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irma, i found eight houses not repaired five years later. still a lot of work to be done. >> not a good sign. nick. >> we think we're living in a uniquely deadly age for terrorist attacks. but it has been worse in the '70s in an eight-month period. there were five bombings a day on american soil. the first one often called a firing but it wasn't. it was a resignation. the first one came 24 days into the new administration. three and a half weeks in and already shedding their first senior staff. february 13th, trump national security advisor mike flynn resigned from the white house. that was in february. then in march, next out was the deputy white house chief of staff, katy walsh. then in april, it was the deputy national security advisor mcfarland. then in may, it was the white house communications director number one.
mike dubkey was out in may. then in june, it was the vice president's chief of staff, guy named josh and july -- july ended up being busy. i swear they saved this up for when i went on vacation in part of july. in july they lost the deputy chief of staff of the national security who is a breitbart person, and then they lost the white house press secretary, sean spicer. then they lost the associate assistant white house press secretary and lost reince priebus and then they lost white house communications director number two anthony scaramucci and then we rolled into the lazy days of august and in washington nothing happens but it's time to fire or accept the resignation of the senior director for
intelligence at the national security counsel as watnick, and nobody was sure why she was there in the first place. then all in the same day, chief of staff president named and a direct liaison, director of the office at the white house and then the special adviser on regulatory, karl icahn, and that same day. then a week later, sebastian gorka. all gone. i mean, this is just like the people who have knowable titles. right? all gone. this administration isn't that old. this doesn't show a revolving door. this is like somebody turning the carousel motor up to 100
miles an hour and people fleeing off of the thing into the night. of course, that's not counting the no notice firings of dozens of federal prosecutors and the firing of the acting attorney general salary yates and the firing of the fbi director james comey. this is all just white house. last night "the new york times" broke the news that on the day robert mueller was appointed special counsel, president trump reportedly lost his mind at the attorney general jeff sessions because sessions had recused himself from anything related to russia. quote, when the phone call informing him about the muller appointment ended, white house counsel don mcgahn relayed the news to the president and his aids. almost immediately mr. trump lobbied a volley of insults at mr. sessions. telling him the attorney general it was his fault they were in the current situation. trump told sessions that choosing him tore the attorney general was one of the worst decisions he had ever made. he called him an idiot and said
that he should resign. he did resign. he wrote a resignation letter to the president but the president would not accept it. quote, trump ended up rejecting sessions' resignation letter after senior members of his administration dismissing the ag would create more problems for a president who already fired an fbi director and national security advisor. senior advisors told him that accepting mr. sessions' resignation would only sew more chaos inside administration. really? the idea this administration didn't want to let anybody go, would attract too much attention. they were afraid of shedding anyone as of may? they took drastic steps even against the president's wishes to stop losing key and high profile staff as of may because that would be too much chaos? really? they stopped letting people go?
how does that square with their actual behavior? it doesn't make sense that senior white house advisors wouldn't let the president fire anyone too high profile as of may because in reality as of may they were just getting started with the flinging people off the carousel into the night. the times further reports that president trump asked again if he could please fire jeff sessions in july. and again, the answer was reportedly no. no, that would be too disruptive. too disruptive to fire somebody in july? why? because jeff sessions might clog up the out door they were using to fire these other people and there might be a pileup? he was going to block the fire exit? honestly, that explanation for why the president couldn't fire jeff sessions when he wanted to honestly makes no sense, given the number of people fired from this white house. this situation with the president and the attorney general supposedly having this
standoff, it will end weirdly i can assure you. but something about the way that conflict between the president and the attorney general, something about the way that palace intrigue is being described is off. when you put it in context against the way the white house was otherwise behaving at the time these supposed conflicts really came to ahead. regardless of jeff sessions, today there is one new name to add to the list in washington. today we got the resignation of the press secretary to the vice president. a man named mark lotter. mike pence's press secretary gone as of today. mike pence lost his chief of staff back in june. lost his press secretary today. and for all the turmoil in this white house and all of the scandals about various people and quitting and disappearances of these senior staff, vice president mike pence has been caught out in way more of these scandals than his bland beltway press coverage would have you
believe. going back to the first dramatic departure from the white house. going back to mike flynn. right? mike pence was the head of the transition. this is a letter that he received as head of the transition notifying him in writing about concerns that soon to be national security advisor appeared to be on the payroll of foreign governments. in addition to this notification in writing from congress, mike flynn's lawyers said they, too, notified the transition in person telling them that flynn was on the payroll of foreign governments. vice president mike pence was running the transition when all those warnings about mike flynn came in. he nevertheless claims he never heard, no idea. as head of the transition, no idea, nobody could have had any idea mike flynn would have been on the payroll of foreign governments. that's plainly not true.
