tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC December 21, 2017 1:00am-2:00am PST
tonight trump is russia and a powerful u.s. senator warning the president not to fire robert mueller. in the meantime the attack on u.s. institutions continues including a new report on an effort by house republicans to secretly investigate doj and the fbi. plus tax reform accomplished but not so fast on congress leaving town. their remaining work includes avoiding a shutdown. and the sheer amount of time devoted today to those around the president to praising the president in the style of the dear leader, as "the 11th hour" gets under way on a wednesday
republicans has gathered secretly for weeks in the capitol in an effort to build a case that senior leaders of the just department and the fbi perhaps criminally mishandled the contents of a dossier that perhaps alleged ties between donald trump and russia. a subset of the republican members of the house intelligence committee led by chairman devin nunes of california has been quietly working parallel to the committee's high profile inquiry into russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. they haven't informed democrats about their plans, but they have consulted with the house's general counsel. you'll recall the president
himself has slammed the fbi in recent weeks saying it was quote, in tatters and that it was a shame what's happening at the fbi. well, today some house republicans offered their own critique of the fbi's role in the russia investigation. >> the fbi should be cooperating with us. the justice department should be cooperating with us. what are they trying to cover up? why are they obstructing a committee doing its lawful work on a matter so vital to the country? >> we need have subpoenas issued to get documents and answers so the american people know how their tax dollars were used and if their own was working to subvert the very president they elected. >> this same politico article goes onto say the same members in the house hope to uncover corruption at the seener levels of the federal law enforcement, to be detailed in a report that would be released next year. according to politico the house report could quote, ult plate be used by republicans to discredit special counsel robert mueller's investigation into whether any
trump aides colluded with russia during the 2016 campaign or possibly even justify his dismissal. the special counsel has been the focus of increasingly vocal criticism from the president's allies in his party and from certain members of the media who are calling for are russia investigation to be shutdown. today the top democrat on the senate intel committee, virginia senator mark warner issued a warning and called on congress to prevent that from happening. >> i believe it is up to every member of this institution, republican or democrat, to make a clear and unambiguous statement that any attempt by this president to remove special counsel mueller from his position or to pardon key witnesses in any effort to shield them from accountability or shutdown the investigation
would be a gross abuse of power and a flagrant violation of executive branch responsibilities and authorities. these truly are red lines and simply cannot allow them to be crossed. firing mr. mueller or any other of the top brass involved in this investigation would not only call into question this administration's commitment to the truth but also to our most basic concept, rule of law. it also has the potential to provoke a constitutional crisis. >> mr. warner's speech in the senate was a moment today, and with us tonight to talk about it michael crowley, and shannon pettypiece, and back with us, worked as counsel to robert mueller when he was fbi director and then as chief of staff and senior counsel to james comey when he was director. he also happens to be a former
u.s. attorney, prosecutor and happenally a current msnbc contributor. mr. crowley, i know you're not the parliamentarian or house counsel, but the argument seems to be this is a kind of a not a fully sanctioned subgroup of this larger committee working on a politically motivated issue, perhaps with powers of investigation. >> it's quite murky. it's quite unusual. it's a bit of a rogue operation, you might say. and it certainly is not one that is including democrats. when you have investigations like this you would like to think that they are bipartisan and both parties are -- they may disagree but they at least know what the other one is doing. in this case democrats seem to have been shutout of the process. and it's part in parcel of this republican fixation not with the underlying question of russia's
role in the 2016 election, whether russia penetrated trump's inner circle, whether trump has connections to russia that have been not been fully revealed that might influence his judgment about vladimir putin and u.s. policy towards russia. instead the republican fixation has been on the process. is the doj, the fbi totally on the level? are people there biased against donald trump? and, you know, from our excellent reporting tonight what i don't see it evidence that suggests they're really onto something here. you know, they -- the republicans suspect that the dossier was the basis for fbi investigation of the trump campaign, maybe a fisa warrant, and they think that the dossier itself is totally corrupt and invalid. but where's the tangible evidence of that? right now it seems like a story line republicans are wanting to use to muddy the waters rather than something tangible that
would give lots of people cause for concern. >> chuck, to michael's point there, that we've seen some moving targets, i want to play for you when congressman schiff of california, the leading democrat of house intel said on this very network to rachel maddow tonight. we'll talk about it on the other side. >> i've not talked to chairman nunes since the article came out. i've certainly been aware of a couple of things for a long time. and these are things we have raised the alarm bells about, and i think we need to raise them even further at this point. and that is initially rather than really focus on the russia intervention of our election and the issue of the connections between the trump campaign and the russians, the chairman and others on the committee were focused instead on trying to build a case that the obama administration was either illegally wiretapping the trum administration or they were illegally unmasking people. when they found nothing there, they moved on instead to trying
