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tonight, the president on defense. the white house blaming leakers for a damaging story. while a former cia director is warning putin may have something personal on donald trump. plus "the washington post" reporting tonight trump's suggestion of a meeting with putin came as a, you guessed it, surprise to his white house staff. just like his congratulations to putin on winning a sham election. mark zuckerberg owns up to mistakes and seems to realize congress is going to want to hear from him next. cara swisher is fresh from her interview with the founder of facebook as "the 11th hour" gets under way on a wednesday night. well, good evening once again from our nbc news headquarters here in new york. day 426, this was, of the trump administration, and there is new reporting tonight about our president and vladimir putin. as you may recall, just yesterday president trump tossed off the fact that he expectations to meet with russian president putin sometime in the near future. well, tonight karen deyoung, john hudson, and josh dossey of
"the washington post" white house advisers have not been instructed to prepare for any such meeting. further, they say there were no plans to mention anything of the sort. "trump's briefing materials for the putin call did not include any reference to a meeting." tonight the president is defending that congratulatory phone call to putin and the white house is now vowing to hunt down whoever leaked out information that led to that "washington post" report that trump ignored his national security team's advice not to congratulate him on his re-election victory because it was a sham election. late this afternoon the president offered his interpretation of that conversation via twitter. "i called president putin of russia to congratulate him on his election victory. in past obama called him also. the fake news media is crazed because they want me to excoriate him, they are wrong. getting along with russia and others is a good thing, not a bad thing. they can help solve problems
with north korea, syria, ukraine, isis, iran, and even the coming arms race. bush tried to get along but didn't have the smarts. obama and clinton tried but didn't have the energy or chemistry. remember reset peace through strength." it's been reported by the "post" and other news outlets there were briefing notes prepared for the president's call with vladimir putin. jonathan lemire of the associated press who joins us in just a moment reports it as "unclear whether trump, who prefers oral briefings, had read the talking points before tuesday's call." the white house is not happy about this leak to the washington post. an official telling nbc news, "if this story is accurate, that means someone leaked the president's briefing papers. leaking such information is a fireable offense and likely illegal." a source familiar with the trump/putin call tells nbc news white house chief of staff john kelly is "frustrated and deeply disappointed with the leak,"
sentiments that have on then been expressed by his boss. >> i have many meetings with intelligence. and every time i meet, people are reading about it. somebody's leaking it out. papers are being leaked. things are being leaked. it's criminal action. criminal act. and it's been going on for a long time. the leaks are absolutely real. the news is fake because so much of the news is fake. he's a leaker. but we want to get back to running our great country. i want the attorney general to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before. we got a leak, we got a this, we got a that, we got a horrible false story on the front page of every newspaper. >> despite the white house emphasis, as you may have heard, on leakers, the president went ahead and confirmed the substance of this leak. and the questions mount now
about donald trump's inability or unwillingness or both to condemn vladimir putin by name. just this morning john brennan, the former director of the cia, who now serves as nbc news senior national security and intelligence analyst in this very studio, offered his insight on "morning joe." >> i think he's afraid of the president of the russia. the russians may have something on him personally that they could always roll out and make his life more difficult. the fact that he has had this fawning attitude toward mr. putin has not said anything negative about him. it continues to say to me that he does have something to fear and something very serious to fear. >> brennan's assessment there has a lot in common with another long-time member of the intelligence community, former fbi special agent clint watts who joined us on this program here last night and got our attention with this comment. >> he owns the president. putin does. whether it's witting or
unwitting, he owns him. he's doing everything that vladimir putin would want to be done, which is undermining u.s. stature around the world. >> with that, let's bring in our leadoff panel on this wednesday night. jonathan lemire, white house reporter for the associated press. san none pettypeace, white house correspondent for bloomberg. heidi prisboa, nbc news national correspondent, welcome. a tendency to blame the deep state, and in cases like this, what does that demonstrate? >> that's right. it's a familiar refrain from president trump. what we're hearing today. in the last 24 hours, you know, reporting he's been telling aides and outside advisers, privately saying to them he believes this is yet another conspiracy to undermine his authority and diminish his credibility and that someone on his own staff is trying to
embarrass him. that there is a witch hunt right now in the white house to determine who leaked the do not congratulate note that was part of his briefing papers. it's a very small circle of white house aides who would have access to this material, who would know what was written there. the focus is particularly on the national security council, logic led by national security adviser h.r. mcmaster, who might at this point deserve the title of embattled national security adviser mack master. he's drawn the president's ire repeatedly, they do not get on personally, beyond that they disagree with a lot of issues of policy. mac master and chief of staff john kelly have also clashed. as has been reported in the last week or so, mcmaster is on his way out. the timing is unclear. the replacement has not been settled. but his days in the white house are numbered. whether that's talking about days, weeks, or months.