vice president mike pence also solemnly intoned to the american people, there is no way mike flynn had discussions about russian saungs sanctions with russian officials during the transition. despite the fact he said it very solemnly, that was not true and insisted, insisted there were no contacts at all between the trump campaign and russian officials during the campaign. that of course, was not true, either. vice president mike pence insisted that james comey was fired as fbi director because of an intern process at the department of justice. had nothing at all to do with the white house's needs or desires and president's feelings about the russia investigation. although, that's what mike pence told the american people about the firing of james comey. we now know president trump gave pence a letter that outlined his rational for wanting to fire james comey the day before the department of justice ever produced their rational for why the justice department might want him fired too. so, mike pence's comey firing
explanation was not only not true, we can tell based on the timeline that he knew it was not true at the time he said it. but wait, there is more. this week, mike flynn's son, mike flynn junior, was described by nbc news as being a subject of the investigation by robert mueller. mike pence has a good run about mike flynn junior, as well. controversy emerged about toxic conspiracy theories that had circulated during the campaign and controversy rose around mike flynn junior continuing to depend some of the most conspiracy theories during the campaign after a disturbed young man showed up at a d.c. pizza parlor and started shooting because of that conspiracy theory. mike was fired from the trump transition. again mike pence was head of the transition. his explanation for what happened is mike flynn junior
wasn't really being fired because he was never actually part of it. that was not true. mike flynn junior was part of the transition. we have evidence for this until the form of the fact that mike flynn junior had been happily e-mailing conspiracy theories to reporters from his official trump transition e-mail address for quite some time before mike pence tried to get away about lying about that, too. mike pence has a real problem in the russia investigation and in some of these white house scandals. again and again and again vice president pence made untrue public statements about some of the most controversial elements of the administration and russia scandal specifically. now, vice president pence, having already lost his chief of staff today he lost his press secretary. vice president pence has himself
hired a high-powered washington d.c. lawyer to represent him on the trump-russia scandal. after the vice president took the unprecedented step of setting up his own political action committee, something no vice president has done at this point in a new administration ever, after he set up that pact, team pence initially floated the idea this pact might be used as a fundraising vehicle to raise money to pay for mike pence's legal fees in the russia scandal. after they got pushing press inquiries, the vice president backed off the plans and say the pact won't be used to fund the legal defense. we don't know how the vice president is planning to pay for his legal representation on the russia matter but he's not a man of trump level means. ist it's going to be a real issue for him and his family. it's got to be on their minds.
