tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC August 2, 2018 1:00am-2:00am PDT
that is all for this evening. the 11th hour with brian williams starts now. >> tonight the president calls for an end to the mueller investigation. a trump confidante telling the ap he's in a dark place. those around the president fear he just made a possible obstruction case worse. also, the attorney general jeff sessions back in the hot seat with trump, quote, constantly bashing him for his russia recusal. the washington post on the board with the new terms for mueller for a proposed interview with trump and "the new york times" reporting trump wants to do it and thinks he can make a deal with china. and the lightning speed of the paul manafort trial. already several witnesses in on just day two. all of it as the 11th hour gets underway on a wednesday night. good evening from our nbc news
headquarters in new york. this was one more in a string of extraordinary days in our country. because this was what we woke up to from the president of the united states. quote, attorney general jeff sessions should stop this rigged witch hunt right now before it continues to stain our country even further. perhaps just as extraordinary, nothing happened after that. it was wednesday in america and tonight robert mueller and his team remain on the job. the negotiations for a possible sitdown interview between robert mueller and president trump. we report on the latest offer from the special counsel writing that mueller, quote, indicated this week that he's willing to reduce the number of questions his investigation asks. according to two people briefed on the negotiations. in a letter sent monday mueller's team suggested that investigators would reduce by nearly half the number of questions they would ask about potential obstruction of justice.
two people said it's unclear which topic or topics would be left out. michael schmidt and maggie haberman wasted no time. they wrote, quote, president trump pushed his lawyers in recent days to try once again to reach an agreement with the special counsel's office flouting their advice that he should not answer investigators' questions. mr. trump has told advisors he's eager to meet with investigators to clear himself of wrongdoing. in effect, he believes he can convince the investigators for the special counsel, robert s.
mueller, that this is a wish hunt. >> he's always been interested in testifying but it's us, including me, that have a lot of reservations. they sent us a proposal. we responded to their proposal. they took ten days and we got it back and now we're in the process of responding to their proposal. >> again, all of this comes as the president escalated his attack on the russia investigation. here's what he said in this particular tweet, this is a terrible situation and attorney general jeff sessions should stop this rigged wish hunt right now before he stains the country any further. bob mueller is totally conflicted and his 17 angry democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to the united states.
sessions took himself out of everything russia related. a source says, quote, he is constantly bashing sessions in private for that recusal. he can't get sessions out of his mind. confronted by what his friend and boss and client said this morning about ending this investigation, rudy giuliani did the only thing a lawyer could, he danced around what donald trump said this morning. >> it's an opinion. he has a medium he uses for opinions. he has established a clear practice. he used the word should not the word must and there was no presidential directive. he didn't direct them to do it and he's not going to direct them to do it. this whole obstruction thing is nonsense. if he wanted to obstruct it, he
would have obstructed it. he has a right to defend himself. if he believes he's innocent, he is innocent, he should speak out. >> white house also moved quickly to frame trump's words as nothing more than his own personal view. >> it's not an order. it's the president's opinion. the president is not obstructing, he's fighting back. the president is stating his opinion. he's stating it clearly. he's certainly expressing a frustration that he has with the level of corruption that we've seen from people like jim comey, the president's angry. frankly, most of america is angry as well and there's no reason he shouldn't be able to voice that opinion. >> but remember what the white house once told us about how we should regard what this president says on twitter. >> are president trump's tweets considered official white house statements? >> well, the president is the president of the united states so they're considered official statements by the president. >> he's willing to speak candidly about the reaction by
many lawmakers in the capital. >> every morning we wake up and he tweets something. mueller's going to finish his investigation. the truth is all going to come out. that's the best thing that could happen for the president and for the country. >> after that from senator rubio let us bring in our leadoff panel on a wednesday night. peter baker, jill colvin, john heilman and harry litman. former u.s. attorney, former assistant deputy attorney general under president clinton. peter, i'd like to begin with you. i'd like to read to you what sally yates wrote on social media. today our president called on our reduced attorney general as shocking as that is. what's more dangerous is we've gotten used to it. the rule of law won't evaporate overnight but it can slip away
