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and a very good sunday to you, i'm richard lui in new york city. thanks for joining us today. president trump spending the weekend at his golf club in bedminster, new jersey, watching the u.s. women's golf tournament. this weekend new polling shows him under par when it comes to approval numbers. one showing that the president with the lowest approval rating nearing the six-month mark for any president going back 70 years since the polling began. only 36% of americans in that abc news/"the wall street journal" survey back president trump's performance in that. the russian controversy is not helping. presidential lawyer jay sekulow appeared on talk shows today, walking a tight rope making clear candidate trump was not in on the meeting between donald trump jr. and russian advocates during the campaign in 2016. he said the president did not know about it until very recently, and while he claimed there was nothing illegal about the meeting, sekulow put responsibility for the trickling
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of details squarely on the president's 39-year-old son. >> that was information that was controlled not by my client, not by the president, it was controlled by donald trump jr. and they made a decision on how to release that out. that is a decision they made. the president was not involved in that decision. i was not involved in that decision, our lawyers were not involved in that decision. >> nbc's kelly o'donnell is in new jersey near the president's weekend retreat today, and kelly, we've heard from the president's lawyer. what is the white house, if at all at this moment saying anything officially here? >> reporter: well, as we've been reporting, the white house doesn't talk about this issue, but there are people talking on behalf of the president. the president uses his twitter feed to do it. he's got his outside lawyer who appeared on all those tv shows today, but for weeks, if not months now, the white house says it is not dealing directly with those issues and referring everybody to outside counsel. if we're using the white house broadly, we can say the president certainly showed
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feistiness on twitter today, thanking one of his former campaign aides who had appeared before the house intelligence committee this week, thacnking him for saying there was no collusion in his, quote, winning campaign. he also said his son don is being scorned by the fake news media, as the president likes to be critical of the coverage of this and calling it a russia hoax. his attorney is in a difficult position, because he only represents the president. he does not represent donald trump jr. or jared kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser. those two younger men were in the meeting in june 2016, including at least a few different figures with ties to the russian government, the russian lawyer, the russian lobbyist. still some question about who else was in the meeting and what was talked about, but members of the senate intelligence committee say they believe with this acknowledgment from trump j junior and the e-mail and what it suggests about an offer of information for the hillary clinton campaign, there's more
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to explore. they want to ask kushner and trump junior to appear. they've said they'd be willing to cooperate, but they'd also like in theory to reach the russian citizens who were a part of it and find out what happened to understand were there any other meetings, were there any other leads to pursue in this at a time when the president says there was nothing to see here, nothing happened, that it was a meeting about russian adoption, a policy important to the kremlin and something that they were lobbying about, but not anything valuable to the campaign. that is going to dog the president for quite a while. he, by the way, is out at his golf club now watching the second day, maybe it's the final day, of the u.s. women's open, the golf tournament that's playing at trump bedminster. so back to you, richard. >> thank you so much, kelly. kelly o'donnell, close to the president there in new jersey. appreciate it. this afternoon, as well, the republicans road to replace
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obamacare has seen another obstacle. the expected vote is on hold because senator john mccain is recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. according to mccain staffers, the 80-year-old arizona senator is recovering well, but most likely will be sidelined now for up to a week. >> we all wish john mccain a speedy recovery, and we need him in more ways than one, but, yes, i believe as soon as we have a full contingent of senators, that we'll have that vote. it's important we do so. >> the delay comes as the proposed republican bill faces increased doubt and scrutiny. republican senator susan collins of maine and rand paul of kentucky still remain against it. >> we'd have a clean repeal, then we'd have a spending bill. they could be advanced simultaneously, really on the same day. moderates would get what they want, which is more debt for the country, more spending, conservatives would get what we want, a clean repeal, which is really the only thing we
