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>> you immediately look like the enemy, but the question is, is there a way to handle it to play by that you are riles, which is that there are no rules? i'm not sure of the answer on that. >> the rules do seem out the window at this point. thank you for joining me. that's all for this evening. good evening, rachel. don't you think that would be the next name of the great "out the window." >> literally. >> at the end every hour i jump out the window. i don't like that part of it. >> it's a trampoline, like a bit. >> i got it. thanks, my friend. if anybody does that, i want a producer credit. \s we didn't know this was going to happen on tuesday, but this has turned into a huge night in practical american politics. after a crescendo of protests in
senate offices around the country and in the has the capitol hill, and at the cincinnati last night, both on the floor where senate democrats held the floor for hours, and they went outside and held the capitol steps, an impromptu protest which started with senator corey booker, john lewis, and soon grew to be hundreds of people on the steps of the capitol deep into the night after a score from the congressional budget office that said the rep bill to kilo'bama care would kick 22 million americans off their health insurance? not just off the health insurance you're on now, it would kick 22 million americans all of all forms of health insurance and leave them uninsured. after all of that, today it became too much for the republicans in washington to bear. for a while i think they thought they could hold the line and stop their own senators from peeling off the bill. they knew they had lost dean
heller and knew they had lost susan collins of maine, and i think they thought for a while they might be able to hold it there, even with those two losses, they might be able to still pass the bill by having vice president mike pence come in and cast a tie-breaking vote. not only did they not hold that line at that two senators, that line just completely collapsed today. it wasn't just heller and collins. it was a third senator, then a fourth, then a fifth, then a sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth. so yeah, they pulled it. on again, this is not republicans trying and failing to get democrats to vote with them. this is not some negotiations that failed because of partisan differences. that does not apply here. republicans were trying to repeal obamacare without even talking to the democrats without even trying to a single democratic vote. they probably wouldn't want a
democratic vote if they could get one. they were trying to do this with votes from their own membership. technically they could. they a republicans-only affair. as republicans today, they failed, which means it remains a strange hallmark of the trump era in washington, even with a new republican president, even with a large republican majority in the house, and republican control of the senate too, it has now been more than 150 days of this new administration with unified republican control in washington, and they have yet to pass a single substantive piece of legislation of any kind. there is exactly one new bill this president has signed with an honest to goods in policy, making it easier to fire people who work at the v.a. that's a bipartisan piece of legislate that was agreed to substantively during the obama administration and it carried over. beyond that, though, there has
been nothing. they have had no legislation on any significant policy whatsoever, and now, as of tonight, they're not able to kill health reform, either. so it's a big night in practical politics in america, the republican effort to try to k o kilo'bamacare once again has collapsed under the beat of even rupe not able to support it. we'll have senator corey booker live in a moment to talk about this big day for democrats, big day for people who want to hold on to the affordable care act. senator booker joining us in a moment. i'm also pleased to be joined stein by senator mark warner of virginia is going to join us live. this will, i think ever be his first-ever interview on "the rachel maddow show" particular with the breaking news in "the washington post." as of tonight there are two
high-ranks officials from the trump for president campaign who have had to register retroact e retroactively as agents of a foreign power. first was mike flynn, he resigned in february as national security adviser, just 3 1/2 weeks into the new administration. he resigned when "the washington post" reported on contacts and conversations he had had with russian government officials, that he had either not disclosed or he had publicly lied about them. we later learned that the acting attorney general of the united states had gone to the white house physically herself in the first week of the indeed administration to warn that mike flynn had been compromised by the russian government, he was vulnerable to russian blackmail or coercion, basically because russia had proof of all their contacts with him and what he had been saying in his communications with them. flynn was lying about those things in his public role as national security adviser.
