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sarah sanders won't rule out the president pardoning paul manafort and won't say if the president believes democrats hates jews. nancy pelosi says she is not in favor of impeachment because it is so divisive. then adds he's just not worth it. and why this week promises to tell us so much about the status of the mueller investigation starting with the document that came out tonight as the 11th hour gets underway on a monday evening. good evening from our nbc news headquarters here in new york. day 781 of the trump administration and we are launching into what could be an important week in terms of what we learn about the status of this mueller investigation. and at the same time the speaker of the house is making waves about her comments about the potential for impeachment. late today nancy pelosi told the washington post magazine what she sees as the standard for
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impeachment. i'm not for impeachment. this is news. i haven't said this to any press person before. impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there is something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan i don't think we should go down that path because it divides the country. and he's just not worth it. the speaker's remarks come as the nation waits to find out what will come of the mueller investigation. house democrats are pushing for those findings to be released to the public. tonight pelosi was asked if the mueller report could potentially change her mind on the subject of impeachment. >> if it is conclusive so be it. president nixon was not impeached. republicans finally saw the light. i have no idea nor should i have any idea what the mueller report will say. from our standpoint our day to day work is not about him.
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it's about the american people. >> earlier on this very network former cia director john brennan said that the mueller investigation will need to make a case against the president that republicans cannot ignore. >> i think it has to be something that is going to be enough to convince the republicans who have just stuck with trump to date to say no this does meet the standards of high crimes and misdemeanors and he needs to be ousted from office. >> as we mentioned, as we talked about here as the weekend got underway over these next few days we may learn a lot more about the status, the direction and the duration of the mueller investigation. politico reports this week could reveal the special counsel's end game. former obama justice department spokesman matt miller tells politico quote it's one of the moments where a number of threads are starting to merge together which is to be expected because we daappear to be near the end.
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in a furirst of many legal documents this week roger stone's attorney send a letter saying why he failed to reveal a plan of a rerelease of a book despite the gag under he was under. there was/is no intention to hide anything. we seek only to defend mr. stone and move ahead without further ado. wednesday that same judge will sentence paul manafort who is facing up to a decade in prison for conspiracy on top of the four years give or take he got last week. that day could also see a status update in the case of michael flynn. thursday one roger stone back in court to learn his status. friday rick gates may learn more about his sentencing. manafort's sentencing may be the event that gains the most attention this week given the continuing questions surrounding a potential presidential pardon. today our nbc news colleague
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hallie jackson asked the white house about that. >> why hasn't the president ruled out a pardon for paul manafort? >> the president has made his position on that clear. he'll make a decision when he is ready. >> let's bring in our lead off panel. peter baker, chief white house correspondent for the "new york times." and chris reporter for the los angeles times who covers the special counsel investigation. and because tonight is another one of those night wheres they just handed me something from the "new york times" that has come out in the last half hour, i would like to begin with barrett as this is another legal matter. new york attorney general opens investigation of trump projects. the first graph roughly this. the new york state attorney general's office late on monday issued subpoenas to deutsche bank and investors bank for records relating to the
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financing of four major trump organization projects in a failed effort to buy the buffalo bills in 2014. they cite their source as someone who has been briefed on the subpoenas. tell us what this is about and why this is coming about. >> so this is a direct fall out from michael cohen's testimony. if you recall when he testified, he testified that trump had inflated his assets and this is really to be expected following that testimony. so the new york attorney general is obviously starting a civil investigation. so at this point, they have served the subpoenas to deutsche bank, it's a civil investigation. it's really at the early stages. but this could absolutely continue for quite a while and really cause a lot of headaches for deutsche bank and possibly for the trump organization. >> i want to remind viewers this moment happened on live
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television february 27th. here is michael cohen. >> mr. trump is a cheat. as previously stated, i am giving to the committee today three years of mr. trump's personal financial statements from 2011, 2012 and 2013 which he gave to deutsche bank to inquire about a loan to buy the buffalo bills and to forbes. these are exhibits 1-a, 1-b and 1-c to my testimony. it was my experience that mr. trump inflated his total assets when it served his purposes such as trying to be listed among the wealthiest people in forbes and deflated his assets to reduce his real estate taxes. >> so you are sitting in the new york state attorney general's office. you hear it publically i guess
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it would be malpract toos not at least look into this? >> and if you recall the current attorney general ran on the campaign that she would not hesitate to investigate the president, to investigate the trump organization. if you recall, the charities bureau is the one that is investigating the trump foundation that brought the charges against them and was responsible for the dissolution of the foundation. they are really all over this right now. and i think it just goes to show sort of the next chapter after the special counsel's office will come down to new york and what investigations and ultimately prosecutions will be happening in new york. >> peter, this is your newspaper and this is also an example of just how many stories are swirling out there and how in another set of eyes, in another set of hands something said in open committee testimony lights up another bank of phones. >> that's exactly right.
