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mitchell and andrea mitchell reports. the great reveal. president trump is only hours away from announcing his final decision on the iran nuclear deal. all indications he will announce heist going he's going to reimpose sanctions on iran. ignoring pleas from america's clo closest allies. >> today as we sit here, iran is living by the iae. the agency says they are living up to it and we have the inspector's to know it. why on earth would you voluntarily, by choice, decide we're going to pull out. him to. new york state attorney general, a supposed champion of the me too movement resigning only
hours after violent, physical abuse from several romantic partners. >> there's such pattern of behavior. i was hearing the same thing over and over again. he slapped me. he choked me. he said horribly degrading things in bed and would keep slo slapping me across the face until i promised or repeated after him what he was saying. off to the races. a key marker for president trump's no four states today as republicans pick their candidates for the midterms including west virginia where a former coal ceo who just served jail time is threatening to play spoiler. >> i think i've demonstrated i will stand up against the establishment no matter who it
is. good day. a very busy day in washington. i'm andrea mitchell. a critical day for president trump. first on foreign policy where the president is expected to s dismiss pleas from allies and pull the u.s. out of iran nuclear deal. here at home, three big primaries for republican hopes of holding on to the senate in ohio, indiana and west virginia. also today, rudy giuliani telling nbc kristen welker there's no truth that president trump is upset to his tv interviews. kristen, the iran nuclear deal. the president has just briefed
his friends in paris. there are varying reports on this. we expect from all of our reporting that he's going to say he's reimposing sanctions on ie ro -- iran. that according to every expert means he's getting out of deal because there's no such thing as withdrawal from deal. if you're going to reimpose sanctions at any time that freezes economic activity and that breaks the u.s. agreement as part of this six-country negotiation with iran. >> reporter: that's right. that is what supporters of the deal argue. if you break that agreement, the u.s. is facing to live up to its part of the bargain and so the iran nuclear deal all but falls apart. potentially giving iran the green light to move forward with its nuclear program. as you know, there have been a parade of key allies here at the
white house. macron and we're still waiting for a read out of that call. i spoke to administration official who said that will be coming in short order. boris johnson trying to press the president to stay in the deal. it's the best way to keep iran's nuclear program in check. after all under the deal iran had to get rid of 95% of its nuclear fuel and had to get rid of nuclear facilities and had to open itself up to u.n. inspectors. you heard john kerry making the argument that by all accounts and based on those inspections iran has lived up to its part of the deal. the president campaigned on a vow, as you know, the rip up the deal as soon as he got into office and he's been getting pressure from other allies like the leader of israel who says
that ultimately the deal is making the middle east less safe. those are some of the arguments and counter arguments. the white house not tipping the president's hand on what he will sigh. a senior administration official told me overnight that you can trust your gut on this one. it appears he is poised to move forward with that campaign promise to try to get out of deal. >> the big driifference between the two previous times when he did continue reluctantly. then he had rex tillerson as secretary of the state and mcmaster national security advisor. he had two people, as well as the defense secretary james mattis who has been arguing forcibly in favor of the deal. now he has john bolton and pompeo and two advocates for getting out of deal. let's talk to ckasie hunt about politics. it's tuesday, primary day. west virginia front and center. >> reporter: that's right. this should be a prime pick up
opportunity for republicans. west virginia voted more for trump than any other state in the union. it's still represented by a democrat, joe mansion who i know you know well. he's somebody who is well known, well liked across the state who comes across with charm but really has a very sharp political mind and understanding of his state. but, that said, the numbers really are against him. his state has swung the other way. this should be a place where republicans could pick up a seat. add to that extraordinarily narrow majority. any single seat could sing this one way or the other. the republican primary a complete mess because of don blakenship. he was convicted of negligence. he's been airing racist adds in the final weeks fighting with
mitch mcconnell will claim publicly he doesn't pay attention to primaries but is the hidden hand in so many of these. he doesn't anything that sticks out in his record to run against. republicans have started to look at what are their options if blankenship does win this nomination, it would be another seat that's lost. >> kristen gets on phone with rudy giuliani. he's traveling day. he's denying those reports that the president has put out over his controversial flood of tv interviews. >> reporter: that's right. he's firing back very
forcefully. i spoke with him on the phone earlier today. he says there's no truth to the number of reports, including our own that the president has been frustrated with some of his recent tv interviews which have contradicted the president, contradicted the official line at the white house and the administration. take a listen to what he had to say. >> the president is encouraging me to do more. i try to keep them under control. i just did one on sunday even though he had about four requests. no. the president feels the tv interviews organized is rp okay. >> reporter: one person familiar with the president's thinking, he does have the president's support now but if he doesn't become more disciplined in those tv interviews he could lose that support. one other headline we learned of night is bob mueller rejected
the trump team's request to respond in a written format. they are planning to issue a counter proposal by next week. >> thank you both so very much. in less than two hours the president will announce his decision on resort fiing the iran deal. he's made it clear where he stands pup. >> the iran deal made by the previous administration is one of the worst deals i've ever witnessed. identify witnessed some beauties. i'm not going to be a john kerry who makes that horrible iran deal. horrible. one of the worst deals. how do you make a deal like that? >> people know my views on the iran deal. it was a terrible deal. it shouldn't have ever been made. we should have made a good deal or reasonable deal.
