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. senators from both parties are planning to confront saudi arabia. >> we have to have a relationship with some players that we don't agree with. >> the crown prince has been a wrecking ball. he was complicit in the murder of mr. khashoggi. no president in the oval office was more courageous or principled. >> he never hated anybody. he knows hate erodes the container it is carried in. >> the last words he said to me were i love you, too. >> this is new day with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to your "new day." alisyn is off and erica hill joins me. >> good morning. >> this is an important moment in the mueller investigation.
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it's clear it's important but not much else is crystal clear here. the special counsel's office is beginning to release court documents that may help fill in several significant gaps, and sometimes those gaps look larger than ever, like with the pages of redacted pages in the sentencing memo for michael flynn. tomorrow prosecutors will release the sentencing memo from michael cohen where he admitted to lying to congress about a russia deal he was working on for well candidate trump well into the election. and prosecutors tell us exactly what paul manafort has been lying so much about, so much about that it sunk his plea deal with the special counsel's office. what we have been trying to do this morning is layout the big questions that remain that might be answered soon. also this morning the final farewell for president george
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h.w. bush. these are live pictures at st. martin's episcopal church. there will be a service there this morning before he will be buried buried at his presidential library. we are also keeping a close watch on the stock market at this hour. u.s. futures, as you can see there, down sharply along with asian and european markets seeing lots of red, and there's a lot at play here. we will keep an eye on all of that. we will also bring you up to speed as to what exactly is fueling the selloff. >> joining us now is david gregory and susan hennesy and chief legal analyst, jeffrey toobin. jeffrey, we have been talking about the questions that are looming in this investigation, and questions that could be
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answered soon. you note with michael cohen there's something perplexing, even to you, our chief legal analyst, which is why michael cohen is being sentenced next week, which is why was he charged by the special counsel. >> prosecutors put sentencing off until all the cooperation is completed because sentence something a tremendous lever that a prosecutor has to ensure somebody's cooperation. you say to the defendant, look, we want to make sure you continue to tell the truth so we will not tell the judge about your cooperation until you are completely done. here cohen just pleaded guilty in the special counsel case, and it looks like he's going to be
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sentenced next week. i still would not be surprised to see it put off, but cohen seems very anxious to have the whole thing put behind him and so far, as far as i can tell, the prosecutors are allowing him to do that. >> what is interesting is everybody is trying to read between the lines. the investigation and special counsel has been so tight-lipped. and susan, one of the things that is interesting that you pointed out is the recommendation for no jail time for michael flynn. you say that also sends an important message. what is that message? >> i think it does. we have seen the president of the united states essentially dangling pardons here, talking about we are considering pardoning people who could speak against him, and only the president has the power to pardon. there are probably individuals here who have either witnessed
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things or were co-conspirators who testified before congress or spoke with federal investigators that might have reason to worry now. i think this is mueller showing them if you come to federal investigators and cooperate fully and if you are honest then this is another route and path to leniency ultimately. >> and of course it's sent in advance of another filing where they tell us what paul manafort has been lying about. david gregory, that will be interesting to see are these lies about something before he was in the campaign or was he lying as the campaign chair in things that took place in 2016. >> we have a temptation to see corroborators as corroborating on the main investigation, which is about interference on the 2016 election. we know from the flynn documents, there's other criminality that is being investigated and could be
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charged, that may not be on the main point, or it may be related. there's so much we don't know. what was so striking about the flynn documents, the document talks about what he knows in the trump orbit who had contact with russian officials, so that would be the main thrust of the investigation. what i think is interesting apart from the legal maneuverings, there's a back and forth, mueller is aware of the political environment in which he is operating and will ultimately operate when there's a report to congress. there will be charges filed against those that warrant them. as he is targeting the president, that becomes a political process where he takes his legal investigation and puts it into the other domain. >> if i could just add one point to what david was saying. i think -- i was surprised, at least, that so much of the flynn document was blacked out because
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it apparently relates to continuing investigations. some of the manafort document may be blacked out. that tells me, at least, that this investigation is not over. we have been talking about it as if it's wrapping up, as if it's about to be done. if it was about to be done there would be no reason to blackout information about a continuing investigation. one thing i will be looking for is how much of the manafort documents are blacked out as well. i hope very little just because i am a journalist and i want to find out stuff, but it suggests that this investigation is not over. >> jeffrey, this is one reason you, if you were representing the president, but you are not, you would be nervous about what has been going on this week and what is going on this week? >> absolutely. you know, all of this suggests an active criminal investigation that is increasingly focused on the president. i mean, the michael cohen plea from a couple weeks ago about,
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you know, the negotiations with the russians during the 2016 campaign, that was as close as president trump as mueller has ever come in terms of any of the public disclosures he has made. that has to be nerve-racking for good reasons. >> you have cooperators that have intimate knowledge of the trump business organization and their dealings, which gets to the opaque question of what were the financial ties between the trump organization and russian officials and all that that implies. and my question is going back to iran-contra and the ken starr investigation, did they seem to be as difficult to discern or penetrate as this one does? >> a big difference. ken star used to give a press conference every week when he took out his garbage at his house in the washington suburbs.
