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that does it for us this hour. we would like to announce that nbc news, msnbc and telemundo will hold the first democratic debate june 26th and 27th, two back to back nights in miami, florida. here is ali velshi now. >> i'm putting that into my diary here. >> important breaking news for those of us here. >> have yourself a great afternoon. >> we also have some news to get to this morning involving jussie smollett. there was nothing on our end to request this, to do anything improper. >> robert mayo has come out and said he wants jussie smollett. he will send them a bill for all
the time and investigation costs it took to put their case together. >> president trump is not backing off the health care fight, but it's a fight very few republicans want to have. >> the vice president deeply concerned about whether they would be able to come up with a viable replacement. >> we're going to have great health care. the republican party will be the party of great health care. you watch. >> i think this is incredible. it will affect at least half the country overnight. i think whatever the court of appeals says about this early ruling, it will likely go to the supreme court. >> i was so appalled by what the admin installation di administration did, talking about getting rid of the entire affordable care act. a high ranking republican on the house intel committee just called on chairman adam schiff to resign. >> willingness to continue to promote a false narrative is learning. my colleague may think it's okay that the russians offered dirt on a democratic candidate for
president. >> you might say that's just what you need to do to win. but i don't think it's okay. i think it's immoral. i think it's unethical. i think it's unpatriotic and, yes, i think it's corrupt. and evidence of collusion. >> will the gentleman yield? >> i would not yield. >> i will not yield. >> we had guarantee teened cells for people with the flu, people with chicken pox, people with lies. >> we're capturing, let's use the word capturing, we're capturing people coming in illegally. we're not just releasing them. in some cases, we're running out of room. >> 55,000 familiars, including 40,000 children expected to enter the process this month. we are doing everything we can to simply avoid a tragedy. and a cvp facility. with these number i fear it's
just a matter of time. >> all right. let's talk about how all of this is having an impact on president trump's hope for a second term as he gets more distance from the special counsel's investigation into his 2016 campaign. a new poll shows if the election were held today, a full third of americans would continue to represent the president. another 17 people say they would vote for a democrat, depending on whom is selected from the current field of people running. joining me now, nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker. the president is heading to michigan on the heels of the attorney general's election declining to prosecute him. what do you expect to hear from the president tonight? >> i think we have gotten a little taste of what we can expect to hear from the president which is that he's been taking a victory lap all
weekend long. i think when you see him in michigan tonight, you'll see the president in his element. so you're going to see an even bigger victory lap than we've seen before. i also think you're going to see him taking aim at his perceived enemy, chairman adam schiff. you saw adam schiff digging in and continuing it is necessary to investigate the actions between the russians, the trump campaign. that's the type of rhetoric that is going on give the president fuel as he's poised to take the stage tonight in michigan. so i think you're going to see a receptive audience. they were fired up. i anticipate it's going to be the same if not more so this evening when he speaks before a crowd in the critical state of michigan and campaign officials underscoring that, saying that
that is going to be part of his strategy moving forward as he's poised to enter the very tough election battle. >> kristin, thank you so much. kristin at the white house for us as the president gets braced to brand the gop as, quote, the party of health care. his administration's position on the affordable care act court case could jeopardize health coverage for millions of americans. let's take a look at medicaid, what it is, who it covers. medicaid serves more than 65 million americans as of december 2018. that's about 20% of the entire u.s. population. it serves several groups, low income individuals with families and children including the disabled, pregnant women. it helps some elderly americans pay for their medicare premiums. it has a range of mandatory benefits. here are a few of them. inpatient and outpatient services, physician services, rural health clinics, chb is really important. family a planning, x-ray
services along with pregnancy services, as well. in 2013, nearly two dozen states took advantage of the affordable care act medicaid expansion program covering nearly 4 million uninsured, mainly low income americans. now over the past five years, more states have followed suit. driving douj the rate of people who are uninsured, giving more people access to more than just emergency care. this is really important for health outcomes in the end. but if the trump justice department staff is affirmed by the court, 12 million people who are currently on medicaid could lose access to health coverage, again, adding new stresses that used to be in the health care system back into the system. >> good afternoon. hold on a second. all right. do we have that mike back? can you hear me? okay. good. sorry about that, folks.
