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a thing he forgets. the people who are really messed up by this display today are all of those republicans in hillary winning districts on t ballot tonight. >> in places like pennsylvania where it's not going to go over that well. thank you all. evening.all for "all in" this >> much appreciate it. thanks to you at home joining thus hour. election night. in states around the country we've already had some interesting results starting to come in as the first polls start to close. the big cajuna in terms of national implications is california where polls close in a couple of hours. polls close at 11:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. local time in california. we're going to have coverage throughout the night tonight and into the wee hours here on msnbc. i hope you will be here for the duration. it should be an interesting night.will be honest with you, though, this is not the way i
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thought today's news was going to go. it's a big election night. it's a big complicated election night in lots of ways. a whole bunch of high stakes primaries, a whole bunch of interesting storylines you have to understand particularly about california, lots of i results we're expecting tonight in terms of who is likely to control congress as of next year is a very important thing. in the midst of that, i did not expect that at 90 p.m eastern time on this night of all nights i would be reporting on the attempted murder arrest just outsidehite bu t ns broke this evening. we still, frankly, only have skeletal details as to what happened here. i will tell what you we know thus far. outside the white house today a man was arrested because there was a warrant out for his arrest in maryland, in prince george's county, maryland. he is 29 years old. he is from maryland. the reason tto is breaking as national news tonight is because, well, for one when this man was arrested it was for a
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very serious crime. a federal official tells nbc news the warrant was for attempted first-degree murder. more specifically, though, the reason this is national news is because that guy w arrested ile he wg to go to work. and where that guy works is at the trump white house. we don't know exactly what his job is. nbc news has learned that he did have a white house pass. he was a contractor working at the white house. nbc news has lrned that he worked for the national security council in some capacity. the national security council is the large interagency body that oversees -- is overseen by the national security adviser who right now is john bolton. there has been a lot of turnover at the national security adviser job, of course. the first one was mike flynn who is now awaiting sentencing on felony charges. then it was h.r.cmaster. now it is john bolton with each of those new national security advisers we've had tons of turnover in the national
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security council staff. in terms of this guy who was arrestedte house o not know in what capacity he worked at the national security council. he is described as a contractor. but we don't know what his job was nor do we know why the nation souncil would have been employing someo a contractor who was actively wanted on an attempted murder warrant. we called the national security council tonight to try to get further information about what this man's job was. we wanted to ask in wha capacity he worked for the national security council and what the circumstances were of how he obtained his white house pass so he could enter the white house grounds. the national security council referred all of our questions to the u.s. secret service. the u.s. secret service are not answering their phone. so, again, we are still looking for more information here, but this is a strange story. as of right now the bottom line is that a 29-year-old man with a
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white house pass who was apparently working with the national security council in some capacity, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant for attempted first-degree murder when he showed up for work at the white house today and attempted to enter the white house grounds. so far there is no explanation as to what his whiouse job might have but presumably he would still be working at the white house job today had police not decided to act on this outstanding warrant. that's all we know at this point. we will give you more on that story as we learn it. al today, the white house did finally decide to oust a senior staffer from the white house communications department. this is a communications staffer at the white house who became famous a couple weeks ago when somebody lea from the white house that during a white house meeting thas called to dis johnccn's oosn to trump's new nominee to run the cia. this communications department official at the white house,
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kelly saddler, reportedly said at that white house meeting about john mccain, quote, it doesn't matter. he's dying anyway. that w reported weeks ago. it was never denied. there was never an apology either from the white house official or from the white house itself. and kelly saddler has stayed on working at the communications ofnhete houn very senior job all of this time ever since it was reported and not denied that's how she talked about john mccain. i say this is a senior job because this is a senior job. ssistant to the ld a president which means she's a high-ranking white house staffer. today with no further explanation, the deputy press secretary e-mailed out a statement that said simply, quote, kelly sadler is no longer employed within the executive office of the president. was going to happen,