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promised in the election and we promised it over and over again, so it kind of annoys me that republicans are going back on their word to repeal obamacare. >> add to that the congressional budget office analysis of the latest version of the senate republican bill that is due out in the coming days. while some have questioned the cbo score's methodology, it is still expected to have an impact on those still undecided about the current obamacare replacement. joining me now, msnbc political analyst elise jordan, also former adviser to rand paul, and emily tisch sussman. we'll start with what senator paul was saying there. does he really want a repeal? he's only going to stand by this until he gets it? >> absolutely, he made the promise to his voters during the republican primary campaign, as did many other republican senators who are willing to vote for this bill, so i think he's sticking to his gun, he's laying out what is necessary for him to come onboard, and it's unlikely
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at this point that many other republican senators are going to stay true to their principles and push to full repeal. >> he said it's only going to get worse, but the majority whip saying, no, feeling a little bit at least mid or positive? >> well, you know, what is just to me i just really cannot believe that we have this bill and we still are waiting on the cost. and so for fiscally minded republicans who don't want to add to the deficit, how are you supposed to be able to judge the merits of this bill at this point when no one really knows how much it's actually going to cost? >> and one of those questions here as we go to you, emily, there's a part of the conversation is what will the cbo score bring to us next week, what will be that effect, if anything, is it pretty much already done? what we're getting the sense of is that the numbers will still be quite large. >> yeah, quite large. there's no way they can cut out the version of this bill that
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doesn't have millions and millions of people being left uninsured. every version of the bill has gone up with more millions, the last version leaving 22 million uninsured, so no version that significantly decreases that to the satisfaction of regular people. people want to know that they can continue to be insured. they want to know the insurance they have is going to cover the conditions they have, and that's not this bill. look, elise is right, conservatives are in a place where this bill does not satisfy them. it also does not satisfy many moderates and conservatives. when we see senators from kansas staying this is not good enough for my people, from nebraska saying this is not good, it deeply cuts and fundamentally alters the structure of medicaid. it's the substance of the bill that's the problem, not the politics of it. >> you know, we have a new poll out that we've been watching, not only the nbc news/"the wall street journal" out, but the abc news poll topic they covered was
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this issue of health care and the senate republican bill. i'll let you know it shows 50% prefer obamacare, those who were polled, 24% prefer the gop plan, and 17% neither. they want something else altogether. so, elise, is the 50% obamacare, the 24% republican plan support here, is this something that democrats can use to soften up some of the republicans to get them on more moderate? >> well, it's hugely unpopular, which, of course, this is something that democrats can use as leverage to try to push for a better bill just because so much of the country is opposed to the bill in its current form. i really -- i'm not going to make -- this poll also had polling on president trump's approval rating these days, and i still think that we are all making way too much of donald trump and his popularity at this phase in the game. i think that looking at congress and how congress is really being held hostage to public opinion
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for not getting anything done on these issues, which is why i think it's so important that the senate does do something on health care. >> and since you're talking about the president here, i'll jump over to you, emily. the approval ratings are an all-time low, as you saw from this very poll here, but the president also not really doing much. there's no events that he's held necessarily in the last week or two about this bill, as you remember, the previous administration, the president was way out in front for obamacare. this president is not doing that. there's been reporting that inside the white house, they've pretty much said not going to work in version one, two, three, or any future version. can this president do something to turn this around? >> it doesn't appear that anything he can engage in can help his cause or move the bill forward. he doesn't appear to know what's in the bill. he had a large rose garden like a signing ceremony for the house passing the bill, then later called it mean. the version the senate passed is