a practicing physician at johns hopkins, she helped draft the affordable care act during her time in the administration. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. i always want to make a distinction between the two important things people know about obamacare. one is it helped people who had pre-existing conditions who didn't have jobs get insurance at a manageable rate, insurance that would cover basic things and the other, the expansion of medicaid, some people tell me they think medicaid expansion t bigger deal. >> i certainly agree with that. people forget it's not just that medicaid expanded. it's all the services that you describe with that expansion and, really, that offer states more infrastructure to do better health in general. so when hospitals can take patients with decent insurance, those hospitals invest in their own infrastructure and that is
something that is hard to put that on the slide, but it's what you see around the country when you hear people saying we want to help you with mental health. we want to get more women help out with opioid addiction. those would not have existed if it weren't for the medicaid expansion. and, in fact, some of the largest business deals are going on in medicaid. private sectors are doubling down on this. >> let's talk about another piece of this. it's not the medicaid piece, but it's the insured piece. a lot of what we're hearing from donald trump is insurance that will be offered for lower premiums. if you can sell people insurance
that doesn't cover things they might actually see, there was something called essential health benefits. you you pregnancy services, mental health, substance beauty, wellness services, pediatric services. here is the thing. you couldn't sell an insurance policy under obamacare if it didn't offer some coverage of all of these things. >> correct. that's right. and you couldn't do what the trump administration is calling short-term plans, which now they have allowed for them to be not short-term any more. you know, you you still had to have certain coverages after a certain period of time. so your point is exact lit right. it's almost like that thing that your mother told you, you get what you pay for in the sense that we do need to keep costs down. so there is fair criticism which is totally separate from the conversation that's happening
today about how can we make health care more affordable. but it is part of the affordable care act. care would not be as affordable as it is if we didn't have the -- >> because of what? is it because of the risk pools? is it because you get everybody in and they get covered for all the same things. >> right. >> so some people aren't going to suffer from that list of things that i've got on there, but their 3r50e78 yum helps the coverage for those who will. >> there were a number of changes to the medicare program that saved the medicare program more money. then you have the medicare program that generally takes care of people over 65. so, you know, theoretically, that's how you set up an efficiency scale.
and, in fact, the health care costs have been slower and that can directly point to the affordable care act. >> thanks very much, as always. breaking news on capitol hill, nbc news now confirms the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, jared kushner, was seen leaving a meeting with the senate intelligence committee earlier today. this comes just days after the attorney general released a summary of the special counsel's russia investigation. nbc's jeff bennet joins us from capitol hill. what do we know about this? why was jared kushner meeting with the committee? >> the hill team has confirmed kushner met with members of the committee and not staffers. based on what we've been able to piece together, he was in that room, in that secure area for about three hours. jared kushner testified once before this committee back in
2017. but there was a bipartisan agreement that they would bring kushner back to the committee to testify again before this panel wraps up and releases their report. so the fact that he was back here today is a signal of how significant a witness he is given that chairman, richard burns and mark warns, the democratic ranking member both had to sign off on it. and this is a signal that this committee is finally wrapping up its report. no word back yet, ali. >> we'll stay on top of this story with you. thank you very much. coming up next, president trump is calling for the fbi, the justice department to review the jussie smollett case. what we know about the case and why it was sealed. you're watching msnbc live. sea. you're watching msnbc live video games have evolved. why hasn't the way you bank? virtual wallet from pnc bank
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welcome back. president trump is weighing in on empire actor jussie smollett's case days after illinois prosecutors dropped all 16 felony charges against smollett for allegedly fabricating a hate crime. trump announced this morning in a tweet that the fbi and doj will review his case, calling it an embarrassment to our nation. this afternoon, chicago mayor rahm emanuel fired back telling trump to sit this one out because he has no moral authority. >> the only reason jussie smollett thought he could take advantage of a hoax about a hate
crime is for the toxic environment that donald trump created. my recommendation is to president is go to opening day baseball, sit on the sidelines. stay out of this. >> kind of interesting because rahm emanuel came out the other day and was very frustrated by the idea that the charges against jussie smollett were dropped. it's hard to figure out who is on who's side. but joining me now, joyce vance. joyce teaches criminology. joyce, thanks for joining us. this is a confusing case because we still don't know why the charges against jussie smollett were dropped. what do you make of it? >> it is a very confusing case. and it illustrates the reasons police departments need to have greater transparentsy with communities. otherwise, communities find it difficult to trust law enforcement. and here we don't know what happened. was mr. smollett wrongfully
indicted, wrongfully accused? or is he getting the benefit of some form of pretrial dissolution. but the question here is is he benefiting because he's famous and well to do and whether that same treatment is available to other citizens. so also of questions that require clarification here. >> we have seen examples in the past where local jurgdzs haven't handled things in the way the public thinks is fair and the federal government has stepped in. what do you have to say about the appropriateness of donald trump suggesting that the federal government, the fbi and the justice department might look into this? >> it's never appropriate for the president to opine on a local case like this and tell the fbi to step in. and i assume the leadership at the fbi knows that and they won't invest their resources unless there is some sort of a federal case to be prosecuted.
