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>> thank you, lawrence. >> "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts now. the breaking news after this eventful day, michael flynn is now a felon. he pleads guilty to lying to the fbi as this russia investigation now reaches inside the trump west wing. nbc news sources revealing jared kushner was the quote very senior member of the transition directing flynn to contact russia. also tonight, a west wing taken by surprise and what this means for donald trump. what stories does flynn have to tell to avoid decades in jail? "the 11th hour" on a friday night begins right now. and good evening once again from the nbc news headquarters in new york. day 316 of the trump administration, it's one that will be remembered in history. the day president trump's former national security advisor, one of the first real allies and friends in the campaign publicly
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turned on him and agreed to cooperate with the muller, russia investigation. mike flynn walked into a federal courthouse this morning and pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about contacts with russia. he walked out of that same courthouse a convicted felon and greeted the man that led the charge of lock her up at the convention was a sign in the crowd today that read lock him up. this is a first. muller's first conviction against someone who worked inside trump's white house and the first one in that group to flip. the plea agreement stems from phone conversations flynn had with russian ambassador to the u.s. after the election but before president trump took office. he lied to fbi agents who interviewed him about those conversations but through this process, there may have been many questions about whether flynn was ordered to make those phone calls or did so on his own. nbc news now reports that flynn had contacted the russians at
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the urging of two top transition officials according to a court document. three people familiar with the matter say one of the officials referenced in the document is jared kushner, president trump's son-in-law and senior advisor and two people familiar with the matter say the other is k.t. mcelderfarland that served from january to may. here is how the president answered our own kristen welker's questions about whether he was involved. this goes two days back after flynn was fired. >> did you direct mike flynn to discuss sanctions with the russian ambassador prior to your inauguration? >> no, i didn't -- >> might have fired him if information -- >> i fired him because of what he said to mike pence. very simple. mike was doing his job. he was calling countries and counter parts. it certainly would have been okay. i would have directed him to do
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it. i didn't direct him but would have directed him because that's his job. no, i didn't direct him but i would have if he didn't do it. okay? >> after his court appearance today, flynn released a statement saying in part, quote, i recognize that the actions i acknowledged in court today were wrong and through my faith in god i'm working to set things right. my guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel's office reflects a decision i made in the best interest of my family and our country. i accept full responsibility for my actions. about his family, you might recall flynn's son was also the subject of the russia investigation, a subject. washington post now reports quote, as part of flynn's negotiations, his son michael g flynn is not expected to be charged according to a person with knowledge of the talks. so far, we have not heard publicly from the president about this flynn deal but a source close to the white house told nbc news the trump
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administration was quote blind sided by the news of flynn's plea deal. trump's lawyer ty cobb released a statement saying in part today michael flynn a former national security advisor at the white house for 25 days during the trump administration and a former obama administration official entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the fbi. nothing about the guilty plea or charge implicates anyone other than mr. flynn. for the record, you may recall the obama administration fired mike flynn and president obama warned the incoming trump administration about hiring mike flynn. let's get to our lead off panel on a friday night. julia has had a long day. our nbc news national security and justice reporter and matthew miller, former chief spokesman for the justice deputy now and msnbc justice analyst and chuck rosenburg back with us, former federal prosecutor and former u.s. attorney that worked on the staffs of robert mueller and james comey at fbi is also msnbc
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contributor. julia, this was not necessarily a surprise but still stunning to watch. talk about the impact of what we witnessed today. >> yes, brian. so i think for reporters, we actually got a lot more than what we thought we might get from this. robert mueller and his team did not have to give us a statement of offense and give all of the details that they did. they could have simply said he was playieading guilty to one charge of lying to the fbi and left it at that. these documents are clearly a warning shot to the trump administration because they are naming senior and very senior transition officials who worked with jared kushner. this is a warning shot to them now that now they have flynn who is willing to cooperate and turn on these people he worked with to explain exactly who directed him to make these calls and from our reporting today, we know that kushner was definitely behind the december 22nd call that flynn made to him about the
