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>> bill clinton gets tonight's last word. tomorrow morning we'll say a final goodbye to john mccain. barack obama and george w. bush will be giving eulogies at mccain's funeral in washington, d.c. special coverage starts tomorrow morning on msnbc at 8:30 a.m. eastern. "the 11th hour with brian williams" starts right now. tonight, the end of yet another challenging week for the 45th president, from uproar over flying the flag to another insider on his way out. one major poll puts the president's disapproval rating at an all-time high. and the first legal link in the russia investigation to the trump campaign. and paying tribute to the late, great aretha franklin. "the 11th hour" begins now.
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good evening once again from our nbc news headquarters here in new york. i'm steve kornacki in for brian williams. day 589 of the trump administration. president trump is heading into this labor day weekend and ending his summer after another very rocky week. he began it by pointedly not participating in the nation's tributes to the late senator john mccain, who of course had been a frequent trump critic. monday there was trump's reported resistance to putting out a statement by the white house. after several hours on monday, no public comment. >> reporter: mr. president, any thoughts on john mccain? any thoughts on john mccain, sir?
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>> reporter: mr. president, do you have any thoughts at all about john mccain? do you believe john mccain was a hero, sir? nothing at all about john mccain? >> reporter: any reaction to the american legion? why won't you say anything about john mccain? >> the president did eventually note mccain's legacy during a speech to evangelical leaders. but by that time he had already come under fire for raising the flag over the white house to full staff less than 48 hours after the senator's death. public outrage, including from veterans groups, then forced him to lower the flag back down to half-staff. then on tuesday there was this. a "washington post" report that trump was still actively trying to get rid of attorney general jeff sessions. note that report was about the president's latest efforts to oust the man, who was his first campaign supporter in the
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senate. sessions of course recused himself from the russia investigation a year and a half ago. it is the move that ignited trump's continuing attacks on sessions. as with many trump/sessions stories, this one has a multiday arc. senator lindsey graham said this about the two men. >> this relationship is beyond repair, i think. the president has lost confidence in jeff sessions. >> reporter: >> then politico posted a story saying trump was personally lobbying republican senators to pull their support for sessions. yesterday, bloomberg reported that trump had declared the attorney general safe, at least until the midterms in november. while sessions remains in his job, the president did announce another exit from the west wing this week, a move made public in his preferred style, on social media. trump writing on twitter, white house counsel don mcgahn will be leaving his position in the
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fall. mcgahn reportedly was not told the announcement was reporting. last week "the new york times" reported that mcgahn has given 30 hours of testimony in the russia investigation. at a rally in indiana last night, the president issued this threat. >> but our justice department and our fbi have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it now. because people are angry. what's happening is a disgrace. and at some point, i wanted to stay out, but at some point if it doesn't straighten out properly, i want them to do their job. i will get in there if i have to. disgraceful. >> trump also again took aim at the media, making a point of linking the press to his political opponents.
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>> these are just dishonest, terrible people. i'm telling you that. terrible people. today's democrat party is held hostage by left wing haters, angry mobs, deep state radicals, establishment cronies, and their fake news allies. we've got stories that are so big and the media doesn't pick them up. we have stories that if it that was about a republican or a conservative, it would be front page of every newspaper. and we have 'em and they just don't want to write 'em. it's a dishonest group of people. i will tell you that. >> new poll numbers out today suggest the possibility of a significant downward shift in the president's support. trump's disapproval rating in the abc news/"washington post" survey is at an all-time high, now 60% in the abc poll with a 36% approval rating. for now this is the only poll to
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show trump's approval that low. so the question is, is this poll an outlier, or is it a start of a trend that couldn't come at a worse time for republicans, whose congressional majority of course is on the line just over two months from now? with that, let's bring in our lead-off panel for a friday night. yamiche alcindor, white house correspondent for "the news hour," and jonathan allen, nbc news national political reporter. ken thomas from the ap, let me start with the ap and its reporting this afternoon about donald trump's state of mind inside the white house, writing, the president is more volatile than ever, creating new challenges for both his communication and legal teams. trump built his professional empire on a foundation of secrecy, enforced by fixers, lawyers, hush payments and nondisclosure agreements. seeing that world collapse around him in recent weeks has yielded intense frustration in the president, who has angrily
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told confidants that he feels betrayed by former allies. does this suggest the confidence the president has brought to every bit of his political career, is that confidence in any way slipping because of recent events? >> well, it speaks to the concern that they have inside the white house about how they will be able to combat some of these issues they see on the horizon. we saw don mcgahn, he'll be leaving after the kavanaugh confirmation is wrapped up. he's played a very important role as white house counsel. the counsel's office is much smaller than it has been in the past. there's about 25 lawyers now. and the administration is looking ahead. if there is a widespread turn of events in congress where democrats suddenly control the house, they're going to have to deal with a lot of incoming. and i think the president is seeing that on the horizon. and it's concerning to him.