if we let it. there we have the president's own words to judge him by. this is on him. this is one of those lessons we get to see if words have consequences. >> what is fascinating is how much this plays out in public out loud. what we see from the president's tweets is him saying what would have been a scandal has like president nixon been found to have said it privately in a taped session in the oval office. the tape that finally undid him in watergate was hearing him order his aides to tell the fry to layoff the watergate investigation. here you have the president saying on twitter the attorney general who reports to him should shut down the investigation directly. and it is in fact both surprising and yet not surprising. it's the kind of thing he's done for a year and a half. we have kind of as a society gotten accustomed to it to some extent. >> harry, i don't walk around quoting u.s. code. for god's sake i don't comment on that. particularly on this argument you started hearing from someone late today as twitter still seems to so many people as a medium. this could still be kind of slow rolling obstruction in plain
sight and the three words in the obstruction portion are if you're trying to influence, intimidate or impede an officer of the court. how is this not that? >> how is this not that? exactly right. and in some ways the notion of whether it's preparatory or a command almost doesn't matter although it's a very, very tenuous distinction. it's not only the president saying this but he's saying the same sentence right now. surely anyone who heard those words in the oval office would think he better remedy the situation or he's going to lose his job. but if what the president is trying to do in a mild way or a dictatorial way is shut down the investigation, i'll give you three other words which are obstruction of justice. it's the -- it's a real possibility and especially, brian, given the whole run of different tweets, all of which are admissible. he's really flirting with
enhancing the criminal case against himself. >> so perry, as a former fed you can say with some certainty that the feds on mueller's team are looking at this in real time saying, would you look at this? >> not only -- and they didn't just jump to it this morning. i mean, they've been looking at the tweet carefully all the way through. the whole kind of pattern of tweets where he goes back and forth and seems to be dancing around the notion of the two other words from the statute, corrupt intent. we're going to put these altogether and see if we can make a case for his wanting to close it down basically to protect himself, the white house and his family. no doubt just like any other statement it's sort of silly to say it's on twitter or white house stationery. it's a statement from the president of the united states and it's admissible and they are analyzing it. >> jill colvin, tell us what you and your colleagues are reporting about this president and the atmospherics. >> the confidence of this president, he is definitely not happy right now. the president was watching television, watching coverage of the beginning of the trial of paul manafort this morning. we're told that's what sparked
the flurry of tweets. one confidante said that the president is, quote, in a dark place. the president has been furious. it's been building over the last couple of weeks. he was furious at the media the way that he felt that he was not given enough credit for the meeting with vladimir putin. putin was portrayed, he felt like he didn't get enough credit for meeting with kim jong-un in singapore. and you've got a president who feels the media is attacking him and the government is coming in and attacking him right now. you have in addition to the manafort trial on television, the president has been deeply shaken by the ongoing investigation of the audiotape and that set him off. the president is not in a good place. >> john heilman, what is it we're witnessing? >> we're witnessing a combination of the president acting out what we've seen over and over, this is an expression of his id. he's angry and afraid and he can see the walls closing in. i think he's somewhere close to panic right now, and that's part of what's going on. he still has some degree of political ability. if he wanted to fire rod rosestein, he'd do that. we don't know whether he's right about this. he thinks there's a political consequence on capitol hill. if he didn't think there was political consequences, if he thought they would all role over he would do it. he manifestly believes that he would like to be shut the suit down. so you've got the president still making political calculations, not going as far as what his -- i think his core wants him to do. at the same time the outlet of twitter, it really is, you know, bill clinton. can you imagine if bill clinton had walked up to the podium and
said, janet reno should fire ken starr. that would have provoked a cataclysmic scandal and a cataclysmic counter reduction, both democrats and republicans. the twit it's a heck of a me it's beneficial in other ways. it's the s ed 201 harry, are you a member of the club despite all of the great bylines. i may be a member. one confidante said that the president is, quote, in a dark place. the president has been furious. it's been building over the last couple of weeks. he was furious at the media the way that he felt that he was not given enough credit for the meeting with vladimir putin. putin was portrayed, he felt like he didn't get enough credit for meeting with kim jong-un in singapore. and you've got a president who feels the media is attacking him and the government is coming in and attacking him right now. you have in addition to the manafort trial on television, the president has been deeply shaken by the ongoing investigation of the audiotape and that set him off. the president is not in a good place. >> john heilman, what is it we're witnessing? >> we're witnessing a combination of the president acting out what we've seen over and over, this is an expression of his id. he's angry and afraid and he can see the walls closing in. i think he's somewhere close to panic right now, and that's part of what's going on. he still has some degree of political ability. if he wanted to fire rod rosestein, he'd do that.
