carrier was they got $7 million in taxpayer money while still moving jobs to mexico and closing a plant in indiana. that's what he took his victory lap for today in indiana, for mostly not succeeding at doing the thing he said everybody else was stupid to ever do. tah-dah. to see you again soon. whoa, whoa, i got this. just gotta get the check. almost there. i can't reach it. if you have alligator arms, you avoid picking up the check. what? it's what you do. i got this. thanks, dennis! if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. growwwlph. it's what you do. oh that is good crispy duck. [ cougshh. i have a cold with this annoying runny nose. better take something. dayquil liquid gels doesn't treat a runny nose. it doesn't? alka-seltzer plus cold and cough liquid gels fight your worst cold symptoms including your runny nose.
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rand paul once spent 13 hours asking essentially one
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question over and over and over again. >> the main thing we'd like is a public acknowledgment from the president or from the attorney general saying that their policy is not to kill noncombatants in america. we'd like them to say that they don't have a legal authority to kill americans on american soil. i don't think that they have the legal authority nor the constitutional prerogative to do this and they just need to admit to that. >> rand paul did that for 13 hours. the day after rand paul did that for 13 hours, this 13-hour filibuster in 2013, he got an answer to his question. the attorney general wrote to him and answered him. quote, does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an american not engaged in combat on american soil? the answer to that question is no. sincerely, eric h. holder jr. two sentences.
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two sentences in total in response to 13 hours of him asking the question. sometimes in politics the shorter the message, the bigger the impact. or at least the bigger the drama. and that happened today, too, with a very, very, very short and very dramatic message. and that's next. ♪ ♪
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noninterference in each other's internal affairs like each other's elections? in october, the month before our presidential election, the department of homeland security and the director of national intelligence officially and formally declared that russia was meddling in our election by, among other things, hacking into the democratic party's servers. then right after the election, the head of the nsa put a pretty fine point on it. he publicly affirmed unequivocally that russia, yes, did hack into the u.s. election in order to achieve a specific result. >> there shouldn't be any doubt in anybody's mind. this was not something that was done casually, this was not something that was done by chance. this was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily. this was a conscious effort by a nation state to attempt to achieve a specific effect. >> conscious effort by a nation state, russia, to attempt to achieve a specific effect in our
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election. that's what we've got publicly from the u.s. government about russia messing with our presidential election this year, which is honestly profoundly unsettling even at this distance. it still raises the question about what we as a country are going to do about it. but now today we got an amazing new mysterious plot twist. and it came from the democratic senators who are on the intelligence committee. look at this. they today released this cryptic very short open letter to the president. the whole thing is three sentences long. one of them is just "thanks." quote, dear mr. president, we believe there is additional information concerning the russian government and the u.s. election that should be declassified and released to the public. we're conveying specifics through classified channels. thank you for your attention to this important matter. and that's it. signed by seven democratic senators on the intelligence committee. what is this additional information concerning the
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russian government and the u.s. election that they want declassified? they say they're acceptedi isen specifics through classified channels. what is this about? we can report tonight that the republican senators on the intelligence committee were also invited to add their names to this very short, very intriguing letter but all the republicans declined. the architect of this letter is oregon senator ron wyden. today we spoke with senator widen's office to basically try to pry some more information out of them on this to try to figure out what this is about, but that was a total no go. they were 100 prgs tight lipped with us. whatever they're referring to here is classified, they're keeping it classified but they're letting us know through this open letter that they have sent it to the president and they want him to talk about it to the rest of us. what's this about? what could this be about? joining us now is michael mcfaul, professor of political
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science at stanford university. nice to see you. thanks for being with us tonight. >> sure. thanks for having me. >> what do you make of this three-sentence letter from these senators tonight? what's your reaction to this? >> well, first of all, i don't know the intelligence that they're referring to, right? i've been out of the government for a couple of years. but it's rather unprecedented that they would go public to ask the executive branch to declassify information like this. i can't remember ever that happening when i was in the government. it obviously means that they have read intelligence because they have clearances that is deeply disturbing about what russia did during our election and while the president, president obama is still at the white house, they want to get that information out to the american people. i could speculate about different hypothesis about it but it seems to me it must be something serious. they wouldn't do it otherwise. >> seems to me two possibilities here. one, they know something that is so materially different than what has been disclosed so far by the head of the nsa, by the
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director of national intelligence, homeland security director, that it will change the conversation and really sort of wake people up to the magnitude of what russia did here. the other possibility is that they're frustrated that there hasn't been more of a public response to what the government has already said about russian intervention in the election and they're hoping to keep the story going or at least draw more attention to it by getting some more information out there even if it's not materially different. on that latter point, have you been surprised that there hasn't been more of a reaction in the public and in our political system to what we know about what russia did? >> yes, of course. i think -- i mean, i'm so glad you read that statement by president putin because that's a statement they've been reading for 30 or 40 years, by the way. it goes back to soviet times this noninterference clause. and already we do know that they intervened. i mean, there's no doubt that they hacked the dnc and stole that information from a party and then that had political
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consequences because of what wikileaks did with it. and because of the partisan electoral nature of the debate before the election, we could never talk about the national security implications of this in a serious way, but now is the right time to do it. i'm glad they're putting pressure on the administration. i know they didn't want to do it. the white house did not want to do it during the election because they, ironically, if you think about what happened over with the fbi, but they did not want to put their thumb on the scale one way or the other in the electoral process. but now it's over. we should be able to know what these representatives know and then make our own decisions about what happened with the russian interference. >> to be clear, you're saying the white house din want to talk about this more publicly during the election because they felt like it would essentially be intervening on hurricane hkillas behalf in the election because it would be implicating russia
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in trying to help trump win? >> correct. >> dramatic stuff. michael mcfaul, appreciate your time tonight sir, thank you. >> thanks for having me. >> that's kind of a dramatic revelation, isn't it? i'm that's a dramatic revelatio, isn't it? i'm not sure if that's been reported elsewhere, but we will see what becomes of the new administration and the russian government, but what we know already, even without new disclosures which have been asked for by these democratic senators, what we know already about the way russia tried to help trump win is something that we haven't reckoned with as all at citizens, let alone as a political system. i feel like this is step one in a 50-step process. we'll be right back. yeah, with liberty mutual all i needed to do to get an estimate was snap a photo of the damage and voila! voila! (sigh) i wish my insurance company had that... wait! hold it... hold it boys... there's supposed to be three of you... where's your brother? where's your brother?
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last hour, president-elect
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donald trump made a surprise announcement that he is naming marine general james mattis as his secretary of defense. there's a legal wrinkle with that, because the law says we've got control of the military, you can't be secretary of defense if you were on active duty in the last seven years. congress would have to pass a waiver to that law in order to approve him for that job. we've got a little bit of breaking news. democratic u.s. senator kirsten gillibrand has just put out a statement saying while i deeply oppose mattis, i will oppose a waiver. i will not vote for an exception to this rule. we'll see if that catches on, but that could be a big deal for a big nomination. that does it for us. now it's time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. >> congress voted for one

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