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and how important it is to have the representation. >> having consciousness and lot of women in the media, what the media center is doing. and understanding it is about power. therefore since the women's media center is devoted to trying to equalize the pourks it's diminishing the possibility in and of itself, in addition to the individual cases it reports. >> jane fonda and gloria steinem, what a treat. thank you. if you would ever like to come back, we'd love to have you. "the rachel maddow show" starts now. great conversation. see if you can spot the pattern here. within days of the trump administration starting, justice department was warning new white house, white house counsel specifically there was a serious security issue with the president's new national security adviser. he had been having secret
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communications with the russian government and publicly lying about that. acting attorney general, justice department, came to the white house, told the trump white house their national security adviser was compromised by the russian government. later emerged that national security adviser mike flynn had also not declared income he had received from multiple russian and other foreign sources. he and his business relations ended up subject of multiple federal subpoenas and mike flynn had to retroactively register as agent of foreign power. and after that learned about further meetings between flynn and russian officials during the transition he never disclosed. so mike flynn turns out not to be awesome choice to be advising the president of the united states on national security matters. he was allowed to resign in february. but by march the white house was insisting, honestly, they never
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really even heard of the guy. >> has anyone from the white house -- can i just amend? obviously just to be clear, trying to think through this for a second. obviously general flynn -- >> in the campaign before the election. >> and i'm not aware of any at this time. even general flynn was a volunteer of the campaign. >> he was -- flooik min? mike finn? no. we didn't think of him as national security adviser, more of coat check boy. he was campaign volunteer. volunteered for a minute, made coffee. so national security adviser mike flynn downgrade after the fact to a volunteer for the campaign. then the chairman of the campaign, seen here with the last boss he's known to have have before he inexplicably starting working for the trump
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campaign for free in 2016, previous employment for pro-putin political party and dictator in the nation of ukraine. paul manafort also ended up having to retroactively register as agent of a foreign power, turned out to have had multiple communications during the campaign with russians even though for months he publicly denied having done it. and paul manafort signed up for multimillion dollar contract with russian close to putin. promote the interests of putin's government around the world. associated press published thatma march, russian billionaire sued and lost his case in federal court against the ap and ap stands by that reporting. paul manafort also later
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revealed to have offered private briefings on the campaign to that same putin-connected russian oligarch, manafort made the offer for private briefings while he was campaign chairman and in position to deliver them. when you're chairman of a presidential campaign, that generally means you are chairing the presidential campaign, right? just as mike flynn was dismissed as merely a campaign volunteer, when all this stuff started to come out about paul manafort, the white house, true to form, insisted they never even really met paul manafort. maybe he was around for a while but definitely there and gone in a minute. i don't remember what he even looks like. >> then obviously there's been discussion of paul manafort, who played a limited role for limited amount of time. but beyond -- >> are you saying -- >> john, can you stop interrupting other people?
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jonathan, somebody is asking a question. it's not your press briefing, julie is asking a question, please calm down. >> who needs to calm down? follow-up question was limited role for limited amount of time? but he was chairman of the campaign. calm down. the pattern here is, in a way it's kind of funny. there are a large number of people, surprisingly large number of people involved in the trump campaign turn out to have had not just undisclosed but extensive and bewildering contacts with russian officials during the campaign and transition. but the way it goes, as soon as it's exposed, trump white house insists they never knew that guy. happened with carter page as well. >> heard you might be announcing foreign advisory team soon. >> we're going to be doing that in fact very soon, during the week we'll be announcing some
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names. >> any you can start off with this morning with us? >> i hadn't thought in terms of -- if you want could give you some of the names, wouldn't mind. >> be delighted. >> do you have that list so i can be more accurate. you ready? >> taking notes. >> ferris, who you probably know. ph.d. adviser to the house of representatives caucus and counterterrorism expert. carter page, ph.d.. >> carter page, ph.d.. candidate trump announcing to "the washington post" editorial board advisers on presidential campaign. carter page as well, had multiple contacts with russian officials during the campaign and also turned out to turn up in indictment for russian spy ring run out of a bank called