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even meaner by his standards. he's also encouraged senate leadership to walk away from the current bill they have and pass a repeal and then try to figure it out later, so it doesn't appear he knows what's in the bill or knows the politics behind moving it. he just wants to be able to deliver on a campaign promise, which is how he's governing on every issue. >> governing on every issue and the interesting thing in our poll is that the residents, and he was getting a 50% aprooul rating in trump counties across the country, he's still doing well. 50% approval rating there. health care is not one of the issues that necessarily is being watched carefully. that seems antithetical based on the stereotype of what they might care about here. >> again, i think that president trump is so amazing how his political teflon, he does not attacks normally affect a
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president, president's behavior, you know, that would be judged and condemned, you know, the laws of political gravity don't apply to donald trump. that's why i don't think we should pay too much attention to what his approval ratings are. again, this is congress that is going to bear the brunt of the political judgment here. so i think that's what congress has to reckon with as they look at what they are actually going to do with regards to obamacare. >> that's why as we look at what the white house is doing, emily, they were talking today about the coming week making america great again, another theme put out by the white house week to week, which you're very aware of here. not at all doing anything related to health care. >> no. they don't seem to be in touch at all with what congress is doing. it's hard to defend what the president is doing. a lot of people voted for him because they felt he would be effective. this first six months, he's
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passed basically nothing and he certainly does not have congress on their side. there's no single issue greater identified with the current modern day republican party than repealing of health care. and if they can't get that done, elise is right, it is congress that is going to feel the brunt of it going into the midterm elections. if they control the house, senate, and presidency and can't do the only thing they've been promising to do for seven years, people are going to start to question their effectiveness. >> and it seems like this white house is very aware that they can, again, march to a different beat and based on the polling it seems to be supporting that. thank you both. >> thank you, richard. the summer of 2016 as questions continue to mount about the meeting at trump tower, donald trump lashing out at the media again. he's also trolling hillary clinton, doing that again. next, his latest attempt to come to his son's defense. we'll share that with you. four seconds on the clock, down by one. championship on the line. erin "the sharpshooter" shanahan fakes left. she's outside of the key, she shoots...
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the meeting and what took place at the meeting based on all the information you just said is not a violation of any law, statute, or code. >> well, the president's personal attorney jay sekulow on "meet the press" insisting there was nothing improper about donald trump jr.'s meeting last year. trump junior, jared kushner, paul manafort, and a lobbyist expected to have ties with russian intelligence, also a translator and potentially others all meeting at trump tower during the campaign to discuss dirt on hillary clinton, as was said. was it collusion, was it legal are the questions that come from those six individuals confirmed by nbc news to be in the meeting. sekulow making the rounds today, appearing on all five sunday morning political shows and he was insisting there was nothing nefarious in trump junior's meeting with the russians and the story about it over the last
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seven days. >> you use the phrase "cover up." let's be realistic here. you've had lawyers on your broadcast and nbc's had lawyers on their network and everybody is coming to the same conclusion, nothing illegal about the meeting. big word to use, but there was nothing illegal to cover up. >> president trump claims nothing came of the meeting, as well. he took to twitter to defend his eldest son today tweeting hillary clinton can illegally get the questions to the debate and delete 33,000 e-mails, but my son don is being scorned by the fake news media. but an abc news/"the washington post" poll out this morning shows 63% of americans believe that donald trump jr.'s meeting with russians was inappropriate. kendall coffey, former federal prosecutor and attorney in the southern district of florida. thanks for being here. kendall, you heard what jay sekulow said. lawyer to lawyer here, you to him, was this meeting illegal?