>> it will give it a 90-day waiting period for allies. house foreign affairs chairman ed royce said he thinks the president should not withdraw but try to re-negotiate or negotiate a follow on deal as the allies have been following. joining me now ambassador nick burns and james sullivan, former senior policy advisor for hillary clinton's campaign. welcome both. nick, you've been arguing he should not blow up the deal. the argument from the critics and supporters of the deal, krit -- critics, any decision to impose sanctions freezes the banking system. denies investment to iran. what is your take?
>> i think the president has a real tall mountain to climb. he's got to answer the question. how does this strengthen the united states. withdrawing from the deal puts us in violation. it isolates us from the europeans. it supports and strengthens the hard liners in iran, the revolutionary guard. they may take this iran out of deal themselves. they may take the shackles off this deal and james sullivan is one of the people who helped to put it spinto place. this deal put iran out of business of nuclear weapons for 10 to 15 years. it didn't give a path on plutonium or uranium. it imprisoned iran. it seems he's just intent on tearing something down that
president obama built up just with paris climate change and with transpacific partnership. he tears down major international agreements and suggests nothing to put in their place. that's weak leadership. >> to the whole jake sullivan about the president's criticisms of john kerry for meeting with the foreign minister from iran, he tweeted yesterday john kerry can't get over the fact he had his chance and blew it. stay away from negotiations, john. you're hurting your country. what is your take on that? >> well, the deal that john kerry helped negotiate led the negotiations for is in place today and it's working today. iran is complying with the deal. the international community is united and holding iran responsible. all the pathways getting to a
nuclear weapon has been blocked. he has every reason to be very proud of what he accomplished and the united states deciding to walk away from this deal to go back on its word that it made not just to iran but all the major powers in the world will put us in a much worse strategic position. from my perspective this is an easy one opini. john kerry has the right side of this argument. donald trump has the wrong side. the only reason donald trump has for walking away now is this is a deal that he didn't negotiate but barack obama did. that's no reason for a commander in chief and president of the united states to play around with america's national security. >> here's a little bit more of john kerry speaking in italy today. >> today, as we sit here, hours before the president makes a decision. today with us in the agreement, with iran judged to be in compliance with the agreement, iran cannot make a nuclear
weapon. physically cannot make it. why? you can't make a nuclear weapon with 300 kilograms of a stockpile. that's what they have. >> nick, what about the argument that the deal expires too quickly. even though there's a lifetime guarantee they won't build a weapon but from stopping the centrifuges expires in 2025. why not have a longer deal is the counter argument from the white house? >> i supported this in 2015. testified before congress. i thought it was a 60/40. 60% positive, 40% flawed agreement. no agreement is perfect. the advantages that you lock up iran for well more than a decade and pledged never to acquire nuclear weapons, that the united security council has blessed
that. iran will be in a very isolated state if it tried to break out, it's persuasive. obama and george w. bush administrations tried for ten years to do exactly to iran what we've done. that's the isolate them, sang them, weaken them, knock them off the nuclear track. it took us ten years between 2005 and 2015. two administrations to accomplish that. obama did it and president trump is withdrawing us that any of the things that matter to us will be taken care of. i think it's reckless. it's reckless not to tell the american people i have a better plan. his plan seems to be the iranians will come crawling on their knees to re-negotiate. they won't. we know them too well to know they won't do that. i think the president has put us in a terribly weak position
here. >> what do you know about black cube? >> this is an astonishing story. this is the same israeli firm that went off the women who had been abused and assaulted by harvey weinstein to try to discredit them. it appears people close to the white house hired them to go after prominent defenders of the iran deal. they had this firm sicked not just on them but their families. this is the kind of gross abuse of power that we just can't become numb to in in