in july walter left that job in frustration. very high profile resignation. as he left, he warned that one of the things we should watch for at the government ethics office now that he was leaving, he said we should watch for who the trump administration will appoint out as successor. he warned us that the administration might try to pass over the most senior person under him at that office who would otherwise be in line for the job. he said that person is highly qualified and would do an excellent job with the ethics office and said it should send red flags for everybody if they bypass that senior person. if they bypass that senior official who is next in line to be the acting director and instead, he warned us, watch to see if they instead want to pick this one other particular guy that works at the office. the trump administration did that, picked the lower raunging person in the office who walter
schwab warned would have a more pliable attitude on ethics towards this white house. that is the guy in charge of the ethics office now and he's revised the rules around legal defense funds for administration personnel under the new interpretation of ethics rules, mike pence and any other white house staffer that needs to fund the legal defense will be able to accept unlimited anonymous donations from lobbyists to defray any legal bills that arise out of these white house scandals. oh, good. what could possibly go wrong? if there is one thing for lobbyists to fund, it's the legal defense for white house officials facing the russia inquiry. tonight administration announced that they do not want this to be seen as a change in policy. i'm sure they don't. but the outgoing director at the ethics office has been banging the drum over this for the last couple of days since they made this change warning that this really is a turn for the worse. today for the second time, we learned of a witness being called to testify before one of what we believe are the two
grand juries convened by special counsel robert mueller in his investigation. first person to have testified to the grand jury, soviet born naturalized u.s. citizen part of the trump tower meeting last june during the campaign. he is known to have ties to russian military intelligence. the first person we know who spoke to the muller grand jury. the second person we now know who has spoken to the muller grand jury was today. jason maloney, the spokesperson for trump campaign chair paul manafort. it's weird for a spokesperson to testify before a grand jury, but presumably that reasoning will become clear in the end. paul manafort has a real bullseye on him in terms of what is happening in congress. the top democrat in the senate,
diane feinstein, yesterday she was asked by reporters why there is such a delay in getting paul manafort to come in and give testimony to the committee weeks and weeks and weeks after it had been announced he had been asked to come in. she responded by attributing the delay in part to the committee's own need to up its game when it comes to investigating complex financial matters. diane feinstein announced her committee has just hired two new investigative financial staffers to quote trace the money. now that nose investigative financial staffers are in place, senator feinstein suggested that interview with paul manafort might go ahead. what that means for potential liability or money trails leading up to the white house, we don't know. paul manafort is gone. even since they have been in the white house, we are starting to realize that in trump world, the way this works is there is going to be a lot of people left behind. there are going to be a lot of
people involved in lots of interesting things who are long gone by the time we realize what they know and have been up to before they left. when it comes to a scandal, the fact somebody resigned or had been fired is not enough to get their smell off you. the very first guy they shed from the new administration didn't make it four weeks in, mike flynn, he is still ricochetting around this white housebreaking stuff. for example, in this damming and intriguing new report that's come out from buzz feed news, that's next.
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reporters have just published this new report at buzzfeed news and what they are reporting in the first instance is a new addition to the exceedingly long list of secret meetings with foreign officials that the trump campaign and trump transition didn't disclose until after that meeting ended up in the press. buzzfeed today reporting on a previously secret meeting held in january in new york that involved mike flynn, steve bannon, jared kushner and the king of jordan. now there is nothing inherently scandalous about the king of jordan. there is nothing inherently scandalous about the members of the presidential transition team meeting any foreign leaders. it happens all the time. it is unusual they didn't disclose it. jared kushner initially left the meeting off his security clearance application and mike flynn left it off the
application, steve bannon, we don't know yet but working on it. beyond the secrecy about this, the fact it has not been disclosed until now, here is another really acute problem about what buzzfeed just reported. democrats on the house oversight and foreign affairs committee reported on wednesday morning this week that another thing mike flynn failed to initially disclose was that he was a paid agent working to advance a business proposition to partner with, among other companies, russian nuclear and security companies in order to do this gigantic multi hundreds of millions of dollars project that would build nuclear reactors in the middle east. most of them would be in saudi arabia, which yes, floats on the sea of oil so question mark about nuclear power anyway. also in the nation of jordan. so congressional democrats on wednesday released this information that they said shows