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that office leaked like crazy. this office is completely opaque, it's a completely different approach. i think it has led to a mystique around the mueller office that is even more intimidating than if they had been transparent about what they are doing. >> that mystique has led to a lot of speculation, i think is save to say, and other narratives being put out there obviously not by the office of the special counsel, and one of the examples is like this filing which is so heavy redacted that led to speculation, and you were quick to point out on social media it's a dangerous road to go down and play that game because in your words it never ends well. >> yeah, people love to take a redacted document whether it's court filings or classified materials and attempt to see what words might fit and speculate on what might be
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contained behind the black lines. it doesn't end well because people are more often than not wrong. in this case people are speculating maybe behind the black redaction bars, and it could be a criminal investigation into the president himself and that doesn't make sense in the conventions of the filing, and it speaks to this wish fulfillment we are seeing. we see in the be aeabsence of lf information a really tight investigation. we are seeing people trying to project the smoking gun is around the corner, and the next investigation is going to unearth a big fact and president trump will be marched out of the oval office. that's probably not what is going to happen there. i think one thing people might be underestimating is the power
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of what we already know. people are focussed on the next new piece of information to come out. i do think what we already know is pretty remarkable and the power of a million report and putting that in a formal record and putting it all in one place, it could have a lot more impact than people are currently giving it. >> i want to put a fine point on the redacted document. people on twitter were literally speculating part of the blacked out part, it matched the number of characters in the words president donald j. trump. >> can i offer a suggestion with those people? >> yes. >> get a life. you cannot find out what is behind the toner. you can't do that. >> susan put it much more delicately on twitter, but jeffrey, thank you for that. susan, you write on the law fair blog. give me a highlight of what you
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are looking for tomorrow. we have these two big documents on paul manafort and cohen. >> i think the most interesting and important thing to find out from paul manafort is what he lied about, what was it that caused his agreement with the special counsel's office to fall apart, and the big mystery is the joint defense agreement, and whereby the attorneys were sharing information with one another. that raises a lot of questions about whether or not there was communication related to pardons, and it raises questions related to obstruction issues. ultimately i think the most important questions to be focused on here are not necessarily the ones that are answered in the court filing, and the single most important right now is who is overseeing the investigation. does it continue to be rod rosenstein or the new acting
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attorney, matt whitaker. if it's matt whitaker has he sought ethics advice on whether or not he has an obligation to recuse himself. there's no reason why the american people should not the know, and it's astounding we have gone this long without getting basic answers. >> fascinating. thank you very much. it's a fair question and one that would be very easy to answer very quickly. >> thank you all. the senate meantime taking action, rebuking president president trump's inaction on saudi arabia. in-laws were comin, a little bit of water, it really- it rocked our world. i had no idea the amount of damage that water could do. we called usaa. and they greeted me as they always do. sergeant baker, how are you? they were on it. it was unbelievable. having insurance is something everyone needs, but having usaa- now that's a privilege. we're the baker's and we're usaa members for life.