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trump administration. >> chuck, what does being a convicted felon mean for mike flynn and what does it mean to have this convicted felon on board if you're muller? >> let me take your second question first, brian. lots and lots of times federal prosecutors and agents work with convicted felons. they investigate them. they charge them. they plead guilty or are convicted at trial and provide what they know about others. so there is nothing unusual about having a convicted felon cooperating with investigators. it happens all the time. what does it mean for mike flynn? your first question second. it's not good. it's going to affect him for the rest of his life. he runs the risk of losing certain rights. because he's a convicted felon, he'll probably be on supervised release or some form of probation after he pleads guilty. not a good thing but as he said
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in his own statement, it's an opportunity now for him to make things right. >> matt, our friend chuck todd reminded us on the political side of the ledger that donald trump went through three different campaign managers. there was turmoil, there was churn but flynn was one of the absolute constants. how does that color this case? >> i think it helps explain why donald trump remains so loyal to him for so long. even after he left the white house, donald trump continued to be so loyal to him that he asked jim comey to back off the investigation. we got a clue why. one of the questions is did he do it because he thought flynn was a good guy or do it to try to cover something up? today we found out that when mike flynn lied to the fbi, he wasn't acting alone at his own
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own, he was doing it at the direction of others on the transition team. we don't know if that went to the president of the united states but the fact he called his own deputy, that's not usually how it works. you don't usually get direction from the deputy. he was in mar-a-lago and bob muller will know what happened but it's a reasonable assumption he was acting at the direction of the president when he called sergey kissliac. >> i want to read you something from the editorial board of the "new york times" tonight and for c clarification for viewers, it's not the news coverage side for "the new york times" but the institutional voice of the "new york times" quote. it's hard to find a present for how quickly mr. trump's inner circle is consumed by scandal. mr. trump built and sustained his long qugaudy career by demanding loyalty from people to
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whom he gave nothing in return. will there be more people that bump up to the loyalty test? >> we know from his conversations he's someone that demands loyalty but i've just been looking back at the timeline, brian, it looks like president trump does not extend the same loyalty back at all. if you thinks about how he seems to be defending flynn saying he is doing his job. he's a good guy. he -- at the same time, administration and the president specifically were actually throwing michael flynn under the bus. they knew from this document we can tell that he was making those calls. they directed him to do so and then they just step back and said he didn't tell the truth to the vice president. when they actually knew all along exactly what was happening. that loyalty is not extended back to michael flynn and michael flynn is not repaying it. >> chuck, just to under score the staebkes for flynn, today
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means that he is a wholly owned subsud ya subsidiary of team muller and must answer everything and he best not forget even a tiny detail because if we come to the end of this, and he leaves something out, and they void his deal, he is looking at a whole lot of years behind bars, correct? >> correct. potentially correct. let me explain why i say potentially, brian. in order to establish that he breached his plea agreement and wasn't truthful and forthcoming and full, the prosecutors need to prover that by a preponderance of the evidence. it's rare for a defendant like general flynn not to want to cooperate and not to be truthful and get the benefit of his bargain. so you should expect two things. one is that he will try his
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darnedarn e est to help them and being truthful and two, that prosecutors want that. they don't want to breach this plea agreement and load up on him and charge him with other stuff. they reached the bargain think think is fair and want him to fulfill his part of it. >> matt, u wai want to play you what's become a rather famous exchange. early on in the administration, this is julie pace, who was then associated press white house burro chief is now running their washington burro in an exchange, let's call it, with president trump. >> i was hoping we could get a yes or no answer on one of these questions involving russia. can you say whether or not you are aware that anyone who advised your campaign had contacts with russia during the course of the election. >> well, i told you general flynn of usually was dealing so that's one -- >> during the election? >> no, nobody that i know of. >> you're not aware of any
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contacts during the course of the election? >> how many tiles mes do i have answer this question? i know you have to get up and ask a question. russia is a ruse. >> how does that answer, how does that exchange seem now in the light of day this friday of the conviction of michael flynn? >> well, we've already known that that answer doesn't hold up. look, his son, the president's son, the president's son-in-law jared kushner and campaign manager had this meeting at trump tower with the russian lawyer back in june of 2016 where they knew and before they took the meeting it was on behalf of the russian government with information that the russian government had some interest in. we know that paul manafort seems to have been picked up talking with russian officials. so that answer already has fallen apart. but i think what we look at now is, you know, julia said we got a lot more information than we expected in the documents that