and something like this has just put that harsh spotlight on him again. we're certainly not clear that he or his staff are the ones who leaked this, but he is the one right now the president is angry at. and this is another example, though, of this white house talking about leaks. this time more seriously. suggesting this is a fireable offense. this is a white house that has plenty of leaks. this is one of the few times we've heard suggestions someone could lose their job over it. it's obscuring the bigger issue, this is yet another example where president trump refuses to criticize russia and certainly refuses to personally chastise vladimir putin. >> shannon, were it not already extant in our language, the phrase "fear and loathing" would have to be invented for this moment.
in your view, why was the reaction to this particular leak so very different? >> well, there's a perception within the white house that this was done to embarrass the president. our reporting really lines up with a lot of the reporting jonathan was laying out there. and why would someone want to embarrass the president? well, there is a feeling that there is a big, deep divide inside the white house right now between really much of the foreign policy community that wants the u.s. to take a much stronger, more aggressive stance on russia, and the president and a few of his allies who you can see from that tweet still make this argument that we need -- maybe we don't need to be their best friend but we need a constructive relationship with russia, we still need them on economic issues, energy issues, we need them on certain foreign policy issues as an an alhigh to some extent. these tensions are coming to a head following this poisoning this former russian spy in the uk. we see the uk and our allies wanting to move more aggressively. there is a real community inside the u.s. that wants to be moving more aggressively. we're hearing it on congress. and a lot of these tensions are coming to a head. i think this leak is emblematic of really the tensions and what's at stake here right now. >> so heidi, tillerson gets to
spend more time with his family and perhaps be followed out the door by mcmaster. we still don't know. and they're all bricks in the wall and you can't take but so many out of the wall. there's a reason, i guess, is what i'm saying, that adults have been hired in previous white houses. >> right. well, the question here is, why this leak epidemic? which frankly started in this administration, with this administration. at epidemic levels with the fbi, with folks inside the fbi who felt that the public's need to know about this president's ties to russia was much more important than keeping that information private. now you're seeing that attitude infect the very inner sanctum of the president's inner circle and the oval office and his national security team, that people are so concerned about this president's ties to russia that they would take that risk. now it's unlikely that anyone
will actually be fired over this, because theories about who leaked this run rampant from whether it was john kelly himself even, or h.r. mcmaster, so i doubt there's going to be any action on this. but i think that their concerns are legitimate, because up until now the theory has been partly that the president is just sensitive about his election victory and anything about russia affecting his election victory, he's going to deny that. well, his disability -- or his inability here to condemn putin's potentially poisoning these individuals in russia has nothing to do with his election victory, and yet here we still see this president incapable of having any kind of repercussions with vladimir putin. >> hey, jonathan, it occurred to
us that this case of the phone call to putin, that was -- we know about that initially by the fact that the russians got it out, just as they got out reports that the president had welcomed two sergeis in the oval office. is there any internal sensitivity to the fact that we've been chasing russian press and/or diplomatic reports for developments as big as these that speak to the same subject? >> the kremlin's press office seems to be a lot more efficient than the white house's. >> how about that. >> yes. this is -- it's actually a pretty common occurrence. it happened under the obama administration as well, in fact. where the kremlin would often provide a readout of a conversation between vladimir putin, then barack obama, now donald trump, before the white
house would. but in this case, yes, it does point to, as was just discussed, this real divide as to what should be done with russia. you know, the white house, they were much delayed, they did finally lay down the sanctions against russia and we've heard from the podium and from the white house briefing from the podium sarah sanders saying, look, that's an example we will be tough on them when needed. let's also remember what happened yesterday, from that very same white house briefing room podium. sarah sanders suggesting that it was not the united states' place to criticize the russian election. she was asked if the united states government believed the balloting in russia was a free and fair, and she basically punted and said, that's not our place to say. and that's a striking contrast from what we have usually hear from american presidents and their representatives who use the white house, use that podium, to try to set -- send a mess ac, to set an example for the rest of the world, for to have as free a democracy as possible. but for this white house, they