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veb. same bank meeting with jared kushner in the transition in a meeting that jared kushner did not publicly disclose. only reason we ever heard the name carter page was because then presidential candidate donald trump bragged that a guy named carter page, ph.d. was one of his five foreign policy advisers for the campaign. but once we learned about his undisclosed contacts with russia in the campaign, parter cage? why are you saying this name? never heard of this person. >> one person, i don't think i've ever spoken to him, met him, actual said a low level member of i think a committee for a short period of time, i don't think i ever met him. possible i walked into room and he was sitting there. i don't think i ever met him. i didn't talk to him ever. >> that's why it's coveted job to be foreign policy adviser to presidential candidate, you'll
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never ever speak to the candidate ever. pattern has been, on the one level, alarming the way the whole story is but kind of funny in a way. today we got the latest iteration. >> this just came out. this just came out. wikileaks, i love wikileaks. >> all the new charges, just came down today, wikileaks, brutal stuff. >> hillary clinton documents, released by wikileaks. >> wikileaks showed something i've been warning people about for long time. >> wikileaks, john podesta said horrible things about you. >> described wikileaks as key element of the russian
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investigation. gru, russian military intelligence relaid material it acquired from dnc and senior democratic officials to wikilea wikileaks. candidate trump repeatedly talked about how much he loved wikileaks and how thrilled he was with the actions taken by wikileaks which we now know is on behalf of the russian government. mike pompeo, also praised wikileaks. once he became cia director, noted in first public comments after confirmed that wikileaks is a quote, hostile intelligence service, often abetted by russia. now today betsy woodruff of the "daily beast" reported that the daily firm, cambridge andit ka,
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run by family that financed, steve bannon has multimillion dollar stake, mike flynn worked for as well. ran data operations for the trump campaign. head of the group, ceo, wrote in e-mail last year that he reached out to wikileaks about hillary clinton during the campaign. according to e-mail described by two sources familiar with congressional investigation into this matter, head of cambridge analytica, reportedly told a third party he reached out to julian assange in wikibealeaks about his firm somehow helping wikileaks. integral far the of the election to hurt hillary clinton and help donald trump. wikileaks is how they
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disseminated portions of the documents hacked and stolen by russian government hackers. documented lovingly promoted by candidate trump himself throughout the campaign. we've previously linked wikileaks and behavior on behalf of the russian government to a few kitchen people soeshtz of trump and the campaign. people like roger stone for example. but this new story from the "daily beast," this is the firm doing the trump campaign's data operations. that firm trying to collude with wikileaks on hurting hillary clinton and helping donald trump during the campaign. cambridge analytica doing this is different. trump reaction? you know this is coming. trump campaign put out this statement after the report came
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out. "daily beast" report that indicates that they were trying to collude with a russian cutout, wikileaks, to hurt clinton and help trump from the campaign. the statement in response to this makes clear that cambridge -- who? we have so never heard of them, can't even spell it. this is the response. we as campaign made choice to rely on the voter data of the republican national committee to help elect president donald j. trump. any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in our victory are false. am brj canalica? did they volunteer? they didn't do anything for us. as more and more ties are proven between the russian government
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and russian campaign to affect our election and all the different people and entities involved in the trump for president campaign, it's starting to feel like one way you can know that something is salient story and proving a point they can't get away from is when trump white house or campaign starts denying all knowledge of the people and entities involved. flynn who? carter? what's that? cambridge? and as things keep happening, it's harder to dismiss all as coincidences, can't all be random people after the street the campaign never noticed or one-offs all disconnected from one another. maybe the continuing revelations are why the congressional investigations into the russian attack and questions of whether or not the trump campaign is involved in it, maybe that's why the investigations this month seem to be going off the rails. last week saw republicans walk out of own committee interviews
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with the digital separatiooperam to announce new investigations instead into hillary clinton. seen multiple reports from "new york times" and other publications, however well the various congressional investigations into the russia issue might have been doing in the past, now starting to fall apart. today mother jones was first to report that one of the big committees, senate judiciary committee has officially blown up. will no longer even attempt to put out uniform report. republicans do their own thing, democrats theirs and so won't be a judiciary committee report as to what happened. we'll be speaking with member of that committee in a second to find out if the reports are accurate and if it's really as all over as it seems. but there's one last thing that