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muller put out today but we didn't get nearly everything he knows from mike flynn. mike flynn has been talking to him now explaining what he knows about what happened in 2016, what happened with any contacts with russia and what he might have told the president either then or during the transition or while he was in the white house. bob muller has that information now. we don't know it but we're going to find out if the president's answer was not only untruthful or incorrect because of the meetings we know about but if there are more damming contacts that are yet to come to light. >> julia, briefly walk us through and be general for those of us who haven't covered every twist and turn, what flynn's vulnerabilities are on the subject of turkey. >> of course, i'm glad you asked about this because i got a lot of questions why did we hear so much about flynn's involvement with turkey that's boiled down to one paragraph at the end of this statement. we know that flynn when he was head of the flynn intel group
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worked on behalf of the turkish government. he at first said that he was working for an intermediary, didn't understand it was part of the turkish government. later, probably a little too late he came forward and filed under the federal agent registration act that said he was in fact lobbying on behalf of a turkish government. turk turkey's goals was the extradition of the president's main rival who is an elderly muslim clergy living in the p e pokinos. with the presidential transition, muller was looking into meetings that flynn had with turkish officials where they wanted to bribe him in order to use his position inside the white house to push for his removal. so all of this has been boiled down into a very kind of milk toast piece. we know these are cards muller
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has. we know he interviewed dozens of witnesses related to flynn's work on turkey and easily something that could come up in sentencing or be used if flynn isn't as corporative going forward as muller wants him to be. >> we can't thank you enough for boiling down a complicated day for us at the end of that day. julia aniesly, matthew muller, thanks for being with us. up next as we approach our first break, what does today's bombshell news mean legally now for the president and his inner circle and later, what must life be like inside the white house, say, tonight? as the president waits for muller's next move. "the 11th hour" we're just getting started on a busy friday night. david. what's going on? oh hey! ♪ that's it? yeah. ♪ everybody two seconds! ♪ "dear sebastian, after careful consideration of your application, it is
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ally. >> an ally can turn part of the campaign to the transition and administration. flynn's guilty plea makes him a dangerous man. in march, when flynn was trying to work out an immunity deal, you may recall his attorney said quote, general flynn certainly has a story to tell and he very much wants to tell it should the circumstances permit. that was a rare public plea. the story could have serious
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implications for the president and white house joyce vance and we're happy to be joined by deputy independent counsel for the white water lieu wewinsky investigation. i'll give you a double. why did flynn lie about the things he lied about and why was donald trump so adamant about defending him? >> it's really hard to know the answer to that. bob muller knows the answer now. for us it may take longer. here is a plausible theory. flynn clearly wasn't lying to cover up the logan act. the 200--year-old statute that makes it illegal for a private
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citizen to naeg uaegotiate. the seems more reasonable the special counsel house investigating that it has something to do with campaign contact with russia which would be a much cleaner federal violation, a violation of federal campaign law and that the president's engagement is a result of the violation and desire to keep it from becoming public. that's of course speculative but plausible based on the evidence that's come to light and intensity that the special counsel operation put on this particular situation. >> given some out spin from the president's team when civilians tonight catch up with what happened theed and hear it's one charge and it sounds benign and minor, how do you explain it's
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one innocuous looking charge? >> it is one innocuous charge. muller kept a tight lid on any leaking so there may be all kinds of things going on that we don't know about but joy said something very, very important. two things very important. number one, this talk about the logan act is ridiculous. nobody is going to be indicted under the logan act and if they are, muller should be fired. number one. number two there is nothing in the statement of the offense which is the key document or the criminal information or the plea agreement about collusion during the campaign. that is important because under the plea agreement, flynn is protected from future prosecution only for things covered in the statement of the offense. statement of the offense doesn't mean campaign collusion. doesn't mention campaign collusion. so that means one of two things.