we don't know whether he's right about this. he thinks there's a political consequence on capitol hill. if he didn't think there was political consequences, if he thought they would all role over he would do it. he manifestly believes that he would like to be shut the suit down. so you've got the president still making political calculations, not going as far as what his -- i think his core wants him to do. at the same time the outlet of twitter, it really is, you know, bill clinton.
can you imagine if bill clinton had walked up to the podium and said, janet reno should fire ken starr. that would have provoked a cataclysmic scandal and a cataclysmic counter reduction, both democrats and republicans. there are a lot of things about twitter. it's a heck of a medium in some ways. it's beneficial in other ways. it's the same thing that the op ed is in "the new york times" in 2018. >> those words are hanging out there.
harry, are you a member of the club despite all of the great bylines. i may be a member. you'll believe a mueller/trump meeting when you see it? >> in other words, i'll believe it when i see it like i don't think it's going to happen. i'm a long term card carrying member of that club. i think however much they pare it down, it will be questions if he answers them falsely he'll be subject to criminal charges. there will be questions did you know flynn was under investigation? we have new reports that shows he was. there are probably half a doze other thing that trump doesn't know and mueller does and, yeah, i don't see his sitting down with them under any circumstances where there's criminal penalty and i don't see mueller situation. we knew if we needed any help that the president's words were going to be impactful. the minute we learned how many news organizations got what the president meant to say, phone
calls afterwards, i know yours was among them. >> absolutely. they're trying to make the part, this is an opinion, not a command. that's because they understand there is a line. that's where they've drawn the line. he can express his opinion, they can say he wants to shut it down. there may be a moment he can change his mind. he's been convinced and fired rod rosenstein, firing bob mueller would create such a blow back against them? what he's trying to do is in effect continue to shape public opinion to make sure his base and maybe some other people believe this investigation isn't
legitimate. there isn't no reason to believe what might come out of it that might come out of this investigation and to prepare the ground with what will lay the groundwork when we hear about the investigation. >> jill colvin, we mentioned three whole news media briefings for the month of july from the white house. they are, i should point out 1-0 for august so far. we had one today. the president is about to go down for ten days. rush limbaugh was able to talk to him today. is the philosophy going to be friendly as preferred? >> i know that's been a problem. if they're trying to keep them into a standing press conference, go back and forth and make matters worse. i thought it was really
interesting this week bill schein is stepping into his role as a new communications chief. really interesting thing that happened yesterday. we were waiting for the president to do a swearing in ceremony. bill schein came out and told reporters a who he had of time, the president is not going to answer questions. you can try, but he's not going to do it. the degree of discipline from the president in not engaging. >> john, that may be the break. do you think there's any acknowledgment, deep dark in the west wing or in the residence don't that he'd like to take that back today? >> i don't know on his part. in the residence? probably not. a lot of people in the building
wish he wouldn't have done what he did. when you get back to the situation with mueller and the interview, i think a lot of people are going to interpret it in a somewhat panicked the way. the notion that he's giving ground. to me it indicates a position of strength that he -- when you look at this new reporting. if it's true that mueller has already talked to -- we know he has talked to previously mcbegan and they have already testified to him that, yes, trump has been presented with a time line and evidence of the fact that the fbi was investigating flynn before he had his conversation with comey telling comey to layoff. there's memos, documentation that mueller has that he's heard from the witnesses.