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>> well, not from what we've seen so far, but there's some elements here that certainly the special counsel robert mueller is going to have to look at very closely, and he has not indicated and is not going to indicate all the information that he has about this meeting until he's maybe at the very end of his investigation. what we know is that some of the attendees of the meeting are saying nothing came of it. mueller is not going to accept that. he's going to want to get into the details of everything said at the meeting and very, very importantly whether any further collaboration was produced by the meeting. so far no crime, but there's a good ways to go on this. >> part of the meeting, jared kushner, son-in-law of the president, when you look at jared kushner's legal jeopardy, legal exposure after failing to disclose the meeting, along with other connections, not once, but twice, but three times, adding all said some 100 new contacts that he did not do initially, where does he face danger here
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when he became a government employee? >> well, better late than never. at least he added some of these elements after the fact, but the reality is, it's going to be up to the individuals with the fbi in mueller's office interviewing him whether they believe his explanation he simply forgot these meetings, and he's going to get pressure and get other evidence to see what might indicate of course he remembers or maybe he didn't. people do forget things, but remember -- >> forgetting 100? you as a prosecutor, would you say it's fine to forget two or three, but 100? >> there are going to be skeptical, but he's going to have the opportunity to make the explanations and very importantly in his explanations they have to believe he's truthful. the biggest mistake is to lie to the fbi and attempting to defend themselves in a course of an interview. we all know how often prosecutions happen, not because of what they did, but because of what they fibbed. >> so we've seen over the last
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seven, eight days here, sort of like watching somebody fall down steps, since the reveal of this meeting, the drip, drip, right? some have said that's because they are new to this, they are new to government, they are new to, well, being in the white house. how would that factor in at all as you might be prosecuting such a case? >> well, it will help a little bit, especially if they conclude that, for example, donald trump jr. was not an expert in crisis management, didn't have a lot of government explanation or exposure, that perhaps jared kushner really didn't quite understand what he was supposed to list and what he isn't, but these are also highly intelligent people in front of highly skeptical prosecutors, so they are going to have to come up with a more than i forgot explanation, i think, to satisfy all the people who will be listening in the moment of their interviews with the fbi and with the special counsel. >> would that satisfy you? >> i'd have to listen to a lot.
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i wouldn't make a judgment. remember, this is about a criminal probe. so you not only have to be skeptical, but you have to believe you can prove their criminality beyond a reasonable doubt. that's not an easy burden in a case like this. >> my friend kendall coffey, thank you, sir. >> thanks, richard. >> you bet. it was a historic mission. almost 50 years ago apollo 11 launching into space to put humans on the moon. there it was. next, how nasa's looking to the past to change the way astronauts return from space in the future. noo
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pacific ocean. there was the picture. nearly a half century later, nasa revisiting the water landing. astronauts have been training this week off the coast of texas. we go to ryan coorsguard from kprc in houston. he has our report. >> reporter: this is an orion space capsule bobbing around in the gulf of mexico when astronauts returned. this is how they will land, in the ocean. they train off the coast of galveston to get out of the spaceship and into a raft if needed after splash down. their survival depends on what they learn here in the gulf of mexico. >> they've simulated that they've thrown out the raft and they are going to get out of the capsule one by one and just practicing to see how all of our assumptions when we put this together are going to work together. >> reporter: to get a better closer look we're on a coast guard cutter just off the coast of val guesston. you can see the astronauts. they have just gotten out of the capsule. >> this is pretty cool, the
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first time we've had a capsule in the ocean with astronauts in it in a very long time, since the apollo program. >> 3, 2, 1 -- and liftoff. >> reporter: the watches will be from the kennedy space center in florida, just as during this test launch three years ago. giant parachutes covering the size of a football field slowed the capsule from 20,000 miles an hour to a safe water landing. which brings us back to the waters of galveston, where the astronauts simulate the splash down after a flight around the earth and back home again. not far from the astronaut training at the johnson space center. >> giving them capabilities mean they can survive. one way or another, they are going to have the tools to survive and wait until recovery forces are there for him. >> all right, thank you so much for our nbc affiliate. the question is, as you watch that, what might be next for space exploration. vice president pence believing the trump administration will
