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it's 2:00. my job here is done. i'm handing it over to you. >> enjoy the weekend. >> i'm off. >> nice to see you. thank you very much. with 16 days to go until the mid term elections, new nbc news wall street journal polling points to unprecedented enthusiasm and a sizable advantage for democrats, but will that hold? the same poll shows president trump is enjoying his highest job approval rating since he
took office. mpl rod rosenstein facing tough questions from members of congress about the allegations he wanted to record the president secretly. what saudi arabia is revealing about the events leading up to the death. >> we don't know where the body is. just 16 days away from the midterms and a poll shows how democrats are holding a nine-point advantage over republicans, but president trump's job approval rating is higher than it's ever been. across the board voter enthusiasm continues to surge. >> interesting groups that normally don't vote, younger voters, younger women. actually in our poll, african-americans and latinos are more enthused about voting than white voters which is very unusual. i think we're still looking at a
blue wave in november 2018. we're going to see a wave of voters who don't normally vote. >> the numbers are key here. i want to dive right in with jeff bennett. you got polling data like this. what do we learn in the latest data? >> reporter: the latest poll gives democrats a nine-point lead over republicans. this is among likely voters when asked which party they want to control congress. you see it there. democratic control, 50%. republican control 41%. that same poll gives president trump his highest job rating yet as president. trump's job rating among register voters stands at 47% approve. 49% disapprove. that's up three points from a month ago.
you have the unemployment rate at its lowest point in some 49 years. republicans give him extra credit for the brett kavanaugh confirmation and this updated trade deal between the u.s., mexico and canada. there is a flip side to these good numbers. even though the president is under water, political operatives say the president coming in to a midterm election in that 45, 46% approval range is good stuff. the flip side is that if republican voters see the president on firm political standing, they might feel less inclined to go out and vote for the republican ballot. that's why the president and some of his aides are trying to instill panic into electorate. talking about immigrants coming across the border. trying to paint a picture of what happens as nancy pelosi becomes speaker. >> you mentioned the economy there. summarizing what's in the
polling data. you look at republicans, 43% say republicans handle the u.s. economy better than democrats. 28% say democrats do that. you look at another bit of data, what are the most important issues to americans. economy and jobs. 38%. what's a democrat to do looking at those data, josh? >> i think all you can do is try to find numbers in there there could be useful. they try to pull it to other issues sump as health care. i think you have to go district by district. the national numbers tell you a certain amount but you've got these huge populations in states that really like president trump and states that really detest president trump. i was looking at the numbers in california the other day where the president about 40% down in terms of his aroou approval rat. that skews the numbers. you have to go district by district and try to work people on health care where the
democrats think they have an advantage. >> number two on that list. things that are most important to voters. we have seen republicans talking more and more about health care. however improbably there. democrats should embrace this. this is an issue they should want to be talking about on the campaign trail. >> you see that in a lot of races. you see joe manchin called it a give to say mitch mcconnell would double down on trying to repeal obama care and the affordable care act and utter those words which he did this week where so many people are concerned about their health care right now. it really is a huge election issue and especially in states like west virginia where a lot of people use that public health care system. it can help a lot of these candidates in the states. you saw nancy pelosi and chuck
schumer saying there's no distractions. we'll be talking about health care. >> jeff, what's the picture this survey paints of the country today? it lays bear the depth and breadth of the division we see in this country. >> reporter: it does. that's why we're not having a nuanced policy debate. he's talk ugh in broad strokes and really emphasizing brute force.i ugh in broad strokes and really emphasizing brute force.n ugh in broad strokes and really emphasizing brute force.g ugh in broad strokes and really emphasizing brute force.ugh in broad strokes and really emphasizing brute force.gh in broad strokes and really emphasizing brute force.h in broad strokes and really emphasizing brute force. in broad strokes and really emphasizing brute force. he's been fairly clear. most midterm elections are a referendum on the president. i think president trump is first one to welcome it and relish it. he's saying if you vote for marsha blackburn, you're voting for me. he's making clear he sees his presidency not just on the ballot but on the line. one of the ways he's trying to
