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and that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." remember follow on twitter @mitchellreports. turn in to kasie d.c. here now, ali velshi and stephanie ruhle for velshi and ruehl. >> thank you, have a great afternoon. good afternoon. >> it is tuesday, november 13th. if to good to be back with you. >> not one but two in a search for a second headquarters labeled hq 2. >> this is an year that is going to see a very big economic boom. 25,000 jobs with an average salary of $150,000. >> housing costs will increase. >> i question whether the tax
breaks are worth it. >> cnn is establishing action after the white house banned our chief white house correspondent jim acosacosta. a lawsuit has been filed. >> when the white house revoked mr. acosta's press pass, it's clear it was based on the content of his reporting. >> i fully april tis pate in e anticipate in the next few days i will be indicted by mueller. >> the question from the nelson campaign is why in the election here in broward county which is heavily democratic, why did more people to the tune of almost 25,000 vote in the governor's race but skip the senate race. it may be the ballot design or it may be that one of the counting machines like you see over my shoulder didn't work properly. >> i just called kyrsten sinema and congratulated her. >> we can work together to meet the challenges our country
faces. we can do this differently. >> in northern california, the most destruct of and deadliest fire in state history has turned the town of paradise into a living nightmare. >> i kept praying, lord, jesus, keep me safe. keep my car running. get us out of there. >> i just wanted to say good-bye because i didn't know if i'd see them again. i was really scared because of the fire everywhere. >> we've got a lot to cover. amazon has announced big plans for its long anticipated and highly publicized second quarter, hq 2. the new headquarters will be split between two locations. one is going to be in new york city. the other one is going to be in the washington, d.c. suburb of arlington, in crystal city, virginia. they will join the existing headquarters in seattle. the company's offering $5
billion in investment in the new headquarters locations and a total of 50,000 jobs paying an average of $150,000 perrier. the cities that applied offered all sorts of financial incentives like tax breaks and free land. 25,000 jobs going to long island city, 25,000 jobs going to arlington. a new jobs center will open in nashville. the company will have 5,000 employees there. spending $5 billion on these new facilities. in return, they got incentives, that's taxpayer money, as you know. new york is giving amazon $1.85 billion worth of stuff. virginia, $819 million. nashville, $102 million. a lot of people wondering about the tech giant's decision to
have the contest reich-like app. they chose two remarkably obvious locations. one adjustant to the nation's capital. now that they've settled on locations that aren't in any desperate need, some critics are calling the entire venture corporate welfare. it's fairly common. one conservative estimates suggest that cities and states give away $70 billion every year when they offer concessions to companies in exchange for promised jobs or other economic activity. joining us now is eric thompson. he's been covering this very well. >> can i go? >> yes, please. >> we've sat here for this beauty pageant for the last year and a half and this idea, where are they going to go, what city
will they reinvigorate? >> what will they change, yeah, yeah. >> jeff basezos choose the two presidentie preetiest girls in school already. 22 cities had given you an insurmountable amount of data. about every possible consumer in that region. and you gave them nothing back but a sorry char licharlie, i'mg nyc. >> on the first level of absurdity, why does it take 13 months and 238 city applications to learn -- >> to pick the new york city area anyway. >> just maybe should expand its footprint. in new york city, it's such an obvious decision. i think a lot of people feel they were hoodwinked. if you're going to spread out the map and say we can go to toledo, columbus, chattanooga,
raleigh. and then you end up saying no, we're going to go to, as you put it so well, the financial capital and where, by the way, b bezos. every year, americans spend 7$79 billion to move jobs in the u.s. that's more than the federal government spends on education or infrastructure. this is absurd waste. >> what is the rationale? >> the rationale is they -- there's several things they're saying. one thing they're saying is they need to expand in order to be a truly national company, right? i don't buy that. one headquarters, two hts, by the time you get to seven hts -- >> we'll accept the promise of two headquarters. why are they saying now new york
and washington? if they wanted to be on the east coast, on the water. you've got baltimore. a city that could use revitalization. >> there are options on the east coast which would benefit from 25,000 jobs. >> at the end of the day, what happens is a company like boeing will stwant to stay in seattle. but the state will give me subsidies so i can stay. a lot of times, these companies are creating a false marketplace. to create a silent bidding war to pay them billions of dollars to do that which they're going to do anyway. he was going to expand in new york city anyway. he wanted to live to spend time in washington, d.c. he created brilliantly i think a public fake marketplace to raise the bidding price. >> we can accept the argument