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>> we mentioned that abc news/"washington post" poll puts trump at 36%. the president at this hour, in this last hour, tweeting about it. he says the abc news/"washington post" poll was so far the least accurate one. i call it a suppression poll. but by election day they brought us out of shame to about even. they will never learn. yamiche, i wonder about this too, the president tweeting about a poll that he's trying to cast doubt on it, but a poll that certainly on its face does not bring good news to him. that does seem a little bit unusual there. are you detecting any new concern by trump or the folks around him when it comes to his political standing at this moment? >> i think there's really two sets of people that are looking at this. if you're a republican who is a supporter of president trump, you are almost getting more ingrained in your support for him. when i was out in west virginia, one of his recent rallies, people said they felt he was
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under siege and that the justice department and all these investigations were really just aimed at trying to get rid of a president that a lot of people didn't want to be there. of course if you're a democrat looking at all this or an independent american or if you're a republican who just didn't support donald trump, you're looking at this and saying, there are all these things going on, people closing to the president pleading guilty to crimes, michael cohen, his lawyer, saying that trump is essentially an unindicted co-conspirator in a crime. polls were notoriously questionable in 2016. that really gave people false confidence, especially the people supporting hillary clinton, they kept pointing to the polls saying the polls say hillary clinton is going to be in a pretty good position, even if the polls showed that it was close, they still showed she was likely to wind race. so of course now you have president trump saying, well, these polls told you that i
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wasn't going to be president and they were wrong. >> that's one of the issues, jon allen, there were so many of those moments in 2016, most famously i think of the "access hollywood" tape a few weeks before the election, when there was a development, a twist, you would look at it and say there is no politician on earth who could recover from this and even if you got an initial indication that trump's numbers were cratering, they seemed to return to baseline quickly. i'm looking at this abc news poll, if there has been a hit sustained because of manafort and cohen and all these things congeolo geologgea congealing, do you think this will go back to baseline or does this have more legs? >> i can tell you this, i've
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talked to folks involved in house republican campaign strategy, and they've been predicting a dip in polls following the michael cohen guilty plea. they think it will return to the mien fairly soon. i think they're right about that. even if this poll is off by five points, that's a disaster for republicans heading into the midterms. what we've seen over and over again is this president can't get above water in approval ratings, a hardening, as yamiche was talking about. his base is hard and fast and tied pretty titghtly to him, bu there are a significant number of people on the other side who have been alienated by him, folks will show up just to vote
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against someone with a "r" after their name. >> our nbc poll had trump's approval climbing to 46%, the highest since he became president in nbc's polling, and now the possibility that it has gone south since then. on this question, yamiche alcindor, of jeff sessions and his fate, it looks like another rocky week in that relationship. the president now indicating that sessions will stay on the job through november at least, no guarantee beyond that. a lot of expectation that that will be it. in terms of how sessions' status intersects with the mueller investigation, is that why he's backed off, the idea of the legal people around him that firing sessions right now with the mueller investigation still active would cause a particular problem? >> likely there are lawyers in the white house and his personal lawyers saying, the last thing
