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society. our society as a whole. i'm very grateful to all the people who made this possible who worked so hard to make sure that we passed bill. it's a great achievement i'm grateful for everybody here. >> well, mr. chairman orin, thank you for your leadership on finance and in tackling title one. incredibly important for our country when we think about the growth opportunities that now stand before us. i was proud to be able to shepherd title ii, five pages of your provisions, sir. >> great job, you did. >> but a measure that has been an issue now for even longer than the last rewrit of tax reform. we've been trying to open the
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1002rea responsible oil and gas production for close to 40 years now. and we have come to a good place tonight. we recognize that we still have a little bit of process yet to go to get this over the finish line. but this is good for alaska but more importantly it's good for the country, combined with what we have done tonight with tax reform. this is truly a win for america. >> take a couple of questions and then i assume you have to file your stories and go to sleep. yeah. >> i just want to ask the legislative victory important but you got a lot of criticism in the process. the fact that the substitute amendment wasn't out until 8:30 pb things were written in the margins. is this something you envisioned such a passage of large legislation. >> this was done through the
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regular order. the democrats had plenty of notice. chairman hatch can attest to all of the multiple hearings, markups, open amendment process. everybody had plenty of opportunity to see the measure. you complaint about process when you are losing. and that's what you heard on the floor tonight. yeah. >> senator mcconnell can you talk to us a little bit about the evolution from last december over the summer when you talked about revenue neutral bill. there had been a lot of talk about that soo fwla yeah i'm totally confident this is a revenue neutral bill. it's a revenue producer. as we've said over and over and over again the $1.5 trillion only to be filled only requires us to grow .4 of 1% over the next ten years. goodness gracious, that's very much achievable. i'm totally convinced this is a
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reef knew bill, actually a revenue producer bill that's getting america moving again. good night, everyone. see you soon. >> good to see you. >> we've been listening to senator mitch mcconnell and other leading gop members of the senate talking about the gop tax bill that they have just passed. and it passed by a 41 -- 51 to 49 vote in the senate. they were sort of laughing a bit saying the bill has markups in the margins, seeing as they started the vote at 8:30 this evening and it's 2:00 a.m. in the east here. we have frank thorpe on the line. if you could weigh in on the size of the win for the gop and what is this possibly doing to the trump administration in terms of bolstering the gop leadership? >> well, sure it's going to bolster the leadership. and you mentioned this before we heard from senate majorities
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leader mcconnell. this is big win for mcconnell. mcconnell has had issues wrangling his conference. he has had issues of wrangling senate republicans and issues putting them in line in a way that's able to let them deliver major legislative wins. they failed on repealing obamacare. the one thing that senate majority leader mitch mcconnell points to as his major achievement as the majority leader as the leader of the republican majority in the senate is the confirmation of neil gorsuch. he can point to this and say that's something i've done. and now we have a situation where mcconnell can point to this and say listen we have been able to pass tax reform. now, as we already discuss they still have a ways to go. this is going to be a process that continues on for weeks. and this is going to be a really
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tough negotiation with the house, who believes that their bill is the better bill. and so they're going to have to get into a room and have a lot of tough discussions about what they want to really do here. but in terms of whether or not this is a win for republicans, it is. you know, i mean this is a situation where you had the opposition you know raise red flags all along the line. protests in the hallways. democratic members speaking up. and they weren't able to produce the opposition that they were able to produce during the fight against the repeal of the affordable care act. and it was an overwhelming opposition to the repeal of the affordable care act that took down that bill, that pressured the moderate republicans to vote against that bill. and that just didn't materialize here when it came to tax reform. so, i mean, like i said, you know it's baby steps. they still have a ways to go.
