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we must be unafraid to stand up and speak out as if our country depends on it. because it does. senator jeff flake stuns washington with his announcement that we woke seek re-election. the arizona republican warns be the trump presidency. plus, new revelations about the deadly attack in niger that killed four americans. officials tell nbc news that sources were targeting isis recruiter. and new questions and accusations about an obama era uranium deal as well as the claimed e-mail investigation.
good morning, everyone. it's wednesday, october 25th. i'm ayman mohyeldin alongside yasmin vossoughian and louis burgdorf. well, after a day of two of the top republicans in washington trading insults on social media, republican senator jeff flake shocked washington. deciding to announce his retirement and condemn the political discourse of the trump era as having a damaging and potentially and permanent impact on the country's ideals. >> i rise today with no small measure of regret. regret because of the state of our disunion. regret because of the disrepair and destructiveness of our politics. regret because of the indecency of our discourse. regret because of the coarseness of our leadership. we must never adjust to the present coorsness of our national dialogue with the tone set up to talk.
the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institution. the fragrant disregard for truth and decency. the recs provocations, most often for the petiest and most personal reasons. reasons having nothing what so far to do with the fortunes of the people that we have been elected to serve. none of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal. we must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that that is just the way things are now. it is also clear to me, for the moment, that we have given in or give up on the core principles in favor of a more visally satisfying anger and resentment. to be clear, the anger and resentment that the people feel at the royal mess we've created are justified but anger and
resentment are not the govern ever philosophy. >> powerful words there. of course, republican jeff flake will be a guess on "morning joe." >> and raging against bob corker's criticism of him writing at 9:30 eastern time, quote, isn't it sad that lightweight senator bob corker who couldn't get re-elected in the state of tennessee will now face tax cuts. plus, at the 10:00 hour, the president wrote senator corker is the prominent head of the foreign relations committee and look how poorly the u.s. has done. he doesn't have a clue as people were laughing and taking advantage of us. people like little bob corker have set the u.s. way back. now we move forward. and talking to bob corker in the halls of capitol hill. >> it's a sad place for our perspective of a nation. the worst is just to hold the base, if you will, of our
nation. i think that will be the contribution that hurts our nation most. >> do you think the president is defacing the nation? >> i don't think it's any question. the attempted bullying that he does which everybody sees through. just the dividing of our country. the, you know, the name calling, you would think he would aspire to be the president of the united states. and act like a president of the united states. but, you know, that's just not going to be the case, apparently. >> by the way, corker never wavered when asked if he was attending the weekly republican pose luncheon that trump was visiting. oh, to be a fly on the wall of that luncheon. some prepared for fireworks, and tillis bringing popcorn and tweeting ready for lunch for corker and the gop. >> the president touched on a number of topics during his visit with republican senators
on capitol hill. push for a 50% tax rate promising an emergency declaration on drugs and discussing immigration. the discussion of judges reportedly drew a process with the president mentioning the confirmation of neil gorsuch back in april. the president weighed in on twitter, so good to be with senators today, multiple standing ovations. joining us is von hill yaraughn. senator flake is facing opposition throughout his own party. here's what he said on "meet the press" yesterday, take a listen. >> with the victory and republican primary these days is to agree with the president. not just his policies, but the behavior as well. and not to speak out. and i can't do that. i don't think that we, as a party, should do that. >> so, it seems like he's kind of accusing the gop of rubber stamping the president's behavior and agenda as well. do you have any indication of
how long he, personally, was looking at retiring. >> yeah, good morning, ayman and yasmin. if you look at senator flake, really this came down to the month of august, just two months ago where there was a series of events, jeff flake released his book in which he went after the nationals and the pop pull lichl that he said stoked demagoguery against the country in the 2016 campaign and during the first nine months of trump's administration. then after the release of jeff flake's book is when donald trump sent out the tweet calling him toxic and weak. next was the rally in phoenix two weeks later in which donald trump took to the stage in front of 6,000 people out there and derided john mccain and health care. and went after the other arizona senator. and really put the arrow on those two seats and those two senators. >> i know you've been making