that arlington and long island city didn't really need this. these were places that were already growing. that said, you know, people always said when you give people money to build a stadium it never pays you back. i'm not sure that's true. is there going to be payback for this? is it worth the money that they'd given them? >> maybe. i don't know. amazon, who knows if it's going to grow by 50,000 jobs. you're right of course, there are many times a company can come in and be a hub, create the beginning of a cluster that can revitalize a city. sometimes it just doesn't happen. the state of wisconsin is paying fox con $4 billion -- >> the fact that he might not even show up. >> if it does show up, might be run by robots. that's wisconsin. >> i know we have no time. >> hershey pennsylvania, fox con
was supposed to have a factory there. please let me know if there's a fox con factory in hershey. >> boeing you could say wants to have another headquarters, wants this beauty pageant. jeff bezos is the richest man in modern history. some say this man wants to run for president. why would jeff bezos make a move like this? let's say he did go to west virginia or go to toledo and could be transformational. >> if you ask me this is a public relations disaster. amazon didn't have to do this. they could have gone and said, look, please kind of quietly give us the subsidy, the move to long island city. instead, they thought they could create this sort of cinderella contest. they put the slipper on the richest princess. >> cinderella still cleaning
the -- >> except of course cinderella's mother told her before she died two things, be brave and be kind. cinderella might be upstairs sweeping. >> good to talk to you. >> thank you very much. the things i learn from you every day. >> i do know those two things. >> okay, coming up next, cnn is suing president trump. the company and reporter jim acosta filed suit against the white house saying it has violated their constitutional rights. we'll speak with the head of the correspondents association. we're about to move. karate helps... relieve some of the house-buying... stress. at least you don't have to worry about homeowners insurance. call geico. geico... helps with... homeowners insurance? been doing it for years. i'm calling geico right now. good idea!
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welcome back. cnn is suing the white house over its decision to revoke the press credentials of jim acosta. >> the suit accuses president trump and top aides of violating costa's first amendment rights. his credentials were taken away after he refused to give up a micropho microphone. a cnn attorney says the network had no choice but to take this step. >> cnn tried to work this out. requested that the pass be rescored. mr. acosta was denied a day pass in france even though the french president would have allowed him to cover president trump's appearance at a cemetery. but the white house has been
ignoring these requests so we really had no choice but to sue. >> sanders called the lawsuit more grandstanding from cnn. she wrote, the white house can't run an orderly and press conference when a reporter acts this way. when more than one single reporter tries to act like this on the floor. >> so white house correspondent associate president olivier knox issued a statement backing the lawsuit. saying, the president of the united states should not be in the did business of arbitrarily picking the men and women who cover him. that is why we need to cover this. not because we need to get into the business of another network's lawsuit versus the white house. this is about the foundation of what we're build upon. >> olivier knox joins us now from the white house.
there's so many interesting and complicated things that have been brought up here. have you as president of the white house correspondent association been able to make any headway? the courts remains an option. >> as far as i know, last time i checked, jim still did in the have his secret service hard pass returned and last time i checked he was being denied the day pass. you either have that kind of permanent secret service pass or you call ahead and submit some of your vital information and you get called in for a day or a week. as far as i know, neither of those things have happened. >> what douo decides who gets tn the white house press briefing room? i remember there was talk of moving rooms or expanding it. because they expanded the amount of news organizations allowed in the room.
some alt right organizations that doesn't necessarily have the journalistic standards of those traditionally there. >> there's two ways to get into that briefing room. one is this hard pass which essentially validates you as not a threat to the president of the united states. the other one is a day pass which requires you to e-mail the press office. that gets checked against various databases to make sure you're not a security problem. there have been sort of notable problems with that process, including within the bush administration when they fave a -- regularly gave a day pass to someone who turned out to be a male escort. >> he just did that to see if we were paying attention, dropping the male escort. >> what are the policies regarding language in the white
house? people have criticized jim acosta for what they say is not being respectful of the president or the presidency. is there a line? >> it's a good question. i think what i hear from everybody is that the line they worry about is today, jim acosta, tomorrow, me. i hear it from basically everybody. especially in the aftermath of the president's remarks friday when he said he would strip others of their hard passes if they failed to show sufficient respect to him. there have been clashes between reporters and presidents during the years i've done this. jim acosta himself went after barack obama over isis. went after castro pretty hard over the issues of political prisoners in cuba. interrupted during remarks about immigration. he was not banned from the ground.