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no elaboration. she is no longer employed within the executive office of the president. that leaves open the possibility that kelly sadler left the executive office of the president to instead go work somewhere else in the white house or somewhere else in the administration. wh the guy arrested on attempted murder charges when he rned up at the white house. the white house is making no explanatory comments as t this personnel chge, why it happened or what happens next. presumably we will find out more about both of these dramatic developments, but it seems like we're probably not going to get any more information on these from the white house tonight. i will let you know if that changes. and then when it comes to the trump cabinet, there is a new scandal tonight that i find almost impossible to believe. maybe i'm naive. maybe i should expect everything and nothing at the same time now. i viscerally feel like this is
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jaw dropping. it was first reported by "the washington post" this afternoon -- but it's interesting, the underlying evidence, the documents that gave rise to the story in "the washington post," were obtained a few weeks ago by the environmental group, the si club they od a whole bunch o internal documents from the epa since scott pruitt has been the epa administrator. and as you know the been a million callio scandals since he's been epa director. pretend you haven't heard about any of the other scandals. pretend you don't even really know scott pruitt's name. this is the first you have ever ard thermighbe any negati whatsoeve concerning scott pruitt and his time as a cabinet official. even if this was it, even if this was the only negative news story that had ever broken about him, ask yourself if you think it seems feasible that he still has this job tonight after this warertafternoo
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so it's a simple story. scott pruitt got sworn in to be head of the epa in february last year, february 2017. then march, april, may -- three monthster, may 17, ofngor stt uitt at e ep sent this e-mail. from sydney hupp to dan cafey at chick-fil-a. meeting with scott pruitt. good afternoon. hopefully this e-mail finds you well. administrator pruitt asked me to reach out to you and see if you might be willing to get a time set up for the two of to you have a meeting. if there is something i can work with to help get that -- if there's something i can work with to get thatitated i would greatly appreciate it. so this is an executive at an american fast food company getting notice from somebody who works at the a sending an
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e-mail from their dot-gov address, a note that the head of the epa wants a meeting. so this guy responds within an hour. yes, yes, i'll take the meeting. he assigns a staffer to set it the afreonds. sit a sydney, thank you for reaching out to schedule a meeting. please let me know of any background in case dan would our team to join.oth eninvinothf thasent fromhe chick-fil-a offices in atlanta. this epa official writes back. hi, evan, i'll touch base to see if there is a specific time. what are good times in the coming weeks that look good for mr. cathy? all of these e-mails are going back and forth weekdays, an epa official trying to set up me environmental protection agency having her salary paid by you and i.
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chick-fil-a writes back, sydney, thank you again for coordinating further with administrator pruitt. thank you for your assistance. so they're bringing in further executives from the company now to be involved with the head of the epa who has requested this meeting with their an all these executives are involved trying to organize this meeting, to figure out what the head of this cabinet agency wants to talk about, figuring out who needs to be t from their company in order to take is important meeting with this high-ranking government official. and it's at this point after a few more back and forth e-mails c that this official trying to set up this meeting for scott pruitt finally clarifies, at least a little bit as to what exactly this is all about. quote, apologies for missing your call yesterday. the administrator would like to talk about a potential business opportunity with mr. andt's what this has all
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been about. why is the head of the epa on official busines summoning executives from this fast food company because he says he wants to talk about a potential business opportunity? we'll let "the washington post" pick up the story. quote, the call with chi-fil-a was arranged, then canceled, then pruitt eventually did speak with someone from the company's legal department. only then did he reveal the potential business opportunity that was on his mind. the potential business opportunity his staffer had referred to was a for scott pruitt's wife. a representative for the chick-fil-a company tells "the washington post" via e-mail, quote, the subject of that phone call was an expression of interest in his wife becoming a chick-fil-a franchisee. even if you had never h y of the other scandals afflicting scott pruitt, the other ethics disasters and conflicts of interest and corruption scandals around scott pruitt since he has been in trump's cabinet. even if the only thing you know
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was that he had epa staff set up a meeting for him with officials from chick-fil-a so he could try to get his wife a chick-fil-a store, you would assume that he would be fired by now,right? you would assume that he would be fired by the time the story was in p thisernoon use as soon as somebody had to ask the white house for comment about this you would expect that member of the cabinet would be gone. especially because in this case this is not even contested information. these e-mails, these multiple e-mails, at least a dozen of them back and forth where epa staff are trying to arrange meetings and calls using their dot-gov addresses directly on behalf of scott pruitt, we have the actual e-mails. there's been no suggestion from scott pruitt that these e-mails are not real. the epa handed themr as part of a request. they're not denying the veracity of these e-mails. on the other side of it chick-fil-a, the company that was shaken down here, i mean, approached by this cabinet