calls around arizona, vaurn, potential replacements, who are you seeing? >> really, in this race, it's interesting. really, the only primary challenger to jeff flake is kelly ward. he's a former doctor who failed her attempt to upend john mccain. now, he's the lone contender at this point. there's a couple members of congress, mary mcsally. congressman goes-r. and congressman schweiker could potentially jump in the race. but there's a reason that jeff flake got out of the race. nobody will mistake jeff flake for being a conservative. he's had the backing of the heritage foundation, call for growth. so, it comes down to a matter of individuals that are opposed to president trump's -- president trump's character in office. jeff flake was somebody who voted 95% of the time with the president. but that's not good enough in this republican party. they need somebody in arizona that can stand by and defend the
president on a level beyond simple policy. >> all right. vaughn hilliard for us, we'll talk to you at the top of the hour. we want to the latest in the deadly ambush in niger that left officials dead. multiple officials telling nbc news that the patrol consisting of 30 american and nigerian troops were pursuing an isis recruiter when ambushed. it's not clear who or why the decision was made. it's also not known at this time if the patrol had approval to alter their original mission of reconnaissance of intelligence gathering. this comes after three military officials had been briefed told nbc news this week, that emerging theory from investigators at the pentagon is that the patrol may have been set up for trifrts who were tipped off in advance about the meeting. about patrol with earlies in the village of tonga tonga.
meanwhile, "the wall street journal" reporting the records show the four soldiers had little or no combat experience before being deployed to west africa. and congress has given approval for a $2.65 billion recovery relief bill. it passed by an 82-17 vote now heads to the president's desk. understand the legislation, puerto rico would receive $4.9 billion in loans. meanwhile, there is new scrutiny over the company awarded the largest government contract to rebuild puerto rico's power grid. the montana based whitefish energy has reportedly signed a $300 million contract to repair and construct much the island's infrastructure. whitefish is based out of whitefish, montana, the hometown of interior secretary ryan zinke, the chief executive and zinke acknowledged knowing one another, but only to according
to zinke's office, whitefish is a small town where, quote, everybody knows everybody. at just two years old, the company only had two full-time employees when maria made landfall. and has almost 300 contract workers in puerto rico. whitefish energy said it has experience in mountainous regions. a spokesman for whitefish responded to "the washington post" report tells nbc news most utilities do not want to work for a utility that is in bankruptcy. and two new investigations involving issues that donald trump has used to discredit hillary clinton in the russian collusion investigate. last week, the hill reported that the fbi had evidence before the deal was approved that russia was trying to scheme its way into the u.s. energy business. it follows reporting from the likes of breitbart and fox news that suggests money was being funneled to the clintons while the u.s. was deciding whether to allow a russian firm to buy
uranium facilities. it gets murky, because the canadian firm telling the utilities to the clinton administration. and bill clinton was paid for a speech involved in the deal. however there's no evidence that hillary clinton played a role in the state department deliberations. back in march, the president tweeted asking why the intelligence committee isn't looking into the deal. and now, it is. >> this is just the beginning of this probe. we are -- we're not going to jump to any conclusions at this time. but one of the things that you know that we're concerned about is whether or not there was an fbi investigation. was there a doj investigation? and if so, why was congress not informed of this matter. >> i would say it's the same baloney they've been peddling for years. and there's been no credible evidence by anyone. in fact, it's been debunked repeatedly.
>> and clinton said the president and his allies are distracting from real russian ties. to investigate the e-mail investigation including the fbi decision not to bring charges against her. still ahead, the dodgers make quick work of the astros in the fastest world series game since 1992. we've got the highlights for you. plus, nbc news exclusive. cuban officials investigating the alleged sonic attacks on american diplomats speak out. those stories, and a check on your weather, when we come back.