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achieve more in space than we ever thought possible. take a listen. >> under president donald trump, america will lead in space once again. and here from this bridge to space our nation will return to the moon and we will put american boots on the face of mars. >> joining me now, leroy chow. commander, great to see you. leroy, as you look at this, so much we can talk about here. first of all, what is it going to be? what is it like, i should say, we're six months in, for the trump administration, what nasa has to do. how has that changed, if at all? >> well, actually, things have changed quite a bit. president trump has laid out a new vision to go back to the moon, which i think is the right thing to do. nasa has responded with new architecture, but the issue is, we still don't have the funding to do this program. so that's what we're waiting for. >> mars. you know, you've been through a
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lot of simulations in your time as an astronaut. doable? and when? and does this give you new energy there at nasa? >> well, mars has been doable for a very long time from a technical standpoint. i mean, i like to say we've been 20 years from mars since 1969, since apollo 11. we assumed by 1990 we would be on mars. technically we've had the ability to create spacecraft to go there. there's biomedical issues but with some waivers and consent forms, we could bypass that. we could go to mars very quickly if there's an astronaut and funding. >> how long is that, very quickly, in terms of being able to launch, if you got to go right now, got the check? >> right, okay, if we had all the funding needed, we did apollo from zero to moon in ten years, we could do this in 15 to 20 years. yeah, if we had the money for the program, it could be done relatively quickly. >> that's interesting, i guess,
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in nasa time frame 15 to 20 years is relatively quickly. old is new again? it's been really interesting to watch how new technologies are also old technologies and we just had the great report coming out of houston. your reflection on that, you've been in simulations using that apollo 11 approach. >> right. right. and actually my last flight was aboard a russian capsule spacecraft, so we launched and landed under a parachute in a capsule. it kind of is going backwards to '60s technology to do a capsule spacecraft with a parachute. if i had my architecture we'd stay with a space plane going to low earth orbit to other destinations, but it is what it is, and the dye was cast in 2005 to build orion, build what was then called the crew exploration vehicle. >> cosmonaut technology still working, moon raker no more. private, though, right? elon musk, we have richard branson. is this going to work?
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>> oh, well that is the exciting wild card. you have elon musk, you have jeff bezos, spacex, blue origin. elon musk has put out his plan to colonize mars. jeff bezos has put out his plan. and so this is an exciting time where you had these individuals who are able to marshal their resources, which are considerable, and actually go and go do these things. and that brings up the very interesting possibility of government commercial collaboration in exploration. that's a first. >> so quickly then as a nasa geek here, leroy, you're a fan of the tech geeks doing this stuff here, you like it? >> absolutely, yeah, this is great. very exciting. >> all right, commander, always great to meet an astronaut on a sunday afternoon. thank you. >> thank you. for more on apollo 11's anniversary, go to msnbc.com this week for "making of an astronaut," a digital series will show you the rare look into
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and welcome back. i'm richard lui in new york. thanks for staying with us. here's what we're watching for you at the bottom of the hour. another setback for republican efforts to pass health care reform. that senate majority leader mitch mcconnell had to announce the senate will delay votes on the gop health care bill because senator john mccain is recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye. he's doing well. with mccain absent and all senate democrats and the two independents opposing the legislation so far, senate republicans cannot lose anymore votes if they want to pass this
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bill. french president emmanuel macron says president trump might reverse his decision to leave the paris climate accord. macron saying he is hopeful a solution comes after trump visited with macron in paris last week and the famous long handshake. an historic win today at wimbledon after roger federer beat marin cilic in straight sets, giving federer a record eight championship titles, also marks his 19th grand slam title overall. so good he's boring to watch. he just keeps on winning. as the russia scandal continues to dominate headlines, we wanted to take a look at the events that led up to and followed donald trump jr.'s meeting last year and let's bring you down to what we know today. june 3rd, 2016, the first e-mail is sent to donald trump jr. by publicist rob gouldstone. in that e-mail trump promises the younger mr. trump dirt on