if he pulls over -- i can cut back to shave of my questions on obstruction of justice. i've already got this case basically made. it's not a position of weakness. >> does it get more highbrow than someone quoting review of "new york times" best seller books? i don't think so. thank you for helping us out. coming up for us, is the president's behavior a clue of what's to come. we ask a former fbi agent what he thinks and if there were problems that popped up at the rally last night? you are not alone. we will have the track fringe conspiracy grouch behind them. beneath the dome on a wednesday night. are you ready to take your wifi to the next level?
just to review, the day got underway with the president saying the attorney general should end the investigation against him. according to a bloomberg report, senator susan collins from maine has this reaction from reading that trump quote, geez, gasped collins, as she was read the president's tweet in an interview. this is unbelievable. those comments are totally inappropriate. she added, the president should not be talking about the investigation al all. meanwhile, reporting the president's words, just days ago the times reported that mueller is examining all the president has said about jeff sessions as part of his wide-ranging
obstruction investigation. he can throw this morning's tweet on the pile. here with us to talk more about it, clint watts, former fbi special agent. his latest "messing with the enemy, surviving in a social media world, hackers. i have to ask you if you came across the type of behavior we're seeing from the nation's top executive in your old day job at the fbi, how would that alter your investigation? what would that do? >> it adds to the pile. it continues the time line. several interesting thing about this obstruction angle, hearing negotiation from the mueller team about taking written responses to questions and then sitting down for an interview. i'm sure -- >> it adds to the pile. it continues the time line. several interesting thing about this obstruction angle, hearing negotiation from the mueller team about taking written responses to questions and then sitting down for an interview. i'm sure --
>> isn't that just to get him in the door? >> it is. it can play very much to the president's disadvantage because strategically, he doesn't like to leave very much. he'll be working with -- so he's going to have to go in and understand and know what the state said, the president is at a huge disadvantage. he doesn't know everyone what mueller has talked to, what they have told him and what documents, texts, also match up to a time line. we've seen here on nbc news. well, comey when i got rid of him, it was because of the russia thing. these republicans are very damning. even not actually obstruction. it's the attempt to be struck in terms of how the investigation progresses. the mueller team probably has all of the data it needs to ask the questions, have the president come in, it's very difficult for the president to be consistent with the written statement and the bottom line. >> any acknowledgment by those
around the president that his tone isn't always that of an innocent man? >> reporter: absolutely. his lawyers, his legal advisors, you know, around a year ago when he first started building up the legal team really emphasized to him that you cannot be making public attacks against mueller or against this investigation. they were successful. last time trump would say no collusion and he pretty much tamped down in the personal attacks on mueller but that strategy he felt wasn't really working for him and there was a moment -- there was a particularly activist michael cohen raced and he had already been testing the water and the rhetoric. he had been told this investigation would be done by 2018 with his lawyers. he continues to see involvement from people in his administration and campaign. that was the moment he said, forget this. i'm going on full attack mode. rudy giuliani was brought in to be the public attack dog of the client. it is a major share we were when the latest advice. >> you wrote about the latest stage and looked at it in another way, it looks like
mueller is trying to say whatever you need to do to get the guy in here, get him in the door. >> that's typically how these negotiations work. >> yes. >> to the point the guests were making earlier, doesn't look like mueller is caving. mueller really knows the answer to a lot of his questions and the point clint was making, to some extent, the trump does know what the documents are out there. they know what the witnesses have said to some extent. mueller has more, many, many more pieces of this puzzle than the president's team does. he knows the answer. he wants to get those on record. around obstruction, one of the main ones was to determine the press's impact. >> they want to give us and that is typical for how things go. any of these sort of, you know, carefully core rio graphed negotiations. >> he's agreed to stick around and we're going to put his web training to use.