to discredit christopher steele, to discredit the fbi. >> so chuck, you hear it there. how likely is it to go over among your own colleagues in your beloved institution that the fbi to up aerate on the knowledge this attack on this american institution may just be an act of deflection away from the president in. >> well, brian, it wouldn't be the first time. and it is my beloved institution and beloved for a reason. because the men and women there are good and decent and honest and try very hard to get it right. i'll say this. congress has a legitimate oversight function. lord knows i've testified in front of it many times, and i respect that. but in terms of investigations, the notion that a small number of people in one party, in one chamber would be conducting an investigation leaves me feeling a little bit queasy. investigations require that you leave all of your politics at
the doorstep. you can't permit that into an investigation. and so i trust the fbi to do it and do it right. i have concerns as senator warner and congressman schiff has articulated about the way it's being done in the house. >> shannon, it is clear there is nothing scarier to democrats than the thought of the president in florida in a room alone with his cellphone on, say, christmas eve. when senator warner rose to give that speech in the senate today it was a moment -- this was not a guy saying the holidays are a great time for our beloved virginia hams. this was a very serious message. what is your current reporting on the president's mind-set and the likelihood that he may try something over the holidays? >> i have not talked to anyone in the white house close to the president who thinks he will
actually fire robert mueller. now, on the outer circle pundits, commentators, you know, they're all calling for it. on the inner circle i personally have not found anyone who thinks that's a possibility. and in fact i get the opposite answer instead, that he will absolutely not fire him. now, everyone's lying to me. but the logic that has been laid out, though, is that, one, well first there's nothing there. so we just want to wrap this up as quickly as possible. but secondly, firing robert mueller would only drag this investigation out. it would only create a political fire storm. he wouldn't only have to fire mueller but fire rob rosenstein. he'd have to go to a saturday night massacre style event. they do understand it would be very politically -- now, trying to discredit his investigation, trying to poke holes in it, i mean that's something i hear not so much within the white house
but even within the white house saying it is odd how many democrats on mueller's team or boy there sure are problems at the fbi. it's amazing how politicized the fbi is. that's the type of thing i hear at the white house. and of course with republicans in congress and the president's outer circle, they're trying to take a page right out of the the clinton page book and do to mueller what was done to ken starr. >> michael, let's talk about a man at the fbi our chuck likely knows, and that's andrew mccabe. for viewers hearing his name more and more, tell us why he's important and why he's important enough to spend hours behind the scenes this week testifying. >> andrew mccabe is the draerkt of the fbi. and he like all the fbi leadership is a subject of tremendous scrutiny, at this point one of republicans and one
being accused of having an anti-trump bias. an e-mail emerged where he was praising sally yates for taking a stand against the president's executive order instituting a travel ban. and so mccabe is sort of the latest man in the hot seat, as part again of this larger republican narrative that is trying to discredit the investigate, trying to discredit law enforcement officials. trying to suggest that the investigation, the probe of donald trump is just not on the level to some degree. and i think shannon put her finger on it. it is a way of turning this into a political fight, in a way taking it out of the legal arena. and it's reminiscent of what the clinton white house did to ken starr, which is treat the investigation as a political witch-hunt. try to win in the court of public opinion. because ult amly at the end of the day donald trump will not be on trial in a courthouse.
if he faces any kind of a trial it will be in the congress, and it will be a political fight. and it'll be hugy determined by public opinion. >> hey, chuck, since you've been a u.s. attorney and since you've worked for and with mr. mueller, we keep reporting of this coming meeting between the trump legal team and the legal team of investigators. no one puts out pres releases of this stuff, don't know if it happened today or 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, can you walk us through what a meeting of this content would go like the. >> these meetings in these cases aren't unusual, brian. the defense attorneys want to learn as much as they can from the prosecutors. in fact, the prosecutors may have stuff they need or want from defense counsel. they may have a list of other witnesses they'd like to review, document requests that are still pending. so there's a bit of give-and-take. but i don't expect anything big to break out of this meeting, frankly. and brian, can i answer a
question you didn't ask me? >> happens all the time around here, but go ahead. >> i'm asking permission, so it's not quite as bad. i know andy mccabe well. he's an extraordinarily principled guy. he doesn't need me to say that because everybody who works with him knows that. it's sort of hard for me to let these criticisms of professionals like andy go without comment, so i just wanted to add that. >> well, thank you for doing so, and forgive me for not asking that question. shannon you remind us earlier today and you've written about this before, the genesis of the selection of trump's attorneys, it's not really fair or accurate to say the president in this case had his choice of all the available attorneys in washington. not everyone at that rank and stature wanted the job, but when it came to cobb and dowd there's a reason.