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official in this way. the company is confirming that, called on behalf of this cabinet officer trying to get his wife a job. it is against the law for a public official to use his or her job staff that support that job for the private gain of that public official. use of public office for private gain section 2635.702. an employee shall nod use his public office for private gain or gain of friends, relatives -- relatives -- or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity. that's illegal. even if this was -- this is scott pruitt trying to get his wife a chick-fil-afrchise, right? even if this had been scott pruitt sending this epa staffer out to get his wife a chick-fil-a sandwich, itself would be illegal under federal law because in addition to not being allowed to use your public office for private gain, you also cannot have federal
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employees do personal favors for a public official and his or h family. there have been large public scandals in other presidencies for behavior that was not nearly this blatant or this unassailably proven. and it's ridiculous at one leve on the other hand a chick-fil-a franchise is a valuable thing. the company says something like 40,000 people approach the company every year inquiring about becoming a chick-fil-a franchise owner. of the 40,000 people who ask about that the company only a franc per year. people to get people who want to become a chick-fil-a franchise owner know that it is a very, very competitive thing. there's an online application. you're not supposed to have a ral cabinet official have federal government employees call to get you to the front of the line. you're supposed to fill out the online application and beg and plead and make your best case to
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chick-fil-a. 40,000 people apply. 100 get it. scott pruitt just had his staff call. apparently he didn't follow through. back to "the washington post." quote, scott pruitt's wife never ended up opening a chick-fil-a restaurant. according to a representative his wifetaed but did not isee app.the chick-fil-a i bet it was hard. much easier to just have one of scott pruitt's staffers call and get your meeting down at headquarters. did i mention it is a cabinet official calling who is requesting this meeting officially? whatever you think of chick-fil-a, whatever you think of everything else you have heard about scott pruitt on the basis of this reporting alone, how is it possible that he is still in office? between the company's statement acknowledging that this is what he was asking for and the e-mails that are now published showing that he was having epa staff ask for this on his
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behalf, this seems like very blunt textbook evidence of overt criminal behavior on behalf of the administrator. on the behalf of this member of the cabinet. what's the defense here? i was kidding? setting aside the issue of whether or not scott pruitt will ever b prosecuted for this, how is it possible that congress has not lit up like a fireworks show over this blatant abuse of office? the obvious answer, of course, is that congress is republican controlled and so when it comes to behavior like this by trump administration officials they just don't want to know. even so, it does seem like scott pruitt might even be pushing it with republicans. iowa senator joanie ernst is one of a number of farm state republicans upset with scott pruitt anyway. she says scott pruitt lied to her about the renewable fuel standard, an important thing for
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iowa farmers. beyond that, though, she sounded today like she was starting to get a little fed upith the ostentatious part of what scott pruitt is doing at that agency as well. . >> i will remain highly critical of administratorpruitt. only do we gree on the rfs but there are a number of other transgressions that we have seen coming out of that office directly tied to administrative pruitt and the way he spends money and the way he misuses basically his office. my words, nobody else's, but he is about as swampy as you get here in washington, d.c. and if the president wants to drain the swamp, he needs to take a look at his own cabinet. >> he is about as swampy as you get, iowa senator joanie ernst, republican senator calling on president trump essentially to fire epa admtrator scott
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pruitt today saying as part of her remarks it's up to the president but essentially she hopes he fires him. and in part that is about farm state senators being mad about what scott pruitt is doing concerning renewable fuel standards. but in part it's about every new scandal including today's unbelievable chick-fil-a grift. watch about this on the same guy. >> i'm going to ask you about your fellow oklahoman scott pruitt. the ethanol state republicans are upset about these renewalable fuel standards. are you satisfieht youe to ask about the most recent accusations. >> we can do that first. absolutely. >> i don't know that's true. >> let's be specific. this is e-mails that he was trying to help his wife get a franchise with chick-fil-a. >> if that is true, that is not
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going to be served to his advantage and it would not be a good thing. the problem is i've known him for so long, and i just can't see him doing something like that. so i'm going to super it's not true. >> i'm going to assume that it's not true. you know, it looks like it's true. these are the real e-mails where epa staff is working at the epa on government time to try to get scott pruitt hooked up with chick-fil-a and we do have an on the record statement from chick-fil-a saying what that was about was him trying to get a franchise for his wife. so it's true. senator inhofe saying he's deciding to assume that it is t true. it's true. and it illegal. illegal. and it is, therefore, awkward for republicans in congress to not want to donything about it. the only way that it's likely to change if it is no longer a republican-controlled congress.