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once again, as you say, it demonstrates how many different avenues of inquiry there are and demonstrates the risk to the president that goes beyond whether nancy pelosi wants to impeach him. long after he leaves office there is going to be the fallout from these various different organizational investigations that are going on, not just his business, but his foundation, the inaugural fund as well as the actions he has taken as president. if you are the president you are going to say michael cohen is a liar. he will go to prison for lying to congress and therefore the new york state attorney general is being partisan for taking his word on anything and launching this inquiry. but our reporting showed over the years that this idea that he sort of inflates the worth when it serves his interests in one sense and then deflates it when it comes to taxes, our reporting has borne that out over the years.
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i think there is plenty material to look at. >> chris, i'm old enough to remember a few hours ago when the roger stone court filing came out and we thought that might be important and asked you to take a look at it and explain it to us. what's the end result? >> roger stone has been squirming under the gag order that the judge put in place a few weeks ago. first, he angered the judge by posting a photo on instagram that had an image of cross hairs next to the judge's face. he got a stronger gag order because of that incident. now the judge is upset because roger stone is writing a book about the victory of donald trump and the russia investigation. the book is a re-released version of an older book with a new introduction that targets the special counsel's office. now the question is if that violates the gag order.
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he will be back in court arguing that he shouldn't be sent to jail. you saw tonight his lawyers arguing that the judge should not throw the book at him, that this was an honest mistake to not tell the judge about the upcoming book. you also saw them really being concerned. as part of the court filing, they submitted internal e-mails showing how they were trying to gather information about the book. and in those e-mails they were saying we need this information right now and tell the judge otherwise roger can be in jail. >> you have dealt with federal judges in your profession. when i read the tone saying they have been scolded and their phrase that this is much ado, i think a federal judge decides how much ado there is here. what is this judge likely to think of their filing? >> roger stone is really playing with fire here. this is not a line you want to sort of tow up against here. ultimately what is on the other
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side of that line is jail. he is out on bail right now but that is completely within the judge's discretion. if she feels that roger stone is violating the terms of the order or not being candid with the court, i don't think this judge will hesitate to put him in jail. this is the exact same judge that ultimately put paul manafort behind bars when he was attempting to tamper with witnesses. clearly this is a judge that does not enjoy having her rules not followed. >> speaking of paul manafort, give us a preview of what might happen to him in court wednesday. >> this is round two of the sentencing for manafort. and i think that this is a round that he should be particularly worried about. so as it has been reported, he got a fairly lenient sentence from the judge in the eastern district of virginia, but judge jackson has really been privy to a lot of paul manafort's crimes and what he did after he was
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arrested. she put him in jail for attempting to tamper with witnesses. she was also the one that had to hear all of the details about how he violated his cooperation agreement. and she was the one that ultimately made the decision that yes in fact he had lied to the special counsel's office and yes in fact he should not get the benefit of the cooperation agreement. she has seen all the dirty laundry. >> of the two federal judges, this is the wrong word, but she is the one with more reason to be aggrieved, kind of more motivation i guess behind her sentencing statement. >> judge elwhoos hlis who had tl from the beginning had expressed negative feelings about the special counsel's office investigation. he was very hard on those prosecutors. >> said it in open court. >> judge jackson has not had those views. in fact, the opposite. she has had paul manafort and his lawyers coming into her
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courtroom and not being truthful, not being forth coming. if anything he should be very concerned. he is facing a maximum sentence of ten years. she can't go above that. any sentence she chooses to give manafort could run on top to what he got from the eastern district of virginia. >> that will get people's attention. peter baker, i want to read something to you from the daily beast, the president's public display of emotional support for manafort is reflected inivity pr proo -- in private discussions with close associates and has repeatedly expressed agitation over manafort's jailing sometimes likening him to a political prisoner. first, peter, i love sourcing that follows the president's weekend at mar-a-lago because
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there are people we know who are often source material for stories after the president has spent the weekend at mar-a-lago. i want you to comment on the possibility of a manafort pardon. and manafort's lawyers keep pointing out this laundry list of physical ailments he is suffering from, as if to make it a humanitarian gesture. >> as you reported sarah sanders declined to rule out a pardon today saying he will make a decision when he makes a decision. most presidents would not think of interfering at this point by the use of pardon power in an ongoing base involving somebody so close to him. they would see that as being explosive politically at the very least. your pardon power is unchallenged in the constitutional sense. a lot of critics would say if you use the pardon power for the
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purpose of impeding an investigation that reflects on you, that could be something that congress could look at if they chose to take up impeachment. nancy pelosi seeming to throw cold water on that. we don't know where he is going with that. obviously, paul manafort, that is going to be his best hope left to him after judge jackson issues her ruling this week. >> chris, a brief preview from you of what we could learn in the gates and flynn court matters later this week. >> so i would say that the rick gates status update could be the most interesting one. we might be able to learn more about his cooperation with prosecutors. there is a whole window he has into president trump's inauguruation committee which is also under investigation by prosecutors in new york. it is possibly he is cooperating with that investigation. this is one question that could be answered at least somewhat