gin up the anger and the emotional intensity that's necessary to get republicans or any party, for that matter, to the polls in the midterm election is to keep talk about the stakes and painting a pretty dire picture of what should happen should democrats take control of the house or senate. >> this nbc wall street journal poll is chalked full of numbers but there's a lot of anecdote in there as well. you look at the reasons they determine why the nation is so divided. for republicans it's barack obama, liberals, democrats and media. the democrats say donald trump, the republican party and the media as well. let's look past the mid term election. given howdy vi divided things a how will things stand to change? >> it rides on whether democrats are successful in taking the house. most of these articles that you see being written in the last couple of days talk about
whether the democratic margin might be smaller than people have predicted. still a change in control in the house would be massively significant here in washington. i'm familiparticular of this is oversight. i think there's many areas trump will cooperate.ov oversight. i think there's many areas trump will cooperate.ogov oversight. i think there's many areas trump will cooperate.oov oversight. i think there's many areas trump will cooperate.ofov oversight. i think there's many areas trump will cooperate.of oversight. i think there's many areas trump will cooperate. you will see an intense effort of democrats to use the power they get to bring subpoenas and investigations and dig into all matters that republicans have sort of left fallow for the last two years as the trump administration has sort of steam rolled on these various different issues. >> you look at the things that the american electorate cares about. immigration, number four on that list. we have heard the president f l about this. what's your sense of how that's
resonating? he has a point of focus. he can train his base on the group of migrants making the way across the boarder, aiming to gt to the united states. is it working better or less here in 2018? >> it's the page he's taking from successful 2016 race where immigration was a huge issue for him. the question given the family separation, given which was hugely controversial and drove away a lot of those suburban women voters that you're seeing still turning against the republicans in this election. given latino enthusiasenthusias. you see a lot more latino's saying they will vote. it's also having the effect of driving out the other side as well. as he drives out his base, he's also driving out democrats and democratic voters. i think it remains to be seen what happens come in 16 days.
i think this time around it might have an impact on both sides of the aisle. >> let's pivot here in the last couple of minutes we have. i want to ask you about the inf treaty. this is a nuclear weapons treaty between the u.s. and russia and president trump is not been shy about saying russia has flouted its commitment to that treaty. the president plans to back out of it. >> reporter: donald trump isn't the first american president to have an issue with this treaty. it was signed in the late '80s. it's first and only nuclear arms agreement to ban an entire class of weapons. it was the obama administration back in 2014 that accuse ed rusa of violating this treaty. president trump is first one to drop the ax. here is what he told reporters yesterday in nevada about this
issue. >> russia has violated the agreement. they've been violating it for many years. i don't know why president obama didn't negotiate or pull out. we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we're not allowed to. we're the ones that have stayed in the agreement and we've honored the agreement but russia has not. we're going to terminate the agreement and pull out. >> is this one of those things where president trump is motivated to do something that former president obama didn't do? perhaps we'll see. john bolton is expected to tell vladmir putin what president trump said there. >> josh, i want to get your reaction to that move. >> i think it's pretty well thought object by something like
john bolton. it's important to remember this is part of a broader effort to go at china and point china as the boogey man that the u.s. need to be concerned about. the u.s. will have a lot more flexibility in terms of targeting its nuclear weapons with china. it's had nuclear weapons for more than half a century now is not a country the u.s. nuclear posture has really been focused on. this is part of trump administration saying that threat is as big as or perhaps bigger than any that the u.s. faces from russia. >> thank you very much. jeff bennett. coming up, what really happened with the saudi government is now admitting about the death of jamal khashoggi. eg did not look right. eg did not look right. i was just finishing a ride. i felt this awful pain in my chest. i had a pe blood clot in my lung. i was scared. i had a dvt blood clot. having one really puts you in danger of having another.