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as ioned at the top it is election night tonight. there are primaries tonight in eight states which means tonight we're going to be learning who will be running in the final general election contest for governor, for senate, and for congress in alabama, mississippi, montana, iowa, new mexico, new , south dakota, and rn. interesting races in all of those states. a lot of the attention tonight in terms of national news and controls of the national levers of power focused on california. democrats in total nationwide need to flip about 25 seats from republican control to democratic ntrol in ord the majority in congress. if they take the majority in the house of representatives that would make adam schiff the chairman of the intelligence committee, nadler head of the judiciary committee, nancy pelosi speaker of the house. it would change everything in terms of power dynamics on capitol hill and it is within democrats' reach. they need about 25 seats. democrats nationwide are counting on a whole bunch of those 25 seats coming from
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california. there are seven congressional districts that hillary clinton won in november 2016 but where a republican member of congress nevertheless holds the seat in that district. now there are a whole bunch of interesting dynamics in california that will determine whether or not democrats will be able to get good candidates into the general election to contest seats. we will know the answers to a lot of that tonight when polls close in california at 11:00 p.m. eastern time which is 8:00 p.m. local time in california. when that happens we will get a first window into not just what will happen in california but our first big window into democrats' chances of taking the house overall in november and changing the power dynamic in washington. so polls are still open right now in california. that's really the most important thing to be watching tonight in terms of national implications. in the meantime we have got polls closed in some states and we've already got some interesting results starting to come in. so far overall this whole
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primary season only one sitting member of congress who has been unseated in a primary. ngressman robertpittinger.blican so far he's the only one. tonight already we are watching to see if he's going to be joined by others. right now th are the results that we've got in in the second congressional district in deep red alabama. as you can seehe incumbent there, republican congressman martha roby is in a relatively tight battle to try to keep her seat. this is the republican primary. republicans running ag her s have been after her for having temporarily abandoned her support for donald trump for a time in 2016 after the release of the "access hollywood" tape. martha roby doesn't jus need to win. she needs to clear 50% in order to avoid a run-off after tonight. we are also watchinge in new jersey. the incumbent there is bob
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menendez. he emerged from federal bribery charges with a hung jury, and that was only in november. tonight he finds himself in a tougher than expected primary against a relatively unown opponent in new jersey, lisa mccormick. we have 59% to 41%. that's with just a little bit over a third of the vote in. we'll have a lot more to go tonight plus more election results plus more news. this is going to be a big night and a long night. so pace yourself. get the popcorn.
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we are going to start with something different tonight. this is one of those things you have not been otherwise hearing about in the news but stick with me. >> get rachel and your favorite s now asodcasts. okay. imagine you're in this guy's shoes. first at the end of october special counsel unseals a 12-count indictment against trump campaign chair paul manafort and his deputy chair rick gates. charges of money laundering and conspiracy. that's the end of octobe then in february robert mueller's team adds on a whole bunch of new felony charges, bank fraud, tax fraud, they charge manafort and gates in a second jurisdiction on top of the charges they were already facing in d.c. then the very next day rick
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gates, the guy with whom manafort is charged witavg carried out thi seme including the ill-gotten gains and hiding them offshore and evading taxes and illegal lobbying, all of it, the guy who was alleged to have done all of this, part and parcel with paul manafort, he flips. rick gates pleads guilty to just two counts and has all of his other troubles dry up and fly away. he agrees he will stop cooperating with prosecutors. then last month manafort's son-in-law also flips. the deals he invested, he agrees to cooperate with federal prosecutors. imagine what that must feel like. a rough ride these past few months. it's getting rougher for him. between now and september he's looking at two federal trials on felony -- on 23 felony charges, and his primary alleged co-conspiracy is potentially giving evidence against him as
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is his ex-son-in-law he invested in real estate deals. how has your year been so far? his has sucked. now it is getting worse. in the filing filed late last night, the special counsel presents new allegations and evidence to the federal judge hearing manafort's case in washington, d.c. new allegations and evidence that manafort has been trying to tamper with witnesses in his case. the day after rick gates pled guilty in february and agreed to start cooperating with ecutors. osornow say paul manafort began trying to contact two witnesses to the scheme that was outlined in that month's indictment. those witnesses hav told t special counsel that they think paul manafort was trying to, otsubjoran purge, give false testimony in his case. because of that alleged witness tampering robert mueller and his prosecutors are asking the judge
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in the case to consider putting paul manafort in jail now while he awaits trial. tampering with witnesses is a crime even if you're not already out on bail like manafort is. a whole new series of pressures for hi whether he really wants to do this alone or wer he like everybody else involved in this case thus far who has been charged in the united whetmaybe he, too, might want to start cooperating with prosecutors in their broader investigation. as he considers that right now on top of all of the other pressure he was otherwise facing, now there's all this new leverage on him. number one is what prosecutors are asking for immediately. allegations of witness tampering, the extent of evidence that manafort, , engaged in witness tampering. prosecutors say that is reason enough for the judge to summarily order manafort to go to jail now.