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hillary clinton. june 7th, general election officially begins when hillary clinton and donald trump clinch their party's nominations. also on june 7th, with the meeting already scheduled, trump says this in his victory speech. take a listen. >> i am going to give a major speech on probably monday of next week and we're going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the clintons. i think you're going to find it very informative and very, very interesting. >> june 9th, that's the date of the meeting at trump tower attended by donald trump jr. and jared kushner, paul manafort, the russian lawyer with kremlin ties, and potentially others. june 14th, five days later, the first reports that russian hackers penetrated the democratic national committee. then we take you to june 15th, the first -- the very next day, russia linked hacker guccifer
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2.0 claiming credit. and now fast forward a few weeks to the democratic conventions, there are reports that the trump campaign wants to gut the republican party's anti-russia stance on ukraine. july 22nd, the day after the republican convention ends, wikileaks publishes its first dump of stolen dnc e-mails. then on july 27th, donald trump inviting russia to find clinton's missing e-mails in that speech there. from that point, more clinton e-mail leaks and allegations of russian interference through the election. joining me now, white house correspondent, nina burlay, correspond for "newsweek." nina, i think we've got most of the details here. what folks are asking based on the revelations just within the last three days is what's next? >> well, thank you for laying it
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out the way you did. i haven't heard it so succinctly stated on tv for a while, so thank you very much for that. i think what's next? i mean, we have his tanking poll numbers, we have the tweet storm this morning, you know, supporting donald trump jr., accusing us in the media of heaping scorn on him, of reporting. and i think we're going to see more of the same. i think we're going to see this is the classic sort of autocratic pushback we have come to expect, and we're going to probably see continuing his supporters not caring. they don't want to hear about this. and to them i would say take chelsea clinton's name and put that in for donald trump jr., and just think about what would be happening right now. >> well, let's do think about that for a little bit here. franco, the senate judiciary chair said he wants donald trump
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jr. to testify. as you look at this here, could that put him in legal jeopardy if he does have to do that? >> i think it raises a lot of questions. certainly, what's been going on, the constant drip, drip, drip of more revelations. i have big questions whether the trump administration says they are okay or would be open to that, but i have serious doubts that they'd really be willing to do that, so i think we'll see what comes to pass, but i disagree with nina in the sense that this is just continuing to happen. what's next is you're going to get more scrutiny, more scrutiny from reporters, investigative reporters, likely more scrutiny from the fbi investigation. every time this administration says, you know, that's it, we're not going to get anymore things coming out, we find out some new revelation that just gets this ball rolling even faster. >> and as we look at this, nina, the revelations do continue to come out. the breakdown of this meeting,
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but also other questions that are trying to answer the collusion question, right, and some have said the conspiracy question. these leaks, if they are the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the five investigations are undertaking right now, it would seem that then, therefore, these investigations are just growing in scope and in scope and in scope. >> yeah. you're not going to get any disagreement from me on that idea. i mean, they are going to continue to grow. i think one area that we haven't seen as much attention paid to is the interaction between trump and the russian mobsters in new york city in the real estate business, and there's a new article in "the new republic" this week which lays out how the trump buildings were infested with russian mafia. so, i think that owning apartments, and i think that those things are going to start coming out. that's why mueller has all of
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these financial forensic experts on staff, because there's a whole other element here that proceeds the election of 2016. >> preet bharara, james comey. franco, preet bharara probably knows a lot about some of the questions nina brought up. he was let go, he was fired. also james comey saying he was going to write a book. there's so much information still to come out here, franco. >> it's true. i agree that, like, we in the press, we're getting a certain segment of this material. comey, mueller, they have a lot more details, and i think this is going to continue to really start to pour out. i'm pretty fascinated with how every day something new seems to appear. the fire just keeps continuing to spread and spread. >> can you keep up, franco? >> it's a good question. it's difficult to keep up. fortunately, i'm not alone.