honestly, you want an adversarial relationship. >> olivier, one of the issues here is that the president believes the press is out to get him. the other issue is this is a president who lied 6,000 times. if i called you a liar every single day. that would 100% be me doing my job. as the white house -- your obligation, what is it to defend those who are doing their jobs but also to work with the white house? and are you supposed to do more than a statement? actually take a stand in some way? >> the job really is to manage kind of the practical application. i'm in various e-mail and phone conversations now about things like getting the tv satellite trucks in the right place, about how to cover the vice president's trip to asia, about
where the traveling press pool will be. >> those are kind of logistics. >> those are logistics. i want to give you a flavor of the kinds of things we normally are busy doing. i'm on my third statement now about the white house. the first one was when they prohibited kate lynn collins, also of cnn, from attending an event open to all reporterings. the second was when the president talked about the criminal assault on a reporter. the latest two were about this. so i don't disagree we have to sort of stand up. >> the chief white house washington correspondent for sirius xm. >> what do you do? >> this is an interesting matter. the interaction between the press and anyone they hold to account whether it's the president or anyone else.
>> where you're right and i'm wrong on this, when i look at the interaction at some point, i put myself in my mom's shoes who's watching on tv. she could say those people are being real aggressive. this is the president of the united states. they shouldn't badger him that way. having that approach or that view point misunderstands the point, the purpose of the free press. >> i think a lot of people say that about the president, that he shouldn't talk the way he does, but he is protected by the constitution. the president and jim acosta are both protected in their free speech. to your earlier point, we don't normally get involved with what cnn does or doesn't do but this is an important discussion for the country. >> when the norms are getting bent, this isn't about being a president who does unprecedented things. but the norms. these are the framework of respect and decency. >> we'll continue to talk about
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welcome back to velshi and ruehl. news is once again bubbling around the russia investigation, but this time it is a name you might not be familiar with. you know that guy? >> he's a 72-year-old, he worked at info wars and other sites. relevant to russia, however, he's an associate of the former trump adviser roger stone. stone told the house
intelligence committee on john podesta. of course he's the guy on the left. >> but they're both jersey guys. joining us -- >> you had extra breakfast or juice -- >> now that we moved until 1:00, it's that i'm fed. i used to be hungry, felting tired. now i've eaten. daniel goldman. and nbc news senior executive producer anna schecter. all right, anna, walk us through this. because corsi told his subscribers in a life feed he's going to get indicted. >> he told me the same thing earlier in the day. he had a meeting last week with the special counsel's investigators. it led him to believe an indictment for perjury is imminent. they had a binder eight inches thick he said, all his conversations with roger stone,
with the trump campaign, with potentially wikileaks. he said he never talked to julianne assange but special counsel investigators have everything on him and he's nervous. >> so daniel, he used the term perjury trap. they questioned him for so long he got confused, he said his brain went to mush. as prosecutors, that's what you kind of do, ask 15 different ways. >> 40 hours is a long time. >> what do you make of this? >> i'm assuming it wasn't consecutive but the first thick is debunk this whole perjury track phenomenon. there's an actual offense of perjury trap. it's when there's no investigative purpose for them to testify. that is obviously not what happened here. what corsi seems to be saying is
he's trying to create a defense for himself. he's saying i don't recall. he's saying and my brain turned to mush. and that could in theory be a defense to a charge of perjury. perjury would only be for grand jury testimony. it's unclear which one it will be. >> did he tell you? >> no. but he seemed to insinuate it was in meetings with fbi agents, prosecutors. >> this is a charge we've seen robert mueller bring against a number of defendants. you don't bring it lightly. i had many investigations where we had witnesses come in and they lied to us and we knew it, but it required a lot of resources to charge someone, to go through a whole prosecution. as we've seen, there's not a lot of time. so we often would say it's not worth our time, let's focus on the bigger fish.