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but you know republicans will leave tonight and the president will wake up tomorrow morning feeling pretty good. because this is definitely a step that -- it was not a slam dunk and they got it done and still have a ways to go but this is a win for them. >> and we just heard senate majority leader mitch mcconnell saying it's a revenue neutral bill and a revenue producer. what's interesting is as you mentioned earlier that bob corker was the hold out. he is saying it's adding a trillion dollars to the deficit. that's standing in contrast to what the gop leadership is saying this tax bill is. are there going to be hurdles they have to get over. the house passed a bill as well i know. but are there specifics you see as that are problematic going into the negotiation? >> yeah, there are going to be some issues. like i said, the issue of including the individual mandate repeal is going to be a tough
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one. i think that there is also you know questions about what they do with state and local tax deductions that are particularly important to states like new york and california and new jersey. and those are -- those had raise a lot of red flags for republicans from those states in the house particularly. that's addressed partially in the senate bill. but not as much as tit is in th house bill. and that will be a question that house republicans from those states have to address. there are no republicans from the states in the senate. it's not as much of an issue. so, yeah, there are definitely issue that is -- some gaps that they're going to have to bridge here. but -- but like i said, i mean this is -- they have the momentum now. and they see -- injury that they see a little bit of the light at the end of the tunnel. so this is -- they're in a lot
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better place now than they were even a week ago we it was a big question whether whether or not they could pass anything out of the senate. >> frank thorpe nbc news report i know it's been a long day we appreciate you weighing in on this thank you frank. >> thank you. >> as we said the gop has pass thtd gop tax bill, 51-49 was the final vote process. they will back in session on december 4th. we take you back to the programming we are join the 11th hour in progress. >> by demanding loyalty from people to whom he gave nothing in return. he is not used to being on the short end of that deal. julia, i guess my question is doesn't today mean there will now be more people who bump up against that kind of loyalty test. >> well, of course. yes. we know especially from president trump's conversations with jim comey he demands loyalty. i've been looking at the time
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line today brian. it looks like president trump does not extend that same loyalty back at all. if you think about how he seemed to be defending michael flynn in the public statements saying he was doing his job, he is a good guy. at the same time the 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 the calls. they directed him to do so. then they step back and said oh he didn't tell the truth to the vice president when they actually knew all along what was happening. the loyalty was not extended back to michael flynn. now michael flynn is not repay going. >> chuck just to underscore the stakes for flynn, today means that he is a wholy owned subsidiary of team mueller. he must answer everything and he best not forget 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
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behind bars, correct. >> correct. potentially correct. and let me explain why i say potentially, brian. in order to establish that he breached his plea agreement that he wasn't truthful, forthcoming, wasn't fullsome, the prosecutors need to go in front of a judge and prove that by a preponderens of the evidence. it's rare for prosecutors to do that. by the way it's even more rare for a defendant like general flynn not to want to cooperate, not to be trougtful not to get the benefit of the bargain. so you should expect two things. one is that he will try his darnedest to help them in every way he can. helping them by the way means not making stuff up it means being truthful. and two the prosecutors want exactly that. they don't want to breach the plea agreement process. they don't want to load up and charge him with other stuff. they reached the bargain they think is fair they want him to fulfill his part.
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>> matt i want to play you a what's become a rather famous exchange. early on in the administration this is julie pace then associated press white house bureau chev chief is now running the washington bureau in an exchange let's call it with president trump. >> hoping that we could get a yes or no answer on one of these questions involving russia. can you say whether you are aware that anyone who adviced your campaign had contacts with russia during the course of the election. >> well i told you general flynn obviously was dealing so that's one person but he was deal as he should have been. >> during the election. >> no, nobody that i know of nobody. >> you're not aware of any contacts during the course of the sfleeks how many times do i have to answer this question. >> can you just say. >> russia is a ruse. i know you have to get up and ask the question so but russia is a ruse. i have nothing to do with russia. >> so matt the question is how does that answer? how does that exchange seem now in the light of day this friday of the conviction of michael
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flynn. >> well we have already known that that answer doesn't hold up. look his son, the president's son, son-in-law jared kushner, the president's campaign manager had this meeting at trump tower with a russian lawyer become in june of 2016 where they knew before they took the meeting that it was on behalf of the russian government or at least with information that the russian government had some interest in. we know that paul manafort was -- seems to have been picked up on intercepts talking with russian officials that falls apart. way we look at now julia said we got more information than we expected in the documents that mueller put out today. but we didn't get nearly everything that 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 mueller has all that