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number one it means flynn knows absolutely nothing about campaign collusion or has given muller nothing of importance about campaign collusion or number two, there is -- which would be very unusual but that there is a second sealed stand alone plea agreement with therein that gets into that issue. it's really, really intriguing to me. >> joyce, quickly help me out. i'm trying to get to the nub of this. they pick a charge, something that will stick to charge him for a lesser matter, correct? >> i think that's right. the charge that's filed against flynn in this information is 18 u.s. code 1,001 referred to making a false statement to a federal investigator. prosecutors like to use that as a plea bargain charge for a defendant who has a lot more substantive conduct that could be charged -- >> okay. >> because there is a five-year
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cap so it produces a shorter sentence. >> a lot of viewers, joyce, have been interested today in the president's power to pardon. does it affect this now? can a pardon stop or prevent testimony that has be been compelled or subpoenaed? could it let him off the hook as a felon? >> it could be difficult both legally and politically for the president to proceed with the pardon. >> who needs to worry next because today happened as it did? >> well, it's not totally clear but there are two particular individuals who are mentioned in this statement of the offense, the people that presumably knew about and/or directed flynn to make the approaches to the russians and to other foreign governments. the question that joyce pointed out is what offense did they
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commit? it's not clear that they or flynn actually committed any underlying offense. so it's certainly may be embarrassing to be involved in those communications, but it's again, unclear exactly who flynn's ultimate victim target that could be as a result of this. >> and joyce, last word to you, do you still agree with the phraseology we've heard from a couple people, the muller investigation is quote just getting started? >> i think that's right. it is certainly at the end of the startup phase but looks like they built up ahead of steam and ready to plow on forward to whatever the ultimate conclusion is. >> counselors, i can't thank you enough for coming on tonight. joyce vance, weisenberg, thank you. >> the white house was blind sided by today's news on michael
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lock her up. lock her up. >> lock her up! lock her up! lock her up! >> you guys are good. damn right. exactly right. there is nothing wrong with
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tha that. >> lock her up! lock her up! lock her up! >> and you know why? and you know why we're saying that? we're saying that because if i, a guy who knows this business, if i did a tenth, a tenth of what she did, i would be in jail today. >> well, that was then. two summers ago at the gop convention, that man is now a convicted felon and this is now president trump has so far been silent. he met in the oval office today with the visiting libyan prime minister. typically for these meetings with foreign leaders, the news media is allowed in to see and speak to both leaders. today's media availability was cancelled as we have reported sources close to the white house are telling nbc news administration was blind sided by this announcement. others are reporting that. "the new york times" says that
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while most of washington expected an indictment, quote, the announcement on friday still hit the white house like a thunder cloud. the president's legal team had no advance warning. his chief of staff john f. kelly learned about it from television. he called mr. trump in the residence portion of the white house to let him know he would be hearing about a flynn plea deal soon. the president's reaction is that mr. flynn quote is in a lot of trouble. with us tonight, two reporter whose cover that place every day. darlene, white house reporter for the associated press and shannon, white house reporter for bloomberg. shannon, the polite way to ask this, do we expect a twitter counter over the weekend? >> i personally don't because the president's lawyers seem to have been incredibly effective at getting him to retrain from tweeting about anything having to do with muller and the russia investigation.