clint, our thanks for now and shannon, our thanks for coming on. coming up, incredibly expensive men's wear, wire homes. why are transfers from bank accounts in cypress. when the 11th hour continues. paul manafort enters tomorrow. prosecutors talked about how manafort made his money in the ukraine and how they contend he presented it to the united states. they have piles of evidence on how he paid for things largely through foreign bank transfers. we're guessing not a lot of members of our audience have paid for things through foreign bank transfers. the president who has sought to distance himself from his former chairman did weigh in today writing, quote, looking back on history who was treated worst, alfonse, killer or paul than ford. coming up, incredibly expensive men's wear, wire homes. why are transfers from bank accounts in cypress. when the 11th hour continues.
how he paid for things largely through foreign bank transfers. we're guessing not a lot of members of our audience have paid for things through foreign bank transfers. the president who has sought to distance himself from his former chairman did weigh in today writing, quote, looking back on history who was treated worst, alfonse, killer or paul than ford. darling now serving solitary confinement although convicted of nothing. where is the russia collusion. that's our president. here to talk about it, daniel goldman. and rachel is with us. i'm sorry for the long day this makes for. talk about what was presented today. the judge's theory that he's not allowing photographs to be displayed in court but he's going to allow the jury photos when they go off some day to deliberate.
>> that's in part because he wants the trying to move quickly. he's been adamant and they're able to move. they were supposed to take three weeks and the government says they will fin next week. you might not want a person knowing how much media coverage this case is getting, but it seems like he might not let them show the jury. in the end they came in, they came in at the end of the day but they did get pictures of the $650,000 ostrich jacket and i think an $18,500 python jacket and all sorts of other very expensive suits. >> man likes jackets. counselor, a couple of questions for you. first of all, this is a nonsee questered jury. the president is tweeting about the defendant in a way that they can all see proclaiming his innocence. where do we find that?
what do we do with that? the judge will inspect the jury. do not read about the case. do not watch television about the case. this is a different world where we're dealing with twitter. i don't know if the judge has instructed the jury not to read twitter but that's what they need to do. we're not see questered like the simpson trial, for example, but they have obstructed the two not to read any newspapers. >> we have to interrupt our conversation to ask rachel, have you heard such a charge from the judge? >> no. i'm not sure he knows what twitter is. at 78 he will admit it. he always says i would say don't look it up in an encyclopedia, but i'm the only person who does that. don't look it up online. assuming they hold to that, they haven't heard the trump tweets. you could be in a coffee shot and it might come across your
vision. >> dan, we did hear he gave the government roles a couple of brush back pitches, shim movement. they keep showing the lavish lifestyle. you can over play that hand. >> not a time to be a rich guy, but you have to understand the context of this. it's not just that he lived a lavish lifestyle although that is sort of his motive, particularly when the money dried up after he stopped working for kovich in 2014, that he wanted to continue this lavish lifestyle. you also have to be able to show in a tax fraud case that what you declared for your income tax is less than what you actually earned. one way to do that is to show what we call in prosecutor world, unexplained wealth. how can you be playing out $6 million in cash, if, for example, you only declared that you made 1 million. it is very relevant evidence. i think what the judge is getting frustrated with is don't try to over sell it. that's not really what's relevant. what's relevant be is the money
not the photograph. so he's trying to stretch that and keep things moving. >> rachel, what were the hints that rick gates, star witness, former manafort assistant, may not end up taking the stand? >> so one of the prosecutors did say gates may or may not testify. obviously that caused a lot of commotion. but i think there's not much to it. always prosecutors when told not to put in some evidence because a later witness will testify to it will say, well, we haven't -- we're not sure that person will testify so we should put it in now to make sure they can account for any possibility, you know, whatever might happen to rick gates. i think he was doing that the way prosecutors do and he did sort of immediately walk it back and saying particularly that's true of any witness. it would be shocking if rick gates didn't testify. he is a key witness in this case. >> yes. >> and the defense is planning
to blame everything on rick gates but i'm sure prosecutors were preparing for that. >> counselor, i have time for a yes or no? >> yes, but -- i gave you a one word answer. the prosecution did not include gates very prominently in the opening statements. that would indicate they would always prosecutors when told not to put in some evidence because a later witness will testify to it will say, well, we haven't -- we're not sure that person will testify so we should put it in now to make sure they can account for any possibility, you know, whatever might happen to rick gates. i think he was doing that the way prosecutors do and he did sort of immediately walk it back and saying particularly that's true of any witness. it would be shocking if rick gates didn't testify. he is a key witness in this case. >> yes. >> and the defense is planning to blame everything on rick gates but i'm sure prosecutors were preparing for that. >> counselor, i have time for a yes or no?