have just never done that. this continues a pattern we have seen time and time again where the president has not just not criticized vladimir putin but other authoritarian regimes. let's recall last fall, he was in asia, in the philippines with rodrigo duterte, who is waging an extra judicial war sanctioning killings of drug dealers on the streets, outside the legal system, and donald trump made no mention of it. he doesn't make mention of human rights. he doesn't criticize other leaders. and that particularly is the case when it comes to russia. >> heidi, we've seen some fairly senior people just this week come out and take a swing at the question, some form of what does putin have on trump? is that question in your reporting an open question among aides in the west wing, at least
some of them? >> absolutely. and as you've seen in the reports, brian, there's still open questions about whether there are cooperating aides in there who are actually wearing wires and recording what the president may or may not be saying on russia. so the question here by the special counsel has vacillated from whether it's collusion with the russians or whether the question is collusion with the russians whether it's about the president's financial ties or whether it's something more insidious like what was in that dossier. now when brennan says personal, that personal tag could be both something like what was in the dossier or it could be related to his personal finances. remember, it was donald trump jr. who long ago said that they get a lot of their money from russia. so it's not that donald trump was invested in russia, necessarily, that trump tower and moscow never went through, but it could be the russians were invested in him. for example some of the big real
estate deals down in florida and the fact that when you go around his properties there are russians everywhere. >> so shannon, we always try our best to separate news, actual developments, from shiny object distractions. i suppose we'll have that job tomorrow when the president ishlg ewes what he's going to issue on china. can you preview that for us? >> there's not too much i can say about that at this point. but that is another one of these relationships, as with russia, where within the administration there are large divides about how to handle the issue of xi and of these term limits. when we talk about democracies and supporting democracies, is this a moment where we should come out and say something? the white house has not. are they a friend of ours or are they an enemy? when it comes to issues hike trade? it is another area where i can see a lot of tensions underneath the surface of the administration right now, and like with russia, they are about to move to the surface. because we are being pressured in a lot of these places. >> we're getting ahead of ourselves. we will cover tomorrow's news tomorrow. but for tonight our thanks to our leadoff panel, jonathan lemire, shannon pettypeace, heidi p rich. . zbella, we appreciate you coming on for us is on a wednesday night. a former four-star general and former cia and pentagon chief of staff explain the national security implications of this phone conversation
between trump and putin. and later, in the midst of the biggest crisis in the short but spectacular life of facebook, the ceo has granted a round of interviews tonight, including one with a journalist who is standing by to talk with us. all of it as the wednesday edition of "the 11th hour" continues.
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president's unwillingness or inability to criticize putin. in a hearing before the senate intelligence committee today, both homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen and former secretary jay johnson stressed how important it is for the president to speak out against russia's election meddling. >> would it help if the president were to simply acknowledge that this happened in 2016? >> yes, sir. >> secretary johnson, in your view, how important it is it for the president to articulate and acknowledge that this happened so people take it seriously? >> very. the president of the united states is the most visible american, maybe the most visible person on the planet. and the things he says and does
are watched very, very closely. >> perhaps noting midterm elections looming, there was pushback in the hearing from senators who don't see enough being done by the administration to prevent future russian hacking. >> at this point, we know for certain that the russians were relentless in their efforts and also that those efforts are ongoing. yet when i listen to your testimony, i hear no sense of urgency to really get on top of this issue. >> not only is this of extreme urgency to the department, as you know, we're expending not only extraordinary resources to provide any support at the request of states, but we are prioritizing election efforts. >> for more on all of this, starting with the leak out of the white house, we're joined by jeremy bash, former chief of staff at. cia and pentagon, also an msnbc national security analyst. and retired four-star u.s. army general barry mccaffrey, decorated combat veteran of vietnam, former battlefield commander in the persian gulf, former drug sbraur, nbc military analyst.