so they had that over mike flynn. they could conceivably coercion him to behave in ways they wanted that would not be good for the united states. now, after that warning, there remain even today a lot of questions about the white house basically having no response to that warning for several weeks. the white house did not, for example, correct the record on any of the things that flynn or the white house had been lying about. they apparently did not limit his access to highly secret and highly sensitive information, despite what they had just been told about him. they even allowed flynn to sit in on a call between the president of the united states and vladimir putin. this is after the white house had been warned that flynn had been compromised by putin's government. you want to sit in on our call? you know him, right? so there remain a lot of questions about how the white house dealt with mike flynn after the warning they got and the evidence that they got about his foreign ties, particularly
related to russia. but ultimately 18 days after that warning from the justice department, it was "the washington post" again that exposed that that warning had been delivered to the white house and the white house hadn't acted on it. it was finally in mid february, 18 days after that warning from the justice department that flynn finally did resign. on that was in mid february, and then the month after that in march, flynn retroactively registered as a foreign agent. he registered after the fact as having been on the payroll of the government of turkey during the preceding year when he was working for the trump campaign. now, what compelled mike flynn to register as a foreign agent that far after the fact? in march, that was not him deciding, declaring that he wanted to become a foreign agent. he was declaring retroactively he had been one before and hadn't said anything about it before. something happened in those weeks after he had to resign in
a storm of controversy, after the justice department lit up like a flare gun when they learned what he was doing, something happened in mike flynn's life in march that made him feel a sudden obligation that maybe he ought to go back and retroactively register for this thing he was legally required to do. not long away is when mike flynn wanted to request immunity from prosecution. that's when his lawyer said that mike flynn, quote, certainly has a story to tell. honestly, we don't know why mike flynn decided in march to receipt oactively register. it's not implausible he needed to start getting his legal ducks in a row. we have since learned that his foreign business ties are not just the subject of congressionally investigation,
also being investigated by the special counsel robert mueller at the fbi. we've learned his business ties have been the subject of an investigation by the department of defense inspector general, the subject of grand jury subpoenas until the auspices of the u.s. attorney's office. when things are going on in your life, isn't that -- burn off all loose threads with a cigarette lighter and hope nobody notices the smoky smell. that happened with mike flynn in march. and then just a couple weeks after that, in april, there started don't this is necessary reports that a second person from the trump campaign had also retroactively registered. it news headlines suggested or flat-out said in addition to mike flynn, trump campaign
chairman paul manafort had also now registered as a foreign agent. in fact he had not registered as a foreign agent despite all those headlines in april. they start indeed april, they persisted in may, and june, all through this month ear still seeing headlines inaccurately that he had registered. he actually hadn't, which was an interesting contrast to what happened with flynn. flynn definitely had business ties, foreign business ties for which he should have registered and didn't at the time. he then resigned from the trump administration and a huge cloud of scandal, and then soon thereafter, he presumably because he was getting good advice or good pressure from the people who oversee this sort of thing at the justice department, for some reason he decided to paul manafort also clearly has lots of foreign ties, lots of foreign business ties. we have all had to learn how to
pronounce the names. there was his own business partner from ukraine who ran the manafort office in ukraine. a guy who used to work for russian military intelligence, who then met with manafort multiple times in the united states during the ferns the pro-putin dictator who manafort worked for for a deck caddy before he was deposed and had to flee to moscow. he too had to resign under the trump campaign until a huge scandal relating to russia. he too, like mike palestinian, is reportedly the subject of congressional investigations, he and his businesses have been the subject of federal grand jury subpoenas over the past several months. you would think that would
create for him all the same pressure that mike flynn felt, to get his legal ducks in a row, to take care of things that the justice department oversees, things like filing his foreign agent registration act paperwork. you would think that manafort would feel that same a pressure. desmid the press records, he didn't, which has a weird over these few months. it has led us on this show to discover that attorney general jeff sessions, who said he was recused from all matters for the campaign receipted to the president, he said he was recused from any matters involving a justice department investigation, we discovered sort of incidentally when we were trying to pull this thread, that attorney general jeff sessions wouldn't say when he was recused from any justice department investigation
involving paul manafort. he wouldn't say whether he was recused. why is that? just tell us yes or no. it's been weird all this times well, tonight "the washington post" reports that trump campaign chair paul manafort has now officially as of today finally retroactively registered as a foreign agent. his registration reportedly covers two years from 2012 to 2014, reportedly, because we're going on "the washington post" details here. we have not be able to get our hands on the filing yet. according to the postman afort reports over $17 million from those two years from the pro-putin party that he worked for in the ukraine. why he felt compelled today to registered for something he says he stopped doing three years ago? we don't know. what's going on in your life that makes you want to tidy that
up. we have a report that special counsel robert mueller is consolidating all of the investigations around the russian attack, investigations that may include people like mike flynn and paul manafort and others. so now two top trump campaign folks retroactively registered as foreign agents. why it took this long for manafort to register, i don't know. what that says about the ongoing investigation, i don't know, but we're going to talk with senator mark warner from the top house intelligence committee in a moment and the other news story that broke today. and that's next. stay with us.