>> yes, but -- i gave you a one word answer. the prosecution did not include gates very prominently in the opening statements. that would indicate they would certainly be calling him. the fact that they didn't is interesting. they didn't try the case with gates as a witness. >> great thanks to our two guests. terrific segment. daniel and rachel, thank you both very much. coming up, you may have seen them displaying the letter q. they are a conspiracy group willing to believe, say, perpetuate just about anything. their story when we come back. (man) managing my type 2 diabetes wasn't my top priority. until i held her. i found my tresiba® reason. now i'm doing more to lower my a1c. i take tresiba® once a day. tresiba® controls blood sugar for 24 hours for powerful a1c reduction.
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they got their start on the web. they received intel from the top of the government. there is no end to false rumors they pushed including a smear effort on youtube alleging several hollywood celebrities. they believe the mueller investigation is about obama and clinton and trump is made to appeal more as the cover. it goes on from there. a local news crew interviewed a q conspiricist at the trump event. >> qanon stormed the great awakening. he said, this is the calm before the storm. that launched us into the q being military intelligence. talking to all of us. letting us know what's going on behind the scenes, letting us know the covert battle. >> what can you do?
>> spread it. combat the mainstream media. we're fighting a battle on all fronts. >> there is a q coin. here is the comment from trump that gave this group a lot of fuel. a photo op during a white house dinner for military commanders and their spouses. note what the president says here which would normally be filed during the toss off work. >> what's your thoughts? >> talk. it's a storm. >> what's the storm? >> military people, i will tell you that. >> what storm, mr. president? >> you'll find out. thank you, everybody. >> calm before the storm. nbc news reporter ben cohen covers this and has been looking into the group and writing about them. we've asked clint watts, former fbi agent to stick around. ben, i guess their motives and beliefs, what else should we know about them? >> unfortunately, you got it all right. there's not much to know. this is a conspiracy theory that donald trump is doing everything right. anything that looks like he's
>> military people, i will tell you that. >> what storm, mr. president? >> you'll find out. thank you, everybody. >> calm before the storm. nbc news reporter ben cohen covers this and has been looking into the group and writing about them. we've asked clint watts, former fbi agent to stick around. ben, i guess their motives and beliefs, what else should we know about them? >> unfortunately, you got it all right. there's not much to know. this is a conspiracy theory that donald trump is doing everything right. anything that looks like he's doing it wrong is the right thing. they've misconstrued typos to make it look like he's in on it. at the end of the day this is a situation where people on the internet can't grapple with the
reality of the situation. it's to take out all of the disinformation. that's what you see here, they've accused people from celebrities to politicians of a sex ring. it's pizza gate. it's amped up with the help of people on twitter, reddit and facebook. >> you do your work as we do ours in a free society where it's hard to limit this kind of thing. it's hard to squelch or suppress it. look at the climate this is coming up in. >> right. going back two years ago we saw the kremlin pushing a lot of disinformation around the election. what we're seeing now is a lot of high end production.