general, i heard you make two different points earlier today. number one, you do not think the leaker is a member of the u.s. military, and number two, you think at some level the leak was a good thing? >> well, yeah. by the way, on the pattern of leaks in washington, as a general statement, no military lieutenant colonel ever leaked anything. nor do the cia operatives. normally this kind of thing -- by the way, those presidential talking points would have been signed off on by the u.s./u.n. ambassador, the state department, the agency, the department of justice and others. when they're tracking down leakers you've got a hard row to hoe. it seems to me the fundamental question here is, looking at russian behavior, mr. putin's behavior, that phone call to congratulate him on an election where the principal opposition dand dates of putin had been murdered, prosecuted, shunted aside, the press controlled --
we're dealing with a russian intelligence and military a couple of weeks ago we had a battle with them in syria and may have killed up to 200 russian mercenaries. we did it with u.s. army apache helicopters, u.s. marine artillery units, u.s. air power. the russians are threatening us with nuclear weapons. and by us, i mean nato. in language that we never saw during the cold war. so the question goes beyond just elections and power grids and reconnaissance. this has turned into an active campaign of intimidation by mr. putin to his neighbors and attempt to break up the european union and nato. >> i note one piece of the president's prodigious tweeting today said, in all capital letters, peace through strength. is this strong? you've been contending in interviews i've seen with you
today that this is emboldening of putin. >> i think very much so. as general mccaffrey laid out, when putin hears a message of congratulations from the president and the president does not address concerns including the nerve gas agent attack on allied soil in salisbury, england, by putin again, against an alleged russian spy, that is essentially a green light to keep going, to keep doing these things. the only thing i point out about this leak issue is that i think there may be a lot of people in the staff who are upset about it. i'm not sure the president is upset about it. in his tweet today, he didn't inveigh against the leak, he proudly embraced the policy of a pro-russian foreign policy. he's not covert about this. he's quite overt. this is overt, plain sight,
happening in the light of day activity by the president of the united states. >> yeah, in his tweet, in trolling his predecessors, he favored the leader of russia over two past u.s. presidents. so general, you also recommend a course of action for this president provided it isn't too late, that would require this president to go into his chief of staff's office, close the door, and have a conversation with him. and what was that that was part of your recommendation? >> well, look. we're speculating on why president trump has not defended u.s. national security interests. but whatever it is, if the russians have -- better that the team get it out now because putin will stick it to him at some point, even if it's after he left office. so i think somehow the president has been hampered in his ability to make commonsense leadership decisions to stand behind our european alies and to deter
putin from mischief. >> jeremy bash, do you have faith in the folks you see on their way to work every day from the virginia and maryland suburbs, going to jobs in washington, folks who we will never know, working on our behalf overseas, to kind of right-size u.s./russia policy, to think the old way which in this case is the normal way about such an adversary? >> no doubt, brian, i think these professionals in the intelligence community and the department of defense and department of state are clear-eyed about the threat posed by vladimir putin's russia. they are resolutely committed to pushing back. they want the leaders of our departments and agencies, ultimately our commander in chief, to do the same.
i think they're quite dispirited, those i've spoken with, that the president has thus far failed to do so. >> a couple of our friends who happen to be patriots and experts in their field, jeremy bash, general barry mccaffrey, thank you for coming on with us tonight. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg breaks his silence on the data harvesting scandal as congress will be next to demand answers. cara swisher fresh from interviewing zuckerberg standing by to join us when "the 11th hour" continues.