>> yes, they wanted someone in there who was a peer to mueller, who mueller respected, who they shared a mutual respect. ty cobb, the lawyer in the house with the investigation, they have known each other for three decades socially a bit through work. john dowd, the president's personal lawyer is someone very well-known in these tight white collar legal circles in washington. he did not have a personal relationship with mueller, but again someone mueller knew, respected. they were both marines in vietnam. that was experiences that shaped them greatly. so these were people that the president's longtime lawyer, marc kasowitz, intentionally sought out with one of the qualities was people who could connect and relate to robert mueller. when we talk about these meetings coming up, there's been a lot of back and forth between
these lawyers and mueller's team. there is this rapport between the three of them that, you know, could be a factor if nothing else in that the three of them trust each other and respect each other. >> one of those lead off conversations tonight where we've learned so much from each of our guests. thanks to all three of you. coming up for us tonight, president trump getting the first legislative win of his presidency and just in time. then there was that victory lap as his people lavished high praise on their president. but what happens as the man said, after the love is gone? perhaps as early as 2018? that and more. we're just getting under way on a wednesday night.
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it's been an amazing experience. i have to tell you. hasn't been done in 34 years, but actually really hasn't been done because we broke every record. it's the largest, i always say the most massive, but it's the largest tax cut in the history of our country and reform. but tax cut. really something special. >> let's back up there just a second. it deed it may be the most substantial tax overhaul since the '80s. it is not, however, as the president has said the biggest tax cut in history. the president also spent time today touting a part of the tax bill that undoes a component of obamacare. >> because when you think of it we haven't even been a year, and we did the largest tax cut in our history.
we -- i hate to say this, but we essentially repealed obamacare because we got rid of the individual mandate, which was terrible. and that was a primary source of funding of obamacare. >> in reality most of the affordable care act, obamacare is still intact. republicans have thus far been unsuccessful in fully repealing and replacing. a plan for that will have to wait until after the holidays. politico again reporting tonight key senate republicans agreed to drop demands for contention year-end obamacare fix, likely allowing the house and senate to revert an 11th hour, we like that phrase, showdown before it expires friday. politico continues now, quote, even with the obamacare flash point out of the picture, house republican leaders will have a hard sales job to convince their fractured conference to swallow another kick the can spending
bill. speaker paul ryan met tonight with members of his party to talk about their options, and they may need to come up with something on their own. house leader nancy pelosi is urging her fellow dems not to support a short-term fix, writing a letter to her caucus. coat, unless we see a respect for our values and priorities we continue to urge a strong no on the continuing resolution. washington speak for funding to keep the government lights on. here with us to talk about it tonight jonathan lemere, white house report for the associated press and animist nbc political analyst, and charlie psyches, long time conservative radio host, author of "how the right lost its mind" and an nbc contributor. you wrote a better than average book of being an old school conservative republican. is this a happy night for you after what happened today? >> well, i'm the minority of a minority.
i'm actually a deficit hawk who's concerned about the national debt. but there's no question most conservatives are happy tonight. most conservatives got exactly what they were hoping to get from donald trump. donald trump got from congress what he desperately need said which was a win. the one thing that appears to unify every wing of the republican party and most of the conservative movement except for five or six deficit hawks that are out here, are these tax cuts. and this is going to give him a certain amount of momentum going into the end of the year among conservatives. >> jonathan, i guess the best way to put it is this, people on the center and certainly on the left, this has been a very troubling and upsetting time for them. they're looking for profile and courage wherever they can find them. people have been upset with mr. corker in the past few days because of his flip on the vote. susan collins of maine has been vexing to a lot of people. number one her complaint has
been sexist, that was puzzling and number two, she certainly seemed to think she was getting something towards the end of this process that's been pulled back. >> that's right, susan collins was lionized among one of heroes. she was cheered across the aisle because of her opposition to health care reform. she was cheered after the obamacare repeal failed. she then surprised many on the left who sort of counted on her to oppose this republican measure by instead supporting it. she wanted to strike a deal, wanting to exact a promise some of these obamacare payments would continue as part of the deal that would be done by the end of this year. she said that would be a condition for her support. it looks like she's still supporting it but those payments are not going to be included in the year end deal. >> i don't think she like getting played.