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information now. we don't know it. but we're going to come -- we're going to find out if the president's answer was not only untruthful or incorrect because of the meetings we already know about but if there are other more damning contacts to come to light. >> julia briefly walk us through and be gentle for those of us who haven't covered every twist and turn what flynn's vulnerabilities are on the subject of turkey. >> of course brian i'm glad you asked about this because i've gotten a lot of questions today about why did we hear fl about flynn's involvement with turkey and it's boiled down to one appraise at the end of the offense statement. we know flynn when he was head of the flynn intel group worked on behalf of the turkish government. he was at first working for an intermediary didn't under the turkish government. later i came forward and filed unthe federal reg ration act fara which says he was in fact lobbying on behalf of turkish
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governments. one of the goals of turkey was the extradition of tubbish president's rifle a elderly muslim clearic living in poconos if that's not enough of a web i'll go further. we have reported even as far as the presidential transition mueller was looking into meetings that flynn had with turkish officials where they wanted to broib him in order to use his position inside the white house to push for gulen's removal. all of this has been boiled down into a very kind of milk toast piece at the end of the statement. but we know that these are cards that mueller has in his hands. we know he interviewed dozens of witnesses related to flynn's work on turkey. and it's easily something that could come up in sentencing or be used if flynn isn't as cooperate of going forward as mueller wants him to be. >> we can't thank you enough the three of you for boiling down a complicated day for us at the
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end of that day. julia wab matthew miller, chuck rosenberg our thanks. up next as we approach the first break what does the bombshell news legally for the president and the inner circle? and later what must life be like inside the white house tonight as the president waits for mueller's next move? "the 11th hour" we're just getting started on a busy friday night. it only takes a second for an everyday item
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campaign to the transition and administration. the first few weeks at least. flynn's guilty plea makes him a dangerous man. for in dprgs. in march when flynn was trying to work out an mupt deal with congressional investigators you may recall his attorney robert kjell ner said in a statement, quote, general flynn tesch 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 implications for the president and the white house. here with us to talk about it further former u.s. attorney joyce vanessa who spent 25 years as a federal prosecutor and we're happen happy to be joined by saul wisen berg for the white water investigation he conducted grand jury questioning of president bill clinton among other cases.
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all right qb joyce, i'm going to give you a double. why did flynn lie about the things he lied about? and why was the president donald trump so adamant about defending him. >> it's really hard to know the answer to that. i think bob mueller know that is answer now. for us it may take a little bit longer. but here is a plausible theory. flynn clearly wasn't lying to cover up a potential violation of the logan act, the 200-year-old statute that makes it illegal for a private citizen to negotiate with a foreign government. that statute is very rarely prosecuted under. it seems far more likely that the reason for his lie goes to the core mandate that the special counsel has for investigating. that it has something to do with campaign contact with russia which would be a much cleaner federal vials, a violation of federal campaign law and that the president's engagement in
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flynn's situation is a result of that underlying violation and the desire to keep it from becoming public. that's of course speculative. but i think it's plausible based on the evidence that's come to light and the intensity that the special counsel operation has put on this particular situation. >> so saul, especially given some of the spin from the president's team, when civilians catch up with what happened today and hear it's one charge, and it sounds pretty benign and minor, how do you explain that it's one innocuous looking charge? >> well, it is one innocuous looking charge. and like i said before on this program, mueller has kept a tight lid on any leaking. so there may be all kinds of things going on. there are that we just don't know about. but joyce said something very, very important. two things very important. number one, this talk about the
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logan act is ridiculous. nobody is going to be indicted unthe logan act. and if they are mueller -- mueller should be fired. number one. number two, there is nothing in the statement of the offense, which is the ke document, or the criminal information or the plea agreement about collusion during the campaign. that's 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. that means one of two things. number one it means flynn knows absolutely nothing about campaign collusion or has given mueller nothing of importance about campaign collusion. or, number two, there is -- which would be very unusual -- but that there would -- there is
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a second sealed stand alone plea agreement with flynn that gets into that issue. it's really, really intriguing to me. >> and joyce, just quickly help me out i'm just trying to get to the nub of this. they pick a charge just 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 uk code 1001 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 more substantive conduct that could be charged. >> okay. >> because there is a five-year cap it produces a shorter sentence. >> a lot of viewers have been interested today in the president's power to pardon. does this affect this now? can a pardon stop or prevent testimony that has been compelled or subpoenaed? can a pardon just let flynn off the hook as a felon?