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he has thus far been out on bail with an ankle bracelet or two. awaiting the start of the trials. next week a new hearing. manafoould be going to jail rather than enjoying being out on house arrest. prosec m decide whether or not the judge concludes these new allegations are enough to revoke bail and lock manafort up immediately. prosecutors may decide they want to add this witness tampering charge in a superseding indictment. tampering with a witness is not just a violation of your bail term it is a separate serious crime. and so these allegations, this evidence against him, this could be the basis for yet a third round of federal charges. this could bring about a third indictment against him. and in addition that, ts
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may further createroems for paul manafort in terms of his existing legal representation and that's already a source of stress. because of this super sketchy website that went live begging for money for paul manafort to pay his legal expenses that at least seems to be aindication manafort is feeling some strain in terms of the cost of mounting his defense. look at the time line of what prosecutors are now alleging about manafort. they're saying they gothe evence very recently. ge manafort was trying to tamper with these witnesses. they got that evidence in may. which means they could have received it last week, right? the alleged tpeidt happen last. that's just when they got news that it had happened. according to what prosecutors filed in court last night, the alleged witness tampering actually started in february and it extended on for weeks into
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march and april. could that now be a problem in terms of paul manafort's lawyers? if paul manafort's lawyers knew that he was contacting witnesses about their potential testimony, if his lawyers knew that their client was witness tampering and they didn't tell the court about it, lawyers could potentially be in trouble themselves. if they were awa tir client was committing that crime and they kept it covered up,y, d be ible. now if more likely they didn't know that paul manafort was doing that, if he was trying to tamper with witnesses and was contacting witnesses relating to his case but was doing so without telling his lawyers and they were in the dark, they woul inrouble them fryg to cover it up and not notifying the court but i thi was happening and they didn't know about it, that was a problem. they couldn't stay on as his
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lawyers anymore. we may have already seen this play out months earlier with rick tes. rick gates pled not guilty ultimately. he had stood alongside paul manafort for a long time, right, before he finally decided would plead guilty. rick gates went through a number of different legal am e of his lalms petitioned t court to withdraw s that are still publicly unknown. the lawyer cited irreconcab differences with their client, rick gates. they said that revealing more than that be pal and embarrassing to rick gates. in that incident it appeared his legal team had to withdraw. they petitioned the court to withdraw from being his lawyers because they found out gates was doing stuff they didn't know about. they id,okay,e can't your lawny. is there a possibility that paul manafort is going to be up against that as well? ifs tampering with witnesses and his lawyers knew, big problem for them.
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if he was tampering with wiesses and his lawyers didn't know, might that be a problem in terms of them continuing to represent him? and whether or not you care about paul manafort, whether or not you lie awake at night worrying about paul manafort's stress levels, the thing that prosecutors want from him clearly is for him coopera with them. there is a mountain of charges against him in multiple jurisdictions. he's now standing alone as everybody else has decided to cooperate including against him. there is the new threat that he will be in jail starting next week even before he goes to trial. and now there's this huge new criminalllioin that is ming all of those prospects worse. the only way he could alleviate all of that pressure is to either ride it out and win this fight, or he can cooperate. help them with their case as they continue to investigate the trumgns and its ties with russia.
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whattions? ws he going to ? hold that thought.
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post office boxes come in five different sizes. we think the one we made a field trip to see, the one in the middle -- do you have that? is a size 2, a size small, with room, according to the post office for 10 to 15 letters or up to five magazines as long as the magazines are rolled.