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there. mike flynn's status update i think will be a little less interesting because we already understand that he is cooperating in the investigation of his former business associates who were lobbying on behalf of turkey. they are under indictment in virginia. often times the status updates are pretty bare bones. they keep their cards pretty close to the vest. so they often don't show more of their hand until they're ready to actually sentence them. >> peter baker, you mentioned speaker pelosi. what are the odds that the comments she made about impeachment was a candid, off the cuff moment that she announced as news to the journalist sitting across from her? and what are the odds that was a carefully crafted, carefully curated quote that was sure to end on he's just not worth it? >> she has been saying something similar that she is not eager to pursue impeachment and
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recognizes how divisive it is for the country. that isn't her priority at the moment. her priority is issues for american people like voting rights and gun control and so forth. but this quote did seem to take it further and did seem like she intended it to be news and intended it to be a more definitive closing of the door by saying i am giving you news i haven't given to others before. now, she left herself a big giant hole there to get through if robert mueller comes back with something that is so damming and persuasive that it forces a change of thinking. she says if it is overwhelming, compelling and bipartisan she would consider it. that in effect is just a pretty realistic lay of the land analysis at this point. the number to remember is 20. unless you can convince 20 republican senators the president of the united states ought to be thrown out of office. you will not have a successful
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impeachment trial in the senate. there is no point in her mind going forward unless republicans join an impeachment effort. if she sees that shaping up, she could change her mind. >> great reminder on the math. thank you for allowing us to press you into service especially with breaking news courtesy of the "new york times" just before we went on the air tonight. speaker pelosi has now spoken on impeachment. what about all the voices of democrats on all the committees in the house doing all the investigating? we'll ask one committee meeting coming up next. later, what one democratic candidate said about the vice president that had people talking this weekend. the 11th hour is just getting started on a monday night. hou started on a monday night. sarah's last tuition payment, sent off. feeling good? oh yeah. now i'm ready to focus on my project. ♪ ♪ this is why we plan.
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lawyers but so far they aren't cooperating. elijah cummings wants to hear from two lawyers responsible for president trump's ethics and financial disclosures. the attorneys are sherry dylan and stephen pasen teeno. they could be key into determining whether or not trump committed crimes regarding hush money payments. ng hush money payments. the white house has responded on behalf of passantino and declined to make him available for an interview. according to requests from the committees sent to each of the lawyers. the two appeared to provide false information to federal officials about payments to cohen to keep the alleged trump affair from becoming public. passantino was a white house
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deputy now working for the trump organization. dylan is a personal attorney for trump. for more, we are joined by congresswoman representing the u.s. virgin islands. she sits on the house oversight committee where viewers perhaps last saw her participating in the questioning of michael cohen. congresswoman, just this "new york times" story that came out a half hour before we came on the air, from just one paragraph in michael cohen's testimony, you sat there and witnessed it. you took part in the questioning. how much more is there? how much more was the committee tempted to go down tributaries of information that he opened up? >> i think that we as committee members really agreed to a definitive line of questioning that was related to criminal activity of mr. cohen as well as others in that orbit. we were not trying to go into the russia investigation or other places where other
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committee members were. i think you heard that in our testimony -- in our questioning. i think now what you are seeing with elijah cummings getting more information is the amount of evidence that we will need based on the information that he gave us. >> help us out especially those of us who couldn't read between the lines, what do you hope to learn from these two lawyers specifically? >> i think what we're trying to figure out is how much of the information that mr. cohen gave us was truthful and how much of it may in fact involve the president, white house officials, not just the trump organization and not just the campaign. did this activity actually occur and continue once he took the oath of office and became president of the united states? >> do you take the speaker at face value? her quotes that are being widely
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circulated tonight on impeachment? or do you think something is at work here that might be a wider effort? >> i take what she is saying at face value. it is not something she has not been saying in closed doors and caucus meetings. i think it is very prudent of us to let the investigation go where it will, present the evident to the american people. and i think greater than impeachment would be the american people sending a message to this president that we don't want you as president anymore and voting him out in 2020. >> are you worried that the white house is going to try to make it more difficult for committees like yours, democratic majority not withstanding to do what you want to do and talk to the people you want to talk to? >> of course, we expect obstacles. it's my hope that they'll be reasonable and understand that we are not going to back down. i think particularly in the committee that i'm a member of, oversight, we are being very meth methodical. we're being very discrete.