administration. democrats and republicans have to stand up and say enough is enough. there should be an investigation into this. >> to be continued. this is a whole new area. it's good to see you. primary colors. what today's critical election say about republican chances in november. you're watching andrea mitchell reports on msnbc. were german. we danced in a german dance group. i wore lederhosen. when i first got on ancestry i was really surprised that i wasn't finding all of these germans in my tree. i decided to have my dna tested through ancestry dna. the big surprise was we're not german at all. 52% of my dna comes from scotland and ireland. so, i traded in my lederhosen for a kilt. ancestry has many paths to discovering your story. get started for free at ancestry.com.
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it's election day and there are plenty of big stories that we're following as primary voters head to the polls in four big states. states where the buzz is ahead of results. don blankenship is a former executive, a coal mine executive who spent a year in prison for conspireing to violate federal mine safety standards after 29 people were killed in the 2010 upper big branch mine explosion. pushing forward with an extreme campaign message including this racist ad. >> mitch mcconnell has created millions of jobs for china people. while doing so he's gotten rich. his china family has given him
tens of millions dollars. his swamp people are running negative ads against me. they are calling me challenging and mentally ill. i will beat joe mansion and ditch cocaine mitch for the sake of the kids. >> he's not running on personality. chris matthews will be hosting hardball. >> it's like a bartles and james ad. is this for real? in west virginia he's surging. it's possible we'll be talking about the victory of blankenship. he was put in prison for mine safety violations. >> he's still under probation. >> then he went to nevada for a while which is a violation of politics. you don't go live somewhere else when you're pouting. he did and he's back. >> the president has come out
against him. in he wins the primary, the president isn't going to go against a republican nominee. >> i think the president will try to target five or six states this fall. he's going to go after tester. he will have a very good chance of picking up two or three seats in the u.s. senate. he does have a good chance. he wants credit for it. that will make up for a possible loss in the house. i think he's perfect. by the way, trump didn't win. he won by eight in ohio. he won by 40 in west virginia. indiana about 20. his power is capital in those states. it's so strong. you only get to vote once. you got to vote yes or no to trump. they're going to say yes to trump in those states. look out joe mansion. this is a tough general.
>> joe mansion, remember he's the candidate who has gone in different directions. he's been very targeted with his votes. he's gone with the president. he's gone against the president. he was elected six years ago. he was a popular former governor. re-elected six years ago with that long gun ad. >> they're going to go after him on the gun issue too. that will be used against him by blankenship. he does a lot of media. he's likable guy. he may be identified with washington, the system, the establishment. i think the republican establishment is just as much in disrepair as the democratic. that's saying something. >> joe mansion had to be talked into running in a tough year given trump and trump's margin.
they had to plead with him to run for re-election. he's the only democrat that could win. year after year, every six years you bounce off some republican that had some problem like picked up the last two weeks, going to peep shows. blown out of race. i think haspel bounced back in there again. the rape candidates. >> this is the governor under investigation. >> that's what i'm talking about. >> it's not even her opponent
but the republican governor. >> missouri has always been a tricky state. you can't predict the state. it's very anxious. it worries about the economy. very concerned about trade, economic issues of missouri. they're very -- what's the right word, testy. i think she's been tough enough to win. >> what about john tester? does he get dinged? >> yeah. they're going to make ronnie jackson into a martyr. all his problems with booze or whoever they were, because he quit the race for veterans administrator early enough. we didn't get into the fine points of fact there yet. now trump can say this guy was screwed by tester.