that mike flynn was involved in that project being paid to advance that nuclear project including taking a trip to the middle east in 2015 to pursue that project. he was doing all that without ever disclosing that trip without disclosing any of the foreign meetings with foreign leaders he took in conjunction with the project and certainly without disclosing the payment he received. he didn't disclose that in the security clearance application. house democrats are towarding that information to robert mueller so he can decide if that's a prosecutable defense. that was wednesday morning. by wednesday afternoon the wall street journal said once mike flynn was national security advisor he continued to advance that russian nuclear business proposal up to and including telling national security counsel staff members they had to take meetings with the companies involved in that business plan. well, now what buzzfeed reports
is not just mike flynn but steve bannon and jared kushner, who does still work in the white house, buzzfeed reports that the three of them were in on a meeting, a previously undisclosed meeting with the king of jordan during the transition at which they talked about that nuclear deal. again, this is chris mcdaniel and the reporters at buzzfeed. and it's really interesting. they get denials -- i love the way they source this. they get denials from three individuals, one close to flynn. one close to kushner. and one close to bannon. and each of those three people close to each of those guys denies flynn's nuclear business deal thing was discussed at the secret meeting with king of jordan. now check this out. check out this wording. quote, people close to the three trump advisors say that the nuclear deal was not discussed but a federal official with access to a document created by
a law enforcement agency about the meeting said that the nuclear proposal was one of the topics the group talked about. so a federal official with access to a document created by a law enforcement agency about the meeting. law enforcement agency? why was a law enforcement agency aware of that meeting? how did they know what was discussed at that meeting? and if that law enforcement agency is right about what was discussed at that secret meeting, what would it mean if kushner and flynn and bannon are lying about it? remember -- can we put that panel back up. yeah. a lot of people are gone from this white house. flynn is gone. bannon is gone. kushner is still there. joining us now is anthony, pulitzer prize winning reporter
with buzzfeed news. thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> the way i stacked that up, there is a few things you've broken that add to reporting. previously undisclosed meeting, a second meeting that seems to have involved this flynn nuclear deal and the question about whether or not these guys are telling the truth about what the content was in that meeting. >> right. >> okay. in terms of the undisclosed nature of this meeting, there is nothing inherently scandalous. >> not at all. they should have let them know the head of state is in the united states and probably should have reported it on their security disclosures. we know mr. flynn did not. we know jared did not on his initial disclosure. he did subsequently. we don't know what mr. bannon did. we've been trying hard to get that document out of the white house. they have refused. the people around mr. bannon have refused to give us any indication of what he put down. >> there are a lot of meetings between members of the trump campaign, trump transition with foreign officials that did not
get disclosed until after the fact. interesting reporting this week about the crown prince of the united air emirates trumping up in december meeting with flynn -- >> same group. >> same group, kushner, bannon. in that case it appears u.s. intelligence agencies were aware of that meeting in part because they were weirded out that the crown prince from the united arab was in the united states without telling the united states. is there any indication the king of jordan took that meeting? >> we really would like to know that. >> okay. >> we have not been able to figure it out yet and no one will tell us. it's a rather simple question. did you tell our national security apparatus that a foreign head of state was not united states in a bar in lower manhattan. a fairly simple question. we're a little bit weirded out that nobody will answer it or give us a straight shot at it. i can't answer it.
i wish we could. >> the king of jordan, should be noted, king abdullah has incredibly warm relations with the united states, especially on security and intelligence matters. so do we know anything about from his side of this in terms of whether he is willing to answer questions from investigators, reporters, willing to talk about these things? >> might be willing to talk to investigators but not talking to journalists. we have tried to reach desperately out to the embassy. the only thing we found rather obscurely is a brief message saying the king returned home from a foreign visit. >> of a private nature. >> which is this visit. that's the only public statement from anyone involved that the king of jordan was in the united states at the four seasons hotel and ultimately meeting with three of, you know, three of the incoming white house officials. >> according to your source with access to this law
enforcement document, that private visit was talking to jared kushner, mike flynn and steve bannon about a potential nuclear deal involving the russians. that doesn't sound like a fun private visit. >> that's your words, not mine. >> anthony, this is a really interesting scoop and as you can tell from this discussion, i have a feeling it will lead to a lot more interesting information. thank you very much. >> thanks. much more to come. busy night tonight. stay with us. jett & the blackhearts] ♪ who can turn the world on with her smile? ♪ ♪ who can take a nothing day, ♪ ♪ and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile? ♪ ♪ well it's you girl, and you should know it. ♪ with each glance and every little movement you show it. ♪ you're gonna make it after all. ♪ it takes a long time to get to the top... you're gonna make it after all. ♪ but with america's best you're gonna make it after all. ♪ bumper-to-bumper limited you're gonna make it after all. ♪ warranty, the all-new volkswagen tiguan will be there every step ♪ ow! ♪ of the way. and when youod sugar is a replace one meal... choices. ...or snack a day with glucerna... ...made with carbsteady... ...to help minimize blood sugar spikes... ...you can really feel it.