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administration did not blame cuba for the incidents, contrary to the president's own words. >> and now in an exclusive and intensive interview with nbc news, cuban officials forcibly deny as they continue to investigate. andrea mitchell has more details. >> reporter: u.s. embassicy virtually shut down. president trump blaming the cubans. >> i do believe cuba is responsible. >> reporter: now in the first interview, cuba's investigative team and top officials pushing back. did you do it? >> translator: without hez tags, i'm telling no. >> reporter: the colonel says they've had nearly 2,000 people looking into the charge that u.s. diplomats were targeted by a sonic weapon, suffering a range of symptoms, hearing loss, nausea, even mild traumatic brain injury. >> translator: cuba doesn't possess this technology. cuba has never produced these
types of weapons. >> let me play for you the sound. >> reporter: this is what some diplomats reportedly say they've heard. but a document the cubans provided to nbc news that audio is not at acoustic levels damaging to health. and americans tell us there's no known technology that explains these symptoms. >> there's never been any kind of physiological response that reflects the symptoms reported that have ever been caused by sound waves of any type. >> reporter: we went into the hotel room where one of the incidents was reported. he said there were vibrations through this window. another diplomat lived here and many others nearby. the cubans said they interviewed 300 neighbors, conduct dozens of medical exam, took air and sample, studied insects and electrical waves, nothing panned out. >> not even one person was sick. >> not even one person in the neighborhood was affected? >> none, none. >> reporter: what about
speculation cuban hard liners are to blame to derail cuban relations? they say no way. or perhaps a third country, russia. no other country could have done this? >> translator: we don't have definitive answers yet but cuba has never allowed nor would we ever allow our territory to be used in this way. >> reporter: the cuban doctor in charge frustrated that the u.s. won't let him talk to the american doctors on the case. >> medically, let us do it together. and let's find what is happening, because there are people that are sick. we want to disclose why. >> andrea mitchell, thank you for that report. let's get a check on your weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, it could be a scorcher again tonight for the world series. >> yep. >> also some rain in new england. >> overnight it poured. long island, hartford, connecticut, even flash flooding overnight. that's getting a little better. up through boston, port mouth, heading up through maine.
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welcome back, everybody. i'm yasmin vossoughian alongside ayman mohyeldin and louis burgdorf. it is the bottom of the hour. let's start with the morning's top story. more now from that whirlwind day in washington, d.c. that began with the president feuding with the chairman of the major senate committee and culminating with the retirement announcement of another. senator jeff flake said he will no longer stand by quietly as his party changes the norms of american society. >> it is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end. it is often said that children are watching. well, they are. and what are we going to do about that? when the next generation asks us, why didn't you do something? why didn't you speak up? what are we going to say? mr. president, i rise today to say enough. i must say that we have fooled
ourselves for long enough. that a pivot to governing it right around the corner. a return to civility and stability right behind it. we no better than that. when we remain silent and fail to act when we know that silence and inaction is the wrong thing to do because of political considerations, because we might make enemies, because we might alienate the base, because we might provoke a primary challenge, because added from ad nauseam. when we succumb to those considerations in spite of what should be greater considerations and imperatives in defense of our institutions and our liberty, we dishonor our principles and forsake our obligations. those things are far more important than politics. >> a lot of strong words there. several of senator flake's republican colleagues attended the speech from the floor today.