>> chris matthews, election night. i think people like mansion still have to worry. i think this guy, i love the guy. he's going to have a tough general. it's just a fact. >> chris matthews. >> thank you. >> be sure to tune in. election returns all night. coming up, charges of abuse. what brought down a prominent new york state elected official. leading voice in the metoo movement. you totanobody's hurt, new car.
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i thought after sandy hook, where 20 six and seven year olds were slain, this would never happen again. it has happened more than 200 times in 5 years. dianne feinstein and a new generation are leading the fight to pass a new assault weapons ban. say no to the nra and yes to common-sense gun laws. california values senator dianne feinstein new york's powerful attorney general eric schneiderman is out of a job abruptly resigning after the new yorker published exi explosive allegations by four women that says he hit and slapped them. he championed women's rights and became a out spoken figure in
the metoo movement has denied assaulting anyone. telling the new yorker that in the privacy of intimate relationship he engaged in role-placing and other consensual activities. two accuser said he hit them often after drinking. one accuser said he would have her followed and have phones tapped. both said he threatened to kill them. your reporting about these women. you found them to be krecredibl. what about his denial and how do you think this comes about?
>> well, i mean, his denial is very telling. he is saying this was role-playing. hst sort of 50 shades of gray kind of thing and he has their consent. we spoke to the women themselves and they said we did not give our con sent to this. they complained. it was not fun for them and it was not role-playing. it was the real thing they described as assault. they stress there's no ambiguity in this. this isn't shades of gray. it's black and white. >> why did they come forward now? >> one came forward in the beginning and i think meanwhile the others were beginning to feel very uncomfortable and angry as the former attorney
general took more and more of a prominent role add a voice in the metoo movement against sexual harassment. these women watched as his cast himself as a champion of their rights and they just found the hypocrisy unsustainable. one same forward and spoke to the new yorker. >> there were no police reports at the time. is there the possibility of some kind of legal action against him? >> certainly there is. he's open an investigation and incidents on long island. i think there will be investigations. they will decide to charge if
they feel there's enough evidence. >> he's had a very prominent role in a number of cases against trump university successfully. he was one of the litigants, one of the chief litigants against the muslim ban setting that back. does this put it on its back heels. >> it depends on who takes over. barbara underwood is going to be acting until the legislature appoints someone who will be in the seat. also he's spoken about being willing to charge new york state offenses against people like paul manafort and michael cohen who can be pardoned by the president. there's a lot of areas that he has been very active and whether that continues or not will depend on who is sitting in the
chair. he's been considered defenders of mueller who are worried about him being fired as is a domino effect. he's been the insurance policy to the manafort and other cases. >> this is a big loss on that side. there are other attorneys generals in the states. he's not the only one. the question is who is going to replace him. names of people talking about are kathleen rice who might be interested. the assembly and senate in albany get to choose someone.
does this hurt the democrats in general or did they move quickly enough. he realized -- he denied it but realized he had to stop getting out of way. it's different from how the republican party has acted. they haven't acknowledged this is something that a politician ought to resign over when these kinds of allegations are made. the democratic party realizes it has to respect allegations like this of sexual misconduct that are made by women against him.
at white house insider reports that president trump is frustrated with his headline gl grabbing media blitz. rudy giuliani telling nbc kristen welker today that the president is encouraging him to do more tv interviews and the president is very comfortable with the strategy that they are pursuing. joining me now is roger stone, long time trump confidant. welcome. good to see you again. >> thank you for having me. >> i was wondering what you think about the rudy giuliani media blitz. he said it's working. a lot of credible reports says that the president is not happy about i want and wants him to check his facts, get things straight or might lose confidence in him. what do you think? >> i have not heard that from credible sources around the president. i think it's fair to say that
mayor rudy giuliani is a very tough guy. i think the president needs tough leader on his legal team. i also think that listening to his interview with judge janine on fox which was mostly focused on the bordar border on the leg his handling of the michael cohen, stormy daniels matter i found a little disjointed. i had trouble following largely what he was trying to say. i'm not an attorney but i don't believe mr. cohen's payment is illegal. just an opinion. i don't know about the issue of reimbursement. i think he's done good job of getting the focus on the fact that we don't have a special counsel law in place. the three judge panel that would normally overlook the expansion of an inquiry doesn't exist.