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. we have virginia senator mark warner here in just a moment. he's the top democrat on the intelligence committee. that intelligence committee is leading the investigation in the senate into the trump/russia connection, the russia attack on our election last year and the possibility that somebody associated with the trump campaign may have been involved in coordinating or colluding with russia in that attack. toward that end, may i introduce you to the trump international hotel and tower in toronto, in canada. i should tell you it will soon not be called that anymore. the canadian press wire service was first to report today this controversial trump branded property in toronto is about to sever its relatesship with donald trump, including they're going to chisel his name off the building. this tower was developed as a joint venture between the trump organization and a russian
zilli zilli zilli zillionaire. it's the first major loan to develop the property was defaulted on that same year, the very first year of the project in 2007. financially this project has not gotten eatsier since then "wall street journal" recently reported part of the reason that place might still be standing and up and running is because of an infusion of couldsh that happened three years into that project. in 2010 after they had already defaulted on their first major loan associatewood this property, the property eventually got saved. the project essentially got saved because trump's business partner got an unexpected gigantic influx of cash money, and he got it from tveb bank tht operates -- it's not even licensed as boo bank, but more as an arm of the russian government.
all of the people on the supervisory board are current officials in the russian government. when he was prime minister in 2010, vladimir putin was the chair, was the head of the supervisory board of the veb at the time they funneled this huge amount of cash to trump's partner, and that's credited in some quarters to keeping it aflay. that was in 2010. the trump tower in toronto opened its door in 2012. today we learned it would keep its doors open under a new buyer, but they will strip trump's name off it and several the relationship with the trump company. veb also factors into the white house investigation because of an undisclosed meeting that trump's son-in-law and senior adviser jared kushner took with the chairman of veb during the president yap transition in new york. given what veb is, given that it is a bank sanctioned by the u.s. government, it is wholly
controlled by the russian government, linked in multiple base includes through its chairman to russian intelligence services, includes an operation apparently run out of veb's branch in new york to recruit americans to become spies for russia in new york city, given who veb is and what its history jared curb mer meeting the head, that's a very notable meeting for him to have taken, in terms of the investigation, it is all the mortgage notable that jared kushner did not disclose that he had taken that meeting until after it was publicly reported in the press. we learned this week that jared kushner also did not disclose a massive $285 million loan that he got one month before election day. from a company called deutsche bank. deutsche bank is also the sing the largest lender to donald trump personally.
the last disclosure that he owes over $100 milton to that bank. it's the same bank refusing to answer congressional democrats' questions about the terms of its loans with trump. it's also reportedly the subject of a justice department investigation for a multibillionaire russian money-laundering scheme run out of their offices in moscow, new york and other places. they have already paid hundreds of millions in fine in conjunction with that scandal. the trump justice department reportedly -- which is awkward, but we can report tonight that the in the middle of these new revelations about the nearly $300 million in undisclosed personally guaranteed loans that deutsche bank gave to jared kushner, in -- in the midst of the potential massive exposure that deutsche bank has as a bank over that facilitation of
russian money laundering to the opportunity of multiple bills on. in the midst of all of that. deutsche has made an interesting new hire. we can report tonight that yesterday was the first day on the job at deutsche bank for a very accomplished lawyer, named richard weber. where they got him from is the i.r.s. for the last five years he was choate chief of the criminal investigation division at the i.r.s. before that the chief of the major economic crime bureau in the manhattan district attorney's office. before that chief of the asset forfeiture and money laundering section of the criminal division of the united states department of justice. why do they need him? maybe he's also good with like mortgages? frankly he sounds like the kind of lawyer that robert mueller has been hiring a lot of lately, but now he's going to this bank,
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high-level george w. bush appointees. above and beyond that, they're also both, of course lifelong law enforcement officials. that background makes it hard for republicans and conservative media to invay and try to discredit them as terrible liberals, but that's what they're trying to do now. one of the problems with the conservative effort to smear james comey in particular, to discredit what he says happened in his interactions with president trump, not only did he say he took contemporaneous notes, notes which he has now handed over to the special counsel, comey also testified that he verbally briefed other people on what happened in his kfrlgss with the president at the time those conversations happened. he said he told a whole bunch the senior fbi officials at the time. those senior fbi officials, we know who they are, we know their