the videos are very good which makes them more convincing. you're seeing them spread very rapidly. the key phrase there, the calm before the storm. what you can do if you're a good social engineer and you can pick out the phrases and combine them into a conspiracy it seems more convincing to people who don't really know the details. i'm not so much worried about russian disinformation, i'm worried about american disinformation. it's a public safety issue. we've seen people show up with shutdowns, if you look at it it has all of the elements of what would be an uprising. so i think it's a really dangerous phenomenon especially when you see it tied to the president and his rally. >> in the immortal words, it's all fun and games until something goes wrong. >> we've already seen it with the pizza gate. a man walks into a pizza parlor
and shot it up assuming there was a child sex ring in the basement. there's a guy who blocked the entrance to whoever dam. since he's gotten into jail he's sent a bunch of wild letters to the president. there's a guy in arizona who has for the past few weeks, he has a felony trespassing charge because he believes that a homeless camp -- he was live streaming it on youtube and facebook until they brought it down. this has real life consequences and it's happening all the time now. the people putting up q signs at trump rallies is not going to help it. >> clint, how much do you fear this group is getting a wink and a nod from the right people to not stop and what can the government do in a free society? >> part of the reason why this works is we asked politicians
that we see foreign media influence. we had a meeting in the senate. the intelligence committee was talking about the media and disinformation. they can make manipulated truths. they can do that faster than they can identify them and swap them down. in that lag time we have lots of changes happening. one in four don't think they should have their children back united. four in ten don't actually think it's a bad idea for russia maybe to medal in our election. >> this is like breaking something and dividing it. those people with sophisticated technology that can mine and grab an audience and can slickly produce content can drive major events, political, public safety. you can get people to show up with rifles. this is a dangerous situation
and if our politicians are not tamping it down or not saying much or are letting it go, it could be really devastating to our country in the long run. >> in this world we've seen people can show up with guns they've compiled on a 3-d printer. the president has a rally in ohio. we will watch for this and see who turns out in both cases. we'd love to have you gentlemen both on again on this subject if you'd agree to that. thank you so much for coming on. disturbing topic. appreciate it. much more ahead on the 11th hour when we come right back. we are back just quickly with some reminders for you, especially our friends who time shift our broadcast. you can watch us any time you please by downloading the msnbc app. right there on your phone. you can listen live each night
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see that logo? last thing before we go tonight is loosely about twitter. it says that nearly 1/4 of our u.s. population is on twitter. every day more people join up and more people drop out. the latter mostly because twitter is so often where human souls go to die. it can be a cesspool of anger and hatred with no barrier to entry, no way to know who's a russian. way too easy to be anonymously hateful. when you come across an indispensable twitter account it can be so useful and refreshing. that's where michael beschloss comes in. he is a long time friend of this
broadcast and truth be told of this broadcaster. he's one of the great presidential historians and authors of this time. michael's twitter feed does not disappoint. just in the last few days he has given us richard nixon jumping off a limo, mid town manhattan 1956, general ford's cue card from when he took the oath of office and an early selfie taken by young jackie kennedy. but then today there was this from michael and we couldn't help but notice this it said the 11th hour from this week back in 1974. indeed, for richard nixon it was the proverbial 11th hour as articles of impeachment were marching towards him. nixon announced his resignation august 8th. he remains the only president ever to do so. michael remains one of the great sources of history on social
media, in print, and thankfully right here on this broadcast on a regular basis. that is our broadcast on this wednesday night. thank you so very much for being here with us. good night from nbc news headquarters here in new york. headquarters here in new york. ♪ ♪ good morning. reaction pouring in after a twitter tirade by president trump. he's issued his most explicit call on attorney general jeff sessions to end robert mueller's russia probe right now plus, back in court this morning, day three of paul manafort's trial will continue after jurors heard about his extravagant spending and lifestyle while the judge pushed prosecutors to get to the point. and former president barack obama wading into the 2018 waters. he is making his first round of he doan mrs. nt ahe endorsements ahead of the midterm elections. ♪ good morning, everyone. it