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top senators will meet today looking to broker a bipartisan deal to hold saudi arabia's crown prince to be held accountable for the murder of journalist khashoggi. joining me now, independent senator, angus king who serves on the senate intelligence committee. >> good morning. >> i know you did not attend the
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briefing with gina haspel. i want to play what they had to say. >> you have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized of people under the command of mbs and he was involved in the demise of khashoggi. >> if he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes. >> you said you believe the administration gave mbs a pass here. where do you stand today? >> i saw bob corker yesterday afternoon, and i disagreed with his comments, i think it would only take 20 minutes to convict. it's clear, and this is not based upon the classified information, and just based upon public source information and
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what we know about how saudi arabia is being run these days. there's no question that the crown prince was involved. this was not some kind of rogue operation. the administration kept saying there isn't a smoking gun, there's no direct evidence. i heard that a dozen times last week. that's not required. if there had to be a smoking gun, three quarters of the people in prison today would be walking free. you make these decisions on the totality of the evidence, and in this case i don't see how there could be any doubt that mbs was directly involved. we are not going to find an e-mail saying don't forget the bone saw, but everything else points in that direction. >> with everything pointing in that direction in your estimation there's a bipartisan group meeting today and you are trying to put together a deal here to punish the saudis, and you can put up some of what you
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are looking towards, halting sales of arms and limiting involvement in yemen. the issue, though, being that even if this gets done, we know the house has said we can't do anything now, and the white house is not going to support it. what can be done that will really send a clear message to the saudis that you believe will make a real difference. >> i think the vote of the senate last week getting 63 votes on the intervention in yemen issue was a clear message. i think this resolution that is circulating now is a clear message. people's minds can change. the senate would have been reluctant to do this two or three weeks ago, but now that the information is coming out and i think members of the house may take a look at this and say we can't sit still for this. i think the administration got out early and too early, frankly, on this issue. the basic point here is you can rebuke an ally for improper
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action without breaching the entire relationship. i think the administration is presenting it as either or, either we are an ally of saudi arabia or we respond to this murder. i don't think it's that clear. i think there's an opportunity to do something serious, and i think that message is being received in saudi arabia right now in spite of whether it passes or this president signs it. i think they have to be getting the message. >> i want to get your take on a story developing at this point and we are learning about the cfo of huawie, and in advance of markets opening stateside, first, i am curious your reaction and we are still waiting to hear on the exact charges? >> i don't know what the exact charges are so i can't comment on that. this person who is being
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detained is not only a high-ranking official but i believe is related to the found our or deeply involved in a family connection to the company. secondly, this is a company in china that makes essentially a network equipment among other things, and there's a grave concern in this country and europe and other countries that embedding huawie equipment in the next generation of cella lu cellalure, it's an overarching issue in the background and it's one that i believe we really have to take serious. >> you are correct, there's a connect shub there because the cfo is the daughter of the founder of huawie. are you concerned about
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repercussions in china? >> i think we are dealing with a regime that has absolute power over all levers of state power and they may feel that they have to respond in some way. again, i think it's important to understand, which frankly i have not heard yet, exactly why this action is being taken. i don't think it has to do with a national security issue i just mentioned, but it's something to do, for example, with huawie breaching sanctions and going around sanctions on iran, for example. i think we need to find out exactly what the charge is, but clearly a response in china is absolutely possible. we certainly saw that in the tariff situation. we put on tariffs and they immediately put on tariffs in the opposite direction, one of which was on lobsters, by the way, which is a real problem in my state. there's going to be some response in china, i suspect. >> and there's a lot to get to, senator, and so we are playing a quick lightning round here.
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in terms of the filing involving michael flynn, a lot of it was redacted, and we read about the substantial help in more than one investigation. what is your take on what we have learned in that filing? >> you answered that own question in the word of substantial. in prosecutor's speech, that means something useful to the investigation, not just a minor add on. one way to characterize this, i realize there's a lot of talk about the presidential pardon and whether there would be pardon. this is a signal from robert mueller if you cooperate fully, in effect it's a pardon. they recommended no jail time for a serious offend of lying to the fbi. this is a signal that if you cooperate you will be treated fairly by the special counsel. i have looked at the memos that
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were submitted, and i would characterize it more swiss than cheese. there's major issues, it appears, that are redacted, but the key word is substantial. it looks like here's somebody that was very much inside the trump campaign during the campaign, during the transition, that we know had connections or communications with russia and the fact that he cooperated fully, i think, is very significant. >> in youre estimatation, this s a signal. the frosty interactions we all saw in the front pew as the concern the president joined his predecessors. we will discuss that next. say hello to your fairy godmother, alice. oh and look they got gain scent beads and dryer sheets too!