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that nursing home in hollywood, florida is closed and it's a crime scene. they're pursuing a criminal investigation. they were granted a search warrant this morning. teams were inside photographing evidence. the nursing home operator could be facing manslaughter charges if the employees and the administrators or the owner of the center acted with culpable negligence for the safety of the residents. it carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. one retired homicide investigator whose 94-year-old mother-in-law was inside that nursing home told the "miami herald" they should have called 911. somebody should go to jail for this. tonight we're learning the nursing home says they did place emergency calls for help. they say they called florida governor rick scott. investigative reporter of cbs foreign miami reports this tonight. quote, 36 hours prior to the
first death, officials at the facility called on three separate occasions an emergency number that governor rick scott had given to health care institutions including nursing homes so they could have a direct line to the top of the state government if they were in need of help. nursing home officials say they called that number three times asking for help. placed the first call to governor scott and then they say they called again the next day on monday. then they say they called again the next day on tuesday. they say those calls went unanswered. now nbc news is reporting with some specificity about the calls. according to nbc news the first call at 5:34 p.m. on september 11th and another call at 5:59 september 12th and a final call for help at 12:41 p.m. later on september 12th. so we've got specificity in terms of what the nursing home says they did. and we do know that the florida governor gave out that number
for medical facilities, health care facilities to get help. that said tonight, the state of florida and governor are refuting the account from the nursing home. the governor's office says quote every call made to the governor was referred to the agency for health care administration and the florida department of health and quickly returned. the nursing home says they made three calls for help to the emergency number that was supposed to get them to the governor. they say they never got a response. expect the effort to pinpoint exactly whose failure to act may have doomed eight vulnerable people and expect the effort to figure out what went on here to go on for some time and to factor into what is looking like a considerably aggressive criminal investigation. watch this space.
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in 2015 china summed to senior american envoy to china to protest the u.s. selling almost $2 billion of weapons to taiwan. china really didn't want that. sanctions companies that are involved in the sell that dressed down the envoy and china was furious so they called the top u.s. envoy to that country. in may of this year, it was turkey to protest the treatment of turkish security officials because the security detail attacked a bunch of protesters in d.c. and started beating them up. our ambassador from turkey and us because we were on soil. i mean, usually when a host country summons the top
of some other country, especially when you have it in a public way and usually that means somebody is getting in trouble for something. so when the cuban president summoned the top american envoy to cuba to discuss what the united states said about the weird colt effects and hearing lose breaking out against u.s. diplomats in havana seemed like it wouldn't go well. that rare face-to-face in our top diplomat there wasn't because anybody was mad. president castro made that call not to voice a complaint, he did it to express his concern and according to the u.s. officials familiar with what happened at this meeting, president castro seemed baffled by the attacks as baffled as the united states has
been. he denied responsibility for whatever has been happening to u.s. diplomats in havana. u.s. officials were taken aback by the way he addressed the matter. cuba reportedly offered to let fbi agents come to havana to investigate this thing. cuba is not usually psyched about inviting fbi agents anywhere. nbc news can confirm tonight that the fbi did send additional fbi personnel to cuba to investigate the sonic attacks but unclear if they are there now. cuban sources tell nbc news the cuban government allegedly sent a diplomat note they would help investigate the incident part of a bilateral investigation with the united states into this matter. cuban sources tell nbc news they sent this note to the u.s. state department, never got a response back. i understand they are having staffing issues at the state department.