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this is a size 2 small p.o. box. specifically the one we were there to see was 2402 in the clifton, new jersey, post office. and that exact p.o. box, 2402 is where potential donors have been encouraged to send checks or money orders to the paul manafort legal defense fund. as w reported las week mysterious fund was set up anonymously by self-proclaimed longtime friends of the trump campaign chairman but it does seem to be just paul manafort's wife and family who are associated with this size 2 small p.o. box in clifton. whoever is collecting the checks and money orders on however many rolled magazines can fit inside it would appear paul manafort might increasingly need help. he was facing 23 felony charges and two separate federal jurisdictions. that was before prosecutors last night unveiled new accusations of him attempting to tamper with witnesses in h case. joining us now is barbara
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mcquaide, former u.s. attorney in the great state of michigan. it's great to have you with us. thank you for ing here. >> always my pleasure. >> so witness tampering is it just something prosecutors complain about for somebody who is out on bail? witness tampering is a crime. can you explain just in layman's terms what witness tampering is and why it's a crime? >> yeah, and it's considered a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison because it goes to the very integrityf cot stem. it means that someone has tried persuade a witness to change their story, to tell a story that trul so it's a serio crime that prosecutors have a lot of discretion to charge which crimes they will and won't charge. witness tam i one they almost always charge because it goes to the very heart of what the criminal justice system is all about. >> and that goes directly to my next question which is why isn't this brought in the form of a superseding indictment, a new set of criminal charges against
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paul manafort or is this, in effect, a new set of charges against manafort? the way the prose brought this to the court's attention was in a filing in which they asked the judge in the case to essentially revoke his bail to not let him be out on supervised release to put him in jail while awaiting trial because of these new allegations and the evidence they gave to the court to support it. as them charging him with that witness tampering, or is this a different way of handling it? >> it is a different way of handling it, but it's not exclusive. it doesn't mean they won't charge a superseding indictment. but strategically they might not re. my only concern with charging a superseding indictment at this stage is it could lead to a delay in the trial. the manafort team might say we need additional time to prepare for these new charges. and my guess is one of the things this prosecution team wants to do is to keep the heat on paul manafort to know that trial date is getting ever closer so thate is forced to make that decision as to whether to go to trial or to work out a
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cooperation deal. so we still might see a superseding indictment down the road. as i said it's a very serious charge prosecutors usually don't let go but maybe they consider this a different way to deal with it bringing it to the courf the things you definitely want to do is get this in front of a wn as t some point because it is consciousness of guilt. that is i only needeto interfere with these witnesses because i was afraid that if they told the truth i would be convicted. i think the prosecutors want this to be part of their case in one way or another. >> barbara mcquaide from michigan, clear as a bell as always. thank you. very helpful. really appreciate it.
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lastight we had a senior aclu lawyer on the show talking about the new pic of the trump administration where t federal government is now forcibly taking babies and kids away from their parents and locking them up if the family is caught crossing the border without papers. one of the ways we've been
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grappling with the implications of this new policy is that we've been trying to figure out what our government is doing with the babies and the kids once they sunday senator merkley went to brownsville, texas, where he said a disused walmart super center is being used to house about 1,000 kids. he doesn't kw for sure because they wouldn't let him in to see the facility and called cops on him. that facility was in brownsville, texas. the old walmart. 1,000 kids. the same senator, says that on that same trip he also saw kids being kept in cages at a border pr facility in mcallen, texas, about an hour west of browns vil brownsville also right on the border. >> the first room had a series of cages that look like dog kennels ine had recently arrived and been put in them, very crowded. they had space blankets so you
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had all these silver space blankets, no mattresses. people looking distressed and upset. a number of women holding children in their arms. to that a larger warehouse with larger cases. the children had already been separated away from the parents. one cage had young boys being lined up for food, and they started with the smallest in front so you had a toddler, i don't know, 4 or 5 years old, up through youth that are 16 or 17. >> so s what wthink is ha kids and babies have never been ripped away from their moms and dads at the border. this is a new policy put in place by the trump admiti in the past obviously the have been kids who have crossed the border illegally alone and so the h had facilities to handle those young people, mostly teenagers. but babies and toddlers with
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their parents until the government stepped in to take them out of their mother's arms? that is new. the first place we think they are taking them is to these border stations where nobody is supposed to be kept more than 72 hours. that's the place senator mkley etlankand that's it. after 72 hours at the most they're supposed to be moved out of places like thatthe border to shelters like the one he went to at the old walmart. those facilities were never supposed to be taking in unaccompanied babies and toddlers. well, now nbc news has a new exclusive report that gives us two important new pieces of information when it comes to finding these kids. hundreds are being kept at the facilities on the borders for longer than 72 hours. supposed to be 72 hours max. kids are staying there longer than that and we're talking
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about hundreds of kids younger than 12. second thing that nbc is reporting these kids are not being moved out of the cages and into the bigger shelters because they don't have any more room. there are over over 11,000 kids being held alone in those bigger shelters, and now the backlog is apparently resulting in kids being kept locked up at the cages at the border waiting for a place. nbc also reports today that the trump administration's plan to solve this is at least for now to have officials start touring go goodfellow air force base, dyess air force base and fort bliss, to see if the babies and little kids can be put there. so that's your tax dollars at work now, on orders from the president. it's now the job of some federal government employees to forcibly take babies ay from their mothers where they are first locked up in cages at the border with spa blankets for comfort. if they're lucky, they might
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eventually get moved to a giant disused walmart with a thousand other kids. and since that systems breaking down, maybe military bases next?