>> let's say he takes a plea or gets indicted, where does mueller go from there? >> with corsi or generally? >> the whole thing. because corsi could be a conspiracy theorist -- >> or he could. >> that's the heart of it, is did he get information from wikileaks and transfer it to stone or someone in the trump campaign? we're far away from that. what this tells us about the mueller investigation, we're not really hearing about russia collusion with trump campaign officials. we're not seeing those leaks come out. we're seeing this strange cast of characters. mueller's people are spending sometimes months digging through every conversation they had in that summer/fall in 2016 before podesta's e-mails drop. because corsi was e-mailing stone. in august, in september, before those e-mails dropped, that
october surprise, and it seemed that he knew in advance about the podesta e-mails. >> can you imagine a guy like daniel goldman, you goo through all this education and work and then you're going through jerome corsi's e-mails and texts. wacky stuff in there. that's got to make you hate your job. >> you have no idea the stuff prosecutors see what we wish we never had to say. >> what is your real take away of all this? >> this is a process crime which is to say don't mess with bob mueller. if you lie, you're going to get charged. this is what is going on. trying to get to the bottom of whether there were individuals with the campaign who were conspiring. if you're going to lie to protect someone, then you're
going to get charged too. >> you were supposed to talk to corsi. >> i was to tape an interview with him exclusively. his lawyer just had -- >> you buried the lead. >> yes. >> so in a car outside 30 roc and then what happened? >> he doesn't get out. his lawyer says shut it down. his lawyer just had a call with special counsel's office. he won't tell me what transpired in that car. >> get out of town. is he going to pay you back for that ride? >> you know, anna schecter said over there, don't come into the room until -- >> i'm sorry, if i knew that would happen, i'd have been hanging out at 30 roc all morning. >> a complicated story. >> did he say sorry to you? >> he said thank you for your professionalism. >> all right, makes sense. okay. we will stay on top of that
story and any indictments. coming up next, a flare-up broke out at a major wildfire in southern california. we've got some pictures near los angeles. that's a tanker. can we stay with this for a second. let's just see how this is done. that's a jet that has a lot more water than the helicopters. these helicopters -- there we go, fire suppressive he's putting out there. these things are r s ars are ruy hours as they can. we'll be back in a moment. ♪ the greatest wish of all... is one that brings us together. the lincoln wish list event is here. sign and drive off in a new lincoln
welcome back to velshi and ruehl. we're following the devastating fires in california. the camp fire in the north is now the deadliest fire in the state's history. 42 people have died so far. >> we're watching the woolsey fire near los angeles. at least two people have died in that fire. now a new flare-up broke out today near a town called west lake village. what do we know about the latest outbreak? >> well, stephanie, ali, we know that this fire broke out a little bit -- about an hour ago and we got a lot of air support as well as ground support. i'm going to step out of the shot so you can see what is happening right now. they mobilized really quickly. i can see about two aircraft in the air. that pink, that red hue, that is
fire retardant. that's what's helping this fire from spreading further. now, all this canyon right now is fuel which could fan this fire. the woolsey fire. which continues to burn actively. we're told that there are mandatory evacuations for residents who are still in that area. officers are going door to door, making sure that people get out of there because the priority is to save lives and property. this is just an ongoing example of the dynamic situation with the woolsey fire and, you know, this is something we've been monitoring all day lock. santa ana wind gusts continue to flare up, continue to create these spot fires. this is something a lot of residents are worried about. they're on edge because they don't know if their home is going to be next. >> all right, kathy, thank you, live in california. let's walk through exactly what's happening here. as the worst wildfire in
california's history is ripping through the state, president trump has been lobbing blame and a lot of threats. let's look at his claims from a little help from "the new york times." on saturday, the president tweeted this, quote, there's no reason for these deadly fires in california except forest management is so poor. first off, they're not even forest fires. the camp and woolsey fires started in an area called the wild land urban interface. it's where communities bump up against undeveloped land which makes it easier for a fire to devastate neighborhoods so quickly. later in the tweet, the president continued, quote, billions of dollars are given each year with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forest. again, that is misleading to put it mildly. it seems to imply california has
done a bad job managing its forests. the state of california only owns and manages 3% of the forests in the state. 57% is owned and managed by federal agencies like the department of the interview and another 40% is owned by profit citizens or companies. and then there's the president's tweet as a whole. saying forest management is the only reason. that right there is false. it's a low. the los angeles county fire chief stated very clearly this is climate change. the president might not want to acknowledge our responsibility to help curb the temperature rise but the facts and data are there. this chart on your screen from nasa showing the increasing rise of global temperatures since the industry evolution. >> thank you for that. this nonsense in a moment where people needed reassurance from
the president and signs of support was very, very strange. >> even if the president was correct, these people need support right now, but the truth is, he's incorrect. >> they run towards the fire. firefighters run towards fired the rest of us try to get away from. they need support. they go in there with the danger of dying every time there's a fire. these are not people to be toyed with. all right -- >> orb blame. >> or blame. >> michael whitaker. coming up next, what this all means for the justice department. you're watching well she and ruehl on msnbc. hello!