but typically where doj resources are used in these cases is if we're looking at excessive issues where doj civil rights division prosecutors individual cases and used to under attorney general sessions. this process was discontinued, but can use a consent decree process to help a police department and particularly in the area of racial disparities do a better job. it's unfortunate that we've lost that process. >> always good to talk to you. thank you for joining us. coming up next, republicans are calling for the resignation of a california democratic congressman, adam schiff. why they want him out and how schiff is fighting back when we come back. >> it is alarming. >> my colleagues may think it's okay that the russians offered dirt on a democratic candidate for president. candidate for president. ♪
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they called for schiff to step down. >> you noticed the findings of the special counsel's conclusions refute past or present assertions and it exposed you as having abused your position to knowingly have false information. and undermine that. we have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties consistent with your responsibility and urge your immediate resignation at chairman of the committee. >> you have chosen, instead of addressing the hearing to simply attack me consistent with the
president's attacks. my colleagues may think it's okay that the rushingans offered dirt on the did temocratic cande for president. that the campaign chairman of a presidential campaign would offer information to a russian oligarch that the president himself called on russia to hawk his opponent's e-mails that they were listening, that it's okay that the president's son-in-law sought to establish a secret back channel of communications with the russians that the national security adviser designa designate secretly conferred with the russian ambassador about undermight being u.s. sanctions, you might say that's all okay. you might say that's just what you need to do to win. but i don't think it's okay. >> joining me now, david corn. he's an misnshz political contributor and the author of russian roulette, the inside
story of putin's war on america and the election of donald trump. also with me, heather conley, she was a witness at today's house intel hearing. heather, let's start with you. what actually needs to be asked and determined by those in charges holding this hearing? >> so it was definitely a livelier hearing than most expert witness hearings are. i think once we got past the political fireworks where there was great unity is our patriotism has to be above our partisanship. but russia's interference is not going to stop. if anything, it's accelerating and we have to have a whole government approach. russia weaponizes everything. what they want to do is weaken america. weaken our democracy, weaken our
strength. i was encouraged that we're start to go make some headway. >> david, do you have a similar take away? the fireworks that we heard there that heather was just talking about, they don't matter to most people. what we do know is we don't have the full mueller report so we don't have all the details on the russian influence operation. if i was the president of the united states and his folks, i would be very concerned about all the details in there about the russian influence operation, regardless of whether they were willing participants. >> and adam schiff made a statement in his opening statement that was really interesting. he said remember, there's a counterintelligence side to mueller's investigation which began with the fbi counterintelligence investigation. that doesn't mean you're looking for a crime. you're looking to see how foreign government, in this case russia, might have influenced,
manipulated or coerced americans and that is donald trump himself or people close to him or people connected to the campaign. that often is a classified, very secretive investigation and what schiff said is it's unclear whether the mueller report will even present anything along those lines. so it's a very important component of the whole investigation, but we may not even -- even if we get the mueller report itself, which might show interactions, we may not get them to what really was happening between russia and people within trump's circle. >> heather, i want to go back to this unity of purpose that you talked about. one of the problems in america is -- has not been a general lack of unity among most people, and even most part sons and most democrats and most republicans about combatting russian or anyone else's influence into our elections or the intelligence community. it seems to be a divide between all of the people i just mentioned and the president of
the united states. >> yeah. and this has been the most frustrating part. russian influence is designed to exploit the weaknesses that we present. and right now, our bitter polarization, our bitter partisanship is exactly the weakness that russia is ex matting and they use influence. a usair craft isn't going to see what the russians are doing. they're using economics, they're using this information, anything that creates friction and division in our country. and people simply don't understand what is happening. it seems so polarized, they don't know what to believe and that's exactly what plays into the russian hand. if they can divide us and weaken
us, its makes it easier for them to get what they're after. >> heather, david, thank you for your time today. today, more consequences behind the family of oxycontin. coming up, i'll break down who the family is and how many billions made from its role in the opioid epidemic. plus, how they're being called out in court and some of the world's leading museums. ome of e world's leading museums. ly... with drivewise. it lets you know when you go too fast... ...and brake too hard. with feedback to help you drive safer. giving you the power to actually lower your cost. unfortunately, it can't do anything about that. now that you know the truth... are you in good hands?