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seems important that we keep getting more and more evidence about. that committee that just reportedly blew up, what they specifically were supposed to look at, obstruction of justice. whether the president fired fbi director james comey or took other actions to divert, suppress or try to influence the criminal counterintelligence operations into what happened with russia. what judiciary committee in the senate has been looking at. oversees department of justice, justice system. so obstruction of justice is in their wheelhouse. in the house never even bothered saying they would investigate that. senate saying they would but now appears to have imploded. on that issue, a bunch of new public evidence all of a sudden getting more damning and more funny at the same time. i'm sorry i find some of it funny but some of it is so rid
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lick u dib lus i find it funny. kushners did a presentation in chi when they appeared to offer green cards to live in the united states to any chinese citizen give the kushner family money for one of its real estate projects. making that statement is one thing, while using pictures to remind everybody your family is in the white house, that's something else. and apparently subject of a subpoena by federal investigators out of new york. one of the kushner properties, trying to sell cash for green cards in jurisdiction of eastern new york, headquartered in
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brooklyn. subpoenaed the kushner family according to the "wall street journal." eastern district. southern district in manhattan, paul manafort is under criminal investigation by that u.s. attorney's office for alleged money laundering. it has also recently been reported that president trump has met personally with two lawyers who he's considering nominating to run those two u.s. attorney's offices. something no president has ever done before as far as anybody can tell. meeting with people you might appoint to be federal prosecutors in jurisdictions when you and your family and campaign are potentially involved in criminal matters that may come before that office? no president is known to have ever done this with potential nominees before. i asked eric holder about is the
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other night, this is how he characterized it. >> unprecedented. the way it was done in the obama administration and clinton administration as well and i think in the bush administrations, the highest level person you spoke to as incoming attorney general, u.s. attorney, was the attorney general. that was it. nobody went to talk to the white house. >> why was it structured that way? >> to again, ensure independence, u.s. attorney would understand your boss is attorney general of the united states, not supposed to have contacts -- u.s. attorneys not supposed to have any contacts with the white house except through the justice department. and choices that have been reported of the people he spoke to are interesting. two u.s. attorneys in new york, one in washington, d.c., and one in florida where mar-a-largo is, that gives me some concern he's decided to have interactions
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with united states attorneys who might possibly be in a position to get at him. >> what's the correction? >> to hopefully have good people in these positions who will in spite of the fact they've had meetings with the president will understand what the nature of their jobs is. >> that's the correction? hope they're good people. >> yep. >> yep. only corrective we know for this situation in terms of defending the independence of federal prosecutors, independence of the criminal justice system, is to hope these candidates for u.s. attorney jobs that the president is inappropriately meeting with, we're just supposed to hope they're good people rigorously independent from the president and his interests despite fact he's meeting with them before appointing them. we just have to hope they have no connection to him whatsoever. potential nominee to run the
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u.s. attorney's office in district of new york is member of mark jacksonville, florida owitz's law firm, lawyer on the russian issue. potential nominee for southern district is member of rudy giuliani's law firm. member of the campaign and president's good friend and also may have been a meeting with south florida, jurisdiction on the president's southern estate of mar-a-largo. we've been trying to track that down and figure out the person who to be the potential nominee. would have jurisdiction over mar-a-largo. best guess, best reporting from south florida as to the contender for that job in the trump white house is this man. in this clip he's feeling sad
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because fired by donald trump during season 5 of "the apprentice." guy from those two law firms and guy from "the apprentice" for mar-a-largo. if the president is stacking key federal prosecutor jobs in jurisdictions where he and his family and campaign have potential and actual liability, this is something you would expect the senate judiciary committee to be all over whether or not the white house is trying to pervert the federal law system in this country to meet the president's personal needs. that's the sort of thing the senate judiciary meeting might have been looking into. until today when apparently that blew up. that's next. oh, you brought butch. yeah! (butch growls at man) he's looking at me right now, isn't he? yup. (butch barks at man) butch is like an old soul that just hates my guts.