they didn't get a response? we first learned about these strange attacks, these strange symptoms emerging against u.s. diplomatic personnel in august. cbs radio first to report american diplomats were reporting incidents which caused a variety of physical symptoms. super vague in the initial reporting that was very unclear what types of incidents were happening here. the state department was totally bafflingly vague and confusing on the subject. we now thanks to good reporting on the subject, we now know it's a scary and weird as it seemed before we knew the details. we now know there are 21 medically confirmed cases, some involve permanent hearing loss or traumatic brain injury. yesterday the associate the press published scary details on the attacks. let me read to you straight from the a.p. story. yet, the blaring grinding noise jolted the american diplomat from his bed in a havana hotel. he moved just a few feet and there was silence.
quote, he climbed back into bed, the agonizing sound hit him again. it was as if he walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room. quote in several episodes victims knew what was happening in real time and there were strong indications of a sonic attack. we really don't know what is going on. yesterday the spokeswoman said there is an aggressive investigation underway but offered no more information than a month ago. the state department's most recent line is the reality is we don't know who or what has caused this. we also now know the state department is not responding to the cuban government when they have been offering to bilaterally investigate what is
happening. joining us is josh letterman been reporting about this terrifying story. mr. letterman, thank you very much for your reporting and thanks for being here tonight. >> hi, rachel. >> so the thing that i don't -- the thing i can't get my head around this with this story is i don't understand if there -- if we believe there to be a type of weapon or some sort of electronic device or some sort of tactic that could cause the kinds of injuries that have been seen in these diplomats. do we know there is something like this and we don't know who has been deploying it? >> that's really what made this puzzle impossible for u.s. investigators so solve. there are devices or technologies that could explain parts of what we're seeing. they could explain the noises people are hearing, maybe the vibrations. there are devices that could explain symptoms that people are hearing and feeling and experiencing but then not others. and investigators haven't been able to find a theory that fits what they are seeing among the 21 americans confirmed to have been affected by this. >> the targeting part of it you
explained is beyond spy movie in terms of thinking about this and how scary it must have been for these people to go through it. can you clarify what these people reported in some instances is a sense of noise causing discomfort or disturbance and exists in parts of a room but not in others. you can literally move in and out of the zone of interference. >> right. it's as if there were some sort of invisible wall splitting the room and you would walk through it and you couldn't hear what you would hear on the other side of it, except that people were two or three feet away from the bed from where they were before. there are some devices that can do that. electromagnetic waves can be targeted narrowly like lasers for instance and also, ultrasonic waves can also be targeted. there are these devices called l rads used sometimes to disburse crowds or to try to prevent pirates from boarding ships but
don't explain the symptoms. that's why investigators are still so flummoxed a year after americans started getting sick. >> josh, we've got 21 americans who have been identified has having been affected by this more or less. some symptoms, possibly permanent in terms of permanent hearing loss. you have some interesting reporting this may not have just been confined to american residences or workplaces. this may have included a hotel? >> that's right. the ap first reported this week that at least one hotel was hit. the place is near all of the big sites, boardwalk. we can confirm today that there were several other hotels where this seems to have taken place. >> wow. josh letterman, absolutely confounding story and you're reporting on it is clarifying and scary. thanks for helping us understand it. >> thanks, rachel.
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last week we got a strange report that the house intelligence committee subpoenaing the fbi and the justice department. on matters related to the trump russia dossier and robert mueller investigation. now, i say that was strange because we are used to seeing the fbi and justice department issuing subpoenas. we are not used to seeing them getting subpoenaed themselves. well, tons out there's a reason why that whole thing seemed a little bit weird. it turns out it wasn't the whole house intelligence committee sending out the subpoenas. it was just this one guy. devon nunes, rogue chairman and apparently recused himself of russia measures and tossing out subpoenas like they're free t-shirts at a ball game.
if you want to see how team trump is turning it into a democratic scandal, into definitely somebody else's problem, then nunes is the guy to watch. when trump claimed he was wiretapped by president obama at trump tower, nunes had the bizarre episode running off to the white house in the middle of the night to try to prove it. that got him kicked off the russia investigation and investigated by the ethics committee. he then tried to turn the russia investigation into an obama administration scandal about unmasking. that also blew up in his face. not only did the intelligence intercepts and interviews with obama officials show they didn't do anything wrong, the intercepts raised new questions of whether trump associates broke the law and took meetings without disclosing them. oops.