senators mcconnell, james rich of idaho. john mccain, bob corker, tom paul of indiana, and ben sasse of nebraska was there as well. when flake concluded senator sasse started clapping loudy causing members from both parties to stand and applaud. >> all of this stuff you see on a daily basis on twitter this and twitter that, forget about it. let's focus on helping to improve people's lives and doing what we said we do do, that's what we're focused on. are you going to ask about this or -- good. >> -- bob corker, at what point, do you have an obligation as a leader of this party to weigh in on these very serious criticisms of the president? >> what i have an obligation to
is to try to achieve the greatest cohesion among 52 republicans to try to achieve the agenda that we set out to achieve. and tax reform is what we are about. we're going to concentrate on what our agenda is and not any of these other distractions that you all may be into. >> meanwhile at the white house, sarah huckabee sanders said flake lacked support in arizona and his retirement was probably a good move. and sanders also said that bob corker should spend less time grand standing on tv. that the reactions seem to be tied to more his personal feelings than his policy show. >> the president believes there should be a loyalty test for republican senators. >> i think the loyalty should be to the american people. and to the agenda that those people elected them that carry out. i hope we'll see that in their votes. >> can you point to any votes that flake and corker took that were against the president.
>> i'd have to look into a detailed record. >> well, members of the republican party are responding to the retirement announces of jeff flake and bob corker, tim kaine tweeted when jeff flake and bob corker people of real conness speak up, we should all speak up. and senator coons wrote, as a member of the foreign relations committee. >> president trump should stop tweeting and start leading. we've seen no leadership from this president. whether it's on tax reform. whether it's on health care, whether it's on north korea. all he does is tweet and make the problem worse. americans don't want that. >> this white house seems to be in some sort of dissent right now. i think there's going to be growing concern in the republican caucus about whether this white house is really able to lead the country. and coming up this morning, senator chris murphy who you just heard there will be a guest
on "morning joe." and republican senator roger ricker told mississippi that contrary to what some may believe, senate republicans are actually united behind president trump's leadership. >> i would just to say there's not much of a divide in the republican congress in the united states senate. i think most in the conference are very comfortable with the direction that this chief executive of our nation and head of our party wants to take us. >> unlike senators corker and flake who will leave the senate lex week, senator wicker faces a tough midterm back in mississippi, and mcdaniel has yet to announce if he'll challenge wicker in the state's june primary. back with us from washington, nbc news' vaughn hilliard. listening to what jeff flake said why he's deciding to retire in his time left, what do you
want to get accomplished? >> well, i have to remind you that senator flake is somebody that voted with president trump 95% of the time. so, it's not an issue of more senator flake is going to be voting with the the trump administrati administration, with the republican congress to move forward on a republican agenda. i think the real issue that we'll see over the next year, jeff flake being in office, the opposition voices within the republican water. roger wicker isn't one. you're seeing them leave office, bob corker, jeff flake, john mccain. john mccain i ask asked yesterday said where does the senate go from here? he told me, quote, i don't know. if you look at really where the pressure from which the republican party will come from it's a big question mark. dean heller is up in 2017. a republican senator from nevada. president trump put pressure on him, and the super pac even put money up in nevada against dean heller in his own state there. ever since, dean heller's been pretty quiet on that front.
the other one is the classic case of ted cruz, a little over a year ago, we remind you that donald trump spent $20 million to personally defeat ted cruz in his 2018 primary next year. a year later, really ted cruz has capitulated to drmonald tru. he's stood by him and called him at one time a pathological liar. you see where it's going with jeff flake and john mccain, it's few and far between. where does that go in trump's presidency is the question. >> let me switch gears and ask you about the democratic side of all of this when they see what's unfolding on the republican side, particularly in the case of bob corker and jeff flake in arizona do they feel the seats or people with kelli ward, these republican seats are going to shift farther to the right? >> sure.