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inconsistent with the factual record and will vigorously defend against them. all right. so who is at the center of this lawsuit? i want to introduce you to the sachler family. they made their fortune through the ownership of purdue pharma, the maker of the pain killer oxycontin which is the drug at the center of it all. a recent court filing in massachusetts suggested that members of the family were involved in deceptive marketing schemes to increase oxycontin sales. the filing blamed the company for pushing doctors to prescribe higher doses for longer periods of time to make the drug and making the drugs more addictive. now the extremely wealthy sacklers are facing backlash from all over. if you're into art, suf even their name. the smithsonian has a gallery, the met has a sackler wing. but many of these institutions have tried to receiver ties with the ben factor.
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david armstrong, it's the old -- it feels like this crisis has now reached a new level where we are finally dealing with where this problem started with. this culture of eliminating pain, which exists nowhere else in the developed world like it does in america. >> yes, i think you're right. we've seen the disclosure. i think it's important to remember purdue pharma was influential in changing the paradigm around how we treat pain. there was something called pain is a vital signal. so that every doctor's office, every hospital was closely monitoring this. before this, these drugs were used understand of life care, people at end stage cancer, those kinds of things.
so this changed the whole thing. >> that was the flip side of what they did, along with the campaign to change how we talk about pain and how we prescribe these drugs. they told doctors this is not addictive and they've been held accountable. they paid a federal type of $600 million. so this is key to the whole process here is not only should we be prescribing more, but guess what? it's not addictive. is that true? >> well, i think, yes. there has definitely been a reduction in the number of prescriptions in this country for these kinds of painkillers. some people aren't that's an
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>> could you tell us when we will see the jared kushner peace plan? >> yes, ma'am, i think we can say in less than 20 years. >> how about be more precise. >> i just prefer not to be more precise. >> doesn't want to be more precise than sometime in the next 20 years. another member of the house appropriations committee, david price of north carolina also pressed pompeo on the issue. let's listen to that. >> now you're about to unveil a long awaited peace agreement that you have drafted. no doubt with demands to follow that the palestinians be grateful for that plan and regard the u.s. as a fair minded arbitor who respects their aspirations. can you tell me how this is supposed to work? am i missing something? >> yes, yes, you are. >> and this is the fath forward, you're confident, to totally marginalize and alt leenate the palestinian side.
>> i'm very confident that what was tried before failed. >> strange response. representative david price, and the context of your question, sir, was you were saying if the united states -- and some don't see the united states to be a fair arbitor of middle east peace. but if we are going to be, the united states has taken actions that would further alienate further actions that by the way doesn't exist. >> that's exactly right. what i said before was that there had been a series of actions that seem to do the opposite, in fact. we moved our u.s. embassy to jerusalem with no -- it wasn't part of any kind of broader agreement as previous administrations had stated it should be. we closed the palestinian embassy here in washington. it was our eyes and ears among the palestinians.toff so-called
aid which force humanitarian aid between the west bank and gaza and now we've cut off all aid to the palestinians with such things such as dialysis for children or autism educational efforts, i mean, on and on. it is just one after the other. and now we're going to dump this peace plan, so-called, on the palestinian community and expect them to receive it well. they've been totally marginalized by our foreign policy. mike pompeo's only answer seemed to be that what we did before didn't work that well, so let's do something else. but i would think you need to defend that something else very, very strongly. >> yeah. he's not wrong in that efforts to do this for decades have not succeeded and there are lots of elements to this. there are intransgents on the palestinian side and israeli
side that are preventing a good deal from occurring. but the united states needs to sort of establish itself as a player in this again. do you have any belief that there is a peace plan coming at all from jared kushner or the state department? >> they put some ideas together and reportedly have shopped it around among the saudis and some other supposedly friendly arab party. but i don't know when it's coming. and in any case, if this plan comes, if it isn't the product of discussions on both sides, it isn't the product of any attempt to get negotiations going. it's simply going to be an american plan without any preparation or any demonstration
of this on the part of our diplomates. >> and good faith is an important way to put it because reasonable people can and have disagreed on what success looks like in the middle east. i want to put up a map of israel and the occupied territories. one of the first steps is stop calling the occupied territories occupied. that's a legal issue because you're not supposed to move territories in. it is an occupied territory that's not populated. but the west bank and the golan heights do fall on to that definition. the problem here, sir, is when the united states wants to get support for other things like ukraine or iran or north korea and the united nations, we have to say we abide by international law and on this front, we're not doing so. >> no, we're not. the question about whether you call it occupied territories, people could quibble over that.