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welcome back. the crown prince of saudi arabia is denying he had any knowledge of the washington post columnist jamal khashoggi, that's according to an interview. >> we discovered he was killed in the consulate. we don't know where the body is. the crown prince has denied this. this was an operation that was a rogue operation. this was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had. they made the mistake when they
killed jamal khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover it up. >> you and i haven't spoken when this happened. i want to start by expressing my condolences to you. there was an interview that your colleagues did with the president overnight, a 20-minute phone interview. he said something extraordinary. nobody told me he is responsible. nobody has told me he's not responsible. we haven't reached that point, the bepresident continued. i would love if he wasn't responsible. i want you to respond to what we have seen over the administration. >> sure. i think as far as the response goes, i'm sure trump would love for crown prince to not be responsible especially considering that the trump administration has essentially put all their eggs into nbs's
basket as far as middle east strategy and personal ties between jared kushner and the crown prince. the facts, at least this, saudi arabia is not since jamal disappeared on october 2nd, has not given any proof to back up any of their explanations for what happened. when we first heard that jamal wasmissing, they said he walked out of consulate. this latest explanation, admitting he died but killed in a fistfight. there's no video or any sort of confession. as far as whether or not the trump administration is going to sort of go along with this without any sort of evidence, you know, at the very at least, on its face it's quite
disheartening. we have reports that u.s. intelligence officials knew there was a plot that went all the up to crown prince. there were discussions about luring and capturing jamal. we know that u.s. intelligence officials have been shown the video from the turkish officials as well. somebody knows what happened to jamal, my colleague, my friend. we're still pushing for the truth. i don't think the crown prince, that they have given us any reason to trust them at all in this. >> there is this yawning gap between the facts as we know them as have been reported and what we saw in that preliminary report from the saudi arabian government. i want to understand what your reaction was when you read that report. this isn't a guy that would get into a fistfight, i would imagine. >> no, not at all.
our position and my position is that it's not an explanation. it's a cover up. my own editorial position was that it's utter bs. jamal is someone -- even if you're going to give any credence to this theory, he wouldn't hurt a fly. he was a thinker and an academic. he was going to get marriage papers to get married. this was something that was supposed to be routine and a quick in and out of the consulate. again, this explanation. where's the body? what have they done with it? what evidence are they providing to back up their claims? so far we have seen nothing. >> you wrote a very loving and urgent piece. i'm going to read a bit. you wrote, i can say that what
comes through in conversations with him is how honestly he loves saudi arabia and is people and feels it's his duty to write what he sees to be the truth about the kingdom's past, present and future. you're the global opinion editor, you're looking for people to contribute. what drew you to him? why did you want to make sure his voice was represented in those pages? >> thanks for having this question. we were just looking for somebody who could help our readers understand what was going on with the crackdowns in saudi arabia. we saw the reports about waves of princes and businessmen being detained and arrested. jamal was quoted in lots of english papers of going and g getting quotes.
he had not written full op-eds. lea let's find him and get him to write. i didn't put two and two together that this is somebody that had been silenced for six months. when he did disagragree to writ said it was painful and many of his friends and family told him to keep silent and he couldn't. he couldn't see his friends and associates languishing in jail. he sent that and the piece just traffic just spiked. we realized here is a voice that people will listen to, that people want to hear from. let's keep working with him. i remember he was so proud and so happy to finally have a job again. he just wanted to have something to do. his eyes lit up and he's like i miss this. this is great. i wish the arab world has more news rooms like this. we connected sort of editor to
editor even though i'm much younger. he felt free. i think he appreciated he had a platform where he could feel free and reach his audience. he translated a lot of pieces into arabic. he translated other pieces from other writes even if he didn't agree with them into arabic. it was inspiring. that's why it's sump a loss for me but also for the arab world. of course there's family that's devastated. it compounds the cruelty of this all what was taken from the world. not just from the post. >> thank you very much for the time. >> thank you.