fact that we're having a conversation about democrats being able to take arizona. and if you look down to the south in alabama it's quite remarkable. kirstin sim mondmons to someone is a blue dog democrat in the hard of phoenix. she has a campaign war chest on her side. if she faces the likes of kelley ward or a more controversial conservative to come out of that race, she's got very much of a shot. jeff flake just six years ago won his seats in 2012 over the democrats by just three percentage points. so, it's not out of the blue to suggest that kirstin cinema could take that next year. hillary clinton presidential campaign and the democratic national committee are being accused of paying for the research that eventually led to the dossier containing allegations against the candidate donald trump and his ties to russia. a source has confirmed to nbc
news that perkins coy, a law firm representing the clinton campaign and dnc obtained washington-based firm fusion gps to conduct that research. that source says that the services began in april of last year and concluded before the elections in november. >> "the washington post" was first to report the story. the post says that before coy retained fusion gps on behalf of clinton campaign and dnc, fusion's research was funded by an unknown republican client during the gop primary. president trump has strongly denied the allegations in the dossier that that his campaign colluded with russia. and also contained other salacious allegations against him which mr. trump has vigorously denied as well. some of those claims debucked. >> hillary clinton has not commented on the matter but her former campaign spokesman brian faller rights i get i didn't know about christopher steele's hiring preelection. if i did i would have gone to
europe to try to help him. if i had known, falon asked he had no good what fusion or steele were paid, he said is it would be money well spent if even part of that helps mueller in his probe. >> and in a statement tom perez and new leadership of dnc were not involved in the decision making regarding fusion gps. nor were they aware that perkins koie was working with the organization. but let's be clear, there is a serious fed early into the trump campaigns ties to russia. >> and sarah sanders tweeting, the real russia scandal. clinton campaign paid for the fake russia dossier then lied about it and covered it. you. this morning, we're learning more about the fatal ambush in niger three weeks ago that left four americans dead including the new belief that the patrol
altered their mission to alter a senior isis official. >> reporter: the special forces thought that contact with the enemy was unlikely. but according to two military officials, it's elite special forces changed their mission in the field from reconnaissance to pursuit of a suspected isis recruiter. they spent the night camped out still looking for their target. in the morning, they met with village elders were they suspect they were intentionally delayed. they retreated to their outpost. and waited an hour before calling for support minutes later a drone for surveillance arrived. it continues into the evening where they were evacuated by a french helicopter. and later the dead were loaded on to an american helicopter. but sergeant's la david johnson's body was missing. >> our thanks to hans nichols for that report.
the house of representatives overwhelmingly passed new sanctions regarding north korea yesterday. the legislation named after otto warmbier passed and if directed would allow the u.s. department from engaging in transactions that benefit any people or companies associated with kim jong-un regime. the bill would also cut off all financial assistance to governments that knowingly know about transactions that benefit pyongyang. and there's growing controversy over secretary of state rex tillerson's visit to afghanistan on monday. the stop of tillerson's trip was shrouded in secrecy, only after he left the country. saying that tillerson met with the afghan president in kabul however, tillerson never left bagram air base. you can see it there on the
screen. no notably, in an apparent attempt to make it appear it did not take place at a military base and that it took place at a presidential palace. the visit comes a week after the taliban launched attacks in the country killing hundreds of people and also after a terror attack hit kabul airport after defense secretary jim mattis departed. still ahead, albert einstein's music for what it takes that hits the auction block. the final figure of what that note for happiness went for. plus, bill karins has the forecast of possibility of snow in the country. i know you're excited about that.
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>> this october, really off the charts, towards the end of the month, we finally get a transition of what we expect to happen, that's bouts of cold and even snow in other parts of the country. duluth at 38, chicago at 38. it's a little chillier than you've been. so here's what happened this morning, the national weather service in areas of north dakota and minnesota issue a winter storm watch. frand forks, fargo and devil's lake, the area of storm watch. you'll here this, alberta clipper a storm that forms up in alberta and heads south wards to the united states. usually a little snow, usually a lot of wind and usually very cold temperatures but this time of year it's not too bitterly cold. this is how we track into thursday and into friday. the blue is the snow. even minneapolis has a chance of snowflakes out of this. and southern minnesota could get a sloppy 1, 2, maybe 3 inches of snow. this is green shows you where the rain is and mixed with snow. again, it's early in the season,
so this isn't a pure snow event but 2 is going to cause problems. here's the potential snowfall totals. it's the first of the season as painful for me as probably you. southern minnesota, 3 to 4 inches possible. watch out around row chesteches. the north portions of the great lakes, its specially northern wisconsin and northern michigan, accumulating snow, 3 to 6 inches. this time of year usually you get it on the grass. usually, you don't get it so much on the paved surfaces. the wintry blast, cold air does far to the south. if you wake up in the morning, still doing the soccer mom thing on saturday morning, minneapolis, 28, omaha, 28. wichita, 29. some cold air. if you look at this map today, it still looks like september, but eventually, we're going to transition into the cold season. >> soccer moms and soccer dads.