the latest attempt to team trump on the russia thing is apparently to try to discredit the trump russia dossier that's got egg so much attention over the last nine months. whatever you think about the salacious stuff in the dossier, collie claims were true. the dossier claimed that the trump campaign accepted damaging information from the kremlin on hillary clinton. now thanks to the reporting about that trump tower meeting we know that they did. the dossier laid out conversations of trump campaign officials and russians in the campaign. trump campaign denied that that ever happened and u.s. intercepts corroborated that many of the conversations took place between the same individuals on the same days as what was described in the dossier saying then candidate donald trump exploring a real estate deal in moscow in the campaign. we know that to be true. trump tower moscow.
this was supposed to be the big week of nunes to up end mueller investigation because of reliance on the trump russia dossier and appears to be strike three. when the attorney general and the fbi director failed to respond to these subpoenas that he sent them demanding they turn over fbi information about the dossier, nunes was mad and publicly threatened to hold them in contempt. he sent a threatening letter with a deadline. september 14th. yesterday. in this letter he said if these documents on the dossier were not produced by september 14th, quote, the attorney general and director of the fbi shall appear before the committee at 9:00 a.m. sharp on that day at an open hearing to explain under oath their unwillingness to comply. that was yesterday. i don't know if we missed something. there was a big showdown at the ok corral and everyone was getting a breakfast sandwich but nothing happened yesterday. we tried contacting the office
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we now know that they were sowing discord in the election with phony groups on facebook. they were running anti-immigrant, anti-me, anti-hillary clinton demonstrations. they were, you know, putting out all this fake news, all the negative stories that were untrue to really divide people. and so, we are going to make
facebook own up to everything. they're just begun to own up. they have a long way to go before they get to where they need to be in my opinion. >> make facebook own up to everything. that was hillary clinton in her interview on this show last night making the case that facebook needs to show their work. they need to own up to the fact they let the platform be weaponized by russia on an attack on our election. facebook denied that russia used them at all in the attack. now facebook reversed course and admitted, okay, yeah, they did. but they won't say how they figured it out or what they found. it's hard to find out what facebook turned up in their records to make them change their tune on this story. all these months later. what made them admit they sold ads to russian interests? haven't been able to figure out they do it, how they got to this conclusion. until today we got this from senator mark warner. top democrat on the senate intelligence committee. he retweeted a cbs news story of the facebook russian ads thing and made a critical addition to
this tweet. he added sick words of his own. this is what he added. and they paid in rubles. seriously. that was his whole tweet. was that like a joke? right? what does that mean? russia bought ads and russians buy things in rubles? hah hah hah. he is the top democrat on the intelligence committee. he doesn't say things about this investigation by mistake. it seemed unlikely he jumped on twitter to workshop the russia currency jokes and we asked what he meant and got a satisfying answer and the office told us, quote, it is literally true. some of the ads were paid for in rubles. so that was not him making a joke. according to the top democrat on the senate intelligence committee, facebook really did accept rubles to sell those ads that were part of russia's hack on the election. that's what took facebook's crack investigators months and months to figure out. you would have thought a
currency check on the records might have sorted out. hey, did we get paid in rubles for any ads in the campaign? months. that was the operational secret facebook didn't want us to know about how they were looking into this. amazing. that does it for us tonight. we'll see you again on monday. "msn "msnbc live" is next. good morning. i'm dara brown in new york at msnbc world headquarters. it's 7:00 in the east, 4:00 out west. here's what's happening. st. louis on edge. hundreds protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man. the president taking aim at espn on twitter. what ignited the fight, and what could put it to rest? ethics battle. the trump administration refusing to release the visitors log from mar-a-lago. new threats in the tropics. what it could mean for the east coast of the u.s. and happening now, police