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when i washe center at the mcallen border station, this is a processing center earlier, and i was admitted there, and i did see people, hundreds of children locked up in cages there at that facility. >> you recently saw children
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being kept in cages? >> yes. >> when? >> yesterday morning at the mcallen border station at the processing center. they have big cages made out of fencing, and wire and nets stretched across the top of them so people can't climb out of them. >> cages first then shelters like at old walmart, but those are filling up. more than 11,000 kids so far. now nbc news reports that the trump administration next wants to put the kids in military facilities. joining us now is nbc news reporter courtney kuby. thanks for joining us. >> thanks, rachel. he to be pursuing this military base option simply because they need space and they need it fast? >> yes. they need federal facility, and there are a couple of military bases that they're doing site surveys on because they just may have the space. we don't know what it would look like. would it be some large auditorium, would it be barracks
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that aren't being used, would it be fields where they would set up t? we don't really know. but they just need the space. and of course this comes as you mention because there has been a backlog of children. more than 11,000 because of this new trump administration policy which is called zero tolerance. and basicall that says that anyone who comes across the border illegally will be referred for prosecution to the department of justice. well, many of the people are coming across the border with children. the kids can't go to jail. so the department of health and human services takes custody of them, of their care and feedi there has been a big influx, thousands of them. and now the border facilities where they're temporarily held, everything is filling up. they're at or near capacity. so now thehas to fina e to take care of all these kids. >> if they are going to put these kids in military bases, what kind of time frame for how long they can keep kids at military sites? >> so it would bele they're being held and the government is figuring out where they can send
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them next, whether it's foster care, whether they have relatives here in the united states. the average time is about 45 days. but it will really depend on what exactly the facility is like. they're looking at places mainly within a couple hundred miles of the border with mexico. so down in texas with the idea that it's dlsh is produc-- ther. if they do have to send them back across the border, they don't have far to transport them. because there is such a backlog, the timeline for how long these kids are going to be held is only likely to be extended as more and more kids are sent into this processing system. >> nbc news national security reporter courtney kube. as i say, a disturbing scoop. congratulations on getting it, courtney. >> thanks. >> glad to y. stay with us. back. eight
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states are holding primaries tonight with a lot of the national focus on california, where democrats are hope to get democratic challengers in place to try to flip a whole bunch of congressional seats in that state from red to blue. californians are still voting
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right now. polls close at 11:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. local in lifornia. here is a pickle already. almost 119,000 voters were, quote, accidentally left off l.a. county polling place rosters. los angeles unty, more than 5 million voters there the county registrar says 100,000 plus names were left off the roster due to a printing error. this mistake has reportedly affected about 35% of precincts in the county. voters whose names are inexplicably missing from the voting rolls when they turn up to vote are told not to worry. they're told to file a provisional ballot which officials say will be counted. but that is obviously setting some nerves on edge in continue watch results roll in around the country that does it for now, but lots of primary coverage to come tonight. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." good evening, lawrence. >> good evening, rachel. i couldn't watch ever minute of your show tonight because i do have to do some homework for


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