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president george h.w. bush ahead of the burial, and this follows the moving state funeral in
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washington where the president was eulogized by his son, president george w. bush. >> in his old day dad enjoyed washington police show reruns with the volume on high, all the while holding mom's hand. we will miss you, your decency and sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever. so through our tears let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could have. and in our grief, a smile just knowing dad is hugging robin and holding mom's hand again. >> just beautiful and gets me every time. here to discuss the moving
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ceremony, presidential historian doris kurns. it reminds me, it's a state funeral but it's a family, a moment between a son and father. >> without a question. i was listening to that and you couldn't help but find the emotion in yourself. the best father a son or daughter could have, and i want him to hold her hand. there was such authenticity about it, and the rest of the eulogy was funny and when the emotion breaks down, all of us watching, yes, this is a family that is now broken, however old he was, he was their man. >> you know, george w. bush, all those beautiful words i lost in my moment was love you could see
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between a son and father. let me read you something jon meacham said. tell the truth, don't blame people, be strong, do your best, try hard, forgive, stay the course. i think that those words would have been spoken no matter who was president at the funeral of george h.w. bush no matter when he died, yet people hear that now and think it's sending a message because of the concern the administration. >> you are right, i think they would have been spoken, but you just mention, humility, building teams, coalitions. you can't help but have an echo on to the political culture of our time, bipartisanship, and i think we bring as a viewer to it a moment that this is in time.
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just as he said, i don't care about that legacy thing, but for this moment in this time it was so fitting for our time to give us the emotion of believing that maybe there could be such a time again with such a person and people feeling so good about their political culture. there was such yearning all over the country that put itself upon that moment. >> doris, you studied so many presidents. what is their view or has been their view of their own legacies? i was watching the front pew with the living presidents, and it occurred to me they had to be thinking what will they say about me when my time comes, decades and decades from now hopefully, what were they thinking? >> they were aware of it and it is a good thing to be aware of it. lincoln was in depression so deep, they took the razors from
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his room, and he said i just asoon die now, but i have not done something. when lbj had a massive heart attack, he said to himself, what if i died now, what would i be remembered for? he went for a civil rights bill in the senate, the first civil rights bill since reconstruction. the interesting thing about teddy roosevelt, he said i don't want to know what people will think about me for 20 years, and the thing that is important is that people think i lived an honorable life and played decently, and that's what george h.w. bush's legacy came down to, 100 years from now we will evaluate his strengths.
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>> so that front pew, the president's club, the living presidents, a lot of people have dissected every secretaond of i from the time president trump and the first lady, obama walked in. they took the obama's hands. what did you see there? >> what i saw before looking at that awkward moment, president bush in death casts a good meaning upon president trump, who handled it pretty gracefully. the statement he put out was graceful, and they had a national day of mourning and they went to the blair house, and you hope when they get there they will all shake hands and they will be fine, but all we could expect is what happened. there has been so much tension between especially the clintons and president trump.
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at least they sat there together, and there was a certain dignity and classiness about it, and there's always the part that thinks, okay, they are going to put their arms around each other and things will be fine, but that's not true. >> they are human beings. they are. you have to give them that. the last moment when i choked up, is when george w. bush was talking about his father, but when james baker rubbed the feet of the president as he was dying in that room, and i just -- the history of it overwhelmed me as well as the humanity of it, doris. >> that's right. you think about how much the two of them had been together, what large world events they orchestrated together and yet something as simple and as helpful as being there when your great friend is dying and knowing that rubbing his feet is going to give him some sort of solace and knowing that you are ministering to that person. when president bush was able to say, the last words he could
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say, i love you, too, from the father's end. there's something about those final moments, if they are shared with friends you don't feel so lonely and you feel together. it was an extraordinary day, and those that watched us in full will remember it, and 100 years from now if i was a biographer, i would start with that day, and then what was good and what was troubling about the presidency but that moment captured a moment in time that is so fitting for our moment today. >> thank you. appreciate it. another tragedy for u.s. troops overseas. two planes crashed during a refuelling mission. a frantic search is under way for missing marines. we have the latest on that next.