>> she had indicated she felt like she was actually one of the driving forces behind this deal getting through. in part, though, it must be said because of the compromises she felt she's not getting. she also objected to one report that used a phrase that she wasn't crying about something. she said, well, you wouldn't say that about a male -- one of my male colleagues in that case. and perhaps in that one she is correct. this is certainly a movement where feminism is very much at the forefront. >> the me too reckoning. >> the me too and everything else, and certainly this struck a cord with her. and it must be noted it does so after a few days after one of her female colleagues, a democrat, kirsten gillibrand was at the receiving end of a comment from the president that
many people thought was sexist too. >> senator jill mansion has said in a "the washington post" he very badly wanted to be onboard. and he wanted to work out a deal with portman of ohio, wanted this to be a bipartisan thing. republicans thought unity was better than bipartisanship. what do you make of what happened in the end? >> that was an extraordinary interview because he basically said i was a very easy get for republicans and the administration on this. remember when we did a major tax overhaul back with ronald reagan remember that was not only revenue neutral but also passed with big bipartisan majorities. they did not rush it through. they did not have a massive deficit. they did not shut the democrats out.
and as a result of that it had a lot more staying power. but apparently this is what they've decided to do. the republicans don't feel they need to talk to independents or even gettable democrats. and i think that's going to be -- learning the long lesson from the way the democrats handled obamacare and the stimulus because all it means is after 2020 if they lose the election, all of this gets flipped. >> jonathan, i've always contended the most dangerous place is be is between a member of congress and a national airport when they're trying to get out of town. they all want to get out of town. >> they still need to make sure the government is knowing to keep running, a significant portion of their job description as it turns out. certainly the does seem to be some momentum towards a deal, it would really thwart republican momentum here. this is a tax bill that polls
poorly, and there are many republicans that are going to have a hard time selling to their constituents who believe it only helps the rich. that said, they needed a win. they win turns into a loss more than likely if the government shuts down in the next cup of days with the republicans controlling all the branches of government. certainly behind the scenes people suggesting there's optimism, this will get done. the president set to leave for mar-a-lago in the coming days to leave for his christmas vacation. the last thing he wants is to be airborne on air force one as the lights go off in washington. >> interesting thought. jonathan lemere and charlie sykes. if there's someone in your family who's lost there's, it makes a perfect gift under the tree this season. and coming up for us, when praise for the boss turns the corner and goes from unusual to borderline obscene. that story when we come back.
thank you for seeing through the course of this year an agenda that truly is restoring this country. you've spurred an optimism in this country that's setting records. i'm deeply humbled as your vice president to be able to be here. i want to thank you, mr. president. i want to thank you for speaking
on behalf of and fighting every day for the forgotten men and women of america. >> it was really something to see, and if you can see the full-length dance mix of that video tape from today, there were nonstop effusive praise from vice president mike pence today. just across the table from president trump in what was likely the last full cabinet meeting of the year. it was so unusual in realtime and over the top, some folks who saw it then want back and did the math and counted it up. the headline in the "the washington post" reads quote, in cabinet meeting pence praises trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes straight. that's just the beginning of trump's day of praise. later in the afternoon we heard from several members of congress who fell all over themselves to share their thoughts on the president's success this year. >> it's been a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the trump administration. >> something this profound could
not have been done without exquisite presidential leadership. >> i would say to the american people president trump has been making history since the first day of this administration. president donald trump delivered a great victory for the american people. >> you're living up to everything i thought you would. you're one heck of a leader. this is one of the great privileges of my life to stand here on the white house lawn with the president of the united states who i love and appreciate so much. >> we would not be standing here today if it wasn't for you. >> paul ryan just said how good was that. >> joining us to talk about what we just witnessed vivian salaama, nbc news national political reporter. also back with us jonathan lemere of the ap. well, vivian you've worked around the world. you have covered actual despots
in the middle east, but not to limit yourself to that one region, what did you make of what you saw and heard today having covered the trump white house? >> well, there have definitely been several moments with the wow factor in 2017. this was definitely one of them. perhaps when vice president mike pence began with his speech in the cabinet meeting but then of course secretary ben carson was asked to -- to conclude the introduction of the meeting with pay prayer that also thanked the president for his efforts to ultimately give tax cuts to the american people and help them better their lives. so that certainly began this unusual day in 2017. of course we saw something very similar in june where a cabinet meeting began and president trump asked all the cabinet secretaries to go around and say a few words and every single one of them sort of unleashed this waive of praise on him. but look at the alternative.