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as we mentioned, we are anticipating a few key hearings including but not limited to paul manafort's second sentencing. trump's former campaign chairman could have ten more years added to his current sentence of 47 months minus 9 months for time already served. earlier today sarah sanders said the president will decide when he is ready whether or not to pardon manafort for his crimes. meanwhile, former cia director john brennan said today there is no doubt in his mind that trump will pardon manafort. >> i don't have any doubt that mr. trump is going to pardon paul manafort at some point. the question is when. if he is also convicted of state charges, donald trump is not going to be able to pardon him
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for that. >> with us this evening to talk about it rick wilson whose views about the president is best expressed by the title of his book everything trump touches dies. rick, always a pleasure to have you. thank you very much for coming on. i noted last week in real time the list of physical ailments that manafort's lawyers made clear that the court hear them out on. i'm wondering if they were setting up the predicate for a humanitarian pardon that this man whose health is falling apart, he has been in protective custody in jail, do you rick wilson consider it an article of faith that manafort gets pardoned? >> i don't actually. i will tell you two reasons. once he is pardoned, he no longer has fifth amendment protection to not incriminate
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himself. he can be called before state courts. this guy is facing more jeopardy if he is out than if he is in. i think when paul manafort looks at the two big wedges he is caught between, on the one hand he doesn't want to spend his life in prison. if he is out he owes oleg deripaska money. it is a mixed bag for manafort no matter how he plays it. he may look at manafort as a tough guy who has held himself together so far but only the other hand trump is innately disloyal to everyone around him. >> what is the upside if you are manafort and your team in not apologizing to the court showing remorse? >> look, i think that was definitely strategic play on their part knowing two things,
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one that this stretjudge has a reputation of going easy. manafort knows that the president is vengeful among many other terrible characteristics. i think you will end up with a situation where manafort didn't think he needed to do it with this judge and thought it might be a risk factor for a potential pardon. >> what do you make of the pelosi comment on impeachment? she gets to freely troll the president and say he is just not worth it while she gets it set herself up for saying someday i didn't want this, but just look at the preponderance of the evidence? >> this is the difference between the kids and the grownups in the democratic party right now. and strategically, it doesn't matter if you impeach trump in the house because at the end of the day it will go to the
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senate. and tell me where the extra 16 votes come from. they're not there. there is no way to get the math there at this point with the evident we have today in the public space to get a conviction in the senate. so why burn that thing down in the house? why go for something that you have itch peopled him -- donald trump doesn't have the shame function in his brain so he will not care. it will motivate his base. you will end up with a situation that looks a lot like bill clinton who managed to sustain himself through prosecution that didn't mean anything in the end because it didn't remove him from office. the other element is nancy pelosi has been around the block. she understands how they play out. unlike the people who are more enthusiastic about the immediate step to impeachment, they don't understand that the political benefit they gain from it is deminms. compared to the political benefit of holding donald trump to count. you can grind down donald
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trump's political stature and power and reduce him to a hollow shell of a man by going after the things he has legitimately done to deserve full investigations. there is a lot of corruption here beyond even the russia story that this administration is hip deep in. there is a lot of things the house can do that are the right policy decision and the right political decision. >> back to your favorite subject, the wall. i will read the president's tweet on said subject today. republican senators have a very easy vote this week. it is about border security and the wall, stopping crime drugs et cetera, not constitutionality and precedent. it is an 80% positive issue. the dems are 100% united as usual on a 20% issue open borders and crime. get tough rs. other than it being a big day for capital letters, what is the viewers' guide? >> he is going to keep beating this one dead horse until it is