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if you look back through the tweets over the past months, despite everything that's gone on in his tweeter feed. the one area you've seen him show restraint is in the russia investigation in attacking muller and lawyers convinced him hang in there, this is wrapping to a close. they said publicly things will be wrapping up early 2018. there is nothing wrong. nothing to do here. if they continue to be successful at restraining him, i do not expect a twitter rant in the morning. >> we'll talk to you monday. darlene, you cover this every day. can you remind the folks watching tonight how many of the president's troubles have been self-inflicted? for example, what of today was the result of self-inflicted wounds? >> well, after today, after learning about mike flynn's guilty plea, i count help but remember earlier last year after donald trump was elected and
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came to the white house to meet with president obama, sometime after that, we learned president obama warned donald trump about mike flynn and so the thought immediately is does the president today regret not taking president obama's advice about mike flynn and maybe if he had taken advice and had not made michael flynn his national securitiedy ed advisor, we woul been talking about something else today. had the president not fired james comey, there would not be a special investigation. >> shannon, all these reports out there tonight including our own about how this was a thunder clap, this was a surprise in that west wing, devils advocate side of that question, how could it have been?
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a lot of news organizations have been preparing their mike flynn packages of coverage in anticipation. >> absolutely. everyone knew -- not everyone. a lot of people close to the president certainly knew flynn was in trouble. they expected an indictment. what was in it, financial crimes and false statements and knew he was cooperating recently when he called off the defense agreement. so those things we knew. the timing was a surprise. muller does not call the white house and give him a heads up. so the timing was a surprise. they did have to find out about it from tv news and the guilty plea element was a surprise. i would also say that muller is so crafty at laying these little nuggets throughout the court filings. the very senior white house official, the senior white house official, these little bread crumbs that catch everybody off
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guard we've seen now with manafort and flynn. >> chris matthews tonight said it was like a beautifully choreographed ballet. darlene, i hope you have a monitor where you are. our graphics department has been shoveling a lot of coal together a -- tonight and put together a reminder. democratic leaders, chuck and nancy, north korea by the way launches an icmb on tuesday. wednesday retweets the anti muslim video. thursday rumors that he wants to replace tillerson made public and of course, the other issue tonight is the vote taking place on the hill. darlene, we often see and again, not to make too much of the president's social media use but these are presidential statements now in 2017 and we often see a flurry of that prior to some anticipation bad news coming. >> that's right.
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and it's -- i think it's quite possible that over the weekend we could see him tweet about michael flynn. he's also traveling to new york city tomorrow to attend a series of fundraisers and that's the audience where he would or he could and i would expect him to, i would be surprised if he didn't talk about the flynn situation and the russia investigation at large because we know just how much that investigation gets under his skin. >> i believe both events are closed to press coverage so if a tree falls in the woods, i guess we'll test that tomorrow. thank you both so much for being with us on a friday night at the end of another long week. coming up, there were a lot of good things on michael flynn's resume before trump made him national security advisor. we know the story from there. we will talk to a retired four-star general and a former ambassador to russia about all of it when we continue. i have a great fit with my dentures.