war, these have been palestinian territories occupied by israel. there has been a constant effort to get this situation resolved. and, of course, israeli leaders, not netanyahu. netanyahu apparently wants to rule over these areas forever, but his predecessors, a series of leaders, concluded that for israel to continue as a jewish and democratic state that there simply had to be a two-state solution. by the way, mike pompeo notably refiesed to utter those words in his testimony yesterday. he has no word about whether two-state diplomacy is still something this country adheres to. >> remarkable. thank you for continuing to press the issue. >> thank you. coming up next, the trump administration says the united states is hitting a breaking point at the mexico border because so many asylum seekers
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seeking asylum in one area that reporters found estimated to be 100 -- what happened there? something disappears. hundreds are under bridge in el pa paso, texas. one official says it is a place for migrants to wait before going to another facility to be processed. customs and border control kevin mcallen says the agency is taking reluctant steps to easy over crowding. >> we are providing direct relief of migrants. we'll be doing this on a risk bases. this is a limited capacity. it is reluctantly. it represents negative outcomes for enforcement and it represents an increase indr fl that'll follow and impacts the moral of our team. >> i am going to try his name
the third time. he expects apprehension at the border to exceed 100,000 this month. march of last year, 50,000 people taken into custody and about 50,347 march of 2018 and 2017, just at 16,000. the number of people taken into custody had been creeping up since the fall. now you see this uptake all the way up to 76,000 last month. the zero tolerance policies of separating families at the border ended inju june. the total number of people apprehended at the border had been declining from 20 years down from its second highest peak in the year 2000s when 1.6 million people were taken into custody. joining me now is veronica escobar from texas. she represents el paso, congressman, good to see you
again. thank you for being with us. you see images of people under the privilege. west texas have been seeing the biggest growth along the border. what do you make of what's happening here? >> we have been sounding the alarm for months and months that we'll see increasing numbers of families and asylum seekers if the weather warmed up. per the agency's own record, when the weather warms up, that's their peak period. we have kirsten neilson whose role it is to provide leadership for the department of homeland security. what we have seen instead of leadership, has been an imitation of donald trump's cruelty from family separation and protection protocols and
policies. these policies by the trump administration that have been executed by secretary neilson have made a challenging situation far more difficult. >> well, it is difficult on two fronts, right? it is difficult from our perspective covering this because we are fact-checking her in the same way we are fact-checking the president. we are not getting details. the president and the homeland security don't think we are working on the same number. the department homeland security number don't seem to feel what's happening out there. >> the reality is of the face of varying competence. if local communitiy like mine that's picking up the slack. our local ngos and local government have been happening to open up their wallet because of the lack of leadership from the department of homeland
security. we need a humane solution to what's happening right now and in that parking lot. we have 1200 asylum seekers who are being caged off. you just shown the video, half of those people are children. >> yeah. >> they are sleeping on the dirt. they are sleeping out in the open. this is absolutely inhumane and unacceptable. it is up to the department of homeland security to come up with a better solution. they are one of the best resource agencies in all of the federal government. tomorrow, i head home and i am convening a meeting with the local community because as per usual in the absence of leadership from the white house or the second teretary, right n your show, i am calling for the secretary to resign. her incompetence is hurting the community. >> you are calling for kirsten neilson to resign. >> absolutely, absolutely. the community is having to come up with resources and solutions
that she's unwilling to or unable to come up with. that's unacceptable, ali. >> you had a conversation with border commissioner mccalenen. >> thank you, i will get his name right. i know there are businesses worried about having this sort of a thing in the center. tell me what you think about it. >> we need that central proce processing center. there is no doubt. the design and the vision for it is to be a far more humane way to process families that are arriving at our front door. that processing center won't be ready for open for six to twelve months. that's a midterm solution. as of today right now we need dhs to come up with a humane way to process this family.
they should not be under a bridge or out in the element, it should not be up to the community to solve this problem. this is a dhs challenge. again, ali, i want to say this is a significant challenge for our country. >> yeah. >> it could have been met with great strategy with thoughtful approach and humanity. but because of the way this administration has chosen to engage and chosen to address this challenge, a challenge has become chaos. >> congressman escobar is calling for secretary nielson to resign. >> thank you. >> my friend katy tur is in position ready to pick up our coverage. >> i am ready to go. we are going to do this. we got a lot of news today. i have a surprise at the end of the show. >> oh good, i will be back. >> put bells