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>> i think after this plea agreement it would be very difficult. both legally and politicly for the president to proceed a pardon. >> saul, who needs to worry next because today happened as it did? >> well, it's -- it's not totally clear. but there are two particular individuals who are mentioned in the 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 again as joyce pointed out is, what offense did they commit? it's not clear that they or flynn actually committed any underlying offense. so it certainly may be embarrassing to be involved in those communications. but it's, again, unclear exactly who flynn's ultimate victim,
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target 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 of people, the mueller investigation is, quote, just getting started? >> i think that's right. it's certainly at the end of the start-up phase. fwu looks like they've built up a head of steam and ready to plow on forward to whatever the ultimate conclusion is it. >> counselors i thank you for coming on we understand it better as a result. joyce, saul, thank you beth. coming up tonight a source tells nbc news, the white house was blindsided by today's news on michael flynn. more on life inside the west wing when we continue. ok, you j you're being audited.
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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 on michael flynn's guilty plea. he met in the oval office today with the visiting libyan prime minister. now typically for these meetings with foreign leaders, the news media is allowed in to see and speak to both leaders. today's media have you believe availability was cancelled. as we reported sources close to the white house are telling nbc news the white house was blindsided by the announcement. "the new york times" says while most of washington expected of an indictment, quote, the announcement on friday still hit the white house like a thunder clap. president he is legal team had no advance warning. his chief of staff john f. kelly learned about about it from television. he called mr. trump if he would be -- that he would be hearing about a flynn plea deal soon.
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the president's reaction according to one adviser was that mr. flynn, quote, is in a lot of trouble. with us to do tonight pb two reporters covering that place every day pb the car veen, white house reporter for the associated press. shannon pettypiece white house reporter for bloomberg. shannon no polite way to ask this do we expect a twitter counterattack over the weekend. >> i personally don't because the president's lawyers seem to have been have been incredibly effective as getting him to restrain from tweeting about anything to do with mueller and the russia investigations. if you look back through the past months despite everything that's gone on in the twitter feed, the one area where you have seen him show restraint is in -- you know, is in the russia investigations and attacking mueller. his lawyers convinced him hang in there this is wrapping to a close. they've said publicly that things will be wrapping up early
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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 covered this as we said every day. can you remine the folks watching tonight how many of the president's troubles have been self-inflicted? for example what of today was of result of self-inflicted wounds. >> well after today, after learning about mike flynn's guilty plea i couldn't help but remember that earlier -- raft year after donald trump was elected and he came to the white house to meet with president obama, sometime after that meeting we render that president obama had 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 the advice and had not made michael
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flynn his national security adviser today -- we would have been talking about something else today. and that also harkens back to the president's decision to fire james comey from the fbi. there is widespread belief that had the president not fired james comey there would not be a special counsel investigation into his campaign dealings with russia. >> and shannon, all the reports out there tonight including our own about how this was a thunder clap, a surprise in that west wing, devil's advocate side of that question, how could it have been? a lot of news organizations had been preparing the mike flynn packages of coverage in anticipation. >> yes, absolutely. i mean, everyone knew- not everyone but i'm saying a lot of people people close to the president certainly knew flynn was in trouble. they expected an daytime. what was in it it would be are could be a fara violation,
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financial crimes, false states but they expected an indictment. and they knew he was cooperating recently when he called off that joint defense agreement his lawyers had with the white house. those things we knew. the timing was a surprise. mueller does not call the white house and give him a heads up on these things. the timing was a surprise. they did have to find out about it from tv news. and the guilty plea element was a surprise. but i will also say that mueller is so crafty at laying the little nuggets throughout the court filings, the senior white house official, the senior white house official, the bred crumbs that also catch everybody off guard we have seen now with manafort and flynn. >> yeah was chris matthews said it was a beautifully choreographed ballet. i hope up a monitor our graphics depart has has been shoveling a lot of coal and put together a reminder what we witnessed monday trump uses a racial slur.
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exactic leaders on tuesday refuse to attend the tax bill meeting. chuck and nancy. north korea by the way launches an icbm 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 again not to take too much of the social media use but these are presidential statements now in 2017. and we often see a flurry of that prior to some anticipatable bad news coming. >> that's right. and it's -- i think kuwait possible that over the weekend we could see him tweet about michael flynn. he is also traveling to new york city tomorrow to attend a series of fund raisers. that's the kind of audience where he would -- or he could and i would expect him to -- i would be surprised if he didn't- dsh talk about the flynn
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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. if a tree falls in the woods i guess we'll test that. darlene shannon thank you for being with us on a friday night as at the end of as we node you a long week. coming up there were a lot of good things on michael flynn's resume before trump made him national security adviser. we know the story from there. we will talk to a former four-star general brody to russia about all of it when we continue.