names and titles. today at a completely unrelated hearing in a senate we got a confirmation that those guys will be witnesses for at least comey's side of the story. he did tell those other fbi officials what happened with the president at the time and they can therefore testify as witnesses as to comey's side of what happened. >> former fbi director james comey testified before the senate intelligence committee on june 8th about one on one conversations he had with president trump. director comey said he discussed some of conversations with his leadership team. without getting into what was said, were you involved in any discussions about president trump's interactions with director comey? a yes or no would be sufficient. >> yes, senator. >> i don't want to get into detail now, but the committee
may want to talk more with you about this. will you commit to getting us the information that we need? >> we'll work with the committee, senator. >> thank you very much. >> carl gattis, the top fbi official at the national security branch of the fbi. today cart gattis did confirm he talked to james comb yes at the time, and he said he will work with the committee investigating that. now, tomorrow the intelligence committee in the senate will have their next open hearing on the russian attack and the issue of whether there were american confederates who helped the russians in that attack. they'll take testimony on other cunning in europe that have dealt with russian attacks and how it's affected those countries, how those countries have responded. it's slightly unsettling that the response so far to the attack on us, at least by our
executive branch, the response is basically limited to top white house officials securing the services of private defense counsel? that's pretty much the only thing they're doing to respond, but that's where we are. that's what they're doing in the executive branch. the senate at least is investigating what happened. joining us is senator mark warner, top democrat on the intelligence committee. snorp, nice to have you with us tonight. thank you for taking the time. >> thank you, rachel. thanks for having me. >> you said your committee is at a relatively early stage in your investigation, we mentioned tomorrow's hearing on how other cunning have dealt with russian attacks. should we expect to see a series of public hearings, more public hearings through the summer? >> well, i think you will see more public hearings. we have gone through initially reconfirming what i think most of us believe, that clearly the russians interintervened in our elections in a massive way.
frankly all of the senators that i know, democrat and republicans believe that, the one official in washington that still sis it's a witch-hunt or hoax or whatever term he uses, depending on the day, seems to be the president. we have shown that 21 states had their election systems attempted to be hacked into. we're trying to make sure the 21 states are fully revealed. only two states have gone public, illinois and arizona. we think the country is not made safer by keeping that information secret. honestly i wish we were further along in terms of talking to some of the trump affiliates and associates, some of whom you've talked about tonight, but none of us would have predicted the president would have fired the guy in charge of the investigation, jim comey, and the attorney general who has had to recuse his himself, because he didn't disclose some of these connections to russia as well.
i played a clip from senator feinste feinstein. she expressed in very strong terms about a week and a half ago, he concern she felt the president was going to start firing more people, we might try to fire robert mueller, the deputy attorney general, rob rosenstein, who the president has publicly attacked. that would start going through the ranks of the justice department. we've also seen this week conservative media in the last couple days starting to train their fire not just on director comey, robert mueller, but also a andrew mccabe. i don't know how much conservative media telegraphs the president's actions, but do you share senator feinstein's concerns that the president may be gearing up not to discredit these people, but to fire them? >> i would hope that would not
be the case. i then they went out and fired jim comey and talked about firing bob mueller. bob mueller who uniformly democrats and republicans alike, when he was named special counsel, got rave reviews. i think special counsel mueller is going about this in a methodical, appropriate way, and my hope would be the deputy attorney general rob rosenstein, who said he would not fire mueller, unless we're going to see a repeat of a saturday night massacre type of watergate approach, i hope and pray that would not be the way the president would go about this. let this investigation good forward, let us go through our effort, which is a fact-finding intelligence investigation, let mueller go. he has a lot of threads to follow. we still have a lot to follow, and we have to find a way to do this with a bipar san consensus.