i mean we know what happens when someone falls out of president trump's good grace. he goes after them on twitter and criticizes them very publicly. so i think a lot of these people whether it's members of congress or people in his own cabinet obviously want to avoid that kind of public interaction with him. they want to kind of stay in his good grace. you also have obviously in past presidencies you're going to have some level of compliments and praise on a day where there's a major legislative victory. so we were seeing that. today it was a bit extreme for sure. but definitely trying to keep him in their good grace and seeing how far they can keep this victory. >> everyone who spoke at the white house today not to inject something as cynical as politics in this, are they prepared to see video of what they saw today in a campaign ad against them in
2018 or 2020? >> at least this time they waited for something passed. in may they were out there and that bill died in the senate a few months later. yes, that is the danger here. the white house needed a win. the republicans who controlled both houses of congress needed a win. now they're saddled perhaps with this win, which polls very poorly. great majority of americans think this is not a good bill. great majority of americans think this helps the rich, other people, not us. this is something the democrats will take. they will take the sound bites from that ceremony, perhaps from that cabinet meeting with the effusive praise of the president. and they will be in every battle ground state, every competitive house or senate race next year. if this tax bill remains unpopular especially if the
economy starts to slow down and this becomes yet another issue, they can hit the president and then by extension the other republicans with. >> vivian, this is what i never understood, if we're all in on it, the notion fox and friends broadcasts sometimes to one viewer who then comments about that segment and then carries on his own bilateral conversation, the notion that everyone who spoke today did it for one person, what's the impact of that? does it make the republic any better if we all know and can see and can listen to what's going on? >> well, of course not. and obviously the american people are capable of assessing the situation and kind of, you know, as john was saying, if they find that this bill doesn't deliver the goodies, ultimately they are going toby able to make that assessment. and we're going into a mid-term election year, and so obviously all of those results will trickle out in the polls at some point.
however, i think that at this point a lot of these lawmakers are just trying to, you know, basically give themselves a win. and this is not just a win for president trump. they obviously wanted to kind of lavish him with that praise, and he tends to thrive in those environments. but they also find this was a win for them. and so i think they're going to want to carry this out and take this to their own constituents and say we did this for you. so i think that's a big part of what we saw today as well. >> jonathan it occurs to me the one thing missing at the white house today, questions about russia. as that the standard they're coming off a good day. >> that's true. it's traditional for president to have an end of the year news conference as they embark for christmas vacation. there's not one listed for tomorrow. not one we're aware of for friday, which is where the president is slated depart for mar-a-lago. yes, absolutely, this is day the white house is thrilled about, they have been touting nonstop.
they feel like they have delivered this for the american people. look, there is the possibility the polling will be reversed, americans will find the extra money in their paycheck. but right now that's not where this is. this is politically dangerous tax cut. that seems like an odd phrase, but right now it appears to be. maybe the republicans can sell it better going forward, but that is something they're going to have to prove they can do. but at the moment absolutely right, for a white house that hasn't had all that many good days, today is a day they're going to circle on the calendar. >> and all we know for sure the state of florida is getting a president for christmas this year. coming up for us, president trump says he's just passed as you know the biggest tax cut in history, we heard him say it, and he's accomplished more than any other president in history, we heard him say that. but michael begs to differ when we continue.