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welcome back. just over two weeks away from the midterms. there's a lot of attention trained on the gubernatorial race in georgia. there was out rage as local officials stopped a bus of 40 black african-american voters who were on their way to vote. let me ask you if i could, for your reaction. when that happened when you heard the bus was stopped. >> we were just amazed. we couldn't believer it. we had an amazings time earlier.
they went out to the bus. they wanted to vote. they requested to go vote. we got on the bus. they were chanting. we found out why. it was up believable. we felt like a series of emotions. we felt, part of me felt sad, angry. i was extremely disappointed because if seniors were disappointed but it was very shocking. >> they did make their way the vote, i gather. what did they say to you about the experience? after this having happened to them. >> what's really interesting is their resilience and how strong they are even when the bus was stopped, immediately one of them said out loud, they were like they want us to get off the bus. they weren't shocked. lee let's think about it. they are 70 and 80. they have seen voter suppression. they have experienced a lot.
as they were getting off the bus, many said don't worry about it, baby. we going to vote. we went down -- we went back to -- we drove three hours and went back on wednesday. when we were there on wednesday, one of the women who was on the bus said i got straight off the bus and got in my truck and went and took a friend to vote. there were others that said they voted. what it really did is strengthened their resolve that they were determined they were going to vote. since that time, almost all of them have gone to vote. they didn't just go by themselves. many of them took a family member or went with a family member. >> i want to turn to you and ask you about this issue more broadly. there was a piece in the new yorker looking at voter suppression. he cited some data at new york university law school. there's been 99 bills designed to diminish voter acts in 31
state legislatures. help us understand the magnitude of what we're seeing. >> as a fritrial lawyer, i'm drn by numbers and evidence. under brian kemp you've seen 214 voters precincts close. with 53,000 voter registrations on hold and that's the subject of litigation brought since october 11. 70% of those 53,000 are african-american. when talk about voter suppression, it's so insidious and not totally in your face, you don't have an issue where a voter shows and told you can't vote because you're african-american, asian american or hispanic. you have to look at the laws itself. it's a ugly chicken or the egg cycle. you need to get to the polls to vote to change the competition of your legislature. in the trump administration, you
have 84 new federal judges. those judges will determine whether or not an injunction is put into place to protect voters to go to the voting boe ining b. it's very important to ensure there's access to courts to have this type of litigation heard so you have the ability to get to the voting booth. >> you know this has a long h historical legacy. i want to ask you what's different this time around. what's different in 2018? >> i think people are really tired. folks are resisting and standing up. black voters matter, we launched the south is rising tour. we could feel it. those of us on the ground could feel the frufrstration and peop want something different. people are demanding that democracy is built in this
country. there's some other pieces that we see even in this voter suppression piece. he's given a tremendous round of discretionary power to these county officials. you see incidents like jefferson county where you have officials that are abusing their power in circumstances like this. what even makes it worse is because of the gutting of the voting rights act where section 5 was struck down, you don't have the pre-clearance clause that provides the mechanism of protection that would have made someone like this county administrator think before he did such a thing. it's important what we're seeing and what we're hearing is that people are really fired up. people are frustrated with what's going on in this country now and there are people who are going to fight for democracy and that as they do that and as we go to the polls, i think you'll see record numbers. record numbers of voter turn
out. >> thank you for the time. >> thank you. one of the u.s. senate races we're watching especially closely is montana. john tester is challenging matt rose ne rosendale. my colleague also traveled to montana recently. this is race into which a lot of money has been poured. 40 plus million dollars when you look at candidate themselves and outside groups. what's your sense of what will turn this. it's the urban rural divide. where is the action going to be here in montana? >> this is a debate about public lands. more than that about who should control them. it's about authenticity. not necessarily who is the best ranch rancher. it's about independence from d.c. politics. take a look. >> what does it mean to be
montana? >> it's beautiful here. you have mountains. you have the lakes. you've got everything. >> i wouldn't leave here for nothing. >> when ever god comes to earth, he stays in montana. >> it means hunting and fishing. >> reporter: here the way you live your life out doors matter. people attack tester because he doesn't have hunting license. rosendale is from maryland but in the past he's voted for the state to control these public lands. >> millionaires from back east. maryland and other states bought it all up and they blocked it all off. >> you're saying maryland because of rosendale? >> i'm just saying. claims to be a cattle rancher, doesn't have brand or cattle. >> he portrays himself one way in montana but when he's in washington, d.c. he's voting with chuck schumer and liberal democrats. >> people call montana the last best place.