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you want to do in the middle of being investigated for obstruction of justice is to then fire the attorney general. also if you fire the attorney general and rod rosenstein gets into the office, that's not really solving your problem. the other thing is that the president has to start lobbying senators, as the reports have shown, because jeff sessions has a lot of friends in the senate who have said they don't want to confirm somebody if jeff sessions is fired. now, you have mitch mcconnell just this week saying he still has confidence in jeff sessions. mitch mcconnell is way more important, an important factor in whether or not jeff sessions' replacement could be confirmed, than lindsey graham saying, yes, of course this relationship has a problem, it probably cannot be fixed. and i think that that's pretty obvious, because president trump is very angry and wants to fire jeff sessions but can't right now. >> and ken thomas, meanwhile, as we go on the air tonight, tomorrow will be the funeral for john mccain, capping a week of
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remembrances of him, commemorations of his life. obviously the president himself a part of that story. the political and personal tension between them, the president's reluctance to say much about him, at least initially this week. and now we land at a place where the president sort of grudgingly came around to offering some public words. it seemed he will not be at this funeral tomorrow, he was not a part of the service at the capitol today. inside the white house when it comes to this issue of mccain, what's been going on this week? >> there's been a lot of hemming and hawing. we started the week with a question of whether the flag was going to be at half-staff. there was the issue of whether they would put out the proclamation, a statement, you know, some type of words commemorating the senator's service. and we end the week with the president largely absent from the scene. and, you know, the president
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carries a lot of moral clarity, often, an important symbolism. we just have not seen that from the president. you think back to 9/11, george bush rallying the country together. you think of bill clinton after the oklahoma city bombing. you think of barack obama in dealing with the spate of school shootings. we often look to our president for that kind of consolation, someone who can help us rise above. and this whole experience raises questions on whether the president may be up to that challenge if we ever do face a serious crisis on the level of 9/11. >> and jonathan allen, as we're looking at scenes from inside the rotunda there in the capitol, the bipartisanship that was on display, obviously this is not a political issue, this is the remembrance of an american hero, but you had all of these attempts in terms of the choreography of the
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ceremonies that the mccain family had put together, to stress the idea of bipartisanship, of democrats and republicans working together, barack obama and george w. bush both speaking tomorrow. how has that altered the mood on capitol hill this week and has it done so in a way that will have a shelf life beyond this week? >> no, it will not have a shelf life beyond this week in terms of, you're not going to suddenly see mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer joining hands to sing kumbaya on anything other than the late senator they were honoring. we've seen any number of opportunities for members of congress to come together and be interested in the nation in the last decade or so, and they largely revert to what their voters demand of them, which is to really tow the party line. it's interesting, i was at the trump rally in indiana last night, and i was interviewing people about john mccain and what they thought. there was a mix.
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some of them thought they believed he was a patriot, they were happy to have voted for him, said nice things about him. others say he was either a traitor to his party or his country. i wasn't surprised by that necessarily, because trump has made such a big deal of criticizing mccain at his rallies. but i just don't get the sense that there's a lot of demand from republican base voters for republican members of congress to reach across the aisle for for democratic base voters anymore more democrats to reach across the aisle. >> there's certainly plenty of evidence to back you up on that. jon allen, yamiche alcindor, ken thomas, thank you for being with us. coming up, the latest plea in the mueller investigation, this one involving foreign funds and the trump campaign. and a home going for the queen of soul. "the 11th hour" is just getting started on friday night. t's not working out, craig?