because of what took place last night we had a historic victory for the american people. people are starting to see how a great historic victory this was. a lot of reform in there, but the tax cuts supercede it. >> and so on. the president has claimed to have the most productive presidency in modern american history. with us for some perspective tonight our friend, author and presidential historian michael beschloss with us from washington. michael, let's take these one at a time. is this in fact the biggest tax cut in history? >> no, i'm sorry for the rez, but i think it's not. economists would say ronald
reagan 1981 gdp about 2.1%. and there was also a tax cut that was authored by john f. kennedy brought into law by linden johnson just after kennedy's assassination that was about 1.6%. so donald trump comes in about 1 ers, maybe it's 3 or 4. >> see you're on the board with our first lbj reference of the conversation. since we have his name on the board, let's go there. he kind of set the bar for presidents in the modern era in terms of accomplishments early on in his presidency. we know that the current president has claimed to be the most productive, the most successful. set the record straight for us on just the lbj presidency and what he was able to push through and sign. >> right, it's a ridiculous claim by president trump. yes, he has done some things
that could prove to be important this year, but lbj is a modern gold standard. you and i have talked about it a lot. 1965 he came in with a 61% landslide in the previous years' election, and also he had 68 democratic senators and 295 democratic members of congress. so that set the table. but you combine that with johnson's legislative skill and during the first six months, seven months of 1965, those are the things that we mainly remember the great society for. things like voting rights, education, medicare, all those things happened during those early months. that was real accomplishment. and by that kind of standard donald trump and most presidents really pale. >> you're not yourself a pollster, but there are too often a coin of our realm. what does it make you think of
upon learning this president upon year one in office is the lowest of any in the modern era of presidential polling? >> it shows he's got real problems with his mid-terms and 2020 should he run for re-election, most likely. but the other thing, brian, it tells us something about this first year we didn't know before. on election night last year popular vote he got what, about 47% of the vote? you know, most presidents would have said i'm going to use that and try to build on that, expand my following among the american people and try to unite the country match he's had this base strategy, you know, go to the people that most strongly doubt him, and the result is you get a polling in the 30s, and makes it hard for you to do some of the things you want to do especially when you're getting into the next year, which is going to be a political year. and many people are less likely
to take chances and risks on his behalf. >> and as you pointed out in a moment, that would have started out in a massage and an inaugural address to all the people who didn't vote for me, an outreach to the people that went the other way. >> instead he gave an inaugural address that was basically the opposite. if you don't like what i stand for, lump it. and he had the right to do that, whether it was the best political strategy for him the jury is out. and perhaps the biggest immediate test we will see is about a year from now with the mid-terms. >> and speech that may be remembered for those two words, american carnage. >> absolutely. >> the subject and the title -- >> words we've never heard in a speech like that before. >> that's right. michael beschloss, always a pleasure. happy holidays to you and yours. >> thank you, brian. be well. coming up for us, an update to a story we brought you here last night proving once again every vote counts when we continue.
we have an update to that virginia house race we talked about here last night. after a wild but orderly recount came down to a single vote on a single ballot and handed the victory to the democratic candidate, well today a three-judge panel has declined to certify the results in favor of that democrat, shelly simons. a lawyer for the republican candidate david yancey pushed for the judges to throw out a problematic ballot yesterday. here was their argument. every other vote on the ballot was for a republican. so they decided the voter did not mean to vote for the democrat in this contested case.
it's dicey call. it means this election is back to a tie. so much for all of that talk last night by the presumed victor there on the right, that it was a beautiful thing to see democracy in action. may not appear so beautiful anymore. now to the unbelievable part, by virginia law, the state board of elections must decide by lot, which has been interpreted to mean a coin toss or pulling a name out of a hat but it may not end there as there could then be a second top-to-bottom recount. it's more than the one delegate seat that's at stake. this election will decide the party balance of the entire house in the commonwealth of virginia and it just might break a 17-year run of republican rule. we'll continue to update it. another break for us and coming up, why tourists this holiday season may be asking themselves which doesn't belong and why.
this thing. good lord! disney world, is that supposed to go in the haunted mansion? look at that hair! did you paint some glue on his head and throw the wig from ten feet away? even lincoln is looking at hmm like this is the worst thing that's ever happened to me. as our christmas gift to ourselves, we're just going to use that as our trump picture from now on. >> last thing before we go tonight, as you heard from our friend seth, lots of hub-bub about the new anamatronic trump. some people find it fascinating, others find it a kind of rarefied, retro creepy and it must bother cal coolidge to share the stage with a guy in his rookie year.
a lot has been said about this life-size trump doll. the kind that would really rankle the current president is this online speck racial "perhaps you repurposed the hillary one." we think their comparison to john voight was ill thought out. when you look at the hairline and brow line, it's muff move like the late john boil. it was fun and kept us from covering the ufo story for a third straight night. that is our broadcast for tonight good nice from our msnbc headquarters in new york.
a warning for president trump, a top democratic on the senate intel committee is cautioning any effort to fire special counsel robber mueller would be a abuse of fire. avoiding a government shutdown. lawmakers have until friday at midnight to strike a deal. 14 people injured in australia. after a car drove into a crowd of pedestrians. police believe it was a deliberate act. motivation remains unclear.