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michael flynn was thought thto be a good choice serving 33 years in the u.s. army including time spent in combat and appointed director of the defense intelligence agency under the ocho bomb bama admini. he was the white house national security advisor for 24 days and left a mark on the still young administration. with us tonight, someone that has known and known of general flynn for more than a decade, retired four-star u.s. army general decorated combat veteran or vietnam and msnbc military analyst and we welcome back mike mcfall during the obama administration. these days senior fellow at stanford. i'll start with you. you called general flynn the
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best intelligence officer of his generation. something i think you still hold to if we set aside that time. you later, however, turned on him when his public uttering started to change and you said you feared he was demented. retired general mark hurtling who was i believe in the service said on television tonight, something is genuinely wrong with general flynn and demons got ahold of him. gentlemen, what do you think went wrong with general flynn? >> hard to say. first of all he clearly was one incredibly courageous effective intelligence officer. we oh a lot to him and general stan mccrystal. my guess is we would have had a dozen 9/11s if it wasn't for the special operations group this flynn is such an important part of. we got into the defense
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intelligence agency and started to get target fixation chasing the white whale. he started to selectively select information. they thought he was a little off his game. when he was fired he went into a dark zone. his behavior retweeting pizza gate with pedophile rings and basements and hillary clinton chanting at the rnc this was pretty nutty stuff. i think it's a sad day for mike flynn and then, of course, the subsequent behavior in the white house where it looks as if he was working on private business and public office, that starts to veer into clearly illegal behavior. >> ambassador, in your days since you were a diplomat, you have tried on this and other broadcasts to flush out this russia fascination, some people
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are convinced it's russian collusion. did that become any clearer for you today by what he's been charged with? >> yes and no. yes at the question is there something bigger here? the answer is yes. remember what general flynn is being misleading about is rather surprising. brian, we talked about this way back when. why was he being so elusive. there must be some other reason for it and we talked about things general flynn did with the russians and tushrks and otr things. this was a very small piece today and very clearly special counsel muller made it clear they are talking about much
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bigger things that suggests that this is just the beginning of something much bigger, not the end of a process. >> general, when you read his statement, this is a guy who signed up to fight for his country and did, saying now that he's going to do what's right for his country. do you think this is a guy capable of getting back on true north and truly serving the muller staff and rooting out what went wrong? >> i think part of the answer is yes. emphatical emphatically. add something i said at the time when general flynn was fired after his stint. i worked directly with several advisors at the white house in three administrations. there is no way that he wasn't daily hourly reporting his contacts to the president of the united states. that's speculation. and i have evidence of that.
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i would be ridiculous for him to not be doing that proudly saying boss, look at the contacts i've gotten. i think at the end of the day, we will see quite clearly it wasn't senior white house officials, it was more than likely directly with the president of the united states. >> okay. ambassador, let's agree we're without proof yet but do you concur based on your experience that he had at minimum air cover to be doing what he did and at most reporting back on a regular basis to the boss? >> again, it's speculation so you said that at the outset. i agree with general mccaffrey. i was part of the 2008 transition. i worked at the counsel for three years. you're not going to reach out to negotiate with ambassador without being in touch with the transition team and i would speculate at the very top. i don't know that but i remember our transition in 2008, we first
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of all tried to avoid all contacts with all foreigners. we were focused on trying to get our team together but to the extend you're talking at all, talking points for the president, you're coordinating that with the very top. and that's why i just suspect we'll learn more who is coordinating these interactions. >> so happy to be able to talk to both of these gentlemen. thank you both so much. have a good weekend to both of you. up next, as we approach another break, a late live report on the down to the wire vote on a piece of legislation that will affect every american and upon discovering handwritten notes in this huge tax bill, one senator's outrage that's getting a lot of attention tonight. >> i want you to take a look at this, folks. this is your government at work.