mr. rosenstein assumes that authority. he has a prior association with mr. mueller. he refuses to share information with the co-equal branch of government. violation of separation of powers. this is troubling. i think rudy giuliani has shown this to people. he said it could expose national security. i think congress can demand transparency. >> the fact is rudy giuliani has exposed the president to possible legal questions because he's contradicted the president's past statements. all that said, should the president now sit down with robert mueller? should he give an interview? >> i have thought that he should not.
fra frankly, that opinion was magnified when i read that new york times front page piece. i'm curious to how that leaked. i don't believe it came from one of the trump lawyers. this was an obstacle course that the president tried to pick through without making a misstatement. i don't think it was evidence of russian collusion or conspiracy or coordination. not with the trump campaign or his associates. now he appears to be looking at over matters. since two justice departments have ruled a sitting president cannot be indicted then the only purpose has to be removing donald trump from office and undoing the results of last election. >> let's talk about the russian
connection because there's been a number of instances with manafort, with others, with jared kushners and others meetings with russians and talking to russians. there's plenty of connections. we know there's been conversations and connections with key figures. first of all, have your own connections. you said in october on two occasions the third and the fifth that wikileaks was going to go after pedesta. >> i never said anything of the kind >> you tweeted they will educate the american people. lock her up. on october 5th you tweeted payload coming. lock them up. two days later the pedesta e-mail drops. what else were you referring to?
>> coincidence. i said it should have been s. they tell me. time in the barrel will come. i was referring to the brothers. their shady deals hasn't fully been reported. tony and his brother are there in plain sight. that's what i was predicting. those stories and be business dealings, gas, banking, so on were reported later by the wall street journal. time in the barrel refers to public scrutiny. i every said anything about the tweets. >> two days later voila, the e-mails drop. only within minutes of the access hollywood tape.
the wall street journal -- >> the answer to your question is yes. that would be based on conjectu conjecture. there's no evidence that would suggest that is what i was speaking to. i never said anything of the kind. >> the wall street journal reported last month in an e-mail that obtained on august 4th, 2016, i dined with my new pal julian assange last night. is that true? >> it's true they reported that. i've addressed this in the washington post and numerous other networks. sam nunberg was working for donald trump and working with him. when sam would work, he would call you 20 and 30 times day. he's quite neurotic. late one friday when i was trying to get him off the phone he said you have plans for the weekend. i said, i think i will fly to london and dine with julian assange. the washington post misquotes what i said. >> you were joking?
>> my passport, customs records, airline records, security cameras at the embassy, my hotel bill, my airline bills to los angeles and receipt from izzy's diner would show you i was not in london that weekend and could not have met with assange. no, neither by sype or phone either. >> you've had no contact from the mueller people to have a conversation? >> i'm sorry. the ear piece, i lost your question. >> have the mueller people been in touch with you at all? >> i've not been interviewed or been contacted by the special counsel's office. >> you're not a go between with wikileaks or anything else at any time? >> that is correct. again, i don't buy into the premise that social security a russian asset. i think it's unproved. just because msnbc and others --
>> mike pompeo, the former secretary and former cia director says they are agents of a foreign service which is russia. of a foreign service which is russia. >> yes, the evidence, mr mr. pompeo, that -- our intelligence agencies have been politicized. this is, in my opinion, an open question. there's vigorous debate on it on the internet. gusefer 2.0, whoever that is, is using software that is registered to a person who works at the democratic national committee. a number of counterterrorism i.t. experts in a great piece published by the nation questioned whether the dnc was ever hacked. whether the information was taken out the back door through some kind of portable computer drive. so it is unproven at best. but in all honesty, it's irrelevant because my only 24-word communication with him happened six weeks after
wikileaks has already published the story, the allegedly hacked e-mails. consequently, could not have colluded with him to do so. it's chronologically impossible. made that exchange on twitter entirely public. who would conduct international espionage on twitter? >> so you disagree with mike pompeo, the secretary of state, and former >> and mr. brandon and mr. clapper. i think julian assange does what you do. he is a journalist. he prints it. just as you do. we can't celebrate "the washington post" publication of classified documents in the vietnam war and say we should jail assange for publishing classified doubts that expose misdeeds of the government. >> and have you spoken to the president talked to him? >> i have not spoken to him recently. even if i had, it would not talk about the contents of our conversation.