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a flat smear on the highway because he is determined to keep that little tiny segment of his base that really believes he is going to build a 3,000 mile, 200-foot tall wall across the border to keep out the mexicans. they are really almost all he has left. no one cares about this issue. it is not going to make decisions on voting on the 2020 election. no one really wakes up in the morning except for donald trump and his fan boys and says we have to build a wall. they look at the border as a different kind of security problem and with different and more effective ways that are out there. nobody wants to look at this at this problem and say i have to go out and defend an $8 billion recapitulation of the entire think that we shut down the
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government for. it wacost us polling position. none of that makes sense in terms of moving the political ball in the senate. those guys are in the same spot they were on the $1.37 billion that ended up passing for fencing and repairs in the prior shutdown bill. it's not going to go anywhere. it's just the president rage tweeting as he likes to do. >> rick wilson, a political pro. he is an author and he is a per scope and twitter enthusiast. we love all of it. thank you so much for coming on our broadcast. did a new voice just rise above the den among the democrats in the run for 2020? we'll ask two veteran reporters covering all the presidential developments when we come back. developments when we come back. i have a vision correction number,
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by the house was disgraceful, because it's become the democrats have become an anti-israel party. they've become an anti-jewish party. the democrats have become an anti-israel party. they've become an anti-jewish party. >> that was president trump responding on the house vote on a resolution condemning hate in response to controversial comments about israel made by freshman democratic congresswoman ilhan omar. trump told rnc donors according to axios that democrats hate jewish people. during today's rare press briefing the first in 42 days, sarah sanders dodged questions about the president's remarks.
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>> yes or no. does the president truly believe that democrats hate jews? >> i am not going to comment on a potentially -- >> does he think democrats hate jewish people? >> i think they have had a lot of opportunities over the last few weeks to condemn some of the comments. >> you are not answering the question. is there a reason? >> i believe i answered it twice. >> you didn't say yes or no. >> i think that is a question you ought to ask the democrats. >> let's talk about it, white house correspondent and associate editor for politico and ken thomas. i'm coming at you with two questions to begin with. what is going on in 2019 with the president, democrats and jews in this country? and two, if the choice was sarah sanders as she showed up and comported herself today or no briefing, which would you
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choose? does it still have utility to you? >> we want as many briefings as possible. i hear what you are saying, but there were still things that came out of that briefing today that we never had an opportunity to ask in the last month, more than a month and you can get some sense of things even if she doesn't answer. so back to this topic. you know, the president has clearly decided that this is one of his talking points. he feels like this is a strong issue for him. it highlights the divisions in the democratic party on capitol hill right now where they can't decide exactly what to do about the congresswoman's comments. his supporters really like it. this is something that they feel good about. more than that, this is sort of a rare foreign policy victory for the president. people kind of forget about how strong president trump and prime minister netanyahu are right now.
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i was just seeing that this is the re-election time for the prime minister. there are billboards of president trump up in israel right now. that is how strong this relationship is. he might not win reelection in april. right now this is something that president trump feels like he can be very strong about. he can point to something that his predecessor didn't have with this prime minister. >> i was watching some of the israeli coverage last night. it is a big positive is some of the polling they did. ken, since you're covering 2020, i wanted to show you numbers out of iowa. to my memory, these are close to unique with an incumbent president. would you like to see a republican challenge trump in 2020? margin of error right there is a straight up tie. are you surprised by that? >> yes and no. you know, 40% shows that there is a real vulnerability for the
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president but i don't think this is a poll that will make governor larry hogan immediately declare his candidacy. there is definitely a softening at play here for the president and his base. i think the concern that his advisers should have is that someone like a hogan is hanging out there to see if you know after the mueller report comes out, if by next summer there are concerns among republicans that there might be an opportunity. and anytime a president gets a challenge within his own party it usually leads to big problems down the road. i mean, jimmy carter and george h.w. bush both got challenges in thaz respective primaries and lost reelection. >> take 30 seconds and tell our viewers who may not know the name larry hogan why they are hearing the name larry hogan more often on broadcasts like this one.