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we are tracking a major development in robert mueller's russia investigation tonight. according to court documents, american lobbyist sam patten admitted he made a $50,000 donation through a straw donor from a russian and a ukrainian. patten has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in washington, d.c. and special counsel robert mueller. patten, who has ties to paul manafort, pleaded guilty today to failing to register as a foreign agent. meanwhile the associated press
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reports today that doj lawyer bruce ohr was told by british former spy christopher steele that russian intelligence believed it had, quote, donald trump over a barrel. here to talk about all of this, ken dilanian and eric tucker, who broke today's news on that meeting between bruce ohr and christopher steele. ken, let me start with you on this question of patten, straw donations, the trump inaugural committee, i think i said campaign in the tease but let me be clear, it's the inaugural committee we're talking about here. take us through what we need to know about this, because this was a name that i think was not on folks' radar. >> not a household name. it's a former state department official, old time washington lobbyist, comes from an old family here. he pled guilty today to failing to register as a foreign agent
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because, prosecutors say, he was working for the same ukrainian political party that paul manafort helped create in the ashes of the viktor yanukovych debacle where viktor yanukovych fled into ex piileexile. it's clear that patent came on the radar of the mueller team from the manafort investigation. they passed it on, though, to the u.s. attorney in washington, d.c. in addition to pleading guilty on these lobbying charges, he disclosed that he was a straw donor and funneled $50,000 to the trump inaugural committee from his ukrainian client. so the ukrainian client illegally paid $50,000 to get tickets and attend trump's inaugural, according to prosecutors. what we don't know is was this just the case of a wealthy ukrainian who wanted to go to the party or did he want to curry favor with donald trump? there are other examples where russians and russian-americans with ties to the kremlin attended trump's inaugural.
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there's a lot of questions about why that is, steve, in the larger picture of trump's connections to russians. >> this was actually pursued by the u.s. attorney in the district of columbia. mueller's team, you're saying, had kicked it over to that office. now what happens? we say he's agreed to cooperate with mueller. does mueller want to talk to him, is he a part of the mueller investigation? is there a next step here? >> it's pretty clear he's probably already cooperating. interesting that they did farm it out to the u.s. attorney in it d.c. but they still have their hooks into him, in a sense. he's required to cooperate with mueller. and the plea agreement also says that he lied to the senate intelligence committee about some of his work for these ukrainians and about his efforts to buy these tickets to the inaugural committee. they, the senate intelligence committee, made a criminal referral to mueller, the chairman and the ranking member said in a statement today. that was interesting, we hadn't heard that before. but look, it just shows that mueller, his investigation into
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this whole russian interference effort and the tentacles and the foreign lobbying and the manafort stuff, continues. it's ongoing. it's not ending anytime soon, steve. >> and eric tucker, you have that reporting, we mentioned it, bruce ohr at the justice department, we know donald trump has been publicly going after bruce ohr. your reporting is that ohr met in 2016 with christopher steele and concluded from that that russia had trump, quote, over a barrel. what does that mean exactly? >> so bruce ohr, before congress behind closed doors, he described that july 2016 breakfast he had with chris steele, and he said that chris steele had told him that a former russian senior intelligence official had used that language, namely that donald trump was over a barrel by russian intelligence, and bruce ohr was very clear that he actually didn't know what that meant and couldn't vouch for its authenticity or accuracy or what exactly chris steele was talking about. but he also said that chris
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steele had worked for the fbi as an informant for many years and delivered actionable, credible intelligence, including during an investigation into fifa, which is soccer's global governing body. so we don't know exactly what it meant. one thing that's really interesting is, we've known for a long time obviously what the general premise and thesis of chris steel's dossier was, namely that russia had him over a barrel. but what's interesting, steve, from this conversation is it's not just chris steele's contention that that's the case. chris steele is saying russian intel believes that case. and that what makes this conversation interesting. >> we mentioned the president, donald trump, going after bruce ohr repeatedly in the last couple of weeks. on wednesday the president put this up on twitter, "how the hell is bruce ohr still employed at the justice department? disgraceful witch hunt."
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does this shine a light on why the president takes such an interest in bruce ohr? >> the president has attacked people who have spent years focusing on russian organized crime. i don't know whether that's the case here in terms of that's why bruce ohr has become the target of trump. but it is clear that if you discredit bruce ohr and if you discredit chris steele in the min mind of donald trump, you can discredit the origins of the mueller investigation. that's why we're seeing these lines of attack being used so frequently. >> eric tucker with that new reporting, ken dilanian, thank you very much, we appreciate it. coming up, we're minutes away from rudy giuliani's so-called deadline for the mueller team. what happens next? when "the 11th hour" continues. sometimes, bipolar i disorder can make you feel unstoppable. ♪ but mania, such as unusual changes in your mood,
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it is now just over 60 days until the midterm elections. it appears the trump's team demand that the special counsel wrap up the russia investigation will go unneeded. rudy giuliani has said the president would not sit down for an interview with robert mueller after september 1st, that is tomorrow. earlier this month he told bloomberg news that, quote, if mueller doesn't get it done in the next two or three weeks, we will just unload on him like a ton of bricks. giuliani seemed to back down on that threat, though, today.