admit term elections? >> i'm sure someone's trying. right, and i'm sure that there's, you know, v2, version 2, of whatever the russian effort was in 2016. i'm sure they're working on that and there are going to be some new tactics that we need to make sure that we observe and get in front of. >> facebook ceo and founder mark zuckerberg took responsibility for not doing more to stop cambridge analytica from misusing 50 million users' personal information. he wrote this tonight, "we have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't, then we don't deserve to serve you. i started facebook and at the end of the day i'm responsible for what happens on our platform. i'm serious about doing what it takes to protect our community." in a separate interview tonight with journalist cara swisher and kurt wagner of rico, zuckerberg said he would be willing if not entirely eager to testify before
congress about the breach. "i am open to doing that. we actually do this fairly regularly. there are lots of different topics that congress needs and wants to know about and the way that we approach it is that our responsibility is to make sure that they have access to all of the information that they need to have." well, with us tonight, the aforementioned cara swisher, executive editor of "recode" and msnbc contributor who spoke to mark zuckerberg tonight. also with us stephanie ruhle, host of "the 9:00 a.m. hour" on nbc, before television she came us to from the business world. cara, i try always to watch when i see that you're on television. and when you're on television and when the subject is facebook, i have noted that your central quarrel is their insistence that they are an agnostic platform, all we did was build the back deck over the house, it's up to you people how many people you put in it and what you do back there. >> yes. >> and do you think that this episode, however painful for
zuckerberg and his company, gives lie finally to that? >> he kind of admitted that, the structure of the company, especially after 2007 when they opened the platform up and then in order to attract developers onto the platform they gave them this candy trove of data. and these people used it. and they did that for almost a decade where they were questioning away this information. and so i think he was admitting that the structure of that might have been a problem as he's looking back on it now and that users cared more about privacy can he thought. that said, when i started to really press him, and you'll see it when we publish the transcript, i argued with him quite a bit that he doesn't want to make decisions. he said, i don't want to sit at my desk in california and make decisions. and i said, why not? you are running a company, you're running a media company. they of course don't like to admit that.
but he has to start to make decisions. values and what they have and do not have in that platform. they cannot be neutral in a nonneutral world, essentially. >> without knowing i was going to be talking to you tonight, i rewatched your hoodie interview as i call it with mark zuckerberg which was -- look, it is torture to watch and not because either you or walter were torturing him in the least bit. just because for him the prospect of going on television is like the idea of most of us getting down and doing 100 pushups. >> yeah. >> it's very difficult. and for him to realize after a couple days of silence that he had to do this must have been equally painful. >> yeah, you know, he does do that. they always act like he's shy and everything else. he really isn't. it was interesting today because everyone's saying, sheryl sandberg, the c.o.o., should come out rather than him. he's the ceo, he's a billionaire, he runs one of the most powerful companies, one of the most valuable companies in history, he can come out and explain what happened here. there's a lot of mistakes here and he should be able to talk about them, talk about solutions
and everything else. there's a juvenilization of male leaders in silicon valley that's interesting to watch. i thought he did a good job with our interview. i thought he gave back. he tried to answer as fully as possible. they're fully capable of understanding what's happening here and taking responsibility. and that's my quarrel with him is the responsibility has to be squarely on mark's shoulders. >> brian, that's nuts -- >> the t-shirt may contribute to the juvenilization of silicon valley. >> that's nuts. you're shy? then why did you decide to take your company public? why did you want to make your company this mega behemoth, one of the biggest companies on the planet? i simply don't buy that and that argument. i'm going to sit at my desk in california and not make those decisions? really? well, the facebook team is out there going after the same exact advertising dollars,
aggressively, that places like nbc are. and they want to say they're not a media company. so enough with this, i'm just a tech guy. you know, this interview's tough for me. baloney. >> let me say this. first of all, my disclosure is, i am not a facebook customer, but i have a family member, my son-in-law works there. secondly, i note they have lost something like -- >> $50 billion. >> $50 billion in market value. >> i think they can make rent. >> steph, first, this is an existential crisis? or just a bad week? >> listen, it's a black eye. but at the end of the day, the biggest risk they face now really is regulation. you know, delete facebook might be a trending hash tag, but it remains to be seen whether anyone is actually going to delete it in a significant way. we're not their customers. their customers are the advertisers. we're their product. and america -- people have decided, we want to put our information out there because we love looking at pictures of babies and pussycats and ex-boyfriends. the question is, will people change their behavior? or will regulation finally step
in? >> cara, for a lay audience, what happened here? did facebook users get used as much as facebook, the platform, and its creator got used? >> oh, you know -- facebook released a statement saying they were outraged. was outraged by their outrage. what they did is they gave this group data which they've done for years, which they've cut back on that rather significantly the last two years. they gave this data away, then they didn't monitor it. they signed agreements with the people they gave the data to but there was no enforcement. like making laws and having no police. right now one of the interesting things, can you go back and get that data, for people who abuse the system? one of their things is they're going to look at suspect third-party developers who have this data. how can they get it back? there's no getting this back, this data back.