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will, what have we learned? >> despite the fact that kim jong-un has not launched a missile or did a nuclear test in more than a year, he has all of his weapons and is actively upgrading and expanding from which those missiles could be launched towards the united states. there are two locations we are talking about here. one is a missile base that is well known to the u.s. for years, and it has a narrow valley where they could launch an attack without almost no warning to the united states, and seven miles away construction has been under way of a facility that could store more weapons that could pose a even greater threat. the construction was continuing even two months after the singapore summit between
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president trump and kim jong-un. some might say why wouldn't north korea stop that work? the answer is they don't have to. there's no written agreement that prevents kim jong-un to that stop it, and he will continue to bolster his nuclear defenses, one for defense and to give him more leverage in the talks with trump. usa gymnastics we are learning has filed chapter 11 protection. an attorney for many of larry nassar's abuse survivors says the filing stops depositions and discovery from learning the full truth about nassar. and it may also disrupt other
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things. this is more than just changing the rules of the game, and it's kind of throwing the rules out the window and flipping the board over, and it looks like they may just get away with it. john avlon has your reality check. >> this mid-term election saw the highest turnout in 100 years, and that's the good news. but the bad news is there's an ever the to roll back those results. and the gop is trying to use an end run around the election results. in wisconsin republicans pushed through a series of bills by a one-vote margin before sunrise on wednesday. appointments to key state agencies and even keeping the attorney general from withdrawing the state from a
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lawsuit, and this is a partisan power grab, pure and simple. the republican speaker says he is only motivated by checks and balances. let's be real. there's no way the legislature would be doing this if scott walker had been re-elected. don't take my word for it. here's speaker voss saying we will have a real government with policies that many of us believe in. it's what happens when politics get treated as a theological blood sport, even at the state level. among the proposals one that would allow the state legislator to step in over the ag and over see the state finance system. intentionally they passed the minimum wage hike so they could amend it and grab it back.
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now it seems like the new normal. what can democrats do? the next stop is the courts. jim doyle thinks these moves will be judged as unconstitutional. republicans will be rightfully outraged if democrats did this to them. democracies depend on an assumption of goodwill among goodwill citizens. there's a pew pole that found most voters now view the other party with fear, anger and frustration, and if you think the other party is not mistaken and out to harm the country, you will do whatever it is to stop them, even degrading the democracy by impairing the election results. the alternate domination of one faction over another sharpened by the spirit of revenge is
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itself a frightful decembsperat. >> a quote from way back. really good point. thanks so much, john. boots on the ground, journalism shaking up the house race. how one reporter's work may uncovered election fraud in north carolina. that's next. s have laser drilled holes. they release medicine fast, for fast pain relief. tylenol® there's no excuse for what they did to you. it's a hate crime. it's a miracle he survived. [ gasps ] i got your back. based on an inspirational true story. they knocked me down, but i've created a world where i can heal. hey, hey. lookin' good. welcome to marwen. ♪ i got dreams in my head and they won't go ♪ welcome to healing... you need to face those jerks who beat you up. welcome to hope. i have my friends, and they can't take that away from me. hell yeah. woo!
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khashoggi. so there is a remarkable story unfolding in north carolina. it is both a political story and also a journalism story. we're talking about north carolina's 9th congressional district. the state's board of election voted unanimously last week not to certify the results amid claims that absentee ballots were tampered with in favor of the republican candidate. our next guest helped expose this story. joining me now is joe bruno. thank you for being with us. thank you for your work. i want to start sort of at the end here. you know, you have been the
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ground covering the ins and outs of this story. how confident are you that election fraud did take place? >> well, we have people admitting to it. we have people admitting that they went around and picked up absentee ballots in north carolina. that's illegal. not only did they pick up the absentee ballots. they say they did not put them directly in the mail. they delivered them to the man who appears to be at the center of all this. not only did they deliver them, they say they don't know what he did with them. they don't know whether the votes actually went into the mail from his office. >> and, again, you have spoken to people. we'll get to the journalism aspect of this, the work you have done on this in a second. but you report that this man was working connected to the campaign of the republican candidate mark harris. you spoke to a woman who says she was paid by him in this case. explain that. >> yes. two women tell me they were paid by him.