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>> reporter: you've said there should be a september 1st deadline for mr. mueller to finish whatever he's going to finish. what happens if he doesn't? >> that's his problem. it's really september 7th, would be the date. the justice department has a rule that you should stay out of politically charged investigations within 60 days of the election. i hope he respects that. >> reporter: or what? >> or nothing. otherwise it just affects how people look at the legitimacy of his investigation. is it political or is it a real law enforcement investigation? >>doj rule giuliani is referencing is a 2012 memo saying law enforcement officers and prosecutors may never select the timing of investigative steps or criminal charges for the purpose of affecting any election. the memo doesn't include any dates or windows of time. so far there is no indication the mueller investigation is nearing its end.
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with us, guy lewis, and paul putlpu butler, thanks to both of you for joining us. guy, maybe you can clear this up, because this 60-day rule, there's a memo we quote, i've heard it's an informal guideline, it's not written on paper. i remember covering politics in new jersey where there was one or twotician politicians. is there anything that will guide robert mueller here? >> steven, it's an informal rule we followed at the department of justice. and it makes sense. it's a common sense rule, that you didn't want to indict, charge, publicize anything right before an election that would tend to influence or otherwise cause favor to one side or the
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other. i mean, we at the department of justice, we wanted to be apolitical. we wanted to stay out of this kind of thing. because you can imagine, especially new jersey, florida is the same way, immediately before the election, you would have people come in, as the u.s. attorney is knocking on the door saying, oh, this candidate is doing this kind of skull did you goer -- skullduggery. you have to be careful about that kind of allegation and not go ahead involved in local or state elections, the appearance would be, to influence that election. that's what's going on here. >> paul butler, does any of that apply here? donald trump is not a candidate for office here, his name won't be on the ballot. of course it's all about his party, do republicans hold the house or senate for that matter. but trump is not a candidate. the investigation, the folks who seem to be involved in this aren't candidates themselves. do you think anything of what guy was saying there will apply
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in terms of mueller and this investigation right now? >> i think so. so the memo you referred to is from attorney general eric holder. and what he says is that prosecutors should avoid actions that might impact an election. so it doesn't necessarily have to be targeted against a candidate. i think that mueller will respect the spirit of that guideline. but i don't think he's counting off the days until september 7th, as giuliani fantasizes. we've got to push back against giuliani's hype and spin that mueller is dragging his feet. far from it. you know, most special counsel investigations don't result in any indictments. so far, year and a half, mueller has indicted 35 people, some of whom pled guilty. he got those eight felony convictions against paul manafort. he's got a long way to go. >> i'm curious, guy, what do you make of rudy giuliani initially sort of drawing this line in the
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sand for the start of september, now moving it, ufri think he sa september 7th, seeming to back off how serious that would be if mueller didn't finish things up by then. what do you make of rudy giuliani's posture here? is it all from a public relations standpoint? is there a legal point to it? >> paul is 100% right, all it is is a defense lawyer posturing, trying to put pressure on the prosecutor. i'm sort of surprised about this, maybe he's doing it for the client and to make the client happy, that happens sometimes. but in terms of bob mueller, let me tell, we're dealing with a former vietnam vet who was wounded in action, who got the -- who was awarded the purple heart. he has been a united states attorney. he has been a chief of the criminal division. that guy's been through it. and he's not going to be influenced one way or the other by rudy giuliani saying i want
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this thing finished on this day or else. that's just -- it's frankly kind of silly. >> and paul, it occurs to me as well, this question of what will happen between now and november, one thing is already on the calendar, correct, the paul manafort trial. >> you know, steve, he's got a long -- mueller's got a long things-to-do list. one is to get paul manafort convicted in that d.c. jury trial that happens in december. he's got to make a decision about whether he's going to subpoena donald trump, which would start off a big, huge battle that would end up in the supreme court. that obviously isn't going to happen in the next couple of weeks. he's got to make a decision about jared kushner, about don junior. they have exposure, including from what's going on in the southern district of new york federal investigation. they might be liable for campaign violations. in addition, don junior may have lied to the senate when he said
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that the president wasn't told about the meeting with the russian lawyers in advance. so i can go on and on, but again, no way can this be wrapped up any time before -- i don't know, we're talking, again, an average special counsel investigation takes years and years. this is just a year and a half in. >> paul gbutler, guy lewis, thanks so much for joining us. coming up, donald trump plans to throw a texas-sized rally for his former rival ted cruz. first he has to find the state's biggest stadium. why that search may be more complicated than you might think, when "the 11th hour" continues. inues.