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do you know of any president, anywhere in our history previously interviewing a candidate for united states attorney? i certainly wasn't interviewed by the president, you weren't interviewed by the president before we were appointed united states attorney. has it ever happened before? >> a lot of the new candidates, as you know, u.s. attorneys have friends of the president. friends and family of the president. >> you're not answering my question. >> senator blumenthal wanted to know if any president ever went around interviewing candidates for u.s. attorneys' jobs, despite tradition of remaining
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independent of the white house so they can do their jobs. joining us now, senator richard blumenthal. i appreciate your time. thanks for being here. >> thank you. >> number of things i want to talk to you about. first is subject of that questioning, that moment that you had with attorney general jeff sessions. we can't find any other instances of presidents meeting with u.s. attorneys while considering whether or not he was going to be appointing them to jobs. senator sessions didn't answer your question on that, have you turned up other incidents besides what president trump has done this year? >> there is no president dent, rachel, for the president of the united states interviewing nominees. reason is simple, smacks of political interference and conflicts of interest. does certainly in these incidents when the jobs have --
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property. money laundering investigations ongoing involving trump associates and potential prosecutions of trump campaign associates if those kinds of cases are referred by the special counsel. so there are lots of good reasons there's no precedent for it. >> other thing that seems to be emerging alongside this news about the president taking unprecedented step of meeting with potential u.s. attorneys, appears to be considering number of people for key jobs, where he's doing personal meetings, people about one or two degrees of separation from him. member of mark kass owitz's law firm, rudy giuliani's law firm, close personal friend and campaign supporter. new reports, not confirmed, but florida reporters tell us best
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consideration is maybe a former contestant from the "apprentice" is talking to the president about that florida job that touches on mar-a-largo. that degree of closeness to the president, is that also troubling to you? seems to me that other presidents may have had incursions into those territories as well. >> more than troubling, profoundly disturbing. i'll do everything possible to block these nominations, especially if there's no adadequate explanation for meeting with them. improper in my view under these circumstances. >> former senator and current attorney general jeff sessions has announced he would recuse himself from matters involving the 2016 presidential campaign
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because of his role in the trump campaign. should the attorney general make clear he's recused from any matters that might involve for example the kushner companies or paul manafort, there's reports that kushner company and paul manafort are under investigation for u.s. attorneys offices in new york. should jeff sessions make clear he's recused from those as well? >> not onl should, must. to maintain the integrity of the office. as former attorney general and of my state for 20 years. if you have to ask the question, you know the answer. in this case the mere question dictates the answer. certainly with kushner, any of the trump properties, issuing involving them, he must recuse himself. >> the chairman of senate
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judiciary committee, chuck grassley and top democrat diane feinstein today announced that democrats and republicans on your committee are parting ways and no longer attempting to work together to investigate obstruction of justice or other issues under your purview in the investigation of the russians and the election. what the implications of what they've announced today? >> my understanding they've decided to go somewhat different paths but not unreconcilably. members of the committee on both sides of the aisle, there is consensus the results should be bipartisan. my hope is it will be. emphasis has to be on obstruction of justice because of our oversight responsibility regarding the fbi where james
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comey was fired as potentially obstruction, department of justice and russian meddling and possible collusion. we have to have investigation to prevent this harm from happening again. russians not made to pay a price will do it again, anybody colluding with them will do it again. that has to be the focus on the committee in my view. hopefully we'll have agreement both sides of the aisle as priority. >> so legislation might be bipartisan but the investigation, is it over? do you anticipate would be further bipartisan cooperation there despite what we heard today from grassley and feinstein? >> i've been frustrated by the lagging pace of our investigation. i hope maybe this method of proceeding on two tracks will
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national archives is the government agency in charge of keeping track of our country's most important records. they also sometimes try to solve mysteries. what were president nixon and chief of staff talking about few days after the watergate break-in in oval office when
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there was inexplicable gap in the white house tapes. nixon's secretary claimed to have accidentally erased that tape when lack daysically stretched out across the office like normal people do all the time. 2001, got a forensic panel of audio experts to try to recover the audio. after two years, announced couldn't be done. but said at time would preserve and keep the tape in case future technology would make it possible someday. few years later they took another whack at it. turn to chief of staff h.r. haldeman's notes from the meeting. believed a chunk was missing from the part of the discussion where the tape was erased. set about using forensic
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technology to analyze the indentations on the pages of notes they did have, hoping to uncover what had been written underneath and later thrown away about that part of the conversation. spent two years reading the indentations, trying to recover the missing pages but again they fell short. that nixonian 18:30 minute mystery is still a mystery. but tomorrow the national archives is going to do something not really about unsolved mystery but a lot of people think it is. it's going to drive people in this country plumb crazy, let's be honest. how crazy are people going to go about this tomorrow, that's maybe an answerable question with expert advice. that's next. i love you, basement guest bathroom.