mark acknowledged this. and i said, do you think you can get the data back? and he said, not always. i would say not at all. almost not at all. it's out there and it's never coming back. so that's the problem. these huge data sets that are so valued by marketers and so valued by the russians, everybody values them. so that's really the problem is this ocean of data that is now out there and not subject to scrutiny. >> care ra, does mark, do you think does he realize how badly some people in congress want to skewer him at a hearing? >> well, you know, it's interesting. it's a big question. he said he's open to it, but i said, is that a yes? he had a long-winded answer. is that a yes? he said, i'm open to it. i might be the right person. and of course, you're absolutely the right person, that's exactly who they want. you know, he'll have a tough time there. but i think he's got to face the music in congress. i think he's got to talk to regulators. i think he's got to talk to consumers.
because that's -- their users really got used in this way. this data was moved around in ways that was not properly monitored by facebook. >> right. >> they did get taken advantage of by cambridge analytica, but they didn't monitor it and that was their responsibility. >> they keep saying, you know, facebook staffers are on the hill. what's a facebook staffer? i have never heard the word staffer used in corporate america. when the financial crisis happened, those bank ceos with their tails between their legs crawled their way down to washington. staffers aren't who gets called down to the hill. to cara's point, while facebook may have been taken advantage of by cambridge analytica action long after facebook knew that cambridge analytica mined their data, remember, peter thiel sits
on the board of facebook. and he gave a million bucks to a super pac, a super pac that paid for the trump campaign to use cambridge analytica. so there's going to be a lot of questions that need to be asked and answered and not answered by staffers, whatever they are. >> as we thank our guests, just making sure everyone at home is clear on our instructions. please watch steph tomorrow morning and please go to recode and read the transcript of cara's interview with mark zuckerberg when it is posted. our thanks to both of you, appreciate it very much. coming up for our broadcast, president trump's legal troubles piling up. from the stormy daniels and related sagas to the aforementioned russia investigation. we'll show you the president's latest attack on mr. mueller, et al., when "the 11th all" continues.
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accusers liars during the campaign. and she is suing for defamation. the white house denies their allegations and this is now a second front for this white house to fight on top of the russia matter. the president took to twitter again early this morning to target the special counsel, featuring three misspellings of "counsel." special counsel is told to find crimes, whether crime exists or not, misspelled counsel, i am still opposed to it, i think president trump was right when he said there never should have been a special misspelled counsel appointed. the president went on to paraphrase his friend, the harvard law school professor, alan dershowitz. in the meantime nbc news is reporting discussions about potential questions from the mueller team have been going on with the white house lawyers. with us for more on all of this tonight, daniel goldman, former assistant u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york. and yen that johnson's back with
us, "washington post" white house correspondent. good evening and welcome to you both. counselor, if you were white house counsel, and no one's saying you are or should, what is the clear and present danger? these are two varied targets. >> absolutely. and you've got both flanks. you've got a lot of civil litigation now mounting, related to affairs, which is probably more of a pr issue at this point. because i think it's embarrassing, it's humiliating, it may be a more political issue. the legal issue from the mueller team continues to ratchet up. and they appear to be closing in. they appear to be about to conclude their obstruction of justice investigation. i say that because there have been so many discussions about interviewing donald trump which would be the last step, ordinarily, you would do in that sort of investigation. and as his counsel, i would be very, very wary of sending him in to answer any questions from mueller's team.
>> jenna, do you think that's the way this is viewed, that the group of women, since the subject was -- came up a lot on the campaign trail, that's what it is, the existential threat is mueller? >> i think you're exactly right. in public comments in tweets, in things like that, he has been rather silent when it comes to these specific allegations and this -- these lawsuits from these women. this is something that seems to embarrass him. it's something that the whose does not want to answer questions about. typically when this president is punched, when he is attacked, when he feels like he's being
publicly questioned, he feels the need to punch back. to defend himself. and for some reason, when it comes to these women and their allegations, he's staying quiet. and focusing on this russian probe which he thinks is completely unfair and a witch hunt. >> when you consider, jenna, to your point that he's willing to go after muler on social media and in speeches, but on this there has been silence, it almost sets us up for how long can he show self-discipline? >> well, that's the question. as i speak, there could be a tweet landing that totally just proves what i'm saying. but even on the campaign trail, when pressed he would confront these things. he would defend himself. he would say that all of these allegations against him are false, that everyone is a liar. you know.