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all right, welcome back. president trump's pick to run the department of justice facing so many legal challenges less than a week into his new job. >> the state of maryland is suing whitaker's appointment in federal court, asking the court to name rod rosenstein to be acting ag. arguing whitaker's appointment is beyond the president's constitutional authority.
>> the city attorney sent a letter, asking for legal justification for whitaker's appointment as attorney general, also saying it may not be constitutional and threatening to go to court if an answer isn't provided. i spoke to the democrat preparing to take over the house judiciary committee in january about calling whitaker to testify. >> well, first invite him. if he wants to decline -- >> you think he'll suspect that subpoena? >> well, i would hope so. ultimately, he has to respect the subpoena? joining us now is former attorney general elliott williams. you and i have been talking about this since the day it happened. i think what people are still unclear about is whitaker has written columns in newspapers, he's appeared on cable tv, talking about the illegitimacy of the mueller investigation and how you might end the investigation by starving it off
money and things like that. does it affect his ability to oversea the investigation? >> can i add, he sits on the board of a company being investigated by the fbi. >> absolutely, it affects it. they'll go through an ethics review as to whether he should withdraw. in san francisco, it's this question of of whether he was properly appointed. the question is whether he should have been appointed in the first place. you have questions now that he's there he's not fit to serve because of the fact he has all these conflicts. all a long it is line, there's these reasons why this individual isn't fit. this is an enormous distraction. he can only be in his job for 210 days, about 7 months. his whole tenure is going to be characterized by litigation and it's a huge distraction from the justice department --
>> let's get honest. it isn't it matter if it's a huge distract from what the justice department was doing. the president chose him for a reason. however many days you said is enough time for him to choke out the mueller investigation. listen, i don't have to estimate it. he said that on cnn. >> it's abuntantly clear why he's there. i was making the point it's a 110,000 person entity, and important one. it's just bad for the agency. like fox mulder on the x-files, i want to believe, i want to believe the place can be run particularly well. especially now when we talk about we might lose the other agent as well. they've created this mess.
the president sort of the foisted this upon us by putting this individual in for the sole purpose of shutting this investigation down. >> larry nad ler will come in and head the committee. they're going to invite whitaker to testify. if he accident, they'll subpoena him. we don't know how he'll respond to that. signing the letter, asking that the ethics adviser, whether he's been consulted on this, whether with he's advised whitaker and what they've said. they've not had a response yet. does that stuff matter? >> i mean, you know, a lot of things seem to not matter in this administration because they're not really adhering to the rules. reasonable individuals like myself who work there, we would have to go through these ethics reviews. they will review his background and so on. >> can i just ask a timing
question? during nadler -- subpoena him, it's june. if there's an ethics review, we don't have the results. what can he literally be doing while he's on the job at this moment and these other reviews are taking place? >> okay, things for which the ethics reviews are going on. so he can't be overseeing, say, the mueller probe right now, today, if he's actually being screened for it. he's still the head of the justice department. he's still managing the entity and the organization. like i was getting back to before, it is unfortunate given the cloud over this individual. that creates a difficulty for his management of the department. but the real oversight, you're absolutely right, can't start until january 3rd or so when the new congress comes in and can start bringing him in to testify and subpoenaing the documents and e-mails. >> so he's not going through robert mueller's papers just yet. >> i'm pretty confident that he's not going through robert mueller's papers. >> at least in a normal would, he shouldn't be. as elliott points out, things
are a little different in this world. elliott, as always, thank you. and there is word of even more administration shake-ups. nbc news is learning the white house chief of staff john kelly might be leaving the west wing soon. this according to seven people familiar with the discussion. among those being considered to take the job, nick ayers, the chief of staff. >> okay. coming up next, we're going to florida. governor and senate races are still in a recount. now republicans are trying to discredit the process. we're going to dive into their strategy and fact check it. you're watching "velshi & ruhle" on msnbc. ing "velshi & ruhle" on msnbc your insurance rates skyrocket