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petty. >> to dallas, texas and tom pefit. >> there's the president. >> there is lee oswald. [ shot ] >> lee oswald has been shot. there's a man with a gun. absolute panic, absolute panic here in the basement of dallas police headquarters, detectives have their guns drawn. no question about it, oswald has been shot. >> reporter's voice in that remarkable live broadcast was the voice of the late nbc news reporter tom pettit. he interviewed every president after truman. won awards over a decade's long career. fast forward to 1991, oliver
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stone movie "jfk" had come out. posited a story it wasn't oswald acting alone but broader conspiracy. had always been that around the assassination but movie drove interest into overdrive. in 1992 congress passed a law, jfk records act, idea to tamp down the assassination conspiracy theories. first batch of documents released following year in 1993 and nbc sent tom pettit to the national archives to report on the new details sure to turn up in those records. there was a lot of interest. turned out to be kind of a bust. >> thousands of documents do show that cia was deeply involved in the assassination investigation, nothing of any other cia involvement so far. one file from 1963, kgb defector
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tells cia the assassination may have been planned by the kgb but no evidence. cia did serious investigating proving that oswald was on manifest to dallas under h.o. lee. we already knew that. blurred photos of oswald and wife marina. oswald had defected to russia in 1959. we knew that too. >> nothing in here i haven't read before. >> ordinary people aroused. >> mafia, exiles, cia and maybe generals. i think they in turn killed kennedy. >> about all the eldrich secret stuff still held by cia will be submitted to board as soon as
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the white house approves one. until then the theories will go on and on. they did go on and on. the man who is now president said during the campaign that ted cruz's dad did it. why not. but the presidential review board did come together to review the super secret material. that review board only fuelled conspiracy theories further. here's the thing. passed the jfk records act in 1992, gave the national archives 25 years after which they had to release everything they had, including thousands of pages set aside as super secret, sensitive material. national archives is legally obligated to release the last of the specific documents by a specific deadline, that's tomorrow. national archives is complying.
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president announced he'll take no action to stop them. something is coming out tomorrow. questions, what are we actually going to get? how much and what type of documents will these be? how hard is it going to be to go through the documents and who knows what to look for if anyone? what is range of things we might learn we didn't know before? and honestly, given how insane we've been as country on this subject for more than 50 years, how crazy are people who are crazy about this subject likely to go tomorrow? whether or not you're invested in this story as many people are, should we be bracing ourselves for the reactions? joining us now, author of "a cruel and shocking act" secret history of the kennedy assassination. i appreciate your time. >> thank you rachel. >> logistical issue, what is
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released, how much and what types of documents. i wanted to ask you about that specifically. you expect tomorrow to be a logistical nightmare. >> it could be a mess. tens of thousands of documents released online at the same time, millions around the world trying to get access. when they tried a much smaller release over the summer, website went down and couldn't get to it for days. we'll see if it holds up. >> and earlier release was 400 pages of material. do you know the number of pages or documents? >> 400 over the summer. 3,100 documents tomorrow we've never seen before, and on top of that, 30,000 documents released previously in part that will be released in full. tens of thousands if not
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hundreds of thousands of pages. >> did the national archives have to choice in terms of way to release these things, could it have been staggered, organized or curated or does the law require them to dump it all at once? >> we know that earlier they were talking about releasing in batches over the course of the year. would have been better way of doing it, certain for researchers and anybody trying to make sense of the material. they abandoned that plan because the white house couldn't make decision on which documents to hold back, i still don't know if they've made that decision. >> over the years, decisions made about what documents to hold back and fact they will be released tomorrow, what should we expect in terms of types of documents, types of information previously retained that's now going to be released? what new are we likely to see in terms of types of government