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he says, i'm picking the biggest stadium in texas we can find. as you know, ted has my complete and total endorsement. you get the point, the president says he's going to texas for ted cruz and not only is he going to texas for ted cruz, he wants to find the biggest stadium possible to do the rally. does the president know what he's potentially getting himself into here? because to fill the biggest stadium in texas, that could take a lot of bodies. how many? here's an idea. first of all, if you go by the official capacity, the official listed seating capacity, kile field, college station, that's texas a&m, home of thine ing ag. they have squeezed more than 110,000 bodies in there for a football game once. that is the biggest stadium in texas, probably. would trump want to go there? here's one complication if trump were to choose texas a&m.
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guess who's affiliated with texas a&m? george w. bush. this is where his presidential library is, he's very affiliated, associated with that school. of course the bush family and the trumps don't exactly get along these days. maybe that would be a problem. so where else could trump potentially look? how about arlington, outside of dallas, at&t stadium, where the cowboys play? they've squeezed 108,000 in there. maybe trump would feel more comfortable. jerry jones of course has been on trump's side when it comes to that issue of kneeling. you see a picture last year, jones brought the team out before the anthem to kneel, then they all stood up for the anthem. he says he doesn't want a dallas cowboy player kneeling, so they're sort of allies about that. if you want to be more technical about the biggest stadium in texas, try this one on for size. the texas motor speedway,
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181,000 people can fit into there. it gets into the whole issue, do you consider a racetrack, a speedway, folks driving around in cars, do you consider that a stadium or does a stadium have to have track and field or soccer or football? does it have to have some kind of support besides auto racing? but again, technically you could say 180,000 folks could fit into that speedway. here is the big issue. 102,000 at texas a&m, 180,000 at the texas motor speedway, trump has been doing these big rallies since he became a candidate back in 2015. but has he ever come close to 102,000 to 100,000 to 181,000? we went book and looked. i have to tell, there are no exact numbers out there. they don't necessarily give out tickets and count stubs and take attendance at these rallies, so we don't have exact numbers for the trump rallies. his estimates sometimes are different than the fire department's media, they're
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different than the media's estimate. i think we can say this, if you went with the most generous interpretation for one of these trump rallies we've had so far, it was probably back in august of 2015, willing to say we could be wrong on this, we could be off by a few thousand this way or that way, but probably the biggest single trump rally that's happened so far was at a football stadium, if the football-loving state of alabama, in mobile, alabama, august of 2015. maybe you remember this one, the crowd there was probably 20,000 on the low end to 30,000 on the high end. that's probably about the best trump's done, he's come close to that a few other times, that we could find, looking back at these things. that's the challenge for trump. if he wants to find the biggest stadium he can in texas, he's got some options. you can fit six figures there when it comes to people. but the biggest trump rally in three years, 20 to 30,000. so that would be quite a challenge for the president, if he wants to live up to what he put in that tweet. coming up, thousands of people have been standing in the heat late into the night, paying
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today was not business as usual on capitol hill, as lawmakers, staffers, and members of the public gathered to remember the late senator john mccain. this hour, senator mccain is lying in state in the capitol rotunda after thousands of people lined up for hours today, paying their final respects. moments before a ceremony began this morning to honor mccain, heavy rain poured down as u.s. service members escorted the flag-draped casket up the capitol steps. paul ryan, mitch mcconnell, and vice president mike pence all delivered heartfelt remarks as the mccain family looked on. >> half a world away, wearing
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our nation's uniform, john mccain stood up for every value that this capitol building represents. then he brought that same to advocate for our service members, our veterans, and our moral leadership in the world. so it is only right that today near the end of his long journey, john lies here in this great hall under this mighty dome like other american heroes before him. >> john mccain deserves to be remembered as he wished to be remembered. a patriot who served his country, a man, yes, of the senate but also a man of the house. a navy man. a family man.