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national security adviser for just 24 days. i certainly left an indelible mark on the still young administration. with us tonight someone who has known and known of general flynn for more than a decade. retired four star u.s. army general barry mccaffrey decorated combat veteran. and msnbc military analyst. and we womg back mike mcfall. former u.s. ambassador to russia during the obama administration. these day as senior fellow at stanford. general i'll start with you. you called general flynn the best intelligence officer of his generation pl something i think you still hold to if we set aside that time. you later however turned on him when his public utterances started to change. and you said you feared he was demented. retired general mark herteling who was i believe in the service
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when you were said on television tonight something is genuinely wrong with general flynn. and demons got ahold of him. general, what do you think went wrong with general flynn? >> well, it's hard to say. first of all, he clearly was one incredibly courageous effective intelligence officer. we owe a lot to him and general stand mccrystal. my guess is we would have had a dozen 9/11's, the jsoc group he was a part of then he got into the defense intelligence agency and he started to get target fixation chasing the white whale. he selectively accepted information. they thought he was a little bit off his game. then when the obama team fired him i think that's when he went into a dark zone. his behavior, retweeting pizza
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gate with pefld rings in basements and hillary clinton chanting at the rnc. this was pretty nutty stuff. i think 80s 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 in public office. that starts to veer into clearly illegal behavior. >> and ambassador, in your days since you were a diplomat, you have tried on this and other broadcasts to flesh out this russia fascination, some people are convinced it's russian collusion. did that become any clearer for you today by dint of what he has been charged with? >> yes and no. so, yes to the question, is there something bigger here? i think the answer to that is question. remember, what general flynn was
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being misleading about is rather spraysing. i mean brian, we talked about in way back when. why was he so elusive about this? there must be some other reason for it beyond the so-called logan act which we talked about. but there's got to be something bigger here. and the second piece to that is we've talked about lots of other things general flynn did with the russians, the turks and other things. this was a small piece today. and very clearly special counsel mueller has made it clear that they are talking about much bigger things. that suggests that this is just the beginning of something much bigger not the enof a process. >> and general when you read his statement, this is a guy who signed up to fight for his country and did, saying now that he is going to do what's right for his country. do you think this is a guy capable of getting back on true
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north and truly serving the mueller staff and routing out what went wrong skbroo i think probably the answer yes. emphatically. let me say -- add something i said at the time when general flynn was fired after his three week stint as the nfc adviser. i've worked directly with several nfc advisers. i've been out of the white house in three dprgss. 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 don't have evidence of that. but it 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're going to see quite clearly it wasn't senior white house officials it was more than more than likely directly with the president of the united states. >> ambassador let's agree we're without proof yet. but do you concur based on your
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experience that he had at minimum air cover to be doing what he did and at most was reporting back on a regular basis to the boss? >> again, it's speculation so you said that brian at the outset but i agree with general mccaffrey i was part of the 2008 transition. i worked at the national security councils three years. you're not going to reach out to negotiate with ambassador kizlyak about something quite sensitive 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 of all tried to avoid all contacts with all foreigners. we were focused on trying to get our team together. but to the extent you are talking at all pb talking points for the president as he makes courtesy calls that's something i did for president-elect obama. you coordinate with the very top. that's why i suspect we're learning more about exactly who was coordinating the
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interactions with ambassador kizlyak. >> always so happy to be able to talk to both of these gentlemen. general barry mccaffrey and michael mcfall thank you so much. up next as we approach a break a live late report on the down to wire vote on a piece of legislation that will affect every american. and upon discovering handwritten notes in this huge tax bill, one senator is outraged that's getting a lot of attention tonight. >> i want to you take a look at this folks. this is your government at work. can you tell me what that word is? when you're clocking out. i'm the one clocking in... sensing your every move and automatically adjusting
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as it's written. here is 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 exactic senator jon tester a few hours ago expressing frustration. and the frustration democrats voice on the senate floor this evening as republicans race to bring the tax bill to a vote. democrats complained they haven't had a chance to read the thing which is almost 500 pages thick, indeed includes handwritten additions. this is the nation's business, folks. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says republicans have the support to pass the bill when it votes. he means they have the math. correspondent garrett hake has been on the bill covering how it becomes law in this case.