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information we hadn't previously had access to? >> i think a lot of information is going to emerge. may take months or years to figure out entirely. but think a lot of documents will be released to reflect just how much the government knew, fbi and cia, about lee harvey oswald. immediately after the assassination, agencies tried to pretend that oswald was a pure lone wolf who couldn't have been stopped in plot to kill the president. truth seems to be that those two agencies knew a lot about oswald, including that he may have been talking openly about killing the president weeks before the assassination. question is did they bungle that information? like 9/11, did they have a lot of intelligence they should have acted on but didn't? >> last question for you, i respect the way i'm asking this, asking just for subjective gut answer here, how crazy do you
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think people are going to go about this tomorrow? let's assume that people can get access to the documents and there isn't such pandemonium, logistical feesko that people can think there's going to be a lot of frustration because a lot of people especially laymen won't understand the documents, filled with cia and fbi code names and pseudonyms, some of them written in foreign languages and tough to understand but i'll tell you for the armies of conspiracy theories around the world, this is christmas tomorrow and lots of documents to seize on to suggest that their theories are true. >> philip, author of adequate cruel and shocking act," i know this is an important night for you to be getting your sleep, as well. thank you for helping us understand this tonight. appreciate it. >> thank you. still ahead, the federal government gave us an answer that has me wondering why i asked since now i'm more than confused than ever but i'll tell
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as we enter the sixth week since hurricane maria made landfall in puerto rico, it's worrying to me on top of everything else we know about the lack of electricity and the lack of running water and the compromise of the hospitals and the rest of it. the death toll that's being attributed to hurricane maria right now is 51 but we are starting the sixth week since the storm hit and people dying
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now in puerto rico are not dying because of the strength of the storm. they're dying because of the weakness of the response to the storm. by the federal government. of the 51 deaths listed on the official rolls, 3 of those deaths have been attributed to a treatable infection you get from not having access to running water, from having to rely on open air sources of water like rivers and streams. lep to spo ro sis claimed three lives in puerto rico since the storm. but there's now some evidence that the number of puerto ricans getting sick from and dying of lepto sporosis may be on the rise. the state epidemiologist of puerto rico says there's at least 76 cases that are being investigated to see if they are leptosporosis and checked to see if they're confirmed as lepto. there's several other deaths
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pending test results and 76 cases investigated up from 74 cases we were told investigated last week. we don't know how many of the current 76 cases are people who have died this water-bourn disease but we're trying to track that number down. it's up to the centers for disease control to determine if the cases are lepto. we contacted the cdc to try to find out if the disease is becoming a significant source of mortality on the island, because of the lack of running water, the cdc told us that they're testing samples from puerto rico to see if they are leptospirosis but quote please contact the puerto rico department of health for information. we reached out to the prr department of health and waiting to hear back. communications are tough at this point. they referred us to the cdc at this point. puerto rican paper is reporting the government still not
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consider it an outbreak or an epidemic. but just stick a flag in this. if some or all of the 76 suspected cases of lepto turn out to be lepto and fatal cases of it, then the response to this storm will have entered a very serious and bad new phase. again, the death toll is listed at 51 but we are going to keep chasing this. at the very least, honestly, whoever is in charge of the recovery should start to answer some questions about it. [bell rings] every year we take a girl's trip. remember nashville?
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that does it for us but there's one thing to tell you about concerning tomorrow night's show. senator richard blumenthal told us tonight live on the air he has high hopes that the leadership announced today that they're no longer going to work together on the russia investigation and democrats and republicans go their own way tomorrow might on this show we are going to have a special report on a very specific problem that's going on in that committee. that has not received any national media attention. that may be a part of why that committee is blowing up right now. that xhit te blowing up means a significant part of the russia investigation is blowing up right now. we'll have a special report on that tomorrow night's show and that's the fair warning. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." good evening, lawrence. >> good evening, rachel. i watched the president today explaining to people that he's so smart and he's one of the reasons -- one of the proofs of being so smart is he went to an ivy league college and

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