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hey, happy holidays, everybody. it's the night where we're going to be voting on the tax bill. i just got the tax bill 25 minutes ago. this is the tax bill. see how thick it is? here's the bill as it's written. here's the modifications that are in it. i can read one word. it's called "add this language." can you tell me what that word is? if you can, you got better eyes than me. >> montana democratic senator john tester. that was just a few hours ago expressing let's call it his frustration and the frustration democrats have been voicing on the senate floor this evening as republicans race to bring their tax bill to a vote. democrats have complained they haven't had a chance to read the thing, which is almost 500 pages
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thick and indeed includes handwritten editions. this is the nation's business, folks. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says they have the support to pass the bill when they call a vote. it means they have the math. this bill is going to affect every man, woman and child in the u.s. and, garrett, a couple of potential profiles in courage on the republican side. let's speak english here, got what they wanted and they're now yes votes like murkowski of alaska got what she wanted, collins of maine, ditto, flake of arizona. they lost corker of tennessee but with the math 52-48, they can afford to lose him? >> and it does sound like bob corker would be the one no vote here and he knew it this morning. he said he knew this was a bill
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they could pass without his vote. but the republicans still wanted him. he's still a respected figure in the caucus and they hoped they could present a united front. corker himself said that he had talked to the president and that he talked to ivanka trump a couple of times trying to get him to come around on this bill but he decided to stick to his deficit-hawk credentials and couldn't stomach the idea that this bill would add so much money to the deficit. he's likely to be the one republican no vote in what's otherwise going to be a straight party line split when they get around to actually voting on this bill sometimes early this morning it looks like. >> so, garrett, what happens? let's assume this goes through. they have the math. what happens for the americans who actually turn out what's going to be in this document? >> well, we still doesn't knn't brian, even after they pass it tonight. the conference committee part of it getting together to make their versions of this bill match has a lot of unanswered questions. the two bills don't even agree
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on how many tax brackets americans are going to have. the bottom line, though, the one unshakeable part of this from the beginning has beens ma the massive corporate tax cut part of it. this is a corporate tax cut with individual stuff for american families attached to it as well. the president has said that 20% number kngt chancan't change. and in what will be dozens of amendments to be considered was a bill by marco rubio and lee, who said let's make the tax something like 24% and let's add a lot more money to the child tax credit and that got voted down. it's hard to make the argument you're not doing this for a corporate tax cut if you put child tax cuts on one side and corporate on the other and the
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corporate comes out the winner. >> your government at work. garrett, as always, appreciate it. with everything else that's been going on this week, sometimes you may wish what comes out of this president while we were otherwise distracted. we'll show you something from monday when we come right back. david. what's going on? oh hey! ♪ that's it? yeah. ♪ everybody two seconds! ♪ "dear sebastian, after careful consideration of your application, it is with great pleasure that we offer our congratulations on your acceptance..." through the tuition assistance program, every day mcdonald's helps more people go to college. it's part of our commitment to being america's best first job. ♪
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we have gathered here after many wild nights in the news business. this past wednesday was another one. we were so busy covering the news we didn't cover the particulars of the president's speech that day in st. charles, missouri, ostensibly to sell his tax plan but there was so much more. using this last fumt p few minutes of the week, we wanted to bring it to you or at least pieces of it. here in no particular order are some. points that the president made, which in fairness, at times were in no particular order. >> i will tell you this in a non-bragadocious way, there has never been a ten-month president that has accomplished what we have accomplished. that i can tell you. we have the greatest people. it's the greatest country. i love this country so much. our country was not treated properly for a long time. we're treating it properly. we're treating it with love and
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with this. you got to treat it with this. we're going to have the wall. don't worry about it. some people said you failed with health care. we didn't fail. we're going to fix trade because trade's unfair. but welfare reform. you know what i've done form farmers. where you've had a little puddle in your field, you go to jail if you touch it. not anymore. the people that like me best are those people, the workers. those are the people i understand the best, those are the people i grew up with, those are the people i worked on construction sites with. these massive tax cuts will be rocket fuel, little rocket man. he is a sick puppy. governor, i don't care what they say in missouri, we're going to keep winning and winning and winning. but we are winning. you're winning again. you don't see mayerry chris mat
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anymore. with trump as your president, we're going to be celebrating merry christmas again and it's going to be done with a big tax cut. >> some of the words of the president, bringing this week officially to an end. that is our broadcast on a friday night. thank you so much for being here with us. good night from nbc news headquarters in new york and have a good weekend. two of the most important stories of the year are unfolding at the same time right now. today what may end up being the two most important stories of the whole first year of the trump administration both at least started happening on the same day. the first, of course, is legislation for the first time. there has been no significant legislatioof

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