>> and soccer dads. >> soccer mom every saturday morning for louis. >> nature is coming very good. >> as the old saying goes, you can't put a price on happiness but $1.3 million will get you albert signstein's theory of happiness. that's how much einstein's opinion on the matter fetched yesterday. he was told he would be awarded the nobel prize in physics. unable to give the bell boy a cash tip, he scribbled a note that read, a calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant reslessness. telling the young man that the handwritten note will be probably worth more than a regular tip. he was right, a million times before. it began at $2,000 before it went for the final figure. less than 30 minutes later. >> what an incredible story. imagine you being the descendants of that bell boy who may have had that in his
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the white house over the past month. let's go to business news on a late-night tie breaker. senate republicans killed a financial rule that would make it easier for people to accuse people of wrongdoing. mike pence breaking that tie-breaker. jomana, this is being seen as a proceed to consumers. >> reporter: yes, a proceed to consumers and also to the democrat party, but a win for the banking sector and republicans as the house also passed a similar action earlier in july. essentially what they're doing is repealing a rule introduced by the consumer financial protection bureau that would have allowed american toss file class action lawsuits against banks, what banking lobbyists said the rule would have fled the banking system and ultimately they would have been passed back to consumers in the first place, president trump has applauded the appeal and is expected to sign night law later this year. twitter said they will start increasing the transparency for
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welcome back. let's say happy birthday to louis. >> happy birthday. >> we'll won't see you tomorrow on the program. >> a wild night for louis bergdorf with that. we will check the stories you will be hearing around the day. >> we start at the white house we find halle jackson. good morning. >> reporter: hey there, louis, good morning to you. today the president will be heading to texas, sprefl to dallas for a fundraiser behind closed doors to raise some money. really the headline remains pack here in washington. >> that is essentially the political earthquake and the shock waves from it that have shaken the gop so hard it's splintering. you are seeing that in that speech from jeff flake that dramatic impassioned floor speech that he said he would rather retire than work with someone dangerous to democracy. there was a back line from
problem corker as republican leaders are beginning to grapple with what this means from a policy perspective. there is no margin for error over on capitol hill for president trump. who ill the white house says his legacy will be these big policy initiatives, so far, there aren't many to put to the president's name. louis, back to you. >> thanks to halle jackson for that report. meanwhile the sentencing for army sergeant bo bergdahl was trade monday after a legal battle erupted over the president's comments about the case last week. he faces the possibility of life in prison. ivanka trump will join several lawmakers to highlight the child tax credit. the event will focus on how it can impact working familyles. >> that does it for us on this wednesday morning. i'm yasmin vossoughian, "morning joe" starts right now. >> you know, it's a sad place from my perspective. i think the worst of it is going to be just the whole debasing if
you will of our nation. i think that will be the contribution that hurts our nation most. >> do you think the president is debasing the nation in. >> i don't think there's any question. >> it is time for our come policity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end. it is often said that children are watching. well, they are. and what are we become the to do about that? when the next generation asks us, why didn't you do something? why didn't you speak up? what are we going to say? mr. president, i rise today to say enough. >> two top republicans yesterday calling on their colleague toss take a hard look in the mirror. good morning, everyone, it's wednesday, october 25th. welcome to "morning joe." with us we have veteran columnist and msnbc contributor mike