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a man who made an enormous difference in the lives of countless people, a man of conviction. a man of state. there's a line from his farewell statement that really just grabs me. our identities and sense of worth are not circumdescribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves. that's john mccain. how fitting and how true. >> we gather here today to honor an american patriot. served a cause greater than himself. and we gather here remembering a man who knew how he wanted to be remembered. and so let me say to all those
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gathered and his beloved family, on behalf of a grateful nation, we will ever remember that john mccain served his country and john mccain served his country honorably. >> following those comments, senator mccain's wife cindy walked up to the casket to once again say good-bye. she was followed by other members of the mccain family. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and both chambers of congress then gathered around to say their farewells to their colleague. and tomorrow morning, a memorial service for senator mccain will be held at the washington national cathedral. former presidents george w. bush and barack obama are both scheduled to speak and then on sunday, senator mccain will be buried at the u.s. naval academy in maryland. coming up, more than 500 miles away in the city of detroit, there was a celebrity-filled celebration of
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the last thing before we go tonight, a star-studded send off for the queen of soul lasting more than seven hours and complete with pink cadillacs, it was a moving tribute celebrating the life of an american icon, aretha franklin. ♪ looking out on the morning rain ♪ >> she took other people's songs and made them her own. when otis redding heard her sing, he said she done took my song. oh, yes she did and he was glad she took it because she spelled out in a way he never spelled out respect. >> you know the other sunday on my show, i misspelled respect. and a lot of y'all, a lot of y'all corrected me. now i want you all to help me correct president trump and
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teach him what it means. ♪ you make me feel like a natural woman ♪ >> and i say that because when word had went out that miss franklin passed, trump said she used to work for me. no, she used to perform for you. she worked for us. >> my mother died in 2009 and it was her who introduced me to the voice of aretha franklin. we would be driving up to the country and she would have the music blasting. and i could tell what my father had done by the music she was playing. if she was playing "respect" or "think" i knew had he done something wrong but if she was playing "doctor feel goode," he might have done something right. >> it feels amazing to see a
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woman so fierce, so courageous, gifted, so respected, and to be able to call that my grandmother, to know that i have that running through my blood and that she's a part of who i am. >> ooh she lived with courage, not without fear but overcoming her fears. she lived with faith, not without failure but overcoming her failure. she lived with power, not without weakness but over coming her weaknesses. ♪ i'm going up yonder to be my lord ♪ >> it has been said that hers was a once in a lifetime voice. that is simply not true. her gift was almost otherworldly. >> if she moved us all not only with her songs, but through her
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spirit and through her love. >> and that is our broadcast for tonight. thank you for being with us. brian and "the 11th hour" will be back on tuesday. for now, have a great weekend. a happy labor day. good night from nbc news headquarters in new york. y. good night from nbc news headquarters in new york you know, friday night before a holiday weekend, it always pays to go to work if you work in the news business. if you don't work in the news business, it always pays to watch the news. pay attention to the news. on friday nights in general, right? the friday night news dump, it's legendary. but particularly before a holiday that you can see coming a long way off, always a good idea. and today is proving that rule of citizenship and the rule of the news once again. it has been a very busy day today on lots of fronts. particularly in the courts. just tonight, for example, after close of business, the u.s. attorney in washington, d.c. filed th

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