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they say they were paid about $75 for $100 a week to go around and collect these absentee ballots. they said there were multiple people being paid by him to do this same thing. and what we are starting to see now is the results, all these absentee ballots, the unreturned ballots or the ones accepted are starting to be scrutinized now. and as this investigation continues, i think we'll continue to see more counties throughout this 9th district be looked at. >> just for people who are trying to understand what's happening there, and there is complicated, you almost don't have to get past your first sentence there, that it is illegal for people in north carolina to collect absentee ballots. you can't do it. one other thing here so people understand what's going on, only 19% of mail-in absentee ballots
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were registered republicans. yet, 61% ended up going. this chart helps explain the discrepancy here. there is a data issue here, joe, which jumps out at people. >> right. not only that, the results really don't pass the eye test. we can go back to the 2016 primary when he was working for a candidate by the name of todd johnston. he was running against mark harris and the incumbent. johnson got 19% of the mail-in votes. mark harris got four votes. an incumbent got one vote. we could be on the ballot and there is a good chance we'll get one vote by mistake, let alone an incumbent getting one vote in a primary. the 2018 primary, harris received 96% of the absentee by mail votes. >> it just doesn't happen in
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elections. it screams problem. and to a reporter like you, it screams opportunity. go find out what's going on. and i want to point out, you work in charlotte, correct, which is about a three-hour drive from these counties. what pushed you to go find out more and how did you do it? >> well, this is as much of a charlotte story because mark harris and dan are both from charlotte. the district stretches from charlotte all the way down. it is a really long and interesting district in that respect. but as soon as we saw that the board of elections chose to not certify this race, we knew they had to have something big. and we didn't know what it was at first. eventually through sources and just being on the ground here, we were able to track down key players by going door to door, stopping by multiple times and eventually earning their trust
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to do interviews with us. that's how we really found out what was going on here. >> knocking on doors. sometimes you have to knock on doors and ask people to tell you their story. when that story is i went and collected absentee ballots, you know you are on to something. what is your feeling when they admitted to you that there was something not right, something criminal here? >> what they did was totally illegal. but at the same time, you kind of feel empathy for the people who were involved in this. they seemed sincere when they said that they had no idea what they were doing is illegal. now, of course, they're working for mcgray dallas and dallas has been doing this operation for years, and that's what investigators have been trying to figure out, is how much did everybody know about this. but the average income is about $29,000. it was a community hit hard by
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hurricane florence, and many of the people involved in this who were picking up the absentee ballots say they really needed that extra $75, $100 to make ends meet. one woman told me she needed it to she could afford to buy christmas presents this year. >> so what happens now, joe? i was reading they were calling for a new election. do you think that's a possibility? >> it seems like it is a new possibility. what's interesting is that the state board of elections orders a new elections we're back to the same candidates. but if the u.s. house orders a special election, then we're going back to a whole new ball game with a new primary, new general and everything. there is no time line for all of this. of course, new members of congress are being sworn in january 3rd. but there is a chance that the 9th district could have no representation when that day comes. >> right. there is a state option to deal
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with. there is a federal house option to deal with. what is clear is there is a stink over this election that was exposed thanks to the good work you have done. joe, thanks so much for being with us this morning. i fully expect to be working for you some day in the near few ch -- future. so what is next in the mueller probe? we will break down a big week. we have new developments coming tomorrow. that's next. >> smoke is starting to generate on what happened in the team around the president. >> i think paul manafort is going to get the book thrown at him. >> if there as collusion, it would be hard for me to believe that flynn didn't know about it. i don't think there's anything there. >> there's no question in my mind that the crown prince orders this. >> senators are thoroughly at odds with his administration. >> we're doing everything we can to keep the strategic
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