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>> he is basically open to the idea of a primary challenge. he is not going to you know give up his day job to do it, but he is somebody who is a well-regarded moderate. he has been critical of the president. it's the type of person who could cause the president some problems if he were to get in and just force the president to spend money and time and attention in a primary. >> quick word about the governor of maryland who keeps popping up in conversations. we sneak in a commercial break. when we come back, the democrats have picked a city for their national convention. there it is. tough part might be choosing a candidate to be their nominee in that city. e their minonee in that city.
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there is a new poll that puts two veteran democrats in the lead in the iowa caucus. this is from cnn des moines
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register. they have former vice president joe biden leading with 27%, bernie sanders with 25. they are the only two democrats cracking double digits right now. joe biden is not in the race and according to is now imminent, we've asked anita and ken to stay with us. pete, the mayor of south bend, indiana was at 1% but this past weeke weekend, he might have proven the power of a good night to have a good outing in terms of national live news media exposure. he was part of a cnn town hall last night. the question came up of the kind of very deeply religious former governor of indiana now vice president mike pence. i want to show you the exchange.
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>> i mean, i don't know, it's really strange because i used to believe he believed in our -- i disagreed with him on these things but says at least he believes our institutions and he's not corrupt but how could he get on board? it's about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person and that idea of welcome. that's what i get in the gospel in church and his has a lot more to do with sexuality and i don't next a certain view of that. if you buy into that, how could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency. >> ken thomas you can see there inelegantly picked a good night to have a good outing. he's so many things the democrats want and admire. 37 years old. harvard graduate. afghanistan war veteran.
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gay mayor of a medium sized american city and the wealth and size of the 2020 democratic slate. >> yeah, i think the town hall showed a window into things activists have seen. he's very young and relatively untested but has political talent and, you know, he's someone in a party that's -- who could stand out and could be can the fresh face. an important note to the town hall, he raised more than $600,000 since that town hall. there is definitely an interest and people willing to contribute to someone who think think has a message. >> and anita, we mentioned this before going to the break, the democrats have made their cho e
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choice. milwaukee for convention, are they basing it on electoral history? >> i think that's a reason they are doing it there. when a party picks the city as you know, a lot of it is infrastructure. can people get around? are their hotels rooms? is there a convention hall big enough? sure, i mean, the dnc chairman today was talking -- tom perez was talking about that. people there were talking about how, you know, this is democrats are going to win this state. you know, there was all the criticism of hillary clinton last time that she didn't spend enough time there, that she let some of these states, the pennsylvania, wisconsin, michigan type states go. they went to donald trump and they are not going to do that this year. you know, there was a lot of blow back from some of these other cities, my aiami and hous. miami really thought they were going to get this. i think they are sending a message. >> i hope they are honest to the
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last thing before we go tonight, everybody has their thing. whether it's not remembering the name of the actress in the movie with that guy we like so much from the other movie or perhaps being completely unable to remember that computer password you were so certain was rock solid and you'd never forget it. well, our president has some things of his own, one of them is combining the names of the people who run big companies with the companies they run.
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we' we're certain you've seen this, here is the president with tim cook who runs apple computers. >> we appreciate it very much, tim, app apple. >> he's never been tim apple but to show he has a sense of humoh, he changed his twitter account to tim apple and folks had fun with this. then came this reporting from axios, they said trump brought it up at a fundraiser for gop donors in a tent built over the pool at marc mara la go. trump told the donors he said tim cook apple. all you heard from the fake news was tim apple. naturally, we with other news organizations went looking for the missing cook, check again, see if you hear it. >> we appreciate it very much tim apple. >> we even had our forensic
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audio specialist, actually a guy on the second floor slow down the audio, which we thought might help to identify and isolate the missing cook. >> we appreciate it very much tim apple. tim apple. tim apple. >> that is indeed all we could find there was tim apple. the president couldn't let this go. he gave it new life today by saying quote, i quickly referred to tim and apple as tim/apple as an easy way to save time and words. the thing is, this is a thing for this president and we know that because of this event 51 weeks ago, march 2018, the president prepares to introduce marlin houssen who runs air laquid. >> i may ask marlin laquid.
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>> marlin houssin the ceo of air laquid had something in common. good night from nbc headquarters here in new york. ight from nbc s here in new york no, this is not a rerun but you'll have a little sense of deja vu because the president's campaign chairman is due to be sentenced by a federal judge again this week, and i know that sounds like last week's news but this this judge in d.c.

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