you can go, in this part of the state, to an entirely separate part of the state. yellow stone river where public lands are just as important. people come from all over the world to fish. >> is there a difference? >> i don't believe there's any real difference on public land issues in montana. we all believe in public land. it's a question of whether you want the state to manage or the feds. >> who should control public land? >> the state. >> tell me why, sir. >> the feds, everything is done in d.c. nobody knows what goes on out here. >> i think the state is more qualified to control public lands than the federal government sitting on their ass in washington, d.c. >> reporter: folks do believe if somehow we transferred the public lands to the state that everybody would be involved. they would have a much more direct access to the people making decisions about management policies on the land. the truth of the matter is we can't afford to run our office
of public straassistance. we had the close down the job placement center. if you can't fund basic social services for the state. how are you going to suddenly manage however many million acres we have of public land. >> whoever is managing those lands be it the state or federal government providing as much access as possible to the public for their lands should be one of thera their highest priorities. >> there's a big divide between urban and rural. i think in order to fix that, people need to see the west. they need to come out west and experience it and talk to people in the west first hand. >> the kicker really are these rallies that donald trump has been undertaking around the country. in order to protect my presidency, make sure the john testers of the senate are out of
senate because he votes with chuck schumer. you hear that a lot. this is way to protect president trump. he won montana by 20 points. he sees it as a place he can flip back republican. >> listening to your piece here, i love about casting a fly. how effective have those rallies been? you focus on an issue that's so acutely important to folks locally. donald trump talks about the national issue. you can vote for whomever. it's whether he or she is in lock step with the president. >> i think his rallies highlight the liberal perspective or what is spooeperceived as the libera perspective. last time they put up on the mountain, impeach. he points to the mountain and says that's the liberal agenda is to impeach me. the only way to stop that is get out and vote. it's a message that has traction
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borders. let people in illegally and they want to pay for those people, for health care, for education. they want to give them cars. they want to give them driver's licenses. the democrats want caravans. they like the caravans. >> president trump will continue to criss cross the country campaigning for republicans. it's likely he will continue to draw attention to that migrant caravan. it's something he's been using to energize his base. they are on the border between mexico and guatemala. the u.s. department of homeland security has issued this statement. we must remain mindful of the transactional criminal organizations and other criminals that prey on the vulnerabilities of those undertaking the irregular migration journey. i understand the group of migrants swelled overnight. what can you tell us about how this group has grown in size? >> reporter: the first thing i'll tell you is first part of the group has made it here.
it's a critical part of their journey. they have been asking people according to the local government. that's the state that we're in here in mexico. why did it swell to that number? it's people that crossed over the bridge on friday and those confrontations that you saw. it's people that came over on rafts in the river. it's critical to have safety in numbers. mexico is a huge country. just to give you an idea it's 250 mil 2500 miles to make it to tijuana. there's women, children and babies in this caravan. for caravan organizers, the
larger, the better. what is mexico doing about it? if you see these buses behind me, those are filled be feder federalen federa federales. they are in full riot gear. what we are finding out is they are going to escort them to a shelter here in the hopes these people are going to get processed and are going to goet their visas. >> i want us to marry what you're seeing there with the policy so much as we know with the policy is. is there much clarity on that. i know the secretary of state here in the u.s. made a trip to mexico city just a couple of days ago. he met with his counter part there.