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weighed in again this morning, tweeting, when will bill nelson
concede in florida? the characters running broward and palm beach voting will not be able to find
enough votes. our reporter joins us from tallahassee. >> she's never coming back. she's setting up shop in tallahassee. >> the reporters who got stuck with the presidential recount in 2000 were there for a long time. i think some settled in, in florida. okay. here's the issue. there is no one in the country who would not agree that broward county in particular has some issues with the effectiveness with which they send out ballots, count votes, things like that. that's an entirely different thing than voter fraud, which rick scott has alleged, and he's the governor, and the president has alleged. >> reporter: you're totally right. there aren't any instances we've found of fraud right now. so yes, you're right to fact check them on that point. but i think the larger point when you talk about broward county is as much as there has been back and forth about whether or not they would meet that thursday deadline, brenda snipes talked to reporters
recently this afternoon and said she thinks they will meet that deadline. they've been working 24 hours, around the clock. she said people are coming in on 12-hour shifts. they are working 24 hours a day, making sure that really large county can get all of their votes counted, at least by machine, to meet that thursday 3:00 p.m. deadline. so what happens when a county meets it? i'm here in leon county. if you see around me, it's pretty quiet. that's because all the worrying that we've been hearing through the machines of ballots being refed has stopped. if i walk you back a little bit here, and as i step over one of the wires on the ground, you can see the ballots are locked away in these cages behind us. there's two different ones. the one i want to draw your attention to is the one with the yellow labels on them. those are going to become important when we start looking ahead to what happens after thursday at 3:00 p.m. that's when the hand recount portion of this begins. in a lot of the races that we've been talking about, yes, all of them went to a machine recount. there were three statewide races that went to a machine recount. what we're expecting and when you mention ron desantis, when i ran into him last night, he expects this as well.
his race, the governor's race, because it doesn't hit that quarter of a percent margin, will not go to a hand recount. but the ballots in these cages will be the ones that are employed in a hand recount. that's going to be important in the florida senate race. we're going to have more counting to be done. at least here, this is one of the counties that's wrapping up. apparently broward is also going to meet that deadline, hopefully wrapping up before 3:00 on thursday. >> all right. we'll stay on top of that with you. thank you. well, there's one cliffhanger senate race that's finally over. i think you called it last night. i was watching you. >> other people did. i just reported it. >> arizona sending its first woman to the senate. martha mcsally conceded in a video posted on twitter. >> i just called kyrsten sinema and congratulated her after a
hard-fought battle. i wish her all success as she represents arizona in the senate. >> i am so honored that arizonans chose our vision of a better arizona. and now it's time to get to work. >> think about this race, ali. while it's so rare to see it now -- and it was a brutal race, that was a really lovely concession video. >> yeah, she had her dog with her, very kind about it. she was under pressure by some republicans and the white house not to concede. there is speculation she could end up in the senate despite losing. john kyl, former senator, was appointed to fill john mccain's seat. he's made it known he wants to leave early next year. there's reports that arizona's republican governor could actually appoint mcsally to replace kyl. >> i'm saying, fine, that doesn't mean she needed to give a graceful or a gracious remark, and she did. i'm just going to say i appreciate that. >> i agree. all right. thanks for watching "velshi &
ruhle." i'm back at 3:00 p.m. eastern. >> i'll see you tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. eastern. check us out on social media. connect with our show. right now we hand you off to katy tur, who's down in washington, d.c., for this afternoon. >> in our nation's capital today. stephanie and ali, thank you very much. it is 11:00 a.m. out west and 2:00 p.m. in the east, where today the state of maryland asked a federal judge to declare president trump's doj pick illegitimate. the state says matthew whitaker's appointment to acting attorney general violates the constitution and that the job rightfully belongs to deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. if the judge rules in maryland's favor, sessions' former chief of staff would no longer be eligible to serve, and it would deal a significant blow to donald trump's presidential authority. critics have panned whitaker. not only was he not confirmed to his current role by the senate, they also say his r