the last time i spoke to him, which was a while ago, he was very upbeat. this idea that he's angry or rattled, i've seen no evidence. i've known him for almost 40 years. when the president calls you, in all honesty, he does most of the talking, you do most of the listening, as you know. he was very upbeat on the economy, 3% economic growth and soou very much. >> thank you. >> our apologies for that ear piece. >> that's okay, we made it work. >> thank you. we'll be right back. the sun go. you run those miles, squeeze the toothpaste from the bottom and floss to set a good example. you fine tune the proposal, change the water jug so no one else has to, get home for dinner and feed the cat. you did a million things for your family today but speaking to pnc to help handle all your investments was a very important million and one. pnc. make today the day.
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president trump's nominee to lead the cia haspel is back on capitol hill for a second day of meeting with senators trying to drum up support before her confirmation hearing tomorrow. she's already lost one senator, martin heinrich. >> i want her to be straight about some of the issues the agency has struggled with in the past. and for her to take ownership moving forward in a way that gives me confidence that she'll be good at avoiding those kinds
of problems. >> joining me now is nbc's intelligence and national security reporter ken dilanian. ken, this is a tough one. we don't know how either side is breaking. she's got her hearing tomorrow. this striking thing is that the white house said until friday they did not know about these critical e-mails where she talked about her involvement and how could they not know. >> that's right. >> you knew, i knew, they were in the report. >> i mean, she was the base chief at a base where a detainee was water boarded. we don't know exactly how she felt about it but the reporting is she didn't have any qualms about it. the reporting is she'll go before the intelligence committee and say we'll never go down this road again. but what senators want to ask her is why did you do it in the first place. she's not going to be able to answer those questions because her role remains classified. deeply frustrating to those democrats. >> if they declassify these e-mails and letters, they have a host of other problems. >> they can't do it.
that was a big battle with the obama administration over that torture report. the obama administration stood fast and said we're not going to release the names of cia operatives or names of countries. that has to remain classified. that's the argumenresident is mg push for her but she herself wavered last friday. she's afraid she's going to hurt the agency by reopening all these wounds. >> yes, absolutely. she's very concerned they're going to relitigate this very dark chapter in american history where the cia went down a road, you know, brutally interrogated people. many people consider to have been torture. israel hard ft' it's really hard for them to defend it. donald trump during the campaign opened door and said torture works, and i want to do worse than water board, and that's got a lot of people concerned. >> of course there are bipartisan former leaders of the cia all of whom endorse her. she's got a huge amount of support. >> it's remarkable. people who are trump supporters, trump critic, democrats, republicans. if you're associated with the
cia, apparently you love gina haspel. but she was under cover for 33 years so we don't know many details of what she did. >> ken dilanian, we'll be all over this tomorrow, thank you. that does it for us, for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." remember to follow us online on twitter @mitchellreports. craig melvin is up next. >> good afternoon. craig melvin here at msnbc headquarters in new york city. deal breaker? president trump, ready to reveal his decision on its ran nuclear deal in about an hour. will he undo yet another piece of the obama legacy and live up to a campaign promise to rally his base? also, voice of the people. primary polls are open right now in several states with key races. they're poised to pick whether trump's washington will be built in his image or built to resist. and resignation fallout. the attorney general quits among
accusations of violence against women. so what happens to his legal battles with the president and that investigation into harvey weinstein? we'll get to those questions in just a moment. but we'll start with our top story. in just about an hour from now, president trump will be announcing one of the most consequential foreign policy decisions of his administration so far. we will learn whether the president will drop waivers. a move that would most likely end the agreement reach under the obama administration. the deal reached with the united states, the united kingdom, russia and germany was implemented in january of 2016. under the accord, iran agreed to curtail production of enriched uranium for 15 years, shut down most nuclear production facilities and shipped most stored nuclear material out of the country. in return for compliance, nuclear related