there's an awful lot of facts we need to get out to the american public. >> senator, i want your reaction to tonight's news that paul manafort today has retroactively registered as having been a foreign agent. he's registering for having been the agent of a foreign power between 2012 and 2014. what's your reaction to that, particularly your action to the timer here? this is a declaration for something that ended three years ago. why now? >> great question. it's why we've got a question for documents. we have received the first round of documents from mr. manafort. i think we're going to ask for more. there does seem to be a pattern, whether it's paul manafort not disclosing ties to a ukrainian government, or michael flynn not disclosing ties to on the turk affiliates or perhaps others,
but there seems to be a pattern of folks not coming clean in terms of their ties -- we now have film fired, and obviously some manafort now coming forward. why it's taken him so long those are the questions me and other members of the committee warrant to ask. >> you had to ask questions about the way your job i don't mean to don't hate me for asking it this way. >> you say in complete ignorance -- i'm not going to sure i fully buy that, our your audience, but fire away. >> this is about banks, money, real estate deals, money laundering. we've been trying to follow this trail of the veb bank, the undisclosed meeting with jared kushner, the ties to the trump property. we've been looking at this
money-laundering stuff, the case involving the deutsche bank loans to trump, we've been trying just as observers to follow the money trails here, and it's hard,'s just an observatory do it. is your committee staffed in such a way that you've got the kind of expertise, the kind of professional staff that you need to follow those trails? >> first of all, the russians have a playbook, whether it's officials or the russian government, or the case of the quasi bank or quasi agent, or in certain cases russian oligarchs that may be close to mr. putin, who in other conditions have found ways to gain influence by investing in individuals where they can then hope they can lure people into we have questions
and made requests to the treasury depend who has spooned. it's called fin sein, and there will be an additional tranche as well. i believe we have that expertise. if we don't, we will obtain it to make sure we can go through this in an appropriate way. we have to do it right. getting it right is better than getting it done quickly. i think we're proceeding ahead. >> senator mark warner, the top democrat on the senate intelligence committee, vice-chair of that committee mounting this investigation. thank you for joining us. i hope you will join us keep us
updated. >> we have to prepare, because the russians will be back. the one thing we know is this was not a one-off event. they'll be back in 2018, 2020, and that's why we need to hear from this administration the willingness to take this with a level of seriousness unfortunately we have not seen so far. >> thank you, sir. >> thank you, rachel. we will be right back. stay with us. [ indistinct chatter ] [ intense music playing ] it's here, but it's going by fast.
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anti-trump activist group indivisible. members were given two tasks. number one -- celebrate big tonight. you earned the right to celebrate. this is a real victory against trump-care that senator mcconnell wanted to avoid. quote -- have a drink. how often do you get a political directive to please, go have a beer. that was just task one. number two, quote -- start planning for july 4th recess actions. immediate feedback is crucial. immediate feedback, they mean to your senator. so the message from this activist group is basically be happy right now, but get back to work. that's because the effort on the republicans' part to kill the act is dead tonight, but not forever. chuck schumer bakley said the same thing tonight minus the beer. we know the fight is not over,
we're not resting on any laurels. nancy pelosi tweeted something similar -- this fight is not over. and it's an interesting point. in one sense, something important did end today. this effort by the republicans to kilo'bamacare. before the cbo score came out, senator dean heller of nevada had already said no. as soon as that score came out susan collins said she would be a no vote already. those were already the no votes they could spare, but it turnedous those were not the ones they would lose. rand paul, ted cruz, ron johnson, mike lee, and more came out today, and said they would oppose it after the vote was pulled. so they yanked this, shell --
last night we highlighted the protests going on outside her offices, rob portman of ohio has also been the focus of anti-trump care, save the aca protests. rob portman also came out and said no against this bill today. jerry moran from kansas, he was not on the d.c. radar in terms of a potential no vote, but people in kansas who have him as their senator, they have been letting him know what they think on this subject, jerry moran surprised everybody by also coming out against this bill today when the republicans started to fall apart on this. so this isn't like the republicans getting close and then losing. this is them losing badly, get worse by the minute, so there are going to be some drinks took
for people who have been fighting to save obamacare. as of tonight they saved it, but there's also a real worry, because people who have been trying to save the affordable care act have seen this before. the same thing happened in the house earlier this year. republicans did have to pull the bill before a vote in march, because they knew they were going to lose, remember that clams "new york times" headline. republicans land a punch on health care, to their own face. that too was seen as a big victory, but after that everything thought that victory was won, house republicans went away, stopped talking about t. worked on it entirely behind closed doors, with no warning, no fanfare and that's when they passed it. the question is, is -- just a
few -- couple months ago. joinings is senator corey booker. he's been very vocal. he held a rally on the steps of the capital. i appreciate your time tonight. this is a tires time. thank you for being with us. >> thank you, as always have for having me on. >> what do you make -- and worry that they have some other trick up their sleeve to pass this down the road? >> clearly this is happening the same way as in the house because of public protest, incredible outcries, now in a partisan way. these are people who are democrats, independents, republicans, telling the truth. we don't want to see medicare gutted for given tax breaks to the wealthiest hmong us.
in the house what they did, they regrouped, came back and punched it through. i don't feel a sense of celebration. i feel this is a pauses, a lull in the fight, but there's goings to be another round mitch mcconnell pulled the bill to give himself more time, not more time to hold hearings and invite experts. he didn't ask for more time for this bill crafted in thes to invite democrats to the table. he's going to put more pressure on senate reps who said they were voting noes, to twist more arms, to cut more back-room deals. if anyone who knows mitch mcconnell, you make a mistake if you underestimate him. he's going to whip more votes, and more arms, we need to make.