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attacking every man woman and child in the u.s. garrett, a couple of potential profiles in courage on the republican side let's speak english here got what they wanted. they're yes votes. murkz of alaska gotway she wanted. collins of maine, dit o flake of arizona. they lost corker of tennessee. they can afford to lose him. >> it sounds like bob corker is the one no vote here. he knew it this morning. i talked to him about 9:30 this morning. he said he knew this was a bill they could pass without his vote. but republicans still wanted him. he is still very much a respected figure in the republican caucus. a number of other senators said they hoped to convince him to be part of it and present a united front. corker said he talked to the president and talked to ivanka a couple of times trying to convince him to come around. but he decided to stick to the deficit hawk credentials and
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couldn't stomach the idea that it added so much to the deficit. he is likely the one republican no vote in whose otherwise a straight party line split when they get around to voting on this bill sometime early this morning it looks like. >> garrett, what happens? let's assume this goes through. they have the math. what happens for the americans who actually care what's turning out to be in this document. >> well we don't -- we won't know brian even after they pass it, the conference committee part of it, the house and senate making their versions match has unanswered questions. the two bill don't agree on how many tax brackets american also have. the bottom line though, the one unshakable part of it from the beginning has been the massive corporate tax cut part. this is a corporate tax cut with individual you know stuff for american families attached to it as well. the president has said that 20% number can't change. and a little while ago one of the more interesting votes tonight in what will be dozens
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and dozens of amendments that get considered was a bill by marco rubio and mike lee two conservative republicans who said let's add a little bit. let's make the business tax something like 24%. so we can add a lot more money to the child tax credit. and even that got voted down. it's hard to make the argument you're not doing this for a corporate tax cut when you put child tax credit on one side, corporate tax credit on the other and your party sides with the corporate tax credit side of it. that's the key part that's going to come out of this bill. >> we just showed mitch mcconnell on his phone np your government at work pop garrett hake is at work covering it well into the night thank you garrett. coming up after our final break with everything else that's going on this week, sometimes you may miss what comes out of this president. which will we were otherwise distracted we're going to show you something from monday when we come right back.
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last thing before we go tonight. we have gathered here each night after many wild days in the news business. this past wednesday two nights ago was another one. as a result we were so busy covering the news that we didn't cover the particulars of the president's speech that day in st. charles, missouri. ostensibly to sell the tax plan. but there was so much more. and using the last few minutes of the week we wanted to make sure we bring it to you or at
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least notable pieces of it. so here in no particular order are some of the points the president made which in fairness at times were in no particular order. >> i will tell you this in a nonbrag a doesious way there has never been a 10-month president that has accomplished what we have accomplished. >> 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 treat going properly. we're treat going with love and with this. got to treat it with this. >> we're going to have the wall. don't worry about it wrael we're going to have the wahl wall. >> we didn't fail with health care we're going to fix trade because trade is unfair. >> but welfare reform. >> you know what i've done for farmers. >> where have you had a little puddle in the middle of the field you go to jail if you touch it, right. you know what i'm talking about.
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not anymore. >> the people that like me best are the workers, the people i understand the best. knows are the people i grau up with. those are the people i worked on construction site was. >> the massive tax cuts will be rocket fuel. >> little rocketman. he is a sick puppy. governor i don't care what they say in missouri we're going to keep winning and winning. remember. >> but we are winning. we are winning again. >> you don't see merry christmas anymore with trump as your president we are going to be celebrating merry christmas again. and it's going to be done with a big beautiful tax cut. thank you, everybody. god bless you. >> some of the highlights the president on the road in missouri. this past week helping us to bring in week officially to an end. so that is our bruft 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.
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>> tonight on all in. >> lock her up. that's right. yes that's right lock her up. >> michael flynn flips. >> lock them >> michael flynn flips. >> the president's former national security adviser pleads guilty to lying to the fbi. >> did you direct mike flynn to direct -- >> no, i didn't. >> tonight, what michael flynn's >> i didn't direct him but i would have directed him because that's his job. >> plus, what michael flynn's lie was attempting to hide. >> the only conversation general flynn had was to wish him a christmas wish. >> christmas wish and holiday greetings. >> and the push to pass the tax cut before the next indictment. >> it's all fake news. >> when "all in" starts right no

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