there's one of the women who has accused him of groping and kissing her and she's now running for office in ohio. he has gone after her on twitter. but again, when it comes to these lawsuits, these women who are going through the legal process, a process that could force him to testify, that could force information out into the public, he's not touching it yet. >> counselor, you wanted in on this one? >> i was going to say from a legal perspective, you would think he would do the reverse, that he would be quiet as to the mueller investigation because every time he tweets something, he says andy mccabe has 90 days left until his pension, he's ratcheting up his involvement in something and increasing his exposure for obstruction of justice.
on the flip side, with the civil suits, this is something that he attacked on the campaign trail regularly. there's far less legal jeopardy for him to speak out in relation to those civil suits than the criminal probe. so he seems, for someone who's outspoken, to have it backwards. >> however painful it might be personally, the greater pain would be to the end of his presidency. our thanks to daniel goldman, to jenna johnson. appreciate it. appreciate the conversation tonight. coming up for us, a preview of this weekend's march on washington. as parkland students from florida prepare to take their fight to our nation's capital where they will have a whole lot of help. "maybe if i reboot..." "what's with all the popups?" "why does it keep on crashing?" "this is taking forever." "i think it's time for the fixmestick." fixmestick is a plug-in virus removal device. it's the smart, simple, safe way to clean your computer yourself. with fixmestick you don't have to replace your computer. it helps you keep your files, and your privacy. fixmestick reboots your computer from a system on the stick, so that it can remove the malware that got past your antivirus software. it's the smart, simple way to clean an infected computer,
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how this is going to end up. we know the politicians are going to say thoughts and prayers, say those words and that's all they're going to do. we want this to stop. the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. >> that was emma, she appeared with rachel tonight. survivors of the parkland shooting will take their fight to washington where they have,
as we said, a lot of help coming into town. there's no way to know really how many people will descend on d.c. on saturday, but the estimate we hear most often starts with half a million. it's being build as march for our lives. there will be concurrent so-called sibling marches in other major cities around the country. we wanted to let you know this network will offer completely coverage from the rally all day saturday. i'll be with you for a portion of the day from noon to 3 p.m. eastern time and on the eve of the march this coming friday night, our 11th hour broadcast will originate from washington. and if we might, another programming note. this weekend we're taking a look back at the civil rights movement 50 years after the assassination of dr. king, "hope & furry, mlk, the movement and the media" explores the movement each had on the other to the
last thing before we go tonight is to take to you a place where any tension between russians and americans takes a back seat. mostly because what's going on in the front seat is so harrowing. today a soyuz rocket carried two americans and a russian into orbit where tonight they're getting settled on board the international space station. let's leave aside for one moment that no one involved in the space race back in the day at nasa started by kennedy, continued under johnson, no one would ever believe our astronauts are flying on russian hardware because we have no other way of getting them up there right now. so setting that aside, they've joined a crew of an american, a russian and a japanese astronaut
who were already up there. while there's no effort to create a single culture in space and, for example, there's american food on board, there's russian food, there's japanese food, astronauts sign up for close quarters and long trips away from home, that's kind of the job. they are good at it and they tend to get along and work hard side by side. and a reminder, go to the nasa web site. look for the section called spot the station. punch in your zip code where you live and you'll get a text when the space station flies over where you live. on a cloudless night watching that thing fly over 200 miles up and at 17,000 miles an hour across the night sky is a spectacular sight, especially when you consider that the crew of six represents the only people on the planet who aren't living here currently. and that is our broadcast on a wednesday night for all of us
here on earth, thank you so very much for being here with us and good night from nbc news headquarters here in new york. this morning, president trump defends his congratulatory call with president putin. plus, another shutdown many looms. it could keep the government funded through september as long as it's passed by tomorrow night's deadline. and another round of heavy snow as the east coast gets hit with its fourth nor'easter in less than a month. slippery roadways have caused at least three deadly accidents. good morning, everyone.