>> my theory on what is happening here strategically for the senate republicans is that they didn't work all that hard to get it passed this week. because, it failing this week means that senate republicans are not going to go home, and face angry constituents who are mad at them, because they voted to take health caraway from 22 americans, this will relieve some of the pressure who i think have felt more susceptible than they wanted to. once senators are not facing -- they may be able to get it through without senators having to worry too much about their -- if that's what's going on.
>> i think we need more of what we're seeing now. i was so buoyed last night when just a few of us were sitting on capitol steps and spontaneously hundreds came out buoyed by rallies we had in the capitol today. there were thousands of people down in the capitol protesting this. on top of that, as you showed earlier, in states all across this country, there were folks who were protesting and pushing and calling and letting their voices be heard. there is an old saying that you know there is a sinister craving in this bill about who will we stand for, the rich and the powerful or health care for all of us, whether it's seniors in nursing homes, children being born, people with disabilities.
this is a moral moment. and we can let a bill that is clearly an injustice rein in our country or we can do something about it. for people to sit on the sidelines in this defining moment in american history, for people to sit back and hope everyone else is centered and make the right decision, that's never how great moments like this have been crafted in this country. it's been grassroots activists demanding change, fighting against evil stachbding up and now, more than ever, we need americans to understand that democracy is not a spectator sport. you have got to get into this fight, and you now have an extension of two more weeks of fighting, two more weeks of protesting, two more weeks of getting folk woke so they, too, get in the game. let every senator know, democrat or republican, that there will be consequences if you don't fall on the right side of this or you don't fall with the people. >> senator cory booker of new jersey who has been a leader not just in the senate but in creative ways like we saw last
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it's been a big night here. we just had senator mark warner of the intelligence communities break the news here on this show that the treasury department's financial crimes unit has handed over more than 2,000 pages of documents to the intelligence committee investigating the russia attack. that news just broken here moments ago. and senator cory booker moments ago alluding to the big impact,
the big political impact that these protests around the country have had in stopping the republican effort to kill the affordable care act today. we've got news on that front next. stay with us. you might not ever just stand there, looking at it. you may never even sit in the back seat. yeah, but maybe you should. ♪ (laughter) ♪
u.s. senators lindsey graham and tim scott are both republican senators, they both represent south carolina, and they're both bachelor's. which is neat senate trivia. but now south carolina's two never married bachelor senators, both of them suddenly have is a lot of people who want to marry them. ♪ just want your health care plan ♪ i'm that scared lindsey ♪ i think i got to marry you. >> a local south carolina in
indivisible group posted this for their two state's unmarried senators. they're going to kick 22 million people off of health insurance? quick, everybody marry a senator! that will work! protests happened all over the country today, not just in south carolina. this is the office of tom tillis in north carolina today. they represented what would happen if people got kicked off their insurance. senator pat toomey's office in downtown pittsburgh, about 100 people stood on the sidewalk chanting "aca has got to stay." in colorado, senator cory gardner's constituents picketed outside his office while inside his office, the local chapter of adapt refused to leave.
this is the legendary group founded in colorado and they do not mess around. folks in gardner's office shot video of the senator's phones ringing off the hook while they were there. they asked him to sign a pledge not to cut medicaid. protesters also made it inside arkansas senator tom cotton's office as well. they wedged their "save medicaid" signs right behind a framed portrait of the senator, using it as a paperweight, basically. that all happened today. senate republicans have been signalling a vote on the bill could come as early as today, but by this afternoon, they pulled it because they did not have the votes. the republicans in the trump white house, this was a pie in the face today for the protesters who have been hammering their senators for weeks in opposition to the bill. this was a huge victory. but, caution, there is a reason why people celebrating tonight are also conceding it might be too early to celebrate. watch this space. that does it for us tonight. we'll see you again tomorrow. now it's time for "the last word with lawre