>> reporter: it's not clear in is the mexican government on the outs. you can see more of the people behind me. i spoke to a mexican immigration official. he said what we want is for the folks to seek asylum in mexico. when you talk to the migrants they tell you that's not easy to do and many of them have no desire to do that because their goal is the united states. >> invaluable reporting. coming up, headed to the hill. rod rosenstein set to answer questions on capitol hill. lawmakers are interested in what he said about the 25th amendment and about recording the president of the united states. that's next.
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amendment. rod rosenstein has denied the claims. joining me is joyce vance. harry is with me as well. joyce, let me start with you. there's been controversy about how this is going to play out. there are members of the two committees, the judiciary committee, the oversight committee who think it should be wide open, everybody should participate, ask questions, maybe it should be done in open session. i want to play a bit of tape. bob goodlap was on sunday morning future. he was on fox business. >> did rod rosenstein set up the idea that it could only be you and gowdy and two democrats in the room? >> no, no. that was our proposal. >> so joyce, before we dig into what they're going to talk babot the forum and what kind a difference this makes. >> there had been a lot of noise coming from some folks on the right wing of the united states of the house saying that rosenstein had sought special treatment, that he wanted to
testify behind closed doors like perhaps kushner and trump junior did during those committee hearing into the russia investigation. in fact, rosenstein did not request this. it was likely signals that he'll be talking about confidential matters, classified matters that will require the leadership of the house subcommittees to go with him into a secure facility so they can have these conversations and then decide afterwards what information to release. >> harry, somebody seems irked by rod rosenstein and he said in calling for rod rosenstein, he's managed to find time for a "wall street journal" interview instead of coming before congress. he did sit down with the journal's justice department reporter and among other things he said i committed i would ensure the investigation was appropriate and independent and reached the right result, whatever it may be. i believe i have been faithful to that. i want to get your read of that interview. what did we learn about rod
rosenstein's position within the justice department, within the administration, his attitude toward bob mueller's investigation? >> well, it's always what it's been. see h he sees mueller as the professional he is and will protect him as long as he can. i agree with joyce and there's one other thing. october 24th. all of this is politics and the republican the want to be in a position to slap rosenstein around when the transcript comes out but they are themselves weary of the kind of circus that attended some other people's testimony. i think they want to be able to get the -- to be able to sound the alarm of the deep state and the like without having to look like they're too blood thirsty and that's part of the reason for the arrangement. >> the circus surrounding other people's testimony. there's also the sicircus surrounding his testimony. we remember what that looked
like. we saw a rod rosenstein many of us have not seen before the last time he fielded questions from lawmakers. was that out of keeping with the rod rosenstein you know? forgive me. >> you know, it's not. it's really consistent for folks who have worked with rosenstein. he's a straight arrow. he's very no nonsense. he doesn't mind criticism, but he doesn't appreciate criticism that's given for posturing purposes, so when he was attacked in those hill hearings, we saw rod rosenstein react very directly and very aggressively and i think appropriately for defending the independence of the justice department. >> this is of course part of the larger conversation about the russia investigation. harry, i'll turn to you last three. there was a piece in po lit co about that investigation. public service a nounnouncement prepare for disappointment. what history might tell you about what we might see as a result of this and also looking at robert mueller as an
historical artifact. how useful is history in trying to figure out what we're going to see, if anything, at the end of this investigation? >> not very i'd say. first of all, we're operating under a different statute which does, in fact, give him at the end of the day a somewhat limited role. it can be as little as just reporting findings to the deputy attorney general who decides what to do with them. much different from the regime in, say, watergate or even iran contra. i think a lot of it, of course, will depend on the composition of the house. to me it seems hard to imagine that after all of this his findings won't come out. but they could certainly be sort of truncated or summarized and the american people might never know the full extent of what he's found. that's a pretty unpleasant or horrifying prospect given how much is on the line, but you can see it happening and it has
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