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we have several people there that are looking into this and as nina says, looking into other threats and questions being raised about different types of possible coordination that, you know, that are serious questions, such as the, you know, the information sharing, the possibility that the administration, a, have been involved with the russian effort to use special technology, so-called bots to kind of put out these kind of stories, pro-trump stories, against trump -- pardon me, against clinton at particular times. there's a lot to come out, there's a lot coming out. we'll see what keeps happening, but doesn't seem to be going away. >> then there's the president's defense, nina, as he moves into another week, the if you will meeting today there in bedminster with the press was -- we're going to move to make america great again, not addressing the big issues, russia or health care, necessarily in a head-on fashion
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in terms of the activity sets that are out there at the moment. there's also the president, as you were eluding to earlier, saying what about, again, hillary clinton and the tie to ukraine and potential information there linking paul manafort to alleged bad activities. >> well, i mean, i know that's the talking point now on rush limbaugh and hannity on fox and so on, but i think that's a dry hole. they are just trying to divert and throw mud at the wall and see what sticks. that's what they've been doing. i mean, to the point of what they are talking about in the business of the day, he's in bedminster, he's golfing, we're talking about trump and russia, we're talking about all of the iceberg that lies underneath here. and nothing is getting done in washington. nothing is getting done in the congress, and there are people who elected this man that are waiting for something to happen. so i don't know what's happening in terms of the common wheel and
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who's paying attention to it, but -- >> his supporters -- his supporters, going to our latest poll here, nina, saying it's okay, whatever's happening, okay, we still support this president. nina, thank you so much. franco, have a good sunday. >> thank you. next, o.j. simpson is getting ready for a parole hearing this thursday after serving nine years in prison. he could soon be free. and be sure to join us for our one-hour special tonight, "trump at 6 months" looking back at the trump presidency so far, the controversies, frustrations, battles with the media, and whether trump voters are sticking with him. a big -- a big dive, if i can say anything at this moment, at 4:46, a big dive, that's tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc. we better go to break. here's to the safety first...
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>> and you're going to like this one. it was a long journey, but now members of an all-girls robotics team from afghanistan are finally in washington d.c. after
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being rejected twice for u.s. visas. their case drew global attention. president trump stepped in last week to approve their visit. >> i am so happy that because after two times to get visa access, but now after two times, we get the visa. i am so happy, i can say to you how much we are happy. >> joining me now nbc's morgan radford who has been following the story for us. morgan, what is next for these girls? when you think of afghanistan, when you think of girls and robotics, those are all three things that don't quite come together. >> that's why this story is so important and so heart warming and it's exactly what you want to hear on a sunday and the idea is that this is this tiny group. these six teenage girls from afghanistan and they said, look, we're going to change our world and we're going to change the world through science and technology. they're entering this competition and there are teams from 150 country, but that competition is here in the u.s. and they tried to get their
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visas and they were rejected twice and if you can imagine, richard, what a big deal this is. they were heart broken because as any 14-year-old they'll say why can't i go, too, because this is a country where only 21% of the women in afghanistan actually make it past middle school. so take a listen to what someone from the embassy had to say. >> it was the people and the representatives here who supported the visa for the afghan students. we are here to appreciate that. it's very good to support such initiatives and to assure the afghan people. >> after being rejected, the president jumped in and he said we're going to grant this visa. in fact, i want to show you a tweet that kellyanne conway tweeted. thank you, potus, for helping these girls. others talk and talk and talk. you act. now that the girls have finally made it to the u.s., fans were
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there greeting, if you could have seen the looks on their faces. they were just elated. >> just looking at that video from the airport there was amazing because we all understand the difficulty women and girls have in afghanistan, and then number two, that they decided to take under the idea of robotics and i know you go to a lot of robotics competitions. >> casually. when i'm not here saturdays, that's what i'm doing. >> you don't see that many women and girls participating and then they get the president. >> thank you so much for covering that story for us. by the way, morgan radford, you can see the girls tonight on "nbc nightly news." check your local listings for her report. that does it for us this hour on msnbc. find me on twitter and instagram on twitter and facebook @rlui. it is our msnbc special trump at 6 months coming up at 6:00 p.m. eastern time and she'll also be
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i'm yasmin vossoughian at msnbc world headquarters. a full-court press from the white house on the russia investigation in the wake of what some are calling the smoking gun e-mail involving donald trump jr.'s meeting with a russian lawyer, and the president sending a flurry of tweets and putting his lawyer out on all of the sunday shows to push back against that story and a delay in the health care battle and senator john mccain means no vote on the gop bill this week. how will the extra time affect the republican effort to repeal obamacare and the next hour, you don't want to miss it. "trump at 6 months." we'll look at what donald trump has done, the good, the bad and the downright crazy and an in-depth look about how trump voters feel about him now and would they or

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